Awesomely Geeky Halloween Costumes

October 19, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Tons of geeky stuff.



The process of selecting the perfect Halloween costume can involve a lot of super glue, sequins and noggin scratching and, even then, you could end up with a confusing get-up that looks eerily similar to your third grade zombie cheerleader costume. Fear not, Halloween revelers, because if you are in the market for a delightfully geeky trick-or-treating look, check out 15 Geeky Halloween Costumes, everything from Tetris to iPod earbuds, and prepare to get your geek on in 12 short days.

By Annie Colbert.

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Plastic Logic have the “Kindle-killer

October 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Does Plastic Logic have the “Kindle-killer?” Engadget just published some specs: 8.5 x 11 x .33 inches. But, according to Engadget, it supposedly uses the AT&T .3G “less bars” network…

Stiil, something like this could change the newspaper business.

Details are scarce, since the official launch won’t happen until January 7 at CES next year, but Plastic Logic is looking to crash into the “pro” segment of the e-reader market (currently mostly occupied by the Kindle DX) with its upcoming QUE proReader. The unit uses E Ink Vizplex tech in a shatterproof display the size of a regular piece of paper at 8.5 x 11-inches, and has 3G wireless capabilities courtesy of AT&T and a business-centric ebook store at which will be powered by Barnes & Noble. There’s also a touchscreen interface, but it’s unclear if that covers the entire display, or is something more akin to the leaked photos we’ve seen of the Barnes & Noble reader. The device is “less than 1/3-inch thick,” and can handle PDF, Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, including tools for “interacting with and managing the content,” which sounds beyond the scope of most e-readers on the market currently. We’ll have to wait and see how useful the interface really is, and how much damage (if any) that touchscreen sensor does to readability, but a bit of diversification in the ebook space sounds like a good thing on paper. Full PR is after the break.

by Paul Miller posted Oct 19th 2009 at 12:01AM

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Creative Graphic Design Studios

October 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 2 Comments
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Japanese Graphic Design
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Are you looking to spruce up your workspace? Maybe you’re considering a new lamp or one of those awful inspirational words matched with generic scenic landscape posters? Well, before you make any rash decisions, check out these truly amazing, unusual and creative workspaces that take the idea of extravagant and fun to new heights.

Just lately, we have been wondering how we could improve our graphic design studio to make it a more creative workspace. Whether it means adding a huge mural on the wall or simply designing some graphic art, we feel it could do with a bit of a change. After all, an extravagant and funky working space should give you an extra boost of inspiration! This led me to start looking at unusual and creative offices. Here are a few offices and creative spaces that take that concept to the extreme:

