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A thought-inspiring video from Thunderf00t, showing the relative distances between our planets, and how slow the speed of light actually is, by comparison.

ONE second to change your life - YouTube

Oh, there he is. And he's still dancing.

Honestly, I'm man enough to say I cried a little while watching this.

The original internet phenomenon is below, wherein an average guy named Matt travels the world to dance like an idiot, and in the process brings about world peace.

Where the Hell is Matt? 2012 - YouTube

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  Final Dessert from Alinea

In August, we experienced the magic that is Alinea in Chicago. Thanks to someone on YouTube, you can see what the final dessert looked like during preparation.

YouTube - Alinea - Chocolate Finale Dessert

Jeremy Clarkson tests a Reliant Robin, and hilarity ensues.

YouTube - Top Gear Reliant Robin Crashes Series 15 Episode one

Just starting sailing season here, so this is some good news for the 16 year-old solo sailor. Her parents must have been going crazy.

While I think you've got to be a little nuts to try something like this, I can't lay any blame on the parents for this, since the kid's probably a better sailor than most of us.

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A search crew has contacted a 16-year-old California girl feared lost at sea, and she is alive and well, her family says.

A search was launched for Abby Sunderland, who is trying to sail around the world solo, when she triggered her emergency beacons after encountering rough seas in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean.

Searchers aboard a Qantas Airbus A330 spotted the teen's boat Wild Eyes and made contact with her via radio after about 20 hours of silence, family spokesman William Bennett said.

You can view her blog here.

CBC News - World - Missing teen sailor found safe

Saw this ad on Kijiji, and what can I say? I want to have a look, and maybe try her out.

The bike, I mean.

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Fantastically cheap way to sail in the Caribbean. I think I found a way to use up those vacation days this year.

We were not, however, paying much. Our berths aboard the Illusion cost us each $55 a day, a sum that covered breakfast, dinner, basic instruction in sailing, plus mooring and customs fees -- pretty much everything except lunch, beer and off-shore excursions. And beyond those tangibles, we were getting access to the world of yachties, those fortunate souls who drift on the wind from port to port, stopping for snorkeling, drinks and tale telling at sparsely inhabited tropical islands where ferries and prop planes rarely land. I'd always craved that sense of freedom, but with sailing classes in New York City generally starting near $500 and yacht charters in the thousands of dollars, this Frugal Traveler despaired of ever attaining it.

The Caribbean Issue - Sailing the Caribbean - Learning the Ropes for $55 a Day - NYTimes.com

Having just gotten back from a grueling 4-leg trip to Hawaii, along with numerous air flights in-between islands, I have to say that security was less on my minds than was crashing from pilot error, mechanical failure, or flying through a thunderstorm (as almost happened out of Oahu). First on my list of concerns was the hassle of getting through security; I had nothing to hide, but I was nervous like a criminal about to be caught for smuggling a pound of blow in my rectum. And it was all about shoes, belts, laptops, SCUBA equipment, and shampoo containers in a Ziploc bag.

The best defenses against terrorism are largely invisible: investigation, intelligence, and emergency response. But even these are less effective at keeping us safe than our social and political policies, both at home and abroad. However, our elected leaders don't think this way: They are far more likely to implement security theater against movie-plot threats.


A "movie-plot threat" is an overly specific attack scenario. Whether it's terrorists with crop dusters, terrorists contaminating the milk supply, or terrorists attacking the Olympics, specific stories affect our emotions more intensely than mere data does.


Stories are what we fear. It's not just hypothetical stories -- terrorists flying planes into buildings, terrorists with explosives strapped to their legs or with bombs in their shoes, and terrorists with guns and bombs waging a co-ordinated attack against a city are even scarier movie-plot threats because they actually happened.

Is aviation security mostly for show? - CNN.com

  Kava in Kona


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Drinking the muddy waters at Kanaka Kava in Kailua-Kona on Big Island.

  Sea Turtle


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In Leleiki Beach, Hilo. Lazy lazy sea turtles.

