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In the new Futurama DVD Bender's Big Score, the characters encounter Al Gore driving a taxi a hybrid taxi, naturally. Some viewers may chuckle when they notice that the license plate on the former Vice President's cab reads NOCO2. But very few will realize that the the badge number on another cab, 87539319, is also a joke.
Math geeks, however, will find that number hilarious because of something that happened about a century ago. The British mathematician G.H. Hardy was paying a call on the Indian mathematician Srinivisa Ramanujan. "I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one," Hardy later recalled. Ramanujan disagreed. "It is a very interesting number," he insisted. "It is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways."
Futurama, a show made by geeks for geeks, is shot through with impossibly obscure references like that. "The number on Al Gore's cab in that scene also has a secret meaning," says David X. Cohen, who codeveloped Futurama with Matt Groening and serves as showrunner. Cohen refuses to reveal the other gag, but if you visit a fan site like GotFuturama.com a few days after the DVD goes on sale, you're likely to find a screenshot and a detailed explanation written by one of the hardcore fans. "If you care enough, you frame-advance through it," says Cohen. "They've earned that moment of pleasure." In the new Futurama DVD Bender's Big Score, the characters encounter Al Gore... more
"Fear of a Black Planet"
Bad Boys song by Inner Circle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybNWzxLsXXE"Fear of a Black Planet" Public Enemy Bad Boys song by Inner Circle:... more
Speed. Meth. Glass. On the street, methamphetamine has many names. What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s has spread across the United States, and despite lawmakers' calls for action, the drug is now more potent, and more destructive, than at any time in the past decade. In "The Meth Epidemic," FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the meth rampage in America: the appalling impact on individuals, families and communities, and the difficulty of controlling an essential ingredient in methephedrine and pseudoephedrinesold legally in over-the-counter cold remedies.
If you want to know more about this drug, this is a must watch show.Speed. Meth. Glass. On the street, methamphetamine has many names. What started as a... more
Country music legend Willie Nelson talks about what attracted him to biodiesel, his commitment to American farms and small towns, and why he thought his wife had gotten into his "stash." Country music legend Willie Nelson talks about what attracted him to biodiesel, his... more
Dimming the Sun homepage
Are vapor trails from aircraft influencing the climate, and if so, should we worry?
I've always wanted to hate contrails, the "condensation trails" streaming out from behind jets. They're man-made. They force lines on nature, which knows no lines. They arise out of pollution, and they generate visual pollutionaircraft graffiti that can erase blue from the sky and light from the sun. All good reasons to despise these artificial clouds.
But I don't. I've always been drawn to them. When I see one above, I like to run my eye along its length until I find the plane, a tiny silver toy. I like to wonder at the blank space between the plane and the start of the contrailemptiness full of potentialand then to see the churning new cloud as it forms, a tumbling cascade. When the roiling slows and the newborn cloud settles into a contrail proper, I admire its perfection: a straight white line sharply etched against the blue. Even when numerous contrails made fat by the wind crisscross the sky, I don't mind.
Well, I might now. After a lifetime of enjoying contrails, it came as a surprise to me to learn recently that something so ephemeral may not be a harmless by-product of the jet age but may in fact impact the climate. This is of particular concern in well-traveled air corridors, where contrails by the hundreds can spread into man-made cirrus clouds that can both block sunlight from reaching the Earth and trap radiated heat from escaping to space.
Whether contrails cause a net cooling or a net warming, even whether their effect is something to worry about, remains unclear. But with air traffic expected to double or even triple by 2050, leading contrail researchers say the influence of these artificial clouds cannot be ignored. Dimming the Sun homepage Are vapor trails from aircraft influencing the... more
AN EVENING WITH NOAM CHOMSKY
The New War Against Terror
October 18, 2001 - Transcribed from audio
recorded at The Technology & Culture Forum at MIT
Audio> http://web.mit.edu/tac/www/chomsky-18oct01-16k.ram AN EVENING WITH NOAM CHOMSKY The New War Against Terror October 18, 2001 -... more
I think we need to bring reading into the 21st century, so we aren't doomed to perpetually keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again as a society.
