Month: January 2008
Too much time + high altitude =
[This take-off of Hotel California from astronomers in Hawaii](http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2007/12/29/hotel-mauna-kea/). Quite a good singer, which makes this quite a bit better than the average for this kind of joke.
Coming soon to Batemans Bay
[Global warming could lead to coral reefs moving further south](http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2007/s2130195.htm). Last thing the South Coast needs is *more* tourists, of course. Judging from the last weekend of the year it’s already bursting at the seams.
Physics and flight
[The Russian SU-30MK can stop and hover in mid-air](http://www.boingboing.net/2007/12/05/russian-fighter-jet.html). Fun toy. Probably a little pricey.
Anti-semitism made easy
[The Zionist-Conspiracy-O-Matic](http://judeosphere.blogspot.com/2007/12/zionist-conspiracy-o-matic.html). Funny. But don’t forget that some people actually believe this poison.
[More medical treatment doesn’t (necessarily) make you better](http://www.cato-unbound.org/2007/09/10/robin-hanson/cut-medicine-in-half/). Health ‘economics’ is a very tricky area – most of the usual rules of economics go out the window when people start to have near-infinite demands for healthcare. But the underlying idea here is interesting – in the US system you can buy as much healthcare as […]
Happy Australia Day!
Go throw something on a barbie, play some backyard cricket, or complain about the politicians. You know, something Australian. I’ll be back on Tuesday. Everyone have a great long weekend. And if you don’t get the long weekend because you’re not in Australia: [Why not fix that?](http://www.immi.gov.au)
[A Brazilian ice-cream company has a competition where you can find an iPod in your ice cream](http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/frozen-ipods/ice-cream-company-giving-away-10000-frozen-ipods-inside-popsicles-333129.php). Incredibly clever packaging, a good example of someone not letting the fact that an idea is impossible stop them.
Not getting the point
[A beautiful but silly wine decanter](http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/11/27/n2-and-n4-decanters.html). Why silly? Because half the purpose of a decanter is to aerate the wine – after all, sediments are pretty rare in modern wines. So if the wine can’t breathe, why bother decanting?
The best story The Onion has ever done
From The Onion’s week of true stories: [“Gore Wins Oscar, Nobel Peacce Prize for Slide-Show Presentation](http://www.theonion.com/content/news/gore_wins_oscar_nobel_peace_prize?utm_source=onion_rss_daily). The deadpan accuracy of the story is probably the funniest bit.