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March 26, 2006

Mad Sci Network — 'Welcome to the laboratory that never sleeps!'


That's right.

24/7/365 there are mad scientists here just waiting for your question.

The archives offer answers to over 35,000 questions they've already been asked.

But knowing you I'm sure you'll have a real head-scratcher for them.


There's only one way to find out....

March 26, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Homegirls Potato Chips


"It's all that."


Like it says on the back of the bag (above): "Home Girls — Word Up!"

[via collegehumor.com and the current issue of VICE magazine]

March 26, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Dead People Server — '3,256 entries served!'


From the website:

    Remember whats'er name?

    She played the girl in that dumb movie with whoziss.

    What ever happened to her?

    Specifically, is she dead yet?

    Here's where to find out.

    The Dead People Server is a database of interesting celebrities who are long dead or newly dead.

    They may be "retired" or spaced.

    DPS tells you who has really Rung Down the Curtain and Joined the Choir Invisible, and who's Just Resting.

    To help the terminally confused, I've built a "Quash Those Death Rumors" page.

    "Interesting," as used above, means "I felt like putting them on this list."

    Your mileage will vary.


If you play your cards right — or wrong, depending on your point of view — you might find yourself on the server sooner than you think.

In the meantime you can suggest a death.

And if you simply can't wait until you're back at a computer you can keep up with all the latest deaths via cellphone here.

March 26, 2006 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Weather Forecasting Umbrella


From Ambient Devices of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Says the website:

    If rain is forecast, the handle of this umbrella glows so you won't forget it.

    The Forecasting Umbrella tunes into accuweather.com predictions for your specific geographic location.

    Ambient's proprietary data–radio in the handle receives information and then pulses when rain is forecast.

    If the chances of rain are 100% the light in the handle will pulse 100 times per minute.

    If rain is less likely the pulse rate decreases proportionally.

    For example, if there is a 60% chance of rain it pulses once per second.

    30% is once every two seconds.


Do the math.

You know how to do the math, don't you?

You just put your lips together and... wait a minute — that's not right.



It'll set you back $99 when it goes on sale this summer.

You'll want to keep it out somewhere and not behind a door or in a closet.

[via the April issue of Wired magazine]

March 26, 2006 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

PLOrk — Princeton Laptop Orchestra


It was formed last fall, made up of "... 15 first–year students on Macs connected to custom omnidirectional speakers [that] can emulate a full–fledged philharmonic."

Rachel Metz wrote about the group (above) in the new (April) issue of Wired magazine.

Here's her story.

    Laptop Virtuosos

    Princeton University's newest musical ensemble is more likely to tickle the keys of a QWERTY than any set of ivories.

    When Perry Cook, head of the school's Sound Lab, and Dan Trueman, a tech-minded composer, formed the Princeton Laptop Orchestra last fall, they found that 15 first-year students on Macs connected to custom omnidirectional speakers can emulate a full-fledged philharmonic.

    Or an electronica band.

    Or a jazz combo.

    It's easy when the conductor keeps time via network clocks precise to 20 milliseconds.

    The spring semester PLOrk - yes, that's what they call it - comprises an upgraded batch of upperclassmen and plans to perform with Zakir Hussain, master of the tabla (an Indian drum).

    They'll also present three concerts of original compositions.

    Someday, dozens of Princeton alumni will be able to say that they played a little PowerBook in college.

[via Rachel Metz and Wired magazine]

March 26, 2006 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Kinkless Hose


For the garden, booboo — whatchoo tink?

From the website:

    Kinkless garden hose keeps water flowing even in a pinch.

    Specially designed to prevent kinking or collapsing.

    The secret is on the inside, where four rugged tubes constantly deliver water even if the hose is pinched.

    Heavy-duty, nickel-plated brass couplings.

    Vinyl hose is 25 ft. long and ¾" dia.

    • Water your lawn and garden without unnecessary interruptions — hose won't kink when pinched or stepped on as your family enjoys backyard recreation.

    • Hose is unlike any other, with multi-channel water flow — four rugged tubes inside continue to deliver water even if the hose is pinched

    • Made to deliver dependable performance — rugged, 25 ft. vinyl hose has heavy-duty, nickel-plated brass couplings for long life.


March 26, 2006 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack



I do love the Ice.

That's what I call the people of Iceland.

Cool, huh?

Anyway, what if, just say, you want to have one of those two–letter country codes instead of being an ordinary .com?

You need to first go here, where you can see an alphabetical list of all the Root Zone codes.

The site says they're indexed by TLD Code, which is an acronym for Top Level Domain.

What is it with all these crazy acronyms when it comes to the web, anyhow?

So — find one you like.

Then try typing "http://www.nic.xx," with "xx" being the two–letter country code.

It won't work for every country but for many you'll get information about how to register your site using that suffix.

Originally each country's code was meant for residents and businesses in that country, but many raise money by letting anyone in the world use their suffixes — for a price.

Thus, any television station in the world can buy Tuvalu's .tv and any doctor can use Moldova's .md.

FunFact: The most popular domain name is .com, followed in order by .de, .net, .uk and .org.

[via the Associated Press]

March 26, 2006 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Seeing time


March 26, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

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