Friday, 24 October 2014
Economics of trivial (not so) things: A burden on Society: Inefficient Public Enterprise...: “Government produces lamest products, infrastructures, and services! Government should do nothing but the work it has been assigned, gover...
Monday, 20 October 2014
Portable wireless speakers are a dime a dozen these days, usually offering unimpressive sound in an even more unimpressive design. JBL looks to break away the pack with the Pulse, offering built-in LEDs that stage a light show timed to your favorite tunes.
The Pulse's lighting comes equipped with presets, providing a ready-to-go visual equalizer for your music that CNET finds "fairly mesmerizing." Even the actual build of the speaker is attractive, withChipChick calling the design "ingenious" and "very portable," making it easier to bring to a friend's house or good for a night party on the beach. Though sound quality generally suffers on speakers of this size, PC Mag says it still offers "impressive volume" with "good general sound quality."
While all that flash isn't cheap -- the Pulse costs $199 -- it's worth noting that the similarly-sized UE Boom is offered for the same price with none of
Sunday, 12 October 2014
In 1936, while excavating ruins of a 2000-year-old village near Baghdad, workers discovered mysterious small vase. A 6-inch-high pot of bright yellow clay dating back two millenniacontained a cylinder of sheet-copper 5 inches by 1.5 inches. The edge of the copper cylinder was soldered with a 60-40 lead-tin alloy comparable to today's solder. The bottom of the cylinder was capped with a crimped-in copper disk and sealed with bitumen or asphalt. Another insulating layer of asphalt sealed the top and also held in place an iron rod suspended into the center of the copper cylinder. The rod showed evidence of having been corroded with an acidic agent.
The ancient battery
in the Baghdad Museum
The Baghdad Battery, sometimes referred to as the Parthian Battery, is the common name for a number of artifacts created in Mesopotamia, possibly during the Parthian or Sassanid period (the early centuries AD), and probably discovered in 1936 in the village of Khuyut Rabbou'a, near Baghdad, Iraq. These artifacts came to wider attention in 1938 when Wilhelm König, the German director of the National Museum of Iraq, found the objects in the museum's collections. In 1940, König published a paper speculating that they may have been galvanic cells, perhaps used for electroplating gold onto silver objects. This interpretation continues to be considered as at least a hypothetical possibility. If correct, the artifacts would predate Alessandro Volta's 1800 invention of the electrochemical cell by more than a millennium.
|The Cross and the Plumbline|
By Crichton Miller
I am a Scottish born researcher and Company Director with an interest in prehistory. I have applied for a patent on a derivative of the Celtic cross. This application was published on the 14th of June 2000 under UK patent application GB 2 344 654 A. Despite intensive research by The Patent Office prior to publication, no instrument with its complete attributes has been discovered and its application was not found to be obvious. The Celtic cross, which is an ancient and sacred symbol, with which most people are familiar, appears to be a representation of an ancient instrument that was used by our ancestors as far back as Neolithic times. I believe that it was what the Ancient Egyptians and Phoenicians used to survey their buildings and navigate the oceans of the world. Despite the discovery of cocaine in some of the Egyptian Mummies, it has been argued, in august and academic circles, that it was impossible for them or the Phoenicians to have crossed the Atlantic in prehistory, because of their inability to navigate.
Thor Heyderhal scotched the concept that their boats were incapable with his Ra expedition. I am about to collapse the final argument, by proving that they could navigate and had the instrument to do it.
Friday, 10 October 2014
Researchers analyzed and compared the unique genetic make-up of the chromosomes in the iris of blue-eyed individuals from diverse regions such as Denmark, Turkey and Jordan, concluding that all blue-eyed people (or carriers of the gene) share a common ancestor, someone who lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago and that this blue-eyed family spread out from an area north of the Black Sea following the last ice age, the proto-Indo-European Aryans who subsequently spread agriculture into western Europe and later rode horses/chariots into Iran, India, and ancient Egypt.Scientist: All Blue-Eyed People Are Related http://foxnews.com/story/
Think you know EVERYTHING about Frozen? You might want to think again.
From how "Let It Go" changed Elsa, to each of the movie's individual snowflakes, I bet you didn't know all of these facts about Disney'sFrozen. So, don't be left out in the cold - dive straight into these 9 facts about Elsa's universe!
1. "Let It Go" changed the entire direction of the movie!
When the anthem's songwriters presented the monolithic song to the creative crew, they all realized they needed to change the script to fit the powerful song.
2. Elsa was originally supposed to be a baddie.
But, I mean, an evil snow queen can't sing a song about freedom and empowerment, right? The producers concluded that the song was not only very appealing, but its themes of personal empowerment and self-acceptance were too positive for a villain to express. Thus, the story was rewritten….
Hmm, I'm not so sure. True story: a Frozen obsessed wife said to her hubby, "If you can't understand what makes this movie great, there's something wrong with you as a human being," before divorcing the poor dude. Sounds pretty evil to me!
3. Animators had an actual reindeer visit the studio to use as inspiration for the character Sven.
The animators of Frozen wanted to observe the movements and the mannerisms of reindeer for Sven featured in the movie. Apparently, however, the reindeer just stood there and didn't move enough, so they ended up modelling Sven on Executive Producer John Lasseter's dog. I can totally see it.
4. Elsa was originally meant to look likewhat now!?
Yep, blue hair, dudes.
When voice actor Idina Menzel joined the cast of the movie, Elsa's CGI creation was equipped with blue, spiky hair and a coat made of living weasels. Count yourselves lucky we got a nice fair-haired, quite normally-clothed Snow Queen, Frozens!
5. Disney does not support the consumption of boogers...!?
Disney is the master of throwing Easter eggs into everything they do, and Frozen is no exception!
There is a note in the movie end credits stating that eating boogers is not a view "reflected by The Walt Disney Company." Smart move, Disney. You do not want a booger-related lawsuit on your hands. Or boogers on your hands either for that matter.
6. Anna and Prince Hans' song is a first for princess-villain duets.
When Anna sings "Love is an Open Door" with Prince Hans, it is the first time a Disney princess has ever performed a duet with a villain...
What, you didn't get the subtle hints about his true nature?
7. The movie is based on a Hans Christian Anderson story.
The Snow Queen, which was also the original title of Frozen before they changed the name, is based on a fairytale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. The names Hans, Kristoff, Anna, and Sven are also a nod to Andersen's work.
8. The animation team created a snowflake generator program to build 2,000 different snowflake shapes they could use.
That, right there, is some cold, hard dedication.
9. Some Tangled characters make an appearance!
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled make a surprise appearance in Frozen. When they open the city gates for Elsa's coronation, you can see the couple's backs toward the camera. Such an awesome little tie-in between Tangled and Frozen to think that the characters not only exist in the same Disneyverse, but that they're close enough to drop by for a visit!