Sunday

Sunday Is Pun Day

I like puns. There, I said it - and the more groan-worthy, the better. I have been posting puns and other wordplay things on Facebook for a while, so I thought "Why let the blog readers off the hook?", and so here we are. Some of these are likely not strictly puns, or may be a particularly obscure type of pun, but I am not an English major and it's my blog, so...

Just "read" from left to right...

Saturday

Remember This? The Supergirl Movie

Now that Supergirl is coming to the small screen, let's take a quick look back to her big screen debut. After we believed a man could fly (the byline for 1978's Superman The Movie), a spin off Supergirl movie was made in 1984, and turned out to be a pretty ghastly affair. Supergirl aka Kara Zor-El was Superman's cousin in the comics, and although Helen Slater was a striking and likeable Supergirl, the movie was supremely silly and featured much scenery-chewing from other actors - campy, but rather joyless (kinda like Superman IV - The Quest For Peace). 

I bring up this iffy movie then for basically one scene - which I have never really forgotten over the years - Supergirl realizing she can fly. In these days of sophisticated flying rigs and CGI doubles, etc, etc., it's kind of wonderful to see some great wire work that looks real (because the actor was actually invisibly suspended above the ground). Helen Slater sells it as a sort of joyful aerial ballet, and it still works beautifully.


Thursday

Mood Rings Are Back!

Back in the 1970's (ah, the 70's!) mood rings were quite the thing for a time. These decorative rings would feature a stone which changed appearance depending on your "mood" - more accurately, on your skin temperature.

Well like so many things, mood rings are back - and high tech, baby! A new version from startup Moodmetric, for example, is a bit more precise in its measurement, but it all sounds very scientific and serious...
With budding companies like Moodmetric allowing users to see hourly breakdowns of their mental state over long periods of time, people can recognize patterns in their behaviour, environment, etc., which can help to identify triggers and help them to be more mindful of their emotional state.
 TheGlobeAndMail

Groovy!

Monday

No More New Bugatti Veyrons

Ah, bugger it - I'll never be able to purchase a new Bugatti Veyron now. One more thing cruelly stripped from my bucket list. VW, who purchased Bugatti back in 1998, has stopped production after 10 years of making this mind-boggling car.

Surely a superlative example of "we built it just to show we could", this $2 million supercar still lost VW/Audi about $5 million per car over it's lifetime, thanks in large part to the huge development costs involved. One of the more amazing things about this collection of geektastic statistics and specifications is that by all accounts it's actually a nice car to drive; not twitchy and high strung as you might expect from such a finely-honed, bleeding-edge machine.

Consider the numbers:

An 8 litre, 16-cylinder engine in a "W" formation
4 turbo chargers
Over 1100 bhp
10 (yes, ten) radiators
Zero to 60mph - less than 2.5 seconds
A top speed of over 250mph (over 265mph on the SuperSport)
8 mpg City, 14 mpg Highway

Gulp.


Not too buoyant, though - image from Wired.com

Sunday

Robotic Care For The Elderly In Japan

Old people in Japan tend to grow to be really old - they are statistically the longest-lived population in the world. In one sense that's great for them of course, but it strains that country's ability to care for them, as far as available manpower and other resources. The Japanese answer? Why, robots, of course - it's Japan, after all.
One estimate by the Japanese government found that by 2060, the population will have dropped from 127 million down to 87 million—and that as much as 40 percent of the country could be seniors.
In late 2013, the Health, Labour, and Welfare Ministry started recommending nursing care robots to select nursing homes, passing out information packets designed to increase familiarity with certain types of robots. It hopes to eventually transition those robots into wider home use: "Once they are widely used in care facilities," a senior Health Ministry official told the Japan Times, "the government will provide a range of support measures to make them available for care at home."
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Sunday Is Pun Day

I like puns. There, I said it - and the more groan-worthy, the better. I have been posting puns and other wordplay things on Facebook for a while, so I thought "Why let the blog readers off the hook?", and so here we are. These are mostly not mine (in fact, I can pretty much guarantee that about 99% of them are not mine), but are pulled from around the web and were created by more devious people than I....