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December 27, 2011

"Three things I learned while my plane crashed" — Ric Elias

From ReadWriteWeb: "Ric Elias' talk 'Three things I learned while my plane crashed' details the experience of being in a front-row seat on flight 1549 as it crash-landed in the Hudson River in January 2009."

Another passenger's account here.

December 27, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"I could eat a horse" spaghetti measure


Designed by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson, made in Iceland.


Green or White Plastic or Steel.


From €12.90.

[via Gyerekszoba]

December 27, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tally Stick


Pictured above, it dates from 1558 and was discovered in Wittenberg, Germany this past summer.

It measures 8.25" long x 0.75" high.

Deceptively simple in appearance, it embodies foolproof technology to allow safe lending and borrowing without money.

From an article in the November/December 2011 issue of Archaeology:

Imagine going to the local store in Wittenberg, Germany, in the midsixteenth century and not having enough cash to pay for the pig you wanted to roast for dinner. You might have to borrow some money and, in order to record your debt, the person making the loan would use a tally stick like this one. The stick was notched in the presence of both the lender and the borrower and then split in two, so that each person retained half. According to Andreas Hille, the state archaeologist responsible for Wittenberg, the contours of the stick and the distinct split guaranteed that only these two particular halves could be fit back together — insurance against anyone trying to cheat by adding more notches. When the borrower was ready to repay his debt, the two halves were put back together. The stick was then thrown away or destroyed.

City records indicate that the house — specifically the latrine—in which the tally stick was found was owned by a Georg Masseck between 1548 and 1563, but Hille says there is no way to prove the stick belonged to him. Even after conservation, the writing is illegible except for the date and the amount, 23, which matches the number of notches on the stick. Whoever the stick belonged to, and whatever the money was used for, the artifact's presence in the toilet suggests that the borrower's obligation had been fulfilled and the stick was no longer needed.

Much more on tally sticks here, here and here.

December 27, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Fake Daylight Lamp — Daniel Rybakken


Called "Surface Daylight" by its designer, "The light source is placed within the material itself: LED lamps mounted beneath the surface."

Surface daylight 2

[via Fancy]

December 27, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Color 2.0 — Teleportation on the cheap

How about free?

Does free work for you?

Long story short: The new version of Bill Nguyen's app lets you share 30-second LIVE video status updates with your Facebook friends and other Color users.


How it works here.


Back story here and here.

And like the man said, free — the way we like it.

Could this be the long-dreamed-of breakthrough that enables bookofjoeTV?

December 27, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Pinocchio Pencil Sharpener


"Shavings are emptied from the mouth."


December 27, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

MorphWorld: Simple Minds into U2

It is impossible for me to listen to Simple Minds' great 1985 song "Alive and Kicking" without thinking it's really U2.

December 27, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Stealth Mouse


From the website:



"Orime" ("fold line" from origami) 2.4GHz wireless laser mouse is a 5-button mouse based on the idea of manipulating a plane onto multiple surfaces. 

Comes with the smallest possible USB dongle for easy storage and portability. 

Features and Specifications

• 85 grams

• USB interface

• Battery indicator

• 10.8 x 8.1 x 4.1cm

• On-off power switch

• Resolution: 1600 DPI

• Uses AAA alkaline batteries

• 125 days continuous standby time

• 128 hours continous operating time

• Programmable 5-button operation for optimized web browsing

• Windows 7 (including SP1)/Vista (~ SP2)/XP (SP3) Windows; Mac OS X 10.5+



December 27, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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