Monday, May 31, 2004

have you ever felt not quite clean?

well, maybe our friends in japan can lend a hand - or better yet, their technology...

Toto's Techno Toilet Tomorrow

Saturday, May 29, 2004

i must be a geek 'cause i think this is neat

did you know that you can build a mechanical computer (as opposed to an electronic one) capable of solving polynomial equations out of Meccano?

Robinson's Difference Engine

Robinson's Differential Analyzer

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Wednesday, May 26, 2004


it's not terribly humourous but it is rather interesting to see what people come up with when faced with an unusual challenge...

CITY Magazine: UN_FOLD


great, now i want a house so i can put one of these in it...

Spiral Stair Slide

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

this is a whole new level of GEEKness

windows 95 and/or 98se on a pocket pc thanks to a DOS emulator?

so, what exactly is the justification for those lame cut down apps called pocket word and pocket excel? clearly the pocket pc is powerful enough to run the real thing.

PocketGamer - Windows 95 makes it to Pocket PC

Thursday, May 20, 2004

this is too cool...

for those of you who get embarrassed easily and wish you could blend into the background, that dream is just around the corner... check out optical camoflage...

Optical Camoflage picture

there's a movie on my chest 2

more companies making shirts with monitors in them - this time with pictures... looks more like video sandwich board to me...

adwalker :

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

there's a movie on my chest and everyone's invited

t-shirts with embedded 11 inch monitors and speakers playing movie trailers - because just wearing someone's logo doesn't make you enough of a brand-whore anymore...

i wish i could have found a picture so i can find out if they're using that new OLED display technology... i just can't imagine how you could put an 11 inch monitor into a t-shirt with conventional monitors... even a laptop-like LCD screen would be a stretch...


i found pictures! yay!
multi-media shirts


ok so, i remember that once upon a time there was a joke about gamers heading towards over-developed digits (usually thumbs) as a result of excessive gaming... so, should we expect the same thing if we game with our tongues?

i leave it as an exercise for the reader to imagine all the unusual and suggestive places this could lead...

Tongue Boy SP

if you ask me, there are too many exposed circuits for me to feel comfortable using my tongue with that setup - but maybe i'm just a drooler...

file this under "too much free time on their hands"

[sarcasm] golly i wonder what it would be like to work for the company that patented the butt-kicking machine [/sarcasm]

US engineers perfect butt-kicking machine | The Register


i've got a water problem... it's not a leaky faucet, or a busted pipe (well there is a busted pipe but that's not the problem at hand), no it's condensation...

condensation is forming on the cold water pipe leading to the downstairs bathroom at my place and dripping down all over everything... so in my typical style i thought to myself how can i solve this with the contents of my trash bin... hey, that's what you do when you're trying to be ingenius - you look at problems in an odd way...

paper... yes, i have a fair amount of paper in my garbage at the moment because i cleaned my desk... i'm going to try wrapping paper around the pipe and see what happens... the paper should absorb the water, the capillary action should help keep it more evenly distributed around the circumference of the pipe and the greater surface area should aid in it's evaporation... it's an experiment, i'm going to see what happens...

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

and you thought scientists were dull and boring people

well, ok - they are... but with the right catalyst who knows what might precipitate...

Molecules with Silly or Unusual Names

beware of tourists

yes those smiling, camera toting visitors may just decide to turn their disposable cameras into stun guns as described here:

TechTV | Dark Tip: Reach Out and Zap Someone

who likes puzzles?

i like puzzles... and apparently this guy does too... so much so he expanded the standard rubik's cube problem to the point of figuring out how to make a robot solve a scrambled cube....

JP Brown's Serious LEGO - CubeSolver

Monday, May 17, 2004

do you ever worry . . .

. . . that you're a crummy parker - that you didn't pull in far enough, or the car is a little crooked, or you tapped the bumper of the car in front of you? well, this picture really puts things in perspective...

really bad parking

is that a PDA in a PEN?

Universal Display Corporation

do i want it? you betcha!... and who wouldn't? a screen the rolls up in to a pen-like form factor is very cool and a lot more portable than what we've got right now...

yes, you read that right, a screen that rolls up...

Sunday, May 16, 2004

oh, the memories - whatever happened to wonderful tv content like this?

