Tuesday, August 30, 2005

How the vi editor would look if it had been made my Microsoft

This is very geeky, and only for die-hard Unix users:
See how things might have been if Microsoft had done vi...

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Airvantage vest uses your breath as insulation

As the title says, this jacket can be pumped up by breathing into a tube. Your breath will act as an insulator and keep you nice and toasty. If you get too warm, you can vent air out of the jacket to cool you off.

Airvantage vest uses your breath as insulation - Engadget - www.engadget.com

Monday, August 29, 2005

Sniper Detection System

This gadget will pick up the noise of a sniper rifle with a number of its mics, and triangulate the direction, elevation, and distance of the shot. They're currently in testing in Iraq, being mounted on Hummers (armored I hope!).

Sniper Detection System : Gizmodo

Friday, August 26, 2005

Toyota Prius Hybrid Owners Hacking To Increase Gas Mileage

Gremban, an electrical engineer and committed environmentalist, spent several months and $3,000 US tinkering with his car. Plugging the car into a wall outlet at his home in this San Francisco suburb - all for about a quarter.

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Homeland Security Blanket(!)

For those worry-warts out there who check up on the Homeland Security Alert level every 5 minutes (I'm looking at you, Fox News!), this blanket will reflect the current alert level with an indicating light, and by getting warmer.
Wonderful! Now, when thermonuclear war breaks out, and I can my nice and comfy in my toasty bed.

~Homeland Security Blanket~

Fingerprint Jewelry

So, you send a copy of your fingerprint to jewelery maker Piaget, and they can make a diamond watch or a pendant that matches your fingerprint. This of this as the ultimate certificate of ownership!

Fingerprint Jewelry: Unquestionably Yours : Gizmodo

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Google Talk

Google just released a IM/VOIP client that allows you to send messages or voice call your friends.
It's still in Beta, and you have to have a Gmail account to use it (though they're working on allowing all email accounts access).
Looks like a good thing that I will be trying out. Send me a message or give me a call if you'd like to test it. My gmail account is in the profile.

Google Talk

Edit: I've tried this out, and the sound quality is amazingly good! Better quality than Skype or Gizmo Project, though it's quite limiting in the need for a Gmail account, and the lack of support for conferences.
Soon though.

P-Mate - For the Ladies

Hooray! Finally, women may now pee standing up!

P-Mate - For the Ladies : Gizmodo

Monday, August 22, 2005

Photoshop Before and Afters of Supermodels

Before and after pics of Supermodels that have been photoshopped. I'll never trust magazine spreads again!

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Engadget circa-1985

What Tech-blog Engadget would have looked like 20 years ago as an old-school BBS. A fun look back at the cutting edge technology of 1985.
"Shoulder-phone" at only 11 pounds? Windows 1.0! 35-inch color TV! Laser printer for only $6,995! Gasp! CD-ROM!!!
I'm in heaven!

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Skydive from 102,800 feet

On Aug. 16, 1960 Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger at 102,800 feet above the earth jumped--into the near-vacuum of space. Simply an amazing story!

Here is an interview http://www.forbes.com/global/2003/1208/060.html

Here is a video of a fall from 94,795 feet http://www.jpaerospace.com/away17%20descent.wmv

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Generation NEX: Ultra-Slim NES

It's amazing that people are still playing the original NES, released 20 years ago. I still have a collection of at least 50 games gathering dust somewhere.
Some creative individuals have created a slim NES that's 1.5" thick, and has built-in support for wireless controllers. It will play all those NES cartridges that you haven't sold for $3 (right?). You can get your own for $59.99, which, coincidentally, is the new lowered price for a Nintendo Gamecube with 2 games and 2 controllers.

Link to Joystiq article

Wonderfully Expressive Knife Holder

Not only is it functional, but it may evoke deep feelings of empathy (or violence!). It's called "The Ex", and is obviously targeted at the burned-lover/spouse category. $79.99 includes the stainless steel knives.
The color hides the bloodstains...

Link to Gizmodo Story

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Video-Playing Tombstones

Creepy. A company is planning to offer video screen attached to tombstones, so that visitors can watch video of the deceased. The screens will be solar-powered, and will only output audio through a headphone jack, so the cemetary won't be filled with the cacophany of dead people's voices.
If this takes off, I see a new pastime emerging... cemetary television!

Link to Story

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Jockstrap with fan

To keep your nuts and berries cool on those warm days on the field. Check out the icon in the middle of the fan...

Gridiron Gadgets

Monday, August 15, 2005

World's Ugliest Dog

Absolutely terrifying!

Link to LA Times story

Beastly Japanese Phone Watch (Gizmodo)

This was just too damn retro-cool to pass up... I just love Japanese gadgets that are completely impractical and useless!


Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Video Game Totem Tattoo : Kotaku

Man turning 30 decides to celebrate by tatooing a video game totem on his leg. The totem contains the games that most affected him throughout his life, from Pong onwards. That's dedication man!

The Video Game Totem Tattoo : Kotaku

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Peaceoholics protest Rockstar and release a list of demands

A bunch of crazies calling themselves Peaceoholics (original, doncha think?) have camped in protest outside of Rockstar Studios, the publisher of the games Grand Theft Auto and the upcoming Bully. They are currently protesting the Bully game, in which you play a school bully. Don't you love it when people protest something they know nothing about?
Here are their demands:
# Not to release Bully under any circumstances
# Volunteer to sell its violent and sexually explicit games in adult video stores only.
# Let parents return Grand Theft Auto for a full refund until they do a national awareness campaign to educate parents of content and possible effects.
# Create a fund for victims of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and car-jackings, etc.
# Make a national apology for misleading and lying to children, parents, and legislators about their intentions and causing insurance premiums to sky rocket.
# Give a written response within five business days of receipt of these demands.

Pure craziness.