January 14th, 2008

Choose your poison

Remember Planarity? The online solitaire of untangling a web of lines connected to dots?

Behold Untangle, which is prettier and automatically registers completing a round instead of making you hit a checkmark. On the other hand, Untangle doesn't display your time.

Untangle link thanks to GeekPress.

A little reductionism might be good for the heart

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080113/full/news.2008.435.html

Scientists have washed the cells out of a rat heart, then reseeded the remaining connective tissue structure with heart cells from newborn rats. The resulting composite heart beats--only at 2% capacity, but that's still quite promising.

It's a long way from there to anything useful to humans, but this is a nice combination of Shiny! and Macabre!

News story thanks to the BBC.

Color poll

Untangle reminded me of how much I like rich dark blue, so....

Poll #1121045 Your favorite color(s)

How important is color to you?

Very important
12(35.3%)
Somewhat important
12(35.3%)
Occasionally important
6(17.6%)
It's there
4(11.8%)
An irrelevent surface characteristic
0(0.0%)

Favorite color(s)

Red
0(0.0%)
Orange
0(0.0%)
Yellow
0(0.0%)
Green
4(11.4%)
Sky blue
1(2.9%)
Twilight blue
2(5.7%)
Purple
0(0.0%)
Brown
0(0.0%)
Black
1(2.9%)
White
0(0.0%)
Dayglo
0(0.0%)
Bright
0(0.0%)
Other (specify in comments)
0(0.0%)
Something to click
1(2.9%)

Does your favorite color have anything to do with what you look good in?

Yes
12(36.4%)
No
12(36.4%)
What is this "color you look good in" of which you speak?
9(27.3%)

If you could modify your color vision, what would you like?

Add range in the infrared
1(2.9%)
Add range in the ultraviolet
0(0.0%)
More sorts of color receptors
3(8.8%)
Polarized color
0(0.0%)
Try it all, so long as it's easily reversable
12(35.3%)
Clicky!
3(8.8%)


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