The Circle of… Science?

•29 July 2009 • Comments Off on The Circle of… Science?

Ah, so true… woot, academia. šŸ˜‰

[Source: DailyCupofTech]

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Say Cheese! …Okay, Scram Now

•28 July 2009 • Comments Off on Say Cheese! …Okay, Scram Now

Cutest baby-and-puppy picture ever. šŸ™‚

Oh AT&T, When Will You Learn?

•26 July 2009 • 1 Comment

[Source: TechCrunch]

4 Great Webcomic Strips

•25 July 2009 • Comments Off on 4 Great Webcomic Strips

4. TwipComics
Paints the truth in a humorous and sometimes silly light.

ā€œIt would be easier for you all to get fat and make me average than it would for me to put this donut down.ā€

3. Cyanide and Happiness
…because black humor and cynicism combined can sometimes have fantastic results.

2. Questionable Content
If you go back through the archives and read this strip in its entirety, you WILL fall in love with the characters and their whimsical quirks.

1. XKCD
Geek humor + romance = explosion of awesome

LOLCat Faves

•24 July 2009 • Comments Off on LOLCat Faves

Interesting Tidbits About Musical Earworms–Or Those Annoying Songs Stuck In Your Head

•23 July 2009 • Comments Off on Interesting Tidbits About Musical Earworms–Or Those Annoying Songs Stuck In Your Head

We’ve all had those days when the catchy, but irritating, lines to that pop song we don’t really like, have been stuck in our heads all day long. This phenomenon of song-stuck-in-your-head-ness is called having musical earworms, or a brain itch. When you hear the opening notes to a familiar song, the auditory cortex is triggered, and your brain wants to fill in the rest–and so you “sing” it in your head, even after the song has completed.

But why is it that the brain loops sections of that annoying song over and over? Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that

The only way to “scratch” brain itch is to repeat the song over and over in your mind. Unfortunately, like with mosquito bites, the more you scratch the more you itch, and so on until you’re stuck in an unending song cycle.

Some tips that researchers at the University of Cincinnati provided for squashing earworms include:
1. Singing another song, playing another melody or instrument
2. Listen to the song, the whole way through
3. Listening to complex music (ie. Mozart), or songs that are of a completely different genre
4. Picturing yourself squashing the creepy, crawly, irritating earworm, banishing it from your head

And finally, on the list of 10 most annoying earworm songs, students reported the following, memorable tunes as driving them the most crazy:

  • “Oops… I Did It Again”
  • “It’s a small world after all”
  • “YMCA!”
  • “We Will Rock You”
  • “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
  • The “Mission Impossible” theme

… and now watch as one of those stays in your head for the next couple of hours. ^^ Enjoy.

A Simple Last-Minute Dessert Solution

•21 July 2009 • Comments Off on A Simple Last-Minute Dessert Solution

Craftzine’s recipe for how to make chocolate banana pops is such a simple but innovative solution for last minute dessert solution. All you need is a few bananas, chocolate sauce (either their recipe for homemade choc sauce or add a dash of milk to Nutella chocolate spread and you’ve got even simpler choc sauce), and a freezer–sprinkles optional.
Mmm...

Mmm. Healthy AND chocolate-y. What more could you ask for?