What a cool idea. Maybe lots of people have thought of this before, but it never occurred to me. This guy took some dice, stuffed his family into the car, and went for a drive. Every time they came on an intersection, they’d roll the dice (1=N, 2=E, etc..) (obviously he had some D&D dice to account for different number of possibilities. And whichever way the dice rolled, that’s the way they went.I think i might give that a try. Hopefully i won’t run in circles (maybe a rule – no backtracking; roll again?). random road trip
|Looking for a little something over the top for that geek of yours? Can’t decide what to get? Have some money to burn? How about a $200 d20 carved from a meteorite?!?|
Leia: You rosy lipped … batfish!
Han: Who’s rosy lipped?
Luann thought the name of this sea creature would make an especially good insult to throw around at some point. I couldn’t agree more! Oh, and this is a real sea creature. I ran across it on the National Geographic website.
|Whoever did this crop circle is a genius. The circle is actually the first 10 digits of PI. No, seriously. See if you can figure it out, and then read the article which explains it. Very cool stuff.|
I’ve been rather quiet the last little bit. Things are quite busy for me at the moment, so i haven’t had a lot of time to blog, and it doesn’t look like i will get much time for the next month or so.In the meantime, here’s a really cool video my wife sent to me. It’s about a guy who photographed the changing of the light bulb at the top of the Empire State Building. Link Here
Movies and television shows have been doing it for years. But only now is there a commercially available non-invasive electroencephalography VR headset for the masses ($299) called the “Epoc headset”. According to an article on the BBC news website, “A neuro-headset which interprets the interaction of neurons in the brain will go on sale later this year. … It picks up electrical activity from the brain and sends wireless signals to a computer.”
The headset can detect more than 30 different expressions, emotions and actions.
The third week in October was the annual Hawker hunt. I went down south to hook up with my grandpa, dad, and brother, and off to the mountains we went: in our orange gear, guns in hand, and completely unprepared for how cold it was going to be this year. BRRRR!!!!! Usually the weather is fairly mild, but this year it was below freezing almost all day, the wind was blowing fiercely (the snow was almost horizontal), and i got sick.Fortunately, i had a whole case of hand warmers, which we all generously used to keep from freezing entirely. For me, the trip was a bust, but my dad got a good sized deer that he’s going to share (mom won’t let him keep it; she never does) There were two very exciting parts of the trip that had nothing whatsoever to do with the hunt. First, as we were up early in the morning (5am early) getting ready to head out into the hills, i looked up into the sky and saw the most amazing meteor. It started out almost directly overhead and slowly moved across the sky. It was a blood red color had a very long tail, and was moving very slowly. Most meteors go “ZIP”, leave a faint white tail for 1/10 of a second and are gone. This one just kept on going and going. It was probably 30 seconds before it disappeared on the horizon. As it was going out of view, it broke up into two distinct pieces, one trailing after the other. The second cool thing was found in the afternoon on the first day out. I was hiking on the side of a hill when i looked down and noticed a rock that was very out of place. I bent down and picked it up. It was an arrowhead! As far as i can tell, it’s genuine. Here’s a picture:
ESA scientists have found a “comet-like ball of gas over a thousand million
times the mass of the sun hurling through a distant galaxy cluster over
750 kilometers per second. … The gas ball is about three million light years across, or about five thousand million times the size of our solar system.“
That’s really big }) … or, as one of the scientists in the article put it “The size and velocity of this gas ball is truly fantastic.”