Intel Dump

It's that time again, here is the flotsam and jetsam that has built up in my files the last few months;

- In the spirit of Kamandi, here's a collection of images from sci-fi where the Statue of Liberty is featured prominently.

- Popular Mechanics investigates that most pressing of questions; 'which Terminator is the toughest'?

- So long as we are immersed in apocalyptic imagery, here is a series of haunting photos of an entire town in Namibia consumed by sand.

- In the category of cool things science can do that God can't, we have 'regrowing a human jaw bone'.

"Scientists say they have replaced a 65-year-old patient's upper jaw with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen."


- There are those who think that 2010 is a better movie than 2001. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Fortunately the articles is mostly a smorgasbord of trivia about both films that will satisfy the nerdy to the nth degree.

"My God, its full of stars" - indeed.

- Here are the 8 simple rules for women to survive in science fiction.

Rule #1 is 'Keep your panties on'. Seriously. Killjoys.

- In an attempt to recalibrate our notions of good and evil, the boys at Ruthless Reviews have written a defense of Ivan Drago (the Russian boxer in Rocky IV). Is he really the misunderstood hero of the film?

- Here's a list of 20 Things Nerdier than Monty Python. Star Trek is #1. Duh.

- Guaranteed to make you chuckle, the unintentional poetry of Roger Clemons.

- More seriously, here is an article on the future of robot warfare. Sweet ride.

- This exercise video unintentionally caters to those of us who like housewives who wear high heels and crawl on the floor. So. Good.

- From the annals of trivia so remote and obscure you simply must salute, a comprehensive list of what made David Banner 'Hulk out' on the 70's TV show. My favourites;

#3: Thinking of either of his wives

#16: Being hit by a blast of steam while trying to turn off the nuclear reactor that is melting down

#19: Being pushed down a mountainside by a Big Foot impersonator.

#20: Dealing with a pesky operator in a phone booth (I DON'T HAVE TWENTY-FIVE CENTS!!!!)

#24 Being tied up and fed soup by an elderly Japanese woman who doesn't understand ' You have got to cut me loose'!

#52: Locked in a drunk tank with a crazy person who thinks they are Ernest Hemingway who then beats the stuffing out of David.

#71: Wandering into an Army Dump to get the canister of deadly nerve gas that has blinded his friend, only to be caught by a mean MP who knocks off his gas mask and throws him back down the hill, knocking the canister open so David can frantically try to put the gas mask back on before looking up to see that the MP has somehow brought in a crane and is dumping two tonnes of garbage on him.

#106: Being fed poisonous sushi

I could go on, but the ongoing laughter made my brain hurt. Obviously they ran out of even decent plot devices relatively early on in the series.

- I so very badly wanted to go to this.

- Here is the best explanation for the sub-prime meltdown I've yet to encounter.

- Here's a wicked episode of Buckley's 'Firing Line' where he debated the 'evolutionists'. Ah Buckley, always so entertaining.

- Something everyone should know; 'How to kill someone with a Girl Scout Sash'

- An excellent article on the art of film suspense, and another on the film as cognitive theory.

- Here's a combination of two of my most nerdly pleasures; politics played out with 3d6

- How one lone loser gave masturbation a bad name for 300 years. What a jerk-off.

- How medicine is redefining 'Death'.

- As if I didn't have enough stress. This guy wonders aloud about whether or not I deserve my salary. Killjoy.

- The Dutch wrestle with another thorny freedom of speech problem reminiscent of the one that got Theo Van Gogh killed.

- How is Shaq working out in Phoenix? Not bad. Here's a pic of Shaq decaptitating a Trailblazer.

- This is SO. SWEET. A 'Tree of Life' tattoo.

- When you need to have your daiily pulp fiction fix, go here.

- In the Black Sabbath song 'Iron Man', is the titular character Tony Stark?

- More evidence that you should drink more coffee.

- Here are the 50 best comedy sketches of all time.

- Jared Diamond (Guns Germs + Steel) talks about vengeance and human nature.

- The End of the Universe is Coming. Or not.

- 5 Scientists and the laws they created/discovered. Geek trivia.

- Who are the toughest film characters? Amazingly, Roy Batty somehow did not make the list.

- In virtual reality, the Green Lantern Corps has been assigned to guard Darfur. Seriously.

- Why does home court advantage work? Your opponents are tired.

- In the same spirit as Ivan Drago - hero of Rocky 4, I give you; 'In defense of the Empire in Star Wars'. I guess its no surprise that the same people who invade Iraq and defend the use of torture also take the side of the Emperor....

- Odssmakes have Dualla as the most likely final Cylon.

- If Sigmund Freud had built bicycles....

- Philosopher Peter Singer writes on how the religious still haven't come up with a good reason for God to allow suffering.

- Here's an article that ponders one of my favourite subjects, our coming date with immortality.

- Another spiffy David Cronenberg interview.

- William Gibson on; Godzilla, Vancouver and being Canadian.

- From Henry Fonda to Jason Bourne, Slate magazine does a nice breakdown on the history of fight scenes in the movies.

- How is science a religion? Mostly, it isn't.

- More interestingly, does religion lead to disease?

- You know you want it, a dose of 'Daily Spock'. Today mine is;

"Change is the essential process of all existence."

from 'Let That Be Your Last Battlefield', stardate 5730.2.


- From the Libertarian boys at 'Positive Liberty' who are no doubt concerned about Obama's sweeping victory; a defense for political gridlock. Maybe they should pay more attention to what is going in on Canada, where gridlock has sinply left us...gridlocked.

- Last but not least; Caveman Economics. When in doubt, move to the lowest common denominator.

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