I've read that Aristotle taught his students while they walked around. It seemed to enhance learning and make the activity more enjoyable. The self-experimenter Seth Roberts has found that doing two boring things together, like walking on a treadmill and studying flash cards, results in a pleasant experience... Fact 1: For the last few weeks, [...]
Here's a fascinating post on "foil impressioning" -- a simple lockpicking technique that uses the lock itself to fashion a working key out of soft aluminium tape. You just stick a key loaded with this stuff into a lock and wiggle it around in a special way and the lock opens itself. (more...)
When Bunnie Huang was in South China overseeing production on his versatile ChumbyOne device, he discovered a major quality issue with Kingston's MicroSD cards. At first, he assumed that he'd gotten a counterfeit batch, but further investigation proved them to be legit. Kingston wasn't willing to give Bunnie any details on its QA process, so [...]
King Tut, plus 10 other royal mummies, recently became the first ancient Egyptians to get their DNA analyzed. The results, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, turned up a treasure trove of new information about the famous boy king, his family and Egyptian royalty in general. Among the [...]
$2.99... talk me out of it. This is much cooler than the "I AM T-PAIN" app.
This scale wirelessly sends my weight, fat mass, and BMI to a personal web page at Withings.com and to my Google Health page, my RunKeeper account, and my DailyBurn account. To set it up, I connected it to my computer with a USB cable and filled out some information online. The USB port is hidden in the scale's battery compartment because you [...]
I visited my friend at her home yesterday. She just had a baby boy, who is the proud owner of this adorable little pacifier that doubles as his very own mute button. You can buy it on Amazon for $6. I might have to order a couple just to have on hand for gift-giving opportunities.
Although its name suggests perhaps even grander capabilities, Windows enthusiasts are excited over the discovery of a hidden "GodMode" feature that lets users access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder. To enter "GodMode," one need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the [...]
At the Eiffel Tower's official web site, you can check out scans of the original blueprints created by Gustave Eiffel in preparation for the 1889 World's Fair. The famous tower in Paris was the source of much controversy (many thought its skeletal design ruined the classical cityscape) and remained the tallest structure in the world until the [...]
It is just guarana, glucose, and orange flavor. I guess it's big in the UK and recently some guys bought US distribution rights. Although, I do have a feeling the FDA will get their panties in a bundle when they catch wind of this; And I would love to see a commercial for this stuff. Parent reactions would be epic. (more...)
Geekologie's superb "Evolution of Storage" infographic traces the history of data, music and photo storage from the wax cylinder to the 2TB hard drive. I think I'll print this out and hang it on the wall of my office, for the same reason poets kept skulls on their writing desks*: "this too shall pass, all is hubris and folly, the future rushes up [...]
Visualizing empires decline by Pedro M Cruz, who explains: "The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline." Here's more on the data and methodology.
For survivors-to-be whose healing arsenal includes attitude. I dedicate this post, on this particular day, to Gloria Rosa Linda, who is going to beat the living shit out of breast cancer. Sewing kits range from $12 to $20, depending on what materials you'd like to include. The folks behind this made bracelets, too, but not for sale. "Just to [...]
Jason Marton was looking for a quieter, hidden home server. So, naturally, he built one into a whisky bottle that blends in with his existing dry bar. Over at hack weblog MetkuMods, Jason Marton explains how he created a personal PC or home server inside of a discarded and (obviously) empty whisky bottle. Although it isn't the first thing one [...]
Kudos to the Finnish government, which has just introduced laws guaranteeing broadband access to every person living in Finland (5.5 million people, give or take). This is reportedly a first worldwide. Starting July 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection as an intermediate step, says the [...]
Designer Mark Campos has turned the tried-and-true "Masterlock hack" instructions into an easier-to-follow visual guide. The instructions are pretty self-explanatory, and while there's no secret sauce that'll instantly crack the combination for you without a little bit of tedious trial and error, this method will crack that [...]