Robot race video.

Xeni Jardin posts a link to these videos of the DARPA Grand Challenge, the recent robot race across the Nevada desert. It’s entertaining to watch the robots weave their way out of the starting gate, bump into things, or merely stop moving, sit for a minute, and then start smoking. But the amazing thing is […]

Robot race video.

Lefty phone.

Too stupid for words: Virgin Mobile unveils the left-handed Sony Ericsson LH-Z200 mobile phone. The number pad looks like this: 3 2 1 6 5 4 9 8 7 UPDATE 4/1/2004: It’s an April Fool’s joke.

Lefty phone.

E-voting exposed.

“Felons and foreigners can, and do, own computer voting machine companies.” So says environmental activist Lynn Landes, quoted in Kim Zetter’s in-depth exposť detailing the many problems with e-voting. Zetter’s investigation covers more ground than any critique I’ve read so far, although it is skewed toward the perspective of one voting rights activist, Bev Harris. […]

E-voting exposed.

Rochambault 2.0.

MR told me about this full-body improvement on Rochambault (or “Rock-Paper-Scissors,” as most of the world outside the SF Bay Area calls it): Bear-Cowboy Ninja. You start back to back with your opponent. Walk five paces, then whirl around and strike a pose. The cowboy (hands making pistols and firing from both hips) shoots the […]

Rochambault 2.0.

L5 or bust!

I have to thank Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing for posting a link to the L5 Society web site, which features many gorgeous paintings of space stations taken, I think, from Gerard K. O’Neill’s Colonies in Space. I spent many hours poring over and daydreaming about this book when I was a kid, and these […]

L5 or bust!

Who Cares: The T-shirt

Dismayed by the lack of vendors offering “who cares what you think?” T-shirts, and emboldened by a suggestion from Bill Hangley himself, I decided to go into the T-shirt business. Here it is, then, by popular demand: The who cares what you think? T-shirt store. Don’t hold back — buy a shirt! Tell the world […]

Who Cares: The T-shirt

Camera flash.

After you delete all the files from the SD card in a Kyocera Finecam SL-300R, they aren’t completely gone. When you turn the camera on, the LCD briefly flashes the last picture it displayed–even if that picture isn’t on the SD card any more. The camera is obviously storing this image somewhere in the its […]

Camera flash.

Quick email access.

Phoenix Technologies, which makes BIOSes for notebooks and desktop computers, has a nifty idea: something called Firstware Assistant that lets you check your Outlook calendar and email without booting up the machine. You turn on the machine through a special quick-boot cycle that bypasses Windows and lets you view only certain data. You can’t download […]

Quick email access.