Time Travel Lite: Send Emails to Future You!

If I could send an email to past me (perhaps at the tender age of 18), there would be a few things I would say:  beer pong is NOT called vodka pong for a reason, facebook will waste all your time, and DO NOT eat those brownies at the Yellowstone camping trip.

Well, since time traveling mail is not an option I have at my discretion, I have found the next best thing: FutureMe , a website service that sends you an email to your inbox in the future. You provide the email address and the date you want it delivered.

The internet’s equivalent of this… kind of, sort of, maybe, not really…

Granted, it needs you to have the same email address (my 13 year old self would have had to send an email to schtinkyweazel@aol.com and I definitely would not have received it, since i deleted that account at 13 and a half), but most of us have settled into our boiler plate email addresses.

FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails.  The site adds:

Send your future self some words of inspiration. Or maybe give ’em swift kick in the pants. Or just share some thoughts on where you’ll or what you’ll be up to in a year, three years…more? And then we’ll do some time travel magic and deliver the letter to you.

You can also send future emails to others, but it is much more restrictive: As the site states, ‘You can send letters to others, but only if you are a registered user. When they get the e-mail, it will specify that it was sent from your e-mail address. This policy is a bit strict perhaps, but unfortunately there are Internet hooligans out there that would abuse FutureMe otherwise.”

Here’s the link!  What are you going to tell your future self?  I just hope it isn’t like that one time I filled out a “predict your future” book as child, which surprisingly did not predict that at 25, I would be living at home, with a part-time job and weirdly small hands.  Go figure!

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Man Arrested for Drunk Driving with ZEBRA and MACAW in his car

I’m just gonna let this story speak for itself… -HAHA

Police in  Ankeny, just outside Des Moines, received a call from a confused and concerned citizen that they had spotted a zebra and a macaw in a parked car outside of a bar.  When the officers arrived on the scene, the car was being driven away by its owner,  55-year-old Jerald Reiter.

A Zebra and Macaw walk into a bar

When pulled over, Reiter described that the zebra and macaw were his pets, and that they frequently enjoyed outings.  Reiter didn’t plan on leaving his pets inside the truck, but that previously, the owners allowed him to bring the zebra and the bird into the bar.  Plans changed, however when the owner would not let the animals in because they were serving food that evening.

He was arrested for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.148, almost twice the legal limit.

Jerald Reiter – owner of zebra and macaw….

And to think, I can’t even get a pet monkey…

In the world of weird: Testicular Tumor Face

Okay. I know that Halloween is over, but I’m on this weird news and creepy things kick, that I can’t and won’t shake just yet.  So today I will provide a weird news story.

A man recently received an x-ray for his testicular cancer and found an interesting image in his x-ray: A face!  And a kinda worried and scared face at that.  Doctors wondered at first if it was a sign from a god, but signs point to merely a coincidence.

muahahahaha

(via buzzfeed)

Thomas Edison was an Asshole

I assume that everyone has heard that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday (Rest in Peace).  I value his work and insight, but some of things being said about him I find just a wee bit frustrating.  From a facebook friend (sorry friend!):

Our parents had JFK, we had Steve Jobs. Edison gave us electricity, Jobs gave us the Jetsons in real life. We lost an icon today. You will be missed.

UGH – Is it necessary to mention JFK, Edison and the Jetsons in one facebook status?  I hate this for so many reasons, but I will focus on one thing:  Is Steve Jobs the Thomas Edison of our Generation?

So I was excited to see that the Los Angeles Times today had an article called “Comparing Jobs to Edison doesn’t quite capture it” (couldn’t find it online).  I was hoping it would shed light on the type of businessman and so called inventor that Edison was, but it didn’t.  In fact the article mentions Edison once and just uses all the stupid assumptions we learned about him in elementary school.

So, I’ll go out and just say it… Thomas Edison was an ASSHOLE.  Below you will find some of the reasons why:

Don't trust the charm or that hair...

1.  The Patent Wars

Edison holds over 1,000 patents, and is considered one of the most prolific inventors of all time.  Many of these patents dealt with movie cameras and similar equipment.  The Edison Film Manufacturing Company owned the majority of patents of the film equipment used in the early 20th century.  It wasn’t enough that Edison would receive money for all the equipment he sold, he demanded licensing fees from all film producers, distributors and exhibitors.  He formed a legal monopoly and began blacklisting or suing independent companies who didn’t follow his rules.

So-called outlaws (including the names you may recognize of Laemmle and Fox) moved out to California to avoid the legal retribution of Edison’s Trust.  On a happy note, these outlaws were involved in a lot of the innovation of the time and helped form Hollywood.  Edison though…He was the MPAA of the early 20th century.  Anti-innovation all in the name of $$$$$.

ASSHOLE POINTS: 3.5/5 – An Anti-trust lawsuit was eventually filed against him, so he didn’t end up getting away with it. (MPAA on the other hand 4.5/5)

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Cool/Weird Video of the Day: Real-time Face Swapping Technology

Is this the future of espionage, warfare, crime and Halloween costumes?

Again, the Uncanny Valley is coming into play here, which essentially means that the closer something resembles something alive, without actually being alive, the more it makes us feel uncomfortable.  That’s why Pixar movies use outlandishly cartoonish characters and why movies like Polar Express fail.  The uncanny valley is the reason for all the comments labeling the video as “creepy”, “freaky” and “like a horror movie.”  I’ll write a more thorough article about the Uncanny Valley soon because it is one of my favorite topics to discuss.

I really wish that I understood this technology better, but there are some explanations HERE and in the comments on vimeo.

 

Cool Video of the Day: Transformer Owl doesn’t like bigger owls

Owls are number two of my all time favorite animals.  Octopus = number one.  Chickens number negative a million.  Intelligent, graceful, predatory owls, a safe number two.  I posted another owl video a few weeks ago, and you can see it HERE (and if you have not seen it yet, DO IT NOW).  While this one isn’t nearly as amusing, it’s pretty neat (especially when the owl turns into skinny count chocula).

Kinda like this

So watch the owl get oh so big and oh so small.  My favorite part is that the other owls don’t seem to care.  YAY dominance!

Cool Video of the Day: What if I wanted to drive upside down in a tunnel?

We’ve all seen it in countless movies.  A driver needs to avoid imminent danger in front of them, so they do the first logical thing imaginable:  they turn the wheel suddenly to drive upside down in a tunnel.  SO EPIC, but can it be done in real life?

Just watch this clip from Top Gear UK:

After the jump, the best upside down tunnel scene from a movie:

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Do Flies Sleep and the perils of Shooman Chew

In my apartment, there is one fly that I have nicknamed Shooman Chew who has been pestering me for a few weeks.  I’ve never seen a fly that deliberately nosedives into people on some weird ritualistic/militaristic quasi-suicide mission.  The problem with Shooman Chew’s attempted suicide missions is that he is so fat that no matter how hard he attacks us, he bounces off to attack once more.

Shooman Chew’s actual size

But, Shooman Chew never attacks at night. At first, I thought that he might be on some rotating schedule with the neighbors.  Or maybe, he had a missus at home at his buzz shelter and I was just his 9-5.  Then, I wondered out of curiosity (and murderous intent) when do flies sleep and where do they sleep? 

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