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If it was big, if it was sad, if it was meaningful, you used Google to search for it.
The search engine compiled all of the biggest things people looked up in 2012 in their annual Zeitgeist video and there are some moments for everyone.
Whether it was the amazing feat of Austrian Felix Baumgartner breaking the sound barrier with his jump from space, the obsession everyone had with everyone’s favorite America hater K-Pop rapper, PSY or the sad passing of Whitney Houston, you’re sure to have some kind of emotion with this powerful clip.
Also released was the top 10 searches from America and around the world, which shouldn’t be a surprise – the death of Whitney tops both lists.
Check out the year in retrospect video above… and click on after the jump for both lists of the top 10 Google searches in the States and around the world.
1. Whitney Houston
2. Gangnam Style
3. Hurricane Sandy
4. iPad 3
5. Diablo 3
6. Kate Middleton
7. Olympics 2012
8. Amanda Todd
9. Michael Clarke Duncan
1. Whitney Houston
2. Hurricane Sandy
3. Election 2012
4. Hunger Games
5. Jeremy Lin
6. Olympics 2012
7. Amanda Todd
8. Gangnam Style
9. Michael Clarke Duncan
10. KONY 2012
http://www.tabloidprodigy.com/2012/12/12/2012-in-google-review/If it was big, if it was sad, if it was meaningful, you used Google to search for it.... more
In today's Moment of Clarity I tell you that you aren't smart enough. I know you think you are, but you're not. Sorry to break it to you this way.In today's Moment of Clarity I tell you that you aren't smart enough. I know... more
Supergirl noticed something:
Still reeling from last year's devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South, the nation is enduring another unusually parched year.
A mostly dry, mild winter has put nearly 61% of the lower 48 states in "abnormally dry" or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly federal tracking of drought. That's the highest percentage of dry or drought conditions since September 2007, when 61.5% of the country was listed in those categories.
Only two states — Ohio and Alaska — are entirely free of abnormally dry or drought conditions, according to the Drought Monitor.
The drought is expanding into some areas where dryness is rare, such as New England.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, stream levels are at near-record or record lows in much of New England. The Drought Monitor lists all of Vermont as "abnormally dry," just six months after the state's wettest August on record that stemmed mainly from disastrous flooding by the remnants of Hurricane Irene.
The rest of the East is also very dry. "Georgia is one area we'll really have to watch," says meteorologist David Miskus of the Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Md. More than 63% of the state is now in the worst two levels of drought, the highest percentage of any state.
Wildfires and brush fires have been common along the East Coast from New England to Florida in recent weeks because of wind and the unusual dryness.
The Southwest and Southeast had a very dry winter, but the southern Plains, including eastern Texas, had a much wetter winter than expected, Miskus says. The rain eased drought conditions in eastern Texas. The state dropped from 100% in the four categories of drought in late September to 64% this week. Much of western Texas remains in extreme to exceptional drought.
Trouble also looms for water-dependent California. The state Department of Water Resources announced last week that water content in California's mountain snowpack is 45% below normal.Still reeling from last year's devastating drought that led to at least $10... more
If your childhood was anything like mine, you were largely introduced to Robots and their implications on humanity through Issac Asimov and his incredible science fiction. A Russian born author, Asimov wrote literature in every genre, including non-fiction science books on physics and space. Phys.org explores the role Issac's work, particularly his three laws of robotics, continue to have on the field today as we navigate and increasingly machine driven world:
"Renowned author Isaac Asimov died 20 years ago this month. Although he wrote more than 500 books, the robot stories he began writing at age 19 are possibly his greatest accomplishment. They have become the starting point for any discussion about how smart robots will behave around humans.
"I didn't think a robot should be sympathetic just because it happened to be nice," he wrote in a 1980 essay. "It should be engineered to meet certain safety standards as any other machine should in any right-thinking technological society. I therefore began to write stories about robots that were not only sympathetic, but were sympathetic because they couldn't help it."
That idea infused Asimov's first robot stories. His editor, John Campbell of "Astounding Science-Fiction," wrote down a list of rules Asimov's robots obeyed. They became Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:
• A robot must not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
• A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where those orders would conflict with the First Law.
• A robot must protect its own existence, except where such protection would conflict with the First or Second Law."
http://phys.org/news/2012-04-asimov-robots-twenty-years-death.htmlIf your childhood was anything like mine, you were largely introduced to Robots and... more
There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts can't exactly jump in a cab to get there. So what happens if the sun burps out a massive blast of radiation while an astronaut is space-amblin' by?
