Thursday, December 16, 2010

10 Hottest Victoria's Secret Christmas Commercials

One of the staple gifts a man gets for his girlfriend or wife each Christmas is naughty lingerie from Victoria's Secret. The only problem is that their lingerie is cheaply made and the gift can be a gigantic failure because it tends to look akward on normal-sized women who eat more than a bowl of hot water every day. While I can't speak from personal experience, I have to imagine that there's nothing that can ruin Christmas faster than witnessing a chubby lady wearing some fancy Victoria's Secret lingerie.

#10 Victoria's Secret "Me, Me, Me" Christmas - Call me crazy, but it seems to me that this commercial is implying that a lot of women are starting to become selfish?

#9 Christmas Pajama Party - Because Victoria's Secret Angel pajama parties are the next best thing to "Victoria's Secret Angels baking Ore Ida crinkle cut french fries in the nude" parties.

#8 Alesandra Ambrosio Rocks Her Santa Hat - Hot girls wearing Santa hats is almost as hot as hot girls wearing baseball caps.

#7 Victoria's Secret Angels In The Sky - It's the next best thing to seeing clouds shaped like boobs.

#6 Thrill Me - I wonder if they get thrilled by watching guys play Black Ops while eating spaghetti?

#5 What's Your Christmas Fantasy? - That's easy, two Victoria's Secret chicks at the same time.

#4 Give Me, Give Me - I wish somebody told me that Victoria's Secret models were this needy.

#3 Heidi Klum Is Santa's Baby - It really is time for Santa Claus to be replaced and Heidi might be the one to replace him.

#2 Angels In Red Dresses Stairway Box Swapping - Nothing like watching some Angels doing so good old Christmas yankee swap.

#1 Michael Bay's "One Gift. A Thousand Fantasies" - I don't know about you, but I always think of fire-breathing clowns and helicopters when I think of Christmas.

Yommy Fuud!

Astounding Computer Technologies Dating Back Centuries

The first computer programmer was actually a woman by the name of Ada Lovelace when she wrote of an algorithm that was cited as the first computer program around 1842. The US Department of Defence named the computer language Ada in her honor.

The first computer game called Spacewar! was developed in 1961 by Steve Russell, which took about 200 hours to build.

Fred Cohen created the first computer virus in 1983 just to prove that it was possible.

Computer UNIVAC 1232.

This computer was used from 1967 through 1990 at the U.S. Air Force's Satellite Control Facility, in Sunnyvale, California. From this facility, over a dozen Sperry 1230-series computers operated in 'real time' 24/7 as part of a system that controlled and operated Air Force, NASA, other government, and commercial satellites. It also supported Space Shuttle missions.

The 1232 computer was manufactured by the St. Paul, MN division of Sperry Univac, and was a military version of the UNIVAC 490 general purpose commercial computer. The computer used discrete transistors, was optimized for real-time use, had a 30-bit word length, and initially was supplied with 32,000 words of memory - approximately 123 K Bytes.

The Antikythera mechanism (main fragment).

The Antikythera mechanism from ancient Greece was a calculator utilizing gears of various sizes and configuration to determine its operation. Al-Jazari built programmable Automata in 1206.

One system employed in these devices was the use of pegs and cams placed into a wooden drum at specific locations which would sequentially trigger levers that in turn operated percussion instruments. The output of this device was a small drummer playing various rhythms and drum patterns.

The Jacquard Loom, which Joseph Marie Jacquard developed in 1801, uses a series of pasteboard cards with holes punched in them. The hole pattern represented the pattern that the loom had to follow in weaving cloth. The loom could produce entirely different weaves using different sets of cards.

Charles Babbage adopted the use of punched cards around 1830 to control his Analytical Engine. The synthesis of numerical calculation, predetermined operation and output, along with a way to organize and input instructions in a manner relatively easy for humans to conceive and produce, led to the modern development of computer programming.

Data and instructions could be stored on external punched cards, which were
kept in order and arranged in program decks.

In the late 1880's, Herman Hollerith invented the recording of data on a medium that could then be read by a machine. Prior uses of machine readable media had been for control, not data. After some initial trials with paper tape, he settled on punched cards. To process these punched cards, first known as "Hollerith cards" he invented the tabulator, and the keypunch machines. These 3 inventions were the foundation of the modern information processing industry.

In 1896 he founded the Tabulating Machine Company - which later became the core of IBM. The addition of a control panel (plugboard) to his 1906 Type I Tabulator allowed it to do different jobs without having to be physically rebuilt.

By the late 1940's there were a variety of plug-board programmable machines, called unit record equipment, to perform data-processing tasks (card reading). Early computer programmers used plug-boards for the variety of complex calculations requested of the newly invented machines.

Wired plug board for an IBM 402 Accounting Machine.

The invention of the von Neumann architecture allowed computer programs to be stored in computer memory. Early programs had to be painstakingly crafted using the instructions (elementary operations) of the particular machine, often in binary notation. Every model of computer would likely use different instructions (machine language) to do the same task.

Later, assembly languages were developed that let the programmer specify each instruction in a text format, entering abbreviations for each operation code instead of a number and specifying addresses in symbolic form (e.g., ADD X, TOTAL). Entering a program in assembly language is usually more convenient, faster, and less prone to human error than using machine language, but because an assembly language is little more than a different notation for a machine language, any two machines with different instruction sets also have different assembly languages.

n 1954, FORTRAN (Formula Translation) was invented - the first high level programming language to have a functional implementation, as opposed to just a design on paper. It allowed programmers to specify calculations by entering a formula directly (e.g. Y = X*2 + 5*X + 9). The program text, or source, is converted into machine instructions using a special program called a compiler, which translates the FORTRAN program into machine language.

Many other languages were developed, including some for commercial programming, such as COBOL. Programs were mostly still entered using punched cards or paper tape. By the late 1960's, data storage devices and computer terminals became inexpensive enough that programs could be created by typing directly into the computers. Text editors were developed that allowed changes and corrections to be made much more easily than with punched cards. An error in punching a card usually meant that the card had to be discarded and an new one punched to replace it.

Computer console countdown and monitor.

This beast is part of a console, manufactured by the General Dynamics Corporation, used to sequence the launch and control the flight of Atlas intercontinental ballistic missiles, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on a trajectory over the Pacific Ocean

Lion Tries to Eat a Pangolin but Fails

When you're a hungry lion, most animals probably seem like a good bet at snack time.

But this lion certainly bit off more than it could chew when it pounced on a pangolin.

British wildlife guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson captured on film this inquisitive big cat which spent a long time trying to devour the odd looking creature in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

The rare, armour plated pangolin had the perfect defence tactic:roll up into a ball and stay there - whatever happens.

This looks like a tasty morsel...hmm, it's a bit crunchy...the lion begins its attempt to feast on the pangolin

Maybe if I use my claws I can get the shell this thing is tough...nope, maybe it's time to try a different tactic

Hello, is there anyone in there? OK, this is your last chance..come out with your hands up or, or...I'll just have to leave you alone and find something else to gnaw on

Oh I give up! That's never happened to me before...I'm off to find something soft to eat