Archive for January, 2008

Too much time + high altitude =

January 30th, 2008

This take-off of Hotel California from astronomers in Hawaii.

Quite a good singer, which makes this quite a bit better than the average for this kind of joke.


Coming soon to Batemans Bay

January 30th, 2008

Global warming could lead to coral reefs moving further south.

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

January 30th, 2008

The Russian SU-30MK can stop and hover in mid-air.

Fun toy. Probably a little pricey.


Anti-semitism made easy

January 30th, 2008

The Zionist-Conspiracy-O-Matic.

Funny. But don’t forget that some people actually believe this poison.


Counter-intuitive findings

January 30th, 2008

More medical treatment doesn’t (necessarily) make you better.

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 you or your insurance company can afford. And, as you can’t judge marginal benefits of health treatments very well, this probably means you’ll buy too much. In socialised systems such as the UK there’s a far more brutal attention paid to the effectiveness of treatment, because everything they do for you is less treatment for someone else. Maybe that’s not the worst idea in the world.


Holiday!

January 29th, 2008

Bushranger Bay

Robert snorkelling

Sea Cliff bridge


Happy Australia Day!

January 26th, 2008

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?


Cool music

January 25th, 2008

A Brazilian ice-cream company has a competition where you can find an iPod in your ice cream.

Incredibly clever packaging, a good example of someone not letting the fact that an idea is impossible stop them.


Not getting the point

January 25th, 2008

A beautiful but silly wine decanter.

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

January 25th, 2008

From The Onion’s week of true stories: “Gore Wins Oscar, Nobel Peacce Prize for Slide-Show Presentation.

The deadpan accuracy of the story is probably the funniest bit.