Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Using Ruby on Rails for Web Development on Mac OS X

"This article introduces you to Ruby on Rails by building a trivial web application step by step. Consider it a ride on the express train—an overview of what Rails can do, including a look at features new to Rails 1.0. In the end you'll be better equipped to consider the advantages of powering your web application with Rails."

Daniel Weintraub: Breaking free from employer-managed health care - The Sacramento Bee

"Imagine for a moment that your employer was required by law to buy a plan to manage your nutrition needs - rather than simply paying you a wage, out of which you buy the food you want to eat."

Thursday, February 23, 2006

SonnyRadio.com :: Feel better about being alive!

"That's what Chris Bliss is about to do for you and he'll do it with his hands, three juggling balls, and an imagination that speaks from his heart. This amazing video is actually the juggling finale to his comedy performance."

1001 things to do with liquid nitrogen

1001 things to do with liquid nitrogen: "In the course of studying physics one is officially taught that liquid nitrogen is simply (and mainly) used to cool things down to 77K. But everybody who once has observed students in practical courses 'working' with this stuff knows that this is not true.
My intention is now to tell the truth about what is really done with liquid N2 before its remains are taken and used for cooling. "

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Word Cloud Generator

"* Automatically generate a word cloud from your blog.
* Customize it to best fit YOU.
* Simple interface makes creation quick and easy."

On TV - The Gadget Show

"If you watched this week's show, you'll have seen that Jason succeeded in building a fully working Hoverboard for just £150. You'll probably also remember that he told you, you could find full details of how to make your own Hoverboard on this website. Well, you can, and here they are..."

Tecnical books online

"DIY Audio Home
Technical books online!
1,043 megabytes and growing!
Preserving the Knowledge of the Ancients?

I've found that most of the technical books published before about 1964 never had their copyrights renewed, so now are in the public domain. So I am endeavoring to digitize and post some selected books relating to the 'vacuum tube age' of electronics here."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bubblewrap simulator

ahh, satisfying.

#1 Song on This Date in History

"Billboard magazine has been publishing the most authoritative pop chart each and every week
since 1940. It started out as a list of the best-selling records in the country. In 1958, the 'Hot 100'
chart was born, incorporating sales and radio airplay data into a single chart."


VirtualBreadboard is an easy to simulation and modeling tool that can be used in place of a real breadboard for quickly performing experiments and testing out electronic and microcontroller powered 'embedded' applications. Since 1999 VirtualBreadboard has been a favorite with universities and enthusiasts from all around the world.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

TV : Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello : Marrakech Nights : Food Network

"It's a trip to the Kasbah as Michael goes Moroccan with a party that just sounds exotic. With recipes for Tagine of Lamb Stracotto w/ Spring Onions, Ceci with sage & garlic,Couscous, Dates & figs for dessert with mint tea"

Saturday, February 18, 2006

wikiCalc Alpha Test Home

"The wikiCalc program is a web authoring tool for pages that include data that is more than just unformatted prose. It combines some of the ease of authoring and multi-person editing of a wiki with the familiar visual formatting and data organizing metaphor of a spreadsheet. It can be easily set up to publish to basic web server space accessed by FTP and there is no need to set up server-side programs like CGI. It can, though, run on a server and be used with nothing more than a browser on the client."

Starting November 9, 2005

"The product is the wikiCalc program -- a web authoring tool that creates web pages. It is for creating and maintaining web pages that include data this is more than just unformatted prose, such as schedules, lists, and tables. It combines some of the ease of authoring and multi-person edit ability of a wiki with the familiar formatting and data organizing metaphor of a spreadsheet. While you edit using a browser-based UI in a spreadsheet, with the A-B-C 1-2-3 grid showing, the final output, like printout from the productivity product, is static and only shows cell borders where you explicitly set them. It handles freeform text in a wiki-like manner and works well with large blocks of text."

Friday, February 17, 2006

STOP International Pet Ant Trade!: Risks and Dangers of Increasing International Pet Ant Trade (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

"In this article I discuss various risks of this trade: Escaping ants may establish as pest species, may become invasive species, carry diseases that switch over to indigenous species, bastardize local faunas, and even „intraspecific“ faunal bastardization may occur.
I suggest to urge the governments of all nations to ban the trade of invertebrate species, in particular ants and exotic species, for commercial and non-scientific purposes. Exceptional permits should only be granted when escape-proof keeping can be guaranteed."

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cardboard Domes

Cardboard Domes - Homepage: Constructing Cardboard Geodesic Domes That Will Survive Burning Man and the Black Rock Desert: "The design was borrowed from a 1973 edition of Popular Science and was improved upon to meet the rigors of the Black Rock Desert.
These domes have served as an effective shelter against wind, extreme heat and, once painted, rainfall. The largest of the three domes in the picture opposite measures approximately 12' 7' in diameter and is about 6' 3' high at its center."

The Segway creator's next entrepreneurial spin - Feb. 16, 2006

"'Eighty percent of all the diseases you could name would be wiped out if you just gave people clean water,' says Kamen. 'The water purifier makes 1,000 liters of clean water a day, and we don't care what goes into it. And the power generator makes a kilowatt off of anything that burns.'"

Letterfu - Letter-writing without envelopes, cutting or glue

"Letter-writing without envelopes, cutting or glue"

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Pew Research Center: Are We Happy Yet?

"Americans have always had a thing about happiness. We all have certain unalienable rights, declares our Declaration of Independence, among them 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'

So then, a couple of centuries into the chase, how are we doing?

Alas, only so-so. Just a third (34%) of adults in this country say they're very happy, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey. Another half say they are pretty happy and 15% consider themselves not too happy. These numbers have remained very stable for a very long time."

Joby Gorillapod: Part Deux - Gizmodo

"Joby’s Gorillapod is a tripod designed for smaller, lightweight cameras that allows placement in a variety of places that traditional tripods just can’t manage. The tripod allows you to utilize the environment around you with the three flexible legs that can wrap around a variety of objects."

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The New Road to Riches - October 1, 2004