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Things You Didn't Know about your Brain

Thursday, August 30, 2007

For several centuries, the mysteries of the brain have left scientists hanging -- trying to explain the powerful functions of the brain and the things it can do. Even now, they're still trying to figure out how information is coded in the brain, or how memories are stored and retrieved from the nerve cells or neurons of the brain. Nobody knows the answers.... yet. Anyway, here are the interesting things you didn't know about your brain:

  • You have a fat head: Neuron cell membranes are made from fatty acids. (LOL!)
  • Even though our bodies weigh about the same, our brains are 10 times heavier than a sheep’s.
  • The brains of 2-year-olds consume twice as much energy as do adult brains. (Wow, does that mean kids use their brains much more than adults do?)
  • Antidepressants such as Prozac stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain. So does exercise. (Oh crap, I need to exercise then...)
  • From birth, the brain matures from back to front. With aging, it degenerates in the opposite pattern.

For the complete article, please visit this site.

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Women and Sexuality

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I found this very disturbing article after visiting Sir Tiger's blog and coming across one of his posts regarding the same article. The article talks about The History Of Love: how it has been portrayed and exemplified over time since pagan times. What's interesting about it is how women's status have evolved over time, and how the perception of sex has changed with the entry of Christianity. Anyway, here are some of the most interesting eureka moments I've had with the article:

  • High class prostitutes and courtesans were held superior to wives and "virtuous" women. (During the Golden Age of Greece)
  • Pagan love in Rome was guilt-free, lusty, unfaithful and deceitful. (Roman Empire - 27 BC - 385 AD)
  • Abortions and contraception were common. Babies were often discarded as garbage. (Roman Empire - 27 BC - 385 AD) <-- OMFG!
  • The Catholics argued that women did not have a mortal soul and debated if women were even human. (Rise of Christianity and the Dark Ages - 385 AD - 1000 AD) <--- What the hell!?
  • Christian marital sex was performed only in one position and never during penance nor on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays, holiday seasons, and then only to conceive a child. (Rise of Christianity and the Dark Ages - 385 AD - 1000 AD)
Well anyway, I don't know if there's any truth to the article. But if you read the article, it's just crazy to think people were like that during ancient times. Haha, all for the sake of religion... or is it faith? Ah, what the heck.

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Torrent Without the Client

Thursday, August 23, 2007

For all you torrent-noobs out there, my good friend Paulo has discovered that you can actually download files through torrent without a client (Meaning, no uTorrent, no Azureus, etc).

Just go to this site: BITLET
And paste the URL of the torrent metafile on the textbox
Then click "Download Torrent"

And you're done!

P.S. This is for BOK and for my dad, who are clueless about downloading via torrents.

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Water Crash Landing To Do's

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Last weekend, I had nothing better to do than watch TV, and since it's early in the morning, the shows I usually like aren't being aired yet. And so i flipped the remote to Discovery Channel, and one of the shows I've always wanted to watch but never got its schedule was on: Mythbusters. I instantly got hooked to what they were showing me.

The first myth they were trying to bust was on cars submerged in water. The myth is that you can escape a car submerged in water only if the interior is flooded as well. Surprisingly, the myth is true! Haha, in case your car gets submerged (God-forbid) and you're inside, you'd have to prepare yourself for the big plunge -- meaning, hold your breath -- and wait until the interior is totally flooded so you can easily escape. This is because the pressure INSIDE the car equals with the pressure outside, and that makes it easier for you to push the door.

Some other discoveries related to this myth are:
  • You CAN escape the car that has fallen into the water IF the water inside the car is at ankle level or knee level. This is because the pressure outside is not yet strong enough to push the doors and keep it shut.
  • You CAN STILL escape the car that has fallen into the water IF the water inside the car is at waist level, however it will require great strength from you to match the pressure being exerted by the water outside.
  • You CANNOT escape a car that has fallen into the water IF the water covers the car window from the outside. The pressure will keep the doors from opening.
  • You CANNOT open the windows of a car that has fallen into the water unless you use hammer-like (or with pointed-tip tools) to break the glass. Which means, you can't open it using manual crank or power windows because the pressure is too great.

Interesting eh? And here's another extra myth they busted: A piece of paper cannot be folded (in perpendicular halves) more than seven times. They tried it using ordinary letter-sized bond paper, and they couldn't fold it more than 7 times. Then they tried using a larger paper (Table-sized), but they still couldn't fold it more than 7 times. The reason here is that each time you fold the paper, the number of layers grow exponentially (1 fold = 2 layers; 2 folds = 4; 3 folds =8, 4 folds = 16; 5 folds = 32; 6 folds = 64; 7 folds = 128). Imagine folding over 128 layers of 3/100 of a inch of paper! So what they did to bust this myth? They went bigger and thinner. They laid out a football-field sized paper interconnected with double-sided adhesive tape! As a result, they were able to fold the paper 11 times.

For more details on the Mythbusters, visit HERE.

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Penguins: Emo Discovery

Friday, August 17, 2007

I was browsing the net for some emo blobs and this is what I found:

Haha, I didn't know penguins were like that. I'm guessing it was just made up by one of those emo kids. Well anyway, I thought it was cute and sweet. A eureka moment for me. =P

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Back to Google Stuff

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Okay, after taking a break on researching Google stuff, I have finally come across some interesting finds. Once a year, Google geniuses develop a page that would drive users nuts on April Fool's Day. Here are some interesting pages that they've come up with:

The Google Romance Finder:

Are single, lonely, and miserable? Fear not, Google has the answer you've been looking for! If you want to find the perfect date, the perfect somebody to hold you so tight, then go to Google Romance right NOW!

