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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Math Genius May Reject $1M Award

Someone please tell me that this is an early April Fools joke. Just thinking about turning down a million dollars is crazy. Damn, this guy is my new hero.

Who doesn't want to be a millionaire? Maybe a 43-year-old unemployed bachelor who lives with his elderly mother in Russia — and who won $1 million for solving a problem that has stumped mathematicians for a century. Grigory Perelman can't decide if he wants the money.

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Google Envelopes, Beta Of Course

Google Envelopes, which can be sent through G-Mail itself. It’s only a concept, but totally viable and something people can immediately understand.


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Probe Sees 'Pac-Man in the Moon'

There are no words to describe how awesome this is….thankfully we have a picture:

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Your Package Has Been Eaten By An Alligator

I have heard just about every excuse there is for a missing or delayed package…or so I thought.

Earlier today, reader Will blogged about his recent interaction with Amazon customer service. He writes that when he called up Amazon to find out the location of a missing package. The rep informed him that the package had been eaten by an alligator.

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Spanish for your Nanny

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Allie Brosh New Medical Standard Pain Chart

Allie Brosh took her Boyfriend to the Emergency Room because he was vomiting up vast quantities of what she thought was blood but actually ended up being vast amounts of Craisins. The doctor pointed to a little chart on the wall and asked her Boyfriend to rate his pain. Based on the faces, this was her interpretation of the chart.



0: Hi. I am not experiencing any pain at all. I don’t know why I’m even here.
1: I am completely unsure whether I am experiencing pain or itching or maybe I just have a bad taste in my mouth.
2: I probably just need a Band Aid.
3: This is distressing. I don’t want this to be happening to me at all.
4: My pain is not fucking around.
5: Why is this happening to me??
6: Ow. Okay, my pain is super legit now.
7: I see Jesus coming for me and I’m scared.
8: I am experiencing a disturbing amount of pain. I might actually be dying. Please help.
9: I am almost definitely dying.
10: I am actively being mauled by a bear.
11: Blood is going to explode out of my face at any moment.
Too Serious For Numbers: You probably have ebola. It appears that you may also be suffering from Stigmata and/or pinkeye.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Virgin Galactic spaceshipTwo completes test flight

A spaceship which will soon take tourists into space has completed its maiden test flight over the California Mojave Desert. Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo flew for three hours and reached an altitude of 45,000 feet - all while attached to the wing of its mothership.

For the "captive carry" flight, the rocket plane remained firmly attached to the WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane - which will eventually take it to 50,000 ft where it will separate and blast off.

From there it will climb to 60 miles above the Earth's surface, enabling suborbital space tourists to experience weightlessness… the same sensation experienced by their wallets after paying £120,000 for the flight.


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MSI Apologizes for RTFM Joke

I am not going to comment on whether or not this joke was pulled too early because to me it was pretty damn obvious that this was a joke...regardless of the day it was pulled. So, if you are one of the people that actually thought there was a "RTFM chip" installed on your motherboard, you obviously should have ordered the optional SOH chip (sense of humor) instead. Anyhow, that's just my take on this, your mileage may vary.

RTFM chip had been monitoring the behavior of users for "some time," the email from the company said. "So MSI decided to ban people from support, RMA, and the forum who has done the damage themselves or didn't read the manual the first of next month," it said. "We know who you are, and we have gathered enough information via our RTFM-chip."

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I was about 9 before I realized....


that the pictures in churches were of Jesus, not my dad.

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How to get a Free Lunch

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Uma Thurman Film Full Weekend Gross £88.

IT could go down in British cinema history as the great Easter turkey. A film about a stressed-out mother, featuring the Hollywood superstar Uma Thurman, has been withdrawn from show after just 11 cinema goers turned up to see it in its opening weekend.

Motherhood managed to gross £9 from the lone viewer who turned up on the debut Sunday. Takings for the full weekend hit £88.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

High-Tech Remote Controlled 1969 GTO

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World's First Electronic Underwear

Underwear that will send you a text message when they sense when you’ve had an "accident?" Holy crap! That is gross. Hang on a minute, I think I’m getting a text.

