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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Avast! It's Talk Like A Pirate Day!

According to Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Be careful however for the pirates may try to talk ye into purchasing some of their booty.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Joules The Robotic Cyclist

If you've followed the blog for a while you'll know that I have a thing for robots, and I'm a pretty big Google fanboy but that's another story. Thanks to Gizmodo for bringing my attention to Joules. According to Greyhair100's Youtube page "Joules the Robot sits on the back of a tandem bicycle and does the pedaling for both of us"

Did you recognize the song in the background? Robots and Daisy... perhaps Joules is a descendant of Hal 9000 or vice versa?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Resonates With Me Like A Good Dilbert Cartoon

Thanks to Geeks are Sexy for this find! It sort of speaks to me the way Scott Adams does with his Dilbert character. I'm not sure why...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

MIT Students Capture Photos From Space - Budget $160.00

Three MIT students, Oliver Yeh, Justin Lee and Eric Newton, used common consumer electronics and a weather balloon to snap pictures from space. Dubbed Project Icarus the three who specialize in taking low-cost aerial photographs that they display and sell through a website called 1337arts, captured the photograph below from 28 kilometres up.

"The camera used in the project was a 7.1-megapixel Canon Powershot the students bought used on They installed an open-source firmware add-on to the camera that would allow them to program it to take a picture every five seconds.

To track the location of the balloon, they used a $50 pre-paid Motorola cellphone with GPS capabilities and installed a free program that would report the phone's location at regular intervals. A USB phone charger powered by AA lithium batteries kept the phone running during the five-hour voyage. They also installed an external antenna to boost the phone's signal"

Perhaps NASA should hire a few more MIT grads!

Source: CBC

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Google Throws News Sites A Life Line

The Official Google Blog has announced the latest creation from Google Labs called Fast Flip. "Like a print magazine, Fast Flip lets you browse sequentially through bundles of recent news, headlines and popular topics, as well as feeds from individual top publishers. As the name suggests, flipping through content is very fast, so you can quickly look through a lot of pages until you find something interesting." My limited trial of the service leads me to believe that it is delivering on this promise, the page loads quickly allowing you to peruse the articles and then drill down on the ones you want to read. There is also a mobile version for Android-powered devices and iPhones.

At the moment Google has partnered with "three dozen top publishers, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Salon, Fast Company, ProPublica and Newsweek." The number would seem like a lot but you can flip through these articles in a hurry so it will be nice to see who else comes on board down the road. All in all I think I'll be giving Fast Flip a go, it will definitely be on my list of sources to check each morning.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Segway Inventor Wants To Cleanup The Worlds Drinking Water

Dean Kamen the inventor most famous for bringing us the Segway has created a new device called the Slingshot which turns contaminated water into pure drinking water. The device is smaller and more energy efficient than other purifiers and can produce about 200 gallons per day. Kamen hopes to find funding partners and distributors to help keep the cost of distribution down and see his device in wide use. "In your lifetime, my lifetime, we will see water be a really scarce, valuable commodity," Kamen says.