Saturday, May 28, 2005

Taking a short Break

This holiday weekend will be a no post weekend. A few posts may pop up here and there, but don't look for a full day of posts until Tuesday.
Please be safe while on the roads and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Anyone can Scribble

This scribble program can turn anyone into an artist!



All Cows

All kinds of cows. Like the "Don King" cow pictured below.



Thursday, May 26, 2005

It's All True

  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued six driver's licenses to six different people named Jesus Christ.
  • A perfect SAT score is 1600 combined. Bill Gates scored 1590 on his SAT. Paul Allen, Bill's partner in Microsoft, scored a perfect 1600. Bill Cosby scored less than 500 combined.
  • The biggest dog on record was an Old English Mastiff that weighed 343 pounds. He was 8 feet, 3 inches from nose to tail.
  • For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects.
  • Costco is the largest wine retailer in the United States. Annual wine sales are about $700 million.
  • Even today, 90% of the continental United States is still open space or farmland.
  • Each year, more people are killed by teddy bears than by grizzly bears.
  • A chef's hat is shaped the way it is for a reason: its shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool in a hot kitchen.

Visualizing Biological Structures

Welcome to the Michigan Center for Biological Information (MCBI) University of Michigan Visible Human Project (UMVHP). Under the direction of Brian Athey Ph.D., UMVHP has become a national leader in the the integration of labeled National Library of Medicine (NLM) Visible Human data sets, with a variety of CT and MRI scans, models and learning programs using advanced informatics and visualization systems. UMVHP is also an international leader in the Digital Human Initiative.
Got all that; good, now play doctor and have a look around.



Stone Skipping

With a sidearm toss and flick of the wrist, people young and old have been skipping stones across bodies of water for thousands of years. The object is simple: get as many bounces as possible.
Jerdone Coleman McGhee of Wimberley, Texas, holds the current Guinness Book of World Records title for a 1992 toss that yielded an impressive 38 bounces across the Blanco River in central Texas.
Want a shot at beating McGhee? Toss your stone so it hits the water at the "magic angle" of 20 degrees.
The hint comes from a team of French scientists who constructed a stone-skipping machine to find out the optimal speed, spin, and angle for the maximum number of bounces.
"If one changes slightly the initial conditions—different velocity, etc.—at this angle of 20 degrees, the stone still has more chances to rebounce than for any other angle," said Lydéric Bocquet, a physics professor at the University of Lyon.
read on...



Ray's Work

Ray's art seems a little on the edge, but I enjoyed his work.



Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Jeff Gordon Strikes Out

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon struck out trying to lead the Wrigley crowd in a version of Take me out to the Ballgame.
Check it out on one of my other blogs.

Walking on Water

Water striders in action.



Haunted Portraits

Watch in amazement as the Portraits transform from their mortal state to their secret dark side as you walk by.



Put on your Wetsuit

If you've ever wondered what kind of sea creatures live just under the surface of Monterey Bay, here's your chance to see! Underwater videographer, Steve Loomis, captured these images during day and night dives. Most of these animals live right off Cannery Row in the kelp forests and sea bottom.
Site requires QT video.




Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Circus Trees

The Circus Trees were originally grown and created by Axel Erlandson, son of a Swedish immigrant. Inspired by observing a natural graft between two sycamore trees, Erlandson began to shape trees using intricate techniques. His techniques resulted in woven wonders made from living wood. The branches were carefully bent rather than cut and became complex and compound designs.




Web Zen

Check out some of the very creative flash presentations at Web Zen. My recent favorite is "not my type".



Bat House

Not only do they eat huge quantities of night-flying insects like mosquitoes, leaving you bite free, bats also disperse plant seeds in their droppings, great for the environment and you. Installing a bat house in your garden will help to attract bats to your area and give them a safe place to breed.



Monday, May 23, 2005

Five Second Rule

Do you follow the five second rule when you drop food on the floor?



Art by Mail

Mike wants you to send him your art.
He has an exhibit of mail art postcards. All techniques and works in any medium are welcome, from cards made entirely by hand to completely digital creations.



Crying while Eating

Do you cry while you are eating?



Hang Drum

What a marvelous sounding instrument (will open WMP audio).
The hang is played with the hands. Udu-like sounds are produced with the air resonance, the sounds of the clamped shallow shells sound like bells or harmonically tuned steelpans. The inner note on the bottom dome is the bass note, and when played in a dampened way allows change in pitch like a talking drum.



Sunday, May 22, 2005

Take a Look Around

Many of you know Sunday is a no posting day at Kukla's. But you can still browse around and may I suggest you check out my other blogs.
The Man's Room is geared towards men but does have the same theme as Kukla's.
Breaking Sports has been concentrating on the NHL Lockout situation and is a great resource for up to the minute information on the CBA.