Interesting Reading #374 - Desecrating Charlie Brown, Top 10 everything, the size of the Internet and much more...

by | Dec 11, 2009 12:45 PM ET

Desecration of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" - "Tonight we sat in horror and watched what you have done to the single greatest cartoon ever made..."

The Top 10 Everything of 2009 - "TIME charts the highs and lows of the past year in 50 wide-ranging lists..."

Giant iceberg heading for Australia - "A giant iceberg double the size of Sydney Harbour is on a slow but steady collision course with Australia, scientists have said..."

Google Chrome features:

Needle Juice: A Brand-New Botox Treatment - "Brandt exits to treat another patient while Liesl and I sit with numbing cream on our faces. She looks anxious, like, What have you gotten me into? Brandt walks in, snaps on rubber gloves, and plucks a Botox needle. “All this I'm showing you is strictly confidential,” he says. “You can't tell any other doctors!” What's the big secret? “How you inject it. You inject certain muscles, relaxing them, and then stimulate compensatory muscles.” Brandt bends the needle and pokes Liesl again and again under her jawline...."

From Minnie to Mickey (and all they did was turn off a gene) - "Simple technique changes sex of a mouse – and reveals the gender war that rages in all of us..."

How Huge Is the Internet on an Average Day? - "The internet is, like, big. So's this infographic showing just how crazy huge it is, and what 210 billion emails, 3 million Flickr images, 43 million gigabytes (on phones) sent on an average day really means. It hurts..."

Americans Consume 34GB of Content a Day - "The New York Times highlights a report published by the University of California, San Diego claiming that the average American consumes 34GB of content and 100,000 words a day. How is that possible, you ask? It's all about bathing in the data..."

Solar power coming to a store near you - "Solar technology is going where it has never gone before: onto the shelves at retail stores where do-it-yourselfers can now plunk a panel into a shopping cart and bring it home to install..."

Yet another bad day for the anti-vaccine movement - "Last week, yet another study was released investigating whether there is a link between MMR vaccination and autism. Last week, yet another study failed to find a link between MMR vaccination and autism. This week, yet another study is all set to be attacked by Generation Rescue and the anti-vaccine movement. The sad and sordid history of reactions of the anti-vaccine movement to studies that do not support its belief in the unsinkable rubber duck of a myth that vaccines cause autism..."

Mozilla exec urges Firefox users ditch Google for Bing - "Asa Dotzler, Mozilla's director of community development, saw Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent comments about privacy and quickly posted his thoughts on his blog. His solution is a link to the Bing add-on for Firefox..."

Google backs world's fastest internet cable - "In little more than a decade, Google has conquered the technology industry and become one of the world's most powerful companies. Its latest undertaking, however, may be one of its most ambitious: a giant undersea cable that will significantly speed up internet access around the globe..."

Why Google should buy Sprint - "Poor networks and compromised devices will rule until the mobile industry's leadership changes. Google can be that leader..."

New ‘electronic paper' technology allows for 1 million color choices for your walls, electronics - "The technology, which offers more than 1 million colors to choose from, could be applied on walls inside the home or on the exterior of electronic devices — allowing you to change the color of an object to match an outfit or mood with the touch of a button..."

Microsoft Is Losing Fight for Consumers, Analyst Says - "Regardless of Microsoft's performance, amid the rise of Apple's iPhone and phones using Google's Android software, it seems unlikely Microsoft will heed Mr. Anderson's advice. The smartphone is becoming the innovative hub of software development and applications, far more so than the personal computer. If Microsoft loses in smartphones, Mr. Anderson noted, “It is pretty grim. Those applications are going to move upstream.” "

Fixers, feeders, and the strange, hidden world of feral cats - "It's impossible to even attempt an inventory on a wet night like this. Some tenants think there could be fifty cats around. Others say it's closer to a hundred, which would make this complex in southeast Denver one of the larger feral cat colonies in the area. It could be even more. From the uncovered garbage cans to the cavernous crawl spaces, all the elements are in place — food, water, shelter, horny cats — for a major population explosion..."

Amazon's Kindle winning battle, but Adobe poised to win e-book war - "Barnes & Noble, Sony and other e-book vendors may be the manufacturing brawn in the ongoing e-reader war, but the brains directing the challenge against Amazon.com Inc.'s market-leading Kindle is Adobe Systems Inc..."

Cap My iPhone? Try This Instead, AT&T - "Epicenter has two alternative suggestions: Stop selling iPhones in San Francisco and New York, and shut down the Major League Baseball app, which streams live baseball games to users' phones. The first piece of advice is just a no-brainer...."

Five Ways to Spot a Good Wine - "Here's a shocker: Good wine is neither expensive, nor old. So how do you know what makes for a good bottle of vino? Well, for starters, it's deep, complex and stays with you long after you've tasted it. You're saying, "but there are so many. How do I choose?" The general tasting rules of swirl, sniff and sip are a start, but there's more to learn when determining if a wine is worthy of your taste buds and cash. We went to the experts to find out exactly what to look for..."

Faux Photoshop: 15 Incredible Images That Look Altered but Aren't - "Photoshop has revolutionized design, photography and illustration to the point where any image that manages to capture something really amazing is quickly dismissed as fake. But, it is still possible to create jaw-dropping images without the help of a computer. Each of these 15 images may have you screaming “Photoshopped!” yet in fact, no digital tricks were used to create the amazing effects of seemingly impossible proportions, floating human heads, trippy Dali-esque melting buildings and more..."

10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2010 - "From DNA origami to osseointegration, here are the big ideas that will make headlines next year. Get to know them now, before you touch a piezoelectric display or buy your first ultracapacitor. Check out our predictions from last year for 2009 here..."

Glasses-Free 3-D Set to Grow, Thomson Reuters Says - "The report notes a particular area of innovation: lenticular lenses. Thirty patents filed in 2008 related to the technology, which facilitates 3-D viewing without 3-D glasses. “This would be a key development helping to bring 3-D television to the mainstream television consumer market,” it says..."

Speed Up Internet with Google Public DNS

- "If you are looking to increase your internet speed without any expensive software then you came to right place. I will tell you how to increase your internet speed up to 50%-60 % with few clicks. I have applied this trick to my GPRS dial-up connection and my internet connection speed increased to almost double. Earlier I used to get 2-3 KB/s in Opera download and around 3-5 KB/s in Gigaget download manager. But after tweaking my internet settings I am getting 3-5 KB/s in Opera download and around 5-8 KB/s in Gigaget download manager. Sometimes Gigaget download manager crosses the speed of 12 KB/s..."

Military Experiment Seeks to Predict PTSD - "Sheets is part of a military experiment to try to predict who's most at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder. Understanding underlying triggers might help reduce the burden of those who return psychologically wounded — if they can get early help..."

The most spectacular tunnels on the world - "Anything shorter than this is called underpass or chute. Tunnels are built beneath the mountains, seas and cities for transportation, communication and other purposes. Here's a list of some of the most remarkable tunnels in the world..."

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