September 02, 2012
FlightRadar24 — Crowdsourced live flight tracking around the world
From the website: "FlightRadar24.com was launched as a hobby project in Sweden in 2007. In the beginning we started to build our own network of receivers in Northern and Central Europe. In 2009 we opened this network and made it possible for anyone with a ADS-B receiver to connect to the network. This made it possible to expand to the rest of Europe, Greenland, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. We hope to cover most parts of Europe and other places around the world. We greatly appreciate any contributions of flight data from any country on any continent."
Free, the way we like it.
[via Graham 'Logo' Smith]
Mirror Image Cling Man
"Sand cast image acts as clip for mounting 1/8", 3/16", or 1/4" mirrors."
Also: Mirror Image Hold Man (below).
One-way mirror public toilet: Are you brave enough to go?
Monica Bonvicini's 2004 work,
"Don't Miss A Sec," was a real usable public toilet surrounded by one-way mirrored glass.
It was impossible to see in
but the "user" could see out
as people passed by London's Tate Gallery.
Full disclosure (as it were): I'd use this in a Podunk town yoctosecond.
[via The Green Head and Alan Fick]
Luchador (Wrestler) Bottle Opener — "Wrestle your beer into submission"
What took so long?
From CSYCB: "The Luchadors come in three different figures, each of which is applying a different wrestling move to open your beverage. They also come in different colors."
Stainless steel and ABS with rubberized coating.
Helpful Hints from joeeze: Reading with red headlamp puts insomniacs to sleep
Wrote LifeProTrips on Reddit:
I have been a bit of an insomniac all my life. I can never sleep before I'm exhausted, and that's almost never before 2 a.m. (I thought it would change as I grew older, but by my mid-30s it hasn't yet).
The problem is that I just can't turn my brain off, I can't sleep. I can try to lay quietly in the dark for hours, but my brain keeps whirling, whirling, whirling away. I'll even try consciously not to think consciously. You can imaging how well that works. It's futile, so I have to get up and do something else.
However, I've discovered a trick that just about always works to put me to sleep. The key is that you're not really trying to shut your brain down, you're engaging it, while the sneaky science elves fight a rear-guard action to put you to sleep.
Read a book in bed with a RED LED headlamp
Only a book though — not Reddit or Facebook, etc. Any paper-based book, Kindle, or e-reader without a backlight will work, but never use a phone or computer: these shine bright bluish-white LED light in your face no matter what color is on the screen. Blue light is stimulating to the brain and will keep you awake: avoid at all costs! A computer screen, a white (aka blue) LED head-lamp, or even an incandescent bulb (too much of the blue spectrum) won't work.
Before I picked up a cheapo red headlamp I would use a white one and it just didn't work. I'd be up all night reading, especially if the book was captivating. Go for the red, read for a bit, you'll be shocked at how little you can read before the book hits you in the face. When you read with a red head-lamp, your brain is snuggled down and sedated. It's better than Nyquil.
Red headlamp pictured above: $12.67.
[via Anjan Gewali]
Tire valve stem extension
Wrote reader Doug Alberg, "It seems like every car I buy has a spare tire that must be installed upside down so the valve is inaccessible. An inaccessible valve means I rarely check the tire pressure. Solution: Valve stem extension."
"It works as an extension to your spare's valve stem, making it more accessible. One end of the extension hose screws on to the valve on the tire. Place the other end in a convenient location. Use a tire pressure gauge on this end to check pressure and inflate the tire when needed. Once installed, it is always ready to use."
40-inch extension: $7.65.
Life imitates art: Campbell Soup Limited-Edition Andy Warhol Cans
Long story short: Today (Sunday, September 2, 2012) Target will begin selling special limited-edition cans of Campbell's tomato soup bearing labels recalling Andy Warhol's iconic tomato soup can paintings.
The 1.2 million cans will sell for 75 cents apiece.
Fair warning: Once they're sold out — which shouldn't take more than week — you'll still be able to buy them, but on eBay for around $25 a pop.
If you're looking for a way to make some easy money, you could do worse than visit your local Target and buy up all their stock, then put them aside for resale on eBay in the weeks and months ahead.
Pocket-Clip USB Cable
Excerpts from Michael Hsu's review in yesterday's Wall Street Journal follow.
A set of USB cables an essential addition to any electronics go bag — throw in a USB charger and you'll be able to power pretty much any portable device on the road. But wires — especially the pristine white ones — inevitably get sullied, crimped, and tangled if left to fend for themselves.
Aviiq Ready Clip USB Cables offer a ... practical and elegant solution. Because they echo the shape and dimensions of a ballpoint pen — each one is a trim 5½ inches — they're easy to slip into those skinny interior pockets that many bags and briefcases nostalgically provide for writing instruments. The cables also have a plastic clip at one end, so you can attach them wherever you'd slide a Bic pen — like the cover of a notebook (the paper kind) or, for the ultimate in geek preparedness, a shirt or pant pocket.
Ready Clip cables are available in three versions — one has a 30-pin connector (for the iPod, iPhone and iPad); the others come with either a mini or micro USB tip, which should cover most other phones and tablets, as well as e-readers, hard drives, and similar portable gear. Four of these cables weigh less than an ounce. Don't, however, think of them as simply short, limp cords. Although they bend slightly, Ready Clips are much stiffer than you might expect, more like flexible sticks. They hold their shape, prevent tangling, and have a solidness you don't often find in a lowly accessory.$10.99-$11.69, depending on connector.