First Brad Renfro (read the nice words Sir Ian McKellen had to say about him on his blog), and now Heath Ledger! How depressing. They were both so talented.
God, Terry Gilliam is one unlucky bastard! His films are cursed.
Here's the cover art for my fictional band's cd. Pretty groovy, huh? Here's how you can create your own:
Robots evolve to communicate and learn how to lie for their own benefit. Um, that's not good.
By the 50th generation, the robots had learned to communicate—lighting up, in three out of four colonies, to alert the others when they’d found food or poison. The fourth colony sometimes evolved “cheater” robots instead, which would light up to tell the others that the poison was food, while they themselves rolled over to the food source and chowed down without emitting so much as a blink.
However, there were some hero robots who "died" to save other robots from harm.
Turns out that the most valuable parts of cows are the ones that can be sold to medical companies. They're using pituitary glands, bones, heart muscles and hides to make things such as bone screws and artificial skin. Weird.
Tough times in the commodity beef market in 1975 forced Prather Ranch to scale back its herd. No new animals have been introduced since. In a lucky coincidence, closing the herd turned out to be great for business. Combined with the cattle's long-time strict vegetarian diet, the closure ensures that cattle have never been exposed to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease, which first emerged in the 1980s.
The Rickerts' unique situation brought them to the attention of a company looking for a safe supply of cowhides to turn into collagen, often used for lip injections. After constructing a custom abattoir, or slaughterhouse, in 1995, they began to attract attention from other medical and pharmaceutical companies.
Here's a new teaser trailer for Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica. The wait is making me crazy!
China has unveiled an ice piano that actually plays music. Cool!
"I love elaborate clocks - particularly the large, public clocks of the late Middle Ages, and others inspired by them. The best tell not only the time, but considerable astronomical information with various hand and dials - more elaborate models including the month and date; the position of the sun, moon, and zodiac on the ecliptic; the nodes and phases of the moon; and even eclipses and the computus for Easter. The most beautiful have geocentric models of the universe; medieval symbols of the zodiac and seasons; humorous allegorical statues and automata, clock-jacks ringing bells on the hour, crowing roosters or singing cuckoos, mechanical organs, and processions of tiny statues. They are among the most engaging works of art or mechanics ever created."