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Technology

Is the Palm Pre tracking owners?

Just when you thought it was safe to go out into the biosphere, new information at MSNBC show the Palm Pre may be reporting your location.

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Here's the link to the story:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32409843/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

Remember, Big Brother is watching you!!

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Aug 14, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology

Super Chikan



I'd like to see you get this sound out of a cigar box and broomstick!

Super Chikan's Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 13, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Music, Regionalism, Technology

Jolly Green Giant + Stumbo = ?

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 17, 2009 - Comments (10)
Category: PSA’s, Technology, Advertising, Cartoons

SelectaVision

Once upon a time, before laser-read discs, there was SelectaVision: movie discs that were interpreted by a mechanical stylus, just like vinyl records.

Read about the technology here.

And there are plenty of players and discs for sale cheap on eBay, if you want to go retro!

The first four minutes of the video below show lots of period films offered in the medium. Starting at the four-minute mark, you see the player and how it works.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jun 28, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Technology, Television, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Video projector glasses

The designers want these to be used by people who are driving so they can see the GPS directions in the glasses.



I'm guessing this device will be the next thing to be banned for use while driving, since people will be watching videos, texting and reading e-mail on the road. The researcher even suggests reading e-mails during presentations!!

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Jun 22, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology

Great News For The Environmentally Unconscious

I know you're sitting there thinking "what can we do to make it more energy efficient to drive our cars rather than riding our bikes or walking." You're thinking that because you're lazy and don't want to give up the luxury of automated transportation. Oh. You weren't thinking that? That was just me? Figures. But there's some good news for me. Britain's Environmental Transport Association may have come up with a solution. Piezoelectric crystals. The idea is to embed a stretch of highway with the crystals, then each car that drives over a crystal contributes a tiny bit of energy, such that a single kilometer of roadway could generate 400-kilowatts of energy. That energy could then be collected, stored and used for any number of functions. But will it work? Absolutely. A Sainsbury's supermarket in Gloucester, UK has already put it into use, powering their checkout lanes.

Posted By: Nethie - Tue Jun 16, 2009 - Comments (8)
Category: Inventions, Science, Technology, Natural Resources

On or Off caffeine?

As promised, here's another step forward thanks to technology. The only problem is I am not sure what ON and OFF really mean. When you fill the empty cup with hot liquid (coffee?), it changes from OFF to ON. Does that mean you are now ON caffeine, maybe as encouragement to co-workers to let you do the work? Do you have a better interpretation?

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Here's the link if you want to buy the mug -- check out the dry erase clock!!

http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_ON%20OFF%20Mug_10451_10001_46603_-1_11557_16151____66901

Posted By: gdanea - Sun Jun 14, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology

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 - Thu Jun 04, 2009 - Comments (2)
Category: Medicine, Science, Technology, More Things To Worry About, Brain

Follies of the Mad Men #68

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[From Life magazine for September 10 1956. Two scans, top and bottom.]

Yes, yes, this is precisely how we are all living, here in 2009!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 02, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Family, Technology, 1950s, Yesterday’s Tomorrows

Super Clarinet

A reader named Luke--thanks, Luke!--points us toward this triple-sized musical instrument. It reminds me of something Dr. Seuss would've drawn.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 29, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Inventions, Music, Technology, Reader Recommendation

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