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Archive for August 2011

Clumsy Eaters Can Stain by the Numbers On These Dish Towels

Clumsy Eaters Can Stain by the Numbers On These Dish Towels
I gave up on fabric placemats after having my sister and her young kids over for dinner one evening. While I adore my nieces and nephews, they are the messiest eaters on the planet and my placemats just had to go to the bin after their visit, since the stains were so stubborn and wouldn’t come off, even after several washes.

Tar and Feather Gun Looks Like Something Wile E. Coyote Might Buy from Acme

Tar and Feather Gun Looks Like Something Wile E. Coyote Might Buy from Acme
Sure, you could always shoot paintballs at your mortal enemies, but if you’re looking for a way to really make a mess of things, there’s not many better ways than with some good old fashioned tar and feathers.

Honey, I Shrunk The Roland TR-808! Just Kidding, It’s a Flash Drive

Honey, I Shrunk The Roland TR-808! Just Kidding, It’s a Flash Drive
Music lovers and enthusiasts will remember the Roland TR-808, that was actually one of the first programmable drum machines ever made. It was introduced in the early 1980s, which actually makes it several years older than I am.

Drought Stricken Texas Town to Recycle Pee for Drinking Water

Drought Stricken Texas Town to Recycle Pee for Drinking Water
You might think its hot where you are. However, you don’t know hot until you visit Texas in the summer. We are going on 40 consecutive days of temperatures in the 104-107°F range in many areas, and on top of the heat, we are having our annual drought and it is one of the worst ever.

Sonic Generations Footage: Sonic Goes Back to Basics

Sonic Generations Footage: Sonic Goes Back to Basics
Here’s some news that Sonic fans will love. After many disappointing and flawed games, Sega appears to be going back to the character’s roots. This Sonic Generations footage looks not only playable, but fun.

First Pilots of Boeing CST-100 Space Capsule Won’t Be from NASA

First Pilots of Boeing CST-100 Space Capsule Won’t Be from NASA
I’m not sure why I had assumed that if the CST-100 gets the funding it needs to become the replacement for the retired Space Shuttle fleet it would be piloted by NASA astronauts. I guess I assumed that all astronauts would need to be NASA trained, but that isn’t the case.

Army to Deploy Automated ATVs to Carry Packs and More in the Field

Army to Deploy Automated ATVs to Carry Packs and More in the Field
The closest I have ever come to being in the military would be playing high school football and having to endure the not at all fun two-times-a-day practice in the weeks leading up to the start of school.

The Essentials T-Shirt: This is How We Rolled

The Essentials T-Shirt: This is How We Rolled
Before these fancy electronic games, there was a time when gameplay was decided not by a team of programmers, but by one ruthless DM. When “massively multiplayer” meant having 8 players in your party at once.

Android Network Toolkit: Want to be a Hacker? There’s an App for That

Android Network Toolkit: Want to be a Hacker? There’s an App for That
While iOS users can pretend to be hackers with games like Hack RUN and iHack, those who own Android gadgets will soon be able to break into networks and computers for real. That’s because Israeli security firm zImperium is about to launch an app that can search for vulnerable targets and infiltrate them, allowing users to eavesdrop or even “attack” the devices.

Michael Jelinek’s Vehicle Concepts: Are Pod Racers the Future of Transportation?

Michael Jelinek’s Vehicle Concepts: Are Pod Racers the Future of Transportation?
Even though I saw Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace a few times, it remains my everyone’s least favorite Star Wars movie. That being said, it had some redeeming qualities, like Darth Maul and the pod racers.

Dell Latitude XT3 Convertible Laptop/Tablet: Everything Old is New Again

Dell Latitude XT3 Convertible Laptop/Tablet: Everything Old is New Again
In many ways, you might think that convertible laptops are a thing of the past, but there’s just something about such a multi-purpose device that makes sense for some business applications. The Dell Latitute XT3 features a swivel-screen and an integrated keyboard, so you won’t need to buy an extra one if you want to get some work done.

Grace Digital Eco Pod: The Rugged Gadget Case You’ve Been Yearning for

Grace Digital Eco Pod: The Rugged Gadget Case You’ve Been Yearning for
Take a few minutes and ponder how many times you’ve dropped your gadgets. It’s probably quite a few times, and believe me after a while, you’ll end up breaking them, no matter what the manufacturer promises.

Turtle Shell Robot Races Bring Mario Kart One Step Closer to Reality

Turtle Shell Robot Races Bring Mario Kart One Step Closer to Reality
When driving down the road, you never stop to think that a Koopa shell could slam into you and knock you off course, but it might be time to start worrying about this possibility. Why? Because Turtle Shell robots are now having real life races.

Now Grown-Ups Can Go Rock-A-Bye Baby in These Adult Cradles

Now Grown-Ups Can Go Rock-A-Bye Baby in These Adult Cradles
Don’t you ever wonder how come most children’s nursery rhymes end in some sort of tragedy? There was Jack who broke his crown, and Humpty Dumpty who fell apart because he had a great fall. Then there was the baby who was rocking-a-bye in the treetop, when the wind blows and drops both baby and cradle.

Nyko Zoom May Be Delayed By a Month

Nyko Zoom May Be Delayed By a Month
In the old days we were content to play video games sitting on our rumps and we liked it. The only problem is that many gamers started outgrowing their gaming chairs, some of them spilling their flab over the sides of their armrests, which made it impossible to reach for their Cheetos and Mountain Dew.

Ninjapin Push Pins Will Make You Go “Look Ma, No More Holes On The Walls!”

Ninjapin Push Pins Will Make You Go “Look Ma, No More Holes On The Walls!”
Nothing is a more annoying or uglier looking sight than all those little holes in the wall after removing the pins you used to tack up posters, reminders, and other sorts of similar paper paraphernalia. Teeny, tiny holes are okay; but when they’re pretty obvious and staring back at you like black, beady eyes, then it’s, er, not.