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So some of may have noticed there was no What did we learn this week last week.  For Week 7.  Why you may ask? Well, for one I was short on time and exhausted from real life.  Two, after the complete and utter disaster of my Einstein post (thanks to the 4 of you that read it and are interested in science) I started to wonder if I should even bother.  Then I got some positive feedback and some view from my election blog, so I figured I would keep on going.  Plus what the hell us I’m I going to do in my free time?  So without further ado, here is What did we learn this week……week 8 (I couldn’t name it 7 since that would’ve been last weeks!)

Rich people really don’t pay attention when they drive……

So Sunday we went with my parents to look for baby furniture.  We also had to go to dinner the same night at a pretty good German place afterwards so we looked at furniture stores in that area.  Now the area we were in has a decent amount of well to do and actually rich people in it.  I hate driving around there because I maintain that the more money people have the less they care about their car (they’ll just get another) and the less they pay attention while driving.  Thus was the statement I made when someone swerved into my lane with no blinker.  As I pulled past I could see him texting away with 2 kids in the back seat.  What and ass.  So to further prove my point, after we got to the restaurant and we’re having a couple of drinks for my cousins birthday, the waiter came over and asked if we had a Mercury Milan.  I responded yes and asked why, then he told me it had just been hit….in the parking lot.

So we went out and sure enough a woman in her late 40’s to early 50’s had backed into our door not paying attention.  What was she driving? A BMW.  To further my point, she has enough money to not go through insurance, and just pay to fix our car, $1649 to be exact.  Don’t get me wrong, She is actually a very nice lady, and I feel bad for her, but she was from a more affluent part of the area and wasn’t paying attention.  Point, set, match me.

In other news….Is twitter more addictive then alcohol and cigarettes?

Well, I’m not sure, but Professor Josh has a very in depth chart on his blog that shows it just might be, why not head over and check it out at http://professorjosh.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/is-twitter-more-addictive-than-alcohol-and-cigarettes-infographic/

“no…really, follow me!”

What did the iceberg say to Titanic? Glub….Glub…Glub….

At 2:20 am on April 15th 2012 it will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the titanic.  To this day explorers and scientists along with Titanic enthusiasts are debating and still trying to figure out how it sunk (other than the iceberg) and why it went down so fast.  The Titanic sits more than 2 miles down and to this day there are more and more pictures and video (higher quality than anything before) coming back from the murky depths and giving us a better picture of what happened.  For some great pics and the full story check out bisarbeats blog at http://bisarbeat.blogspot.com/2012/03/unseen-titanic.html#.T2xeMOa9qTE.wordpress

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Running low on energy? Want a little snack? Then put down that banana and pick up a cookie!  Wait?! What?!

Well, yeah, kinda.  A study by the university of  Sydney did a study to see which foods would satisfy your hunger and provide you with energy at the same time, and yes it seems that cookies and bananas are about the same.  Check out http://blog.massivehealth.com/infographics/bananas_vs_cookies for the whole story.

“Bring it Cookies!”

Good news everybody, Adobe has a brand new Photoshop coming out….

Now the bad news, its still like $700!  Yup for the first time in over a decade Photoshop is getting a completely new look, to me it was a bit similar to lightroom.  It’s also getting 65 new features.  Sadly the pricing is the same.  I tried it out and liked it myself, to try it out for free for yourself, check out Adobe Labs’ website at http://labs.adobe.com/  oh and by the way it’s a really large download so grab a sandwich or something while you wait for it.

NFL Blitz comes to real life….

You would think a team named the Saints would keep their noses clean, but nope.  Apparently as incentive to the players, the coach and management instituted a bounty system.  Yup, they would get paid for hitting certain players.  Let’s just be clear though, not just hitting.  The defensive players were paid $1500 for a knock out and $1000 for a “cart-off”.  The numbers would then be doubled or even tripled for play-off games.  Some of the players that were targeted were Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.  Some of the biggest names in the sport and some of the biggest crowd draws.  Also, to make it even worse, the Captain of the Saints defense Jonathon Vilma offered $10000 to any one that knocked Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC Championship Game.  For more on the story check out http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7718136/sean-payton-new-orleans-saints-banned-one-year-bounties

“Wheres Bourbon Street?”

It’s a bird! An Angry bird! In Space!?

Yup Angry Birds space is now live!  For all you casual gamers or people that just want a diversion the latest in the Angry Birds series is live.  This time in space!  Do I really need to say anything more?  Go get it!

“If you think we were angry before!”

For all you TMNT fans out there…..

It looks like Michael bay is planning on resurrecting the movie series about mutant turtles, that happen to be ninjas.  My good friends over at Anomic Office Drone are under the opinion that they will ruin it, but come on guys, its about a group of mutant turtles that are ninjas, how bad can it really get?  Anyway head over to them and read all about it here  http://anomicofficedrone.com/2012/03/21/michael-bay-plans-to-ruin-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles/

“Ruin TMNT? Really? Look at the pic and tell me that again!”

