Transparent, see?

I was so inspired by the neat photos on this flickr page, that I went ahead & made my own. It’s kinda boring, though; my laptop here at work sits in front of a window that looks onto a blank white wall. Anyway, take a look:
Nifty \"transparent\" screenshot
I ImageReady’ed it down to 56k, so it shouldn’t take too long to display. Click the “thumbnail” to view the full-size (1024×768) version.

Quick link – Hopscotch – by Levi

Hopscotch – by Levi:
I don’t usually go into the “part comic, part writing” thing (as evidenced by the fact that I no longer read Everything Jake.  But something about Hopscotch calls to me (in a way).  It’s probably the great art that isn’t in plain old “black pencil on white” that catches me the most, but the narrative is also starting out very good, although many of the plot elements that I’ve seen so far are very reminiscent of other things I’ve read.  There are only 3 or 4 (issues? episodes? postings?) on the site right now, but from the look of it things are off to a good start.

I apparently know my liquor

I guess it comes from being a bartender…
(hat tip to Jacob)

Jungle Juice
Congratulations! You’re 162 proof, with specific scores in beer (100) , wine (100), and liquor (147).
You are a true alcohol connisseur. You not only know what drinks are best for parties or dinner or cocktail bars, you can make most of them as well. You don’t mess around with the cheap stuff–only the good stuff will do.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

You scored higher than 93% on proof
You scored higher than 93% on beer index
You scored higher than 95% on wine index
You scored higher than 99% on liquor index

Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

Driving observations

You know, it’s interesting.  I notice this from time to time while I’l out driving around, and I think I can construct a formula to demonstrate it.  In most cases, the probability that a driver will use their turn indicators for turns or lane changes is inversely proportional to the purchase price of the vehicle.  I.e., prob(signal) = 1/vehicle.(purchase price)

Not a day goes by when I don’t get passed by some jerk in a Lexus who can’t be bothered to use their blinkers.  I mean, it’s not like it takes that much effort.  Maybe a pound of pressure on a lever that’s already at your fingertips.  And it keeps people from accidentally smashing into you because you’re too damn lazy to do it.

You’d think people driving a $30,000 luxury car would want to protect their investment.

Quick link – Lateral Science – The Young Man’s Book of Amusement

Lateral Science – The Young Man’s Book of Amusement:
This is awesome. Just check out a few highlights:

  • Valuable Transformation – Gold plating charcoal
  • A more powerful Fulminating Powder
  • The Leyden Phial – “…a painful jarring sensation is felt at the joints of the fingers, the elbows, shoulders & chest,…”
  • To Recover a Fly after being drowned several hours
  • Galvanic Experiments on the Dead Body of a Criminal

Everything a young man needs for hours of (thoroughly educational) amusement!