  Island Crater


Island Crater - Uploaded by Zuckervati.

One of the Hawaiian islands. We're flying into Oahu.

  Tropical Airport


Tropical Airport - Uploaded by Zuckervati.

Guess where?

  Mutated by Cosmic Rays

First time I've seen this outside of a Marvel comic book reference:

Cosmic rays can mutate

Charged particles zipping through space, known as cosmic rays, can mutate the otherwise manageable microbes, spurring the bugs to reproduce quicker and become more virulent, recent studies show.

At the same time, exposure to cosmic rays and the stresses of long-term weightlessness can dampen the human immune system, encouraging diseases to take hold.

Mutant Diseases May Cripple Missions to Mars, Beyond


Butchart Estate Bed and Breakfast - Uploaded by Zuckervati.

Nice place to stay in Owen Sound. Only B+B I've seen with an indoor pool.

Damn. And we almost booked X-mas (or NOXmas) there. Good thing we finally decided on Hawaii. I wonder if they would have still honoured Hilton points....

The sprawling complex includes 280 rooms, 210 suites, a casino, stores, restaurants, offices and meeting areas, as well as the adjoining marina.

The assets will be held by the state tourism corporation Venetur, which reports to the Tourism Ministry, as part of an "urgent" effort to boost "the social development side of the tourism and hotel industries in Nueva Esparta state," the Gazette said.

Venezuela seizes a landmark Hilton Hotel

When making fun of America's country-folk, it pays to have an exit plan, as the U.K.'s Top Gear crew found out.

I didn't want to wake up tied to a tree, being invited to squeal like a little piggy for the entertainment of a 20-year-old psychopath in giant dun­ga­rees, with three teeth in his head and a bitter hatred of anyone who wasn't also a 30-stone homophobic racist who shot at things he didn't understand.

A few miles down the road, conscious that we were easily identifiable to the hordes of rednecks being warned of our approach over the CB, we pulled over. We had seen them waiting at crossroads as we passed, and heard them telling people further ahead that we were coming. We had to try to remove the slogans that had caused offence of an intensity way beyond what we had anticipated.

Top Gear in America's redneck country

I was thinking about getting a pair of these for travel sickness, but figured they sounded a little bogus. So I checked online, and while there's plenty of anecdotal evidence, there wasn't any proof in proper clinical trials. The best information came from a New Zealand skeptics page.

You know those sea-sickness bands:

At this point you look at the accompanying photograph and see what looks like a cotton wristband with an inset plastic button the size of an asprin. You look closer and examine the picture in careful detail to see what a Sea Band really is. It turns out to be a cotton wristband with an inset plastic button the size of an asprin.

Ok, they look a little silly, but what about putting them through a serious scientific test:

This may sound pretty innocuous, but in fact it's a fairly severe test. It will bring on the first symptoms of vomiting within 15 to 20 minutes on average. Each subject was tested on the motion challenge on four separate occasions, with at least a week between each. The results? The hycosine had an effect. But Sea Bands? No better than the dummy remedies. In fact, it emerges that the US Naval Aerospace people had tested Sea Bands back in 1982. The results then? No benefit.

Huh, ok, I'll keep looking.

New Zealand Skeptics Online: View Article

Interesting article on travelling by freighter. Takes care of some misconceptions, such as:

2. Freighter travel is similar to being on a cruise. The purpose of a cruise ship is to provide a relaxing and enjoyable time for everyone on board. The purpose of a freighter is to get cargo from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Cruise ships troll around tranquil seas, with stabilizers so that you barely know you are moving. Freighters haul at a breakneck pace across the open ocean, often through storms. A cruise will be populated with thousands of people, whereas a freighter is often a larger vessel with only 20 or so people on it. While a cruise ship has restaurants, spas, gymnasiums, and tons of activities, a freighter will have a TV with a DVD player, a radio, and if you're lucky, an old Nautilus machine for working out.

How to Cross the Ocean on a Freighter Ship | The Art of Manliness


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