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HL2 Rube Goldberg Device: Reloaded

I remember seeing some of these Rube Goldberg devices setup using the Halflife 2 physics engine before, but not many are this elaborate and complicated. There are some really good bits inside.

HL2 Rube Goldberg Device: Reloaded - Google Video

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Followup on Augustine Island Volcano

Several weeks ago, I blogged about the volcano on Augustine Island in Alaska, including a link to the Google satellite map of the area. Now, the NASA Earth Observatory has a nice picture of the ash plume from the February 2nd eruption of the same.

Just to refresh your memory, here's the link to the Augustine Observatory again.

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Criminal Mastermind

Honestly, with criminals this smart, how hard can a cop's job be?

Lori Menzel of the town of Kewaskum said the burglar left his Yahoo account open after checking his personal e-mail on the computer at her home.``He never logged out,'' she said, adding: ``He made himself at home here. He spent some time in our bedroom trying on my husband's clothes. I could tell he went through some of my clothes.''

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VoIP for free with the Sipura

According to my UPS tracking code, my Sipura SPA-3000 should be awaiting me when I arrive home today, and in a timely fashion, I found this link for setting one up to do free/cheap VOIP:

GRYNX » VoIP for free with the Sipura

I'll post a complete review of the device itself after I've tinkered with it for the weekend.

Incidently, if you are using Firefox and Greasemonkey, you can use this script to turn UPS and Fedex tracking numbers into clickable links that go directly to the right page on their respective service for tracking.

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Parasites on the Brain

Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about on this fine Thursday, check out this interesting article:

Damn Interesting » Parasites on the Brain

Toxoplasma gondii may be the most prevalent human parasite. As many as 50% of humans worldwide, and up to 80% in urban areas, have been infected with it at some time in their lives. An estimated 60 million people in the US have active cases at any given time. It’s a single celled parasite whose favored host is cats. However it can infect and live in a host of other creatures including rats and humans. Most infected people, and most infected rats, show no particular signs of illness when infected. They continue on with their daily life and work completely unaware they’ve been parasitized. But they may not be as unaffected as they seem.

You could also pick up the book  Parasite Rex by Carl Zimmer for more fun parasite information.  It's part of my bookshelf that justifies my increasing paranoia about squishy things in biology.

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