Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
what could possibly go wrong?
This is literally as described in neuromancer. It was called operation screaming fist.
This is sad. National Geographic has been an amazing conduit for getting science news into the hands of the public for over a century. It will turn into another hollow shell that makes money for news corp.
these giant mammals are clever tool users, and they share their tech knowledge with other bears nearby. As a result, bear-proofing technology rarely works for more than a couple of decades before every bear knows how to crack it.
Worth a read.
Clowns are scary to some, but apparently they’re invisible to most cellphone users. According to a study involving a unicycle, a clown, and 150 college students, cellphone users were half as likely as others to notice a red-nosed, unicycle rider. Ira Hyman, Jr., a researcher at Western Washington University sent a student unicycling around campus wearing a clown costume and then asked people who’d walked past if they’d “noticed anything unusual.” The cellphone users were less than half as likely to have noticed, but Hyman speculates that it may not be the technology itself which distracts them, but instead the concentration required to maintain a conversation over that particular medium. Whatever the case, kudos to him for managing to find an excuse to run a study involving a clown.
The obvious flaw in this study is that for some people who might have been online, a clown on a unicycle wouldn’t have been unusual. I predict that this will win an Ignoble Prize next year.
On May 4, 1536, Francesco Lapi-a Florentine merchant who at the time was in Seville, Spain-used the symbol @ in a letter, the first ever known instance of a document containing it.From Gizmodo - What Does @ Really Mean? - At sign
It’s 473 year old.
I really want a jet pack.
a simple, ultra-sleek full-page 8.5-inch by 11-inch electronic book and newspaper reader with a flexible plastic touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to read regular Office documents without conversion of any kind. As we said yesterday, Plastic Logic showed it at the Demo Fall 08 conference in San Diego. Seeing it up close and on its side makes me want to have one.From The Amazon Kindle Killer: Plastic Logic Reader Looks Like Kindle Killer
Looks like an iPod for books. Very cool.
His subwoofer is his basement. So shut up about your Dolby 7.1 set up.
Lego enthusiast Jan Vormann went around the quiet little town of Bocchignano, Italy filling its decrepit walls with lego pieces.
Legos: Artist Repairs Walls In Italy With Lego Bricks
If it works there, maybe that can rebuild the Colosseum with Lego bricks.
I swear the intelligence community went down hill once fedoras went out of style.
I generally approve of anything with a jet engine attached to it.
As former chess champion Garry Kasparov was giving a speech to unite opposition political forces, a radio-controlled penis flew across the room to some applause and laughter. The fun was ended when a dour-faced man smashed the penis out of the air.Flying Penis: Flying RC Penis Disrupts Garry Kasparov Speech
I have nothing to add.
Apparently, piracy (real piracy, not the BitTorrented variety) is all the rage off the coast of Somalia. The pirates, who probably don’t have peglegs or parrots but I picture them that way anyways, hijack ships and hold them and their equipment for ransom, sometimes killing crewmembers in the process. It isn’t pretty. But the US Navy and Coast Guard have a trick up their sleeves: robotic boats.Robots V Pirates: Navy to Get Robot Boats to Fight Pirates, Sets Stage For Historic Battle
Finally, a pirate fighting robot. If it had ninjas it would be the perfect geek news story.
the Opel E-Flex is a European concept of the Chevy Volt unleaded/electric hybrid. Other than its propensity to drink more wine and go “on holiday,” the Opel will use a 1.3lt turbo diesel engine to recharge the car’s lithium ion batteries when they run out.From Chevy: LEAKED, Electric Meets Diesel in Opel E-Flex - Gizmodo
Diesel/Electric hybrid. It’s what can get us off oil. It’s what can kill OPEC.
The CopterBox is a disposable air-drop box, designed to safely drop cargo from a plane. Using parachutes is more expensive, and requires that you go back at some point to pick them up. With this system you can just throw a package out and forget about itFrom Stay Out Of The Rain: CopterBox, Cardboard Helicopter - Gizmodo
Worth visiting just for the video. I bet this guy can make some really kick-ass paper airplanes.
Okay, short and sweet. Textile Interfaces designed the jacket, while the Lumalive light-up plate came courtesy of Philips. It’s old promo-wear from Philips, but we got hold of one which plays Pac Man.From IFA2007: Ghosts Chase Pac Man Across My Chest - Gizmodo
I can imagine this being a fad. Like the shirts that change color in the sun that were a fad a few years ago. Or like Pac Man for that matter.
This papercraft engine only needs to sit on a cup of hot coffee to drive its pistons. No, it’s not the precious caffeine that drives the motion, but the Stirling engine design, in which the difference between alternating hot and cold gas pressure is harnessed for power.From Cheaper Than Gas: Paper Stirling Engine Runs Off Hot Coffee - Gizmodo
Really interesting hack.
After many, many hours of intense work from “Nightwatch,” the first independent “Hello World”* application has been compiled and launched on the iPhone. This was made possible using the “ARM/Mach-O Toolchain,” Nightwatch’s “special project,” that he has been working on so carefully over the past few weeks. Certain parts of the toolchain (such as the assembler) are being refined and tested and these will be released as soon as possible.Checkpoint: “Hello World” 3rd-Party iPhone App Compiled, Loaded, Run - Gizmodo
So much the iPhone not having 3rd party apps.
I like coffee. I like RSS. So naturally, I dig Benjamin Brown’s News Brews project, which crawls through RSS feeds and takes “the relative frequency at which different coffee-growing regions are mentioned” to determine their respective bean proportion in the blend.From Turn Depressing World Affairs Into Coffee - Gizmodo
Really interesting hack.
From Gizmodo. I have nothing to add.
Eco-M, a bare-bones sporty car with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The car will be able to sip fuel and still go fast, capable of far greater than 100 miles per gallon because of its lightweight carbon fiber construction.
I wonder if cars like this will lead to rally-races where the winner is the team that can drive above a certain speed for the most number of laps on a fixed amount of fuel. That would be an amazing engineering challenge with a lot of real world value.
A radio for listening to Internet radio. The design looks vaugly like a desktop sized iPod Mini.
If crop circles are proof that aliens have visited Earth, then this iPod should be viewed as proof that aliens really like the new White Stripes Album.
Anyone else geting Newton Deja-Vu?
The car start-up developed a light-weight passenger car with outstanding aerodynamics. The Loremo LS is powered by a 2 cylinder Turbo Diesel engine with 20 hp and 160km/h top speed. The amazing thing is that the Loremo only needs 1.5l per 100km. This is approx. 157MPG! The Toyota Prius hybrid has only 55MPG (combined city and highway). With one tank (20l) you could drive 1,300km.
Honda announced it will began building a new fuel cell vehicle, with the first Honda FCX model hydrogen-powered fuel cell car rolling off the assembly line "within three or four years." Along with unique ways of arranging the fuel cells within the vehicle, Honda also dreamed up an idea for obtaining the hydrogen necessary to fuel this baby.
Is Knitting still hipster cool when robots are doing it?
The popular nightspot is among a growing number of places across the country where people can bring their iPods and other portable music players and, for as long as the bartender allows, share their personal favorites with the crowd.First self service gas, and now a self service Bar music. Wonder if the folks at contempt will follow that lead.
And of course, Gizmodo has just the right gadget for an iDJ.