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NASA’s methane rocket

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 9:09 pm Monday, May 7th, 2007

This is a test firing of NASA’s methane rocket. What an impressive sight and sound. It looks like a giant blow torch.

“Matrix” becoming a reality?

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 9:03 pm Friday, March 16th, 2007

From Scientific American’s “A Digital Life,”

We have found that digital memories allow one to vividly relive an event with sounds and images, enhancing personal reflection in much the same way that the Internet has aided scientific investigations. Every word one has ever read, whether in an e-mail, an electronic document or on a Web site, can be found again with just a few keystrokes. Perhaps most important, digital memories can enable all people to tell their life stories to their descendants in a compelling, detailed fashion that until now has been reserved solely for the rich and famous.

If my descendants were to view my memories, they’ll find out what a boring dweeb I am.

Are you a “economy class syndrome” worker?

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:52 pm Monday, March 12th, 2007

If you’re an office worker who sits in front of the desk for long periods of time, you better read this.

PS3 Yellow Dog Linux Install Videos

Cory Maddox @ 12:27 am Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Howdy everyone. :) Due to the demand on the PS3 forums I am making some install videos of Yellow Dog Linux. Sorry about the slightly shaky footage, since I was installing and holding the camera at the same time.
They are a bunch of short videos instead of one long one since the process is taking a while and a lot of people wanted updates as it was happening.

I will be updating this with more videos, as well as YDL running on the PS3. I will also see if I can show it streaming videos from a Windows Vista PC.

Part 01

What is your personality score?

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 3:11 pm Saturday, July 29th, 2006

According to Jung Typology and Myers Briggs Type Indicator tests, I have a INTJ and ISTP personality, respectively. Please take the Jung Typology test, MMDI, and report your findings.

When pertaining various personality types in a software team, it is very important that members do no clash. This article, “Get to know people,” explains it well.

Phat Fat Penguin’s arch nemesis

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 10:17 pm Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Brace yourself and hide behind Scott as you watch this!


My 135 Gallon Multi-environment Terrarium and the inhabitants

Cory Maddox @ 2:21 am Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Soo… to continue the story about the lizards I started earlier. The weekend after July 4th I took another camping trip up to Pine Flat. The fishing was average at best, but the lizarding was fantastic. Over the period of a single day and a half I ended up catching 5 Western Fence Lizards, 3 California Skinks, 3 Garter Snakes, and 1 Alligator Lizard. I took 3 of the Fence Lizards, 2 Skinks, 1 Alligator Lizard, and 2 Garter Snakes home.

Due to the amount of reptiles I caught, my cousin gave me her 135 Gallon Aquarium. The thing was a bitch to move honestly. Just me and my girlfriend moved it from the cousin’s house into my apartment. My apartment on the second floor. Unfortunatly it was about 400 pounds so that was pretty painful and akward, but we got it going and all set up. At this point is when I started burning cash due to the inexperience of setting one of these things up.

Read on to find out everything that happened during the setup, as well as see more videos of all the inhabitants.

R.I.P. Tiger Whiptail

Cory Maddox @ 10:05 am Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Rest in peace, (and unfortunatly pieces), my little lizard friend. Two weeks ago durning my 9 day vacation I headed up to Mammoth Pool near Yosimite for some fishing and camping. While I was up there, with the help of my two young cousins distracting it, I managed to catch an elusive tiger whiptail. These lizards are lightning fast, moving the distance of a football field in mere seconds. Was excited to finally have one of these, since I had tried catching them before to no avail. I used a fishing pole with a very loose noose to slip around its next while my cousins scared it where I needed it to be. BAM….

If you don’t like science, you’re not cool!

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 6:18 am Monday, July 3rd, 2006

What happens if you mix diet coke and mentos? You get this!


06/06/06 - The Mark of the Beast

bucho @ 11:31 am Tuesday, June 6th, 2006


The end is near… again. Here is a good short read on people’s unwaranted fear of the number 666.

The last time the 666 combination occurred was in 1666, the year of the Great Fire of London.

However, it also marked the year in which Sir Isaac Newton published his Law of Gravity, leading it to be dubbed the Annus mirabilis.

16 Year Old Kartik Madiraju’s Great Idea

Scott Rippee @ 10:36 pm Monday, May 15th, 2006

A bit of a science whiz kid, Madiraju was browsing through the science journal Nature and happened to see something about magnetic bacteria while trying to think of a project to benefit the environment. “I knew that spinning windmills use a magnetic generator to produce electricity and wondered if I got the magnetic bacteria spinning they might generate a current and be a clean, alternative energy source,” he said.

Wow, this was one great idea. link

I just love that I am having to post this from Opera since FireFox has been crashing on 1/6 of the sites I’ve tried to visit. Whats up with the stability of the last few releases?

Theoretical Warp Drive

bucho @ 11:49 am Friday, April 28th, 2006

This is a good read about what needs to be done before a warp drive could be created… we have some major hurdles.


In front of the bubble, space contracts, decreasing the distance to the destination. In back, space expands, increasing the distance from the departure point.


Scramjet Tested Successfully

UnderpaidLoveMonki @ 1:56 pm Sunday, March 26th, 2006

Amazing technology, I must say…

Posted on BBC News:

The scramjet engine, the Hyshot III, was launched at Woomera, 500km north of Adelaide in Australia, on the back of a two stage Terrier-Orion rocket.

Once 314km up, the Hyshot III fell back to Earth, reaching speeds analysts hope will have topped Mach 7.6 (9,000km/h).


First the PUR Water Filter, Now the Hemopurifier Blood Filter

bucho @ 10:27 pm Saturday, March 25th, 2006


This is cool and creepy at the same time. A small San Diego biotech company called Aethlon is developing a portable device that removes viruses from blood. Known as the Hemopurifier, it filters not only smallpox but numerous other viruses, including Marburg and Ebola.

How To Debug Blood

1. Infected blood flows into the Hemopurifier through a tube extending from one artery.

2. The toxin filters work like a colander, allowing small viruses through but not large red and white blood cells. The filter, which is made from a biocompatible plastic called polysulfone, is coated with special plant-derived antibodies that hold fast to the pathogens, ensuring that they don’t reenter the bloodstream.

3. Purified blood travels back into the body through a second tube inserted into another artery. The human body typically contains about five liters of blood. The entire quantity can flow through the Hemopurifier in about 12 minutes. The process is repeated until all the toxins are removed—usually within a few hours.

via Popular Science


Scott Rippee @ 7:48 pm Monday, March 20th, 2006

As far back as I can remember I’ve always had a fright of spiders. I think its the way they move and the warnings, when young, about poisonous ones. Anyways, this is a great article that shows up 10 myths about spiders.

This guy may be another Fat Penguin adversary:


I can not tell you how many times I have heard this first one.

1.) Myth: The daddy-longlegs has the world’s most powerful venom, but fortunately its jaws (fangs) are so small that it can’t bite you.

Fact: That is a full-fledged Urban Legend, with no basis in fact whatever. This legend is so widespread that many people believe it who should really know better, including some teachers and TV documentary producers.

Three different unrelated groups are called “daddy-longlegs.” Harvestmen have no venom of any kind. None at all! Same with crane flies. Pholcid spiders have venom (like almost all spiders) but there’s nothing special about it; in fact, a recent study showed that pholcid venom is unusually weak in its effect on insects.

Now that my skin is crawling its time for some zzzzzs. :)