Friday, June 30, 2006

FUSE: Filesystem in Userspace

FUSE: Filesystem in Userspace: "With FUSE it is possible to implement a fully functional filesystem in a userspace program. Features include:

* Simple library API
* Simple installation (no need to patch or recompile the kernel)
* Secure implementation
* Userspace - kernel interface is very efficient
* Usable by non privileged users
* Runs on Linux kernels 2.4.X and 2.6.X
* Has proven very stable over time"

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Rake: The Rake's Progress : Notorious G.K.C.

The Rake: The Rake's Progress : Notorious G.K.C.: "If it’s been awhile since you thought about Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), the English essayist, novelist, playwright, hagiographer, Catholic apologist, and journalist, then the Bloomington-based American Chesterton Society is here to set you straight."
: "THE FLYING INN BY GILBERT K. CHESTERTON" - Vintage Chinese Propaganda Posters - Vintage Chinese Propaganda Posters: "
A revolutionary oil painting
Your portrait painted like a propaganda poster
Offer yourself a beautiful oil painting, executed by an artist painter. Originality guaranteed."

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Size Of Our World

The Size Of Our World: "The Size Of Our World"

isummit 2006 the movie : open the wifi -

isummit 2006 the movie : open the wifi -: "But one strange point is that the wifi connection is nor free nor open... You need a password and it’s quite expensive to get it. But I decided to buy one connection, and Cory Doctorow offered to share it through his laptop."

TenDollarDigitalCamera - ElephantStaircase

TenDollarDigitalCamera - ElephantStaircase: "Turn a 'disposable' 10 dollar digital camera from RitzCamera, CVS, or Walgreens into one you can use over and over, just like a normal digital camera.


Monday, June 26, 2006

A Gentle Introduction to SQL

A Gentle Introduction to SQL: "Interactive SQL tutorial, learn about: SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, DB2, Mimer, PostgreSQL, SQLite and Access."


The Online Photographer: Great Photographers on the Internet

The Online Photographer: Great Photographers on the Internet: "Sam, GORGEOUS scene I luv it! Too bad u couldn't get a little more color in sky area. Blues should be a little more saturated. Also the rule is u need to have either sky or land (lake?) dominate, not just split right down the middle. Try to move the camera after u focus. A great shot though please see my entries and leave your comments. Ted."

Sunday, June 25, 2006

: "rem Purpose: Create a demo table and context index. Show how to rem re-sync the index anfer inserts (any DML)"

Oracle Text: Optimize Your Text Retrieval

Oracle Text: Optimize Your Text Retrieval: "This article provides an overview of Oracle Text, creates and tests an Oracle Text index, and shows you how to optimize your Oracle Text applications by using the reporting package, CTX_REPORT."

TV in Japan: Rocket Chairs on a Ski Slope - Suprise!

TV in Japan: Rocket Chairs on a Ski Slope - Suprise!: "This is a practical joke. With naked dudes. Unaware they're sitting on rocket chairs. On a ski hill. On TV. In Japan."

YouTube - D1大整古-流動廁所

YouTube - D1大整古-流動廁所: "Rising Outhouse on Japanese TV"

Cassini Imaging Diary

Cassini Imaging Diary: "Moons In Motion
The cold, icy orbs of the Saturn system come to life in a slew of new movie clips showing the ringed planet’s moons in motion."

Friday, June 23, 2006

Declan’s Blog »Blog Archive » Radio Capture and Self Podcasting

Declan’s Blog »Blog Archive » Radio Capture and Self Podcasting: "For a long time I’ve wanted to capture radio shows on public radio and play them back on the iPod. This article describes the process of using the RadioShark to get the content (boring, I know, others have done this) but then describes how to make the content a podcast that can be added you your iTunes or other podcast aggregator."

YouTube - Lady and the Lamp

YouTube - Lady and the Lamp: "A masterpiece. John Lasseter made this when he was at CalArts in 1979. "

Thursday, June 22, 2006

PAT2PDF - Free PDF copies of patents: Download and print!

PAT2PDF - Free PDF copies of patents: Download and print!: "Download U.S. patents (in PDF) and more!
To download a copy of a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, please enter your request in the format below."

REPIPE SPECIALISTS, INC. -- Copper Repiping -- The Benefits

REPIPE SPECIALISTS, INC. -- Copper Repiping -- The Benefits: "By replacing the old galvanized iron
pipes in your home with new,
high quality copper pipes"

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Pikmin Returns: Pikmin Online

Pikmin Returns: Pikmin Online: "Today, we've updated the site with the entire Pikmin World's Soundtrack for you all to download. There are few soundtracks available for Pikmin, and even fewer to find outside of Japan, so we're putting them up for you to download here."

