Beyond Broccoli I blogged about the faces in the broccoli package a while back, but now it turns out broccoli isn’t the only product from Cascadian Farm that has little faces Photoshopped into the pictures of produce.
7 Movies That Required Scientific Inaccuracy To “Make Sense” Some of these are a bit of a stretch, but still some good insights. And for more minor physics errors (e.g. laser beams making sounds in outer space), there’s Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics and Sci-Fi Science Blunders.
When I was young, tattoos were something older people had (like my dad’s friend with the anchor on his bicep he got in the Navy). Now they’re something young people have (I still remember being a bit slack-jawed when I attended a wedding and saw shoulder tattoos beneath spaghetti-strap bridesmaid dresses). But apparently tattoos aren’t just for the cool kids — geeks get them too. Computer geeks, science geeks, even (and this one is new to me) reading geeks.
Evolution of Logos Not all are as interesting as the VW logo, but some are moreso. I’ll bet the Shell logo once looked more realistic (like an actual shell) than you remember — no matter how old you are.
And for more logos and less evolution, here are some auto industry logos from the’50s.
upsidedowndogs.com Because upsidedowndogpicturesflippedandshownrightsideup.com would have been too long of a URL. Or something. Like it or not, get it or not, this is what makes the Internet great.
Stuff Journalists Like I’m a journalist, and I like this. Maybe not as good as Stuff White People Like (and perhaps less likely to snag a book deal), but most of the observations are spot-on, even if the entry on the AP Stylebook has an error that could have been avoided by anyone whom who looked up the relevant entry.
NYT is OTL on FSM – WTF? Apparently the New York Times isn’t familiar with the Flying Spaghetti Monster, beloved of atheists and agnostics who use its noodly appendages to satirize religious belief. They just call it “a noodle monster” – an egregious slap in the face (or whatever it’s called) of the Pastafarian deity. (via Serious Eats)
I’m late to the party here, but this is great news about the next-generation Miata: Program manager for MX-5 reveals details about next-gen model The key part: “chief developer Takao Kijima has revealed that the new model will be smaller and at least 10% lighter.” With the current model pushing 2500 lbs, that would put the new model back in the range of the original 1990 model — lighter than my 2001 model, lighter even than the 1995 model I used have (damn, I miss that car).
There are lots of cars faster than the Miata, and a select few that maybe handle a bit better, but the only car I know of that’s lighter is the Lotus Elise, which costs as much as 2 new Miatas plus some change. The current Miata is the heaviest ever made, but it’s still 200 lbs lighter than a Mini Cooper, more than 600 lbs lighter than a Corvette.
If they can really make a Miata that fits modern safety standards (airbags, etc.) that’s as light as the earliest Miata, that would really be A Good Thing. Might even get me to stop fantasizing about winning the lottery and picking up a Wiesmann Roadster (warning: don’t click on that link unless you’ve got a change of jeans handy).
Salvador Dali hotel room My wife actually got to spend a weekend in this room, at the Artists In Residence B&B in Washington, where all the rooms are done up in different art themes. She was there for a scientific conference, and a colleage staying in the Da Vinci room, so her photo gallery also has some pics of that room.
And what would you drive to such a location? Why, the Picasso car, of course! (No, it’s not included in the package — I just thought it looked cool).