Friday, July 30, 2010

The Neuroheadset is a reality and it costs 299$

I've got a serious case of the new gadget "gottahaveits" butterflies thanks to this TED talk I watched this morning.


I'm seriously considering laying down the cash and purchasing one of these babies. Anyone else interested?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Best Show in the Universe


Just got wind of the news that Maddox will be premiering his new show on his youtube channel. I can't wait to see what awesomely offensive content he'll be delivering.  The event is just a little over 16 hours away as of this writing.

For this of you who aren't familiar with Maddox I might suggest you pop over to his website and read up on some previous posts.  This guy have made being a dick an art form.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kitty cat looking for a good home...

We're looking for a home for a stray kitty, temporarily christened Blacque Jacque Shellacque, Nancie rescued yesterday. Poor little guy looks like he's had some hard times. Nancie is nursing a couple of bad paw injuries and he's resting comfortably in a crate in our basement. Unfortunately we can't keep him as our two dogs just won't stand for it.

The cat is amazingly friendly and affectionate. He'd make a great pet from what we can tell. If anyone is interested please let me know.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Doubt: A History

Just listened to episode 71 of Radio Freethinker with a segment featuring an interview at TAM with Jennifer Michael Hecht who wrote Doubt: A History

Aside from the interesting notion that cosmopolitanism is a cataclysm for skepticism I also found the following reply from Hechlt when asked if she thinks religion will ever become obsolete (30:37) really insightful:
I don't think religion is going to become obsolete but I think theism might. So I think that religion came up with a couple of things which are profoundly important. Religion is the repository of human thinking about how to get into a certain kinda mood through physical behaviors: the praying, the ritual, the meetings, the community, the meditations.  And that mood is still very precious to human beings and it is a very real part of being human. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A funny critter on my way to work...

Just uploaded this video to my youtube account.  Caught sight of this critter out of the corner of my eye walking in to work this morning.  I'd never seen anything like it so I shot a little clip off my iPhone.  The video doesn't do it justice but it is without doubt the largest caterpillar I've ever seen.




I did a little preliminary research and I think it is a Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Agrius convolvuli Linnaeus) but I can't be sure.  The markings were a bit off and I'm not knowledgeable enough to know if this could be attributed to normal variation within the species or not. Funny thing is that from everything I've read so far these seem to be native to Europe and not America...



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Podiobooks

 I first heard of the author Scott Sigler when I listened to an interview with him on Skepticality about a month ago and was intrigued.  I just finished listening to my first podiobook from him, named Earthcore, yesterday and was very impressed by the amount of enjoyment I got from it.  I wasn't quite sure what to expect since I don't usually like sci-fi/thriller/horror literature but I found the story engrossing enough to look forward to each episode and to binge on the last four in quick succession.

Another benefit of listening to the podiobook is that I was introduced to the podiobooks.com website which features a plethora of free podiobooks to choose from.  I've decided to try some non-fiction next.

Friday, July 9, 2010

One day you'll be mine...

Some of you may remember an old post from 2007 where I revealed my preference for shaving with a straight razor.  Well I've always had a hard time finding a nice blade online, that is, until now.  I just came across the Thiers Issard Historic 6/8"-7/8" Le Canadien razor with a Snakewood handle and I am positively drooling.  Sure the price tag of $315 is a little staggering but this is a once in a life-time investment.

The Thiers Issard series of straight razors is available from http://www.rasagepoulin.com which is entirely family owned and operated and also sports a decent environmental policy. Kudos!