Archive for the ‘Lacking a Category’ Category

Weather Reports

Posted on September 19th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Lacking a Category, PSA-Types, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Weather Reports

You know, sometimes the weather report is just too much. You really don’t need to know that theres a 39.8% chance of rain with a standard deviation of 2, that the relative humidity is going to be 60%, and that, in the next hour, its going to change by 3 percent.
Instead…umbrella today? tells you a very simple thing. Do you need an umbrella today?
It can even send you text messages on the days you need an umbrella (kind of unnecessary).
Kind of useless, but heh, on some days, you just don’t want to mess around.
Check it out:

*Vacation Time

Posted on August 9th, 2008 in Lacking a Category | Comments Off on *Vacation Time

This is just a heads-up, I’m off to vacation in Alaska for a week…I’ll make sure to post some good photos if i get em 😉
Cheers and cya all in a week!

Absolutely Insane Alarm Clock

Posted on July 8th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Lacking a Category, Tech News, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

Mind you, this isn’t a product yet, but I think its both absolutely awesome and insane.
There is a concept alarm clock that, upon reaching the time when you must be roused out of a warm bed, threatens to accesse your cell phone and dials a random number in your phone list. Give it enough time and it WILL, with a pre-recorded message. Now, this is when it could possibly become very very bad for someone who doesn’t get out of bed.
Imagine its 7 am, and your alarm clock calls your boss or dad with a message of,

Hey sexy, it’s me. Listen, I had to call because I had another dream about you last night. I can’t get you out of my mind.

I dont know, that would get me out of bed pretty fast. There are far too many hilarious/very very baaaaaad situations depending on who gets called….and what the incriminating message is 😉

Check out their site (although I really wish they could make such a machine haha)

The Cardboard Bike

Posted on June 27th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Science!, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of | 1 Comment »

“Phil Bridge, 21, of Sheffield Hallam
University, said the bike was strong enough for a rider weighing up to 12
stones and would not go soft in the rain, although it has a life expectancy
of only about six months.”

One one hand, I want to really applaud this design for being very affordable, and I could easily see this as a means of transportation for people who don’t have the resources to afford standard metal bikes, but need a means of getting around other then walking. I’m thinking along the lines of One Laptop per Child, or the person-powered water pump we blogged about a few months ago. I mean, whats better then a bike thats made of cardboard, could be easily shipped and stored, or carried on a bus, boat, by hand through non-bikeable conditions? And its cardboard. Who’d really want to steal it? Its not like you could sell it for scrap.

On the other hand, I’m ready to say that this is just another embodiment of our use-for-a-while-and-throw-away society. I mean, who buys a bike they know will last them only 6 months? Granted, it IS only cardboard, so it will decompose in landfills, and the metal parts are supposed to be recyclable.

What I think would be a really interesting design would be to make metal parts as well as cardboard parts – this way, people in poor countries could buy the cardboard bike to get around, and buy the rest of the bike in metal form piece by piece – you could litterall buy it wheel by wheel, then get a real metal frame, a real seat, real handlebars, and then you’ve worked your way up to a real bike. It couldn’t be that hard to break the design down into four or five individual parts that places could stock in metal.

Read the rest of the article here

Firefox 3

Posted on June 16th, 2008 in Lacking a Category | Comments Off on Firefox 3

Everyone ready for the update to FF3? Checked if your favorite plugins still work? Consider this your heads-up to the FF3 update tomorrow, and a reminder that theres a world record at stake 😉
Previous post on FF can be found here

Cool game system mods

Posted on June 15th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 4 Comments »

Okay, I’ve posted about a few controller or game system mods before, but some of these are really cool.

How about this giant working NES controler/coffee table?

Take off the glass, clear off the old coffee mugs, and you’re ready to play!

Or how about this ultra-portable NES that fits inside a custom shoe?

Or how about this snappy-looking Alligator Xbox?

Take a look at these, and 22 others here

GPS “Backup” gets an upgrade

Posted on June 12th, 2008 in Lacking a Category, Tech News | 1 Comment »

Long before GPS, ships have been using a system called “LORAN” to navigate the worlds oceans. LORAN, or Long-Range Aids to Navigation is a land-based positioning system run by the Coast Guard to allow ships to track their positions at sea. (Both GPS and LORAN work on the same principles – you can triangulate your location based on two or three fixed points provided you know how far from each one you are.) The 30-year-old system will get a $34.5 million upgrade from the Department on Homeland Security to upgrade the transmission equipment, and add a data channel that will transmit detailed information and a constant time-keeping signal.

Popular Mechanics says that LORAN is a good backup for GPS because :

Story and quote from Popular Mechanics

I mean, think about what would happen if GPS failed. It’s everywhere. Its used to locate millitary airplanes, ships, and weapons. Hikers and other outdoor professionals use it to navigate rough terrain and not get lost. We’ve got it in our cars to give us directions on how to get from here to there. It’s used to track the location of other commercial equipment and packages. A major GPS failure could take quite a while to recover from. A backup plan is always a good idea.

More music from random old computer equipment

Posted on June 11th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Site of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on More music from random old computer equipment

“Radiohead held an online contest to remix “Nude” from their album – “In Rainbows” This was quite a difficult task for everybody that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that’s played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It’s pretty difficult to seamlessly mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from “Nude” thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition to find out how people would approach such a challenging task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX

Thanks to Afrotech and Dr Roland Shregle (ganjatron)”

(From the video description)

Yellow Drum Machine

Posted on June 7th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Robots!, Site of the Day, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

This little robot searches for things to drum on, drives up to them, and starts playing.

Lolcats work to save the environment

Posted on May 13th, 2008 in How To's, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »