Found this screen capture from way back. Maybe its time to bring back the Steampunk theme!
I know I’ve posted a lot today, but there is so much awesomeness on the internets today that I can’t help it. Besides, I’m frustrated with work.
Check out this amazing list of things that ARE NOT Steampunk. If you don’t know what steampunk is, start here before you start googling. I’d hate for you to mistake the epic-ness of the genuine article for some crap with a gear glued on it. Thank you Xeraposa for posting this first and for helping to stop the madness.
I’ve got a lot of geeky followers and just wanted to make sure everyone knew of this amazing online store. No, I’m not being paid to say this. Every time I visit ThinkGeek I find myself saying “That is awesome!”. From the ‘all-edges brownie pan’ to working laser projected keyboards ThinkGeek has everything for the Nerd in your life. Here’s a sampling of the awesome: Continue reading
I try not to reference my Authoring Blog on here more than once a week. But I need some help and I still have more followers here on Not-Dot than on ‘The Archive’. On my other blog I’ve been reviewing and critiquing a great steampunk anthology that was published recently and getting a lot of comments and feedback from the editor and authors, which is awesome. One of my comments is even on the publisher’s book page! Go me!
The thing is, I think that this anthology deserves more attention and frankly, its too much pressure to be one of the few critical reviewers of these stories on the Blogosphere. And by ‘critical reviewer’ I mean unsolicited, unprofessional, unofficial nitpicker. I’m starting to feel bad for saying negative things. I’m just one opinion and I’m critical by nature and I don’t want my opinions to be the only ones potential readers have to go on. I don’t want to quit critiquing the piece because I really enjoyed it and I’m learning a lot from the strengths and weaknesses of diverse the authors.
So, please go get Mechanized Masterpieces, read it and write up what you think, don’t leave me stranded out here!
There’s a series of amazing REAL robots revealed in this article from WIRED. Salamanders that swim and walk, Quadrapeds that can pick up and throw cinder blocks (not kidding). Not to mention the (not terribly useful but cool looking) Queen of Blades contraption show above. Go check it out, we need to be prepared for the impending robot uprising…
Male scientists aren’t known for being the most ‘manly’ of men and it is my suspicion that it was not strictly an interest in human sexual selection that motivated this study…
The idea was simple, get a bunch of guys and take pictures of them as their facial hair progressed from ‘Baby Face’ to ‘Grizzly Adams’. Then have a bunch of people rate each image on attractiveness and other perceptions. Careful analysis of the results should tell the average guy the how much facial hair to grow to attract the average lady. It should likewise tell us stubbly-challenged researchers how disadvantaged we are, thereby helping us gauge on what level of desperation we need to operate.
The results? Not good for us baby-facers… The difference between Baby-Face and the Short Stubble ‘Sully’ look (RE: Dr. Quinn) was marginal in most cases, with the exception that more facial hair tended to correlate with higher masculinity across the board. Damn. More hair also trended with better perceived parenting skills, which makes some sense if you assume facial hair also trends with physical and mental maturity (it doesn’t).
On the ‘Attractivness’ scale the models over all scored dismally low. That’s what happens when you use yourself as a data point in your own project… However, assuming that the general ugliness of the models didn’t skew the study, it seems that ‘Heavy Stubble’ Wolf-man was rated the most attractive. So, the short stubble look that is so popular right now is off my at least 5 millimeters maybe 10, at least among the women studied (which may or may not have included the scientists’ Moms).
The bottom line? I’m glad that my beautiful bride hates facial hair of any kind. She’s an outlier, thank goodness. Otherwise I’d have to invest in a lot of Rogaine for my face and spend a lot more in razors than my current thrice weekly shave currently requires.
Thanks ScienceNow for reaffirming our fears