Wednesday, May 31, 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | The Simpsons as philosophy

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | The Simpsons as philosophy: "The Simpsons is more than a funny cartoon - it reveals truths about human nature that rival the observations of great philosophers from Plato to Kant... while Homer sets his house on fire, says philosopher Julian Baggini."

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

MAKE: Blog: The Making of Stingray and Thunderbirds

MAKE: Blog: The Making of Stingray and Thunderbirds: "The stars of the studio are man made puppets which are known and recognized around the world... Fashioned from fiberglass and made almost alive by painstaking artistry, they bring the age old art of puppetry truly into the 20th century."


GAM3R 7H30RY: "Welcome

Together with the Institute for the Future of the Book, I created this website as a way to think to about games. Games, as in computer games, are the subject of my next book, GAM3R 7H30RY. I am interested in two questions.

1. can we explore games as allegories for the world we live in?
2. can there be a critical theory of games?"

Friday, May 26, 2006 "SisterzOn Bridges shows how to build an 'Elementary Level' balsa wood bridge. This particular bridge won 1st place at California Region 11 and California State competitions. It also won 3rd place at the 'Destination Imagination' Global bridge building competition in Knoxville, Tennessee in May 2005. It is especially useful to kids who want to understand the process of building balsa wood structures."

Friday, May 19, 2006

The 'Perfect' Lens Hood

The 'Perfect' Lens Hood:
"How to make:
The 'Perfect' Lens Hood
You can buy one or you can...
… make one out of recyclable materials you have around the house
… about all it takes is some time and care and careful, slow going to cut the material appropriately and such that it fits properly. " - easy like abc - easy like abc:
"3 mm LEDs Units Blue Green Red Yellow White
Luminous Intensity (mcd) 2500 6000 3000 3000 3000
Price for 10 pieces US$ $1.49 $1.69 $0.59 $0.59 $1.69"

TrustedReviews - The €7 MP3 Player

TrustedReviews - The €7 MP3 Player: "Just how cheap can you make an MP3 player? You’d be amazed…"

AOJ Outdoors Tip - Eliminate Yellow Jackets With This Non-Toxic Homemade Yellow Jacket Trap!

AOJ Outdoors Tip - Eliminate Yellow Jackets With This Non-Toxic Homemade Yellow Jacket Trap!: "How It Works: The yellow jackets love fish and will begin to cut off small pieces to take back to the nest. In their 'excitement' of buzzing around the bait a few will occasionally hit the water. The soap in the water breaks the surface tension of the waterproof coating on the yellow jacket and it instantly sinks in the water and drowns in a few seconds. Some yellow jackets will successfully haul a piece of meat back to the nest and tell all the other gatherers in the nest where this great food source is. Soon all the wasps from the nest will be working on this fish and over a period of time, all will eventually make mistakes and either fall off the fish and into the water or bump other wasps flying around and knock themselves in the drink, then its curtains for them too. It only takes a day or two to wipe out nearly every yellow jacket in your area."

TeamDroid » DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb

TeamDroid » DIY Hollow Out A Light Bulb: "When I was growing up I had a keen interest in the sciences. Mostly because of the cool gear that scientists used, you know, beakers, flasks, Bunsen burners that sort of thing. Well, not only did I not have the money for those sorts of thing but I had no idea where to even buy them if I could. So I had to improvise. One of the better improvisations I was able to do was to hollow out a light bulb and use it for other things. The glass that makes the envelope of the build is quite heat resistant and the screw base is good to attach things to (even better if you can find old ones with brass bases, you can solder to those). I made a number of small boilers in order to learn about steam and distillation. I hope to show people that even if a bulb burns out, it can still be useful."

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Silicon Chip Online - The Itsy-Bitsy USB Lamp

Silicon Chip Online - The Itsy-Bitsy USB Lamp:
"Parts List - USB Lamp

1 USB male plug moulded to suitable length 4-way screened cable
1 Ultrabright White LED (preferably at least 2000mCd) (eg, DSE Z-3980, 3981, 3982, etc)
1 3AG in-line 2-part plastic fuseholder (eg, DSE P-7912, Jaycar SZ-2015, etc).
1 47Ω 1/4W or 1/8W resistor
Lengths of thin diameter heatshrink (preferably) or spaghetti insulation"

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer :: Mozilla Add-ons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software

Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer :: Mozilla Add-ons :: Add Features to Mozilla Software: "If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you'll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. As a bonus, log in to from any computer anywhere to access your bookmarks."

