I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to be able to interact with it, add to it, vote on it! We have all this information, so organize it! Who can help? Google? I… Read More »
Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2013 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3 At 2:00 AM turn your clocks forward to 3 AM. Sorry to steal an hour, but you can have it back in the Fall.
A few iPhone photos I took during our trip to Half Moon Bay this weekend. Life is sweet.
A few days after Halloween I attended an event to remember the dead. Thousands were there in costume to join the parade and remember those who have gone before us. This was my first time. Here are a few pictures:
Interested in helping NASA scientists pinpoint where to look for signs of life on Mars? If so, you can join a new citizen science website called MAPPER, launched in conjunction with the Pavilion Lake Research Project’s 2011 field season. How can the MAPPER and Pavilion Lake Research projects help scientists look for off-Earth life? Since… Read More »
Pete Davison – Foldit, an online game put together by the University of Washington’s computer science and biochemistry departments, was launched in 2008 as an attempt to leverage the ingenuity and spatial reasoning skills of gamers to help solve scientific problems. Recently, players of the game have helped discover the structure of an enzyme which… Read More »
Hope you are enjoying it! Xeno
Here’s my version of the Zork text adventure game written a few years ago for laughs.
Did you know the CIA has games for kids on their web site? I had fun seeing how fast I could get the answer to all six coded messages on the site. I got all six correct in under 1 minute. Can you guess how I did it? See: Break the Code — Central Intelligence… Read More »
Mara Gay- A holiday “flash mob” of merry Christmas carolers forced the evacuation of a California mall when shoppers reported that the floor had begun to buckle. Nearly 5,000 people showed up Monday night at the Sacramento-area mall to spread holiday cheer in an event organized on Twitter and Facebook by a local choral society.… Read More »
Vote for Toy of the Year. Great place to get ideas for the kids this season. Up for a nomination is a controversial Barbie with a built in video camera. Seems like a fun techno gift for girls, no? Well, the FBI has some concerns about this particular toy… no, they aren’t afraid that terrorists… Read More »
Paul the Psychic Octopus may be leaving the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, for the Madrid Zoo, but more importantly, he could also be headed right into your iPhone. Yes, the cephalopod soothsayer who became a media sensation during the World Cup by correctly predicting Germany’s seven victories and Spain’s win in the championship… Read More »
Ah well, it had to happen. Someone finally beat me at chess on the iPhone. Had a pretty good streak going with my new system. Won 32 games in a row.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 18, 2009. My girlfriend and I writing a book: The 2010 Subterranean Guide, Northern CA and Oregon Edition. We need your ideas for anything interesting below the surface of the Earth in our area… a club, a bar, a cave, a lava tube, a mine, anything subterranean that we can visit and… Read More »
Update: Nov 27: Hear the songs that were submitted to NPR: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4. Here is the entire group on one page. Wow, some great stuff! I’m definitely learning some new things about recording and mixing by listening to how others did what they did. Previous Post: This is my… Read More »
I think I saw this several years ago, but it is still interesting. One man can build construction like Stonehenge this video shows it. Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it… Read More »
My girlfriend met someone recently who had met two IT guys from India who could play chess against each other in chess boards in their minds. They would be answering IT calls, helping people, and then suddenly one would turn and say “Nf3“. Her friend said that while this seems amazing to most of us,… Read More »
My friend Mark sends this weird little thingy: http://www.sr.se/P1/src/sing/. I couldn’t get it to sing “xeno” or “blog”. 😉
Lucid dreaming is the ability to realize you’re dreaming and then actively control what you do, like flying naked into the president’s office or winning the ball game with a nuclear touchdown or whatever crazy crap you people fantasize about. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but there are people out there hell-bent on… Read More »
I’ve played music professionally for years without actually being able to read music. Many times, however, I’ve wished I was able to throw up a page of sheet music and play it on the guitar, piano, and trumpet. I’d also like to be able to sight sing with absolute pitch recall (not having to check… Read More »
GAMBLERS who adopt a well-known probability strategy to beat the house at blackjack beware – UK researchers have developed an automated system that will detect card counters before they can cash in. Card counting, a strategy made famous by the film Rain Man, involves remembering which cards have been played, and which might be likely… Read More »
I don’t get some of the stuff she is doing but this is the first time I’ve heard/seen someone imitate a known song being slowed down and sped up as if it were embedded on a record that is being turned by hand.
