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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Thu Dec 08th 2011, 11:30 PM

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for 'New Approaches' (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Sun Nov 27th 2011, 12:38 AM
Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions if it ever escaped is created in research lab

A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilization.

The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time.

The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out.


Paul Keim, chairman of NSABB (U.S National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity), said: 'I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one.'

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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Wed Nov 23rd 2011, 01:03 AM

Thanks to FarLeftFist for the blank
and Politicalboi for the idea
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Thu Oct 06th 2011, 03:07 PM
(CNN) -- If beauty is indeed truth, as John Keats claimed, then this story ought to be true: the logo on the back of your iPhone or Mac is a tribute to Alan Turing, the man who laid the foundations for the modern-day computer, pioneered research into artificial intelligence and unlocked German wartime codes.

His death, a decade after the end of the war, provides the link with Apple. Unrecognized for his work, facing jail for gross indecency and humiliated by estrogen injections intended to 'cure' his homosexuality, he bit into an apple he had laced with cyanide. He died in obscurity on June 7, 1954, 10 years and a day after the Normandy landings, which made copious use of intelligence gleaned by his methods.

And so, the story goes, when two Stanford entrepreneurs were looking for a logo for their brand new computer company, they remembered Turing and his contribution to their field. They chose an apple -- not a complete apple, but one with a bite taken out of it.

Sadly, the truth is rarely as simple, or beautiful, as we would like.

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The Newton Crest: 1976-1976

The first Apple logo was designed in 1976 by Ronald Wayne, sometimes referred to as the third co-founder of Apple. The logo depicts Isaac Newton sitting under a tree, an apple dangling precipitously above his head. The phrase on the outside border reads, “Newton… A Mind Forever Voyaging Through Strange Seas of Thought … Alone.”

The Rainbow Logo: 1976-1998

Not surprisingly, the above logo only lasted a year before Steve Jobs commissioned graphic designer Rob Janoff to come up with something, oh I don’t know, a little bit more modern. Janoff’s eventual design would go on to become one of the most iconic and recognizable corporate logos in history.

According to Janoff, the “bite” in the Apple logo was originally implemented so that people would know that it represented an apple, and not a tomato. It also lent itself to a nerdy play on words (bite/byte), a fitting reference for a tech company. Quick sidenote: Corporate design sure was a lot simpler in the 70’s. Nowadays, companies like Pepsi spend millions of dollars on logo re-designs that are based on complete BS and new age mumbo jumbo.


The relatively simple origins of the rainbow colored Apple logo hasn’t stopped some from reading a bit too much into what it represents. Jean-Louis Gassée, former Apple executive and founder of BeOS, quipped about the logo: One of the deep mysteries to me is our logo, the symbol of lust and knowledge, bitten into, all crossed with the colors of the rainbow in the wrong order. You couldn’t dream a more appropriate logo: lust, knowledge, hope and anarchy.

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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Thu May 12th 2011, 11:34 PM
They could just tap into one of their volcanos and use that heat to boil water for electricity instead of building nuclear reactors all over their volcanic island.

It seems so simple, but maybe there's a reason I'm not seeing?
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion
Thu Feb 03rd 2011, 03:48 PM
Feel free to add your own.

Egyptian Police van drives into a crowd at high speed (warning, GRAPHIC)

Egyptian 'Ambulance' (?) drives over a protester at high speed (warning, GRAPHIC)
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 17th 2010, 08:55 PM
During 2009 England demanded lots of cash from Iceland.

Except, they forgot that the Icelandic alphabet doesn't include the letter "c".

So, Iceland cooperated and are now sending England lots of ash.
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Dec 02nd 2009, 01:54 AM
After having seen it only once, I kind of agreed with William Pitt's take on it but now I feel differently. President Obama was sincere when he said he was reluctant to commit more resources, but sees it as the only real viable option, looking at the big picture and thinking of the future. I'm a fairly smart guy, but I'm honest enough to admit that Barack Obama is smarter than I am, and has access to information sources that I don't, as well.

I don't support wars, on principle, but I hope to God that President Obama is making the right choice here, and this war is winnable. At least now we have more clearly defined exit conditions.

This'll probably go over like a lead balloon here, given some of the other posts I've seen on the subject tonight, but oh well
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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 10th 2009, 02:03 AM
Pyramania - Alan Parsons Project, 1978

There are pyramids in my head
There's one underneath my bed
And my lady's getting cranky
Every possible location
Has a simple explanation
And it isn't hanky-panky

I had read
Somewhere in a book, they improve all your food and your wine
It's said, that everything you grow in your garden would taste pretty fine
Instead, all I ever get is a pain in the neck and a
Yap yap yap yap yap yap yap

I've consulted all the sages
I could find in the yellow pages
But there aren't many of them
And the mayan panoramas
On my pyramid pajamas
Haven't helped my little problem
I've been told
Someone in the know can be sure that his luck is as
Good as gold, money in the bank and you don't even pay for it
If you fold, a dollar bill in the shape of the pyramid that's printed on the

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Posted by Electric Monk in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Sep 28th 2009, 07:47 PM
That's my opinion, anyway. Anyone feel like debating that?
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