The Google MentalPlex

If you want faster and smarter searching on the internet, then the MentalPlex is the answer. Its hypnotizing powers draw in the positive vibrations of hundreds of fortune tellers and astrologers in the world.

The Google Pigeon Rank

Have you ever wondered how Google delivers your search inquiries fast and accurate? Well, wonder no more because the big company has finally revealed how it works its magic. Behold the PigeonRank: Google's army of hardworking birds to give you the best results.

Hehehe, simply shows that Google has a great sense of humor. Damn, I wish I were one of their employees. Haha, bitter.

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Photoshop 7.0 Hidden Secrets

Monday, August 13, 2007

I have always been a fan of Adobe Photoshop. When my creative juices start to overflow, there's no better outlet than this powerful imaging tool. It's funny, though, that I've been using this application for a few years already, but it's only now that I found some hidden secrets within Photoshop. The creators just had to be creative, eh?

Well you see, the first secret I'm going to share with you is the "alternate" credits to Adobe Photoshop. If you click on Help > About Photoshop, you'll get the application logo (the one with an eye and a microscope and a seashore -- weird logo). But when you click on [CTRL] and then Help > About Photoshop, you'll get something different! Weird, here's how the two credits look like:

Source: www.eggheaven.com

Also, out of pure curiousity, I just read the scrolling credits. There are A LOT of funny credit lines there, you'd just have to wait for them =P. Here's an example:

The last line there would be "And of course, thanks to , our favorite customer." Hehehehe.

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The GPhone: Facts or Fiction?

Friday, August 10, 2007

With the big hype that the iPhone made, Google has started its own project of re-creating that hype with the rumored development of their own handset: the gPhone, or the Google Phone. Here are some "rumors" that have made its way on the internet:

- The gPhone will be built on a Linux-based operating system
- Google is working on a sophisticated new Web browser for mobile phones
- Hundreds of millions have been invested for the development of the GPhone
- Google has already developed prototype phones, LG as one of its partners
- HTC Corporation (High Tech Computer) will be the ones to develop the OS

Facts or Fiction? I'm not so sure. But I'm not that excited with this gPhone. It's just that this is not Google's specialty. I have my doubts, but then again, we'll just have to wait and see. If the mobile Google is as powerful as its world wide web counterpart, then why not?

Sources: www.gizmodo.com; www.engadget.com

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Google for your OS

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Did you know, Google has created versions of its search engine for Windows, Linux, and BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution)? If you don't know what those three are, they are called your Operating Systems or OS, the main brain of your computer. Well anyway, for more information on the what the OS is, you may visit the OS Wiki.

The Google - Windows version is characterized by the Google sign on the Windows default wallpaper, Bliss. The Linux version injects the iconic penguin in the logo. Finally, the BSD version shows the devil icon of the OS on the logo.

There used to be a Mac version, but for some reason, it isn't there anymore. For now, if you look at the page, it just displays the accessories you can get for your Mac.

Source: www.eggheaven.com

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Windows Pinball Cheats!

Monday, August 6, 2007

Do you want to beat Windows Pinball? There are two ways:

Infinite Pinballs:
  • Open Windows Pinball
  • Type bmax
  • Launch the ball.

No matter how many times you drop the ball, it will just come up again. That eliminates your problem of constantly falling off.

Control your Pinball:
  • Open Windows Pinball
  • Type hidden test
  • Launch the ball.
Click and hold on the ball. Notice that wherever you steer your mouse to, the ball goes with it. Now you can control the ball and hit wherever you like!

Source: http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_games_tips1052.html

Privacy Scarf: WTF!?

Friday, August 3, 2007

I was browsing through really useless gadgets when I stumbled upon this awful invention: The Techno Privacy Scarf. What it does: well, it gives you privacy when you're using your PC, your Ipod or PDA, or your mobile phone. At what cost? Let's just say you might get hit by a bus while you're using it. Lol.

Photo courtesy of: www.techneblog.com

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MS Word Hidden Text Generator

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Our favorite document editor, MS Word, has a hidden function! This is called the RAND function, oftentimes called an Easter Egg, and sometimes feared as a virus. It is actually a Word function that's undocumented in the online Help, but documented in the MS Knowledge Base.

According to the article, this function:
Microsoft Word allows you to quickly insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.

The inserted text is that hardy perennial: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, which contains every letter in the English alphabet.

The first number is the number of paragraphs, and the second the number of sentences per paragraph.

Here's how to do it:

Open a new document file
Type =rand (X,Y) where X and Y are random numbers
Press Enter

Surprising, huh?
Source: http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/DummyText.htm

Windows XP Hidden Font/Icon Editor

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Did you know that Windows XP has a hidden utility for editing fonts and/or icons? Well, let's face it. We don't really maximize all the utilities that Windows gives us, we only usually run those apps that we know exist. Anyway, Windows provides us with this powerful application that allows us to create icons, fonts, and even logos!

Behold the EUDCEDIT.

To access this program, do the following:
  1. Go to Start > Run
  2. Type eudcedit. Press Enter.
You get this:

Source: http://www.asnee.com/blog/?p=595

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