I Smell a Firing in the Air

posted by Stal on 2010.02.04, under Stal

Now that, kids, is why you should not surf the internet for porn while at work if there’s a live television camera a few feet away.

Surviving a Free Fall Out of a Plane

posted by Stal on 2010.02.02, under Stal

The subject of sky diving, its attendant accident rate and the potential for pranks has been a topic of conversation around these parts, but there hasn’t been much discussion on how to survive a free fall. This Popular Mechanics article guides you to your best chances of survival after a 35,000 foot free fall. At the average adult reading rate of 250 words/minute, you will have just enough time to read the article before impact. Well, so long as you remember to start reading when you wake up at 22,000 feet. Because for the first minute or so, your oxygen-starved brain will cause you to pass out, which may not entirely be a bad thing.

On choosing a target to land on:

Glass hurts, but it gives. So does grass. Haystacks and bushes have cushioned surprised-to-be-alive free-fallers. Trees aren’t bad, though they tend to skewer. Snow? Absolutely. Swamps? With their mucky, plant-covered surface, even more awesome. Hamilton documents one case of a sky diver who, upon total parachute failure, was saved by bouncing off high-tension wires. Contrary to popular belief, water is an awful choice. Like concrete, liquid doesn’t compress. Hitting the ocean is essentially the same as colliding with a sidewalk, Hamilton explains, except that pavement (perhaps unfortunately) won’t “open up and swallow your shattered body.”

[ How to Fall 35,000 Feet - And Survive / Popular Mechanics ]

Pizza Delivery Prank

posted by Stal on 2010.01.28, under Stal

The video would’ve been funnier if it had stopped when they opened the door, so I think it’s debatable whether the second half of the movie is a prank.

[ Pizza (Remi Gaillard) / Youtube ]

Hellbent for Cooking

posted by Stal on 2010.01.27, under Stal

Looking for a headbanging new cookbook for yourself? Ready to trade in advice from Martha for tirades from Mayhem or Gwar? Annick Giroux has written an international heavy metal cookbook titled Hellbent for Cooking, chock full of recipes from metal bands, hailing from over 30 countries.

The dishes are actually mostly tame (e.g. no offal) regional recipes from the band’s country. Still, I would love to tuck into a bowl of Macaroni Against Monotheism (involves 666 g of ground pork, pasta sauce and macaroni), or to sip from Richard Christy from Death’s trademark cocktail (the mighty Viking Testicle).

[ Finally, A Heavy Metal Cookbook / SeriousEats ]

Economics is…

posted by Stal on 2010.01.18, under Stal

Economics Is

A follow-up from prior discussion of AutocompleteMe and Why are [ethnic group]?

Research Job Vacancy

posted by Stal on 2010.01.14, under Stal

Following up on the debate over demand for escort services…economists take note–the University of Leeds has a job for you.

You will work on an ESRC funded study on the rise and regulation of lap dancing and the place of sexual labour and consumption in the night time economy. The post will involve qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. It is based in Leeds, although some travel to other cities may be necessary.

Who said economics was boring?

[ Research Officer Job Vacancy / HT: KM] ]

Office 2010: The Movie

posted by Stal on 2010.01.13, under Stal

Attention office drones: you too could live an action-packed thriller like this one.

[ Office 2010: The Movie trailer / YouTube ]

Washable Keyboards

posted by Stal on 2010.01.13, under Stal

Do you grimace every time you sit down at a grimy public workstation? Have you ever fried a keyboard after spilling a can of Mountain Dew on it? Are you paralyzed with fear by the spectre of H1N1? Well, have we got a solution for you. Introducing Unobtron’s new line of SpillSeal Antimicrobial keyboards and other peripheral devices. These hermetically sealed keyboard casings can actually be submerged in hospital-grade sanitizing solutions. Better yet, the price ranges are within the reach of the average home user; keyboards start at $46 and mice at $50.

[ Unobtron Washable Keyboards / Gadgeteer ]

KFC’s Solution to Awkward Situations

posted by Stal on 2010.01.12, under Stal

As mentioned previously, the Australian wing of KFC released an ad suggesting that a white man in an “awkward situation”/crowd of black people resolve tension by offering up a bucket of KFC.

Aired as part of a series called “KFC’s cricket survival guide”, the 30-second clip depicts an uncomfortable looking man named Mick wearing a green and yellow Australian cricket shirt, surrounded on all sides in a cricket stand by high spirited Caribbean fans.

“Need a tip when you’re stuck in an awkward situation?” Mick asks. He then passes round a bucket of KFC chicken, the drumming stops and he remarks: “Too easy.”

Note: the ad depicts people from the West Indies, who are (mostly) unrelated to people from the Indian subcontinent.

[ KFC accused of racism over Australian advertisement / Guardian ]

Christmas Light Hero

posted by Stal on 2009.12.14, under Stal

We’ve all seen that crazy Ohio house decked out with synchronized Christmas lights, but in a new twist, these people have combined Guitar Hero with luminescent decorations to create Christmas Light Hero. The lights are controlled by a standard Wii guitar controller.