Posts Tagged ‘brain fodder’

Given the recent nonsense, I’m going to start this collection off with something that should make you smile and is entirely work safe: And football being the only sport worth watching that’s actually being played right now (Thank Jeremy Jacobs and Gary Bettman!!) The DC character I think should be next up for a major […]

2012-11-24So you need to chart the heavenly vista for your opus magnus? Not a new concern. Try this. A little remind that not all things are improved with quantity. What do you mean you need to know where the stars are before you can draw them? Blasphemous thought! If you haven’t heard of Kelvin Doe, […]

A woman with two uteri, gave birth not long ago to two babies, one developed in each uterus. Yes, this is rare. A space saving, water craft you can put in your closet and still have room for shoes. It’s not quite George Jetson’s foldup car, but a kayak that compacts neatly is still pretty […]

Battlefield maps aren’t really difficult to come by, but getting one map with absolute brain breaking loads of the them from a source known for quality? Just about unheard of. Click here and drool. One of the fascinating differences between introverts, like say Charles Darwin or Albert Einstein on one hand and extroverts such as […]

Because Facebook needs another way to suck you into wasting more time: Behold the Video Chat App Airtime. Selling your wares at the local con? Here’s a tip. Possible answer to why some people just can’t lose weight. Imagine constructing a virus for bio-warfare on this idea… From the category of “Scum of the earth” […]

Baldassare Castiglione is your noble of the day. He’s also one of those charming renaissance men. He wrote a book called The Courtier. An interesting quote: The courtier must be; noble, skilled at war, a good dancer, an excellent conversationalist, moderate at all times, graceful, elegant, good with his hands, artistic. More debate on Pluto’s […]

This is possibly the most important discovery in biology since DNA itself. In very short it may give us some of the answers to why genetic variation within and between species can create so many similarities and differences. For example the black fur in canines is believed to have originated in domestic (prehistoric) animals, and […]

Alternate History

Posted: March 5, 2012 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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I don’t read a whole lot of alternate history, and don’t receive much in slush. I suspect partly that’s because I don’t care for for it as a top three reading choice, and partly because aside from the badly written stuff pretending to be the real McCoy there just isn’t that much of it written. Well, here’s […]

About one percent of the worlds population meets the clinical definition of psychopath. Now, more ways of parsing that one percent from the ninety nine percent have been developed based on the way they speak. (#OccupyInstitutions  ?) Apple sues and loses to a tablet competitor in Spain. One of the most famous crops in America […]

Brain Fodder: Bitcoin, B-School, Berry and beyond

Posted: August 16, 2011 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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So Bitcoin is experiencing issues?The operative question for any product or service that starts to fail is: execution or product?If you’re selling horse drawn buggies in 1831 and you start failing, it might be a the way you’re doing business. If you’re selling horse drawn buggies in 1931 and start failing, well that’s more likely […]

Posted: November 25, 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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It always pays to study your history, I’ve been heard to mutter that those who don’t learn their history are doomed to keep stepping in it. There are less charitable and polite versions, but the point stand. It is sometimes easier to project the future based on past events. A conversation with several friends about […]

Some non fic recommendations

Posted: November 10, 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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As a follow on to yesterday’s post I’ve got a couple books to recommend. I may have mentioned some of these before, some are pretty basic, some are a bit further afield. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Mythology. ISBN0754800695Great guide to the deities, legends, and more of the eastern world. The cover price was $40 when […]

The human mind is capable of doing amazing things. When you think of if, it’s rather amazing we haven’t made more technological advances. The first airplane was designed without the aid of computers, and the general principles of aerodynamics are not much changed since that time. Someone decided that the funny stuff growing in a […]

I’ve decided to go for something hilarious instead. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=257985

Love how strange: Mating Intelligence: http://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/index.php?term=20061221-000001&page=6 Marriage != higher happiness: http://www.psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-20030318-000002.html Celebrated failure…. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7380365.stm Interspecies sex (Seen before the 300 links in my flist) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7379554.stm The Virgin Jawsy: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6681793.stm Silk, light, and sex… http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7378196.stm

Nature you haven’t seen before.

Posted: May 2, 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Tool, Apes, Boto, and other four letter words

Posted: April 2, 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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While I’m skeptical of anything that doesn’t have a decent amount of evidence to support it, there are reports out of Senegal that our Chimpanzee cousins are using tools. Spears specifically to hunt other primates. My question is why only other primates? And nothing says I love you like wine, flowers and song? Well, the […]

Brain Fodder!!

Posted: February 13, 2008 by onyxhawke in Uncategorized
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Today we feed the brain. Tough Clothes http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7038686.stm Power Suits http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7241040.stm Hot air car? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7241909.stm Interstellar hotspot http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.wsaturn0103/BNStory/Science/home Whole lotta sweat http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080205.wsptgator4ptr/BNStory/Science/home That’s just batty http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7243502.stm Don’t be stupid http://madmikein08.com/stupid.html

I was talking to a writer friend tonight about him doing a new character. I asked him what he knew about his character? This ties in really well with some of the points that Laura Gilman, myself and others made at Arisia about building characters because the more you know about your characters, the better […]