Nov 222007

mummy zombie
Hierakonpolis was one of the largest urban settings in Egypt along the Nile over 5000 years ago. Hierakonopols also claims the title to the earliest recorded zombie attack in history.

In 1892, a British dig there unearthed a tomb containing a decomposed body, whose brain had been infected with the ‘zombie’ virus, Solanum. In addition, thousands of scratch marks adorned every surface of the tomb as if the corpse had tried to claw it’s way out.

Link to the archeology report.

 Posted by at 10:44 pm
Nov 222007


Just in case you haven’t been following gadget news lately, Amazon released the ‘Kindle‘ which is kinda sorta like an e-book. At US$399 it better be one helluva good electronic reader.

It’s not known how many they made in their first run of devices from the factory but it sold out in the first 24 hours so that should help generate a little more buzz.

What might sour that buzz some would be honest reviews like this one by Doug Kaye: Kindle, Day One. Doug was one of the first recipients of the device and is able to put together a very fair though unfavorable review. Part of it is based on his experiences with the Sony Reader (PRS-505) which costs $100 less than the Kindle.


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Nov 222007


Here are two videos of submarines, the British sub HMS Tireless and a US sub the USS Alexandria, participating in an ‘Ice Ex’ *together* in the Arctic.

I did a lot of time on subs but never had the pleasure of doing ice ops. Those exercises always intrigued me, partly because it’s a little more dangerous and interesting and very few sailors get to partake each year.

This one is the USS Alexandria surfacing:

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This one is the HMS Tireless surfacing. Skip ahead to 1:20 to see the good stuff:

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 Posted by at 7:11 am
Nov 222007

Intelligent Design

Did you see the 2 hour Nova special recently on the Intelligent Design (ID) debate? It revolved around an historic Federal case that pitted Creationists against Darwinists in 2004, basically it was the “Scopes Monkey trial” all over again as religion tries to find its way back into public schools in place of, or to be considered side by side with, scientific evidence and reason.

The Dover trial was the latest in a long line of court cases involving the teaching of evolution, but it was exceptional in that it was the first case that tested the legality of teaching Intelligent Design in a science class. The decision at Dover determined that ID was unscientific and fundamentally religious.
That’s not to say that the Discovery Institute and other ID proponents have packed up and called it a day; instead, they seem to simply be changing tactics.

Ars Technica takes a look at these changes in tactical rebranding, if you have an interest in this debate from either side you should read this article.

You can watch the Nova program on ID that includes reenactments of key testimony during the trial, they broke it up into 12 chapters.

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