Friday, November 13, 2009

Major Scientific Discovery in New Jersey...

Via my mom:
After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, New York scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the New Yorkers, in the weeks that followed, a California archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story in the LA Times read: 'California archaeologists, finding traces of 200 year old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the New Yorkers.'

Then came The New Egypt Plain Dealer reported the following:

After digging as deep as 30 feet in his cow pasture near New Egypt NJ., John, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing.   John has therefore concluded that 300 years ago, New Jersey had already gone wireless.
Just makes you proud to be from New Jersey!

Best Holiday Evah!

Via my mom:

Don't forget to mark your calendars.  As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked. He must commit suicide if he does. So next Saturday at 4 PM Eastern Time, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists. Circling your block for one hour is recommended for this anti-terrorist effort. All patriotic men are to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their house to prove they are not Muslims and to demonstrate they think its okay to see nude women other than their wife and to show support for all American women. Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your side is further proof of your anti-Muslim sentiment. The American government appreciates your efforts to root out terrorists and applauds your participation in this anti-terrorist activity.

God bless America !

It is your patriotic duty to pass this on. If you don't send this to at least 5 people, you're a terrorist-sympathizing, lily-livered coward and are in the position of posing as a national threat.

I'm getting my lawn chair ready...

Comprehensible Images With Very Few Pixels...

Interesting article and demonstration videos here...

We're Sorry...

This site has a wonderful collection of silly or funny product labeling.  My favorite is at right (click to enlarge); read all the way to the end for full effect.

Jamul Casino Wins A Prize...

Every year, the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) presents the “Orchids & Onions” awards, celebrating the best and the worst of San Diego's architecture.

This year the Jamul Casino project won the People's Choice Onion award for worst architectural project.


The Golden Dow...

Normally you see the Dow Jones Industrial Average (aka DJIA; a meaure of the overall prices on the stock market) as it is computed in dollars.

The chart at right shows a rather different view: the DJIA computed in gold.  The shape of this line is very different than that of the DJIA in dollars.

So what can we glean from this?  I can think of two things.  First, it looks as though historically a leap in the gold-denominated price of the DJIA serves as a “bubble” warning.  Second, there's clearly an arbitrage opportunity between gold, stocks, and dollars if you can get the timing right (and gold bugs have been saying this forever).

But it's a darned weird (and to me unexpected) result...