Remember when you could see stars? Have your kids ever seen the Milky Way? For some reason we have, as a society, decided we need to keep the bulbs burning in our stores and offices when they’re empty, and illuminate things that don’t really need to be seen at night – like tall buildings. Too… Read More »
I tried for several months to use this web site to “trade up” in order to get the Taylor guitar I want. Results: Although the prospects looked fantastic at first, I conclude that even with 3,000 to 9,000 visitors per day on this blog, my trades just were not going anywhere. I traded up to… Read More »
If all readers of this blog concentrate, I am betting we can force most the USA and many other countries and territories to jump 1 hour into the future. Let’s try this tomorrow, March 8 at 2:00 AM. At exactly 2:00 AM, let’s jump it to 3:00 AM. We can do this, people. Stay up… Read More »
My stats show a record 3,935 visitors today. Hello. My name is Xeno, and I’m a newness-o-holic. Bookmark this site and join me here daily — unless I go camping, as I plan to do this weekend — for the most fascinating news on the planet, along with random human stuff about my life. This… Read More »
A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It’s an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls “an almost unheard-of feat.” Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge – for bugling – in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the… Read More »
For our ancestors, misjudging the physical strength of a would-be opponent might have resulted in painful –– and potentially deadly –– defeat. Now, a study conducted by a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara has found that a mechanism exists within the human brain that enables people to determine with uncanny… Read More »
An American computer game designer reached space Sunday, fulfilling a long-deferred childhood dream that began with the flight of his astronaut father. The Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft carrying Richard Garriott and two crewmates _ and the digitized DNA sequences of some of the world’s most famous minds _ hurtled into a clear blue sky from the… Read More »
Betting on horses first time, originally uploaded by xeno735.
You have new Picture Mail!, originally uploaded by xeno735.
A Rube Goldberg concept and construction with fire and torches. A Rube Goldberg machine is an extremely complicated apparatus that performs a very simple, easy task in an indirect and convoluted way. Some examples of his machines have an anticipation factor, as the machine makes slow but steady progress toward its goal. In Goldberg’s original… Read More »
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Now for the magic! By taking a tube, and rubbing it over the surface of the rough sphere, we start to cut/polish away at any irregularities. As Nelson pointed out, with this technique, “you can’t go wrong.” If you use a true random motion in the polishing, then you have no choice but to make… Read More »
Test of 2 at once, originally uploaded by xeno735. If you send more than one pic only one makes it. Post a photo to this blog by sending to email@example.com. Leave a comment here letting me know if you try it and it doesn’t work.
Test, originally uploaded by xeno735. From the xeno. Cool, it works… for me anyway… Post a photo to this blog by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing. New: Post a photo to this blog by sending to email@example.com. Give it a try! Send me something random.
A friend of mine did this. Cool idea. “Thanks Madonna”? [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.556589&w=425&h=350&fv=] from www.nexxus.com posted with vodpod
An incredible achievement: Flying with 600 helium balloons at an altitude of 11,000 ft (4km). It’s wonderful to be at that altitude without any noisy engine! Amazing! – coolstuff
Control the Show is a unique Christmas display which allows anyone in the world with a computer connection to log on and control the lights. We are currently live each night from 5pm until midnight until New Year’s Day. … Control the Show uses a queuing system to maintain order on the light switches. This… Read More »
“Nevertells, also often called Open-Ended Stories or One Minute Mysteries, are short little stories that create a puzzle or seem illogical until some assumption is removed. There is some quick little answer that once figured out makes everything fit together. While the stories usually only take a minute to tell, they can drive people nuts… Read More »
The Global Orgasm for Peace was conceived by Donna Sheehan, 76, and Paul Reffell, 55, whose goal is for everyone in the world to have an orgasm Dec. 22 while focusing on world peace. “The orgasm gives out an incredible feeling of peace during it and after it,” Reffell said Sunday. “Your mind is like… Read More »
This is fun. Anyone can create art (or destroy the art of others) at this public drawing web site. (Hint: Be sure to click “DISAGREE” to start, then you have to solve a puzzle to start drawing.) Tricky. 😉 I just ran out of ink. How do you get more? Seems you have to connect… Read More »
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) – An American man caught 116 tossed grapes in his mouth in three minutes in what he hopes will become a new Guinness World Record, his publicity team said Thursday. Steve “the Grape Guy” Spalding, 44, of Dallas, Texas also set a personal record for endurance grape catching, using his mouth to… Read More »
Click the picture to play the video. Yes, it has to be fake, but how did they do it? I can think of a few ways, but the easiest would be: His head is really a mask and he turns it around. It just doesn’t look like that to me. Perhaps they did this: Edit… Read More »