Friday, May 22, 2009

Light up my black skull

Black skull candleMatter has a ghoulish and delightful dark candle which I very much like to add to my infantile bed room deco. Alas! 95 dollars is way above my wallet weight to haunt my wife.

Matter – Skull Candle

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Singpost got creative in easing junk flyers in our HDB mailbox

Spotted in one local forum, this order form is for advertiser to pay Singpost for their flyer, brochure, ads mail etc to be delivered to HDB mailbox by postman. Click to enlarge.
Hey Singpost, dun liketat leh! HDB cleaner has had hard time sweeping up area around the mailbox.

Can you also design another form for us to pay you so that those junk will not come to our mailbox? My wife keeps complaining about this.

Scientists said you can pass your happiness to your children

Dr. Alberto Halabe Bucay of Research Center Halabe and Darwich in Mexico says,

"My paper suggests a way that the parent's psychology before conception can actually affect the child's genes."

Alexander Weiss, a psychologist at the University of Edinburgh says,

"Although happiness is subject to a wide range of external influences, we have found that there is a heritable component of happiness which can be entirely explained by genetic architecture of personality,"

So now they mean leaving my children with obscene sum of money and power to dictate a multitude, like being the king of some nation, will not make them happy?

Read more here – Live Science, Happiness May Be Inherited

Earth Ozone til 2060, as predicted if CFC is not banned

Ozone if CFC was not bannedOver at NASA observatory, a team of scientist set out to predict what the ozone layer would have looked like today and in the future if countries around the world had not signed the Montreal Protocol Treaty banning ozone-depleting chemicals.

As you can see here, by 2060 the Ozone will be gone if Chlorofluorocarbons was not banned.

Earth Observatory - The Ozone Layer If CFCs Hadn't Been Banned

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Harvard law professor argues about P2P fair use

Charles NessonCharles Nesson, in his defense of accused file-swapper Joel Tenenbaum, spelled out his defense strategy, which doesn't appear to involve claims that his client "didn't do it." Instead, Nesson argues that it doesn't matter if Tenenbaum copied music; such noncommercial uses are presumptively "fair" and anyone seeking to squeeze file-swappers for statutory damages is entitled to precisely zero dollars. He wrote,

"It would be a bizarre statute indeed that offered two completely unrelated remedies, one which granted actual damages and lost profits, and the other of which granted plaintiffs the right to drive a flock of sheep across federal property on the third day of each month."

Ars Technica, Harvard prof tells judge that P2P filesharing is "fair use".