This happens, although don’t click on that link unless you have some tolerance for dark humor.
Slideware may help speakers outline their talks, but convenience for the speaker can be punishing to both content and audience. The standard PowerPoint presentation elevates format over content, betraying an attitude of commercialism that turns everything into a sales pitch.
I examine a key slide in the PP reports made while the Columbia was damaged but still flying….In the reports, every single text-slide uses bullet-outlines with 4-6 levels of hierarchy. Then another multi-level list, another bureaucracy of bullets, starts afresh for a new slide. How is it that each elaborate architecture of thought always fits exactly on one slide?
Anyway, to my knowledge, no animals were harmed in the creation of the first link.
h/t: Felix SalmonNo comments
At first look, the opening picture just looks like a stack of toys. But when you realize that it’s all edible, mostly made of fondant — and not just impressive fondant statues of Marvin the Martian, Audrey II, and the Alien queen (piping gel drool!), not just Han Solo frozen in carbonite, ALF, Tom Servo complete with translucent Life-Saver head, a Dalek victim, and more, but also a cake pan underside made into HAL’s brain room, a fondant Tardis, and an inside joke only a SF geek could love — that’s in addition to the Obvious Exploitable Weakness — then you start to realize it’s pretty amazing. Oh, also, she made a brick wall out of 1,500 fondant bricks mortared with royal icing, and two tiled movie-theater carpets out of caned fondant.
Look, really you just need to click on the first link and look at the whole thing piece by piece, to appreciate its utter majesty.
The awesomeness of the creator, Kimberly Chapman, is not to be underestimated. Her other works of cake and sugar art include a Periodic Table of Cookies, a Fraggle Rock cake, a Shelob cake and an Orc head cake.No comments
HRSFANS supporting HRSFANS, especially those in greater Boston, should know that two HRSFANS are soon to open a restaurant, called “Journeyman,” in Somerville.
I don’t want to say too much more at this time, although many HRSFANS will be able to guess which two people I’m talking about. I’m certain it’s going to be good. In the past their cooking has been described as second in Boston only to L’Espalier (in print, no less!).
I encourage all interested parties to follow their blog (feed) and try them out after their expected open in late May 2010.1 comment
This is just a little piece of internet wonderfulness that was emailed to me by a friend. The web page begins:
Every year, we throw a big, game party to ring in the new year. This year (2010) is our house’s 100-year birthday, so we celebrated with cupcakes…
…and the cupcakes were a game.
Here they are in random order – see how many you can guess!
Indeed, it is 100 cupcakes, each themed after a popular [board | video] game. Most anyone who will read this blog will recognize quite a few of these. I did well except for a couple of video games and board games from the last decade. I guess I need to catch up to the present.
Jessica Hammer ’99 and her research team recently won a grant to design iPhone games that will help people stop smoking. The grant speaks for itself:
The game is intended to be an alternative to smoking with the goal of reducing or eliminating tobacco use in players’ lives. The game involves breathing into a microphone to control gameplay, and is coupled with sound, color, images, challenges and feedback to mimic the stimulant and relaxant effects of smoking. The design elements within the game result in two modes of play (“Rush” and “Relax”). These will be tested for their stimulant and relaxation effects through emotional response and physiological (EEG, heart rate, galvanic skin response) measures, and compared to subjects after smoking or who play the game in lieu of smoking. If successful, the game will emulate the effects of smoking as a replacement therapy for smokers who want to quit. It will do so by allowing smokers who crave the physiological effects of smoking to reach for this five-minute game rather than for a cigarette.
I think it’s a great idea. Although I also thought about this, and it creeped me out. (Spoiler alert for that link, if you read beyond the first page or so.)No comments
Generally we try to write some about why a post is interesting, but this one speaks for itself. It looks like you could even use a regression to attach an inverse-exponential equation to it, or something.
I would like to say that that moment in Star Trek 2, when Kirk screams “KHAN!” and then “the camera backs out” to include the entire moon, and he screams “KHAN!” again, is one of the more fun moments in SF cinema to thnk about.
Also R.I.P. Ricardo, we’ll miss you.3 comments
Google has a new service which reports U.S. influenza activity by state
using aggregated data of how often people in an area search on flu symptoms.
“The data are really, really timely. They were able to tell us on a day-to-day basis the relative direction of flu activity for a given area. They were about a week ahead of us. They could be used … as early warning signal for flu activity.”
I just think it’s darn cool that appropriate combing of Google search terms can be a week ahead of the CDC in finding influenza hotspots.