what YEAR is this?

Apparently the sharp minds at the Castro Theatre think that it's reasonable for the last date listed on their calendar to be yesterday.

(Rumor has it that Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is playing there saturday night and monday afternoon, but I can find no substantiating documentation of this. Apparently it's part of their bi-weekly Lesbian Jewish Amputee Film Festival or something.)

We are so not in the future yet.

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A quicktime shoe commercial of a guy being chased by what is purportedly a giant beer belly. (Though it looks a lot like a puckered butt to me.)

The best part is the Kompressoresque song. The song is great.

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Current Music: Belly Gonna Getcha

nanotube fiber

Nanotube Fiber:

Ray Baughman and colleagues, writing in Thursday's issue of the British science weekly Nature, say they have experimentally made up to 100 metre lengths of fibre, at the rate of 70 centimetres per minute. They placed single-walled nanotubes in a rotating bath of aqueous polyvinyl alcohol, yielding gelatinous fibres which were then coagulated, washed in an acetone bath, dried and then reeled up.

The result, a composite that comprises 60 percent carbon nanotubes, is seven times stronger than previous attempts to spin carbon-nanotube fibres and many times quicker to make, they say.

Weight for weight and diameter for diameter, it is five times stronger than steel. It matches spider silk for tensile strength - the strength needed to distort a substance before it is irretrievably deformed - and absorbs more than three times as much energy as spider dragline silk before it breaks. It easily surpasses commercial rivals such as Kevlar and graphic fibre on every test. The fibres are "tougher than any natural or synthetic fibre described so far," claim Baughman's spin doctors.

Mmmmm, space elevators...

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