This is my first video in HD, as well as the first use of high-speed photography.
This demonstration is not a “DIY” video. Do not try this yourself.
Were these people taking a nap when Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Woodrow Wilson, Kofi Anan, Henry Kissinger, Yasir Arafat, and the UN Peacekeeping Forces recieved them? There are probably plenty of people all of those times that made greater sacrifices in the name of peace. Every year a laureate is presented that others disagree with, the detractors point out plenty of examples. Sometimes their criticisms are based on objectivity, sometimes it’s just ignorant political bias.
It’s a prize that frequently goes more often to high-profile people than not. It seems to be a major criteria, possibly because even minimal effort at that level can have wider impact globally than someone sweating in the trenches – even if it’s that grass-roots level work that might have the greatest real impact. Maybe it’s just to encourage people at that level to work for peace maybe because so FEW people at that level take any chances to obtain peace – or maybe it’s just overly politically influenced. Personally if it inspires a few more world leaders to give priority to peace, I’d be happy with pundits (and armchair quarterbacks) griping about it becoming “worthless” – until one of their own “heroes” gets the nod.
I’m not on the panel, the people griping aren’t either, and this isn’t the Science prizes. Let the guy get his award, and maybe it’ll inspire him to create peace in our time. Maybe it won’t, and there’ll be another person awarded next year. Move along. Or be thankful that your life is apparently so wonderful that you have the time to waste griping. That’s gotta be worth something.
I might buy my wife noise-cancelling headphones so she can make it through the day without hearing people vent their bitterness on the topic. :/
This video appeared on Canada’s G4 TV show Torrent in September of 2008. This video answers the questions, of who I am, what I do, and why I do it.
Oh, http://www.slightlymadscience.com has a new look (still in progress) and I opened a Slightly-Mad Store. Right now it just has a couple basic items, currently sold with no mark-up. Check it out at http://www.cafepress.com/slightlymadsci
Well, a clip of it, anyhow. :)
There’s a new show on the Science Channel called “Brink”, it’s a show that combines news about cutting-edge science with videos submitted by passionate geeks such as myself. One of my videos was chosen to show up in their first episode – Friday, Nov 28th, at 10:00 PM EST. Check it out!
This is actually my first appearance on US TV, and hopefully not the last!
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Brief rant about idiots on and off the road.
First, someone whose driving style shows their idiocy, even while they’re parked!
If you purchase a gigantor vehicle, that does not automatically entitle you to multiple parking spaces wherever you go. Certainly not in the second row of parking from a busy supermarket. True, the cart corral does poke somewhat into the third space. But guess what? When I left the market, they had left, and those spaces were indeed taken up by 3 other vehicles. One of which was ALSO a truck.
I’m showing them a kindness by blurring the license plate.
The driver of this truck isn’t necessarily an idiot, but their sign is idiotic.
You can’t quite read it, but the sign says something along the lines of “WARNING: Not responsible for damage due to falling debris. Stay 200 feet behind vehicle.” The reason why that’s stupid is two-fold.
Yes, you are responsible if stuff falls out of your truck, the same as I’d be responsible if my fender fell off on the freeway and hit the guy behind me.
Second, unless you drive wearing binoculars (which I wouldn’t recommend), you can’t even READ the sign unless you’re already much closer than 200 feet!
(picture taken from passenger seat, by the way)
Slightly-Mad Science was featured in an episode of Canada’s G4techTV show Torrent. Problem is, I’m not in Canada and they didn’t put that episode on their website – so I never saw the end result. Help?