Stone of Remembrance

March 14, 2011

Japan Before And After

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 22:42

There is a fascinating display here.

Drag the sliders to the left and right to show before and after pictures of the sites devastated by the recent quake and tsunami. They’re very striking.

Thanks to Ted S for sending this along.

March 10, 2011

Josh Beckett and Star Trek

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 15:19

Courtesy of Steve S., friend, fan and fellow baseball nerd: how Josh Beckett and Star Trek Films parallel each other.

“Josh Beckett’s tenure with the Red Sox is in sync with the quality of the Star Trek movies. Don’t believe me? Don’t understand me? Follow along… it is logical.”

And, surprisingly, it is. . .

March 5, 2011

Goodnight Dune

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 12:53

“Goodnight sardaukar and goodnight gom jabbar.”

I don’t think I even need to provide more wiseass commentary. Read this. It’s hilarious.

March 1, 2011

Usually, the process and will be lost.

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 14:45

This is something my daughter found.

Try inserting a phrase into the Bad Translator and it will perform a series of consecutive translations.

I tried:

“Do not meddle with wizards, for they are fickle and quick to anger,”

which is (I believe) Gandalf’s admonition in Lord of the Rings. It gave me the phrase in the title. The process is deterministic – it always processes the phrase through the same set of languages in the same order – but it’s like a big game of Telephone.

My hovercraft remains full of eels, by the way. In case you were wondering.

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