Saturday, September 19, 2009

Unlikely Canadian Headlines

Unlikely Canadian Headlines

The Canadian Mounted Guard Wants YOU
Welcome back- Nickelback
Canadian Man Recognized
Canada Declares War
Attack on Canada
10 Million March in Canadian Pride Parade
Words to “O Canada” discovered
Canada Wins
Canada Added to Map

American Boy Recites all Provinces
Canada to Open 1st McDonald’s
Canadians Everywhere Agree: Blame Canada!

Canada Enters Space Race
Canada Makes the Headlines

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How to destroy negatives

After some searching, the most I saw was old-school types proclaiming how bad of an idea it is. I played around and found a way: bleach. Within 20 minutes in just a weak solution, the negatives will be stripped down to a clear strip of plastic (and possibly some emulsion). I even tried to redevelop the negatives in sepia toner, but nothing.

I also tried alcohol, which was surprisingly uneffective. It stripped something brown out of my black and white negatives, but after over a week in a sealed alcohol bath, the images were just as clear as before, only the film was a little softer.

So there you go: the recipe for erasing memories.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Gibson ES-335 and SG weights

The weights can vary, but they tend to be around

ES-335: 8.6 lbs (3.9Kg)
SG: 7 - 8 lbs (3.2Kg - 3.6Kg)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stratocaster vs. Telecaster dimensions

Wondering how a Strat compares to a Tele?  Here's a image with the two (to scale) and their profiles.

body: 17" x 12.5"
overall: 38"

body: 15.5" x 12.5"
overall: 38"

If you're looking for more than just a quick comparison, here's a actual schematic of a Telecaster: tele_body_drawing_revD.pdf

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cat on a cable box

Cats and electronics don't mix. A cat use this satellite box as a bed for a few years.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Death rate in Iraq by month

It's been just over 5 years since the United States invaded Iraq, and I thought it'd be interesting to look at seasonal death rates of US troops.
It seems the US is up against fair-weather guerrillas who avoid the City of Peace's near-freezing winters and 100°+ (40° C) summers. Data source.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Statistics by the generation: what will your descendants look like?

Reading statistics about car crashes, cancer, and poverty is one thing, but when will it happen to someone in your family?

There are loads of simplifying assumptions here, but it gives a general idea of just how likely certain life events are. The statistics are mostly for people in the US and assume each descendant has exactly two children (using the remaining 0.4 to account for infertility, deaths, etc).

Second generation: grandchildren (~25 years)
Third generation: great grandchildren (~50 years)

Fourth generation (~75 years)

Fifth generation (~100 years)

Sixth generation (~125 years)

Seventh generation (~150 years)

Eighth generation (~175 years)

Ninth generation (~200 years)

Tenth generation (~225 years)

Eleventh generation (~250 years)

Twelfth generation (~275 years)

Thirteenth generation (~300 years)

Fourteenth generation (~325 years)

Fifteenth generation (~350 years)

Sixteenth generation (~375 years)

Seventeenth generation (~400 years)

Eighteenth generation (~425 years)

Nineteenth generation (~450 years)

Twentieth generation (~475 years)

Twenty first generation (~500 years)

Twenty second generation (~525 years)

Twenty third generation (~550 years)

Twenty fourth generation (~575 years)
  • One will win the Nobel Prize

Twenty fifth generation (~600 years)
  • One will be President