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March 28, 2018

The 15 Characteristics of Eccentrics



• Nonconforming

• Creative

• Strongly motivated by curiosity

• Idealistic: wants to make the world a better place and the people in it happier

• Happily obsessed with one or more hobby horses (usually five or six)

• Aware from early childhood that he is different

• Intelligent

• Opinionated and outspoken, convinced that he is right and that the rest of the world is out of step

• Noncompetitive, not in need of reassurance or reinforcement from society

• Unusual in his eating habits and living arrangements

• Not particularly interested in the opinions or company of other people, except in order to persuade them to his — the correct — point of view

• Possessed of a mischievous sense of humor

• Single

• Usually the eldest or an only child

• Bad speller

I have 14 of the 15: I am a very good speller.

This list comes from the book "Eccentrics," by David Weeks and Jamie James.

FunFact: women number less than 5% of the eccentric population.

March 28, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

World's smallest computer


From The Verge:


IBM is building the world's smallest computer.

The computer is 1mm x 1mm, smaller than a grain of fancy salt, and costs less than ten cents to manufacture.

To be clear, the picture above is a set of 64 motherboards, each of which hold two of this tiny computer.



an actual photo of a solo computer on a pile of salt for scale.

In comparison, the last "world’s smallest computer" to make a big splash was the Michigan Micro Mote in 2015, which measured a whopping 2mm across.

Feature-wise, the computer has a processor with “"several hundred thousand" transistors, SRAM memory, a photovoltaic cell for power, and a communications unit that uses an LED and photo-detector to talk with the outside world.


IBM claims the computer has the power of an x86 chip from 1990.

That puts it exactly on the edge of enough power to run the original Doom (the original README.TXT for Doom says a 386 processor and 4MB of RAM is the minimum).

March 28, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Dragon Head Shower


From Gizmodo:


When affordable 3D printers first hit the market, many predicted the machines — inspired by Star Trek's replicators — would change the world as we know it.

Many years later, the world doesn't feel all that different, but now that I can shower under a water-spewing decapitated dragon, I'm declaring 3D printers humanity's greatest innovation.

Available in almost any color you can think of, including a glow-in-the-dark option if you like showering at night with the lights off (it helps hide the tears), the simple design of these shower heads means you can't adjust the spray pattern.

There's also no massage option for when you’re feeling sore, but they're easy to screw on and install and because they're made of plastic they're never going to corrode or rust.




March 28, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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