October 1, 2014

Peter Higgs doesn't own a TV or use email or a cellphone


The headline up top is just one of a number of interesting things in Dennis Overbye's September 15 New York Times Science essay about the winner (above) of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics, honored — 50 years later — for his prediction of the existence of a new particle, now known as the Higgs boson.

"The Higgs boson explained in plain English" was the title of a January 24, 2012 boj post.

October 1, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Gigantic Anglepoise Lamp


A scaled-up reproduction that reaches 8 feet tall at its maximum height.


Share the light.



[via The Green Head]

October 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

A dance on the side of Oakland's City Hall

The performance was filmed vertically on the side of Oakland's 18-story City Hall last month at the Art + Soul Festival.

[via The Awesomer and Colossal]

October 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Japan Rail Train Belt


Ah, memories of Ochanomizu Station, circa 1968....

From the website:



Do you want to be the Yamanote Line, the circular train line that goes around Tokyo?

Or the Shinkansen bullet train that zips passengers from Tokyo to Aomori, and Tokyo to Hakata?

You decide!

The Boku Wa Shinkansen ("I'm the bullet train!") is a fun belt toy based on three different Japan Rail trains.

The wearer is transformed into the train driver and can control any of the trio of famous Japanese trains.

The buttons and steering are brilliantly realistic, complete with genuine audio effects from the actual train lines.

For example, each of the station names are announced as they are in real life, along with other carriage announcements.

A must for train fans and imaginative kids.

Get ready to travel the length of Japan!

Features and Details:

  • Based on three train/train lines: E231 JR Yamanote Line, JR Shinkansen N700 Nozomi Tokyo-Hakata, JR Shinkansen E5 Hayabusa Tokyo-Shinaomori
  • Audio (original Japanese only)
  • Recommended for ages 3 and over
  • Power: AAA batteries x 2 (not included)
  • Instructions: Japanese only (but easy to use)




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September 30, 2014

iPod Classic: R.I.P.


Earlier this month, Apple quietly killed off the iPod Classic.

It was introduced in 2001.

[via PopMatters and Fast Company]

September 30, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Hostess Twinkie Maker


Why leave yourself at the mercy of companies that can't get their act together to keep a classic alive?


From the website:



Do you like Hostess Twinkies?

It's okay.

Now you can make your favorite tasty treat at home.

This Twinkie Maker makes 6 Twinkies — all sponge cake goodness and creamy sensations — in just minutes.

And with the included pastry bag, you can fill your sweet treats just like the ones you'd get from store.

Easy-clean nonstick surfaces, too.

Recipe book included.



But wait — there's more!


Hostess Cupcake Maker: $29.99.

September 30, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

What it's like to be a New York City bike messenger

A view from behind the handlebars.

[via Doobybrain]

September 30, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Secret behind-the-door storage compartment


From the website:


You own stuff but sometimes it seems like stuff owns you — especially when there's insufficient storage available.


This innovative behind-the-door storage solution mounts to any standard door using the existing hinge pins and can be installed in minutes.


If you have 3.5 inches from the center of your door hinge pin to the side wall, you can install it.


Includes 6 adjustable shelves, 2 fixed shelves, and 8 retention rods for taller items.

Whether in in a bedroom, laundry room, pantry, or dorm room, it's a great way to keep things organized.

70"H x 16"W x 4"D.


$179.99 (contents not included).

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September 29, 2014

Dreams get weirder as the night goes on


Below, excerpts from Rachel Nuwer's September 19 Smithsonian article.


The longer the night wears on, the stranger our dreams become, according to a new study titled "The Effect of Time of Night on Wake–Dream Continuity." The authors found that, at the beginning of the night, our dreams have some basis in reality. Often, they reflect things we saw, did or thought about during the day. By the time we've been out for a few hours, however, things start to become more and more bizarre and detached from the real world.

As Time reports, the authors arrived at these findings after monitoring 16 sleeping people for two nights. When the research subjects drifted into a dream-filled slumber, as indicated by sensor, the team woke them up and asked them what they had been dreaming about. Each subject was woken four times each night. They also reported on what they had just been dreaming about when they got up in the morning.

Both strangeness and emotion intensified as the night wore on, the team found.

September 29, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sumo Bumper Bopper


From the website:


Forget the bumper cars and pillow fights; now you can have the best of both worlds with this Sumo Bumper Bopper.

This rugged vinyl bopper fits over the players like a sumo suit but is easy to use and includes twin hand grips to keep things under control even when the bumping gets intense.

Fill it with air, put it on, and you can invent all sorts of adventures.

Sold individually; order two and share the fun with a friend!



September 29, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

No People Barcelona

From Broadsheet.ie: "A timelapse of the Catalonian capital by MyLapse ... featuring views of the city with all the people and vehicles removed."

September 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Puck Retriever


Just the thing for the hockey aficionado who has everything.

From the website:



Hockey practice just got a whole lot easier — at least keeping track of your pucks.

Forget bending over and scooping up the pucks; let Pucker Up do the job.

This ingenious device lets you collect and store up to 25 hockey pucks.

Just put it on top of the puck and press down; the device grabs and stores the puck.

When you're ready to play, just remove the handle and dump the pucks back out.

It works on any flat surface.

32"H x 5" x 5".


$39.99 (pucks not included).

September 29, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 28, 2014

The Chemistry of Raspberries


[via Compound Interest]

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Orbitwheel — "Portable Transportation"

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How do you spell "face plant?"

From the website (which includeds a video):



Put a new spin on wheeled sports.

Revolutionary design combines the best of a skateboard and inline skates to provide endless fun.

Just step in and go.

Large wheel radius handles a variety of surfaces.

Great for riding to work, to stores, or on college campuses.

Easily portable size for taking on the subway, train, or in your car.

Includes connecting band for training and instructional DVD.

Ages 10+.



September 28, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

The Sunday papers, Irish style














[via Broadsheet.ie]

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