In surprising North Korean political news, Kim Jong Il gets 100% of the vote from 100% of the population in elections
North Korea is democratic, that’s why they call it the Democratic Republic of Korea, duh. And to show its democratic side, North Korea recently held elections, in which 100% of the population voted 100% for Kim Jong Il, who had no opposition, but why would he? He’s obviously the holy chosen leader for life.
300: Rise Of An Empire is in theatres now, much to the excitement of fans of slow motion and gratuitous violence. This prequel/companion story/sequel shows more of Xerxes attempt at conquering Greece. The original was a pretty unique film, so how does this one do? Does it fill the big shoes of the original, or should it be covered in tar and set ablaze?
Scientists create a quantum quasi-particle called the dropleton, close cousin of the Carlton
Physicists in Germany and the US developed an entirely new kind of particle that doesn’t exist in nature, called a dropleton.
Writing in the journal Nature, they said it behaves a bit like a liquid droplet and described it as a quasiparticle — an amalgamation of smaller types of particles.
The discovery, they added, could be useful in the development of nanotechnology, including the design of optoelectronic devices. These include things like the semiconductor lasers used in Blu-ray disc players.
The microscopic quantum droplet does not dawdle. In the physicists’ experiments using an ultra-fast laser emitting about 100 million pulses per second, the quantum droplet appeared for only about 2.5 billionths of a second.
Non-Stop, Liam Neeson’s newest intense ass-kick-o-rama is in theatres now. Continuing his run of badasses, this time he’s stuck in a plane, where his yelling is sure to make quite a few people mad. But how does it do? Is it a worthwhile thriller, or should it be sent to the back of the plane to detonate?
Daily Discussion: Tech innovations that blew your mind as a kid
For my dad, living way out in the boonies when he was a kid, he got a television just a couple years after indoor plumbing, and for the time and place, both blew his mind. When I was a kid, TV had long existed and it was just there. For me, the tech innovations that rocked my world when they first appeared in the house was the home computer (a TI-99), our first VCR, and later down the line, the first time my dad brought home a laptop— it weighed a ton and it had an awful black and white LCD display, but holy shit, it was a computer that you could carry around with you. What tech innovations blew your mind as a kid when you first saw them in person or when they first showed up in your house?
Hey IHC, I've been with my girlfriend for almost five years and our anniversary is coming up in a few weeks. She's out of the country now and won't be back until after the date. Any suggestions for an anniversary gift? (I can mail it/ship it or give her the gift when she returns.)
Something special to the both of you, something that will make her smile from ear to ear when she opens it.