2016.12.16 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2016-12-16

Yeah, I have not done one of these since the start of the year. In the spirit of “better late than never”, “nothing beats a failure except a try”, and “try, try, try and try again”, I am giving it another go.

I am finally starting to conquer my health issues; the pain in my back is now almost completely gone, I have almost all the feeling back in my left leg, daily doses of bromelain are keeping my arthritis and carpal tunnel in check, my blood pressure is almost normal and, while still not perfect, I am sleeping much better. It is amazing how much more energy one has when not in pain all the time. It is time to try and get back to this weekly project.

Additionally, I am going to change the format a bit. All too often I am ending up with more than one link per topic per week. While I shall still reference stuff I posted during the week, I am also going to use it to clean up my saved RSS folder. In other words, you will be getting extras.

The categories are (click on the category to jump right to it):

  • Ludicrous – Funny, odd, strange, bizarre or humorous
  • Useful – Software, references, lists, etc.,
  • Music – Music, music tech, music videos and album releases
  • Photo – Pictures, drawings, animation and videos
  • Yours – Something from email or social media
  • Science – Anything science or technology related


Speakers Shaped Like Car Exhaust?

muffler photo
Photo by Federico Feroldi Foto

Fashion is weird. Did you know you can get speakers shaped like, actually made from, car mufflers? Introducing the Porsche 911 Soundbar. Do they actually pump out smoke?

My Thoughts on Why We Shouldn’t Hate Nickelback

Seems like everyone thinks it is in style to slam Nickelback. I had to give my two cents on the issue. Please don’t take me too seriously.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

If you are interested in “GTD”, short for “getting things done” on a computer, keyboard shortcuts are an undeniable asset. Lifehacker pointed to a list of such, 60 keyboard shortcuts for office workers. The list covers MS Office products, Chrome browser, Gmail and platform specific shortcuts.


Backups matter… they matter much… If you are looking for a free program to clone your entire hard drive, check out Clonezilla.

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Check out these two posts over at Indie Nation

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The Lagoon Nebula in High Definition

It is worth the click through to see this at Astronomy Picture of the Day

Photos from Space

Check out the book of photos by Donald Pettit, Spaceborne

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Jerry Maguire 20th Anniversary

I sent a tweet out about turning an art gallery into a Jerry Maguire tribute. @MetalEditor sent a pretty kewl reply.

Thanks for the reply @MetalEditor!

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A Flying Ambulance?

This concept autonomous flying vehicle idea first started in 2007 and was dubbed the”Air Mule”. According to an article at Popular Science, the UAV has completed its first test flight. While the term ambulance used to at Slashdot Post may be a bit of a misnomer, it is closer to an accurate description than Air Mule or taxi. The intent is for the vehicle to be able to auto-navigate to rescue those trapped in combat zones without endangering another human being. The developer, Urban Aeronautics tested the vehicle and named it Cororant in January of this year.  The Coronant is a type of bird. While the flight was not perfect, it still completed the pre-planned route.

Cororant Test Flight

Predicted Quantum Effect of Empty Space Found 80 Years after Prediction

physics photoRelative and Quantum physics are fascinating. They are also subjects that make students wish for calculus assignments. The sciences make predictions based on math which we have no real sensory perception of. While even I can calculate going to traveling to Betelgeuse and back I have no intuitive way to know if I am even close to correct. My only prayer is absolute faith in my math.

It took 100 years to actually observe gravitational wave predicted by Albert Einstein. In the 1930s, quantum electrodynamics predicted that, even in a vacuum, light which is both a particle and a wave, could be still be affected in this empty space. Science Daily reports that light passing through, more or less, nothing but the magnetic fields of neutron stars has polarized due to what is termed “vacuum birefringence”.

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