We’ve been slimed!

In food news more and more supermarkets are hopping on the “No Pink Slime” Bandwagon.  Which I am a fan of.   Granted the FDA says its safe and as far as I know in the time its been added to food no one has died from it, it’s just fucking gross.  I mean come on, you’re adding Ammonium Hydroxide to the stuff to kill germs? For a list of who does and doesn’t sell it check out Allergic’s blog at http://atomiclotusbox.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/more-supermarkets-refuse-to-sell-pink-slime-in-their-meat/

“So, they said no more pink slime, I guess this might be another option for filler!”

Did you check out the new Linux based operating system created by a group of hackers?

Yeah, I would trust them not to put any backdoors into it.  The Anonymous OS was released this week based on the Linux distro Ubuntu.  The main problem is that the hacking group of the same name isn’t the group that put it together, in fact they say its riddled with holes and security issues! So who did put it out? Apparently no ones.  For more details check out Danny Carbons blog at http://dannycarbon.com/2012/03/19/anonymous-operating-system-prompts-security-warnings/

“Seriously, this time it wasn’t us!”

So that’s it, the week in review, I’m sure I missed some things, but that’s it for me.  Enjoy your weekend and as always thanks for reading!

John

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So a whole lot happened this week and its been really hard for me to narrow it down, plus I got a bit distracted working on my new blog The Beer Show companion blog http://thebeershow.wordpress.com/ the companion to my youtube show, cleaning out my soon to be babies room, blogging about what it feels like to be an expectant father and to be honest, I just forgot, so here goes….so…..What did we learn this week?

If you paint it, they’ll be afraid…….

So in Southside Shopping Centre in Wandsworth, London a painter by the name of Andrew Walker, did such a good job of painting a 3D image inside an elevator that people were afraid to walk in.  He painted a 3d image that made it look like the floor was missing.  Yup, a pretty kick ass image indeed, check it out over at the fire wire blog http://firewireblog.com/2012/02/20/elevator-illusion-shocks-unsuspecting-london-shoppers/

Ladies and Gentlemen, Ike and Tina…..er……Chris and Rhianna?

So this week we heard that Chris Brown and Rhianna would be working together again.  Really? I mean I’m all for forgiveness but this just has bad idea written all over it.  The good folks at 20 poor and fabulous have put together a pretty good article, asking if they are indeed the new Ike and Tina, so head over there and check it out.  http://20poorandfabulous.com/2012/02/20/are-rihanna-and-chris-brown-the-new-ike-and-tina-turner/

Major Tom are you there?

So this week, 50 years ago, John Glenn made a historic space flight.  John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.  he discusses it in a video that the 1000 year old man posted here http://toodamnez.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/50-years-later-astronaut-john-glenn-recounts-his-historic-mission-in-space/  enjoy!

Good news everybody!!!

For all you gaming Doctor Who fans, BBC has announced that The Eternity Clock, will using the Unreal 3 engine, which should be pretty awesome!  from what I’ve heard the game sounds pretty good, so we’ll have to see.  You can check out the full story at http://theunpaidgamers.com/2012/02/21/bbc-worldwide-and-supermassive-games-bring-doctor-who-the-eternity-clock-to-life-with-unreal-engine-3/

Waterworld? hopefully no Kevin Costner!

So Scientists have found a new planet.  A steamy waterworld that’s supposed to be larger than Earth.  The original designation for the planet was GJ 1214b and was first found in December 2009, It wasn’t until new Hubble Telescope images that they found that the water world was surrounded by a steamy atmosphere, for the complete story check out Bisarbeats blog http://bisarbeat.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/bisarbeat-new-type-of-alien-planet-is-a-steamy-waterworld/

Ever watch Star Trek The Next Generation and want Geordi’s visor?

well if you did then good news! Google is working on a pair of internet enabled glasses!  They’ll be Android powered, allow you to check your email, check in to your places and update your Facebook.  They’ll link to your smart phone and provide a heads up display.  It would be interesting to see how they would work with the monocle feature for the yelp app. for more info check it out Danny Carbons blog http://dannycarbon.com/2012/02/22/google-to-offer-terminator-style-smartphone-glasses-later-this-year/

Permafrost my A…….

So a group of Russian scientists found an Ice Age squirrels burrow, that contained fruit and seeds that had been buried in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30000 years.  From the tissue samples, they were able to resurrect a plant.  The plant, The Silene Stenophylla is the oldest plant that has ever been brought back and the scientists say its in full working order.  Personally, I would’ve been more impressed if they had resurrected the squirrel.  Anyway for the full story check out Contr237’s blog here http://videogamenews4you.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/russians-resurrect-30000-year-old-frozen-flower/

Don’t cross flooded rivers with no pants on….

