Friday, December 29, 2006
In the spring of 2006 we again asked the Princeton University community to submit images—and, for the first time, videos and sounds—produced in the course of research or incorporating tools and concepts from science. Out of nearly 150 entries from 16 departments, we selected 56 works to appear in the 2006 Art of Science exhibition.
The practices of science and art both involve the single-minded pursuit of those moments of discovery when what one perceives suddenly becomes more than the sum of its parts. Each piece in this exhibition is, in its own way, a record of such a moment. They range from the image that validates years of research, to the epiphany of beauty in the trash after a long day at the lab, to a painter's meditation on the meaning of biological life.
We thank all those who submitted their work to this year's competition. By sharing their imagination, as well as the fruits of their research, they have reaffirmed the deep links between art and science.
Another game goes 'real world'
Perplex City Game Cards
GEAR | GAMING | ￼
If you've got some free time and want to be playing a game that's a
little more real than hitting buttons on a controller, check out the
Perplex City Game Cards ($5 each, 4 for $10). Each pack contains six
puzzle cards that feature optical illusions, riddles, mazes, codes,
pop culture trivia, and more. When you have found solutions to the
codes, go to the game's website and enter the solutions to earn
points that move you up a worldwide leaderboard and help you on your
way to finding $200,000 that is buried somewhere in the world — and
$200,000 sounds pretty real to us.
Linear Custom Cabinets
HOME | FURNITURE | ￼
Sometimes to find the right piece of furniture, you just have to
design it yourself. Room & Board is letting you do just that with
their Linear Custom Series 5 Cabinets ($700-$2900). Available in
sizes ranging from 26 inches wide and 32 inches high all the way to a
74x80, each provides slots that let you choose from a wide range of
inserts to make sure you get what you want.
ENTERTAINMENT | BOOKS | ￼
Handyman In-Your-Pocket ($10) is the ultimate reference guide for the
do-it-yourself home owner. While some might need a magnifying glass
to read it, this back-pocket book packs in 768 pages with essential
info on carpentry, roofing, rope, pipes, pumps, bolts, lumber,
welding, tools, electrical, conversion factors, and tons more. It's
used by professional contractors, builders and handymen across the
nation, so you can be sure the guide is full of valuable details.
HOME | STORAGE | ￼
There's nothing like the holiday season to remind you that it's
simply impossible for people to get along. With that in mind, it's
best to be prepared for whatever might come your way — and this is a
great way to do it. The Ice-Qube ($850) is jam-packed with all sorts
of things to keep you and your loved ones alive in an emergency.
There's too much included to list it all here, but its slogan is
"Everything you never want to need in case of emergency," and it's
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Mounting concern about U.S. dependence on foreign oil and about global warming is causing a surge of interest and investment in biomass, hydrogen, solar power and other alternative energy sources. But bubbling beneath the surface of this wave--in more ways than one--is a technology that, while lacking an existing market or powerful lobby to advance its profile, may soon emerge as the most promising source of portable liquid fuels and that can offer unique environmental benefits to the electrical generation industry.
Personally though, I am betting this too shall pass. My reasons? Over the past twelve months we have seen everything from soybeans to corn to sugar cane touted as the best choice as alternative fuel source of the next decade/century/millennia!
I think that, unless you have time to check it out carefully and money to burn doing it, hold your investments (mental and monetary) until some clear fore-runners break from the pack. When someone opens an algae farm and starts selling the hydrogen..... when someone figures out how to cheaply and reliably transport the hydrogen..... When someone figures out how to grow fuel crops without impinging the world food supply..... When Ford/GM/Chrysler/Toyota/Mazda starts selling a bio-diesel family car as a standard item instead of a special retrofit......
Of course, I am not a pundit and I talk from a minimal amount of research, but that my opinion.
Lateral thinking is not something I have always excelled at. Some would even say you could remove "lateral" from the previous sentence and it would remain just as true. I have noticed in fact a general decline in my reasoning prowess, and I'm choosing to blame the lack of sleep as a result of having a baby... 14 months ago. To fight my general stupidification I've been flexing my lateral thinking muscles lately with Riddles of Riddles 100. These lateral thinking web games are the work of one apparently psychotic mind, Mark Lautman. They aren't as slick or polished as God Tower or Dumb: The Game, but what they lack in graphics they make up for in deviousness and variety. In the first 16 puzzles alone, I came across binary code, a crossword puzzle, a word scramble, and a quote from... nevermind, that would give the answer away. When you discover the answer to a puzzle you enter it directly in the URL in your browser's address bar. I was originally a little annoyed at that, but the manual entry actually sets Mark up to hand you some pretty clever wordplay based on the address bar itself. There are also occasional hints in the source code of the document itself. Shoot, I hope that didn't spoil anything. It's so hard reviewing these kinds of games without giving too much away. In any event, if you like feeling stupid for not finding the answer that's right in front of your nose, get ready to enjoy. Click. Be sure to check out the other flavors of the Riddles of Riddles games as well. Thanks to Xyz for sending this one in!
