If you watched
Conan last night — or this morning on DVR like me — you saw his interview with astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield, who recently retired after his return from a six-month stint on the International Space Station.
While he was there, he conducted experiments on the impact of low gravity on human biology.
But that didn’t score him a guest shot on
No, Hadfield used Twitter and Facebook to chronicle life on the space station in video and pictures. In fact, his cover of David Bowie has received over 18 million hits on Youtube.
Let’s add a few more.
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Can you trust your eyes? Let’s take a poll and find out!
What is pictured below?
Take Our Poll
Thu 9/5: Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Hump Day mystery! The correct answer is “colored sand.”
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I was the ‘blind one’ in my family.
The kid who got glasses in fourth grade. Who probably should have had them years before, but faked her way through school eye exams.
The only one in glasses in my family. The only one in glasses in my class.
Over the years, I’ve gotten used to having bad eyesight. To doctors saying I can’t buy certain eyeglasses frames because “your lenses are too thick.” It’s all good.
I can wear contacts, too.
But at my annual checkup this week, my ophthalmologist said my retinas were ‘textbook.’
Take a look.
Aren’t they beautiful?
It’s nice to see one part of my eyes living up to their potential.
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So this happened yesterday.
The Mars Rover team visited the set of
The Big Bang Theoryfor their taping last night.
I join geeks everywhere in being equally excited that…
real scientists joined forces with
TBBT clique, and they’re taping new episodes.
Hurry up, fall season! Bring on the new shows!!
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This image of the
Pinwheel Galaxy, captured by four NASA telescopes, is estimated to be millions of years behind.
Wrap your head around that one, and have a nice day.
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Is there such a thing as a perfect face?
Scientists in Britain say yes.
Meet Florence Colgate.
She won Lorraine Cosmetics ‘most beautiful woman in Britain’ contest, and researchers say it’s because her face is almost perfectly symmetrical. Using The Golden Ratio*, researchers determined the 18-year-old girl’s face has the strongest chance of attracting the most people.
Guess she didn’t need cosmetics after all.
Wondering if your mug is symmetrical?
SymFace allows you to upload a photo and calculate your own ratios.
* The Golden Ratio is roughly 1.6, which means a beautiful person’s face is about 1 1/2 times longer than it is wide.
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If you’re looking for the first robins of spring where you live…
They’re all in Central Park.
I noticed a large gathering of robins on the Great Lawn when I was walking Rory this morning. They were spaced out in an almost geometric pattern, standing very still.
It looked much like the start of some sci-fi films, just before the aliens land…or creatures burst through the earth after being buried in pods for centuries.
Perhaps they were exhibiting the bird behavior that mathematician John Nash studied as a student at Princeton, which was dramatized in the movie A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.
Of course, there is one other reason the birds could have been standing there on the Great Lawn in the early morning –
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The best way to a mathematical constant is through its stomach.” — Carla Curtsinger, looking for any reason to eat pie
Happy Pi Day, Fellow Geeks!
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Yesterday I was miffed at snarky comments on Twitter and Facebook made by NYC locals who were underwhelmed by Hurricane Irene.
I wasn’t the only one.
Neighbors in New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont who are underwater and without power were quick to snark back at their lack of empathy.
The snark resurfaced last night in live tweets about the VMAs, one of the few awards shows I don’t watch (but probably should based on the comments).
Which got me thinking… where does the word ‘snark’ come from? How long has it been around? And is there someone I can personally thank since it is so much fun to say?
‘Snark’ is simply the blending of ‘snide’ and ‘remark.’ I couldn’t find a date or person credited for the first mash-up of the word, but it’s a good one.
I did find lots of ‘snark’ derivations, which are brilliant in and of themselves. I know you’ll want to add a few of them to your vocab:
the art or science of being snarky (now, there’s a college major for ya) snarkagogy —
snarkalec — someone who consistently makes snarky remarks
snarkasm — snarky, with an undertone of sarcasm (for advanced snarkalecs only)
snarkhat — if you are not usually snarky, put it on to make a snarky comment; then take off
There are a lot more at
UrbanDictionary.com. (Figured it would be snarky to not reveal my source.)
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