Feltron 2010

February 7th, 2011

This year's edition of the Feltron Annual Report1 is a little different. Rather than chronicling Nicholas Felton's year, this time round it commemorates the life of his late father, Gordon Felton. Fascinating work.

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  1. Previously.

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Evil Squared

September 3rd, 2009

PowerPoint Karaoke:

Imagine this: You have to deliver a PowerPoint presentation about an unfamiliar topic, with slides you've never seen, to an audience eager to heckle and laugh at you. If you're in your underwear, you're having a nightmare. If you're clothed, it's called PowerPoint Karaoke.

All right thinking people already know that PowerPoint Is Evil; this takes it to a whole new level.

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Scare stories

August 15th, 2009

A timeline of global media scare stories. Judging by that chart, we're living in the Decade of Diseases.

I wonder why the chart doesn't show the numbers for stories about 'terrorism'.1 Isn't that truly the 'scare story' of the last decade by a country mile?

[Via Waxy.org]

  1. Be that articles about actual terrorist acts, or stories using the prospect of terrorist acts as a justification for whatever course of action the author advocates.

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Save the redshirts

April 10th, 2008

On redshirt life expectancy:

Q: What factors could increase/decrease the survival rate of red-shirted crewmen?
Besides not getting involved in fights, which usually proved fatal, the crewmen could avoid beaming down to the planet's surface, which is inherent to their end. However, that could result in a court-martial for failure to obey orders.

Besides not beaming down, another factor that showed to increase the survival rate of the red-shirts was the nature of the relationship between the alien life and captain Kirk. When Captain Kirk meets an alien woman and "makes contact" the survival rate of the red-shirted crewmen increases by 84%. In fact, out of Captain Kirks' 24 "relationships" there were only three instances of red-shirt vaporization.

The caveat to this is when Captain Kirk not only meets the local alien women, but also starts a fight among alien locals. The combination of these events has led to the elimination of 4 crewmembers (3 red-shirts).

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