Inspiring designs - Google offices

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10 Little-Known Body Facts

October 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Surprising statistics on stomach size, ear hair and more.
MRI of a normal brain superimposed onto a x-ray of the skull // © ISM/Phototake Science/Photolibrary
You Use 100-Percent of Your Brain
Think you’re only using 10 percent of your possible brain power? Think again. A little critical thinking will have you calling shenanigans on that myth. After all, if you removed 90 percent of your brain, you’d basically be left with the thinking power of a sheep, according to Eric Chudler, Ph.D., research associate professor in the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Chudler has attempted to trace the history of the “10 percent myth” and written several articles on the topic. He reports that, during a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, doctors can see what areas of the brain are being used, based on how much blood is being directed there. According to Dr. Chudler, 100 percent of the brain has been shown to have a function.
Sleeping baby // © Michael Krasowitz/Getty Images
The average infant spends 18 hours a day sleeping.
If you have your own little one, though, you may have noticed that the sleep isn’t consecutive (or, necessarily at times convenient to you). That’s because babies sleep differently than adults. For the first few years of life, humans sleep a lot, but in shorter chunks, spending less time in REM sleep—the stage of sleep where the brain is active and dreams happen—and much more time in more relaxed slow wave sleep, according to the Society for Neuroscience. Adults pretty much sleep the opposite way: in long stretches, less time total, more REM. There’s some evidence that the difference may be related to the needs of a growing body. Research has suggested that slow-wave sleep is connected to the release of human growth hormone.
X-ray image of skeleton // © Images
Most people hit their peak bone mass at age 30.
Peak bone mass is the point where your body stops building up bone tissue. At that point, your bones won’t ever increase in density. Men may be able to coast, but women lose a lot of their bone tissue during menopause and, according to the National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the lower your peak bone mass, the more likely you are to develop osteoporosis later. Unfortunately, as much as 75 percent of bone mass is related to genetic factors you can’t control. But women can take charge of the other 25 percent by making sure they get enough calcium and vitamin D (particularly in their teens); taking hormonal birth control (which the NIAMSD says is linked to high bone density); not smoking; and exercising regularly—but not too much. Young women who exercise or starve themselves to the point they stop having their period also lose large amounts of bone tissue, and may never be able to build it back.
Red blood cells passing through a blood vessel // © Images
The average person’s body holds 1.3 gallons of blood.
There’s more than a milk jug full of fluid coursing through your veins, where it functions somewhat like a courier service. Blood is responsible for both delivering the things your body desperately needs—like oxygen—and carting off the things it desperately needs to throw out, like the toxic wastes that end up being filtered out of the body by the kidneys. And it does all of this very, very fast. The heart, the organ responsible for getting all that blood to move around, pumps as much blood as is in the body every minute; when you’re sitting still, that is. Up your activity level and your heart can end up pumping more than five gallons of blood per minute.
Microscopic close-ups of cilia // © Steve Gschmeissner/Photo Researchers, Inc.
You have 2 million tiny hairs in your inner ear.
Unlike hair growing on the surface of your ears, the presence of hairs, or “stereocilia, ” deep inside your head aren’t considered a hygiene lapse. Instead, they’re a vitally important part of your ability to hear, responsible for changing physical sound waves into electrical signals that can be understood by your brain, according to the British Hearing Research Trust. When stereocilia are hit with a sound vibration, they produce electricity and begin to “dance,” stretching and compressing. In May 2008, researchers at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis figured out that this dancing, and the protein that causes it, is probably how stereocilia amplify sounds. If those tiny hairs can’t dance, the brain they’re connected to can’t hear high-frequency sounds and might even be rendered deaf.
Close-up of an eye // © Oliver Strewe/Getty Images
The eye has three separate processing systems.
New research shows it takes a village to help you see, according to the Society for Neuroscience. Right now, we know of at least three separate processing systems that help your brain make sense of visual data: One that focuses on shape, another devoted to color, and a third that takes on the task of interpreting movement and location. The Society reports that psychologists have found that humans can see and understand things like depth perception and texture even without color being involved. Instead, contrasts in light intensity help us pick up on this information.
A plate of pasta with sauce // © DAJ/Getty Images
Your tongue can pick up 5 different types of taste sensations.
Back in grade school, you probably learned that the human tongue can pick up four different kinds of tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But those textbooks left out another flavor sensation: umami. Taken from the Japanese word for “yummy,” umami was first identified as a primary flavor back in 1908 by a Japanese chemist who was inspired to look for it after eating a bowl of seaweed soup. He found a chemical that is to umami what sugar is to sweet. It’s monosodium glutamate, or MSG. But MSG isn’t the only way to tickle your umami taste buds. Often described as the “savory” taste, umami sensations are naturally produced by foods like meat, aged cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms.
Senior woman // © Elisabeth Lhomelet/Getty Images
In 1900, the average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
Back then, only 4 percent of the population was older than 65 and, according to the Society for Neuroscience, most of them weren’t doing so hot. Today, the average life expectancy is more than 77 years. So why are we living, and staying healthier, longer? There are a number of reasons, most of them related to health care. Since 1900, vaccinations have increased; we’ve improved safety standards for everything from workplaces to transportation; and we’ve developed medical breakthroughs that are making once life-threatening injuries, chronic ailments and illnesses curable, or at least controllable. But, according to the CDC, the biggest change has been in infant mortality. It’s no coincidence that, as life expectancy rates have increased, mortality rates for babies have fallen by 90 percent, while rates of maternal deaths have dropped by 99 percent.
Preschoolers learning with teacher // © Image Source/Getty Images
8-month-old babies have 1,000 trillion brain synapses.
Synapses are connections between neurons, the cells that control brain functioning. Baby brains go crazy with these connections, making many more than adult brains need. This way, the brain is able to learn what the most useful and efficient connections are, rather than having to have this information programmed into genes. If a synapse doesn’t get used, it gets pruned away. By the time a child is 10, the number of synapses in his brain has been cut by half.
Because of this, what people learn in early childhood is incredibly important. If a child doesn’t learn to talk, which has happened in some cases of severe neglect, it’s likely they’ll never be able to, because the synapses that would have enabled communication were never used and therefore destroyed. On the other hand, if the pruning process doesn’t stop naturally, as it normally does, even essential connections can get the ax. Researchers at Stanford University recently discovered that certain degenerative diseases, including glaucoma, get their start when the brain continues to destroy synapses.
Man holding his big belly // © David Zaitz/Riser/Getty Images
The volume of an average adult’s empty stomach is 1/5 of a cup.

But that’s empty. Stuffed with grub, the volume of the stomach can reach upwards of a little over a gallon. Of course, everybody’s stomach size is different, and that, combined with recent developments in gastric bypass surgery, has left some people thinking that skinny-minnies just have naturally smaller stomachs. But that’s not necessarily so. A study published in 2005 in the journal Obesity Surgery compared the stomach sizes of morbidly obese patients with those of controls and found that the obese don’t have bigger stomachs. The stomach volumes were largely the same between patients and controls. However, other research has shown that people who have a history of overeating also have a larger-than- average stomach capacity. The take-away lesson: Having a naturally larger stomach volume alone won’t make you fat, but regular overeating can increase your stomach volume and create a cycle where it becomes harder to get full and increasingly difficult to return to healthy eating habits, which can take a toll on your weight.

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Amazing Illusions

October 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Elevator Floor or Long Drop?

A very neat optical illusion elevator floor. So clever you would think twice before stepping into this elevator.

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Right or Left Window

Is this window on the right or left of this building?

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Graffiti Stairs Illusion

In this subway, this guy spray painted the wall to appear as an illusion of the stairs coming out of the wall.

Nice work.

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Glass Tesseract Animation

This is an interesting illusion animation..

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It has a very neat effect.

Tallest Soldier Illusion

Can You Pick Out the Tallest Soldier?

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Did You Find Him? Hmm…

They Are All the Same Height!

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the moments that take our breath away…

October 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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There are moments in life when you miss someone
so much that you just want to pick them from
your dreams and hug them for real!

When the door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often times we look so long at the
closed door that we don’t see the one,
which has been opened for us.

Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
because it takes only a smile to
make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Dream what you want to dream;
go where you want to go;
be what you want to be,
because you have only one life
and one chance to do all the things

you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you human and
enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily
have the best of everything;
they just make the most of
everything that comes along their way.

Starry Starry Night

October 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
My daughter just studied Van Gogh’s Starry Night in art class and the teacher asked every student to draw their own version of Starry Night. Her picture is wonderful; I might frame it.

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