There's a new page about my favorite illustrators, a page about my Java games (although it's difficult to get Java applets to run in browsers nowadays), I've added a cake recipe (in Swedish), and there's a new image in the portfolio.
I've made some corrections to the site code; some minor functions are still missing, but as of this update, the site seems to be working more or less as it should, and I'll start concentrating on adding more content.
Also: It turns out I had forgotten to include the file responsible for saving portfolio image ratings. Go rate my portfolio images!
I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
The Electromagnetic Drive is a propulsion system that uses microwaves instead of rocket fuel, and which seems to defy Newton's third law, yet it continues to work in test after test. The explanation could be that the the pilot-wave interpretation of quantum mechanics is correct, or just experimental error. The next step for the EM Drive is for it to be tested in space, which is scheduled to happen in the coming months.
Based on 20 minutes of voice samples from a given speaker, Project VoCo analyzes the speech, breaks it down into phonemes, and allows you to easily generate new speech in that person's voice. Can you find 20 minutes of speech from a politician? You can now have him say anything.
It turns out that "How is babby formed?" wasn't some kind of weird outlier – that is just how people talk about pregnancy on Yahoo! Answers.
“If a women has starch masks on her body does that mean she has been pargnet before.?
Some English-speakers use "frown" to mean "a wrinkling of the brow in displeasure or concentration", while others use it to mean "turning down the corners of your mouth". These two groups are largely unaware that the other group exists.
“Seriously, this has blown my mind. 39, American, frown has always meant a mouth thing to me. I had no idea a different definition or usage even existed.
According to a University of Utah study, surpluses of men are associated with higher levels of marriage, relationship commitment and paternal involvement, a contrast to prevailing theories that an abundance of single men lead to outcomes of crime, violence and broken homes.
"You get more unmarried men when there are fewer [men]. Men may be less interested in settling down with a single partner when there are multiple options available."
Reviews, manuals, scripts and warnings from a program that tries to imitate existing text without understanding it. Quotes from its review of the Paris catacombs:
“i have visited the graves of the tour groups who died from being embarrassed to be underground.
don't get sunburned in the catacombs where the bones are creepy and the ceilings are allowed to touch you.
i got an audio headset for €5 but it said only a fraction of what i thought it would say. it said that the city of lights was worth a visit. it said that i was lucky to be cool. not sure why it said "kids arrive in winter."
it took 12 hours to read the history of bones. i heard that bones are real and are actually a good health hazard that you need in your face.
Contrary to earlier studies, a new meta-analysis says that the increased risk of death associated with sitting for 8 hours a day could be eliminated for people who did a minimum of 1 hour physical activity per day. Examples of physical activity were brisk walking at 5.6 km/h or cycling for pleasure at 16 km/h.
“Our message is a positive one: it is possible to reduce - or even eliminate - these risks if we are active enough, even without having to take up sports or go to the gym.
“It was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor,” Jane Bockholt said. Ann Moliver Ruben, the 70-year-old psychologist who designed the shirt and sold them to the store, said the retailer’s response means “that promoting females as leaders is still a very threatening concept in this country." A buyer at the company reportedly said that the shirt "goes against Wal-Mart's family values."
Trump openly calls for the U.S. to commit war crimes and advocates for the murder of innocent women and children. After veterans speak out claiming U.S. soldiers would not commit war crimes or torture children, Trump insists that they will if he orders them. He calls for the U.S. to start torturing prisoners in any way ISIS does. He says he would declare a world war, and he doesn't rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe. He promises to forcibly seize foreign oil fields in foreign countries. He encourages his supporters to use violence, and defends supporters who assault others. Etc. Etc.
Thinking, Fast and Slow is an excellent book – but one with many flaws. First, there is the list of studies that simply haven’t held up through the “replication crisis” of the last few years (for example, the first substantive chapter is on priming). Also, Kahneman describes hot hands as a "widespread cognitive illusion", whereas newer studies have found that there is a hot hand. And on organ donation rates, Kahneman describes the difference between European countries as being due to differences in form design, when in fact those European countries with high “donor rates” never ask their citizens whether they wish to be donors.
Oral rehydration solution, milk, and (to a lesser degree) orange juice had a significantly higher hydration index than water. Normally when you drink, it signals the kidneys to get rid of the extra water by producing more urine, but when beverages contain nutrients and electrolytes, the stomach empties more slowly with a less dramatic effect on the kidneys.
Furthermore, drinks containing moderate amounts of caffeine and alcohol or high levels of sugar had hydration indexes no different from water. The exceptions are very strong coffee drinks or strong alcoholic drinks like distilled spirits.
In 1896, the parents of a two-year-old killed due to the negligence of the Southern Railroad Company of Georgia asked a judge for compensation. They argued that their child performed errands worth two dollars per month, but they received nothing beyond the cost of a burial. The judge concluded that the child was "of such tender years as to be unable to have any earning capacity, and hence the defendant could not be held liable in damages."
In 18th century Europe, the death of an infant or a young child was a minor event, met with a mixture of indifference and resignation. Viviana Zelizer, in her book Pricing the Priceless Child, argues that children became “sacralized” in the late 1800s and early 1900s — transforming children from un-sentimentalized but economically useful little people to economically useless yet emotionally priceless treasures.
Colonial Americans buried infants without fuss, but in the 20th century, parents read books that advised them on how to cope with the unbearable loss of a child.
Lenin was a mushroom was a highly influential televised hoax, first broadcast on 17 May 1991 on Leningrad Television. Sergey Kuryokhin, impersonating a historian, narrated his findings that Vladimir Lenin consumed large quantities of psychedelic mushrooms and eventually became a mushroom himself.
Soviet television had, up to that point, been regarded as conservative in style and content. As a result, a large number of Soviet citizens (one estimate puts the number at 11,250,000 audience members) took the deadpan "interview" at face value.
Perhaps the most notable result of the show was an appeal by a group of party members to clarify the veracity of Kuryokhin's claim. In response to the request one of the top regional functionaries stated that "Lenin could not have been a mushroom" because "a mammal can not be a plant."