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November 4, 2010

A redshift not attributable to the Doppler effect


Superb graphics (above and below) on the front page of today's New York Times special section "After The Election."

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Caption above the maps in the newspaper:

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"In a sign of discontent with the party in power, 9 out of every 10 House districts voted more Republican than they did in 2008."


You don't need to be a weatherman (or a physicist) to know which way the wind blows.

November 4, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Compact Body Scale


See, it's the scale that's compact — not necessarily your body.

Just wanted to make sure you understood that before you got all excited.

"Sliding LCD screen displays weight in pounds, kilograms... or stone*."

Requires one lithium battery (included).

ABS plastic and tempered safety glass.

9"W x 5.25"D x 0.75"H.


*U.S. readers will please guess how many pounds in a stone.

November 4, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Unshredder — "World's first commercial document reconstruction tool"


I happened on it while doing some background reading for last Saturday's post on shredding and shredders.

Not free (the way we like it).

November 4, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Portable Electric Candle


"White acrylic tube encloses an LED light which flickers, resembling a flame. To illuminate, touch with the matchstick-shaped sensor. To extinguish, blow it out and watch the light flicker."

Charging adapter + rechargeable AAA battery included.

Eight hour charge produces eight hours of light.

10.75"H x 2.57"Ø. Matchstick: 4.5"L.



November 4, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

A ride in the U-2 spy plane

Strap yourself in.

Constant readers will recall the recent view of the cockpit of the SR-71 Blackbird.

[via wimp.com and maajak1]

November 4, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Broccoli Card Holder


4.25"W x 3"D x 2"H.

PVC sheets.


November 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Test your reaction time


This is a simple tool to measure your reaction time. The average (median) reaction time is 215 milliseconds, according to the data collected so far."

Free, the way we like it.

November 4, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

über-cool memory card reader


"USB 2.0 card reader/writer is compatible with 44 kinds of memory media, including SD cards, memory sticks, and MMC cards. A slot on the top allows a card to be inserted and removed vertically."

Love the color.

ABS plastic.

1.5" cube.


November 4, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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