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August 1, 2011

The most awkward "404 Not Found" page on the Internet

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If it's not, it's most certainly in the top ten.

It's the brainchild of its star, Steve Lambert.

About Steve.

OK, what else has he done?

And what's new?

August 1, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Handheld Mini Sewing Machine

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From websites:

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Despite weighing only 1½ pounds, this powerful little machine mends and alters using standard thread and a durable double stitch.

Powered by an AC adapter (included) or four AA batteries (not included).

Press release on/off switch; runs on two speeds (high/low).

Easily handles silk, denim, leather, even paper.

9½"W x 8"H x 4½"D.

Metal and plastic.

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$19.99.

August 1, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Worldometers — "Real time world statistics"

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It is what it says.

Free, the way we like it.

[via Richard Kashdan]

August 1, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

I Need Numbers Clock

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"Some people need numbers, some people just need a laugh. This cheeky clock fits the bill for those who need a little of both."

$59.

[via Svpply]

August 1, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

The rise of British detectorists

Long story short from Jack Nicas's Wall Street Journal article: "Concerned that national archaeological treasures will be looted, many countries ban or restrict metal-detecting. But some have made peace with amateur treasure hunters. More than a decade ago, the British Museum began recording artifacts found by the public, creating a registry of finds for archaelogists, said Michael Lewis, deputy head of the program [Portable Antiquities Scheme]. Detectorists, as they call themselves, have contributed most of the registry's 700,000 finds, he said, and archaeologists have since largely dropped their complaints."

"700,000 finds" — talk about crowdsourcing, the British Museum was doing it five years before Jeff Howe coined the word in a June 2006 Wired article ("The Rise of Crowdsourcing").

Michele Norris of NPR interviewed Lewis, whose full title is Deputy Head of Portable Antiquities and Treasure for the British Museum (is that the best.job.description.ever?) for "All Things Considered" on June 2, 2011.

You can listen to and/or read the interview here.

And in case you buzzed by it in the link-laden opening paragraph, the Portable Antiquities Scheme website is quite fascinating and will dispose of the remains of your day unless you are careful.

Fair warning.

August 1, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Super Grip Deadbolt Security Strap

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From the website:

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With the Super Grip Deadbolt Security Strap, thieves can’t unlock your deadbolt.

Recommended by crime prevention specialists, this industrial-strength safety strap prevents deadbolts from being turned, keeping anyone from entering — even with a key.

Simple to use — it wraps around the deadbolt and doorknob, preventing the deadbolt from being turned when locked from the inside.

It's perfect for home use or when traveling, and adjusts to fit most deadbolts.

Durable nylon with adjustable Velcro closure.

19 inches long.

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I must admit that I spent a fair amount of time trying to get my head around this device, and exactly how it works.

It occurred to me that unless you were really paying attention, half the time you'd put the strap in place in such a way as to render it ineffectual.

Me, when I get sleepy I'm not nearly as alert as I'd need to be to always get it right.

I can't speak for you.

$7.95 (deadbolt and door not included).

August 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Things of interest as August 2011 opens for business

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Ever consider time as a place of business?

Because just as you're obligated to go to a place in space if you want to buy something in the wet world, so are you required to be there when it's open.

Perhaps you've heard the old saying, "There's a time and a place...."

I know I have — on more than one occasion.

But I'm beginning to digress.

So, foci for the upcoming month:

• Humans as decohered quanta = one thing at the time = consciousness vs. animals without consciousness = all possiblities happening at once. And which did we say is the most sophisticated species on the planet? Humans who're reduced (literally) to one linear event after another, or every "lower" form of life dealing with all things at once?

• The failure of the word "decoherence" in the context of quantum mechanics. It implies disorder and chaos when in fact it assigns a precise version of reality. Needs work.

• "In 'Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain,' [David] Eagleman engagingly sums up recent discoveries about the unconscious processes that dominate our mental life, including his own pioneering work in time perception. His contention that we are always living a little bit in the past, thanks to the time it takes the conscious mind to coordinate different sensory signals, may give comfort to deadline-challenged journalists. His claim that smaller body size correlates with living more closely in the moment (the benefit of a shorter spinal cord)" has cheered short people, wrote Jennifer Schuessler in the New York Times.

• The inchoate outlines of an upcoming contest with a real MIB (Mint in box) prize, to happen in this very space thanks to the kind folk at Cyberguys, whose stuff I've featured often in the past and which I myself buy and use. They sent me a just-released iPad accessory which is quite cool and I'm going to give it to the winner of the aforementioned competition. I know many readers don't like competitive stuff so instead let me call it a test. You say you hate tests even more than competition? You're killing me.

So those are just a few of the coming attractions for August.

August 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Cookie Dunking Cup

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Ingenious.

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Designed by Barcelona-based entresuelo1a.

Too bad they don't appear to be for sale 'cause they'd sell a ton of 'em.

[via Joe Peach, dumpaday and imod]

August 1, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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