Thursday, November 17, 2011

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What we have today is a bit of a mash-up. It's a little bit of everything  unrelated but fun... well, fun to me anyway. 

Come on Baby, light my fire...

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How your car could be giving away clues about your personality

Your car really does give clues about your personality, according to research by scientists.

Your car really does give clues about your personality, according to research by scientists.
The Chrysler Crossfire, was rated amongst the angriest cars 
Researchers have found that people instinctively attach human personality traits to cars, saying that cars with wide radiator grilles and narrow headlights are dominant and aggressive, while those with large windscreens have childish and happy "faces".
The findings may provide some insight into why drivers react in different ways to the cars around them and why some vehicles invoke strong reactions.
Specific cars were also singled out having particular traits that relate to personality. The Chrysler Crossfire, BMW 645ci and VW Sharan were rated amongst the angriest cars, while the Diahatsu Cuore, a small Japanese-built hatchback, was found to be the saddest.
Cars made by German luxury manufacturer Maybach were seen as being the most dominant alongside the BMW 3, BMW 5 and BMW 645ci. Researchers have found that people instinctively attach human personality traits to cars, saying that cars with wide radiator grilles and narrow headlights are dominant and aggressive, while those with large windscreens have childish and happy "faces".
The new Nissan Micra was seen as the most submissive while the Toyota Aygo was the most childish car. The new style Volkswagen Beetle was the happiest car while the Mercedes E class was viewed as being neurotic by the adults in Ethiopia. The Vauxhall Astra, however, was seen as being a decidedly average car.
The latest research, which asked adults in Europe and Africa if they attached any emotions, personalities and ages to different cars, found that people assess the shape of cars in the same way they assess other people's faces.
Cars with slit like headlights, large grilles and wide air intakes were seen as being more mature, masculine and dominant while those with rounder headlines and larger windscreens were seen as being more childish, feminine and submissive.
Sonja Windhager, an anthropologist at the University of Vienna who led the research, said that the personalities attributed to the cars could were probably also attributed to the drivers of those vehicles.
She said: "Our findings unearthed the striking similarities between car and face perception. The similarities of car and face perception might influence driving, pedestrian behaviour and the design of car fronts themselves. I think it might influence our decisions on which cars we buy when other factors such as price, space and engine power are close to being equal. We may even pay more for a car with a face we like better, but that remains to be investigated."
The researchers asked 129 adults from Austria and Ethiopia to rate images of 26 real cars in a bid to investigate the phenomena of pareidolia – the human tendency to find faces and other human traits in inanimate objects.
As the Ethiopians had not been exposed to much advertising for cars, which can influence how people perceive a brand, the researchers expected to see differences in the attributes they attached to the vehicles. There were some differences between the two countries took, with people in Ethiopia generally rating cars as friendlier than people in Austria.
Miss Windhager now wants to find out how the "faces" of different cars affects drivers' behaviour - she said such research could have implications for the design of future cars and even the insurance industry.
She said: "We would like to see whether the driving behaviour of other drivers is affected by the shape of a car. Do we change the lane sooner when we see an aggressive looking car in the rear-view mirror? Human and animal faces convey much essential information in contexts ranging from predation to social interaction. Face detection and the accurate interpretation at an early stage of an encounter must have been crucial for the survival of our ancestors. As a result, we are tempted to see faces almost everywhere, even in clouds, stones and, of course, cars."

Cars and their personalities

Dominant: Maybach & BMW 645ci

Masculine: Chrysler 300C & BMW 645ci
Feminine: Nissan Micra
Childish: Toyota Aygo
Mature: BMW 3 & BMW 645ci
Sad: Diahatsu Cuore & Kia Picanto
Angry: Chrysler Crossfire & BMW 645ci
Happy: New VW Beetle & Mini Cooper
Neurotic: Honda Civic & Mercedes E Class

Story via TheTelegraph

All of this, of course, 

is just a big pile of horse twinkers. 

My E Class Merc is NOT neurotic!

Old yes, neurotic, NO!

New Word of the Day

Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) - South African political term -
A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Image via The Sowetan

Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

Image via Danny's Photos

Steampunk Laptop

Here is something interesting  a "steampunk" laptop computer. The term "steampunk," for those not familiar with it, essentially describes a genre of modern science fiction with tones of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, ultra high tech planted in the age of steam and clockwork. The term "gaslamp fantasy" is also used more or less as an alternative.
Anyway, Datamancer is the nom de cyber-guerre of Richard R. Nagy, who seems to intriguingly span the yawning gap between the "toolie" and "artsy-craftsy" communities. As a significant sample of his work, he had created a "steampunk laptop" based on an HP laptop PC, encased in stained pine with leather and brass trim, including 1890s-style brass feet. The lid of the PC is a glassed-in array of lovely brass gears that spin wildly, though they do nothing useful. The sense of detail is very impressive -- the PC keyboard keys are jazzed up to suggest something vaguely along the lines of an antique typewriter, brass chains are used to support the display when the laptop's opened, and there's a key that's plugged in to wind the thing up. There are violin-style holes for the speakers, and the laptop's LEDs shine through little fake plastic gems.
steampunk laptop with cover closed
There appears to be a growing community of artisans dedicated to translating steampunk ideas into (alternative) reality. The initial impression of something like Nagy's steampunk laptop is that he has too much time on his hands, but that leads to the next thought that we would all be worse off if there weren't ingenious and skilled people out there with too much time on their hands.
later came across an article in the June 2007 issue of WIRED titled "Feeling Lucky, Steampunk?" that provided a photoshoot of future-as-antique sidearms, such as the hefty "Goliathon 83", with lines like a primitive revolver but intimidating zapgun features, and the "FMOM Industries Wave Disrupter", which is a 1930s pulp-fiction blaster with a few steampunk features added. All the guns are for sale, incidentally, by an outfit that makes props for movies and also sells them to collectors with money to burn; they make STAR TREK phasers and the like as well. The steampunk guns are shipped with a carefully contrived finish of rust and ground-in grime, as if they were a century old and reconditioned, and delivered in pitted carrying cases.  
Text & Images via MrG's Weblog 

What do you see? 


Is he looking at you full on? 

Or is it his profile? 

Stare at the image for a few seconds.

Via Laughs's Photos

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Cyclops Shark

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3D TV can be soooo damn gripping!

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Way too good not to share!

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Definition of "BLOG"

Graffiti with punctuation.

Via the movie "Contagion"

Image Via Happy Place 
DRINKING: Unlike planking, owling and other -ings, it will never get old
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So A Guy Walk Into A Bar...
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Running Through Walls...



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