Friday, 29 February 2008

The torture playlist

Here goes something amazing! The north american political magazine "Mother Jones" has published a playlist for tortures... lOl ... They explain that the music is used in north american military prisons to induce sleep deprivation, "prolong capture shock," disorient detainees during interrogations—and also drown out screams! Amongst the most recommended songs we can find Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so on. Wouldn't be a torture for me at all :D

And here goes a couple of videos. The first one is music composed only with mac sounds ... pretty good but amazingly the music using ONLY sounds from Windows XP and 98 is better ... for once! :D

Friday, 15 February 2008

The origin of the traffic lights

On 10 December 1868, the first traffic lights were installed outside the British Houses of Parliament in London, to allow MP to cross the street!It had a couple of semaphore arms and red and green gas lamps for night use. The gas lantern was turned with a lever at its base so that the appropriate light faced traffic. but the invention didn't last because unfortunately, it exploded on 2 January 1869, injuring the policeman who was operating it... babooooommmm ... It was removed and until 1914 it wasn't installed a traffic signal on the corner of 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, what is known as the first traffic light in history. But why since the beginning the colors have been always red, green and later yellow?? Why not blue or ... pink ?! Very simple. The red color represents in nature a warning signal, alarm, signal. The reason is the long wavelength of the red color, and gets fast into the eyes (blue is a short wavelength color). Green is a red complementary color, and that's why was also chosen. The yellow was added later because after the red is the color with longer wavelength. Moreover, in every country of the world, the red color is either on the top or to the left, so it can be interpreted by the color blind persons ... and in every country of the world the traffic lights are the same annoying!

Chimps 1 ... Humans 0

Monday, 4 February 2008

walk vs wait

For decades the humanity is debating the dilemma of to wait for the bus or to start walking those times that you have the feeling that the transport public won´t ever come ... Is it better wait or walk? How long do we have to wait? Depends on the distance? On the bus frequency? ... A group of scientist have found the solution. A study called Walk vs Wait, confirms that the best mathematic strategy is ( drums!!! ) ... WAIT! According to them this theory it works most of the times, excluding the extreme cases (bus frequency 1 hour and distance less than a mile) ... So, you know, if some day you are waiting for the bus and you have the temptation of walking, you will be making an error according to the mathematics, although as Einstein says, when the Mathematics refer to the reality they aren´t true, and when they are true, they aren´t referred to the reality ... lOl

P.S. For your next birthday party do not forget to hire the authentic spider-man!