Kids React to a Walkman

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I was asked to show a section of a movie to some students last week. When I got there it was on VHS. Finding the exact spot was a reminder of all the things I don’t miss. Keep an eye on little 8-year-old Samirah here. She’s a smart one. [Read more...]

Sound Cannons to Be Fired at Drivers

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LRAD stands for Long Range Acoustic Device, and it’s a kind of sonic weapon created for breaking up large protests and hailing people at extreme distances. And now it’s going to be fired at motorists driving at high speeds through construction zones. Missouri’s Department of Transportation is going to give the device to road workers [Read More...]

The Unabomber’s Delusional Offspring

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Anarchist/anti-tech protesters have targeted the home and neighborhood of tech entrepreneur Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and partner in Google Ventures. After a late night of howling at the moon, these feral lunatics dug into their bag of Soviet-era propaganda, leafleted his neighborhood, and unfurled banners outside of Rose’s San Francisco home declaring him a [Read More...]

Facebook Acquires Oculus Rift: What Does It Mean?

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Among gamers, the surprise acquisition of VR headset maker Oculus Rift by Facebook is being treated as a harbinger of the end times. Many are investing a great deal of hope in the next-gen virtual-reality tech being developed by Oculus Rift, believing it may kick gaming to the next level. To have that very tech [Read More...]

OneNote Is Now Free

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Microsoft’s OneNote note-taking app is now free for Windows and Mac. I’m just putting this out there as a public service; not because I use OneNote: I don’t. I’m downloading it as I write this post. I’ve done everything I can to scrape as much Microsoft as possible from my computer. I use Scrivener and [Read More...]

Crowd-sourcing the Search For Flight 370

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There are few news stories that capture and hold my interest, but I’ve been following the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Air MH370 very closely. At first it was the simple yet crushing tragedy of 239 souls being lost, most likely to human cruelty. But it’s the echoes of Twilight Zone and Stephen King stories–the sheer strangeness of it all–that [Read More...]

The Dirty Little Secret About Ellen’s Oscar Selfie

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You know, this one: It was a wacky, seemingly spontaneous moment in which Ellen and a bunch of stars took a selfie, and then she urged people to make it the most retweeted photo ever. And they did! I think it got almost 3 million retweets. That’s the only reason I even know about: it [Read More...]

Child’s Heart Surgery Aided By 3D-Printed Model

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Kentucky heart surgeon Erle Austin knew that fixing 14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart would be a delicate process, and he wanted as much information as possible before going in. He went to the engineering school at University of Louisville help with a computer model of the boy’s heart, and they were able to use a 3D printer to [Read More...]

An Allegory

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The Astrolabe [Beautiful Machines]

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When I was asked to come up with a header for this blog, I submitted two ideas to Patheos: a robotic riff on Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and an image of an astrolabe. Unable to choose between the two, I suggested that the art department just combine them, and the striking image above was born. I first encountered [Read More...]