Friday Funny – The Replacement Refs

28 09 2012

Thankfully yesterday saw a conclusion to the ongoing conflict between the NFL and their referees’ union, and the NFL began to claw its way out of the sad joke of a game it had become during the past three weeks.

However, to commemorate some of the crowning achievements of the scab/replacement refs, here are a few of the gems that have circulated around the office lately:

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It’s been a while since we’ve poked fun at Tim Tebow. Time to correct this oversight – check out this awesome GIF of Tebow getting bonked on the helmet with a pass:

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Here’s what Tebow would look like as a My Little Pony:

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More (American) Football fun:

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You MUST click on this link to see a hilarious tiny bicycle GIF:

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And finally, apropos of nothing but its own awesomeness – the best dog costume for a large, spindly-legged dog:

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Many more YouTube video clips of replacement refs blowing calls after the jump below.
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Apollo Program vs. Google – Computing Power

17 09 2012

 

We recently came across an article over at Search Engine Land that quoted a Google blog post about how a single Google search uses as much computing power as the entire Apollo moon mission program did in total!

 

Google says:

The Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) on board the lunar module (LM) executed instructions at a speed of about 40 KHz (or 0.00004 GHz), about 100,000 times slower than a high-end laptop today. There was also a similar real-time computer built into the Saturn V rocket. On the ground, NASA had access to some of the most powerful computers of the day: five IBM model 360/75 mainframe computers, each about 250 times faster than the AGC. They were running nearly 24/7, calculating lift-off data and orbits, monitoring biomedical data during the mission, and performing numerous other calculations.

We compared that to what Google does today, and we found that:

It takes about the same amount of computing to answer one Google Search query as all the computing done — in flight and on the ground — for the entire Apollo program!

 

This image above is actually a control computer from a spy satellite, probably significantly more advanced than the Apollo computers, but it is of the era.

 

RIP Neil Armstrong





Oakland Raiders Fans Are Just The Classiest

17 09 2012

Following in the “pictures are worth a thousand words” vein, we bring you another installment, courtesy our South Bay bureau chief (and Deadspin):

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We also present this bonus video of the same melee:





Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems or, On The Topic of Pictures Being Worth Thousands of Words

14 09 2012

We had to share some local Los Angeles news from earlier this week.

On Wednesday morning in northern L.A. county, several men robbed a Bank of America in Canyon Country.  The suspects fled with police in hot pursuit. 

Realizing that the odds were not in their favor, the suspects began to throw handfuls of cash out of their moving car.

I think that the story is best experienced visually, with captions where necessary:

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A mob scene ensues:

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Imagine what was being said here; the indignation in the hand gestures says it all:

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See, this is why you should always think about the clothes you wear outside.  The agony of disappointment on this young lady’s face is unmistakable:

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Some people in attendance were in good spirits, including the cops:

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The caption from the L.A. Times website reads in part, “Members of the crowd dance and shout ‘We want money!’ as they gather on Vernon Avenue in South Los Angeles.”

All photos courtesy KTLA (aerial shots), the L.A. Times / Anne Cusack





Friday Funny – Unfortunate Magazine Cover and some Porn (not really)

14 09 2012

We spotted this over at Boing Boing this week, by way of Photoshop Disasters

One has to wonder, “What were they thinking?”

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You gotta feel for that model, who most assuredly had zero input into the cover’s composition.

And since the U.S. presidential campaign season is heating up, we wanted to leave you with some Ayn Rand trivia this week:

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Ground Drones – Be Afraid

13 09 2012

 

Well OK, maybe this isn’t as scary as it seems. But, we think that the implications are potentially scary.  How long until one of these things is designed and programmed to hurt people?

In the 1940s and ’50s, some people would have laughed at the thought of a permanently manned orbiting space station, crewed with people who could whip out a camera and take your picture from 215 miles above your town.

(They really would have laughed when you told them that the station would include both American and Russians, and both men and women.  At least some progress is good!)

But that thought would have terrified some people, the more imaginative types who would envision orbiting outposts as platforms for bombardment, using either conventional or nuclear stores.  Fortunately that didn’t come to pass …

Fast forward to today’s reality, and meet DARPA’s new “ground drone” – a mechanized, automated pack mule robot that automatically follows its human leader around through all kinds of terrain and elevations, carrying up to 400 lbs.

A company called Boston Dynamics came up with this thing.

You have to see the video to believe it – make sure to watch to the end, where you see the thing on its side, then it rights itself.

There’s also a clip at the very end with two of the robots, and they have these sensors of some sort kind of rocking back and forth – kind of terrifying, if you ask us.

 

 





Friday Funny – Dog Shaming

7 09 2012

The concept – to “shame” one’s dog by photographing your pet along with a sign of some sort describing why shame should be required. The execution – pretty funny!

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