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Coke and Mentos Fountain at

Coke and Mentos Fountain at "The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments:
What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane."

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Atmel Corporation

Atmel Corporation: "AVR Butterfly is an evaluation tool demonstrating the capabilities of the latest AVR Technology. The tool is shipped with preloaded firmware supporting temperature sensing, light measurement, voltage readings and music playback. AVR Butterfly can also be used as a nametag.
" Earth; 3D flight tracking in real time for LAX, BOS, ORD, ATL, JFK, MIA, SEA, SFO Inbound Flights Earth; 3D flight tracking in real time for LAX, BOS, ORD, ATL, JFK, MIA, SEA, SFO Inbound Flights: "Cool Stuff! See live inbound traffic for a number of US-based airports, live and in 3D using Google Earth!

Click to for detailed flight tracking, flight planning and aeronautical information!"

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Cubicle Culture: How brainstorming works best

Cubicle Culture: How brainstorming works best: "In fact, great brainstorming sessions are possible, but they require the planning of a state dinner, plenty of rules, and the suspension of ego, ingratiation and political railroading. Hosts have to hope that people won't expend creative energy trying to tell others their ideas are bad without actually telling them that -- admittedly a real business skill. And they have to cross their fingers that the session won't deteriorate into what some people call 'blamestorming' or 'coblabberation,' where you get nowhere or settle on something mediocre to be done with it."

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

DevilDucky - David Attenborough: The Lyrebird

DevilDucky - David Attenborough: The Lyrebird: "In April 2006, to celebrate naturalist David Attenborough's 80th birthday, the public were asked to vote on their favourite of his television moments. This clip of the lyrebird was voted number one. A Lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their extraordinary ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment."

Monday, June 12, 2006

I’ve found God, says man who cracked the genome - Sunday Times - Times Online

I’ve found God, says man who cracked the genome - Sunday Times - Times Online: "THE scientist who led the team that cracked the human genome is to publish a book explaining why he now believes in the existence of God and is convinced that miracles are real.

Francis Collins, the director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute, claims there is a rational basis for a creator and that scientific discoveries bring man “closer to God”.

His book, The Language of God, to be published in September, will reopen the age-old debate about the relationship between science and faith. “One of the great tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war,” said Collins, 56."

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Big Spanish Castle

Big Spanish Castle: "just stare at the dot for 30 seconds.
Then, without moving your eyes, move the mouse over the image.
It will look like it's in color until you move your eyes."

Friday, June 09, 2006

Light Reading - Pixar - Telecom

Light Reading - Pixar - Telecom: "Brandeau added that the rendering system used for animation was creaking under the strain of the new release, prompting a rethink of the firm's storage strategy. 'We realized that our rendering time was taking too long. Frames were taking 10 hours [to render] that should have taken one hour.'"

Thursday, June 08, 2006

John J. Miller on Budget Deficit on National Review Online

John J. Miller on Budget Deficit on National Review Online: "Budget Busters
How to balance the federal budget in less than an hour.

Both President Bush and John Kerry say they want to cut the $478 billion federal budget deficit in half over the next five years. That's a worthy goal, but it raises an obvious question: Why not eliminate the whole darn thing?"

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

bonnaroo flagpole

bonnaroo flagpole: "Plans for building a PVC flagpole"

essays & effluvia: Amazing R/C airplane demo

essays & effluvia: Amazing R/C airplane demo: "Amazing R/C airplane demo"

The Subatomic Assembly of H 2 - Popular Science

The Subatomic Assembly of H 2 - Popular Science: "As current flows from a 9-volt battery through a cup of water, bubbles of hydrogen form on the negative electrode (connected to the black wire) while oxygen accumulates on the positive one (red wire)."

Constructional Lighting Projects

Constructional Lighting Projects: "One of the fun electronics projects that one can experiment and build is projects that uses lights. Among the lighting devices that are popular in recent years are LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). LED is fast replacing bulbs as the technology in LED gain breakthough year by year. The luminence of powerful LEDs and the development of various colors of LEDs - in recent years, blue colour has become a common color. LEDs have been used in household appliances, automobile, control circuitry and a host of other applications.