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Tin foil hats finally find a purpose: Cool-Cap baby cooling
Gauss' GP-219 electromagnetic pistol fires steel projectiles silently
“# Two coils are precisely pulsed in sequence
(350 Amp peak) to fire a steel projectile
# Two infrared sensors detect the projectile
position within the firing tube
# Controlled by a PIC microcontroller
# Powered by 8 AA NiCd battery pack
# Built-in battery-charger
# Bar display tracks capacitor bank charge
# Battery and Fault LED indicators
# Laser targeting sight
# Makes no sound when fired”
Arisawa Teleglass: Getting CloserJust last weekend we were writhing over the potential of a video headset that wouldn't get your butt kicked, and we are already a step closer. The Arisawa Teleglass is a mobile video headset solution that is not a headset at all, but a clip on LCD display that can hook to your coolest pair of wrap around glasses. The .24 inch LCD display simulates a 21 inch display from 1 meter. So while the viewing area isn't huge, one of your eyes can monitor for incoming punches to the face. We're not entirely certain of what sort of video inputs will work, but the Teleglass does require you to carry an iPod-sized box to function. At about $429, we'll wait until this technology is flat and integrated into the lens. (Sorry manufacturers, nothing else will do for the mass public.) – MARK WILSON Product Page (Japanese) [via i4u]
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I saw this on UnCrate and thought it was awesome, it got me thinking
and today is slow so I went a-looking for more:
Mos Eisley Cantina Bookend Set
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If you're a reader and a Star Wars fan, there's no doubt you'll flat
out love this as much as we do. The Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina
Bookend Set ($115) depicts Han Solo, blaster in hand, facing off
against Greedo. The set is six inches tall and ten inches wide when
pushed together, and captures very fine details of both the scene and
the characters, but there's still no word on whether Greedo shoots
first or not.
To my GREAT surprise (though why I am surprised I do not know, the
net was built for Niche-Marketing) I found a web-shop that is
Just BookEnds and of course Amazon has their selection.
Friday, December 22, 2006
So amazon is having a sale on cuisanart knives.
I own one such knife (deb, the dairy good knife) and had at one time
wanted to buy a set for my sister who has no good knives,
Amazon has the set at 200 dollars off including a very nice hide-away
knife block (keeps the dust out).
they are also selling the chefs knife alone for 40 bucks which is
good but not great as prices go.
Shop Smart Ever been in a store and seen an item, and it suddenly occured to you that it might be cheaper on the Internet? Who do you call? GHOST....sorry, that's not it....you call Frucall (1-888-DO-FRUCALL). Frucall's free phone-based service automatically finds the current, best online price for any product and instantly lets consumers hear it from any phone, anytime, anywhere. Frucall empowers consumers to shop smart and take advantage of both online and in-store shopping experiences at the same time.
COOLLIGHT Recently, designboom had a "house party" design competition, and after looking at 3070 designers from 89 different countries, they decided on the top 3. Wen-Haur Yen from Taiwan took first place and in his own words describes his invention: COOLIGHT combines a handle and a steel cylinder filled with cryogen. When you need an ice beer, just put the COOLIGHT into the beer bottle. It would help you to cool down the beer as soon as possible. On the top of the handle , there is a cork made by rubber would fix the hole device and the bottle close together, and you can drink the beer through the hole on the top of it. COOLIGHT has another convenient device on its body, LED. LED would display the information of time and temperature in order that you could know what time it is or what the temperature of the beer.I'm sold. I just love the ideas of all these different colored lights dancing around at my next house party. Unfortunately, Wen-Haur Yen 's design is not yet in production; but we'll be the first to alert you when it is.
Brinker hopes to bring leak-fixing artificial platelets to water pipes Posted Dec 21st 2006 10:28PM by Donald Melanson Filed under: Misc. Gadgets U.K.-based Brinker Technology has been fine tuning its artificial platelet technology for oil pipelines for a while now, but it looks like the company's now looking to bring the leak-sealing solution to a water pipe near your. Unfortunately, the technology doesn't involve nanobots crawling though the pipes and fixing leaks with their pint-sized blowtorches (yet), with Brinker's solution instead relying on "squishy blobs" that flow through the pipes and attach themselves to leaks, forming a temporary "scab" that'll keep the fluids contained until the pipe can be permanently fixed. While the company apparently thinks that the blobs will be just at home in water pipes as they are in oil pipelines, they're currently stuck waiting for the necessary approval to put 'em to the test.
