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New York City’s skyline nearly half a century apart

New York City’s skyline nearly half a century apart

Nearly half a century lies between the two views of New York City’s skyline shown in the pictures above. The two photographs were taken from the same point's a tower of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. The upper one was made only the other day and the lower one is over forty-seven years old. (more…)

Think of Megapixels in Terms of Cupcakes

Think of Megapixels in Terms of Cupcakes

Lifehacker has noted that cramming more and more megapixels into consumer-grade digital cameras isn't really giving everybody better pictures. These days, in fact, cameras with more than seven or eight megapixels per picture are seeing more noise and grit because too much information is passing into too small a sensor. One New York Times writer [...]

PNG vs JPEG

PNG vs JPEG

JPEG isn’t always right. If you are one of those people who just assumes JPEGs rule the world and make all images JPEG, please stop.  There is a time and a place where you have to put the JPEG encoder down. It’s not a silver bullet. (more…)

“Single?” Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape

“Single?” Lawn Signs Conquer the American Landscape

This is a good, and really thoroughly researched, expose on the company behind those annoying lawn signs... I always see those signs around the city but I thought it was just some small scale operation. Over the past two years, I have developed a growing fascination with lawn signs.  Not the ones advertising politicians or plumbers, but the ones [...]

Barack Obama plans $1 trillion tax hike

Barack Obama plans $1 trillion tax hike

Remember the new math? Well, that is now the old math. The new, new math was created by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and can be found in his economic plan, which I venture to bet 99.9 percent of Americans voting for him have never even read. That explains why we get the politicians we get ... and deserve. The problem with Americans not even [...]

Cruel blue screen of death prank with revolting ASCII goatse

Cruel blue screen of death prank with revolting ASCII goatse

Make contributor Joe Grand (aka "Kingpin") shows his BSODomizer prank gadget in action. Complete plans are available or you can buy an assembled unit for $79. What is BSODomizer?BSODomizer is a small, battery-powered, mischievous electronic gadget that interfaces between a laptop or desktop and VGA monitor and flashes images onto the monitor at [...]

You don’t really own the stocks and bonds you think you own

You don’t really own the stocks and bonds you think you own

All the stocks and bonds you think you own are actually owned by a company you've probably never heard of, a company owned by the same people who own the US Federal Reserve. Originally paper stocks certificates were issued as evidence of ownership by companies to investors purchasing shares. But as trading volume exploded in the late 60's this [...]

Blu-ray is dead

Blu-ray is dead

Please note that HD DVD was done completely right. Blu-Ray killed HD DVD through studio bribes and in the process, killed the format. I and others said a year ago that if HD DVD wins the content war then HD disc media will have a future and if Blu-Ray wins it will not. Yeah, I was right. You idiots screwed yourselves buying into Sony hype when you [...]

Pittsburgh sports fans need only apply… The Legend of Deuce Skurcenski trailer

Pittsburgh sports fans need only apply… The Legend of Deuce Skurcenski trailer

Deuce is premiering next month on 2 separate occasions... The $5.00 Haircut, featuring Deuce Skurcenski, after the jump... (more…)

Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: Noveber 4th

Verizon BlackBerry Storm gets firm release date: Noveber 4th

A friendly tipster has been telling us that Verizon has settled on a firm launch date for the BlackBerry Storm 9530: November 4th. This would put the Storm launch two days after Verizon employees complete their Storm training, and right in line with famed rumor-monger Boy Genius’ ‘first week of November‘ time time line. (more…)

Presidential biometric identifcation by body language

Presidential biometric identifcation by body language

The GreenDot Project aims to train software to recognize a person by the unique fingerprint of body language. New York University computer science professor Chris Bregler tells me that the GreenDot Project "is DOD funded for some biometrics application, but we also applied it to lots of public figures, including the current Presidential [...]

Walmart covers an area larger than Manhattan

Walmart covers an area larger than Manhattan

Driver of damaged car pretends nothing is wrong

When my car acts up, I try to ignore it, hoping it will fix itself. (and it sometimes does!) The driver of this car shares my sense of optimism in spades. I hope it works out for him...

Rumors resurface of a Facebook music store

Rumors resurface of a Facebook music store

As anyone who has held up a lighter alongside friends during a second encore can tell you, social networking and music are meant to sing together. MySpace reminded everyone of its roots last month with the launch of MySpace Music, and inside sources say that Facebook may finally rock out with its own duet soon. Music has always been one of [...]

Can a license plate frame get speeding drivers off the hook?

Can a license plate frame get speeding drivers off the hook?

It was the kind of move that would usually mean a ticket for a young guy in a tricked-out BMW: unsafely zipping around a truck and another vehicle -- which happened to be a CHP cruiser -- while zooming down the road. But rather than getting slapped with a fine last year on U.S. 101 south of San Francisco, Nick Palefsky was let go with a [...]

The Beauty Of This Planet

The Beauty Of This Planet

Baby Found Alone in Car Outside Strip Club

Baby Found Alone in Car Outside Strip Club

Guy leaves infant in car while he goes into strip club. Happens all the rime right? Bonus: car is unlocked and keys are inside... Double Bonus: His wife is inside working the pole... Triple Bonus: he was getting a lap dance from another girl. A Myrtle Beach man was arrested after his baby was found inside a car in the parking lot of a local [...]

HOWTO: Make Cocaine

Interesting video of jungle based cocaine factory.

Al-Jazeera Reports At A Sarah Palin Rally In Rural Ohio

Holy shit, this is intense. It takes Al Jazeera to do some real journalism in the US. Kinda makes you wonder if American media institutions get stuff like this on tape all the time, but "filter it out" before it makes to to the end-consumer. (more…)

“I Am Under 18″ Button Clicked For First Time In History Of Internet

“I Am Under 18″ Button Clicked For First Time In History Of Internet

CHINO, CA—In an unprecedented and historic event Monday, the "I Am Under 18" button, an Internet security device which if selected restricts access to websites featuring adult content, was clicked for the first time ever. "I knew I could simply claim to be over 18 and continue onto my desired destination, but I also realized that I would [...]

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