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Archive for January, 2007

When your National symbol does stupid shit too….

Posted by quirksalight on January 30, 2007

Eagle lugging deer head causes blackout

The bald eagle, yes-one of our national symbols, got greedy and tried to fly off with a deer head. And died in its efforts after causing collateral damage. Sheesh…. Is it me, or is this just waay to metaphorical?
Btw – a bald eagle weighs between 12-16 lbs. A deer weighs 100 + lbs, depending on gender and species.

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Giving into auditory desires

Posted by quirksalight on January 30, 2007

I gave into my desire for new music this week and bought three new CDs…
John Legend’s Once Again, Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled album, and KT Tunstall’s Eye to the Telescope. John Legend lives up to his album’s title, and does an amazing job for his sophmore debut. The latter two artists are a bit more mellow than what I’m used to, so I’ll have to listen to them a bit more before making a complete review….
However, Tunstall’s “Black Horse & the Cherry Tree” and “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae are extremely catchy tunes that makes you want to get up and dance. Which I did, in my cube of an office and in the hallway in front of it. 😛

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Catching snakes….

Posted by quirksalight on January 25, 2007

Super Snake is a DJ for Kiss FM (KZZP) and he’s got a segment on his show called “I Knew You Was a Snake” catching people cheating on their partners/spouses, aka “snakes”, live and on the air.
There are podcasts available on the radio station, but here’s one where it’s “going global” and “american love” has a whole new meaning…..

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Microwave crowd control

Posted by quirksalight on January 25, 2007

Yesterday, the US military showcased their latest non-lethal weapon system, the Active Denial System (ADS).
US military - heat ray gun Active Denial System

The essence of how this mobile (sort of – it’s a large dish mounted on a Humvee) weapon works is the same way as a microwave. The electromagnetic waves excite the water molecules in your body, producing rapid and intense heat at that particular location. The ADS uses higher frequencies, around 95Hz, to minimize the penetration depth of these waves (so your kidneys don’t get cooked!), and the worst side effects that have been seen in human trials are second degree burns.

Other links:
Global Security
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program
Wikipedia
Wired

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Manscaping, etc….

Posted by quirksalight on January 24, 2007

“convenient simple and gentle way to make your genitals bloom”
Make sure you click on the music video.
Philips Bodygroom

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“The social behavior of sperm is somewhat like the social behavior of humans”

Posted by quirksalight on January 23, 2007

I’m an avid reader of the New York Times as some of y’all may have noticed. There is an interview in this week’s Science Times with Dr. David E. Clapham, titled: “Small Wonders: Understanding the Way of the Warrior Sperm”
He’s a cell biologist, but this article focused on his work on sperm (as you can see by the title), specifically, how the sperm is able to get past the egg’s defensive membrane to fertilize it.
What’s really interesting about this article is the point of male contraception that is brought up, and the problems Dr. Clapham has been having in getting a company interested in developing it. There is a specific target, the ion channel key to powering the little suckers through the egg’s membrane, and a potential market (polls have shown interest by both sexes in a male contraceptive pill – see here ) so why not jump on it? You’d think that this is something that would be easier for the religious right to swallow than the morning after pill; this prevents fertilization from taking place, rather than getting rid of a fertilized egg.

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Toys…

Posted by quirksalight on January 22, 2007

Would you play with these toys?
I have to admit… I like the tiger…

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Clarification….

Posted by quirksalight on January 22, 2007

Clarification on posting on head trauma.

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So maybe I’m not moving to Cali…..

Posted by quirksalight on January 22, 2007

the odds are good, but the goods are odd….
Ladies and gents, have you heard this phrase when it comes to dating? Probably so, and for readers of Ph.d comics, you may recognize it from this comic:

“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham http://www.phdcomics.com

Considering that it’s a comment directed most often at, ah, those in the technical fields, silicon valley is a prime target for this phrase.
In further exploring this…The Bar Study was a sampling of the male/female ratio in bars in the Stanford U area over a period of three days in June of 2001. Lo and behold….

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That’s it… I’m moving to Cali….

Posted by quirksalight on January 21, 2007

Dating sucks for the ladies on the east coast, and here’s proof why.
singles.jpg
This map was published in the February 2007 issue of National Geographic, showing the ratio of single women to men across the major metropolitation regions of the United States. Now please note that the northeast corridor of the US (DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, Boston), has the highest concentration of single women. But what’s interesting that as you go west, the ratios go the other way, with single men outnumbering the women.
What was very amusing about the west coast was that the major techie regions (Seattle, Silicon Valley) were the regions where the ratios were greatly skewed to single men. Coincidence? 😛

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