CHARLES AND HUDSON | Make It Your Home with our Home Improvement, Remodeling, and Renovation Ideas and Sources

CHARLES AND HUDSON | Make It Your Home with our Home Improvement, Remodeling, and Renovation Ideas and Sources: "Welcome to Charles and Hudson. We're here to help you remodel, renovate, and beautify your home"

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Gray Matter - Popular Science

Gray Matter - Popular Science: "Ever yearn to make your own silicon? Preserve a snowflake on a microscope slide? Fuel a rocket ship with sugar? Theodore Gray undertakes these and many more mind-bending projects in his monthly PopSci column, archived here for your entertainment. Just remember that Gray is well trained in lab safety procedures—if you decide to try these experiments, you should be, too."


Transistors: "The purpose of this page is to explain the transistor.
The audience to which it is aimed, is anyone who hasn't a clue to how these little Buggers work and/or how to use them. A real problem with previous explanations: for the sake of 'fidelity' authors' include confusing details until the concept, or thread--of how they actually work & how to use them--is lost. "

Wrench Xylophone

Wrench Xylophone: "Want to make a real Garage Band? Then you'll need an instrument. Get out your wrench set, start wacking 'em, and make a xylophone."

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction

PARADE Magazine | How We Make Marines

PARADE Magazine | How We Make Marines: "How does the Marine Corps take 17-year-old civilians and, in 13 short weeks, transform them into Marines? How do they motivate these young men and women to become members of a group that needs to function at the highest level under enormous stress? PARADE Contributing Editor Larry Smith spent two years researching his new book, “The Few and the Proud: Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words.” He discovered that drill instructors are the key to making a Marine—and that there are lessons all of us can learn from them."

David Orban's Blog: "Engines of Creation" available in free electronic format

David Orban's Blog: "Engines of Creation" available in free electronic format: "The 'Englines of Creation' by Eric Drexler has been a lightning bolt for me when I read it in the late 80s, and it is great to see it freed for all to enjoy. Nanotechnology has come alive lately in lame textiles or cosmetics products, but the vision of Drexler of nanoscale manufacturing lives on, and is unsurpassed in its bold predictions.

Many authors start to realize that the danger of obsolescence by obscurity is greater to them that the perceived loss of royalties, and they put their books online, sooner or later after publication. Cory Doctorow is one of those who do it simultaneously with his science fiction books, which can be purchased in paper form, or downloaded electronically at the same time. Stephen Wolfram also very positively surprised me when just a year or so after the publication of 'A New Kind of Science' he put it online for free."

Engines of Creation - K. Eric Drexler : Cover

Engines of Creation - K. Eric Drexler : Cover:
"Engines of Creation
The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
K. Eric Drexler"

Friday, June 02, 2006

What Effect Reading Has on Our Minds - MSN Encarta

What Effect Reading Has on Our Minds - MSN Encarta: "Here are two facts that probably won't surprise you: Reading makes you smarter, and the more reading you do, the better.

Why this is so and how the magic happens, though, is quite interesting.

In a paper called What Reading Does for the Mind, Anne E. Cunningham, associate professor of cognition and development at the University of California, Berkeley, makes the case that reading:

* increases vocabulary more than talking or direct teaching;

* substantially boosts general knowledge while decreasing the likelihood that misinformation will be absorbed; and

* helps keep our memory and reasoning abilities intact as we age."

Modern Mechanix » Wear a Flash on Your Head

Modern Mechanix » Wear a Flash on Your Head: "Synchronizing Photo Flash Lamp With a Camera Shutter
THE difficulty of synchronizing the flare of a photo flash lamp with the click of the shutter is frequently encountered by enthusiasts of the camera art. There’s a way to overcome this difficulty, however, and that is by constructing the little gadget shown in the accompanying photo.

The contrivance consists of a flat type pocket flashlight battery mounted between two pieces of wood, on the top of which is affixed a common porcelain socket to hold the photo flash lamp.

On the base of this baseboard is mounted a pair of contacts in such a position that the loading lever will push them together when the shutter clicks. The wiring is illustrated in the insert.

Synchronization is achieved by the simultaneous clicking of the shutter and the closing of the photo flashlamp circuit through the silver contacts. The duration of the flash is 1/50 of a second, which occurs when the shutter is wide open.

For convenience, the flash lamp unit is secured to the head by an elastic band, thus leaving the hands free to operate the camera. The lamp should be backed by an aluminum reflector."

