Wednesday, 20 February 2008

FreeRice.com

Feed people while increasing your vocab with this highly addictive time-waster 8)

Freerice.com

Saturday, 16 February 2008

Gimme Bookshelf!! The Cave!

Omagawd! GIMME GIMME!

"There are times that we wish we could have a little more privacy, retreating into our own space of quietness. Adults crave this just as much as children. With Cave, we are given the opportunity to embrace our escape. Created as a bookshelf with its own Cave inside, allowing the user to retreat with a good book, or just sit and relax in their space. The Cave bookshelf is large enough to be used as a divider between rooms creating a wall of separation of my space and yours. Available in two sizes: Children and Adult. Books may be stored on both sides of the bookcase with a cave crawlspace in between."

Courtesy of Yanko.

Designer Sakura Adachi

Gimme gadget: Bookmark light!

Still in concept stage although it appears that the jigger might hit the shelves sooner rather than later *rubbing hands together gleefully*

"FOLEDs or flexible organic light emitting diodes provide bright illumination with very little power. MARK uses a sheet of thin plastic embedded with FOLEDs to achieve a glowing effect. The intensity of the light can be controlled and the best part is if you fall asleep, you’re bookmark is already where you left off. Although just a concept, MARK won the Red Dot Award for best design concept in 2007 so something like it will be in stores soon."

More info here.

Chuckler: Getting Fired At Yahoo - A Twitter Log

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Ugh. I have a 1GB flash drive and 2GB files to back up. That is teh suck. about 7 hours ago

Heading into my HR meeting. The room is called Lucy. Cute, eh? about 7 hours ago

Finishing meeting with HR. Need to go clear out desk now. about 6 hours ago

Dammit. I was hoping to hook up the free Flickr Pro account before I got canned. Major fail. about 6 hours ago

Dear Blackberry, What great times we had. I'll miss you. At least until tonight when I stop on my way home and buy an iPhone. Love, Me about 4 hours ago

Oh...and my badge. He's going to take that too. Will I be able to get a latte for the road still? about 4 hours ago

More here 8)

BibliOdyssey: Amazing Archival Images from the Internet

"With just a few select books to date, the British publisher (and design company) Fuel has already made a splash with its beautifully produced books on such ephemeral or popular arts as tattooing (Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia Volumes I and II), soccer programs (Match Day) and improvised domestic implements (Home-Made). Fuel's latest publication extends this visual anthropology to the Internet, specifically the blog BibliOdyssey.

Across the world, libraries and institutions are only recently starting to make their collections available online, and the bulk of this amazing material goes unnoted by the casual surfer. BibliOdyssey's mission over the past two years has been to diligently trawl the dustier corners of the Internet and retrieve these materials for our attention.

Thanks to the daily efforts of this singular blog, a myriad of long-forgotten imagery has now re-surfaced, from eighteenth-century anatomical and architectural drawing to occult and alchemical engravings and proto-Surrealist depictions of the horrors of industrialization (for example, the half-plant, half-people illustrations of J.J. Grandville). Each of the images is accompanied by commentary from "PK," author and curator of the BibliOdyssey blog. The book also provides details for each image and links to the source website. With a foreword by artist Dinos Chapman, BibliOdyssey is a true cabinet of curiosities and a journey in discovery and delight."

Amazon.

Courtesy of BoingBoing.

Hair test cuts breast cancer errors

Detecting breast cancer from changes in the structure of hair could cut down false alarms from mammograms.

The test bombards strands of hair with X-rays from a synchrotron particle accelerator. In hair from healthy people, the pattern produced by the X-rays is a series of arcs, while in people with breast cancer a distinctive ring is superimposed on top of the arcs.

Details here (subscription).

Alternative source.

Bedroom in a box!



Having moved 8 times in as many years, I'm fast developing a love affair with Casulo. That said, I'm not particularly into the minimalist/zen home thing (Yes, yes, Scooterboy, I hear you shouting about how you're all about the zen).

Gimme teepee!


