September 19, 2012
53 years of nuclear testing in 14 minutes (video)
The time lapse map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto... is beautiful in a simple way and eerie as it documents the 2,053 nuclear explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998.
It looks like a war room map of the world, black landmasses surrounded by deep blue ocean. It starts out slow, in July of 1945, with a blue blip and an explosion sound in the American southwest — the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos. Just one month later come the explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From there the months click by — condensed down to seconds — on a digital clock. Each nation that has exploded a nuclear bomb gets a blip and a flashing dot when they detonate a weapon, with a running tally kept on the screen.
Eeriest of all is that each nation gets its own electronic sound pitch: low tones for the United States, higher for the Soviet Union — beeping to the metronome of the months ticking by.
If you're like me, you had no idea just how many detonations the United States is responsible for (1,032 — more than the rest of the countries put together). The sequence ends with the Pakistani nuclear tests of May 1998.
[via Mark Hall]
GoJo — "The only phone device that is truly hands-free!"
"As seen on TV" — so you know it must be good.
From the website :
Works on all phones and slips on in 1 second.
Finally, a headset that allows you to attach your phone to an industrial-strength suction cup that allows you to begin conversations completely hands-free.
Features and Details:
• Compatible with all phones — even land lines
• Adjustable headset provides perfect fit
• Both hands remain free
• No charger or wires
Four headsets: $10 (phones not included).
[via Richard Kashdan]
Big ups to Tom Standage, editor of Economist.com
Long story short: After at least 10 years and scores of pleas by me to editors of newpapers and magazine all over the world to cease and desist from using the idiotic phrase "Free Gift" on subscription offers and the like, Standage today listened (top) and not only heard me but jumped on the bandwagon.
I cannot begin to tell you how annoyed I am at the constant flood of "Free Gift" offers — including from The Economist, which I've contacted at least a dozen times over the years about this — indicating an inability to use the English language as it was meant to be used: redundancy-free unless intended otherwise.
In the case of "Free Gift" it's just out-and-out ignorance.
Next up: New York Times and Washington Post.
Ostrich Pillow — Nap anywhere
Just how trusting a soul are you?
Would you use this in an airport?
Corals named after the thing they look like
Muscle Swimsuit — Got abs?
look in this.
Only one way to find out....
$90 AUD (shoes not included).
How to make a fanboy's heart beat faster
Send him an update like that above.
Two weeks from Friday.
What are they?
Answer here this time tomorrow.
Note to my crack Georgia correspondent/grand panjandrum of the Comments section: they better be good.
But I digress.
Hint: Not naturally found in nature.