The NASA Biocapsule—made of carbon nanotubes—will be able to "diagnose" and instantly treat an astronaut without him or her even knowing there's something amiss. It would be like having your own personal Dr. McCoy—implanted under your skin. It represents one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of medicine, and yes, it'll work on Earth, too.
Out of all the amazing things we saw during our NASA visits, nothing blew our minds as much as this tiny little bundle of carbon. The Space Biosciences Division at NASA Ames creates medical technology for astronauts. They essentially provide healthcare for outer space. Dr. David Loftus is the man who invented the NASA Biocapsule and has been awarded a patent for it.
Picture this: An astronaut is going to Mars. The round-trip journey will take between two and three years. During that time, the astronaut will not have access to a doctor, and there's a lot that can go wrong with the human body in space. So, prior to launch, the astronaut is implanted with a number of NASA Biocapsules. A very small incision is made in the astronaut's skin for each Biocapsule (probably in the thigh), which is implanted subcutaneously. It's outpatient surgery that requires only local anesthetic and a stitch or two to close the wound. But after it's complete, the astronaut's body is equipped to deal with a whole host of problems on its own. More Here:There are no hospitals in space. The closest E.R. is back on Earth, and astronauts... more
“Paths of Hate” is an animated ten-minute short film directed by Damian Nenow at Platige Image, which is in the running for a 2012 Oscar for animated short films. The film was named on a list of 10 films that was released last week by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; three to five nominees for the Oscar will be chosen from this list.
“Paths of Hate” contains stunning visuals that recreate a WWII-era aerial dogfight and presents a dynamic tale about the hatred that seems to be an indispensable element of human nature. Damien Nenow, a recent graduate of Poland’s Lodz Film School, has created a film of great visual power, which brilliantly shows the demons that slumber deep within the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage. The finale of the film introduces a surreal turn of events, which stands as the director’s bitter comment on the bloody destructive fury of war.
This piece includes colorful illustrations, as well as the stunning animated short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/paths-of-hate-the-destructive-fury-of-war/“Paths of Hate” is an animated ten-minute short film directed by Damian... more
Bored of seeing Julian Assange's pale face on the news everyday? If the answer is yes, why not do something about it yourself - colour him in!
Bored of seeing Julian Assange's pale face on the news everyday? If the answer... more
How adding more randomness to voting might solve America's problems.
One of the most commonly cited polls in American politics is the favorable rating of the U.S. Congress. It’ll come as no surprise to anyone that Congress members are a deeply unpopular bunch. But time and time again, polls have also shown that while the American public has broad distaste for Congress as a whole, they are more sympathetic to their own representatives. The latest figures released by ABC News-Washington Post show that just 23 percent see Congress as a whole favorably, but 41 percent approve of their own representative.
Something that is rarely measured is whether Congressional representatives themselves approve of their constituents. Our guess is that they do. After all, politics today is as much about politicians picking the voters as it is about constituents voting for their representatives.
Every ten years, the United States Census Bureau performs a count of people living in the United States. The result is important in determining the number of seats each state is allowed to have in the House of Representatives. Some states fare better than others. In the last tally, southern states gained an additional eight House seats.
But just as importantly, when it comes time every ten years to reform Congressional districts based on new reapportionment, it’s up to the state legislators to draw the maps. It’s no secret that Republicans and Democrats have this game fixed, leaning on state legislatures to create odd-shaped maps that attempt to maximize advantages for their respective political party as well as for incumbents. The process is known as “gerrymandering,” and is now subject to many court battles.
One can’t help but believe that Congress’ huge unfavorable rating is partly a symptom of this approach. Congressman are no doubt dinged for their inability to properly address pressing issues like jobs and the debt, but the American public seems just as unsatisfied by an unwillingness to compromise.
As an economist might put it, there’s simply no political incentive to make bargains for the larger American interest. After all, congressmen are largely motivated by re-election prospects, and since constituents determine that fate, it makes sense that each member of Congress makes decisions that are narrowly tailored to their gerrymandered district instead of the United States as a whole. Is there any wonder why poll after poll shows the American public more sympathetic to their own representative as opposed to the other guys?
What to do about it?How adding more randomness to voting might solve America's problems.
One of the... more
“All My Dreams on VHS” is an awkwardly funny, award-winning short film written and directed by English filmmaker Timothy X Atack. The film won the Audience Award at the 2009 NexT International Film Festival; it was an Official Selection at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival, the Cambridge Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival and the Encounters Short Film Festival. The film is a bittersweet comedy about the dangers of letting your subconscious out in the real world.