An Australian company on Friday announced the rollout of what it said were the world's first electronic underpants, saying its product was able to send text messages if the wearer became incontinent.

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Busted!

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Moped + Flamethrower = WIN!

We’ve seen plenty of modded mopeds in our day (usually with PCs though]) but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a flamethrower attached to one. This guy needs to install smoke, oil slick and tire spikes next.

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The 500 Worst Passwords

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College Town Gives Out 'Nerd Discounts'

Member of Mensa? Show your membership card and get free coffee in this college town. Got a Rubik’s Cube? That’s good for a discount too! Kinda makes you wonder what they’d have to give this chick:

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Price of Memory 20GB in 1980 vs 32GB in 2010

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The Story of Stuff

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Google Ends Self-Censorship, Defies China Government

Google finally made the move to end censorship in China and the Chinese government is not happy about it at all. It will be interesting to see what China does next. Are we taking bets?

Google Inc. defied China’s self- censorship rules by redirecting mainland Chinese users to an unfiltered Hong Kong Web site, threatening its ability to operate in the world’s largest Internet market.

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Woman aims to become world's fattest

An obese mother in the US is trying to put on weight in order to become the world's fattest woman. Donna Simpson, from New Jersey, weighs 273kg but told the Daily Mail newspaper she had her heart set on reaching her goal weight of 1000lb (450kg) in two years.

In order to pay for the enormous amounts of food she is eating — her weekly grocery bill is $815 — Ms Simpson makes money by running a website where men pay to watch her consume fast food. WTF.


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Sony PlayStation Move controller looks a little familiar…

The first image below is, of course, a picture of the Wii remote and nunchuck. Nintendo has used the image countless times as promotional material. Below, one of the first pictures released by Sony of the newly announced PlayStation Move controller, along with its Sub-Controller…


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The ’70s Photos That Made Us Want to Save Earth

Two years after Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency, the new institution sent out 100 photographers to document the nation’s environment writ large.

Now, those photos have made it out of the root cellar of the National Archive and onto Flickr Commons, where they are getting a wider viewing than they’ve ever received. The first group of what will become a 15,000-photo set from the Documerica project are now available online to the public.

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This Is Total Bull!

What the!?!?! Cows in Russia are getting 40" Samung LED-backlit LCDs to watch all day long? Damn, must be nice!

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Record Setters

Joel Waul, 27, stands on top of his rubber band ball on the driveway of his home in Lauderhill, Fla., Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Waul, a 27-year-old who works nights restocking a Gap clothing store, has spent the last six years carefully wrapping and linking and stretching rubber bands of various sizes into the ball shape. The Guinness Book of World Records declared it the world's largest rubber band ball in 2008.



The Burj Dubai tower is pictured during the opening ceremony of the Burj Dubai tower on January 4, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Burj Dubai, which in Arabic means Dubai Tower, is at 824.55 meters the world's tallest man-made structure


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The History of the World in 75 Seconds

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Top 20 Google Trends Today

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Wall of Death

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8 Very Rare (and very expensive) Video Games

If you've ever collected baseball cards, comic books, stamps, or maybe those limited edition commemorative plates, you understand the concept of the "Holy Grail" item.

It's that last, hard-to-find, incredibly rare, usually expensive piece that you have to have before you can officially say your collection is complete. If you're a collector of vintage home video game cartridges (or "carts"), sometimes that can mean paying a pretty penny for the pièce de résistance.


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Gamer Stabbed in Head For Using Wallhack

The next time you are playing Counter-Strike and you think about using a wallhack to cheat, just remember there are people out there that use hacks too…on your head. WARNING: The guy that got stabbed actually lived but the second picture is pretty gruesome, you might not want to click the link from work / school / your mom’s house.

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GM's Enhanced Vision System HUD

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10,000-Pound Rice Krispy Treat

Talk about a sugar high (or coma). Yesterday, a fundraiser for children’s art’s programs at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge broke the Guinness World Record for world’s largest Rice Krispies Treat.

Weighing in at more than 10,000 pounds, the process to build the treat was documented by the The Learning Channel for a new special to air this summer called "Mega Bites."

