Friday, December 7th
In Tasmania it's breeding time for the critically endangered swift parrot - but something is very wrong. With three times more males than females, the traditionally monogamous bird is having extramarital affairs, a new study has found. Sugar gliders, which predominantly prey on female parrots, have created a gender imbalance and pushed the population into critically endangered levels.
Friday, Dec 7th 2018 (12:00am)
Here is a bit of nostalgia for ya. The impractical win at Lake Placid, NY. A bunch of American kids somehow beat what was probably the best hockey club ever put together on the face of this planet.
Al Michaels announces his first hockey game ever and lawyer Ken Dryden does the color chat.
Friday, Dec 7th 2018 (12:00am)
Thursday, December 6th
Gill Pharaoh, 75, who wrote two books giving advice on how to care for the elderly, was not suffering from a terminal disease. She said she had seen enough of old age to know that she was "going over the hill" and wanted to take action to end her life while she was able to do so.
Wednesday, December 5th
Wednesday, Dec 5th 2018 (12:00am)
Tuesday, December 4th
Monday, December 3rd
As global warming and doomsday threats continue to expose our vulnerabilities here on Earth, scientists are looking to Mars as a potential refuge for humanity. Mars: Making the New Earth outlines the mission to convert this inhospitable planet into our future home.
This conversion process is known as terraforming, a collection of processes by which a planet is reconditioned to resemble Earth. Currently, Mars is a frozen wasteland incapable of sustaining human life. How do you populate endless planes of red dust and rock into fertile soil and teeming forestation? How can you warm the planet's temperature from its current climate of eighty below zero? Would it be possible to transform its radioactive atmosphere into an oxygen-rich environment where humans can thrive?
These are just a few of the challenges that face planetary scientists here on Earth. NASA scientist Chris McKay is one of the believers. The film follows McKay as he attempts to replicate the conditions on Mars, and determine how much warmer the climate needs to be before trees, grass and other vegetation can begin to grow. He conducts these tests alongside a volcano in Mexico, which stands at a towering height of 18,000 feet. This is the closest approximation we have of the temperature and arid conditions found on the red planet.
It will likely take many generations to produce the ideal conditions by which humanity can exist on Mars, but McKay and others are convinced it can be done. But as eager as they are to populate the planet, their mission does come with a caveat. Even if we can achieve this monumental feat, we must stop to consider whether we should.
The film outlines a potential ethical conflict. What if we discover the presence of life on Mars, even of the microbial variety? Should we invade the functioning bio system of an existing life form, or leave it untarnished by human manipulation? The filmmakers include the opinions of experts from both sides of this debate.
Mars: Making the New Earth dazzles with impressive animations from acclaimed visual artist Dan Mass. These images, and the insights that accompany them, give life to complicated science.
Monday, Dec 3rd 2018 (12:37am)
Here at the davelog compound, we have a rich tradition of making our own ornaments for the giftmas tree, often through the magic of shrinky dinks. This year we're getting a new ee-lectric tree - one whole foot taller - so I'm thinking big. Die Hard big.
Monday, Dec 3rd 2018 (12:00am)
Saturday, December 1st
A very fun time waster for adults that might remind you of your childhood days because your weapon of choice is a crayon. With your crayon you'll need to draw lines and circles on the screen to help your ball touch all the flags on the level.
This time waster is a physics game as well, so keep that in mind as you're trying to solve the levels.
Saturday, Dec 1st 2018 (12:00am)
Friday, November 30th
I was discussing how confusing all of this is to us on this side of the puddle with a friend of mine up by the Irish Sea. She pointed me to this video by CGP Grey.
It's all much clearer now.
Friday, Nov 30th 2018 (12:03am)
Thursday, November 29th
No, this is not some boring lecture about interpreting the Constitution. It's a list of quirky things about our founders and what they went through to produce the document.
Thursday, Nov 29th 2018 (12:00am)
The evacuation comes after an expert trapper was brought in late last week in an attempt to relocate the otter. Officials had been hoping to avoid relocating the koi, as draining the pond and moving the fish could cause stress and possible damage. But after the otter was able to evade a set trap, stealing the bait and prancing off unscathed, officials are now forced to move the remaining koi.
Wednesday, November 28th
* vertical video. sorry. I never post them here because I don't like to encourage such idiocy, but this was just too damn funny to pass up.
Wednesday, Nov 28th 2018 (12:00am)
Tuesday, November 27th
Calamityware offers a delightful spin on heirloom dishes - fine porcelain plates and bowls with traditional-style artwork depicting some simply horrible things. Pricey as hell, but amazingly cool.
Tuesday, Nov 27th 2018 (12:01am)
Monday, November 26th
A lingerie comprises an upper panel, a lower panel, and a signal-activated fastener. The signal-activated fastener is coupled with one end of the first strap and one end of the second strap, and the signal-activated fastener is responsive to a signal and operative to unfasten causing the lingerie to fall off from the wearer's body.
It's the patent for a bra with a clapper.
Sunday, November 25th
I've met several people who spent at least a few years of their lives in this land. They've shown me pictures. In all four seasons, I swear this place is one of the most beautiful on the planet. Definitely on my bucket list for a visit.
Here is the official Croatia Tourism site.
I wish they'd push for some winter travel. Also gorgeous.
And here are 19 more.
Sunday, Nov 25th 2018 (12:00am)
Saturday, November 24th
If you enjoyed watching The Band and a few dozen friends in the classic Martin Scorsese film, "The Last Waltz", you might like this. It's the complete and uncut footage. The songs are in a completely different order and there are obviously some additional tracks.
Warning: This clip is four hours and 19 minutes. Play in several visits, I guess.
Returning to the now closed Winterland Ballroom is a trip.
Saturday, Nov 24th 2018 (12:01am)
Deadpool 2 (2018)
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