“That so many of the well fed young television-watchers in the world’s most powerful democracy should be so completely indifferent to the idea of self-government, so blankly uninterested in freedom of thought and the right to dissent, is distressing, but not too surprising. “Free as a bird”, we say, and envy the winged creatures for their power of unrestricted movement in all the three dimensions. But alas, we forget the dodo. Any bird that has learned how to grub up a good living without being compelled to use its wings will soon renounce the privilege of flight and remain forever grounded.”
IBM makes an extraordinary little film by manipulating individual molecules
Hollywood loves to go big with movies. IBM scientists went small — very small. The company’s researchers produced a short, stop-motion film to showcase their efforts to design the next generation of data storage, and they did it by manipulating individual atoms to create images of a boy playing with a ball and bouncing on a trampoline. The clip, called A Boy and His Atom, has been certified by Guinness World Records as the “Smallest Stop-Motion Film” ever.
“I use logic and common sense friend. I’ve read many books, each book is not 100% correct. Numbers and statistics lie all the time. Greed, and the fear of losing ones power are what drive the elites to do what they do. Suppressing our knowledge and technology, keeping certain parts of the world in turmoil.”
The following animation by the artist Isao Hashimoto depicts every nuclear bomb explosion from 1945 to 1998. It’s on the long side, but that’s what makes so unsettling (and effective).
The hums of the detonations give the piece a surreal, musical texture, but it’s the metronomic beeping—and the silence between those beeps—that lets the gravity set in. We do quite a lot of damage in the name of protecting ourselves from each other.
Microsoft told Windows XP users today not to press the F1 key when prompted by a Web site, as part of its reaction to an unpatched vulnerability that hackers could exploit to hijack PCs running Internet Explorer (IE).
Where’s my away team at? Starfleet Command has discovered a planet full of vicious balloons, and Jay “Scotty” Rob has modified the classic phaser pistol from The Original Series to be able to pop ’em left and right.
Check it all out in the video above. It looks fairly harmless as he pans the beam across the room, though the balloons probably don’t think so. Well, harmless unless you go and do something silly, like aim it at your eye. (Here’s a spoiler for you: don’t do it.)
You can also check out Jayrob’s DIY guide on how to go about building your own, here.