Hundreds of volunteers came together to make the creation in just over 48 hours. 5,000 pounds of Rice Krispies was donated by Kellogg's and 7,000 pounds of marshmallows were used. Each marshmallow at the top weighted about three pounds.

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Winsurance

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Rubik's Cube for the Blind

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Le Whif | Smokeless Caffeine Cigarettes

A Harvard professor has invented possibly the most useful caffeination product ever: caffeine cigarettes (no nicotine, only caffeine in air form).

The inhalable product, "Le Whif," is going to be incredibly helpful in many Wall Street situations: all nighters too much coffee already in your stomach hangovers.


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Dog Stache

I just "buzzed" across this today and literally did a spit take with my coffee. Dogs with staches rule!

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What I do While Waiting for my Toast

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Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar

'You get hungry, you want something, you end up picking up a hamburger.'

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Canadian Movie Pirate Sent To Jail

Distribute two crappy movies on the internet? That’ll be jail time for you mister. Oh yeah, don’t try to use the lame "I’m emo" defense like this guy did either, that just guarantees you’ll get jail time.

Today the verdict came in, and the Court sentenced Adam to two and a half months in prison – the prosecution had demanded four. The defense lawyer had argued for community service because Adam suffers from depression and a troubled childhood, but despite these arguments, the Court decided to opt for a prison sentence.

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The Best Insect Picture I’ve Ever Seen

I can only assume this is a photoshop in terms of the little face looking at us. But what if it’s not? Even the little arm sticking out as if it’s waving at us.... kicks ass. Either way this picture rules.

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iPod Wearing Jogger Killed By Plane

Wow, what are the odds of something like this happening? Thankfully I am not a crime scene investigator because you know who I’d blame…Steve Jobs and the iPod.

He was enjoying a moment to himself on this resort island, jogging on the beach and listening to his iPod. Officials say the Woodstock, Ga., man neither saw nor heard what struck him from behind Monday evening: A single-engine plane making an emergency landing.

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Fastest Site on the Web: The IRS?

The fastest site on the internet is the IRS. If you doubt these claims, just go there…and see how fast your money disappears.

Performance monitoring service Gomez has released its annual list of major websites with the best overall responsiveness as measured by Gomez over the entire year 2009. Surprise winner: IRS.gov, a site that uses images sparingly and pushes off large documents to PDF format for downloading, rather than trying to serve them as Web pages.


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Man Accused of Disabling 100 Cars Over Internet

I am not sure how funny I would think this was if I was one of the one hundred victims but, since I wasn't, it’s okay to laugh.

A man fired from a Texas auto dealership used an Internet service to remotely disable ignitions and set off car horns of more than 100 vehicles sold at his old workplace, police said Wednesday.

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Weirdest Food-Vending Machines from Around the World

Who needs to watch a pizza being hand-tossed by a chef when they can watch Roberto the Pizza-Producing Robot slide it out of his exit chute?

After choosing one of four varieties (Margherita, bacon, ham, or fresh veggies), hungry-for-crap patrons watch through a window as the machine whips up flour, water, tomato sauce and fresh ingredients, makes them all nice-like into a 12-inch disc, bakes it, then delivers the whole still-looks-like-its frozen feast on a cardboard tray. Congratulations, Italy, in a wait time of only three minutes, you've found a way to single-handedly diminish your centuries-old accomplishment.


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The Vatican's Top 10 Albums

Just last month we explored the new approach that the Vatican's once-stodgy daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, has taken in covering pop culture -- a shift that has left more than a few eyebrows raised and lips pursed, especially among the more tradition-minded.

The Beatles' "Revolver"
Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon"
Oasis' "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"
Michael Jackson's "Thriller"
U2's "Achtung Baby"
Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"
Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly"
Carlos Santana's "Supernatural"
Paul Simon's "Graceland"
David Crosby's "If I Could Only Remember My Name."


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The Gamer's Eternal Struggle Summed Up In One Photo

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

CAT Scan, Literally

Computed axial tomography scan—CAT Scan—is a medical imaging method employing tomography created by computer processing.

