Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Daily What

The Daily What

Census Data Windfall of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 12:12 PM PDT

 - Census Data Windfall of the Day

The National Archives released 1940 Census records this week after the 72-year confidentiality rule expired, and they proved so popular that 37 million hits in the first eight hours nearly crippled the servers.


Lunchtime Links

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 11:49 AM PDT

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Tagged: Lunchtime Links

This Seems All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 11:42 AM PDT

 - This Seems All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

Apparently, Sir Paul McCartney’s son James had hoped that he and his fellow Beatles progeny — John Lennon’s son, Sean, George Harrison’s son, Dhani, and Ringo Starr’s son, Zak Starkey — would come together as “The Beatles — The Next Generation.”

Thankfully, Starkey quashed the idea, realizing they’d best let it be.


Tagged: Beatles

Afternoon Snack

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 11:10 AM PDT

Meet Marshmallow, a wisp of a kitten born March 1. She joins Jumbo Pillow, Moo Moo, and Cooper at the home of YouTube user sweetfurx4.


Crazed Cat of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 10:47 AM PDT

 - Crazed Cat of the Day

Aqua, a 2-year-old tuxedo tabby, vaulted himself through a glass windowpane to elude Manhattan police after attacking owner Marta Hevia as she was coming out of the bathroom.

“I said, ‘No, Aqua! No!’ He was trying to kill me,” said Hevia, who suffered a bite on her knee and a clawed arm. “Maybe it was my perfume. Maybe he didn’t like it. I don’t know.”


Tagged: crazy cat

Male Birth Control of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 10:17 AM PDT

 - Male Birth Control of the Day

Vasalgel, a birth control for men that is currently in advanced clinical trials in India, is like a non-permanent version of a vasectomy. The Parsemus Foundation has the finer details, but Vasalgel has been found to be 100 percent effective, long-lasting (up to 10 years), and side effect-free. No word on a U.S. launch date.


Over-hyped Faceoff of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 09:56 AM PDT

No major gaffes from Sarah Palin on The Today Show, and she was a good sport to open her guest hosting gig with a shot of her “engrossed” in newspapers. Meanwhile, Katie Couric was predictably likeable on rival Good Morning America. Let’s call it a wash.


Time-lapse Video of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 09:29 AM PDT

Hitchcock’s Rear Window gets remixed in a video that shows the film’s events in chronological order through an extended view of the courtyard area.

Filmmaker Jeff Desom explains: “Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions.”


Tagged: hitchcock, rear window, time lapse

Marketing Campaign of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 09:08 AM PDT

 - Marketing Campaign of the Day

The NYPD and FBI are investigating a threatening computer graphic of unknown origin that reads “Al Qaeda Coming Soon Again in New York” against a backdrop of the NYC skyline. The graphic is making the rounds of overseas extremist websites.

Stunning but creepy.


Tagged: al-qaida, graphic, new york

iPhone To the Rescue of the Day

Posted: 03 Apr 2012 08:57 AM PDT

After a toddler fell down a 40-foot well in a Chinese village, emergency workers lowered an iPhone for a close-up recording that helped them secure ropes around the child and stage a rescue. The 2-year-old survived unscathed.