December 31, 2005
Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach
Today we went to the Turtle Hospital. All these turtles were rescued from the area and brought to the hospital to be treated. Most of them are anemic or had boyancy problems, and some had been hit by propellers or bitten by sharks. The size of the turtles were approximately 3.5' long and 1.5' wide. They will be released once they recover.
December 23, 2005
December 21, 2005
check out this great photographer
Follow the movement of the rotating pink dot for a few seconds. Then concentrate on the black + in the center.
December 20, 2005
Try this: type 'failure' into google and hit the I'm feeling Lucky button. Ha ha, ha.
Credit for finding this goes fully to Nicole Ronchetti.
December 15, 2005
Anti-teenager sound weapon
In November the New York Times profiled an invention that emits a high-frequency sound designed to annoy people younger than 20. Apparently, people older than 30 can't hear it. Howard Stapleton of Barry, Wales invented the device, called the Mosquito, to drive away teenagers loitering around storefronts. From the NYT:
A trip to Spar here in Barry confirmed the strange truth of the phenomenon. The Mosquito is positioned just outside the door. Although this reporter could not hear anything, being too old, several young people attested to the fact that yes, there was a noise, and yes, it was extremely annoying.
"It's loud and squeaky and it just goes through you," said Jodie Evans, 15, who was shopping at the store even though she was supposed to be in school. "It gets inside you..."
Stapleton, a security consultant whose experience in installing store alarms and the like alerted him to the gravity of the loitering problem, studied other teenage-repellents as part of his research. Some shops, for example, use "zit lamps," which drive teenagers away by casting a blue light onto their spotty skin, accentuating any whiteheads and other blemishes.
Using his children as guinea pigs, he tried a number of different noise and frequency levels, testing a single-toned unit before settling on a pulsating tone which, he said, is more unbearable, and which can be broadcast at 75 decibels, within government auditory-safety limits. "I didn't want to make it hurt," Stapleton said. "It just has to nag at them."
Slowing traffic by setting up living rooms in the street
Ted Dewan was tired of cars zooming down the residential street in front of his house, so he designed a series of "DIY traffic-calming happenings," including living room furniture sets in the middle of the road.
These type of "DIY traffic-calming happenings" are described by their creator as "roadwitches" and have included an 11-feet high rabbit, a big bed (for a sleeping policeman), a Casualty-style fake crash scene for Halloween and the setting up of a living room in the middle of the road.
"There's an element of fun and mischief, but underneath is the ambition to encourage people to re-examine how roads are used," says Mr Dewan.
"With the living room, it was the most direct way of saying 'We live here. This is our living space.'"
And he says that residents really enjoyed the strangeness of being able to relax outside in their own street, rather than feel it was a place only belonging to the cars that race up and down it.
Stone Age Humans Often Squatted
Three toe bones found in a South African cave reveal that humans 100,000 years ago frequently squatted, according to a team of anthropologists who analyzed the bones.
The discovery suggests that Middle Stone Age humans, along with a possible human ape ancestor, already were engaged in some kind of agricultural work at this relatively early phase in human history.
"If this activity (squatting) is done for long periods of time with some regularity, the (bone) surfaces that make contact become remodeled into what are called 'squatting facets,' which are huge on our Klasies metatarsals (foot bones)," said Jeffrey Schwartz, one of the scientists who analyzed the bones.
Schwartz, an anthropology, history and philosophy of science professor at the University of Pittsburgh, added, "Squatting is often associated with agricultural activities, such as planting, weeding, etc."
Findings will be published in the Journal of Human Evolution.
Banks ban clocks to stop complaints
CLOCKS are being removed from NatWest banks — to stop customers moaning.
Insiders say the timepieces are being taken down so the public cannot complain about how long they have had to queue.
The decision is part of a £150million revamp which has already seen wall clocks disappear at several London branches.
One worker said: “If people have been standing waiting to see a cashier for a long time they can get very cross.
“With a clock there, it was difficult for us to disagree with them. Without one it’s harder for them to complain.???
NatWest spokesman Ronan Kelleher said a survey undertaken before the refit found clocks were not something customers believed would “enhance their banking experience.???
December 07, 2005