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Google takes aim at Digg and Fark with Reader Play

Google is adding a splash of fun to RSS feeds with a new service called Reader Play.

The service pulls in the most popular pictures and videos from across the web, and presents them in a full-screen slideshow. Users can vote for their favourite items, with Reader Play promising to personalise the feed based on your preferences.

Reader Play appears to be Google's attempt at stealing some thunder from aggregators such as Digg, Fark.com and Reddit, which regularly showcase the type of humorous videos and images that are found on Play.

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Top 20 Google Trends Today

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Splinter Cell: Conviction Demo

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Facebook Beats Google For Web's Most-Visited Site

It's official -- playing Farmville and tagging friends in photos (and consequently untagging embarrassing photos of yourself from your friends' photos) has become more popular than actually trying to find things on the internet, as a new report shows Facebook edged out Google as the most-visited site on the internet last week.

According to Hitwise, Facebook accounted for 7.07% of all web traffic for the week ending March 13. That barely edges out Google's 7.03%.

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Tiger says he'll play in Masters

Tiger Woods will make his highly anticipated return to competitive golf at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal.

The world's No. 1-ranked player, who has never missed the year's first major as a professional, announced in a statement Tuesday that Augusta National Golf Club will be the site of his comeback.


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St. Patrick's Day and Irish Toasts, Quotes and Blessings

St. Patrick's Day is here and if you plan on drinking green beer, than you better know at least one Irish toast, quote, or blessing. On St. Patrick's Day it is traditional to wear green clothes, paint your face green and of course drink green beer. On this special occasion it would only be appropriate to have a clever one liner to deliver to the crowd upon clanking glasses and chugging that Irish car bomb.

Here is a great page that has many different Irish quotes, toasts and blessings that is worth checking out: http://literaryculture.suite101.com/article.cfm/quotes-toasts-and-irish-blessings; there are some pretty good ones.

My favorite Irish toast is, "Here's to you and yours, And to mine and ours, And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours and mine and ours have done for you and yours!

Question of the Day: What's your favorite Irish quote, toast or blessing?

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A Few Popular Irish Quotes

May the Good Lord take a liking to you... but not too soon!

Saint Patrick was a gentleman
Who through strategy and stealth
Drove all the snakes from Ireland
Here's a drinkee to his health!
But not too many drinkees
Lest we lose ourselves and then...
Forget the good Saint Patrick
And see them snakes again!

It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!

There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

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Google Logo Celebrates St. Patricks Day 2010

Today’s newest Google Doodle is celebrating St. Patrick’s day and that fact has made the term “St. Patricks Day 2010″ one of the most searched online.

The holiday, which was originally used to honor one of Ireland’s most recognized saint’s, Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), would later become a day of feast in the early 1600’s, before eventually being adopted as a secular holiday for celebrating Ireland’s culture in many parts of the world.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Ancestral Territorial Imperatives of the Trumpeter Swan

For example, the manual for the Franklin Ace 100 begins with about 40 pages of computer basics (What are they? What can they do? etc). And then, on page 40, two thirds of the way down the page, there is a chapter heading called “The Ancestral Territorial Imperatives of the Trumpeter Swan.” Here’s how the chapter begins:


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25 Years of .Com Domain Names

Has it really been twenty five years already? Wow. Where does the time go? On March 15, 1985, a Massachusetts computer systems firm registered the first .com Internet domain name.


First 10 .com domains

Symbolics.com - March 15, 1985
BBN.com - April 24, 1985
Think.com - May 24, 1985
MCC.com - July 11, 1985
DEC.com - Sept. 30, 1985
Northrop.com - Nov. 7, 1985
Xerox.com - Jan. 9, 1986
SRI.com - Jan. 17, 1986
HP.com - March 3, 1986
Bellcore.com - March 5, 1986

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Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

As computers and automated systems increasingly take the jobs humans once held, entire professions are now extinct. Click through the gallery below to see examples of endangered professions, from milkman to telegrapher, and hear from people who once filled those oft-forgotten jobs.


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Warp Speed Will Kill You

I'm not saying that we know everything and that it's impossible. I'm saying it's kind of impossible based on what we know right now.

