Barrett M82A1 .50cal - Hyperdouraku

You may be wondering why this lady is cosplaying as a French Maid while firing a huge sniper rifle. Don't. [Hyperdouraku]

Bombing Hawk Hill

Hawk Hill is located just North of the Golden Gate Bridge and offers a spectacular vista of San Francisco. However, riders from The Werehaus didn't come here for the view, they came for the super-steep, single-lane access road and all the white-knuckle excitement that comes with descending it on a brakeless BMX. [The Werehaus via SFist]

The Stoner Channel: Sniper Maids, Hill Bombs, and Tenacious D Annihilates Blizzcon

Weed May Help Improve Cognitive Performance Among Bipolar Patients

While weed's reputation as The Great Stupifyer is well-earned, a new study published in the journal Psychiatry Research suggests that marijuana may actually impart a cognitive boost to people suffering from bipolar disorder.

Conducted by teams from The Zucker Hillside Hospital, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the 200-participant study tracked 50 bipolar patients with a history of cannabis use as well as 150 non-toking patients. As the researchers explain:

Results from our analysis suggest that subjects with bipolar disorder and history of (cannabis use) demonstrate significantly better neurocognitive performance, particularly on measures of attention, processing speed, and working memory.

These findings are consistent with a previous study that demonstrated that bipolar subjects with history of cannabis use had superior verbal fluency performance as compared to bipolar patients without a history of cannabis use. Similar results have also been found in schizophrenia in several studies.

The results are encouraging but, as the researchers are quick to point out, further study is needed to ensure that the observed effects are not due to "the requirement for a certain level of cognitive function and related social skills in the acquisition of illicit drugs." [Medical News Today via WPD]

Watermeloning 101

Whaddya mean I'm not supposed to eat the rind? That's a waste of perfectly good vodka! [Geekosystem]

Tenacious D Live at Blizzcon 2010

Shouldn't rocking this hard violate the basic laws of physics?