September 30, 2007

some of most strange heary creatures - part 2 & winner!

we saw in the first part, 6 to 4 places of the top six "weird hairy animals", let's continue with places 3 to 1 & see the winner!!

kiwa hirsuta or the yeti crab & its silky blond setae

kiwa hirsuta or (as its discoverers dubbed) the "yeti lobster" or "yeti crab", is a crustacean & decapod discovered only two years ago in the south pacific ocean. it's approximately six inches (15 cm) long, & is distinguished for the quantity of silky blond setae resembling to fur covering its thoracic legs & claws.

k. hirsuta was discovered in march 2005 in monterey, california, by a monterey bay aquarium research institute group organised by robert vrijenhoek, using a submarine. the discovery was announced on the 7th of march, 2006.

it was found 900 miles (1,500 km) south of easter island in the south pacific, at a depth of 7,200 feet (2,200 m), living on hydrothermal vents along the pacific-antarctic ridge.

based on both morphology and molecular data, the species was deemed to form a new genus and family (kiwaidae). the animal has strongly reduced eyes that lack pigment, & is thought to be blind. the 'hairy' pincers of the yeti crab contain filamentous bacteria, which the animal probably uses to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives. or alternatively, it may feed on the bacteria, although it is thought to be a general carnivore. its diet also consists of green algae and small shrimp.

outside the scientific literature, the kiwa hirsuta is often called "furry lobster", in fact it's not a true lobster but is more closely related to squat lobsters & hermit crabs. the term "furry lobster" is more commonly used for the genus palinurellus.

more details on wikipedia - k. hirsuta

sloth & the legend of ultimate laziness

sloth is a mammal belonging to the folivora (called also phyllophaga) suborder under the order pilosa. it lives in central and south america, mainly in cecropia trees.

sloths are omnivores. they may eat insects, small lizards and carrion, but their diet consists mostly of buds, tender shoots, and leaves.

sloths have made extraordinary adaptations to an arboreal browsing lifestyle. Leaves, their main food source, provide very little energy or nutrition and do not digest easily: sloths have very large, specialized, slow-acting stomachs with multiple compartments in which symbiotic bacteria break down the tough leaves.

a well-fed sloth's body-weight in its two-thirds consists of the contents of its stomach, and the digestive process can take over a month to complete. even so, leaves provide little energy, and sloths deal with this by a range of economy measures: they have very low metabolic rates (less than half of that expected for a creature of their size), and maintain low body temperatures when active (86 to 93 degrees fahrenheit or 30 to 34 celsius), and lower temperatures when resting.

more details on wikipedia - sloth

& the winner is ... angora rabbit ... ohh myyy god!!!!

click to enlarge even more ;)

the angora rabbit is a variety of domestic rabbit, one of the oldest. its origin is in ankara, turkey, along with the angora cat and angora goat. the rabbits were popular pets with french royalty in the mid 1700s, and spread to other parts of europe by the end of the century. they first appeared in the united states in the early 1900s.

angora rabbits are mostly calm and docile but should be handled carefully. they are largely bred for their silky and soft long wool, which may be removed by shearing or plucking (gently pulling loose wool). because they are prone to hairballs, they should be groomed everyday or every other day to prevent the fiber from matting and felting on the rabbit.

there are many individual breeds of angora rabbits, including, french, german, giant, english, satin, chinese, swiss, finnish, etc.

to see the first part & other three hairy animals go here: some of most strange heary creatures - part 1

September 28, 2007

applications conflicts: girlfriend 6.0 - 7.0, wife 1.0 - 2.0, mistress 1.x, etc

hmm .. it seems people didn't finish complaining about different versions of girlfriend, wife 1.0 & even the newest wife 2.0.

to get what I mean, few time ago I posted a mail from a troubled user who upgraded from girlfriend 7.0 to wife 1.0 & was surprised with the radical differences between the two systems. the mail was sent to technical support which replied explaining those difficulties were common to the majority of the men who went through the same process.

if you don't get what I mean, it's about my entry titled: for fun review: girlfriend 7.0 v.s. wife 1.0

a hilarious review for me and many men I guess, but for women, I'm not sure ...

anyways, today I came across new complaints & queries from girlfriend or wife users. the one below is from a girlfriend 7.0 user this time, he saw the consequences of his friend's change to wife 1.0 & learned his lesson, however, we'll see that to stick with less resources consuming systems like girlfriend, has also its disadvantages.

