Cool Video of Earth from Space

>> 15 November 2011

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael K├Ânig on Vimeo.


>> 10 October 2011

original here:


Just Add Loggins

>> 12 September 2011

This guys moves are at least 40% better than mine.


More Hilarity From the Wide World of Sports

>> 07 September 2011


Excellent Scenery

>> 17 August 2011

While googling restaurants near my place of employment, I came across this little gem of a review:

You heard it folks: when you want excellent scenery and calorie-dense foods, there is just no topping the Taco Bell on Western Blvd.


Google +

>> 10 August 2011

It hasn't destroyed Facebook yet, as some predicted it would, but it's here: Google +. If anyone wants an invitation, I have 150 to give out. Clicking the link should do the trick.



>> 04 August 2011


Look, a Book!: Summer Reading List

>> 29 July 2011

One nice thing about quitting law school (by the way, I quit law school) is that instead of reading about strict liability, contract consideration and the rule against perpetuities, I have been reading good books! Here are a few of the good ones that I have read since my law school liberation:

  • Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer -- An American writer (named Jonathan Safran Foer) travels to the Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. His translator, a self-described "premium dancer" who taught himself English from a thesaurus, devises fanciful schemes for starting a new life in the States. The tour guide and driver, an old man with a personal stake in Jonathan's journey, claims to be blind and requires the help of his "seeing eye bitch", Sammy Davis Jr. Jr. Funny, insightful, tragic, and ultimately hopeful. Almost as good as "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," one of my favorite books ever.
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell -- Why do some ideas become full-blown trends, while others disappear from our collective memory? In this book, Gladwell tries to explain how the attributes of the message, messenger, and audience combine to make an idea 'tip' and gain widespread acceptance. Take it with a grain of salt, as the conclusions appear to be supported by only a few carefully chosen examples; nevertheless, this book is well worth your time.
  • >Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- The story of Fermina Daza, her husband, Dr. Juvenal Urbino and Florentino Ariza, her first love, who has never been able to replace her in his heart for nearly half a century. I've heard people say that the book was boring; I enjoyed it, although the pace is admittedly slow. It is equally a story and a meditation on all of the distinct emotions that we group together under the name love. 

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond -- Why did Europeans conquer the Americas and not the other way around? In this book, Jared Diamond examines how environmental factors shaped the modern world. Factors from hundreds of thousands of years ago like the suitability of local plants for domestication or climate conditions that were favorable for growing imported crops led to food surplus, government, literacy, military technology, and religions to garner popular support for wars of conquest and so on. In this fascinating work, the history and environmental factors of each of the inhabited continents is analyzed with a view towards understanding the past, present, and future of the modern world.
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman -- Take a dash of Harry Potter, a sprinkle of Narnia, and a pinch of hard-bitten New York City cynicism, mix well and serve chilled. If you always suspected that Hermione was relying on amphetamines to maintain her grueling study schedule, or if you yourself are experiencing a difficult withdrawal from the hardest of literary drugs--Harry Potter--then this might be one worth checking out.
Chime in with your thoughts on any of these books. And as always, I'm looking for book recommendations, so leave them in the comments section!


    This Week's Success & Failure

    >> 02 July 2011

    Held my breath under water for two minutes at the pool this afternoon. Should come in handy if I ever need to...hold my breath under water for two minutes or less, I guess.

    Failure: Accidentally set off the fire alarm at work (with steam from lab equipment; no fire was involved), forcing everyone in the building to stand outside in the sweltering heat. At least it wasn't raining!


    Trouble at the Durham County Public Library Southwest Branch

    >> 31 May 2011

    After months of failed attempts to log in to the library website, I went in and asked the librarian if she could reset my PIN. "I've tried everything," I said. "Nothing works." She scanned my card and smiled as the information came up on her computer screen. "Did you try 1-2-3-4?" I guess I didn't try everything.


    For the Casual Neuroscientist:

    >> 30 March 2011


    Cat Massage!

    >> 01 February 2011

    What do you think? This has to be a joke, right?



    >> 05 January 2011

    I am intrigued by the thought process that preceded this performance. Could it have gone like this?

    Let's have William Shatner sing a song on television...but he can't sing so we'll either need to find someone else who can, or we can stick with Shatner and just let him do something besides singing...well, what can William Shatner do?...I know! He can speak and smirk; let's have a speaking and smirking performance set to music!


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