New calendar

An astrophysicist and an economist get together and make a new calendar that will have dates fall on the same day year after year. They’re shooting for 2017 for worldwide adoption.

The calendar would accomplish this by means of a 364-day year — augmented every five or six years with an extra week tacked on at the end.

Yeah, that makes it so much cleaner. Good luck with that.

December 29, 2011

Robbers don’t want Android phones

Robbers targeting Columbia University students only want iPhones:

Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said.

The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.

iPhones fetch upwards of $500 on eBay, while Androids go for much lower.

And nominated for quote of the year:

“It’s insulting they don’t want my BlackBerry,” said a female student.

December 16, 2011

Manhattan pizza

The Wall Street Journal brings us the quest of one Colin Hagendorf — to taste every slice pizza in Manhattan.

Mr. Hagendorf began in August 2009 at Grandpa’s Place near 211th Street and Broadway—in Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood—and worked his way down to the island’s southern tip. He excluded from consideration national chains and cafeterias that don’t make their own pizzas.

I’m really not sure why anyone would actually do this, other than to have it as a backup epitaph in case they did nothing else with their lives. Slice pizza is horrible and is only eaten because it’s quick and easy. It’s like comparing canned tuna to an ahi steak, or a Casio watch to a Patek Philippe.

December 5, 2011

Walking through doorways causes forgetting

Research from the University of Notre Dame indicates that walking through a doorway between rooms may be the cause of short term memory lapses.

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

I would have posted this sooner, but I walked through a doorway after reading it and…poof…it was gone.

December 4, 2011