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Lian Li PC-T1R Spider Case

Lian Li is entering the bench table market with a few different models soon. We reported about the traditionally shaped ones, as well as the Spider PC-T1 just last week, during our stay at CeBIT.

The PC-T1 supports system board in the mini-ITX form factor. Lian Li and Case King were kind enough to arrange for a sample right away, thus we are proud to present you the first review of the most unique test bench - ever. The unit we got is almost the final version, with most of the features set in stone. Lian Li did mention that they are looking into fitting a normal 5.25 inch bay intstead of a slim-line drive on the PC-T1.


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Fibonacci Spiral

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Future Now: Jetpacks to Go on Sale Late This Year

Martin Aircraft Company hopes to sell 500 jetpacks annually at a price of about $100,000 per unit, according to the International Business Times, and has partnered with an unnamed international aircraft company to make it happen. If you've got 100 grand burning a hole in your pocket, the future looks fun indeed.

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Shatner and Nimoy look at Mad Magazine

William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on location in full costume before or between scenes look at Mad Magazine issue #115 from December 1967. This issue contained the parody of TOS Star Trek entitled "Star Blecch."

The term would be used repeatedly in following Mad parodies (i.e.,Star Blecch III The Search for Plot, Star Blecch The Next Degradation, Star Blecch Voyeur, Star Blecch Worst Contact, and so on). It has been suggested this shot was taken during the filming of "A Private Little War."


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Things You Didn't Know About Super Mario Bros.

Everybody knows the NES classic Super Mario Bros. Everybody--your parents, little sister, and even your grandparents should be able to recognize the game by its iconic title. Although you may have beaten the game over and over again since its release in 1986, there are, amazingly, some things that you may still not have noticed about this classic.


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Short Notice


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Adobe Photoshop Cook

A video made in stopmotion for competition AdobeYouGC. The simulation of a tutorial which shows how to make butter cookies with the new Adobe Photoshop Cook! Whole set was made with cardboard and with kitchen utensils.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Why Ad Blocking is Devastating to the Sites you Love

Did you know that blocking ads truly hurts the websites you visit? We recently learned that many of our readers did not know this, so I'm going to explain why. Every time you visit our pages and block our ads, you use our resources for free.

There is an oft-stated misconception that if a user never clicks on ads, then blocking them won't hurt a site financially. This is wrong. Most sites, at least sites the size of ours, are paid on a per view basis. If you have an ad blocker running, and you load 10 pages on the site, you consume resources from us (bandwidth being only one of them), but provide us with no revenue.

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BMW S1000 The Oldest Trick in the World

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US to charge tourists $10 for permission to visit

The US yesterday passed a new law designed to boost dwindling numbers of foreign tourists – it will start charging them for the privilege of entering the country.


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Iron Man 2 Trailer

For those of you that haven't seen it yet, there is a brand new Iron Man 2 trailer out now. Enjoy!

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Light Saber LED Umbrella

Even if you don't live in a quasi-futuristic Los Angeles, and aren't a Blade Runner, you can still have the coolest umbrella on the street. With a push of a button, the shaft lights up, illuminating you and your path. Now, even in the darkest of nights, you're a lot more visible to the cars on the street, making your long walk home through the rain a lot safer.

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Super Ear Personal sound device

What binoculars did for vision, this product does for listening. Produces an adjustable 50 decibel gain on sounds picked up from its multi-element high sensitivity microphone.

With only a single AAA battery, this lightweight device produces nice results. Use to amplify bird sounds (can be clipped to binoculars), frogs at night, or use during a lecture to get all the details. Comes with high quality stereo headphones.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

OHSO Pocket Toothbrush With Tooth Paste Dispenser

OHSO was engineered to be the ultimate travel toothbrush. Besides looking good the OHSO is useful and durable. Toothpaste is stored in the handle for safekeeping and the window shows you how much paste is in the chamber.

Turn the knob clockwise and paste is dispensed though the rubber nozzle on the bristle head. Tilt down and paste is delivered directly to the bristles.