So a man in Zimbabwe is in the hospital after a crocodile bit off his testicles and some of his penis as tried to cross a flooded river.  Did I mention he was carrying a box tomatoes on his head…..and had no pants on?  He had taken off his pants and put them in the tomato box to keep them dry, makes perfect sense.  For more of the story check out Anacristina79’s blog at http://anacristina79.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/crocodile-bites-mans-testicles-during-zimbabwe-river-crossing/

When IT says not to disable the firewall they mean it!

So there is a possibility that on March 8th the internet will be shutdown, by the FBI, apparently hundreds of computers in more than a hundred countries have been corrupted by the DNSChanger Trojan.  Whats its do?  Basically it sends unsuspecting users to fake sites of that look just like the real ones to steal info.  For the full story follow the link here http://atomiclotusbox.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/will-the-fbi-shut-down-the-internet-on-march-8-because-of-computer-virus-concerns/

So I think thats about it, I’m heading to Las Vegas for a little bit this weekend, hopefully I’ll get some blogs in for you but if not I’ll see you all when I get back, so thanks for reading!

John

The Beer Blog

So I’m sure some of you are aware that I do a short little show over on Youtube where I talk about a different beer each week.  I usually try to get them up by Friday, but this week I just couldn’t get the crew together (yup there is a crew, of two other people) to film one this week.  So hopefully I can get two up for your viewing pleasure this week before my weekend trip to Vegas.  I didn’t want to leave my fans with no beer related talk this week so I thought I would just give a short description of the most common types of beer.  I have been requested to do a show for this also, so hopefully I’ll get that done soon, but for now you’ll have to read it!

The first thing you need to know is that there are 2 basic types of beer, Ale’s and Lagers.  Yup, just two, all of the other styles are descended from one of these two basic styles.  There are a couple of specialty ones out there, but ultimately depending on the yeast they still fall under one of the big two.  What makes them different you ask?  Well, basically the yeast.  The yeast used in Ale’s is top fermenting.  That is, it sits at the top of the tank and are most effective between 60 and 72 degrees (Fahrenheit). The yeast used in Lagers is bottom fermenting, it sits at the bottom on the bottom of the tank as it ferments.  It works better at lower temperatures, usually 45 to 55 degrees (Fahrenheit).  The Lager yeast is also more aggressive as it ferments leaving less sweetness that the yeast used in Ales.

While the yeast is the basic and biggest difference, its not the only one.  The brewing techniques are different also.  After they are done fermenting, Lagers are aged at lower temperature, 32 to 45 degrees, and usually for months.  Ales on the other hand are only aged for a few weeks and at a warmer temperature, usually between 40 to 55 degrees.  Lagers are usually clearer and cleaner because of the time spent aging or lagering as its called.

Whats this mean for you? Well, Ale’s are usually more complex and more flavorful (although personally I think that’s a matter of opinion).  They are also rich in aroma and are served closer to room temperature (well, usually).  Lagers on the other hand are served cold and are usually considered clean and refreshing, they are also lighter in both aroma and flavor.  Lagers usually go with more types of food, where Ale’s go better with certain things, which make them harder to pair.  I guess really, its up to you to decide what you like, beer is very subjective, I love Guinness, but I to this day have people tell me its to heavy and it must have a lot of carbs and calories (it really doesn’t, in fact its less then a can of soda)  Guinness is a Stout, which falls under Ales, by the way.  So I hope that helped shed some light on the difference, below I’ll list some of the most common of the two categories.  If you’d like to hear about some of the beers that I would recommend, please drop by my Youtube channel and catch up on the previous episodes of The Beer Show here http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF257ED14691B4177&feature=plcp  As always thanks for reading!

Ales

  • Bitters (Youngs Bitter)
  • Brown Ale (Newcastle Brown Ale)
  • India Pale Ale (Goose Island India Pale Ale)
  • Barley Wine (Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot)
  • Wheat Beer (Hoegaarden Witbeir)
  • Porter (Fullers London Porter)
  • Stout (Guinness)

Lagers

  • Bock (Paulaner Salvator Dopplebock)
  • Pilsner (Pilsner Urquell – widely regarded as the original pilsner)
  • Dunkel (Warsteiner)
  • Oktoberfest (Hacker-Pschorr)

So, what did we learn this week?  Let’s recap some of my favorite things.

