More proof that being stupid hurts.
More proof that being stupid hurts.
Our love was one of kind
At the first sight of you
I lost my vampire’s mind
When our eyes first met
My heart and soul totally melt
My love for you
Made me sparkle day and night
Honey, after all this time
I need to know
Do you sparkle for me too
If one wants to succeed…
The best advice this TED talker has to give?
Keep your plans to yourself.
http://www.ted.com After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on TED.com, at http://www.ted.com/translate. Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/top10
Especially if you are an autonomous, killer robot…
And have an evil, dastardly goal of taking over the world.
If you do?
The Human Rights Watch is WAY ahead of you.
[via HuffPo] ‘Killer robots’ with the ability to attack people without human intervention should be pre-emptively banned, a major human rights group has warned.
Such weapons do not currently exist – at least in a form which is regularly employed on the battlefield by major governments.
In fact the term ‘killer robots’ still brings to mind science fiction rather than a military reality.
But Human Rights Watch said in a report (‘Losing Humanity: The Case Against Killer Robots’) that fully autonomous weapons are closer than ever to being used, and would represent a huge step beyond drones currently used in combat, which require human intervention before firing on targets.
The New York-based group said that statements by military officials insisting current drones are not autonomous “leave open the possibility that robots could one day have the ability to make such choices on their own power”.
Within 20 to 30 years it is possible that automatic killer robots could be on the battlefield, HRW said:
Fully autonomous weapons do not yet exist, and major powers, including the United States, have not made a decision to deploy them. But high-tech militaries are developing or have already deployed precursors that illustrate the push toward greater autonomy for machines on the battlefield. The United States is a leader in this technological development. Several other countries – including China, Germany, Israel, South Korea, Russia, and the United Kingdom – have also been involved.
Do I think any sort of ban will work at this point…
On any dark, autonomous killer robot goals?
Possible nominees for Parent of the Year?
Are taking part in a fierce competition.
[via DailyMail] A mother leaves her young daughter tethered all alone on the other side of a door outside a betting shop on a busy street before going in to place a bet.
This was the shocking scene in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, captured by office workers who couldn’t believe their eyes yesterday afternoon.
They saw the curly-haired girl, aged around four, being left tied by her reins outside a branch of Ladbrokes opposite their place of work for two to three minutes. She appeared to struggle to free herself before the woman, believed to be her mother, came out.
The woman had fed the reins underneath the door and gone in, still attached to the child who would not be allowed in because she’s under 18.
On her way out she untangled the girl and carried on her way as if leaving a young child on her own in a busy street as cars drove by was normal.
In a video taken of the incident from the window of a building across the road, one of the insurance company workers exclaims: ‘She’s like a dog, oh my god she’s like a dog!’
The woman, who has not been named, wore a light brown coat, black trousers and was carrying a black bag over her shoulders. Her child was dressed in a white hooded raincoat with what appears to be a pink flowery design on the bottom.
Describing what happened afterwards, witness Ollie Brough told MailOnline: ‘I noticed the mother bending down to the bottom of the door with a cord out of the corner of my eye.
‘At first I thought the child was just caught, but then she went in and left her and I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to see how long she would leave her and it was about two or three minutes.’
And all to see?
Who can garner…
That much sought after award.
Anthony Perry, 35, of Springfield, Massachusetts was arrested for leaving the child unattended and he faces potential child neglect charges. Authorities found the child sleeping in Perry’s Nissan Venza in the Kmart parking lot and broke into the vehicle to get him out. The vehicle was towed and the child was taken to a hospital for a check-up. Video footage shows an officer carrying the child in a car seat from Perry’s car to the ambulance.
Perry left the boy in his car around 1:30 a.m., as he went inside Kmart to buy a 51-inch flat screen television. When Perry left the Kmart, he saw that his car – with the child inside – was missing and he later told authorities that he phoned a friend to give him a ride home.
The two losers above?
Pretty sure, don’t have a chance in HELL of ever getting it.
Frekin’ jeez, people – Stay WITH your kids!
Why is that so hard?
Science has discovered a new smell.
And it smells…
[via LiveScience]New Smell Discovered
Scientists have discovered a new smell, but you may have to go to a laboratory to experience it yourself.
The smell is dubbed “olfactory white,” because it is the nasal equivalent of white noise, researchers report today (Nov. 19) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Just as white noise is a mixture of many different sound frequencies and white light is a mixture of many different wavelengths, olfactory white is a mixture of many different smelly compounds.
In fact, the key to olfactory white is not the compounds themselves, researchers found, but the fact that there are a lot of them.
“[T]he more components there were in each of two mixtures, the more similar the smell of those two mixtures became, even though the mixtures had no components in common,” they wrote.
Almost any given smell in the real world comes from a mixture of compounds. Humans are good at telling these mixtures apart (it’s hard to mix up the smell of coffee with the smell of roses, for example), but we’re bad at picking individual components out of those mixtures. (Quick, sniff your coffee mug and report back all the individual compounds that make that roasted smell. Not so easy, huh?)
Mixing multiple wavelegths that span the human visual range equally makes white light; mixing multiple frequencies that span the range of human hearing equally makes the whooshing hum of white noise.
How, oh HOW…
Did science know?
That the perfect scent is exactly what I wanted for Christmas!
*shakes head sadly*
[via Jezebel]Funeral Home Cologne Spray This elegant cologne “is a blend of classic white flowers: lilies, carnations, gladiolus, chrysanthemums with stems and leaves, with a hint of mahogany and oriental carpet.” Enjoy it, mean grandma. It also smells like your future. $39.50, Demeter Fragrance.
As perfect scents for Christmas go, however…
Note to Christmas shoppers:
Think more Lovely…
Than Funeral Home or White Noise.
Those last two (somehow) far left Christmas cheerful…
“A home without books is a body without soul.”
~Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
~ Joseph Addison