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December 17, 2005

Make a Macro Lens From a Pringles Can

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So cool.

I haven't the faintest idea what a macro lens is but I gather that it's used in photography — hey, I didn't just fall off the turnip truck, y'know....

Above, a picture of the Pringles can macro lens you'll be able to make should you so choose.

Even if you don’t know an f-stop from a bus stop you will enjoy the directions and observations of the man who created this hack.

It would appear that those who do understand what he's done, i.e., the individuals who commented on his creation, were quite impressed.

Below,

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a picture of the inventor as he crafted his Pringles can macro lens.

From the lesson:

    With less than £1 worth of equipment, a little bit of sweat and tears (and blood, if you, like me, are a bit on the clumsy side)... you can build yourself a surprisingly good macro lens.

    Of course, as I'm using a Pringles can to make this lens, you also have the opportunity to pause for a snack. Now that's the sort of DIY projects I like.

    Ladies: sorry about the unwashed hair, beard stubbles, messy room, and general colour mismatching of this photo. If this turns you on, marriage proposals go on an ePostcard to the address [hajejan@kamps.org] at the bottom of the article.

[via Photocritic.org and Giv & Doe]

December 17, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Tim Berners–Lee's new blog

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The legitimate father of the World Wide Web (Sorry, Al, but the DNA testing didn't turn well for you...) started his very own blog this past Monday, December 12.

He wrote,"So I am going to try this blog thing using blog tools. So this is for all the people who have been saying I ought to have a blog."

w00t!

December 17, 2005 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Best picture of the day

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[Taken by Peter Shapiro at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and submitted to thisisbroken.com]

December 17, 2005 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Silky Crayons

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They're a combination of crayons, oil pastels and watercolors.

Each color has its own twist–up lipstick–like tube so there's no annoying paper to peel away.

Washable and non–toxic.

"Draw, then blend the colors with your fingers or a wet paintbrush."

$18 for a set of 24 here.

December 17, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

E-Mail Blender

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Odd but fun.

Kind of like you.

Type your message in the box to have the letters blended into new words.

"After you blend your message, you can send it as an email to your friends."

[via Giv & Doe]

December 17, 2005 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hipster Personal Trailer

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From the website:

    The unusual and humorous joining of the human form and an external trailer, normally associated with automobiles, is inspired from my father's wish to walk across America.

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    This personal trailer launches a new sport, "adventure walking," and opens a world of possibilities for recreation, travel, sport and work mobility.

    Hipster I (above) utilizes a single wheel which simplifies and lightens the structure. It is maneuverable and compact.

    Hipster II (below)

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    has two wheels for greater strength and is more appropriate for work and heavier loads.

Designed by Joel Hoag for Elseware (joel@elsewarinc.com).

[via AW]

December 17, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Andy Kessler's new book, "How We Got Here" — Free!

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No fooling: just go to his website and follow the instructions.

It's amazing, isn't it, how all the publishers and the Authors Guild have their baggies* in a twist about Google Print and all and yet some writers, clearly without a clue, are simply giving their work away for free to anyone who asks?

Strange, huh?

Someone must be wrong... right?

Andy Kessler's considered one of the good guys in the venture capital/internet world: he's made a truckload of money yet has many more admirers than detractors.

Perhaps it's because of his take on what's important and what's not, along with his willingness to call it as he sees it and be candid about his own failings.

For an example of his way of looking at things you could do worse than his Wall Street Journal piece of last Saturday, December 10: it follows.

    Whoops!

    We all make mistakes. Forgot to fill up the tank with $2 gas. Sold Google at $250. But that’s nothing compared to the whoppers the captain of industry committed. Here are some beauts:

    Dilution: Founders always have problems letting go. A few years back, with their stock at $40, Calpine’s Peter Cartwright refused to have the power generation company sell shares to raise capital, instead taking on some $17 billion in debt. "Executives didn’t want the dilution that would result from stock issues," wrote this paper. Oops. Natural gas prices tripled and Calpine lost $684 million so far this year and can’t pay interest on its debt. Bankruptcy looms, Cartwright is gone and the stock is 20 cents. Now that’s dilution.

    Too early: It’s no secret that movie and casino mogul Kirk Kerkorian wants a board seat at General Motors. 'Why' is one of life’s mysteries. He hired former Chrysler CFO Jerry York, and in April, the two of them concocted a bizarre strategy, they bid $868 million for 28 million shares. That’s $31 a pop. Were they attracted to the 6% dividend? What was the rush? Kirk now owns 9.9% of the company and with the stock deflating like a flat tire and now $22, he should have stuck to craps in Vegas.

    Too lazy: With General Motors in a world of hurt, and Chrysler in high priced German hands, you’d think that Ford would be taking a victory lap. Nope. Ford North America is $2 billion in the red in nine months. William Clay Ford Jr. took over four years ago and that ‘any color, so long as it’s black’ customer focus must be endemic to that gene pool. Toyota can’t keep up selling hybrids, while Bill is closing factories. Believe it or not, I converted a Mazda Miata into an electric car in my garage with just a socket wrench and hacksaw - it can’t be that hard. The Ford family owned Detroit Lions are 27th in the NFL in offense. Nuff said.

    No Strategy: It would seem that Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, has got everything. A lock on 21 million cable subscribers, prices going up more than inflation, booming cable modems, voice over IP, video on demand - yet his stock is down this year. After Disney turned down his overture last year, investors figured out that Comcast is just wires with no leverage and that in reality, he’s got nothin'. Well, except $22 billion in debt and almost no cash (see Calpine) and threats from telcos and wireless and no strategy to deal with it except to buy more cable companies.

    Too late: In-home shrines to Warren Buffett now outnumber Elvis alters. Which makes the Oracle of Omaha’s very public bet against the dollar going into this year even more painful for his copycats. Berkshire put on $21 billion in contracts with a value of $1.8 billion and cited "deep-rooted structural problems" and the need for changes in trade policy and dollar declines. With the dollar up 16% against the euro and yen, that investment was down $897 million as of October. So was his stock through August until he was bailed out by three sisters – Katrina, Rita and Wilma, which popped insurance rates. I wonder if he can repeat that little trick next year.

*Jamaican patois for knickers

December 17, 2005 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Drizzler — At long last, olive oil control is at your fingertips

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OK, so maybe you don't lie awake nights fretting about how you never seem to be able to stop the olive oil from inundating your salad dressing mixture.

Still, making a hash of it every time gets old.

Never again with this nifty tool.

It uses the same principle we employed as kids when we'd put our straw in a soda bottle, then cover the top with a finger and control just how fast we'd let it run out into a waiting mouth.

From the website:

    Drizzler gives you control: no overpouring!

    The liquid is held inside the drizzling straw until you remove your finger from the hole on the bulb — making it easy to control just how much oil you add to pasta or how much vinegar you sprinkle on salad.

Designed in Switzerland by Enrico Dalla Piazza.

Made of mouth–blown glass.

$29.95 here.

December 17, 2005 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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