Flickr: Smiley Lightning

I always like seeing the different objects that the electrical build-up in a storm can find to discharge through, especially cloud to cloud lightning. This one below  by Flickr user Yorri¢k is reallY cool but isn’t all that rare; since it’s over water it’s probably just as likely to find an opposite charge within some other portion of the cloud than it is over a body of water.

But I do really like how it appears to originally be attracted to the water on the right or the ship on the water when the greater difference was found in the other end of the cloud and changed directions. Nice ‘smiley’.

Wikipedia has an excellent cloud to cloud lightning photo as well, thought it’s ‘flattened’ on the underside of the clouds.



Just geeky

The Joke That Made rec.humor.funny Infamous

Here’s a nice long anecdote of a politically incorrect joke on rec.humor.funny usenet group in the 1980′s that put it on the map and raised the ire of several universities to make it one of the first to be banned.

Original post:

brian@radio.uucp (Brian Glendenning)
Radio Astronomy, University of Toronto
( rec.humor, rec_humor_cull, racist (mildly), chuckle)

(Relayed From prabhu@mitisft)

A Scotsman and a Jew went to a restaurant. After a hearty meal, the waitress came by with the inevitable check. To the amazement of all, the Scotsman was heard to say, “I’ll pay it!” and he actually did.

The next morning’s newspaper carried the news item:



Scientific Embroidery

Emily at the Floss Box has created some wonderfully geeky embroidery patterns below on Gravity and DNA.

Want more? She just finished ‘Better Living through Chemistry‘, check out the blog.

Scientific Embroidery

Just geeky

The Best LOST Theory I’ve Read Yet


Making the rounds on the interweb is a pointer to this Lost theory called “Lost: A theory on time travel“, that in my opinion, is probably mostly accurate in its explanation of the many mysteries, though some are still not explained (like Smokey).

In a nutshell, the island itself forms a kind of time machine and the island is stuck in a loop at the year 1996.

Read on.


Cute Minesweeper Game

Random Good Stuff is hosting an online but cuter version of the Minesweeper game. Sure, it may look cute, but if you asplode, god help you…the carnage.

Link to the game.

Cute Minesweeper