dear tech support,

I have a friend who upgraded last year upgraded from girlfriend 6.0 to wife 1.0 and found that it's insatiable of memory leaving very little system resources available for other applications. worse, he is now noticing that wife 1.0 is also generating child processes which are further consuming valuable resources. this particular phenomena wasn't mentioned at all in the brochure or documentation of the product, though other users have informed him that due to the nature of the application, this is to be expected.

not only that, wife 1.0 installs itself so that it is always launched at system initialization, where it can monitor all other system activity. my friend's finding that he's no longer able to run some applications in the system at all, reputable applications such as pokernight 10.3, beerbash 2.5, and publate 7.0, drive the system to crash the system when selected, even though they always worked fine before.

during installation, wife 1.0 provides no option as to the installation of undesired plug-ins such asmotherinlaw 55.8 and brotherinlaw beta release. Also, system performance seems to diminish with each passing day.

some features he'd like to see in the upcoming wife 2.0.
  • a "don't remind me again" button
  • a minimize button
  • an install shield feature that allows wife 2.0 be installed with the option to uninstall at any time without the loss of cache and other system resources
  • an option to run the network driver in promiscuous mode which would allow the system's hardware probe feature to be much more useful.

I myself decided to avoid the headaches associated with wife 1.0 by sticking with girlfriend 7.0. even here, however, I found many problems. apparently you cannot install girlfriend 7.0 on top of girlfriend 6.0. you must first uninstall girlfriend 6.0. other users say this is a long standing bug that I should have known about. apparently the different versions of girlfriend have conflicts over shared use of the i/o port. I hope they've fixed such a stupid bug by now.

to make matters worse, The uninstall program for girlfriend 6.0 doesn't work very well as it leaves undesirable traces of the application in the system. another thing, all versions of girlfriend especially the latest, continually popup little annoying messages about the advantages of upgrading to wife 1.0.

troubled user

technical support suggestions

dear user,

these are very common problems men complain about, but is mostly due to a primary misconception. many people upgrade from girlfriend 6.0 to wife 1.0 with the idea that wife 1.0 is merely a utilities & entertainment program. wife 1.0 is indeed an operating system and designed by its creator to run everything.

it is unlikely you would be able to purge wife 1.0 and still convert back to girlfriend 6.0. hidden operating files within your system would cause girlfriend 6.0 to emulate wife 1.0 so nothing is gained. it is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program files from the system once installed. wife 1.0 is not designed to not allow you go back to girlfriend 6.0.

some have tried to install girlfriend 7.0 or wife 2.0 but end up with more problems than the original system. Look in your manual under "warnings - alimony / child support". I recommend you keep wife 1.0 and deal with the situation.

I suggest installing background application program c:\yes dear to alleviate software augmentation. having installed wife 1.0 myself, I might also suggest you read the entire section regarding general partnership faults (gpf's). you must assume all responsibility for faults and problems that might occur, regardless of their cause. the best course of action will be to enter the command c:\apologize. in any case avoid excessive use of c:\yes dear because ultimately you may have to give the apologize command before the operating system will return to normal. the system will run smoothly as long as you take the blame for all the gpf's.

wife 1.0 stays however a great program, but it's very high-maintenance. I usually advise users to buy additional software to improve its performance & especially recommend flowers 3.1 and diamonds 2k. do not, under any circumstances, install secretary 3.3 with shortskirt 2.5. this is not a supported application for wife 1.0 and is likely to cause irreversible damage to the operating system.

bug warning:

wife 1.0 has an undocumented bug. if you try to install mistress 1.1 before uninstalling wife 1.0, wife 1.0 will delete msmoney files before doing the uninstall itself. what will have as a result, mistress 1.1 refuses to install, claiming insufficient resources.

bug work-around:

to avoid this bug, try installing mistress 1.1 on a different system and never run any file transfer applications such as laplink 6.0. also, beware of similar shareware applications that have been known to carry viruses that may affect wife 1.0. another solution would be to run mistress 1.1 via a usenet provider under an anonymous name. here again, beware of the viruses which can accidentally be downloaded from the usenet.

Best of Luck,
Tech Support

September 26, 2007

some of most strange heary creatures - part 1

six heary animals I've chosen for their weirdness, they are strange because of their "hear cuts", but also because of other characteristics & behaviors we're going to see.

I tried to classify the animals by degree of originality, in this first part we'll see numbers 6 to 3 & later the rest three in the part 2, let's start!

ps: don't forget to click on animals pictures to enlarge :)

komondor dog & its heavy corded coat

it's 27 to 30 inches (69 cm to 76 cm) tall at the withers, making the komondor one of the larger common breeds of dog (the largest is the the english mastiff).

