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My problem is that all things are increasingly interesting to me.

William Gibson a couple of nights ago at some talk or another.

Same here.

[via Cory Doctorow @ Boing Boing]

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October 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

How to be an Ass at Parties

Step 1.) Read Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions.

Some Good ones:

  • George Washington did not have wooden teeth. According to a study of Washington’s four known dentures by a forensic anthropologist from the University of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with the National Museum of Dentistry, itself associated with the Smithsonian Museum), the dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth).
  • Searing meat does not “seal in” moisture, and in fact may actually cause meat to lose moisture. Generally, meat is seared to create a brown crust with a rich flavor via the Maillard reaction.
  • It is commonly claimed that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon. This is false. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any man-made object from the Moon. The misconception is believed to have been popularized by Richard Halliburton decades before the first moon landing.

Step 2.) This part is automatic. You’ll act like a total ass the next time someone mentions that lemmings are suicidal, Napoleon was short, or that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter.

Happy Trolling.

[List of Common Misconceptions via the Browser]

[image via Wikimedia Commons]

October 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. 7 comments.

Future Chainless Bike

No grease.

Seamless gear shifting.

Do want.

[Rebecca Boyle @ Popular Science via John Farrier @ Neatorama]

[images via stringbike.com]

September 29, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. 3 comments.

Evacuated Solar Collectors

Mind explosion. Get the basic principle first:

OK, now we’ll see a more sophisticated version with a heat pipe inside:

So what is that copper heat pipe all about?

Genius old-guy puts it all together (skip to 1:10-2:15):

[via Marshall Brain @ How Stuff Works]

September 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Snakes on a Plane

Planar (2-dimensional) CT/MRI of a python digesting a rat.

[Asylum.com via Alex Santoso @ Neatorama]

September 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Future Water Bottle

So obvious. The bottom screws off for easy cleaning.

Do want.

[Clean Bottle via Adam Pash @ Lifehacker]

September 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

The William

Future stove!

Do want.

[via Marshall Brain @ How Stuff Works]

August 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Not Yet Real

Amazing concept. Do want.

[Yanko Design via Fuck Nice Things]

August 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

DIY Aglet

You should know how to replace an aglet.

I just took care of four using some pretty blue thread and some white nail polish.

Up-front cost: $0.00

Consider it a zombie/post-apocalyptic skill.

Instructions via the aptly named Ian’s Shoelace Site.

August 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Where to Find Original Ideas

[Stephen Fry via Neuron Culture via Kottke]

August 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

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