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Insects are able to see things much faster than we do. A fluorescent light is supposed to appear to an insect as a blinking light, since they flash at 60 cycles per second. A CRT television, then, would appear as a blinking light scanning across the screen, tracking from top to bottom, then starting again from the top, but offset by one line. I would think that this test can only work with modern LCD monitors, and would fail with a CRT.
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Here's a page that mentions another Boop-Oop-a-Doop girl: Blondie of Blondie and Dagwood!
Her maiden name was Blondie Boopadoop. Dagwood, the heir to a great fortune, was so in love with her that he endured a hunger strike to force his father's approval of their wedding. In the end, he suffered to be disowned rather than give up his girl.
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This is a fork for extracting olives from an olive barrel. It has a convenient device for ejecting impaled olives from the tines. I'm surprised they still make these.
Jedi Academy, XL
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"Barkley Marathons?" What kind of wimpy name is that? If you want an exciting prison-themed athletic event, you can't beat the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Swim the frigid shark-infested waters of San Francisco Bay, with deadly currents that can sweep you halfway to Japan!

If you make landfall, you then have to assault a random bicycle courier and steal his bike for the second event: a bicycle race through the deadly gauntlet of The Financial District!

Finally, running at top speed up the sisyphean hills of San Francisco!

Only the best and toughest will survive! Only the survivors can win!
(OK, I think I exaggerate a bit on some of the details)
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At Crunchyroll News, there was a post about this promotion:

In commemoration of the releases, the retailers across Japan will distribute "Fujimiya Kaori no Nakeru Tissue" (Kaori's tissue paper for your tears) for free on the release day. [release of the opening song single]
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I can't believe Paramount would have passed up such a great product placement opportunity. The permission to use the Klingon insignia on a NASA mission patch would have been there for the asking, I'm sure.
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I look at the present-day photos, showing free people enjoying the fruits of their liberty and decades of prosperity on those once-bloody beaches and towns, and wonder at the great gift bestowed on us by the brave fighters on that day. We live in a time of almost unprecedented peace and security in the Western world, in which the nations of Europe, long rivals and enemies, do not raise arms against each other or scheme and plot each others' downfall.
I may view the photos with a blind eye to today's troubles and injustice, but today's Europe is indeed a beachhead for international unity and peace that slowly advances against the forces of violent invasion (I'm looking at you, Putin!). I am glad that the struggle could be won.
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Pinatas always disturb me. They are de rigueur for birthday parties here in New Mexico, which sets up the horrible scenario: Excited children, candy, a stick being swung by a blindfolded child. The Pinata opens, and kids rush in, heedless of the blindfolded kid with the stick. It's a recipe for disaster.
There's also the lesson of Pinatas: Good treats come from the cruel punishment of animals.
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I thought the idea was always to tow icebergs to places that are short on water. Since they've gone through the trouble of attaching the cable, they should just go all the way to California or Arabia.
OK, the article gives us an idea of how long it takes just to get an iceberg towed out of collision course, so I am sure the effort to bring it across the ocean may be a bit much, but the 'towing icebergs to Arabia' thing comes up in Popular Science magazine every five years or so.
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The article was pretty fun. I had my own idea once on these lines:

Leukemia is sometimes treated by removing bone marrow from the patient and then using drugs to kill the leukemic cells, leaving normal blood stem cells alive. The patient's body is then irradiated to kill the rest of their bone marrow, and the extracted stem cells are injected into the bone to re-populate it. (or a bone marrow transplant is performed). The idea is that the largely non-living structure of the bone will be retained, and will provide a scaffold on which the healthy cells will establish themselves.

One day, I was looking at a tree that was riddled with the holes left by some kind of beetle. The beetle larvae killed the tree, but the dead wood retained the overall shape of the tree when it was alive. Trees are made largely of non-living material, with a thin layer of living cells called the cambium layer (not to be confused with the cambrian layer, which is a geologic stratum formed half a billion years ago). If the living cells of the cambium could be extracted and grown in cell culture, an infected tree could then be irradiated to kill off invading beetles. The cells could then be re-introduced into the cambium layer to re-populate the structure of the tree and restore it to its healthy, living condition.

Unlike humans, though, a tree cannot be moved into a nuclear medicine facility for radiation treatments. Some means would be needed to bring the irradiation to the tree. Happily, our military already developed the notorious neutron bomb. Remember, this bomb is able to kill all living things, but leave buildings intact. Bark beetle (or fungal disease) infections of trees never occur in isolation, but are area-wide effects, which are just the right scale for the neutron bomb. A forest that is suffering from an infestation could be sterilized by neutron bomb, and then the trees could be revitalized by infiltration with new cells.

By extension, whole neighborhoods could be rid of pests, such as roaches, termites, fire ants, bedbugs or rodents by evacuating the people and their pets, followed by a neutron bomb blast. Minor structural damage could be repaired, and then people could return. They would have to re-seed their lawns and gardens, but would start from a clean slate, pest-wise.
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Friedersdorf did this in 2011 as well
The selections are really great, and they are satisfyingly long reads, and include this piece:

Letting Go by Atul Gawande
"Modern medicine is good at staving off death with aggressive interventions--and bad at knowing when to focus, instead, on improving the days that terminal patients have left."
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This marketing strategy of trapping people in a 'product ecosystem' is one of the things that I most dislike about Apple. They make high-quality and tightly-integrated products, but you're shackled to their world forever after.
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