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June 15, 2010

Overnight Open Thread

Good evening all M&Ms.
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The Greatest Hits From RoboGames 2010

RoboGames is a convention held every year where people bring their robots to show off, to solve challenges, and to compete in battle. Some are remote controlled like these battlebots, but others are completely autonomous.

I went to the Robogames two years ago and it was a blast. Pretty much every possible variation of robots was there including a team of soccer robots. I expect in just a few years from now to start seeing T-1000 prototypes with tissue exoskeletons duking it out. So here are the highlights from this year's battlebot competition.



12 Important Financial Concepts You Didnít Learn in School
When I was in graduate school I basically supported myself by tutoring probability and statistics and other mathy subjects. And I can tell you from first hand experience that most students do not get Expected Value or often even the idea of probability. Sure - after tutoring they were able to solve the problems and pass the course, but I doubt they really understood the concept or ever applied it in later life. For some reason this seemed to be particularly true of female students. And in general it's been my experience that most people don't really seem to have a good understanding of risk assessment or opportunity cost. The truth is that an awful lot of people get through life just based on hunches and gut feelings.

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Sad Keanu - The Latest Internet Meme
So a paparazzi snapped a picture of a somewhat contemplative Keanu Reeves eating a sandwich on a bench and the image has swept the net with all kinds of variations popping up. Keanu looked so sad in the pic that today was even named International Cheer Up Keanu Day. But sad or not Keanu seems to truly be a nice guy based on these stories from people. Which is a shame because I really wanted to hate him.

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Want to play Guitar Hero or Rock Band but with a real Guitar?
Okay it's actually a MIDI controller with strings but at least you'll learn proper fingering and strumming.

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How Snakes Do It
In case you were curious or just a snake perv. Not that I'm judging or anything.

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30 Amazing Photos

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Top 10 Bizarre But True Drugs And Their Effects
Clomipramine seems like it'd be awesome for the moronettes, and who knew that you could get high off of DDT. No wonder it's banned. And I can personally attest that you don't want to get too much dynamite on your skin or you'll get a 'powder headache' due to the nitroglycerin dilating all of your blood vessels.

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Dutch News Anchor Rearranges Her Boobies
Okay that's pretty much it.

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