This is just too cool! The perfect addition to the backyard - a great nook for house guests, much comfier 'doghouse' for in-trouble-spouses/partners, quiet-place for misbehaving toddlers, somewhere to stash said misbehaving toddler when it grows into angry an teen...

Yanko

Gimme gadget: Super mug

Can't wait for this concept design to appear in my hands! Morning tea and my widgets and feeds on my mug - shweet!

Yanko

Pencil bench


heh heh

Monday, 11 February 2008

Shelfari!!


Current fave playground online. Shelfari just rocks! gush gush gush... I could go on but just head over to my shelves over here for a look-see.

and it has embedding goodness! Check out my bookshelf blog.

and and and it tracks Amazon Associate IDs - cha ching!

and you are also able to link your account to the Shelfari Facebook app (although the app is currently slightly geborken - my settings are set to show books that I'm currently reading but the shelf remains stuck on 'all books'. At least the rest of the app works fine).

*doing the good-geekin dance*

Chinese New Year 2008 in Shanghai

Fireworks shenanigans on day 3 of CNY. Day 1 was even nuttier.

To get a better sense of what it's like on the ground, turn up the volume!



If you have trouble viewing the video, click here instead.

More fireworks shenanigans (up close)

More fireworks but if you scroll up to 53 seconds or so, you will see exactly how close to apartment/office buildings the fireworks are lit.

When I returned home from dinner on day 1, some joker was lighting HUGE fireworks in the driveway to the apartment building. We just had to wait until he had his fun in order to get through.



If you have trouble viewing the video, click here instead.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Gimme Gadget!! PENGASM!

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen *rubbing hands together gleefully*

Check out this super nifty jigger!



If you have trouble viewing the video here, click through to Demo.com

Gimme Primer!

Neal Stephenson of Snow Crash fame does it again and predicts the future in The Diamond Age.

"What if Napster stocked textbooks? Engineering professor Richard Baraniuk talks about his vision for Connexions, an open-source system that lets teachers share digital texts and course materials, modify them and give them to their students -- all free, thanks to Creative Commons licensing."

Not quite the Primer just yet, but we're on our way! 8)



If you have trouble viewing the video on this page, click here instead.

No more dead arms Love Mattress

Oarsome 8)

No more waking up in the middle of the night with a weird floppy limb draped over your body that is alarmingly attached to your body!

Ok. Where can I get one of these?

Courtesy of Gizmodiva

Vanishing of the Bees

"Honey bees are dying in vast numbers and nobody knows exactly why. As honey bees are responsible for pollinating a third of the crop species in the US alone, this phenomena, called Colony Collapse Disorder, is potentially very bad news for everyone. "Vanishing of the Bees" is an independent documentary currently in production about this ecological nightmare and its potential impact. The trailer is beautiful, provocative, and deeply moving. I hope the filmmakers gather the funds to complete the full movie. Link"

Courtesy of BoingBoing

Yikes!

Gimme Gadget: Lego Egg Timer






Courtesy of Gizmodiva

Gimme Bling!

Larve these bracelets! Gimme Gimme 8)

Courtesy of BoingBoing

Building Blocks of Life Detected in Distant Galaxy

"The discovery of an amino acid precursor in a far-flung galaxy is fresh evidence that life has potential to form throughout the universe, scientists say."

Shweeet! Let's find them E.T.s already!! 8)

More at National Geographic.

Blue Ballpoint Genius

Amazing :o

Juan Francisco Casas

Courtesy of BoingBoing

Rice demographics

If you have trouble viewing the video on this page, click here instead.

Gimme Gadget: StrapYa solar goodness


I've been looking for a jigger just like this for ages! No more dead mobiles 8)

More at Trendhunter.

Gimme Coffee Table

Whoa! This is EXACTLY what the Scooterboy needs. Well, he needs around 42 of them or so.

nifty nifty nifty!

The Uber-Review

Saturday, 9 February 2008

BACK ON THE PONY!

Whooo hoooo! Back in the blogosphere 8)

IN YOUR FACE Great Paranoid Firewall!! >8P