May 5 2006

They are made out of meat

I remember reading this short story as a child, and enjoying it quite thoroughly.

This short film adaptation is quite fun… and took me right back to my days reading sci-fi before bed each night.

Watch the short film They are made out of meat — directed by Stephen O’Reagan, and starring Tom Noonan (The X-Files, Robocop 2).

Read the short story “They’re Made Out of Meat” by Terry Bisson.


Mar 23 2006

Oil Standard

Check out this fascinating browser plugin:

Oil Standard is a web browser plug-in that converts all prices from U.S. Dollars into the equivalent value in barrels of crude oil.

When you load a web page, the script seamlessly inserts converted prices into the page. As the cost of oil fluctuates on the commodities exchange, prices rise and fall in real-time.

I’d love to see a plug-in that (somehow) estimates how much oil it took to produce/transport that product. So you could comparison shop based on environmental impact.

Or to see and Environmental Impact Score (EIS) at the grocery store:

Locally Grown Organic Apples: (tranported from Blaine, MN)
$4 lb
(0.6 barrels of oil on 3/23/06)
EIS 25

Chilean Apples (flown in to Miami and trucked to Minneapolis)
$2 lb
(0.3 barrels of oil on 3/23/06)
EIS 280

What is the better deal? 😉


Feb 4 2006

Sony Bravia Ad: Standing out by not shouting

Absolutely beautiful.

Watch the extended version for some special moments (the dog is my favorite).

When you’re introducing the next generation of television, you want to make an impact – but that doesn’t mean you have to shout at the top of your voice. And it doesn’t mean you have to be predictable. Sending 250,000 multi-coloured ‘superballs’ bouncing down the streets of San Francisco may seem the strangest way to do this, but that’s exactly what Danish director Nicolai Fuglsig did for the BRAVIA commercial in July this year.

Sony BRAVIA ad


Feb 3 2006

Weird science fact of the day

Ampulex compressa is a wasp that has evolved to tackle roaches, insert a stinger into their brains and disable their escape reflexes. This lets the wasp use the roach’s antennae to steer the roach to its lair, where it can lay its egg in it.

Wasp performs roach-brain-surgery to make zombie slave-roaches

As little Sammy would say: “Gross!”


Dec 27 2005

Get nekkid for Jesus?

IN THE beginning was the word of God and God never said anything about brassieres or boxer shorts. Thus was born Natura, America’s first Christian nudist camp.

After two years of biblical debate over Adam and Eve and their fig leaves and whether or not nudity is sinful, a 67-year-old Quaker grandfather is preparing to open a modern-day Garden of Eden 40 miles north of Tampa, Florida.

So… yeah. I don’t know what to think about this. The Lutheran fundemental in me screams “Heresy!” but… is that doctrine or just cultural mores talking?

If it’s not sexual (some would argue that’s impossible, but the founders say it is) and not lustful (ditto)… is it sin?

And even if it’s not sinful… is it even a good idea? Or is it just the thing our over-sexualized culture needs?

Discuss below 😉

Christians strip to build a new Eden


Dec 3 2005

Look ma, I’m on the TV!

Well John and Jen blogged it so I guess I can too…

Bluer, the small community of faith I belong to, is going to be featured on ABC Nightline news.

Yeah. It takes a while to sink in.

I’ve been told I cannot, under any circumstances, wear my monkey shirt. Which is cool, because I vowed to never wear it to church after the first time – it was so distracting some people completely missed the scripture I was reading… and that’s just not cool.

Monkey Scratch and Sniff T-shirt

John asked:

…please pray that somehow the Kingdom is served by this.

Ditto.

UPDATE

Watch the video