Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.08

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.08

Yup, I am late again. Sorry, but the non-cyber world has me way too busy. It will slow down soon though.

Nonetheless, here they are:

  • Ludicrous – Check out the latest adventure of Bud Weisser
  • Useful – I was actually having a hard time with this one this week. Until I went to my To Do list. Check out Workflowy
  • Music – I knew it was going to be the one the instant I saw it. The Libertarian version of Star Wars. Watch it after the break below.
  • Photo – While this one is a bit dated, it is still worth a post.  Check out this pulse from a black hole.
  • Yours (Something tweeted to me or emailed)- I hit on this one in #blaster channel on the Geekshed IRC Network, the top animals of 2015.
  • Science – This week my pick is a nifty Anaptar Calendar. This calendar lets you explore the solar system all 366 days of 2016.

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2015.11.30 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.11.30

I know I am a day late …better late than never.

Here they are:

  • Ludicrous – There is no limit to what criminals do. Sometimes stupid, sometimes creative, always wrong, too often hurtful, and, in this case, simply strange. After realizing a child was in a car they stole, they dropped the kid off at school!
  • Useful – While you are going to have use Google translate, this is a list of the most returned items. In other words, stuff not to buy.
  • Music – While I grew up with MTv, the truth is most music videos are not that great. Here is a Red Lips cover that is just off the hook! GTA – Red Lips. Kudos to io9 for the find.
  • PPhoto – I totally agree with io9, the US Navy nailed The Force Awakens with the best spoof to date
  • Yours – Nothing this week
  • Science – The article refers to it as Flower Power, a circuit inside a rose!

2015.11.22 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.11.22

Greetings Reader,

Thank you for checking out the first list of weekly links I have shared in a good while.

Here they are:

  • Ludicrous – While I am all for freedom of religion, wearing a spaghetti strainer helmet for you driver’s license photo, in my humble opinion, is ludicrous. Although I confess, she looks happy in the photo.
  • Useful – I find TweetDeck the ONLY way to use Twitter, without it, the 1K+ tweeps I follow would be nothing but noise. This article at at The Verge explains how to use the filters.
  • Music – Alice Cooper plays a suprise gig. (some video is embedded below)
  • PPhoto – Most likely, this bright streak, is from the Taurids meteor shower. Regardless, it is a great photo.
  • Yours (Something tweeted to me or emailed) – This being the first one in a long while, to date, I have received nothing.
  • Science – How about using plasma to grow diamonds?
  • I had to mention this one as a bonus. It is just a really kewl looking Alien

Since it has been a while since I have published one of these and also the week of Thanksgiving here are a few links for the black shopping days. I originally heard of or found all of these and many more useful tips, hacks and tricks Lifehacker.

Thanks for reading, feel free to share, comment or even send me a PayPal Tip. Feel free to send me any and all suggestions you wish or hit @Lumpy on twitter


Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen


Turkey photo

Walking Paper

Science is awesome!  By using a laser, check out what this graphene-based paper can do.

Originally, I found this over at Gizmodo.  I also found a little more at nature.com.  It is reported that this technology may be used for “robot muscle” and several-molecule-thin popup displays.  It works by a laser (or heat) forcing moisture out of the material.  When dry it folds one way and when moistened by humidity in the air it bends the opposite.  I wonder if it will lead to self-folding origami?

Extinction or De-extinction?

Young passenger pigeon.

Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and nature.  I think it is sad that mankind has driven so many animals to the brink of or literal extinction.  I am also an avid reader who tries to keep up with our destructive ways.  I am in favor of conversation and alternative energy not because I feel that we understand the environment and our impact on it but because we have no clue.   Continue reading “Extinction or De-extinction?”

Understanding Ice – Solid, Liquid, Hard or Soft?

If I recall correctly, when I studied physics I was taught that the reason we can ice skate and curl “the rock” on ice was due to friction and pressure. In short either pressure, friction or both, create a thin layer of water to glide on. While listening to a recent edition of Science Friday, I was intrigued. This is not actually the case.  While the podcast is always very informative, I seek a more detailed explanation.   Continue reading “Understanding Ice – Solid, Liquid, Hard or Soft?”