After all there's continually more and more distractions, and less and less reading of actual books by many in todays TV nation.
Internet, cellphone, sattelite, iPhone, PSP, ETC.
Is this just adding more noise to the pleathura of products already out there, or can this make a difference?
I emphasize reading at home, but I don't have a good library nearby, and I do have this internet connection. Instant book downloading could save the planet a bundle on all those Amazon book orders that have to get flown and or driven to our houses.
This would reduce our transportation carbon footprint!?!
Or more e-waste, don't need it!?!
What do you think?
I know I want one.
"Its goal is to have every printed book on earth available for instant download."
"But the part that will really rock your world is the Kindles free wireless cellular broadband service."
I think we need to bring reading into the 21st century, so we aren't doomed to... more
Haven't heard much buzz about VBS.tv since it launched but Viacom is an unlike investor in the sometimes risque video site... will it give MTV Networks a source of new Current-esque television programming?Haven't heard much buzz about VBS.tv since it launched but Viacom is an unlike... more
Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been... more
Interesting story on how apple produced their new commercial for the Ipod touch...
ahh, the power of youtube
Interesting story on how apple produced their new commercial for the Ipod touch...... more
DirectTV is offering satellite service on the Space Station...and a 42" flat screen to watch it on.
So, lets review....you grow up dreaming of becoming an astronaut. You study hard, go to an expensive University, get a PhD in Fluid Dynamics. You land the $30k job as an astronaut and spend 3 years behind a desk waiting to be assigned. You finally get the call and spend the next 2 years training for your flight. Eventually, you get to live your dream....you are strapped into a rocket built by the lowest bidder on a US government contract, you risk your life to live your dream. You get into space...one of only a few humans ever to have the experience. You have the view of a lifetime! You are living your dream!
and now, you can keep up with how Cameron is doing on Dancing With The Stars... in HD!DirectTV is offering satellite service on the Space Station...and a 42" flat... more
Web video (both authorized and otherwise) is exploding in popularity, but is it simply drawing viewers away from the TV? Or are people watching more content then ever? That's a question tackled by University of Pennsylvania business school prof Joel Waldfogel in a recent paper (PDF, still in draft and recently mentioned on the Freakonomics blog). His study, though it has some major caveats, indicates that the availability of popular television shows on the web does in fact depress television viewing. It's a result that might make network admen weep, except that the decrease in TV viewing has a flip side: web viewers spend more total time watching network-owned properties.
Waldfogel asked the students to write down the TV series they had watched for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, along with whether such viewing was on 1) television, 2) authorized web sites, or 3) unauthorized sites, including BitTorrent. (Note that self-reporting opens the survey results to inaccuracies.) Waldfogel then crunched the numbers and found a huge spike in categories two and three between the two seasons of responses. This is exactly what he expected, since YouTube surged to popularity at this time and the networks began making streaming versions of shows available from their own websites in mid-2006. In the first season he measured, 72 percent of all shows watched were on a television. By the second season, this had fallen dramatically to only 55 percent.Web video (both authorized and otherwise) is exploding in popularity, but is it simply... more
Here is a look back to where some of us got our start in the video world. Editing video with a microscope, razor, and acid was quite a trick...... Fun fun funHere is a look back to where some of us got our start in the video world. Editing... more
Hi ! I'm journalist for a french TV magazine dedicated to the sea world and the people who are living in a sea environment.
Come to see my website on myspace to view very interesting documentaries about global warming, polar bears, pacific islands, about people who fight to have a better standart of living in Morocco.
You will find also pictures and contacts if you are interesting.
My aim is to exchange ideas of documentaries.
My best regards.
Free OceanHi ! I'm journalist for a french TV magazine dedicated to the sea world and the... more
I know we have all feared the realizations of our favorite tv shows being cancelled with the WGA strike, but have no fear with LOST!
ABC plans on showing LOST as planned and starting tomorrow (NOV. 12) you can go to ABC.com at night and watch "mobisodes"- these little "missing pieces" of LOST.
Oh and don't feel bad about watching them b/c the writters have a special deal with this so it's all GOOD!!
I know we have all feared the realizations of our favorite tv shows being cancelled... more