It's that time of year again, time to fall back (at least if you are in the US... well, some parts of the US):
OK, the video title says "Adults Only", but really it's more like PG-13. I love the kids in the window... hilarious!
The technology of search has grown a bit in the last two decades. We used to search for exact matches, now we search for similar and related items. This poses an interesting problem in some cultures.
For instance, recipes in America typically contain a major ingredient in the name ('au gratin potatoes', 'key lime pie', and 'curly fries' come to mind). The ones that don't are made the same way by everyone, so you can find the ingredients list easily and then use that as a basis for related searches. But in Chinese cuisine, the name isn't necessarily useful:
So here's on of my pet peeves: we want to think we're rational, then we go do stupid stuff like this (click image for full-size):
How rational is it to spend 25 times as much on something that is almost 2000 times less likely to occur? Answer: it isn't.
Sometimes paper gets creases in it. And sometimes that crease alters the headline. And sometimes it's both true and funny:
Ever wonder what vanity license plate applications get rejected? Things like:
- A55 KIKR
... and many more.
I love my HTC Thunderbolt. But I'm pretty upset to find this today:
That is not the case. What Trevor found is only the tip of the iceberg - we are all still digging deeper - but currently any app on affected devices that requests a single android.permission.INTERNET (which is normal for any app that connects to the web or shows ads) can get its hands on:
Bed Goldacre demonstrates some of the most distorting ways bad science is being used in medicine a pharmaceuticals and offers ideas for a solution:
I'm a risk-taker. According to life insurance companies, I exhibit a "habitual pattern of high-risk behavior". I love the personal growth that comes from confronting my fears, the exhilaration of pushing my boundaries, and the magic of experiencing life at the edge.
Which is why it seriously bothers me that people are trying to make the world "safe" by their standards. Somewhere in the last 50-75 years, society decided that taking risks was not acceptable, that people like me should not be allowed to explore the world on our terms.