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on Aug 23, 2007
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 22nd, 2007:
- USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
- Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
- reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
- Monster attack steals user data – US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
- Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
- Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
- Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
- SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
- Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”
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on Aug 13, 2007
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 12th, 2007:
- Miniot – Natural protection for your iPhone. Carved from a single piece of the finest woods, with your monogram, logo or personal message engraved.
- Sounds from Mountain Park – These are MP3 files that were digitized from Mountain Park’s old 8-track master tapes. The sound quality is consistent with 8-track tapes recorded in the 1970s.
- Prism Collection – If you didn’t splurge on (oh no we’re gonna say it) an iPhone yet, Nokia’s new 7500 and 7900 Prism cell phones are surely worth some consideration.
- Fly Me to the Moon: Space Hotel Sees 2012 Opening – “Galactic Suite,” the first hotel planned in space, expects to open for business in 2012 and would allow guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes.
- Album Speech – Collection of Speak & Spell type machines
- The Atlas Mech Case Mod – Congratulations to Don Soules from Michigan for crafting the “Atlas” mech PC case mod.
- Transform an old laptop into a MP3 player – These instructions show how Tony Pascalon transformed an old laptop with a broken screen (white strips on the screen) into a design MP3 player.
Slashdot has launched Firehose, a collaborative system designed to allow users to assist Slashdot editors in the story selection process.
The hose contains submissions, RSS Feeds, journals and Slashdot stories, each color-coded along the color spectrum to indicate popularity. Red is hot, violet is not.
This seems pretty similar to the way Digg lets you digg or bury a story, except with Firehose you get a nice interface to select which stories you want to see by using the Firehose’s color filter.
Pete Cashmore writes:
Most likely, this will be seen simply as a Digg/Reddit clone. What Slashdot needs to understand is that the power of social news sites comes directly from how much traffic they drive: if a site drives traffic, bloggers will inevitably add favicons so readers remember to bookmark articles.
I don’t frequent Slashdot anymore, but when I used to a few years ago, the stories on Slashdot were on a much higher tech/geek level than Digg’s tech section ever was. Sure, Digg has a Technology and Science section, but a lot of these stories seem to have more entertainment value than anything else.
To illustrate, when I just opened the science section on Digg I get the following three stories:
- Cool lenses (no idea what that’s about from the story title, turns out to be about colored contacts)
- Marijuana Does Not Cause Psychosis, Lung Damage, or Skin Cancer
- 5 Summer Sex Positions That Could Get You Hospitalized. Or Arrested
Slashdot‘s science section features:
- Monkeys and Humans Learn the Same Way
- New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions
- Building Artificial Bone
Not quite to same to me…
The Nerd Watch Museum has hundreds of nerdy watch models.
Since your hosts are of the LCD generation, rather than LED, liquid crystal display models have been the focus of our collecting. Many LCD timepieces played an important role in the evolution of digital wristwear, and we are striving to present as many as possible in our virtual museum.
I’ve been watch-less for about 7 years now. My last watch was a Fossil pocket watch my wife (to be at the time) got me for my birthday, but I have to admit I owned (and wore) a bunch of these geeky nerd watches in my teens as well.
I can’t remember the exact models but they resemble the Casio AE-11, Casio CA-951 and a slim girly-type watch which I couldn’t find in the Nerd Watch Museum.
Link via Make:Blog
Think of something that doesn’t have anything to do with computers, and you’ll probably find there’s some gadget for it anyway.
Take this PC EZ-Bake oven. It’s a mini-oven that fits in a 5 1/4 inch drive bay, so now you can bake cakes without leaving your computer.
PC EZ-Bake oven – your computer will be baking like an oven, no really
Now the computer savvy among us can relive the fun of having your very own personal mini-oven with the PC Ez-Bake oven! It fits in a 5 1/4″ drive bay and plugs right into your power supply with the included Molex connector. Also included is “PC Ez-Cook”, the open-source oven controller software with hundreds of easy and creative recipes for your PC Ez-Bake oven, and even a fuzzy-logic cooking control system to precisely measure the doneness of your cake, cookie, or cheese souffle. The PC Ez-Bake oven can even be used to cook your Pop Tarts, Bagel Bites, or any tiny or flat food.
Can you see the technician’s face when this guy brings in his computer with cheese souffle all over his components? “I just made some caffeinated meatloaf and thought I’d try the cheese souffle, but it didn’t come out right…”
Link via Boing Boing
kaizokurisu has some cool images of a Super Mario Subwoofer on his Flickr page.
Super Mario Subwoofer
My friend offered to build me a subwoofer from scratch, so I came up with this design. This is of course the question mark block and brick block seen in the original Super Mario Bros.! He built it to the correct dimensions and then I painted it. I am satisfied with how it turned out!
Check his Flickr page for more images.
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