Author Archive | Jacob

The Work-Energy Theorem -Or- “Jacob starts writing about actual Science, again…”

Welcome back to the grind, PaleoPosse!  Did you have a good Thanksgiving vacation?  I sure hope so, because today I’m going to flex your brain muscle and attempt to teach you some REAL science: PHYSICS.  Not that mushy, gushy “biology” and “paleontology” pseudo-science that Ryan and Patrick peddle.

Microbes ain't got SHIT on me

AND if you stick through it all the way to the end, there’s a prize in store for somebody!!!

But enough of that, today I’m going to teach you about the Work-Energy Theorem.  Otherwise known as, “Everything they tried to teach you in high school physics.”

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SSO Winter Solstice Buying Guide!

Happy Holidays PaleoPosse!!  This week of blog posts is going to be PaleoPAWESOME!!!

This week we’ll be giving you our suggestions for gifts for your significant others, co-workers, acquaintances, and enemies.

I’ve decided to separate my gift suggestions into the 3 domains of the show, 1) Science, 2) Geek/Nerd, 3) … Sort Of

Heeeeeeeeeeeere we go!

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Lego’s are AWESOME

PaleoPosse…Pal-Po’s…P-Posse… I have a secret to share with you…

I am an adult, and I still play with Lego’s.

I bought this for my little sister, then built the whole thing myself...

I think if you did a survey of current engineers and/or architects, you’d find that 80%-90% were “above-average” Lego users when they were children.  My own engineering friends and classmates certainly were.

That is why I am VERY excited to see Lego becoming awesome again.  =D

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Trailer Trash Walk – Revisiting “Winnebago Man”

So if you’re a fan of Jacob (and who isn’t really?), you’ll be able to quickly answer this question:

“Which movie trailer was reviewed on the first episode in which Jacob appeared as a co-host?”

Here, I’ll give you a hint:

May The Schwartz Be With You

HAHA I TRICKED YOU! You thought it was SpaceBalls didn’t you?

…No? You saw the blog post title and deduced that the movie in question was actually Winnebago Man ?

Very sneaky PaleoPosse…Very sneaky…

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Post-Halloween Special! You’ll be Metrified!

Why hello there Paleo-Posse! Long-time, no-see!

It’s Jacob here! Back from an extended vacation from the blog. In case you missed it, I got married, went on a not-long-enough honeymoon, and now I’m back to the grind. Did you miss me? I missed you!

Thankfully the Caribbean is full of fruity drinks that helped me keep the urge to supply SCIENCE to the Paleo-Posse in check, at least while I was on my honeymoon.

Unfortunately, a disaster is about to impact fruity drinks everywhere!!!


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5 Movies that REALLY didn’t need transferred to Blu Ray…

Good evening, PaleoPosse.

Today I would like to share with you a bad habit of mine…

On any given trip to Wal Mart and Target, no matter what I happened to be there to buy, I always end up making my way back to the Electronics section… Maybe it’s a ritual from my childhood (I’ll be at the super nintendo Mom!! Come get me when you’re done shopping!), maybe it’s instinctual, or maybe it’s simply the smell of shiny plastic and ozone… Whatever the case, this habit is not healthy.

Ahh the memories…

Now, I consider myself to be a fairly frugal person.  I don’t often make impulse purchases, or buy too many unnecessary things.  I’m the kind of guy that believes, even though I am surrounded by technology every second of every day, I could survive an apocalypse that wipes out all technology.

But now that I have a CAREER, and I make enough money to be able to make a few stupid tiny purchases a month without too much remorse, I have found myself drawn more and more frequently… TO THE BLU RAY AISLE. Dun dun duuuuuhh.

Lucky for me however, it seems like the Blu Ray shelves are being filled with old-ass, CRAP movies that make me nautious enough to stay my thirst for the blood of new 1080p content…at least for a little while.

So in order to keep my hunger at bay for a little while longer (at least until my wedding is over!), I have prepared an utterly disgusting list of movies that REALLY didn’t need to be transferred to Blu Ray.

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Making the best of a bad situation… Damn iPhone’s…

Let the mockery commence…

Yes, I was one of the hapless souls who purchased an iPhone 4 on launch day.

[I’m not an Apple fanboy, I swear! My secondhand iPhone 3G was the first Apple product I’ve ever owned, and I really liked it! That, combined with the fact my entire (long distance) family is on AT&T, made it pretty hard to justify jumping ship to Verizon, even if their 3G service is probably better.]

Little did I know that Big Stevie JJ had been attempting to hide a massive design flaw in this beautiful piece of industrial minimalism.

That’s right, you’ve heard about it… I’m talking about “THE GRIP OF DEATH!”

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Epic Calculators!

PaleoPosse, I have an epic question for you today.  A question many a scientist has pondered when judging the skill and potential of fellow colleagues…

What calculator do you use?

Believe it or not, here is the calculator that I got through 4 years of undergraduate Aerospace Engineering with…

Piece of crap, right?

As I walked around my office today, I’ve recorded the broad range of calculators seen on my colleagues desks, for your enjoyment.

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Per Ryan’s request…The Coal Powered Rocket

As Ryan requested in Episode 46 – Alien Invasion, here is my preliminary design of a coal-powered rocket:

(Click the image to zoom to full size…Take note of the detail in the coal-room.)

Find out my design assumptions, and how you can win a prize after the jump…

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Why Warehouse 13 Deserves Better Special Effects

Happy Tuesday PaleoPosse! I’ve just got a quick one for you this week.

Have you guys been watching the SyFy channels latest hit, Warehouse 13?

If not, you should be.

Don’t get me wrong…it has it’s fair share of ridiculous silliness… silly little quips that pull you out of the story… BUT NONETHELESS!!! The show is mostly awesome, except for ONE thing…

The special effects… *barf*

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