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September 17, 2012

AirMicro Wireless iPad/iPhone Microscope Camera




From the website:


Working seamlessly with Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, the AirMicro Model A1 is a portable, wireless microscope that can magnify to 50–400 times the size of the original image.

The lens is changeable in a range of magnifications, and the scope uses batteries for ease of handling.

It even shoots QVGA video at 15fps and you can view live images at a range of 10 meters.

Great for the scientifically curious or for examining pets, skin, hair, or household or car maintenance, this is an effective and light tool designed for ordinary people rather than engineers.

Just download the free app from the iTunes store and then you are ready to connect your AirMicro camera scope with your phone or tablet.

Features and Details:

  • Resolution: 320 x 240px (QVGA) / 640 x 480px (VGA)
  • Free app can be downloaded from iTunes store
  • Image sensor: 1/4 inch 5Mp px color CMOS
  • Can be used with iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
  • Magnifications: 0 50 100 200 400
  • White balance: MWB
  • Manual: English
  • Gain: AGC
  • Display: QVGA 15fps
  • Power: 3 AA batteries
  • Range: 10m (32.8 feet)
  • Size: 153 x 46 x 43mm (6 x 1.8 x 1.7")
  • Weight: 130g (4.6 oz) not including batteries
  • Lens: 50x polarization/non-polarization M50N included
  • Usage time: 2-3 hours (depending on lens and batteries)



credere est.

$1,182 (iPad/iPhone not included).

September 17, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Loosening the ties that bind

Since August 2004 I've strived to post 8 times daily, one minute after the hour, from 9:01 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, seven days a week x 365 days a year.

In the past few weeks I've missed my Swiss Railroad/Japanese train-like regularity on more than a few occasions, with all 8 posts eventually appearing but sometimes with gaps of several hours between entries, such that the day's last post has appeared as late at 8:01 p.m.

At first I got all bent out of shape about my falling short of my usual and customary schedule but in the past few days I've come to realize that I have had a much better time with this less rigorous and rigid pattern.

So don't be surprised if from now on posts continue to appear with less than clockwork-like regularity.

Less constraint = more joy where I live and I'm going to keep it that way.

Your thoughts and suchlike on this deviation from the norm are welcomed.

No — no more cowbell.

September 17, 2012 at 05:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Tricked-out Paint Can Lid

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Wrote reader Rocketboy in a comment on Saturday's Rubber Band x Paint Can post, "Last painting project I had, I bought one of those pointless-looking plastic can covers with a scraping surface and a pour-spout with a twist-off cap. One of the best things I've bought for painting. Of course, it's not a long-term storage solution but during the project itself it was sweet."

Fair warning: This accessory, while alluring and enticing, does not appear to be something TechnoDolts®™© would be comfortable with adding to their batterie de painting (like that? I did).

Thus I CANNOT, in good conscience, recommend this device to those of my readers who still think RSS is a lost variant of BCC.

Rocketboy — based on my years of parsing his peppery, amusing, and sometimes painful comments here — is mos def NOT a TechnoDolt®™©, regardless of the protestations that will likely emerge into the comment space after this post appears.

From a website:


This 1-Gallon 2-Piece Lid provides airtight storage for paint, stain, or solvent-based products.

The lid has a built-in brush rest and brush wipe for your convenience.

Features and Details:

• Helps eliminate the mess associated with paint, stain, or solvent-based products

• Not intended for long term storage

• Built-in brush rest and brush wipe

• Lid flips open for easy dipping

• Stores airtight

• Plastic


$3.97 (paint not included).

September 17, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"William Tell Overture" — Mnozil Brass

"The Mnozil Brass, an Austrian Brass Band, performing their 'revisited' version of the Overture of William Tell."

[via Richard Kashdan]

September 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

eClip — World's only paper clip USB flash drive with metric ruler

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The designer of this tricked-out piece of kit, Derrick Frohne, brought my attention to his creation, adding "Frohne eClip would be a great article since it's useful and unique. It will bring more traffic to your website."


Hey, who could resist that?


Not moi.

And if it puts a few pennies in Mr. Frohne's pocket, all the better.

From Amazon:


The eClip is lightweight, fits on your keyring, and measures with a centimeter + millimeter ruler.

It functions like a paper clip to organize your papers and it can be used to scratch your Lotto ticket.

The gold connector is shock-resistant + scratch-resistant + water-resistant (salt & fresh water) + beer-resistant + wine-resistant + electromagnetic-resistant.

The eClip has data encryption + password protection.

Details and Features:

• 8 GB

• Material: ABS

• Data Retention: 10 years

• System Requirement: Mac or PC

• Dimensions: 61mm x 12.5mm x 2.1mm.



September 17, 2012 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Armpit Cheese — It IS what you think


Fair warning.

Wrote Kevin Kelly: "Some cheeses may originally have come from bacteria on our skin, inoculated while handling milk. Now some adventuresome synthetic biologists have been making their own armpit cheese and toe-jam cheese [pictured above], in part to explore the ecosystem of natural microbial life on (and in) our bodies. Daisy Armpit Cheese is one of several experiments. From Your Wild Life:

Turns out the "cheesy" odor of sweat is due to a microbiological similarity between our skin and cheese. The more we looked, the more we found; there are studies on how Limburger cheese bacteria are so close to foot bacteria that you can trick mosquitoes that preferentially bite human feet into landing on Limburger cheese instead.

This inspired us to want to make our own cheese using bacteria that we isolated from our own skin, and we made the first batch in the lab during our residency about a year and half ago. We swabbed between toes, under armpits, and in mouths and noses, and put the bacteria in milk. The metabolism of the bacteria produced acids that curdled the milk (this is how real cheese is made, but with a much more controlled starting population of Lactobacillus). The cheeses that we made by straining these curds were all really different, with different colors and textures and smells.

Attention Gene Weingarten: You're gonna want to jump on this train.

[via Richard Kashdan]

September 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

World's most elegant log carrier


From the Wall Street Journal: "From the Italian manufacturer Arte & Cuoio, the ne plus ultra of log carriers: vegetable-tanned leather, molded into a sturdy form, with a handle that has an adjustable strap."

$795 (logs not included).

Apply within.

September 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Can you place a state on a blank map of the U.S.?

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"All you do is look at the top of the page and drag-and-drop the state where it belongs. Smart map varies the order of the states' placements with each new try. It isn't easy mostly because placing a state in its precise location when it as yet has no boundaries in place is a bit tricky."

I won't argue.

[via Joe Peach who added, "Free and fun." Free is enough; fun is lagniappe.]

September 17, 2012 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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