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September 17, 2008

The United States of Obesity


[via Strange Maps]

September 17, 2008 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Jetco Digital Torque Wrench


Way above my pay grade but maybe not yours.

Luigi Oldani reviewed it as follows in issue 15 of MAKE magazine: "Of all the ways to fasten objects, threaded fasteners are probably the most common and effective. But so much trickery lies inside: designers must consider temperature, material, size and pitch of the fastener, number of threads engaged, type of loading, and on and on. Knowing all this, how does one accurately control the joint?"


"With an accurate torque wrench, of course, calibrated to within 1% of indicated torque! The Jetco ED-50F wrench meets these needs with a digital meter indicating the real-time torque on the fastener, three LEDs that light in stages as you approach your pre-programmed torque limit, and a buzzer that lets you know when you've exceeded your torque setting. With more options like peak hold and RS-232 data output, this wrench is the duck's guts when it comes to accurately tightening fasteners."

No idea what RS-232 data are?

Welcome aboard, sailor.


$300 and up.

September 17, 2008 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Solved: The Mystery of Stonehenge

After watching the video above, in which retired construction worker Wally Wallington demonstrates how a single individual can raise a Stonehenge-size block of concrete using only his own ingenuity and the force of gravity, it would seem the "how" of Stonehenge is no longer a question in search of an answer.

[via J-Walk Blog and Stephen Bové]

September 17, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Growing Jewelry — Episode 2: Self-Defense


Who said violence can't be green?


Back by popular demand after last week's Episode 1, another iteration of Icelandic designer Hafsteinn Júlíusson's


unique take on the world.

[via Milena]

September 17, 2008 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The Elements of Style — by William Strunk, Jr.


"Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated."



Free — the way we like it.

Why pay more?

September 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Beat Box Beanie


That's different.

From the website:

    iLogic Sound Hat

    This beat box beanie is a blast.

    Pop it on your bonce, plug it into your iPod or any MP3 player, and you'll be amazed at the sound quality from the integral speakers that fit snugly over your ears.

    Wearing a hat with headphones is a near impossibility, and earbuds (aside from being fairly uncomfortable) have a tendency to fall out or tug at your lugs in a very uncomfortable manner.

    This top hat cures all the woes of listening to music on the go and just to add icing to the cake, other people can't hear that horrifying squeaky wail of whatever it is you're listening to.

    So no more dirty looks on the bus from people who simply don't understand the importance of shutting yourself off from the world on public transport.

    Plug in and chill out without the chill.


    • A cosy black hat with inbuilt speakers resting over your ears

    • The lining of the hat is fleecy for extra warmth and softness

    • A 98cm wire with a 3.5mm jack is tucked into the internal lining but can be unravelled to plug into your MP3 or other music playing device with a headphone jack

    • The wire gives enough freedom to have your player in your pocket or bag and still be very comfortably listening within your hat

    • The hat is made from 100% polyester and can be hand washed warm (make sure to remove the speakers)

    • Size: 27 x 18 x 2cm (when flat)

    • Suitable for ages 8 years+


Hey, that's great news — over 75% of my readers qualify.


[via 7gadgets and productdose]

September 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Vectors — by James Richardson


Of all the ways to avoid living, perfect discipline is the most admired.

Pessimists live in fear of their hope, optimists in fear of their fear.

If you do everything for one reason, then all you have done will become meaningless when the reason does.

Looking back: youth, innocence, energy, desire. But none of it's as amazing as all we were sure we had to do.

Easier to keep changing your life than to live it.

We wouldn't take so many chances if we really believed in chance.

Who has no mercy on himself will have none on you.

Singing is a way of remembering to breathe.

September 17, 2008 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Billy Gordon's Giant Match

Long (8 feet to be precise) story short: It consisted of 20,000 ordinary 2.25-inch-long wooden kitchen matches scaled up with digital calipers.

The giant match head was made from the heads of 15,000 cardboard safety matches.

The huge strike-anywhere tip employed the tips of 250 wooden kitchen matches snipped off and then glued on top, one by one, with exquisite care since the slightest impact could have set the whole thing off.

You can build one of your own by following the detailed instructions here.

September 17, 2008 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

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