Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Nerdiness in the News

I guess some study by a linguist (H/T Insty) has been all over the blogosphere that tried to define nerds as "hyperwhite" because of, at least according to this one study, our eschewing of "trendy" brown slang like hip-hop, for grammatically correct English. Let's just leave aside the entire rest of the non-English-speaking nerds of the world for the moment, or even the non-native born nerds in America who speak English with an accent.

Instead, just try to explain to me, then, these LOTR Elvish fans

Or the eponymous "Trekkers"?

I'm not buying it.

Winnie Cooper making math sexy? That, I'd buy. Oh, and she seems to back up these sentiments nicely.

Somehow, I get the feeling that this researcher watched just an anthology of "Weird" Al videos to reach her "hyperwhite" conclusion:

M. C. Escher, that's my favorite MC...

See? Even "hyperwhite" nerds wanna roll wit da homies.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Klingons Have a Bad Day

Gloating is unseemly, but way too much fun.

This sort of stuff never happened when I was in charge of the Southern Sector Klingon warrior data.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

LOLCATS Meme Joins the Rebel Alliance

So you think the cat macro meme is just this year's Numa kid?

It's official, lolcats is now part of the American Psyche.

Don't believe me? Check out the LOL WARS group on the Star Wars MashUps site, especially this post.

"Im in ur trenches blowing up ur death star."


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ward Churchill Finally Treated Like a Real Professor

...and the University of Colorado Board of Regents rewarded him commensurately for his efforts to the academy. Of course, for him, "getting what he richly deserved" means firing him in an 8-1 vote. If we recall Churchill's reaction to the UofC President's unequivocal recommendation earlier this year, perhaps reporters will be able to find him under that bridge with the rest of his illustrious "colleagues."

H/T Insty. Jawa, too.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

E-Vote Leads to Revote in Berkeley

More bad news for Diebold. This might be the first time a judge has ordered a revote because of incompetent use of e-voting machines by under-trained election officials. Every fear about e-voting machines seems to have happened in Berkeley: lack of electronic forensics, lack of ability to ensure security of a vote for a recount, lack of paper backup for manual recount.

It's pretty rare for a revote to happen in the U.S. That it happened in an election where e-voting machines were used doesn't inspire a lot confidence in this technology.

More on e-voting here and here.

Germans And Anger Issues With PCs


What is it with Germans taking out their anger on PCs? Was he playing Unreal Tournament late at night? Or maybe the computer was just trying to find the key to "Escape":

Where's it at? Where is the Escape Button!?

I think that key was scattered all over the street with the rest of the keyboard and assorted silicon innards. Seriously, any excuse to post "Angry German Kid" is a good excuse.

Monday, July 16, 2007

More Bleach Comedy Mashup

I haven't posted a Bleach/Dane Cook mashup in a while. Here's his voyeuristic take on bad couples and their "nothing" fights (A little NSFW content):

Hey, dude. Dude, dude...I know what you're saying about the jelly, bro.

EU May Allow GMO Potato Crop

...but not for a lack of trying to stop it. This BASF-engineered potato may slip in through the back door via parliamentary procedure, but only because the arcane vote-weighting system used by EU's farming ministers failed to provide a majority for those countries attempting to kill the crop from moving forward. This GMO potato would be the first crop to be allowed entry into the EU since the de facto moratorium of genetically modified foods in 2000. Although that moratorium expired in 2004, each GMO crop brought up to a vote before the EU Farm Commission has been nixed by the weighted majority. Until now.

Per the rules of the EU, this essentially means that the crop will be approved as soon as it is placed on the agenda of the EU's environment commission. As the Reuters' story points out, there will likely be much reluctance to bring it up, so default approval may take a while. Still, even though BASF has stressed from the beginning that this potato crop was never meant for consumption, either by livestock or humans, this is a significant crack in the EU's membership's stonewalling of allowing GMO crops to be introduced into the European market. It remains to be seen, however, if attitudes change about GMO crops that are supposed to be eaten.

More on European GM-phobia here and here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Ginormous Graduates To Real Word

Heh. It's official, "ginormous" now has its own entry in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. I've been an abuser of this word for a number of years, so I'm glad to see its status rise.

Also joining "ginormous" are "sudoku" and "Bollywood." It's about time.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Parisians Undergo Etiquette Program

Much has been made in Western Media of the efforts Beijing is making to gentrify itself in preparation for the influx of tourists for the Olympic Games in 2008, usually with a snicker in tone that implies Chinese backwardness when it comes to manners. It should be noted, though, that Paris, and Parisians in particular, still reign supreme as the rudest to tourists.

So it comes as no surprise that Paris officials have rolled out a new program to teach some manners to their "grumpy" citizens.

Heh. Seems like their re-education program shares some similarity with Beijing's. Note the emphasis on smiles, and the focus in particular on cab drivers' etiquette. We'll have to see how that infamous Gallic shrug takes to it, though.

Wookiee Assaults Up to Two for Year in Hollywood

Wookiees sure are going crazy in Hollywood this year. This time, a wookiee is being sought for alleged sexual assault of a Marilyn Monroe look-a-like. Police are investigating. The wookiee-doe eluded arrest, but he shouldn't be too hard to find. Ms Monroe, it's doubtful, will ever utter the line "I'd just as soon kiss a wookiee" again.

If you'll recall, earlier this year, another wookiee was arrested for assaulting Japanese tourists, that time in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater not too far away. No word on if it's the same wookiee with "anger issues." That's a genetic trait of the species, isn't it?

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Sega Adds Bleach to Nintendo

Sega is releasing two games based on the popular anime series "Bleach" to the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS.

After seeing the manga become an anime series, which then was adapted as a musical, and then into a feature length movie, it was inevitable that this juggernaut would make its way to video games. Bleach fans, at least on the forums I occasionally frequent (heh, like all the time), are enthusiastic to the point of hyperventilation for the Wii version. I can't wait till the YouTube videos start showing up of people slashing wildly to get their Bankai out.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

PetMo 5000!

I don't get a lot of traffic around these parts, so big round numbers still mean something. I reached 5000 unique visitors today:

Not surprisingly, it was the bro who put me over the top. Thanks again for visiting this little corner of the web.

The Answer Really is 42

...But the question is How much mass does the Milky Way Galaxy actually have? It turns out, at least according to the latest calculations, that the Milky Way has a mass of 3X10 to the 42nd power kilograms. That's a 3 followed by 42 zeroes.

The Earth Mark II (or v 2.0 in the internet age) is still working on the question to "Life, the Universe, and Everything", last I heard.

h/t Ace

Monday, July 02, 2007

Meh. Slow News Day...

...So here's a lolcat I made. Did I mention I love the website ThinkGeek.com? Every lolcat knows you need a towel, and that the answer is 42:

Can we stop talking about the ickPhone, already?