A fine headline

04/08/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7334233.stm

Who knew that a hedgehog could be classified as a dangerous weapon?

(Via Antigone)


To Catch A Thief

04/07/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.kottke.org/remainder/08/04/15386.html

Kottke has a nice round up of people using technology to catch thieves in the act.


Country And Western Science

04/06/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, YouTube

Link: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/04/beer_pickup_trucks_and_physics.php

This probably isn't appropriate for Dena's students.

This, on the other hand, probably is.


Lightening up aircraft

04/05/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/04/airlines-try-to.html

What do airlines do when their annual fuel bills double? For one thing, they put their planes on a diet.


Litter Box Dessert

04/04/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://www.boingboing.net/2008/03/31/cat-litter-cake-is-b.html

From one of the commenters:

i made one of these at a family reunion about 18 months ago. kids loved it, adults were seriously grossed out and segregated this dessert from the others.


(Via BoingBoing)


Oversize Big Wheel trike

04/02/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly

Link: http://cars.ign.com/articles/628/628210p1.html

The first time I saw the picture of the archetypal child's trike at the top of this Gizmodo page, I didn't get it. It took a moment before the scale sunk in...

(Via Gizmodo and UberReview)


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04/01/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly, Canadian, Games, Calgary

No April Fools today*.

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On Pedestals

03/31/08 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

Link: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/issues/2008/March/SecurityBeat.htm#Science

It's always sad when one's heroes turn out to be not merely human but, to put it nicely, utter shits. I've been an SF fan for a long time and enjoyed authors like Orson Scott Card, Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven. Jerry Pournelle was the first I soured on when I corresponded with him on the Byte Information Exchange (BIX) a number of years ago. Card followed somewhat later when his assholery made itself apparent when the growth of the internet allowed easy pontificating.

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Adventure With Cellulitis

03/30/08 | by Nimble | Categories: Journal

On Sunday, one of the scratches on my leg was getting somewhat infected-looking. I had been feeling like I was coming down with something, but it felt like the flu or a cold. I had a sore throat. There was the stress of moving, and a lack of sleep from the dogs joining us after a week of the in-laws graciously taking care of them, to keep them out of the painters' hair.

The wound looked a little ugly, but contained. It was not to remain so, however.

I went to work on Monday, feeling just bagged tired. I attributed it to lack of sleep. It felt like lack of sleep, anyhow. I plodded along at work, working on some simpler visual program bits instead of deep design, but eventually, I just had to give up. In addition to feeling tired, I felt nauseous. I told Keith that I must have mischaracterized what it was. There was a red streak in both directions around the wound on my leg.

I headed home for the first sick day I had taken in... well, I can't remember (apart from the one obligatory for laser eye surgery). I just don't take sick days; I don't require them.

I must have been feeling wretched. I remember how incredibly long the transit rides and waits seemed that day.

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IOGear's PCPortal

03/30/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.iogear.com/product/GCN1000/

Every now and again you see a piece of kit and think "Oh, cool"; and then when you read the real specifications you find that it's just not going to work for what you had in mind.

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Those darn blinking LEDs

03/29/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Whining

Link: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/03/when-excessivel.html

One thing that's becoming more and more prevalent are blinking LEDs on pretty much all computer equipment. As one wag put it, there's not a lot of sense in having "everything's great" lights, and that's what these are.

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03/28/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly

Link: http://www.asciimation.co.nz/tardis/

This gadget serves no purpose whatsoever, but a freaking TARDIS-shaped MAME arcade box? Woo!

(Via Wired)


GoogleStreets on Holiday

03/27/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=58.378499,-134.68792&spn=0.044011,0.119133&z=13&cbll=58.382387,-134.686796

While fiddling around with GoogleStreets, I noticed that they had a section of the Alaska panhandle digitized -- specifically the area around Juneau. It's not exactly the most easy place to get to so I was wondering why they would have gone there instead of mapping, say, Seattle.

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03/26/08 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri

Link: http://www.abyssandapex.com/200710-wikihistory.html

Creative short story about time travel written in the style of a Wikipedia discussion page. After reading it, take a gander at this earlier post on the inherent paradox.

Bonus link: alternate history as viewed through a commercial search engine.

(Via BoingBoing)


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