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Looking for radioactive material to test your geiger counter?


I never cease to be amazed by what you can buy on Amazon.com.  Tell me that this doesn’t get you on some government watch list.

Oh and for the real humor, check out what people who buy Uranium are also likely to buy. 

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November 30, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Humor | 5 Comments

The Lego Mindstorm NXT Record Player

Not much to say here…

It’s made of Legos and you can play a record on it =D

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, How-To, Legos, Video | 1 Comment

I sure hope the Honda FCX takes flight

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What do the General Motors EV1, Toyota RAV4 EV & Honda FCX have in common?

All three are leased vehicles.

Why are they leased?

“Product Liability”

Along with claims of the EV1 not being “Profitable”, General Motors stated (from Wiki),

“… they would be subject to ongoing product liability from both the purchasers and any future owners, and that their internal customer support policies would require them to provide service and replacement parts for the EV1s for at least ten years. GM’s suppliers stopped making replacement parts because of “LOW DEMAND”, making it impossible to repair the vehicles. Of particular concern to the company was the likelihood that each leased car’s battery packs would require replacement at 25-35,000 mile intervals, and that the very low volumes involved would necessitate the corporation’s subsidy of spare parts to private owners, perhaps on an indefinite basis.”

Soon after that statement, GM destroyed nearly all EV1s. A disabled few were donated to colleges and universities for engineering students and one was sent to the Smithsonian.

On the other side of the coin, a hand full of Toyota RAV4 EVs are still on the road. Toyota committed a select number of Toyota service centers to provide product support. Good for Toyota!!!

I hope DEMAND for the Honda FCX skyrockets and gives Honda incentive to continue product support past the life time of the lease. Better yet, I hope it gives Honda incentive to mass produce these things and sell them out right.

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Science and Technology | Comments Off on I sure hope the Honda FCX takes flight

Not Your Typical First Dance


I don’t think this would’ve flown with my wife. Kudos to this couple, though. I’ve never seen anything like this at a wedding (and I’ve been to a ton).

November 30, 2007 Posted by | Humor, Oddities, Video | 4 Comments

Redundant storage for the non-technical

I for one haven’t hit the point of feeling like I need a RAID at home, but as we move to a more and more electronic based society, trusting your data to a laptop drive and possibly a single external USB disk for backup starts getting a little sketchy.  This product, while not cheap, may be a solution for those of us that just want simple stuff that works.

Drobo “The world’s first storage robot”.  Somehow I kind of doubt the validity of that statement, but maybe it’s a device that your mom could actually upgrade storage on without having to understand how to format a drive or migrate data.

Interesting concept at least.

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November 29, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Mac, Science and Technology, Windows | 1 Comment

Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End

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Vernor Vinge is one of my favorite science-fiction authors (A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky are required reading for any sci-fi fan). In a bold move, Vinge decided to make one of his novels, Rainbows End, available for free on the internets!

That’s pretty awesome.

Dedication

To the Net-based cognitive tools that are changing our lives —
Wikipedia, Google, and the others of their kind, now and in the future.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | General, Oddities, Science and Technology | Comments Off on Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End

Poodwaddle Earth Clock

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Joe sent me a link to the Earth Clock (pictured above). Having information of this kind presented in a clock/timer format really changes your perspective. Be sure to check out the other clocks on this site.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | General, Software | Comments Off on Poodwaddle Earth Clock

How To Memorize Anything

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Rote memorization is probably the worst skill I have. It’s nice to be reaffirmed that our brains work mainly by association, so I don’t feel so bad when I forget something.

Wired’s How To Wiki has a great post on memorization techniques.

“Golf club, tree, rake, cat” is much shorter then “An old man was hitting balls with his golf club getting one stuck in a tree. He fetched a rake to get it down out of the leaves, surprised to find there was a cat stuck in it”, yet the latter is much easier to remember. Most memorization is based on this principle, adding useless information to make things (including non-structured information such as numbers or lists) into fully linked concepts that can be recalled and condensed to the original information.

November 29, 2007 Posted by | How-To | Comments Off on How To Memorize Anything

The End of Books?

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In an effort to reduce the amount of clutter in our house, we started selling/donating/throwing away unneeded belongings. One of the toughest things I’m currently dealing with is the excess of books we have. I already made a couple of passes to get rid of books I probably won’t ever read too often and donated them to the public library.

On the flipside, though, “eReaders” are starting to pick up some steam in terms of availability and selection. Has anyone considered picking one up? The idea of having an entire library at my fingertips is appealing in its efficiency. I’d miss the visceral feel of a book (and the ability to lend it to someone), though.

Thoughts?

November 29, 2007 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, General | Comments Off on The End of Books?

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

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Yep, that’s Summer Glau playing the role of a Terminator this coming January 13, 2008 on that most hated of television networks: Fox. How can there be a new show with the WGA strike going on?

November 28, 2007 Posted by | Movies, Television, Video | 3 Comments