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The Star Wars Effect

From ILM to Pixar to Photoshop and back to Finding Nemo (don’t forget Willow!), in 1971 Lucas Film inspired generations…

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Posted: February 28th, 2011
at 7:58am by mnp


Categories: music,art,too good to be true,games,robots,film,weaponry,design,science,development,internets,americana

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Play Great Gatsby Online - NES

An NES game designed by a ninja we know personally (for once). This ish is crack!, click the pic to play!!

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Posted: February 15th, 2011
at 3:52pm by Black Ock


Categories: games,2 hours on the internet,boredom killer

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The Brains of NFL Players

Under the microscope, the tan image with brown splotches resembles a burned map, its edges singed and riddled with dark squiggles that shouldn't be there. This is a piece of brain from a 45-year-old man: former National Football League linebacker John Grimsley, who suited up for the Houston Oilers for nine years and absorbed at least 11 concussions during professional and college play.

In the years leading up to his death, Grimsley had changed. He became forgetful and scattered, quick to anger, flying into a rage over household garbage, certainly not the man Virginia Grimsley had married. When he forgot about the engagement party for his son and future daughter-in-law, Virginia knew something was gravely wrong. "We'd been talking about the party every day for the past week," she said at the time. "I was shocked."

Ann McKee, a School of Medicine associate professor of neurology and pathology, slips the sliver of brain from the microscope and pulls another from a wooden tray of slides. In the viewfinder, there are brown commas, tangled grammar everywhere. "This is his frontal cortex," she says. "This is the part responsible for insight, judgment, and intellect. It's completely congested and filled up with tau, an abnormal protein that forms tangles that strangle and destroy brain cells."

In February 2008, Grimsley, an outdoorsman who'd grown up with guns, shot himself in the chest while cleaning his firearm. Police ruled his death an acci dent. A week later, when McKee looked at his brain, she found the congestion, evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). It was her first discovery of the degenerative brain disease in a former professional football player. As an Alzheimer's researcher based at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bedford, Mass., she had seen CTE in the brains of boxersashe knew the condition as dementia pugilistica, more commonly known as punch-drunk syndrome. She'd also read about it in battered wives. Conventional wisdom held that if you avoided the ring and abusive husbands and always wore a helmet, you'd be OK. The codirectors of BU's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy took readers' questions about concussions in youth and adult sports and their effects on the brain. ARead their responses.

"When I showed the results to my brother, who is also a doctor and played football, he said, 'You're going to ruin football,'" recalls McKee, a diehard Green Bay Packers fan, with Brett Favre bobbleheads on her shelf to prove it.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2011
at 12:54pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: games,health,education

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Greatest Putt-putt Shot of All Time

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Posted: January 25th, 2011
at 4:14pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: too good to be true,games

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History of the Oregon Trail

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Don Rawitsch rolled out a four-foot-long piece of white butcher paper on the living room floor of his Crystal apartment. He glanced at an open map of the United States frontier from the 1800s. Then he traced a squiggly line from the right side of the paper to the left.

By the time his roommates Bill Heinemann and Paul Dillenberger returned home, the line had become a series of squares leading across a map of the western U.S. Rawitsch was scratching out words on a stack of cards. "Broken wagon wheel," said one. "Snakebite," said another.

Heinemann, Rawitsch, and Dillenberger were student teachers finishing their degrees at Carleton College and living together in the sparsely furnished apartment. Dillenberger and Heinemann taught math in south Minneapolis, and Rawitsch taught American history in north Minneapolis. At home, the three shared teaching strategies over communal dinners of varying successaDillenberger had only recently taught Rawitsch how to scramble eggs.

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Posted: January 21st, 2011
at 2:26pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: games

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Master Chess Players Use Hidden Brain Parts

Professional chess players have long stumped fans with how they make killer moves so swiftly and intuitively, and aAJapanese study published on Friday may have unlocked their secret.

Tracking blood flow in the brain to detect spikes of activity, researchers found that master players of shogi — a Japanese game similar to chess — use two regions of the brain to make critical moves.

Unlike amateur players, who use the precuneus area of the parietal lobe, professionals use the caudate nucleus in the center of the brain, said Keiji Tanaka at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute’s Cognitive Brain Mapping Laboratory.

"Professionals are trained extensively for a long time, over 10 years, hours every day. This extensive training (may have) shifted the activity from the cerebral cortex to the caudate nucleus," the study’s lead author Tanaka said.

"Amateurs use the precuneus only a third of the time (that professionals do)," Tanaka said.

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Posted: January 20th, 2011
at 6:50pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: games,science

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Ninja Moped - Insert Coin

Coin stop motion animation.. my ninja please.

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Posted: December 24th, 2010
at 12:02am by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,games,film,"ninja"

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Mark Cuban on Patents and College Football Playoffs

There you have it. In this great country of ours some one thinks they can patent a solution to this problem. Mind you, they aren't saying they can do anything about it. They are not saying they even tried. Nor are they saying they are going to try to solve this problem and invest time and money. They are merely saying that they got the patent office to approve their idea and if anyone wants to try to solve this problem they have to go through them and their high powered patent attorneys.

The President of the United States wants a playoff system, and so does almost every college football fan, but forgettaboutit because there is a method patent on it.

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Posted: December 17th, 2010
at 10:38pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: games,trademark & copyright

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One of my favorite personal blogs, KissingSuzyKolber, has a feature on last week’s double "Manning-face" spectacular.A Two game ending interceptions in the same week? Priceless.

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Posted: November 29th, 2010
at 9:15am by Black Ock


Categories: too good to be true,games,the column

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