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This New York Daily News story says Gauri Nanda, a 25-year-old scientist at MIT's Media Lab, has come up with a gizmo she calls "Clocky" that's designed to get sleepyheads moving. It looks like a roll of toilet paper covered with shag carpeting -- or one of those Tribbles from Star Trek -- with wheels attached at both ends. When the snooze button is pressed, the clock rolls off the table and trundles to a hiding place where it lies in wait for 10 minutes before going off again. And every day it rolls to a different hiding place.
FngSaiYuk showed me an amusing book link for newbies who are interested in playing
Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail) e-mailed me a funny and awesome 30 seconds television commercial/spot/advertisement of a nice looking Korean woman getting angry with a copy machine. Little, does she know, the copy machine is a robot that can transform!
Solar Death Ray is made of 112 mirrors mounted on a platform 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall. Each mirror is a square roughly 3.5 inches on edge. All these mirrors focus the sun to a single spot 5 feet, 6 inches from the mirror platform. A wooden fork extends from the mirror base to the area near the focus and serves as a mounting point for Solar Death Ray targets. The mirror platform is mounted to the support frame on a pivot that allows the platform to be angled. The whole system is mounted on a set of wheels. The goal of the Web site was to show the results of the targeted items when the solar death ray was used.
According to Yahoo! News story, many schoolteachers, editors and parents profess to be horrified by "Netspeak" -- the distinctive language that young people are using more and more to talk with each other on the Internet. Purists should relax, a panel of experts declared at a recent symposium on "Language on the Internet" in Washington. This rapidly spreading digital dialect of English is doing more good than harm, they contended. "The Internet is fostering new kinds of creativity through language," said David Crystal, a historian of language at the University of Wales in the United Kingdom. "It's the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the written language and a new motivation for child and adult literacy."
CNET News.com and ZDNet say the tech industry is famous for billion-dollar ideas, but the rewards don't always to go to the inventor. Some of the most important technologies of the past 50 years--the transistor, the relational database and the microprocessor--weren't the slam dunks for their creators that you might expect. Some inventors lost their lead through a lack of insight. Corporate politics sometimes plays a role. More often, the delay of payback is simply the result of poor timing--a reasonable strategy at the wrong time.
Here is a twisted room to confuse party guests with gravity. There are photographs and instructions on how to do your own.
Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume II (season 3) began yesterday (I forgot to mention it) to continue from the first season. The first episode (13 minutes long and low quality streaming video -- not bad) is available online for the public. There will be four more episodes for the next four days.
Memepool posted a link that lets shows how to make cheap, strong wireless connections with 2.4GHz parabolic mesh dishes (sturdy Chinese cookware scoops) and a USB WiFi adaptor. For example, the largest (300mm diam) shows 15-18dB gain (enough for a LOS range extension to 3-5km), costs ~US$5 & comes with a user friendly bamboo handle that suits WLAN fieldwork. There are blogs and various photographs.
FileShack reports World of Warcraft v1.3.0 patch (62 MB; Windows) is now out. You can get it through the auto-updater, from FileShack (registration required), FilePlanet (registration required), download.com (v1.2.4 to v1.3 patch or v1.3 patch for all versions [113 MB]), or Council of Thyor (a guild I am a member of).
This Saturday is a day that all Bruce Campbell fans should rejoice! He's in another feature. This time it's Alien Apocalypse a Sci-Fi Channel Original movie. That probably means it will suck, but doesn't most of Bruce's stuff suck, even though it's the best :P Alien Apocalypse will air 9/8c on March 26th.
New Scientist reports that global warming may lead to an unexpected threat from the insect world -- swarming invasions of tiny ants -- suggests new research. The study of 665 ant colonies in environments ranging from tropical rainforests to frozen tundra suggests that in warmer environments the ants' body size shrinks, on average, while the number of individuals in the colony booms.
The current Worth1000's theme with doctored images is on Mac vs PC: "We all know which is better, here is your chance to show it. In this contest, your task is to use photoshop to depict ways that your prefered computing device is superior to that *other* glorified calculater, in spite of what its idiot users say. The rules of the game are thus: Photoshop an image that shows that Macs are better than PCs, or that PCs are better than Macs. Naturally, you may also show ways that the competion is inferior, or even just bash the suckers (ie, use them for target practice)."
Channel 4 has a history article on the worst jobs in history. It says: "The history we are taught usually features the lives and times of the great and the good, of the haves and not the have-nots. But the famous aristocrats and monarchs could not have existed without the battalions of minions who performed the tasks that were beneath their masters. In this website, we take you on a journey through 2,000 years of British history and the worst jobs of each era. Tony Robinson, presenter of the Channel 4 series, has devised a quiz to see how suited you would be to certain jobs in the past. The skills agency learndirect has provided information on current offbeat careers, and finally, we show you how to take your interest further."
Blue's News posted a link to the great big computer key seat. It is a stool that is a great low-tech item for any computer geek. The contoured shape holds your backspace just like your finger rests in a key. The stool measures 22 inches square and 15 inches high and has 'sit' printed on the top. It can be customized these stools with your own message or logo. They are made of durable plastic, these chairs are lightweight and can be easily shifted around or stacked.
Viral Ads posted a few more funny TV advertisements/commercials/spots today. Three of them were funny and worth downloading and watching:
- #2074 -- If you really have to fart on your birthday, don't do it in your office (if you have one).
- #2075 -- The disadvantage of winning the lottery and as a religion person. I don't mind sharing more if I ever win. ;)
- #2077 -- I hope no one does this to me when I have to do my nature call. That would royally suck!