Converting a colour photo to a single layered stencil with Photoshop - Tutorials - Stencil Revolution

Converting a colour photo to a single layered stencil with Photoshop - Tutorials - Stencil Revolution: "Once you are familiar with this technique you will find creating stencils with multiple layers easier to master using a similair process."

Converting a colour photo to a single layered stencil with Photoshop - Tutorials - Stencil Revolution

Converting a colour photo to a single layered stencil with Photoshop - Tutorials - Stencil Revolution: "Once you are familiar with this technique you will find creating stencils with multiple layers easier to master using a similair process."

Best Song Ever

Best Song Ever: "Ghost Riders in the Sky, is, quite frankly, the best song that there ever was. There can be no topping it, no stopping it, block rocking beats have tried glocking it but keeps ON, on like a tee vee, you think you can see me like THAT? Yo step up whack. That impromptu rap was just an example of one of the millions of songs that Ghost Riders in the Sky is much better than. Originally written by Stan Jones, the song has stood the test of time, and as an added bonus, there happen to be an incredible number of versions of this song, by an extremely wide variety of bands. This is in part due to the fact that stylistically, the music can be interpreted easily in many different ways, and in part due to the fact that its just really goddamn great. The goal of this page is to catalogue every version ever recorded of this song."

DevilDucky - Star Trek 2.0: Cribs, Director's Cut

DevilDucky - Star Trek 2.0: Cribs, Director's Cut: "Star Trek 2.0: Cribs, Director's Cut "

Literature: The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly - Sunday Times - Times Online

Literature: The Book of Lost Books by Stuart Kelly - Sunday Times - Times Online: "THE BOOK OF LOST BOOKS An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You Will Never Read
by Stuart Kelly"

Sunday, May 07, 2006

A Star Is Made - New York Times

A Star Is Made - New York Times: "Deliberate practice entails more than simply repeating a task — playing a C-minor scale 100 times, for instance, or hitting tennis serves until your shoulder pops out of its socket. Rather, it involves setting specific goals, obtaining immediate feedback and concentrating as much on technique as on outcome."

the official East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse website

the official East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse website: "'Every teacher's first stop and every artist's second home.'
6713 San Pablo Ave. Oakland/Berkeley border
Site Meter
open 11am-6pm Every Day"

Plasma Pong

Plasma Pong: "PLASMA PONG is a variation of PONG that utilizes real-time fluid dynamics to drive the game environment.

Players have several new abilities that add fun twists to the classic game. In the game you can inject plasma fluid into the environment, create a vacuum from your paddle, and blast shockwaves into the playing area. All these abilities have fluid-based kinetic effects on the ball, making Plasma Pong a fast-paced and exciting game."

A Docking Pack for your Gizmology

A Docking Pack for your Gizmology: "A closely related need involves all the stray batteries, as opposed to those that are recharged within their corresponding hand-held devices. I have standardized on Ni-MH, and found this excellent package with 10 AAA, 25 AA, 8 9V, 10 C, and 8 D batteries... along with a tester and a smart charger:" - Self Publishing - Free - Self Publishing - Free: "Publish and Sell Worldwide
Fast Publish a book, CD, DVD, image or calendar — and order it within minutes.
Easy How easy? Take the Lulu publishing tour
Free No set-up fees. No minimum order. No catch. We print and ship each product as it's bought, and the purchaser pays for it.
You keep control ... of the rights, the design, the price and 80% of the profits. Really."

Blurb Create a Book

Blurb Create a Book: "It's this simple:
step one
Download Blurb's aptly named BookSmart software. (We know you've heard this before, but it's free and fast. Really.)
step two
Choose the book you'd like to make today.
step three
Play – add photos, blogs, stories, the works.
Rejoice. Your book is published, and yours to share and sell at Blurb."

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Boing Boing: Posh American neighborhoods recreated as Chinese burbclaves

Boing Boing: Posh American neighborhoods recreated as Chinese burbclaves: "Posh American neighborhoods recreated as Chinese burbclaves
Orange County, China is a gated community modeled on the posh neighborhood south of Los Angeles of the same name -- it's one of many recreated US neighborhoods springing up in China, including 'Soho, Central Park, Palm Springs and Manhattan Gardens.'"


chindogu: "think it’s time for something on the lighter side, some comic relief as it were. with that in mind i give you chindogu: the not-so-ancient Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, Chindogu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions, would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has no utility whatsoever. Thus, Chindogu are sometimes described as ‘unuseless’ - that is, they cannot be regarded as ‘useless’ in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called ‘useful’. the following are 12 examples culled from the pages of the book 101 unuseless inventions."