Researchers develop backpack to ease heavy loads Posted Dec 21st 2006 7:07PM by Donald Melanson Filed under: Wearables Those crack backpack researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are at it again, New Scientist reports, following up their power-generating backpack with one designed simply to lighten the load on the wearer, apparently re-purposing some of the same technology from their earlier model. As with that backpack, the person wears a metal frame with the cargo suspend from it, in this case using elastic cords instead of springs. But instead of generating power from the resulting bouncing motion, the backpack simply takes advantage of the natural action to keep the load at a constant height as the person walks, supposedly reducing the energy required to carry a heavy load by up to 40%. Unlike wth the power-generating backpack, however (which was developed at the behest of the US Office of Naval Research) Larry Rome, the creator of this new bouncy backpack, looks to be thinking commercially from the get go, founding the "Lighting Packs" company with the full intention of taking 'em to market.
University of Tokyo develops expansive plastic power sheet Posted Dec 21st 2006 1:52PM by Darren Murph Filed under: Misc. Gadgets, Wireless It seems this whole "wireless power" phenomenon is just getting warmed up, as we've got yet another creation that promises to rejuvenate our gadgetry without forcing us to hunt for those easy-to-misplace AC adapters. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a prototype which consists of "plastic and flexible electronics" that can wirelessly provide power to "any device that touches its surface." Of course, gadgets would need to be equipped with "a coil and special power-harvesting circuitry" to receive the energy, but it still beats lugging around half a dozen adapters on every outing. While this flexible sheet still relies on electromagnetic induction like the one's that have come before it, this particular rendition features a dual-sheet design that allows it to intelligently divert power to objects touching any part of the sheet, while not wasting energy on parts not being occupied. Takao Someya, professor of engineering, estimates that there's still "about five years" before the sheet will overcome the current "reliability issues," but hopes to one day "power flat-screen panels without ever needing an electrical outlet."
AutoDesk gives Students free software Posted Dec 22nd 2006 8:00AM by Ryan Carter Filed under: Design, Internet, Utilities, Productivity, Commercial, Freeware The makers of AutoCAD are giving away their software to students. If you have a university-issued email address, you can register with the AutoDesk student site, which gains you access to free downloads of AutoDesk software, as a student. Also on the site is a job search to help students find good gigs. When I tried to sign up with my university email, my school was apparently not a big enough school to be listed in their database, so they will get back to me within 3 business days. Fine, but my school is a fairly well recognized one. Anyway, the rumor is that there are many titles you can get as a student from the site as well as self-paced tutorials. Sounds good, if I could only get into it. Ho-hum.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Absolute Dark Knight by Frank Miller ENTERTAINMENT | BOOKS | ￼ If
you're not really that in to comic books, you'll probably recognize
the name Frank Miller from the recent movie adaptation of his graphic
novel Sin City. Fortunately for us, his talents have extended well
beyond that realm. Frank Miller's Absolute Dark Knight ($100)
includes two graphic novels, The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark
Knight Strikes Again, the former being a groundbreaking work that
infused Batman's beloved Gotham with a darkness that only Miller
could realize. Along with other plotlines, sketchbook material, and
more, this is a must have for any superhero aficionado.
Craigsnumber: Free, automatically expiring phone numbers Posted Dec
19th 2006 1:10PM by Jordan Running Filed under: Security, Web
services Craigsnumber's tagline is simple and to the point: "Listing
online? Protect your privacy." And that's all there is to it.
Craigsnumber is a dead simple online service that will give you a
disposable phone number for conducting business online. Want to
provide a phone number on your eBay auction, but don't want your real
number out there forever? Just go to Craigsnumber, enter your real
number and when you want the disposable number to expire (one hour,
one day, or one week), and you'll be assigned a Craigsnumber (which
is an ordinary phone number and extension) that will forward calls to
you only until it expires. When someone calls your Craigsnumber,
they'll be prompted to record a greeting before they're connected,
which allows you to screen incoming calls. If you want the number to
be in a particular area code, you can choose from between San
Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. One feature that would be
nice to have is finer-grained control over expiration times. Being
able to set it to 10 days or two weeks would be very welcome. So,
where's the business model? I have no idea, but it's a neat service
that doesn't require any registration, another big plus for the
privacy-conscious. As a big minus, however, the site doesn't appear
creators about that, and will update this post if they reply.
WarGames Sequel Now Filming
Posted by kdawson on Tuesday December 19, @04:11PM
from the lights-camera-domain-grab dept.
iluvcapra writes "This news is a little late, but on November 20th
WarGames 2: The Dead Code began filming in Montreal. (I only became
aware of the new production when I read that MGM is suing the
rightful owner of WarGames.com for his domain name.) The film will be
produced and distributed by MGM — distributor of the original
WarGames — and directed by Stewart Gillard, director of such gems as
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3. Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes,
the team behind the original film, are not involved. The plot
revolves around a hacker breaking into a terrorism-simulation computer."
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