Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween is Here!

Halloween is here, and since I have never been one to celebrate Halloween in a big way, Lifehacker has some awesome DIY Halloween projects, from pumpkin carving, to Halloween props and snacks, to costume ideas.

They also have a cool tutorial on how to create a pumpkin carving stencil in photoshop.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mariah Carey is Having Nick Cannon's Baby [babies]

Well, the rumors have been confirmed. Mariah Carey is having Nick Cannon's baby.

James Bond's Aston Martin Sold [cars]

James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 from the film Goldfinger just sold for $4 million.

Sleepwalker Shoots Himself in Foot [wtf]

A 63-year-old sleepwalking man shot himself in the foot.
Why a loaded gun was near a sleepwalking man is beyond me.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Millionaire College Kids

College kids to millionaires
, via Newsweek.

Father & Son Make Homemade Spacecraft, Record Video [tech]

This is pretty awesome. A father and son from New York built their own spacecraft in which they attached an iPhone and launched it into space, capturing an incredible video.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Italian-Designed Space-Saving Furniture [design]

As someone who lives in an extremely small studio in San Francisco, I am always trying to think of creative ways in which to utilize my space, and this furniture definitely looks like something I could incorporate into my space.

Do Frequent Flyers Age at a Different Rate? [science]

Do frequent flyers age at a different rate?

Empire State Building Now on Twitter & Facebook [social media]

The Empire State Building now has a Twitter account and Facebook page.

Empire State Building Twitter

Empire State Building Facebook

Justin Bieber is Taking Over the World [justin bieber]

It's official: Justin Bieber is getting his own movie.

Justin also recently has surpassed Lady GaGa's Bad Romance as the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, and Twitter now dedicates 3% of their servers to his Twitter traffic.

He also has a book out.

Instructables Halloween Site [cool stuff]

It is just days before Halloween, and if you're anything like me, you haven't yet purchased a costume, or even really decided what you are going to be this year.

Luckily for us, has an entire section of their site devoted to Halloween!

Doctor Removes Testicle by Mistake [medical mishaps]

A surgeon at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Greater Manchester, UK accidentally cut off a patient's entire right testicle when he was supposed to be removing a cyst just as the nurse assisting him turned away. The surgeon has also been accused of stealing medicine.

Read more here.

Samsung Galaxy Tab is Coming! [tech]

The iPad will finally have some competition. Samsung has announced their Galaxy Tab computer will be available November 10th in T-Mobile stores.

via Mashable:

After Verizon and Sprint, T-Mobile is the third major U.S. carrier to reveal the launch date for the Galaxy Tab, and — unless AT&T spoils it for them — T-Mobile customers will get the chance to buy the device one day before Verizon customers and four days before Sprint customers.

In the announcement, T-Mobile mentions its fast HSPA+ mobile broadband network, which should go hand-in-hand with Galaxy Tab’s 3G chip, but it doesn’t mention the price. The mystery of Galaxy Tab is nearly solved, but until we hear from AT&T and learn the price for the device from T-Mobile, the puzzle won’t be complete.

15-yr-old Boy Charged with Rebecca Aylward Murder [crime]

via the BBC

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a schoolgirl whose body was found in woodland in south Wales.

Quidditch Will Not Be an NCAA Sport. [harry potter]

Sorry kids, Quidditch will not become an official NCAA sport, much to the chagrin of the newly-formed International Quidditch Association.

via Gawker:

The newly-formed International Quidditch Association is hoping to turn the game memorialized in the Harry Potter books into an official NCAA sport. Sorry, but until you can fly and cast spells, you're just a bunch of dorks with broom wedgies.

The Playstation Phone [tech]

The Playstation phone is finally here!
Manufactured by Sony Ericsson, it will be running Google Android OS.

Marijuana Economics: Prop 19 [SF events]

Tonight at the Commonwealth Club, 7:30pm.

via SF Weekly

From where we sit, it looks like a done deal. Marijuana will be legalized sometime within the next ten years. Certainly, the industry as it stands is preparing itself for change. Uh, not that we would know anything about it. Tonight at "Marijuana Economics: Prop 19," the heavy hitters of the current bid for legalization sit down and discuss the actual facts of the matter. Richard Lee, the author of Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, is in the "pro" seat. Tim Rosales, the campaign manager of the No on Prop 19 outfit, is in the "anti." And somehow, somehow, Beau Kilmer of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center is thought not to have a position, but rather a lot of information.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Office 2011 for Mac Released [tech]

Office 2011 for Mac was released, and according to Mashable, it delivers the goods.

Lungs Can Taste! [weird science]

Discovery of bitter receptors in lungs could lead to innovations in asthma treatments, scientists say.

via Discover Magazine:
Yes, taste. In a Nature Medicine study, Stephen B. Liggett and company found receptors on the smooth muscle in the lungs that respond to bitterness, similar to the bitter taste buds on the tongue. And, Liggett found, the receptors’ reaction to bitterness is to relax the muscles, and therefore to expand airways. That was totally unexpected, he says, and opens intriguing possibilities for pulmonary treatment—for example, asthmatic symptoms could be treated by exposing these receptors to bitter compounds.