Keyboard PC

04/10/08 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Calgary

Link: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/03/26/all_in_one_pc_cybernet/

Self-contained PCs built into a keyboard have been going around for a while and, to be honest, I've never understood the appeal. While the description of "Amiga-like" is fair, given the design of the A500/A600/A1200, these are just under-powered PCs in small housings. There's nothing innovative or particularly interesting about them.

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What's a bit of confusion between friends?

04/09/08 | by Adam | Categories: Music
What's a bit of confusion between friends?
What's a bit of confusion between friends?
What's a bit of confusion between friends?
What's a bit of confusion between friends?

Link: http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hooked+on+swing&Go.x=0&Go.y=0&Go=Go

While looking to exchange a worn vinyl record with a newer CD, I encountered an unexpected problem. The album I wanted to replace, "Hooked On Swing", actually had several Amazon entries, each of which showed entirely different track listings.

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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.

Yeah.

(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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MAME TARDIS

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)

 

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