Friday Funnies: The Best Pen in the World

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300°C.

The Russians used a pencil.

Originally posted 2008-08-29 18:42:23.

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Star Wars: Bad Day at Work

I’m no big Star Wars fan, but this was so well done that I had to share it with you. No matter how bad your horrible $6.75/hour job is going, it will never be this bad. So brighten up:

[Source: Milk and Cookies]

Originally posted 2008-08-28 14:25:24.

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Piracy and Me

Would you steal a car!? If it was as easy as downloading a movie, yeah.

There is a big difference between piracy and stealing. The biggest problem with piracy is how easy it is to do it. There is also relatively low risk of getting caught due to the high number of individuals who do it. Also, there is isolation when you commit this “crime”. The RIAA might find out that someone from your house downloaded an illegal song, but they cannot definitely find out who. This is a big legal black hole, especially in most western countries where civil liberties are kind of a big deal (America may have gone to far west that it is now hitting Soviet Russia).

The big difference which makes it easier for people like the RIAA to sue you is that in American civil court you just need to found likely to have committed the act. This is opposite American criminal court where you have to be found guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

In the end it is a bit absurd that making a copy of something has such high legal ramifications. Someone stole my CD player from inside my car a few years ago. F them, now I don’t have a CD player. If they just stole this paragraph, I still have the paragraph.

[Source: Law and Order]

Inspiration:

[Source: Digg]

Originally posted 2008-08-27 20:14:49.

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US News’ America’s Top Colleges List

US News, the most accepted university ranking system in the U.S., has released their list of top U.S. colleges for 2009. Here are the top 25 alongside their official score and tuition:

25: UCLA
US News Score: 79/100
University Tuition: In-state – $7,034; Out-of-state – $26,102

23 (tie): University of Virginia
U.S. News Score: 74/100
University Tuition: In-state – $9,300; Out-of-state – $26,900

23 (tie): Georgetown University
U.S. News Score: 74/100
University Tuition: $38,122

22: Carnegie Mellon University
U.S. News Score: 75/100
University Tuition: $38,844

21: University of California., Berkeley
U.S. News Score: 77/100
University Tuition: In-state – $8,932; Out-of-state – $29,540
Click to continue reading…

Originally posted 2008-08-26 12:01:29.

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The Only 9 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks

I just bought my school books for the semester and only paid $149 on all my books–that’s four textbooks and six novels! Here is how I did it:

Before We Begin

Before we begin, you need to understand that buying textbooks from you school’s local bookstore is probably the craziest thing you can do if you plan on saving money for some beer, wine, girlfriends/prostitutes, or professor bribery. There is only one real expection to this rule, but we will get to that a bit later.

Way 1: Amazon.com

Amazon is not only a character in Diablo II. It is the biggest online retail store in the world–for good reason. They offer some of the best savings you could conjure up with your fake magical powers. Just by typing in amazon.com into your Firefox window (you don’t use Internet Explorer, right?), you are saving about $30 per book. Click to continue reading…

Originally posted 2008-08-25 12:19:08.

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