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USBCell - USB Rechargeable Batteries

Now, when your batteries are flatlining, pop the cap, and jam 'em into your nearest ubiquitous USB port. Whether it's on your computer, laptop, monitor or powered USB hub, all you need is 250mA of juice from your universal serial bus, and a little patience. In just a few hours, you'll have 1300mAH of power!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Star Trek Starfleet Academy Titanium Spork

You've made the big decision. You could work in the shipyards, you could be a lounge singer - but no, you've chosen to enlist in Starfleet Academy. Here's what you have to look forward to: tons of studying, lots of friends, maybe a case of space acne, and oh so much more.

You also can expect one of the most mind blowing orientation sessions ever. You'll get your dorm and roommate assignments, your class schedule, your academic advisor, and your titanium spork.

We kid you not. We've always told folks that the titanium spork was the utensil of the future, and now (after we yanked a bunch through a chrono-synclastic infundibulum) we have the proof to um, well, prove it. The Star Trek Starfleet Academy Titanium Sporks are the official sporks of Starfleet Academy, and they have the laser engravings to prove it!

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Staple Free Stapler

Some kinda paper voodoo! Staples have become a scourge to the office environment. Those shiny metal wires have jammed in thumbs, caught on sweaters, and torn papers. The horrors are just too numerous to mention.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder 500hp

What is the fastest way to convince someone to become a hybrid car owner? A 500hp hybrid Porsche that gets 78.4 mile per gallon. That's how. Makes you wonder how much this thing is going to cost.

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Moth Trails


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Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal

Considering all the patent infringement suits flying around today, this quote from Steve Jobs in 1996 is particularly funny.

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Micro Sport Japanese MP3 Player

Ok. We've seen some very mini MP3 players in our time. Take a look at the iPod Shuffle... it's been relegated to the size of a stick of gum. But then we saw this Micro Sport Japanese MP3 Player and our definition of "tiny" was forced to be revised.

When you're looking for the bleeding edge of techno gadgets you need go no further. The Micro Sport Player is two sugar cubes worth of electronics into which somehow is crammed 4GB of memory and a rechargeable battery.

Amazingly this tiny player features full stereo sound. One earbud is attached directly to the side of the main unit, while the other earbud trails on a cord around the back of your head, just reaching the opposite ear.

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Spycam Car Key Fob Camera

The Spycam Car Key Fob Camera not only allows easy video filming, but it gives you the ability to do it in a covert manner. This tiny camera is shaped like a generic car key remote fob and captures excellent quality video (at 640x480 resolution). A simple USB connection and AVI format make it super convenient to retrieve your videos. The small size and shape of this camera make it easy to carry just about anywhere.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

One Way Trail Ride

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Las Vegas Carpets Keep You Gambling

Las Vegas is well-known for being the city that never sleeps as gamblers are encouraged to spend their money around the clock.

Now a new set of photographs has revealed that even the garish carpets that line the hotels and casinos have an important part to play.


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Student Who Can Speak Backwards

A college student that speaks backwards. Meghan Shea, a college student in North Carolina, can easily speak "backwards. She Can Speak in Reverse? Meghan Shea is majoring in biology, but she can't get a degree for her most unusual skill.

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a320 NES, SNES, GBA, Sega Pocket ROM Emulator

The Pocket Retro Game Emulator looks a bit like the GameBoy Micro but that's where the similarities end. Load on NES, SNES, GBA, Sega Genesis, or Neo Geo roms and play your old favorites in the palm of your hand.

With 4GB of built-in storage and a mini SD slot for expansion you can bring every single game from the best classic consoles with you. Of course in typical all encompassing gadget style you can also play movie files, audio files, use the built-in FM radio, view jpg images, Read E-books, do voice recording etc...

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Ultra Small Shirtpocket Digital Magnifier

This pocket-sized digital magnifier enlarges small print or fine details on its distortion-free, color LCD. The 2" LCD displays crisp, easy-to-read images without the glare and faded edges that appear on typical magnifying glasses.

The magnification adjusts from 5X to 20X to help you discern fine print on bottles of medicine, food labels, or instruction manuals. You can capture a still image and reverse out the color of text and its background with the touch of a button.

