Ultimate Geekdom

phsyicsweb presents what is quite possibly the geekiest Top 10-type list I’ve ever come across: The 20 Greatest Equations. It figures that Maxwell’s Equations won; he’s such a sell-out. Bernoulli was robbed!

To continue the theme of geeky lists, check out some famous curves, including the fabled Lemniscate of Bernoulli.

Although I’m trying to poke fun at these sites, it’s hard to ignore the somewhat ironic fact that I recognize way too much of what I see in them… ;-p

The Periodic Table Of Funk

James BrownThe Periodic Table Of Funk starts out right with none other than James Brown:

Lesson Number One: thou shalt bow to the one true Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The man, the music, the brand new funky President. Damn straight blood was the hardest workin’ man in show bit-ness.

“I got something that makes me wanna shout. I got something tells me what its all about. I got soul and I’m super bad.”

John Stewart Schools Crossfire Hosts

Check out the transcript of the recent John Stewart interview on CNN’s Crossfire, in which, among many other hilariously incisive and barbed observations about the show and its hosts, he says of annoying bow-tied conservative Tucker Carlson, “You’re as big a dick on your show as you are on any show.” You can find a video clip on this page, which is sure to circulate quickly. I love John Stewart; this just made my day… 🙂

For some history on Stewart’s feelings about Crossfire, take a look at the transcript from a July 2003 Bill Moyer interview on PBS.

Update: ifilm has a video clip from John Stewart’s first Daily Show appearance since the above Crossfire interview, in which he is disarmingly unapologetic about his comments. You da man, John.

Flat-Screen TV Emits Distress Signal

CNN reports that “An Oregon man discovered earlier this month that his year-old Toshiba Corporation flat-screen TV was emitting an international distress signal [121.5 MHz] picked up by a satellite, leading a search and rescue operation to his apartment in Corvallis, Oregon, 70 miles south of Portland.” I think one of the first Slashdot comments is a good call: “It turns out it got stuck on the Lifetime network, so it really was in a state of distress.” 🙂