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April 7, 2010

Too much information — Got yottabytes?


[via The Economist]

April 7, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pull Me Tie


"On one side of your tie is a work-appropriate pattern,


not unlike many of the other ties that currently reside on your tie rack.


But on the other side...."



April 7, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Fedexia striegeli


Pictured above in an artist's rendering, it was a meat-eating tusked amphibian whose fossil remains were discovered near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"Scientists named the 300-million-year-old Fedexia striegali as a gesture of thanks to to the FedEx shipping company, which owns the land where the fossils were found," wrote Christine Dell'Amore in a March 15, 2010 National Geographic News story.

April 7, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Minimum Wage Machine — by Blake Fall-Conroy


From his website:


The Minimum Wage Machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage.

Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.04 seconds, or $7.15 an hour (N.Y. state minimum wage).

If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money.

The machine's mechanism and electronics are powered by the hand crank and pennies are stored in a Plexiglas box.

A 2008 piece consisting of custom electronics, change sorter, wood, Plexiglas, motor, miscellaneous hardware and pennies.

Dimensions: 15" x 19" x 72".


[via Milena]

April 7, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Crown jewels of the New York Times


The loss of any of the following Times personnel would be a disaster.

Look for them to receive increasingly sweet offers as the Gray Lady continues its slow-motion implosion.

In alphabetical order by last name:

Walt Bogdanich

Dexter Filkins

Denise Grady

Amy Harmon

Tyler Hicks

Verlyn Klinkenborg

John Markoff

Mark Mazzetti

Gretchen Morgenson

Anahad O'Connor

Dennis Overbye

James Risen

Louise Story

April 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blast from the past: 100-year-old level


"c. 1910."


"A fully functioning, antique Stanley level with a lovely heft, shiny brass inlay and protective end caps."


With any luck and some care, there's no reason it shouldn't be equally functional come 2110.



April 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

BehindTheMedspeak: Worm As Seen During Colonoscopy

The video shows a roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides) wriggling inside the lumen of the colon.

The colonoscopist does a nice job of snaring the moving creature in order to extract it.

April 7, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Cupmen Instant Noodle Readiness Indicator — Episode 2: Now available for $ (not just ¥)


Episode 1 back on December 28, 2009 introduced this remarkable item,


but at the time all my crack research team could come up with was a Japanese website.


Now comes a site where you can hand over


your good old hard-earned American dollars.


Set of 3.



That's an awfully pricey piece of kit, breaking down to $18/Cupman.

I thought the price was a misprint but there's no evidence for that.

I guess you pays your money and you takes your choice.

[via toxel]

April 7, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

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