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Friday, March 05, 2010

What Your Face Reveals About Your Health

What do you see when you look in the mirror? According to Chinese medicine, your face is a window to your health. Your forehead, nose, chin, right cheek, left cheek: Each of these five face zones gives you clues to what is going on inside your body--if you know what to look for.


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How To Make A Treadmill Desk

This Instructable documents the building of three treadmill desks, the motivation behind walking while you work at your computer or talk on the phone, and gives our anecdotal evidence for how and why this has worked for us.

Walking around 1 MPH, as shown in the video, seems to pose no negative impact on typing, mousing, or talking and probably has positive impact on cognitive ability and general wellbeing through increased blood-flow, if nothing else. We certainly didn't evolve to sit in chairs all day long! On the rare occasion when walking is actually distracting, turn the treadmill off for a standing desk.


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Excel as Illustrator

We have seen Microsoft Excel used as a drawing tool before, but not like this. YouTube user and artist shukei01 put this time-lapse video together that shows almost 13 hours of work. ”Autoshape can be used to do lineart, colors, shadows, lighting effects and layers, like some drawing software.”

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Popular Science Plant Botanical Air Purifier

Winner of a Popular Science Invention Award, this device harnesses a plant's natural phytoremediation capabilities to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air.

Simply place any houseplant inside the container and the integrated, specially designed fan draws in ambient air toxins and circulates them around the plant's leaves and roots, which absorb and metabolize the toxins.

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Baseball Batting Cage Improvement System

Used by many little league coaches for training players, this is the nearly 300' sq. batting cage that allows batters of any age to perfect their swing at their own pace, improving hand-eye coordination and sharpening reflexes. A 1/4 horsepower Heater pitching machine with a 12-ball auto feeder throws balls at speeds from 15 to 46 miles per hour every 12 seconds.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Where Air Planes Go to Die

It's where old planes go to die - a 2,600-acre patch of U.S. desert where several generations of military aircraft are stored in what has been dubbed 'The Boneyard'.

The $35billion (£22billion) worth of outdated planes is kept as spare parts for current models at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.


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Hairstyles of the Middle Ages

Women have been obsessed with hairstyle since, well, for-ev-vuh. As you can see, even women from the Middle Ages liked their hair all done up fancy, as documented by the Dictionnaire raisonné du mobilier français de l’époque carlovingienne à la Renaissance (Reasoned dictionary of French furniture from the Carolingian era to the Renaissance), vol. 3 by E. Viollet-Le-Duc (1874)

If you’ve got the time, it’s pretty nifty to scan through the book, available at the Internet Archive, for the woodcut illustrations.

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Lego Big Mac EVM

The infamous big mac combo from mcdonalds was recreated by japanese lego artist sachiko. the designs were made to scale using only the standard lego bricks. the design features the hamburger itself, complete with melting cheese and sesame seed bun. the burger is then accompanied by a pack of french fries and a pop.

The pop is capped with a transparent lid and a multi-coloured straw. the only thing this meal doesn’t manage to recreate is the taste of a big mac.



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Laying Down Supine Reading Glasses

These are the glasses that allow you to read while lying supine in bed, eliminating the need to crane your neck. The lightweight glasses employ two optical-quality glass prisms that bend your vision 90º providing easy reading from a recumbent position. Equally useful while lounging outdoors on a hammock, chaise, or on the beach.

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25 MPH Remote Controlled Motorcycle

This is the remote controlled Grand Prix-styled motorcycle that can reach a top speed of 25 MPH. The triple-channel pistol grip transmitter provides throttle, steering, and braking control up to 300' away.

You can tune the front wheel's rake angle for easier or more aggressive turning as your handling skills improve. Functioning front and rear oil-filled shock absorbers cushion the natural rubber tires over bumps and helps carve smoothly through tight turns.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Countdown to Destruction Starts Again

The Large Hadron Collider (aka the doomsday machine) will be restarted today. Barring any more technical difficulties or hardware failures, the end of the world should come sometime later today.

