Wednesday, November 28, 2012

do you believe in ghosts?

now on you tube with quickly increasing viewer numbers

a ghost prank

how many of us believe in ghosts? about half


we daydream or sleep most of the day during high school. how many aren't bored at school.

an indiana survey of 81,000 students tells us 2% aren't ever bored at school.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Dogs. Not all of us have them. Not all of us love them. But what are the breeds we most love? Big graphic. Give it a look.

Attractive: what does that mean?

Trending now on twitter. 5ThingsIfindAttractive.

Juergen Schmidhuber a computer scientist has thought and researched the idea of beauty. He says the most beautiful faces are the most average and simplest to remember. Somehow we are able to turn these beautiful faces into easily stored visual memories. Read many of his ideas at his THEORY OF BEAUTY &LOW-COMPLEXITY ART page.

Low complexity, beautiful face

Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Kaepernick: Quarterbacks and IQ

at a sample Wonderlic Cognitive Aptitude Test. A test used commonly in the NFL as a measure for mental ability.

The original work on this test comes from Wonderlic in 1936. Take the sample test. 50 is a perfect score. Then read this article about Kaepernick and his score. How did you do?

powerball and lotteries

at history of$425 million: unclaimed. check your pocket and the history of lotteries

Friday, November 23, 2012

cyber monday

the origins of the word cyber at the MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

...the study of "control and communication in the animal and the machine". (Norbert) Wiener's work in the 1940s, related to cybernetics, constitutes one of the roots of modern "cognitive science."

our cyber monday comes to us in 2005 from this article at

Thursday, November 22, 2012


we thought we would review some history of the day. we though we could focus on pumpkin or turkey or potatoes. we had the idea to consider the history of centerpieces or the cornucopia.

at mentalogica, we want to give you the unnoticed, the unvisited, the unknown worlds of the internet. so here is your relevant thanksgiving website. yes, this is legitimate.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


a dog like robot invented to explore Fukushima nuclear plants and assist in decision making for restoration efforts


researchers discovered a method to send code keys made of single photons over 90 miles of cable. This is a breakthrough in quantum encryption.

quantum encryption

readers on the web: essay no.1

we researched web reading habits. we learned at the great site that 100 words is what you will read. we discovered we read web pages in an F pattern: first the top horizontal bar, then the bottom horizontal bar.

After those bars, we read the page down on the left side looking for content and keywords. Each 100 hundred words we read keep us on a page 4.4 seconds more. So all most of us see is what our eyes find in this F-pattern. Go to for more. This is how much space one hundred words take up.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

we will always need books?

from Andrew Pipers book and reprinted at Slate an answer to a question you may not have considered: is e-reading actually reading?

amphibian news

amphibian news for each of us that still catch frogs in our hands and wish we knew more.

anthropology poets

at anthropology news an article on creative thinking for anthropologists. finding truth is what matters. and there are many routes.

Friday, November 16, 2012

the future of credit cards

at the economist paying with plastic may soon be the past.

team of rivals - Abraham Lincoln

at Doris Kearns Goodwin on her book and the film

for the poet in us all

mentalogica recommends Poetry Foundation

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printing a transplantable organ

from putting human tissue cells in "ink"

we may already know your PIN number

at data-genetics a PIN number analysis. Consider a change.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

waxing crescent moon

at today's phase of the moon. another way to know what happening outside without actually going outside.

mice as bomb sniffing "dogs"

at the future of things an Israeli company works to train mice to detect explosives.

the civil war returns in Virginia suburb

at the New York Times the Battle of Fredericksburg - archaeologic discovery

cranberry, your day approaches

from Chris Kilham: medicine hunter there is much more to the berry than the comforting can shaped mass so many of us cherish.

tech industry success and competition

from businessweek the always uncertain future of tech. Past business models are failing. Future profitable models need to start yesterday. egos can't carry the day anymore.

Art in New York after the hurricane

from artnews recovery and hope in the New York Art Community

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

morocco and King Mohammad VI

from servant leadership in Morocco. a look at the king and the power of presence.
Can you find Casablanca?

skyfall tennyson "ulysses"

from poetry society britain Tennyson's "Ulysses" the final phrases quoted by M.

holidays and stress management

at the American Psychological Association holiday advice.

e-commerce among Chinese singles

from 11.11 is single's day in China. What did you buy online? this article explores the recent growth and impact of online purchases in China.

music research briefs

from the NAMM foundation a collection of interesting research findings on music.

why your original family surname changed

from the journal of labour economics the study is from 2009. we wondered on possible reasons for changes for some time now. if the abstract interests you give the article your time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


from Schumpeter at the the behavioral economics of gaming
Careful and sustained repetition is rewarding for many gamers

intel's phi chip with 60 processor cores

from cnet 1,ooo gigaflop performance. FLOPS is an acronym that means "Floating Point Operations Per Second." FLOPS is a measurement unit that defines the number of floating point operations a processor can perform each second. It is a means of measuring the raw processor's floating point unit, or FPU.