Turns out the FBI had a file on Steve Jobs, that mentioned drug use.  What FBI profile doesn’t have drug use involved, anyway to read the whole story check out my good friends over at Danny Carbon.

http://dannycarbon.com/2012/02/09/steve-jobs-fbi-file-notes-drug-use/

Want to get out of violating copyrights on your illegal porn download stash? Just say you didn’t do it, then claim that porn can’t be copyrighted! Duh! Thanks to my good friend over at Pkrf1end’s Blog for bringing it to our attention!  Read the full story at

https://torrentfreak.com/you-cant-copyright-porn-bittorrent-defendant-insists-120206/

Once again showing the US customers that they don’t give a shit, Sony has announced that even though they have a discount program in Europe that is sort of a transfer program for UMD to Vita games. Sony this week gave US customers the finger and said nope you can buy some at a discounted price, but there will be no such program.  Thanks Sony!  For the details check out Contra237’s blog at

http://videogamenews4you.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/no-discounted-umd-transfers-to-vita-for-us/

From the, “Did someone really need to pay for this study?” category comes news that at least a quarter of tweets are useless!  Shit, I could’ve told them that for free!  Check out the full article at

http://dannycarbon.com/2012/02/08/a-quarter-of-tweets-are-useless/

Whats the oldest living organism on Earth?  If you said Jerry Lewis, Dick Van Dyke, Cloris Leachman or Betty White, you were close but wrong.  Scientists recently found a 200,000 year old organism in the Mediterranean.  It’s a seagrass named Posidonia Oceanica, named after Posidon.  Apparently this grass has a leg up on all of humanity and can reproduce by cloning.  you can read more about it over at Bisarebeat’s blog

http://bisarbeat.blogspot.com/2012/02/oldest-living-organism-on-earth.html#.TzPmOADDwY4.wordpress

For all you movie buffs out there that want more useless knowledge (like me) I found the best website for you, it points out hundreds of errors in movies! So Geek Ahoy and enjoy!

http://www.moviemistakes.com

Spiderman…Spiderman……yup us comic book geeks (or nerds if you prefer) all know that Peter Parker became Spiderman when he was bit by a radioactive spider…Well good news!  A white cobweb substance has been found in a radioactive waste pool!  So if they are spider webs, and you’re bitten by one just maybe……anyway the full story can be found here

http://bisarbeat.blogspot.com/2012/02/white-cobwebs-found-in-nuclear-waste.html#.TzU-2C6Eshw.wordpress

From the “DUH!” department comes a report by the BBC that CEO pay may not be linked to performance….really? whats your first clue? the 20 million they make plus bonus’s they get while running a company into the ground?!  Glad the BBC wasted the money on this one and not the US government…shocking right?  Anyway if you want to read more about people that make more in a year then most entire families do over 2 generations then head over to the BBC….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16932043

What do you do when you find a note that daddies little girl wrote on Facebook?  Well if she swore like this guy’s daughter and insulted her parents, you take her laptop outside and give it the Old Yeller treatment!  Not sure if its true, but if it is, well then God bless rednecks and now enjoy!  Oh, and by the way there is a bit of swearing…..

Ever drop your phone?  Ever drop it into a pitcher of beer? into the toilet? or forget it in the pocket of your carpenter jeans then threw them in the wash? (yup that was me RIP Nokia 5100) Well then my friends the future is here for you! This company has developed a process that will waterproof your phone for 60 bucks!  So if you’ve ever dropped your phone into a hot tub full of call girls then go here….

http://www.liquipel.com/

So just to prove that they could still stick it to us after the failure of PIPA and SOPA Hollywood is raising ticket prices! Yup, granted it’s only 4 cents or so, but for 16 dollars for two tickets, plus drinks and maybe some popcorn, you might as well just buy the damned thing when it comes out.  At least at your house the floor isn’t sticky…..well most of you anyway!  Want to read all about it, check out 20POORANDFABULOUS’s blog over at

http://20poorandfabulous.com/2012/02/10/infuriation-movie-ticket-prices-on-the-rise/

If you think being married sucks and that your wife takes all your money, then be glad you don’t live in Indonesia.  Why you ask? Well, apparently the Gorontalo (wasn’t he the six armed guy in Mortal Kombat?) Provincial Government will now send the pay of married civil servants to their wives accounts, they think this will prevent infidelity, well at least the husband won’t be able to afford to cheat…..the wife on the other hand…..for the full story check out.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16959455

Follow that Timelord! So if you’re a Doctor Who fan, then this might up your alley, there is a spinoff audio show called The Minister of Chance.  It’s based off a character in a 7th Doctor audio play about another Timelord, so if you cant wait until fall for Doctor Who then check out…

http://www.ministerofchance.com

Anyway, I think that’s everything I’ve learned this week, or at least a few of the things I found interesting and thought I would share.  So have a great weekend.  If you have some time check out my beer show on youtube at

when you’re done there, give my friends at so you have a girlfriend.com a watch at

http://www.soyouhaveagirlfriend.com

Have a great weekend!

john

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