A grease geek will guide you: `Cars' decoded - Los Angeles Times

A grease geek will guide you: `Cars' decoded - Los Angeles Times: "'CARS' is the 'Da Vinci Code' for gear heads."

Animation World Magazine

Animation World Magazine: "Cars: Hitting the Mother Road — Part 1
In part one of AWN’s in-depth Cars coverage, Bill Desowitz focuses on the character and lighting innovations at Pixar Animation Studios."

The Office supplies trebuchet

The Office supplies trebuchet: "Bored at work? Build your own 3' trebuchet out of paperclips and throw balls of blu-tac up to an amazing 4 feet."

DIY:happy » Quick and Dirty Mosquito Trap

DIY:happy » Quick and Dirty Mosquito Trap:
"How to build a Mosquito trap.

Materials Needed:

2000ml (2 liter) bottle
50 gram (brown?) sugar
1 gram yeast
Measure cup
Black paper"

Lake Peigneur Disaster

Lake Peigneur Disaster: "The whirlpool easily sucked up the $5 million Texaco drilling platform, a second drilling rig that was nearby, a tugboat, eleven barges from the canal, a barge loading dock, seventy acres of Jefferson Island and its botanical gardens, parts of greenhouses, a house trailer, trucks, tractors, a parking lot, tons of mud, trees, and who knows what else. A natural gas fire broke out where the Texaco well was being drilled. Let's not forget the estimated 1.5 billion gallons of water that seemed to magically drain down the hole."

Lake Peigneur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lake Peigneur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Lake Peigneur is a 1,300 feet (396 meters) deep, salt-water, lake near New Iberia, Louisiana. The name Peigneur is French for 'comber'.

The lake was previously a three foot (91 cm) shallow fresh-water lake until an unusual man-made catastrophe on November 21, 1980. At that time, Diamond Crystal operated a salt mine under the lake while a Texaco oil rig was drilling down from the surface of the lake."

Damn Interesting » Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom

Damn Interesting » Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom: "Early in the morning on November 21, 1980, twelve men decided to abandon their oil drilling rig on the suspicion that it was beginning to collapse beneath them. They had been probing for oil under the floor of Lake Peigneur when their drill suddenly seized up at about 1,230 feet below the muddy surface, and they were unable free it. In their attempts to work the drill loose, which is normally fairly easy at that shallow depth, the men heard a series of loud pops, just before the rig tilted precariously towards the water."

OpinionJournal - Taste

OpinionJournal - Taste: "Technology writer Steven Johnson likens the intellectual process at work in video gaming to 'the basic procedure of the scientific method.' True, I might have better used my time reading Phillip Roth's new novel, but as mind-aerobics this exercise surely beat watching the tube. As for my kids navigating the game, wouldn't it be comparable with their playing chess for hours?"

United Nuclear- About Us

United Nuclear- About Us: "The sole purpose of United Nuclear Scientific Supplies, LLC is to put the 'fun' back into science.
Currently, both private and public schools (as well as other learning institutions) are removing chemicals & glassware from their chemistry labs, electronic components from their engineering classes... along with many other important pieces of 'hands-on' learning equipment. In exchange, they have students conduct experiments on computer or simply read text instead of actually coming into contact with the equipment & materials they are learning about.
Most professors & teachers we have spoken with completely disagree with this concept.
It is our intention make these and other interesting/scientific related items once again available to the hobbyist, teacher, experimenter, and professional organizations.


United Nuclear - Scientific Supplies

United Nuclear - Scientific Supplies: "United Nuclear has been featured on nationwide CBS television news and 'Coast to Coast' radio with host Art Bell. We're also in the June 2005 issue of MAXIM magazine: 'Top Science Gear' page 164"

MAKE: Blog: Scientific and technical books of yesteryear

MAKE: Blog: Scientific and technical books of yesteryear: "We collect a lot of these old publications and books at MAKE, it's incredibly interesting to note the contrast of what was published for amateur scientists, and everyone just 30, 40, 50+ years ago compared to now, which really isn't a lot."

Thursday, June 01, 2006 - Traditional music from Nothern Europe - Traditional music from Nothern Europe
" now presents 409 videos of traditional music from nothern Europe."

Which of these redfines "traditonal?"
Lars Jobs
Jan Granli


Aharef: Websites as graphs

Aharef: Websites as graphs: "Since tags are nested in other tags, they are arranged in a hierarchical manner, and that hierarchy can be represented as a graph. I've written a little app that visualizes such a graph, and here are some screenshots of websites that I often look at."