The first proton beams of 2010 were circulated in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Saturday, Cern said on Monday. The machine had been undergoing technical maintenance for 10 weeks. However, soon after the beams were circulated on Saturday, the beams had to be stopped to allow maintenance to cryogenic systems which help regulate the superconducting magnets, according to Cern.


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Don't Be a Space Invader Parking Sign

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Updated Toyota Advert

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Portable Handheld Scanner

This is the portable, cordless handheld scanner that preserves important documents, letters, or recipes, recording its contents onto a memory card for later retrieval on your computer.

As you move the scanner over an area as large as 8 1/2" H x 50" L, its sensitive color image sensor scans at high (600 dpi) or standard (300 dpi) resolution, saving images as JPEG files stored on an inserted microSD card.

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Vibrating Proper Correct Posture Shirt

This is the shirt that encourages proper posture to help prevent neck, back, and shoulder pain. Designed by the team physician for the Boston Celtics, the shirt has built-in filaments that conforms to your body's contours when your spine is aligned properly.

Whenever you slouch, an electronic sensor detects the increased tension in the microfilaments and vibrates to let you know your posture is not optimal (vibration ceases when you correct yourself).

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sensational Skydiving Feats

According to the U.S. Parachute Association, Americans make over 2.6 million jumps annually. But some thrill seekers fall much harder for the extreme sport than others, and keep on keepin' on—throwing themselves off high bases and out of airplanes until they break a national record or, at the very least, make their own personal contribution to the sport.

Below, check out photos that best relay the elevated height of excitement for this extreme pastime.


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Laptop Snowboard

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What your handshake says about you

As a golden rule, though, a good handshake—one that won’t strike us as being too weird, anyway, or leave us ruminating on it a decade later—is like Goldilocks’s favorite bed: not too soft, not too hard, but just right. Yet, although we may strive to make changes to our signature style, it may be that we’ve little control over the type of handshake that comes most easily to us.


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USB Desktop Cup Warmer And Cooler

This is the desktop device that keeps your morning coffee warm and your afternoon soda cool. Drawing power from a USB port on your computer, its built-in thermoelectric module either warms a beverage up to 133º or cools it down to 59º.

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The Better Peephole | Video Door Hole

This electronic device eliminates the small, distorted images created by a typical peephole's fisheye lens, providing a large, full-color digital display for seeing visitors.

Replacing your existing peephole, its lens provides a wide 96º field of view, and it uses a 1.3 megapixel CMOS, the same image sensor employed by digital cameras. When you turn it on, the image of the person standing outside your door is displayed on the device's 2 1/2" TFT screen, allowing adults--even children who may not be able to reach a standard peephole--to clearly see who is visiting.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

The Case of the Elderly Movie Pirate

An 88-year old man was caught videotaping Avatar in the movie theater … for his wife who couldn’t come to see it for herself. The police were called in, but the ending was different than you’d expect:

Police described the alleged film pirate as being 88 years old, about 152 centimetres tall, wearing large glasses and carrying a walking stick. He said his wife couldn’t come to the cinema, so he was recording the film for her to watch later. Police deleted the file from the video camera and let the man stay.

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Babies With Laser Eyes


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Olympic Pictograms

Designer Steven Heller gives an overview and critique of Olympic pictograms used over the past 74 years for the New York Times. When you only see these every few years, you don’t realize how different they are for each Olympiad.

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NASA | Always Cool Perfectly Chilled Pillow

Effective under any pillowcase, this is the pillow that actively regulates your head's and face's temperature, creating an optimal sleeping climate by preventing overheating.

It uses a fabric developed for NASA to help astronauts adapt to extreme temperature fluctuations. It absorbs excess heat from you when you are hot, ensuring a comfortable pillow temperature every time you use it.

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Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Booster Current Regulator

This is the device that improves a vehicle's fuel efficiency by up to 18%. An independent automotive testing service showed the unit increased a test vehicle's average fuel efficiency from 23.8 to 28.1 miles per gallon in two weeks.

The device simply plugs into a vehicle's DC outlet and stabilizes the electrical current flowing to the electrical control unit (ECU)--the computer that controls the engine's fuel injection and ignition systems--to improve gas mileage.

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