A Docking Pack for your Gizmology

A Docking Pack for your Gizmology: "This is a quick and easy how-to piece, but it can dramatically clean up the space around your computer while making it much easier to 'grab and go' with all your essentials.

I'm sure you know the problem. You probably have a pretty decent collection of portable gadgets: iPod, PDA, digital camera, camcorder, cellular phone... and perhaps a few of the more esoteric things like ham radio, GPS, and weather station. Every one of these items has some support requirements, ranging from a charging cable to a USB-connected dock that lets it interface with your computer while topping off its battery. For most folks, this translates into a big mess of cables and clutter in the general vicinity of the machine, and I bet you've fished around a few times for the right unlabeled connector to shove into the inscrutable socket on some seldom-used widget. Packing it all up to go is an even bigger problem, and it's easy to forget a dusty charger when you're heading out the door in a hurry."

Calculator company list

Calculator company list: "Vintage Technology: Calculators
1970s Vintage desktop and pocket calculators listed by company (121 identified brands, 554 calculators). I am slowly revamping the images and descriptions - and have another 100+ calculators to put on - so keep looking! If you're interested in old desktop calculators try looking at Desktops."

Thursday, May 04, 2006

DevilDucky - They're Made Out of Meat

DevilDucky - They're Made Out of Meat: "After years of probing humans, two alien researchers meet to discuss a most unusual discovery about our species. From an act play by Terry Bisson."

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Create a personalized CD/DVD cover

Create a personalized CD/DVD cover: "Use your digital photographs to make a personalized CD or DVD cover and a lot more. Just choose a photo, add some text (like a playlist or a note or a dedication), and follow the simple printing and folding instructions. Amaze your friends with your digital-photo-crafting-kung-fu! Works with your photos hosted on Flickr or anywhere else." - automatic biscuit image creator - automatic biscuit image creator: "Please note that it is not possible to make a direct link to this image, feel free to save a local copy and using as you wish."

Create A Graph

Create A Graph: "Graphs and charts are great because they communicate information visually. For this reason, graphs are often used in newspapers, magazines and businesses around the world.

NCES constantly uses graphs and charts in our publications and on the web. Sometimes, complicated information is difficult to understand and needs an illustration. Graphs or charts can help impress people by getting your point across quickly and visually.

Here you will find five different graphs and charts for you to consider. Maybe it will help explain what you are trying to show. Use homework problems, things you have a special interest in, or use some of the numbers you find elsewhere on this site. Have fun!"

Dogcaught: A Railroad Blog

Dogcaught: A Railroad Blog: "Illustrations of Pacific Northwest Railroading"

iowahawk: The Real Acme

iowahawk: The Real Acme: "Still, even with a rocket there's a lot of weight and inertia involved in moving a large hunk of Detroit steel down a race track. That's why many discerning folks opted for the ne plus ultra of Turbonique insanity: ROCKET THRUST GO KARTS.

'TOO MUCH: The above cart, which is equipped with T-21-A engines, is considered unsafe for 1/4 mile competition as pictured. The thrust/weight ratio is such that speeds over 160 mph are reached within 4 seconds.'

Turbonique, the company where safety comes first!. Such pleas for moderation fell on the deaf ears of 'Captain Jack' McClurg, who eventually coaxed his Turbonique kart to over 240 mph in the early 1970s.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

PhotoRescue - data-recovery solution for digital photography

PhotoRescue - data-recovery solution for digital photography: "Have you lost your pictures? Do not panic! Try PhotoRescue: the digital photo & picture recovery solution for erased or damaged compact flash, memory stick, xd cards, smart media, sd cards and other media used in digital cameras. Download our demo for Windows or for Mac OS X today and save your cherished memories!"

eyehook - games : COLOR box

eyehook - games : COLOR box: "Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to move the color at the top of the page. Press the DOWN arrow key to drop it.

When a color is dropped, its color is added to the colors in adjacent squares, using the additive color system (color theory). There is a color key for reference below.

Make WHITE SQUARES for points."

Monday, May 01, 2006

General Decimal Arithmetic

General Decimal Arithmetic: "Most computers today support binary floating-point in hardware. While suitable for many purposes, binary floating-point arithmetic should not be used for financial, commercial, and user-centric applications or web services because the decimal data used in these applications cannot be represented exactly using binary floating-point."