Archive for July 22nd, 2011
This is a billion dollars. Visit the link below to see an visualisation of the amount the US owes.
Seriously, my mouth is still agape.
Said to someone who was being mean to an overweight guy in a bar
The link between violence and hot weather is so intuitive that it’s embedded in our language: Hotheads lose tempers that flare, anger simmers and comes to a boil, and eventually we cool down.
So what does science have to say? Do tempers truly soar with temperature? The answer, appropriately enough for these triple-digit days, is hazy and hotly contested.
To be sure, extensive literature exists on hot weather and violence, stretching from poorly controlled regional studies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries — oh, those hot-blooded southerners! — to more sophisticated modern analyses. This doesn’t just apply to the United States, but countries like England and Wales and New Zealand.
But whether weather is cause or coincidence is difficult to determine.
Perhaps the most detailed studies, led by psychologists Ellen Cohn and James Rotton of Florida State University, involved violent crime over a two-year period in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cohn and Rotton classified assaults according to time of day, day of week, and month and temperature. They ultimately concluded that violence rose with temperature, but only to a point.
California milk producers have yanked a widely criticized ad campaign that poked fun at premenstrual syndrome and the way men supposedly suffer from the monthly cycles of their wives and girlfriends.
“Over the past couple of weeks, regrettably, some people found our campaign about milk and PMS to be outrageous and misguided — and we apologize to those we offended,” the California Milk Processor Board says on its website. “Others thought it funny and educational. It has opened up a topic that affects women, of course, but also relationships.”
Instead of abandoning the campaign completely, the milk producers are extending it by seeking to capitalize on the controversy surrounding it. They’ve put up a new website titled “got discussion?” featuring pro and con views and inviting people to join the discussion.
The original campaign, titled “Everything I Do Is Wrong,” directed men to a website that featured pictures of puzzled men and aimed to help them with a color-coded “current global PMS level,” a “video apology enhancer” and a “mistake verification system,” among other features.
An American blogger has discovered three fake Apple stores operating in Kunming city, China.
Pictures of the stores, their staff and a description of a stroll around them was posted on the BirdAbroad blog.
In the article, she writes about conversations with staff, many of whom were convinced that they were employed by the US electronics firm.
Apple has said it has no comment to make on the discovery of the counterfeit shops.
On her blog, BirdAbroad described the stores as a “beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen”.
She describes how convincing the shop was at first glance because so much trouble had been taken to copy key elements of a real Apple store.
For instance, it has a winding staircase, upstairs seating area and employees wearing blue T-shirts and chunky ID lanyards.
Lion is here — and as MG summed up in just 3,000 words, it’s great.
No operating system is perfect, though. At least, not for everyone, and especially not right out of the (non-existent) box. Looking to make your Lion experience that much better, we’ve bundled together a bevy of tips and tricks that you really ought to have ready on your first trip into the new OS.
Now, something to keep in mind: these tips aren’t one-size-fits-all. Read through the list and pick out the ones that sound good, and be sure to drop a comment if you’ve got a tip of your own.
In sci-fi thriller In Time, scientists have figured out a way to turn off the aging gene. But if you want to live forever, you have to pay.
Justin Timberlake, who plays a poor kid who suddenly comes into a fortune of time in the film, stopped by the Wired Cafe at Comic-Con International with his In Time co-star Amanda Seyfried. The talked about the film, which has a premise reminiscent of Logan’s Run.
“We figured out how to look 25 forever,” says Timberlake in the Wired.com video interview above. “The bad part is, what happens at that point is your body clock starts and you have a year of time to live. So basically you start running out of time.”
The timekeepers come after him, and he kidnaps Seyfried to help keep him alive. Naturally, things get complicated as their relationship develops.
“We kind of are slowly becoming closer until we are naked together,” says Seyfried.
We talk to the film’s stars about their characters, the making of the movie and their on-screen chemistry. In Time, written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show), opens Oct. 28.