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Monthly Archive:: November 2010

Texting in Class = The New Doodling

Texting in class has surpassed doodling, daydreaming, napping and note-passing. I guess this isn’t so surprising, it’s the same old problem, just a different medium. Anyone else have that professor that would say funny stuff like “Laugh all you want, you’re the one paying to fail this class” when he’d catch you not paying attention?

It’s no surprise that high school and college students are obsessive texters. What alarms Wilkes psychology professors Deborah Tindell and Robert Bohlander is how rampant the practice has become during class: Their recent study shows that texting at the school has surpassed doodling, daydreaming and note-passing to become the top classroom distraction.


Star Trek – Home computer

This is what I built in my home and this video is my own work. Both the computer and the software is self made. The interface is inspired by the LCARS interface from Star Trek.

Shown in this video are:
– Agenda/Calendar
– Shopping list (Groceries)
– Rain radar
– Train departure times (because the train station is nearby)
– Library & Media player (connected to home cinema set)
– Internet browser

Why are We Here?

Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet with its warm sun and coconut trees? And at just the right time in the history of the universe? The surface of the molten earth has cooled, but it’s not too cold. And it’s not too hot; the sun hasn’t expanded enough to melt the Earth’s surface with its searing gas yet.

Even setting aside the issue of being here and now, the probability of random physical laws and events leading to this point is less than 1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, equivalent to winning every lottery there ever was.

Dear Garfield, “Suck it.” Sincerely, Snoopy and Marmaduke

After millions of years of evolution and hundreds of academic hours of study, the verdict is in: dogs are smarter than cats.

Researchers at the University of Oxford in England have released a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal stating that highly social animals need more brain power than solitary species. Since the phrases “followed me like a puppy dog” and “as hard as herding cats” have become cliché, it follows that dogs’ brains are bigger relative to their size, according to a University of Oxford press release.