• Archive for August, 2008


    by  • August 31, 2008 • Trivia and Media • 0 Comments

    Hm. 97% ripe on Rotten Tomatoes and with good reason. To get this and Batman in the same year really rather validates Hollywood as an institution that still has it. What Toy Story showed about friendship, and Finding Nemo said about fathers and sons, or the Incredibles said about families, WALL-E says about one form [...]

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    A pox on both their houses

    by  • August 30, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-elisberg/the-worst-vice-presidenti_b_122491.html Brutal beat down on Lara Croft Sarah Connor Sarah Palin. If you make it through the article, here’s my thinking: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” I think people will vote for her as a mom-with-a-gun, as the VPILF (cough, hack) and as a symbol of America’s past and [...]

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    Radioactive decay varies depending on the distance from the earth to the sun???

    by  • August 29, 2008 • Science • 1 Comment

    http://www.celsias.com/article/energy-crossroads/http://arxivblog.com/?p=596 Implications: I think this might turn out to be the ultraviolet catastrophe of our era. It’s something which is entirely convenient to study in the lab so it should be highly replicable, and it’s weirder than all hell. Here’s hoping that it’s not some dopey measurement error due to something else which varies annually.

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    Nanosolar raises $300m for expansion

    by  • August 28, 2008 • The Global Picture • 0 Comments

    Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nanosolar’s strategic investors include power company AES Corp., equity firm the Carlyle Group, and electric utility company EDF–the three of which formed AES Solar as part of the deal, Roscheisen said. Those alliances will presumably help Nanosolar develop utility-scale solar power that would be cost efficient. Other investors were hedge fund Lone [...]

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