In “All My Dreams on VHS,” James brings his lovely co-worker Erica back to his apartment, where she stumbles upon a mountain of VHS tapes. Each tape contains a separate dream with titles like “Tourettes Alligator,” “The Shy Policeman” and “Hostage Crisis,” all recorded using the magical Dreamspoon wireless technology. When James heads out to buy some milk, Erica’s curiosity gets the better of her when she discovers a tape with her name on it. British awkward hilarity ensues, with one surprising turn after another.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, as well as the acclaimed, very humorous short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/all-my-dreams-on-vhs-the-tragedy-of-romantic-dreams/“All My Dreams on VHS” is an awkwardly funny, award-winning short film... more
EdJoy Productions wishes you a very Merry Christmas or whatever it is that you celebrate this time of year.EdJoy Productions wishes you a very Merry Christmas or whatever it is that you... more
Jay Maynard shot to internet fame by dressing like a character from the movie Tron. In this pod vc2 producer, Jean Nagy, joins Jay as he dons his Tron outfit and heads to the inaugural ROFLCon for internet memes on the MIT Campus.Jay Maynard shot to internet fame by dressing like a character from the movie Tron.... more
In the past 17 days, people visiting Munich's Oktoberfest drank a record 7.5 million liters of beer — around 1.98 million U.S. gallons. That figure is made more striking if one notes that the festival, which ended Monday, hosted some 6.9 million visitors this year — or 200,000 people short of a record turnout.
Despite that number, there was less violence this year, with the police being called about 100 times fewer than they were in 2010. And Reuters says that only 58 conflicts involved people knocking one another over the head with steins — a drop of 4 from last year.
This year, each "Mass" went for 9.20 Euros ($12.66), according to the AP. That high price might help explain why so many patrons seem to have been intent on making a portion of their money back — and not break the glass over another partygoer's head. In keeping with tradition, 226,000 revelers stole beer mugs from this year's Oktoberfest, compared to 130,000 last year, Reuters says.
And as always, officials in Munich say they've got quite a Lost and Found box to go through. As Der Spiegel reports, items turned in this year include:
An eight-centimeter grasshopper (alive)
A Viking helmet
An electric wheelchair
A case full of musical notes
1,300 items of clothing
520 wallets and over 1,000 identity cards
390 mobile phones, 370 pairs of eyeglasses, and 425 keys.
Only one set of dentures was turned in — which came as a surprise to Charles Reinbold, who's worked at the festival's lost-and-found office for nearly 20 years.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/04/141058199/oktoberfest-tallies-7-5-million-liters-of-beer-lost-and-found-office-is-busy?sc=fb&cc=fpIn the past 17 days, people visiting Munich's Oktoberfest drank a record 7.5... more
There all shitty beers too, power to the craft beers!!
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Visual artwork inspired by psychedelic experiences induced by drugs such as LSD, mescaline, and psilocybin. Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson, ZAP comics....... The psychedelic art movement is similar to the surrealist movement in that it prescribes a mechanism for obtaining inspiration .... http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php?option=com_wbgallery&cid=22&Itemid=2Visual artwork inspired by psychedelic experiences induced by drugs such as LSD,... more
The Pokéthulhu Adventure Game is a parody of both the Pokémon Junior Adventure Game published by Wizards of the Coast, and of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game published by Chaosium.
The game is written and designed by S. John Ross and currently published (in its 3rd Edition) as a free game available from Cumberland Games and Diversions. The third edition includes some substantial additions to the game, including a large collection of fan-designed creatures, and an expanded card-based game system dependent on the ability of players to cite obscure trivia about a television show that doesn't actually exist. A small number of fan-authored websites also exist to support the game, often with their own Pokénomicon.
The two prior editions were published by Squishy Brain Games (in 2000) and by Dork Storm Publishing (in 2002). Each edition has featured illustrations by John Kovalic and additional contributions by Philip J. Reed. Additionally, a series of miniatures based on the game have been produced by Steve Jackson Games.
Reviews have been generally positive, with Robin Ashe giving the game high marks for style and substance and Tim Morgan "heartily recommend[ing]" it for its humor, although both felt that more material could have been included.
http://files.splinder.com/cd6098dc30a4f1f88996ebcdfcb22ed7.jpegThe Pokéthulhu Adventure Game is a parody of both the Pokémon Junior... more
In e bizarre photoshoot by Marcus Piggott & Mert Alas for the October 2010 issue of Interview magazine, Naomi Campbell poses with naked man corps!In e bizarre photoshoot by Marcus Piggott & Mert Alas for the October 2010 issue... more