Archive | March, 2013

Death Row – Hank Skinner: The man who was 20 minutes away from execution. He even ate his last meal.

28 Mar

Hertzog plainly states at the start the innocence or guilt of this guy is not his main focus. He is against the death penalty and the doc is a look at the world as experienced on death row. This has implications as to whether it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The protocol/ritual of execution is portrayed as psychological torture. Personally (never having heard the details of the case before) my impression was that he was probably guilty based on his eye movements. He could never make eye contact with the interviewer or camera when discussing his innocence.

Water on the knee?

6 Mar

Water on the knee?

About cutting into people during laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon would make a small incision on the surface and then would jam a cylindrical like tube through the rest of the layers to get through. Imagine taking a semi-blunt like object and trying to force it through something elastic like a piece of latex. Its crazy to think that given all of the medical and technological advances we have made so far, we still do things very barbaric like.

This is how my kid asks to watch cartoons in the morning.

6 Mar

This is how my kid asks to watch cartoons in the morning.

"My lord, I beg of thee to allow subjects the chance to view the network of cartoons. The year’s crops were not enough to last the winter and the plague has taken many but were they allowed this small comfort, my lord, I feel that the people shall love you all the more for it."

Alka-seltzer put in water in zero gravity

1 Mar

Alka-seltzer put in water in zero gravity

I thought about this for years throughout middle school so I had to share my explanation. I think it’s because the fan is blowing air at the sail, but attached to the boat, so the fan is not moving away from the boat. It’s hard to explain. If the fan was on a separate board on water with a boat in front of it, sail wide, when the fan turned on the fan and boat would move away from each other because of Newton’s second law (I think). Since the fan and sail are on the same board (boat) all the energy they exert on each other is useless and moves to the side because the board is holding them together. Do you get it?