Zappos tries robots on for size
I buy all my sneakers (i.e. all my footwear) at Zappos, and now I have another reason to love them. According to CNET they use a "team of autonomous, stout, orange robots" to gather items to fill orders. I'd love to see a video of the little guys at work, but the company's site oddly restricts access to the demo.
Cops chase a UFO over Cardif
In a story right out of Torchwood, the Sun is reporting that a police helicopter chased a UFO over Cardiff, Wales earlier this month. My favorite quote from the story: "The chopper is crammed with hi-tech cameras and surveillance gear, but the UFO somehow avoided being caught on film."
Ice. On Mars.
NASA is reporting that the Phoenix Lander has found ice on Mars. Actual water ice. When the substance was first uncovered, it was speculated that it might be salt, but it sublimated, proving that it was ice. The Phoenix lander site has an excellent document explaining why this is such a big deal. (PDF warning.)
Making Friends With Mountain Gorillas
National Geographic has republished, both online and in print, a wonderful article by Dian Fossey from 1970. I remember reading this article in a well-worn copy of the magazine I had a kid. I wanted to runaway to Africa and help her save the gorillas. Her tragic death in 1985 stunned me, and was a huge loss to the wonderful creatures she fought so hard to protect. More information about protecting the gorillas can be found here.
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Firefox 3 Easter Egg
So, of course you downloaded Firefox 3 on download day, right? If not, go ahead. I'll wait. La la la... OK. Finished downloading and installing? Go the address bar (Now called the AwesomeBar. Really.) and type in about:robots. Share and enjoy!
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Monday, June 16, 2008
Firefox 3 Download Day!
Help set a new record and download Firefox 3. C'mon. You know you want to. Isn't the fox super cute? Plus, it's Firefox, so it will be great.
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No matter how many times I see a marine mammal being born, I am always in awe of the process. They immediately get up to surface and take that first breath, using their floppy little limbs. Amazing. via Pharyngula
Update: You can watch a live cam of baby and mama here.
BSG Finale- Do not read unless you are caught up!
Highlight with your mouse to read (not you, Jack): So, although there was no sign of the Statue of Liberty, I'm pretty sure they are in New York. Brooklyn, to be exact. Looking for a screen shot to support my cause...
Before I get flamed, just let me say that I am opposed to state lotteries, as they are basically a tax on being poor and hopeless, but you've got to love this commercial. I don't know how much of this is special effects, but the penguin really seemed to be having fun. The chicken, on the other hand, just looks confused. That may just be because it's a chicken, though.