Saturday, September 24, 2011

Brand New Dream Theater - "A Dramatic Turn of Events"

Well they've done it. Here is the brand new work of Dream Theater - their first effort without founding member and drummer Mike Portnoy. Replacing him is Mike Mangini, and as you'll find, it's hard to even notice MP is gone. Here is the track listing. Each song title links to its own Youtube page. Enjoy!!

1. On the Backs of Angels
2. Build Me Up, Break Me Down
3. Lost Not Forgotten
4. This is the Life
5. Bridges in the Sky
6. Outcry
7. Far From Heaven
8. Breaking All Illusions
9. Beneath The Surface

I'll have my review for you very soon!

DT's homepage

Introducing The No-Lift Toilet Seat


Aurora From Orbit

This gorgeous view of the aurora (above) was taken from the International Space Station as it crossed over the southern Indian Ocean on September 17, 2011. The sped-up movie spans the time period from 12:22 to 12:45 PM ET.

While aurora are often seen near the poles, this aurora appeared at lower latitudes due to a geomagnetic storm – the insertion of energy into Earth's magnetic environment called the magnetosphere – caused by a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun that erupted on September 14, 2011. The storm was a moderate one, rated with what's called a KP index of 6 on a scale that goes from 0 to 9, caused by just a glancing blow from the CME.


Good Boy!


Have Some Candy Bars!


Friday, September 23, 2011

The Minigun


But can it blow up a helicopter in 3 seconds? OK, ok.. I play too much Grand Theft Auto.

Some Incredible Grand Canyon Lightning



Clever Snake is Clever


Yeah I'm Honking My Ass Off


Eyesight Color Test

Click the image above to take a short test that will tell you how well your color vision is.

I scored a 16.


Guilty Conscience


Lobsters Never Age

by Matthew Koh - Guest Writer, Chimes

Many have spent their whole lives searching for the secret to eternal youth, traveling far and wide and wasting their fortunes — all in vain. In modern times, that mad quest has been replaced by a slightly more attainable goal: to slow, if not stop, time’s marking of flesh by means of pills, superstition and surgery. Unfortunately, as Cher and Dolly Parton bear unwitting witness, the key word in the above sentence is "slightly."

What would these people have done if they realized their holy grails were right beneath their noses?

Or more appropriately, on their plates.

The key to eternal youth is held by none other than the common lobster. Yes, the lobster: red-shelled, big-clawed and six-legged. The same animal whose presence on the menu always drew furtive glances from you, which always ended in disappointment, either because you couldn’t buy such a dish or you did and found it less than valuable. Look into their beady eyes and know the secrets of immortality.

Lobsters never age, they just grow. Their bodies don’t become frailer in time, they don’t need more and more medicine to keep their hearts going and they don’t even lose their sexual potency. In fact, the older a lobster, the more fertile it becomes.

The secret to these oceanic Dorian Grays is an enzyme by the name of telomerase. Telomerase affects telomeres, which are found on the end of all chromosomes and protect these chromosomes from deterioration. However, each time a cell divides, its telomeres are shortened. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to protect the chromosomes and cells begin to lose their ability to divide (known as the Hayflick Limit).

Telomerase acts as a sort of add-on, restoring length to telomeres and thus enabling them to continue protecting the cell. In most animals (including humans), telomerase production rapidly declines with age — hence, the whole dying part.

Lobsters, however, don’t stop producing telomerase; in fact, while most animals show higher levels of telomerase in certain areas of their bodies, lobsters have the enzyme in abundance throughout their body. Couple that with the fact that lobsters shed and recreate their exoskeletons, and there’s nothing to stop a lobster from growing indefinitely.

Except for things eating them, which tends to happen a lot. In fact, after a certain point, the larger a lobster grows the harder it is for the creature to stay alive, since the places it hides from predators become increasingly inaccessible the bigger the lobster gets.

Protected, lobsters have been proven to be incredibly long lived. January of 2009, a New York restaurant freed an allegedly 140-year-old lobster that weighed in at a whopping 20 lbs (which essentially means "Giant George" — as he was affectionately known — was given a death sentence). Currently, Boston University professor Jelle Atema is keeping a lobster to see how big it can grow.

Lobster is %$#@&!* delicious (Image Source)

I can hear some of your minds whirring. You’re thinking: "I’m not in any danger of being eaten, so give me some of that lobster juice." Unfortunately (or maybe not), the lobster path to immortality is strictly inaccessible for humans. It turns out cell deterioration in the human body is a relatively good thing. In humans, cells that surpass the Hayflick Limit tend to become cancerous. So where lobsters get eaten from the outside, we’d be devoured from within.

There you have it. The secret to immortality is useless for humans. If you’re feeling particularly vengeful, go buy a lobster dinner and console yourself with the thought that even though you’ll never live forever, neither will that particular lobster. Or you might go to an aquarium and gaze upon this red crustacean with a little bit more awe. Or you could do what I do, which is to buy a lobster, sit with it in public places, stroke its shell and whisper, "Soon ... soon, my precious."

Whatever you do, I hope a little bit of your mind was blown by the immortal lobster.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

13 Places Google Doesn't Want You to See

A TruTV article

The White House - Formerly blacked-out, now with uncensored but out-of-date imagery

The Pacific Northwest, USA

Here's one that gives us chills. What exactly are we not seeing here? The site is close to the Washington-Oregon border and is rumored to have something to do with FEMA, HAARP or, really, anything at all. Prison Planet readers inspected the site in person and could find no identifying details other than an ominous fence and unmarked entrance.

Unknown Area, Russia

Another one that is so mysterious, no one has a clue what it is. One commenter on the website Siberian Light speculates it's either "a radar station or missile interceptor," while another notes that the image of the surrounding area appears to have been copy-pasted from another part of the country.

North Korea

You've no doubt heard about this country, one of the members of the supposed "Axis of Evil," but few have ever visited. You won't see it on Google Maps, either, as the entire country exists in images but without highway markers, street names, or any other identifying details.

Click here to continue on to the rest of the list..


An Interesting View - Camera on a Helicopter Blade


Sense of Smell - Lacking


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Plastic Spoon


Texas Drought Slideshow

Click the image above to go see the slideshow.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Bro Nod


Red Bull Cola


- (NSFW)

Is this for real? I haven't seen it. Anyone with info, please let me know.

Sweet Lightning Capture