"Gritty Kitty ain't so pretty,
But it's really thick.
It fills my cat box oh so snug;
It always does the trick.

I like to rub it on my toes
And squish and squish and squish!
It rare offends my tender nose,
Like a smelly fish!

Its texture is a joy to me,
It's just as smooth as silk.
It makes my little whiskers twitch;
It stays crunchy, even in milk!

I may not be the President,
I may not be the Pope,
But as long as I have Gritty Kitty,
I shall never mope!"

ren & stimpy, where are you? i need some rubber nipples to protect me from harmful UV rays while i touch nasty disgusting things...

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Do not go gentle into that good night - Dylan Thomas

y'know, there's something kinda neat about getting to hear a famous poem recited by the author (even if it is a recording)....

here's another
The road not taken - Robert Frost

Thursday, May 13, 2004

music makers weigh in on file sharing

as if anyone really gave a rat's ass about the health of the RIAA... the folks who really matter are the ones who make the music, the artists...

How do musicians feel about file sharing?

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

special delivery?

Man sent gun instead of MP3 player

i wonder what the audio quality was like, and where is the headphone jack... maybe you're just supposed to hold it up to your ear and press play...

it's about time we got us some Droids

Dyson UK - Find out about DCO6 and how it works.

come on, you know you want it...

walls are hard - don't collide with them

yes, i ran into a wall today... had a good laugh about it too - i mean how many grown 'people' run into walls? it's one thing to walk into a door, but to run into a wall?

well, i was playing with the cat... running after him (because he likes to run and i like to make sure he has motivation to do so) down a hallway parallel with a staircase... normally at the end i grab the banister to do a 180 (with a couple of one-footed sliding hops - very cartoony, i know) only this time (for whatever reason) i missed the banister and whack! right into the wall... just call me Wile E Coyote...

Monday, May 10, 2004

from the "oh, i'm goin' to hell for this one" category

jesus christ action figure

now with walk-on-water action!

hey, if you save everyone (by, say, dying for our sins) then you're a hero, and heros deserve to be immortalized as action figures...

from the "some people just have too much time on their hands" category

Math Trek: Riding on Square Wheels, Science News Online, April 3, 2004

someone told me once i should make a list, maybe that's what's happening here... maybe i'm making a list of all the crazy wacky things i've seen...

another from the "i'm speechless" category


careful there, if you have delicate sensibilities you don't want to click this link...

oh heck, if you have delicate sensibilities you probably don't want to be reading this blog... there is no telling what you'll find here...

otherwise click away and see if you can remember the original jingle...

[credit goes to minh for passing this one on to me]

perfect your t-shirt folding technique

Best T-shirt folder on the planet

i had to check this out, and now you have to check this out - wow, she's good... if i master this it'll make laundry day go a lot faster...

now if someone will just show me a trick to folding boxer-briefs...

Friday, May 07, 2004

from the "i'm speechless" category

banana phone

it's just... it's just...

i don't know how to describe it without doing it an injustice... all i can say is this is one of the things i love about the web...

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists

[kyle's mom] what, what, WHAT!? [/kyle's mom]

i'm shocked, simply shocked to learn that cd's and dvd's don't last forever (or at least until the heat death of the universe)... and no, this isn't even proton decay, it's a simple physical breakdown of the materials and bonds present in our favourite optical medium...

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Stop spam with Sneakemail 2.0, the spam stopper, disposable email, forwarding, spam filter service

this is actually a pretty neat service... what you do is, when you're registering with some website that you don't know you can trust with your real email address, you open another window and login to sneakemail and create a throw-away address for this particular registration...

the site then has an address at which they can reach you (since the emails are passed on to your real address) and you can reply to emails you receive without giving away your real address (since your replies are passed on to the recipient through sneakemail), and if at some point you find the the sneakemail address was leaked to spammers you can delete it without giving up your real email address... it's perfect!
why is there no advanced filtering for newsgroup posts in mozilla? you can choose from a variety of headers and even define custom ones for email, but for newgroups you're stuck with subject and sender and that's it...

hardly sufficient to deal net abuse in usenet...
Learn How to Speak Irish Gaelic!

why? because it's an endangered language, silly...
and i said "let there be blog" and there was and it was guid.