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Friday Finds – Diamond Weevils, Firefly and the Commodore 64

The holiday lull is over, I’ve actually got a few posts to put in here, woohoo!

And now, the links:

The Diamond Weevil (doesn’t THAT sound like a really lame Clan in the MechWarrior universe) looks really cool, for, you know, a weevil.

Circuits that can self-heal when cracked with liquid metal.  We truly live in the future.

The Commodore 64 turns 30, I loved this machine and spent so many of my young life hacking at programming, playing early Microprose games, and it’s been a system I’ve revisited via emulation ever since.

The BBC’s list of 100 things we didn’t know last year.  Somewhat lame this year, but there are a few good ones.  My highlights:

2. Bald people grow the wrong type of hair – so fine it’s invisible to the naked eye.
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Riiiight, Dad, just keep telling yourself that.

29. Dogs watch hownice people are to others to work out whom to approach to beg for food.  More details (Daily Mail)

Cats, of course, simply smother that person in their sleep and take the food.

43. The odds ofscoring two hole-in-ones in the same round of golf are 67 million-to-one.  More details

The odds of a hack golfer claiming to have done it (or seen it done) are two to one.

97. Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing.
More details (Daily Mail)

Maybe that’s why I don’t like most booze, the music isn’t loud enough.

This is really cool – a ‘Lost World’ discovered under an Antarctic shelf.

And finally, the dead Firefly video game could see new life.  They have the code, but they need permisstion to play in the ‘verse.

Wait, one more thing:  74.77.96.93:28070 is my Jedi Knight II server.  Had to patch it up to 1.04 due to crashes on Vista.  BRING IT.

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100 Things We Didn't Know Last Year

The BBC News site has a list of 100 things we didn’t know last year. Here are some of my favorites:

5. Cloudy apple juice is healthier than clear, containing almost double the antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer.

Hmm, exactly the opposite of urine.

17. Two cups of spearmint tea a day is thought to control excessive hair growth for women.

This will not stop your wife from obsessing over every hair in front of a super-magnified mirror, though.

30. Serving anything more than tea and biscuits at a political meeting is an offence called “treating” and punishable by a year in prison or an unlimited fine, under the the Representation of the People Act 1893.

I knew food in the UK was bad but come on!

32. Anti-Americanism began in Paris in the 18th Century.

Shocking, just shocking.

78. A bdelloid rotifer is a pond-dwelling organism that has survived 80 million years without sex.

You wouldn’t get any action with a name like that, either.

90. Chickens can be diagnosed with depression.

Not mentioned is whether or not Prozac makes them tastier.

96. Bees can detect explosives.

This one’s for you, ScottR.