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June 6, 2009

Shark Petting

If you're ever in New England and wish to dispose of an unwanted rugrat, consider visiting the Biomes marine education facility here in Rhode Island, and participating in one of their "shark petting" programs.

Shark petting? Shark feeding!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jun 06, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Death, Museums, Nature, Children

June 5, 2009

Man constructs USB finger

After a motorcycle accident, Jerry Jalava opted for a USB prosthetic finger replacement.

How small can thumb drives get? This 5mm version can stay attached to the computer -- and the website reference if your are interested.


What's next? A thumbnail drive?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Fri Jun 05, 2009 | Comments (1)

When Politicians Sing

Tom Suozzi, singing machine from Long Island Business News on Vimeo.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 05, 2009 | Comments (0)
Category: Government, Officials, Music

Man and His Culture

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 05, 2009 | Comments (0)
Category: Aliens, Movies, Documentaries, Anthropology, 1950's

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 9

Fans of Transformers will like this one. It's a computer mouse that can transform into a Trypticon (some kind of robotic dinosaur). It's not wireless though so you would have to try and transform this thing while it's connected to the computer or you will have to unplug the mouse. You can buy one here if you want to try it out.

Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Fri Jun 05, 2009 | Comments (2)

June 4, 2009

Where is my flying car?

Watching the ad makes me want this even more. "Urban Aeronautics" of Israel promised a prototype during 2009. But I bet you can think of many more creative uses than they advertise.

Who can post the most creative use?

(Alfred Hitchcock used a helicopter to spy on "sun" bathers in the beginning of "Rear Window"!!)
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2009 | Comments (4)

One Step Closer To The Matrix

Maybe we're already in the Matrix. How would we know? While you ponder that, scientists at the University of Florida are developing a neural implant that can think independently. This is not just an implant that deciphers brain signals, but one that can learn, adapt to various scenarios and help the host achieve certain goals. The initial technology is being developed for therapeutic applications, such as allowing paraplegics the ability to control their own limbs again. You can read more about the Neural Implants here. Of course, giving such a "machine" partial control of your brain could lead to any number of problems; questions about who is really in charge. Which version of the future would you prefer to live in: I, Robot, 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Matrix?
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Medicine, Science, Technology, More Things To Worry About, Brain

Live Action Video Games: Tetris

In my scouring of youtube for another video, which I can't find, I came across this gem and what might be the beginning of a series of posts. Enjoy!

More in extended >>
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2009 | Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Video, Videogames

Ethel Smith at the Organ

Elton John, Billy Joel and Ben Folds--eat your hearts out!

If you wish to see a much crisper version of this clip that forbids embedding, please go here.

Ethel Smith: tico tico (Hammond Organ)
by mrjyn

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Music, 1940's

Bathing Beauty

Please enjoy this over-the-top water ballet from the Esther Williams film BATHING BEAUTY.

For a non-embeddable version of much higher clarity, please go here.

by kirivalse

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jun 04, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Movies, Music, 1940's, Dance
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