March 31, 2011

Return To Saturn

Category: Technology,Travel — jerry @ 5:09 am

I have posted many times before about my fascination with Saturn. This is some footage of an IMAX movie in the works, apparently, and which is using actual photographs of the Cassini flyby somehow, rather than CGI. Click the rightmost icon and full-screen it–it is truly wonderful:

5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

March 30, 2011

God And Your Bod

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:14 am

I’ve seen this story in a couple of places now, and wonder why this is so. Any theories?

We don’t recall any of the commandments saying “thou shall eat chocolate cake,” but an unusual new study has found that people who regularly attend religious activities are 50 percent more likely to battle obesity by middle age.

God only knows why. The scientists sure don’t.

“We don’t know why frequent religious participation is associated with development of obesity,” said Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “It’s possible that getting together once a week and associating good works and happiness with eating unhealthy foods could lead to the development of habits that are associated with greater body weight and obesity.”

The study tracked nearly 2,500 men and women over 18 years. They filtered for age, race, sex, education, income and baseline body mass index. The last one’s important, because it shows that the religious were getting fatter, not that fat people were getting religious….[Rest of article]

March 29, 2011

Weird Music Video Of The Week

Category: Music — jerry @ 5:29 am

What is not to like about this video?

March 27, 2011

Religious Poll

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 10:09 pm

March 26, 2011

I Want One!

Category: Technology — jerry @ 12:41 pm

(It’s a robot).

March 25, 2011

Just Say No

Category: Uncategorized — jerry @ 5:13 am

Watch and learn, children (and try not to laugh):

March 24, 2011

AIDS

Category: Technology — jerry @ 5:30 am

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March 23, 2011

Stock Picks–Mar. 22, 2011

Category: Money & Investments — jerry @ 12:13 pm

I think I forgot to post my last picks right after I got back from vacationing in Mexico, but perhaps that is just as well as I have done poorly thus far this year. Nevertheless, I recently learned that Marketocracy has again selected TWO of my “funds” for their m100 (Top One Hundred) listings–a list I have been on continuously now for six years (March, 2005).

Let’s see if these picks can get me out of this quarter’s slump: First up is Dynasil Corporation of America (DYSL), which I first wrote about here last Dec. 22. At the time, it looked quite interesting but had a nastily high price/earnings ratio. It has dipped lately, bringing the P/E down to under 19, so I’m buying with some enthusiasm–although in small quantity, as it is pretty thinly traded.

I’m also going to take a small position in Full House Resorts (FLL), a gambling stock. It showed up on my screen, and I’ve made a lot of money in the past on gambling stocks (but not been in one for a while) so why not?

Lastly, I’m making a rare venture into energy with Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL). My fantasy energy fund at Marketocracy–which has quintupled in value since I started it in early 2003–has had some good returns with this stock in the past, so it is time to own it “in real life”.

Good luck!

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EDIT: A day late and a couple dollars short. I have ended up not getting DYSL after all because it almost doubled overnight. It closed yesterday at $3.76 per share and as I write this is sitting at $6.62 per share. Apparently, they’ve had some recent patent approvals for radiation detection. It’s P/E ratio is back up over 30, so I’m going to have to pass. Sigh…

March 22, 2011

Teenage Mother (1967)

Category: Movies/TV — jerry @ 5:28 am

March 21, 2011

Power Of Decision

Category: Movies/TV,Technology — jerry @ 12:09 pm

Interesting little snippet from 1958–your tax dollars at work:

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The following description of the film is from the U.S. Air Force Motion Picture Film Depository index card:

6 Reels, 35mm, color, sound, edited, 5600 feet, quality: Good (Basic: Orig color)

Coverage of simulated war plan action, in the event of an attack, which was executed at the Operation Control Roomm, Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and at the underground control room (location SECRET), by Strategic Air Command. Footage includes pilots and ground crewmen scrambling; pilots boarding aircraft; B-47’s, B-52’s, and B-58’s taxiing, taking off, maneuvering, and landing; and a KC-135 refueling a B-52. Also included are scenes of the launching of the Bull Goose, Rascal, Snark, and Thor missiles.

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More weird stuff at the National Security Archives.