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February 5, 2011

Top 10 Websites Blocked by Businesses in 2010


From The Huffington Post: "Cyberslacking can be a real drag on companies. The solution for many firms seems to be to simply block the websites on which they believe their employees will waste the most time. Studies have shown social media to be a major time sink, as well online games and personal email."

"A study from DNS-resolution service OpenDNS, '2010 Report: Web Content Filtering and Phishing,' details just what sites companies were most likely to block last year...."


1. Facebook — 23%

2. MySpace — 13%

3. YouTube — 11.9%

4. Ad.Doubleclick — 5.7%

5. Twitter — 4.2%

6. Hotmail — 2.1%

7. Orkut — 2.1%

8. Ad.Yieldmanager — 1.8%

9. Meebo — 1.6%

10. eBay — 1.6% 


Me, I'm still flying under the radar.

But then, as Richard Feynman memorably titled his classic 1959 lecture (in another context entirely, to be sure) about the coming new new thing in physics (nanotechnology), "There's plenty of room at the bottom."

February 5, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

tweet-ring — "World's first Twitter ring"


From Amsterdam-based Alphabeth, "your favorite tweet wrapped around your finger."


"Each ring is personalized and engraved with the tweet of your choice or you can create a new tweet, just as long as it is 140 characters or less."

"Tweet-rings engraves texts measuring less than one millimeter high on the sides of a ring, the words just barely visible to to the naked eye yet legible because of the use of advanced laser technology."


Stainless steel: €79.

Silver: €89.

Titanium: €99.


All here.

[via Design Milk and CSYCB]

February 5, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Ursula von Rydingsvard — Artifacts from a time that never was


Ken Johnson in his January 27, 2011 New York Times review of a new show featuring 10 works by Ursula von Rydingsvard wrote, "The huge, semiabstract woodworks impressively sampled in 'Ursula von Rydingsvard: Sculpture 1991-2009' at SculptureCenter look as if they had been made by Druids oriented to endless cycles of nature."


"Ms. von Rydingsvard's most compelling constructions are mysterious and singular. Installed by itself in a square room that it almost completely fills, 'Ocean Floor' [top] is a knockout.


A giant, graphite-darkened wood bowl 13 feet in diameter, it might have been unearthed by archaeologists from a site where colossal ogres once lived. This haunting object has a strangely suggestive series of twin pods connected by arching tubes around the outside of its waist-high rim.


Made of stuffed cow intestines, their gonadal shapes hint at a possible fertility cult, and the whole piece evokes a time immemorial — a time out of time — long before (or after) the bells and whistles of industrial civilization came along."


Several pieces from the exhibition appear above and below.


The show will be up through March 28, 2011.

More about the artist here.

February 5, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Bosch Cordless Power Corkscrew


A cordless power screwdriver by day transforms into the world's most tricked-out corkscrew using the unique (included) adapter (above and below).


Bonus: integrated LED work light so as not to spoil the mood.



[via CSYCB]

February 5, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

How much is enough?


From The Economist: "Jan Pen, a Dutch economist who died last year, came up with a striking way to picture inequality. Imagine people’s height being proportional to their income, so that someone with an average income is of average height. Now imagine that the entire adult population of America is walking past you in a single hour, in ascending order of income."

"The first passers-by, the owners of loss-making businesses, are invisible: their heads are below ground. Then come the jobless and the working poor, who are midgets. After half an hour the strollers are still only waist-high, since America’s median income is only half the mean. It takes nearly 45 minutes before normal-sized people appear. But then, in the final minutes, giants thunder by. With six minutes to go they are 12 feet tall. When the 400 highest earners walk by, right at the end, each is more than two miles tall."

February 5, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Hedgehog Mittens


That they exist is the good news.

The bad news: you have to knit them yourself.

From the website:


$24.80 buys you 2 skeins of Morehouse Merino 2-ply yarn (sport weight, 220 yards/skein; pattern; and bead eyes.

Needles required: double-pointed #3 or #4 (use larger size if you knit tight or if you knit American-style).

Note: kit does not include needles.


[via LikeCOOL]

February 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Time It Takes a Hacker's Computer to Randomly Guess Your Password


[via Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

February 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (18) | TrackBack

Enhanced Erasers

Watch the video.

Can your eraser do that?

Gum-based erasers with added silica grit or extra-fine pumice.

"For better papers, such as that used for resumés and books. Removes inscriptions and library markings without making holes."

"Can also remove crayon, dead bugs, stains, light foxing, fingerprints and other such nonsense, depending on the paper."


[via Cary Sternick]

February 5, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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