Friday Recap: Randomest Recap Ever Edition
It’s Friday the 13th! Have you got your lucky clover handy? Or do you laugh in the face of friggatriskaidekaphobes?
Susan, Bruce, Chris and a few lucky BCIers are getting ready for SES San Francisco next week. You may have noticed that we’ve yet to publish our liveblog schedule for the conference. You’ll find it welcoming readers to the blog on Monday, just in time to get excited about the show. I actually have a really exciting announcement about our liveblogging this time. For SES San Francisco we’re honored to have six awesome guest bloggers joining the liveblogging team. A special thanks to Alan Bleiweiss, Jayme Westervelt, John W. Ellis, and Jonah Stein, Michael Martin, whose liveblogging you’ll find right here next week. I mean, look at what John’s already doing to get hyped for the show! Next week is going to be awesome — even without turtles!
(To make up for the lack of turtle at SES, check out the adorable hyrax riding an even adorabler tortoise.)
The introduction of Twitter’s new Tweet Button made a big splash as a malfunction caused it to hose many of the Internet’s most popular sites.
A more pleasant surprise was documented this week as Joe Hall shared a WordPress Easter egg he discovered. Less amused are the cats dressed up for a fashion show in New York this week. This is why you don’t anger the king.
When it was reported this week that giant gas bubbles may be the root of the Bermuda Triangle’s mystery, Susan made a good observation:
[2:43:17 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Science solved the Bermuda Triangle
[2:43:40 PM] BCI-Susan Esparza: Pluto, Triceratops, the Bermuda Triangle. Why does science kill everything good?
Point taken. At least science makes up for bursting our bubbles with exciting new discoveries. Like, did you know that:
- The pattern of brainless slime mold decision making is eerily similar to human decision making.
- Spindles are the secret to a good night’s sleep.
- Your personality can change depending on the language you speak.
- There’s a mechanism in the human mind that disassociates thoughts of death from self-awareness.
Fascinating, right?! Now that we know that those scientists are smart, it’s time for you to test your smartz. Take the obscure fruit quiz! I only got a 36%. Obviously I need to expand my fruit horizons.
A cool infographic shows the world’s population by latitude and longitude. You probably could have guessed, but the big spikes center around the equator and the continent of Asia.
Google has proven that the Rubik’s Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less, no matter the starting position of the puzzle. I’ve never met a Rubik’s Cube I couldn’t solve in two moves: giving up and moving on with my life.
The King of Bing Maps competition to develop awesome map overlays is now closed, which means soon we’ll find out which three the expert panel pick as their favorites. I think Bing Map apps are really cool. I’m just waiting for an L.A. version of Seattle Issues, though that may just bring down all of Microsoft’s servers.
And now, before you go off to enjoy your wonderful weekend, take a moment to remember the simple joys of being with yourself. It’s quite lovely and peaceful, isn’t it?
I warned you this would be random!