The body is not overly coarse or heavy, however, and people unfamiliar with the breed are often surprised by how quick and agile the dogs are.

komondor long, thick, strikingly corded white coat is the heaviest in the canine world, it is soft and fluffy, however, wavy and tends to curl as the puppy matures.

a fully mature coat naturally forms tassels, or cords but some help is needed in separating the cords so the fur doesn't turn into one large matted mess.

once cords are fully formed, shedding is very minimal with this breed, contrary to what one might think. The only substantial shedding occurs as a puppy before the dreadlocks fully form.

the komondor's coat color is white. however, a working Komondor's coat may be discolored by the elements, and may appear off-white if not washed regularly.

more details on wikipedia - komondor

emperor tamarin & its wilhelm II's mustache

its name was intended as a joke, because of its similarity with the german emperor wilhelm II, but finally become its official scientific name.

the emperor tamarin lives in the southwest amazon basin. lives deep in tropical rain forests and also in open tree-covered areas. this primate is diurnal, spending most of its time in the trees with quick, safe movements and broad jumps among the limbs.

the emperor tamarin's fur is predominantly grey colored, with yellowish speckles on its chest. its hands and feet are black and the tail is brown.

outstanding is its long, white mustache, for which I guess he was declared emperor & which extends beyond its shoulders.

the animal reaches a length of 9 to 10 inches (24 to 26 cm), plus a 14 inches (35 cm) long tail. It weighs about 300 to 400 g.

white-faced saki monkey & its alien look

males are black with a white face and black nose & females brown with white stripes along the side of the nose.

the white-faced saki monkey is a species of saki monkey, a type of new world monkey, it's found in brazil, suriname, guyana, french guiana & venezuela. the primates usually inhabit the lower to middle canopy levels of forest. they are active during the day and will spend most of their time in the trees, only rarely coming down to the ground. they mostly use all four limbs to walk, climb or leap but sometimes they will hop on the back two legs and this has earned them the nickname ‘flying jacks’ in guyana.

the white faced saki monkeys live in small family groups with one male, one female and their offspring. male and female infants are born the same color as the female; males begin to show adult coloration at two month.

the white faced saki monkeys’ diet consists of fruit, seeds, flowers, leaves and some animal prey such as small birds and bats. They use their canine teeth to crack hard nuts. They also eat termites, which are high in iron content.

these animals have loud territorial calls. An aggressive display starts with a body shake, an arched posture and a growl; then they use their whole body to shake a branch.

the second part, the top three & the winner: some of most strange heary creatures - part 2 & winner!

September 25, 2007

strange restaurant serving strange meals

did you ever thought of going to a restaurant & to order websites as your lunch or dinner? on the internet, things like that or weirder can happen to you, there are a lot of people creating all sorts of crazy websites, well, the word "crazy" groups a lot of things, some of those "creations" doesn't deserve to be mentioned here, because their only purpose is to be controversial & to get people's attention ...

... hmm, before I get lost talking about irrelevant things, let's be back to our restaurant, you need first to check the menu, then to push a button & type your choice in a box that popups ... be careful not to choose something that's not on the menu, seems the restaurant holders don't appreciate ...

ok, check it out, not sure you would like, it's something unusual, but anyways, have fun! :)

September 12, 2007

probably the most retarded numa numa

most of you must know the video with the hilarious karaoke of gary brolsma on the song dragostea din tei by o'zone, and also the crazy choreography accompanying it, the video quickly became very famous, maybe more than the original song itself, one of the most popular copies on youtube (& there are a lot), was watched till the time I'm typing this, 5,581,559 times (all time 39th most viewed - entertainment category), favored 31186 times (all time 8th most favored - entertainment category). the video & the song are most known now under the name "numa numa".

there were a lot of people who next tried different things with the "numa numa" song, some are really interesting, there's particularly one I might post later, but today, let's watch one I came across yesterday by chance & laughed a lot at it, it's a guy who just believed he could be the new swidish idol ... I think he achieved more ... enjoy & if you didn't see the original numa yet, it's the second video.

September 04, 2007

you're american if look at a world map and see this:

I posted previously the world map as it's supposed to be seen by americans, you could see in it how south america is defined as coffee land, north africa as ... "sand" & india as curry land!

I recently found out two other maps representing how americans look at the world, I wonder if they're actually made by some americans, maybe some kids, who knows? or some republican texans? anything can happen, I guess I humbly proved that from the few contributions I made on this blog.

well, enough boring words, place to the two pictures, in fact they are not as detailed & funny as the first one (in my opinion at least), but there are some new good points in each of them, enjoy!

the american world
the world according to americansclick on images to enlarge

the first map can be seen here: the world map according to america