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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest
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 paintings are practically vistas of my childhood home for me.… Read the rest
There are some vaguely disturbing Gummi bear experiments happening on my desk right now.Read the rest
More than you probably ever wanted to know about how to test digital cameras.
And still more about digital imaging tests, from Edmund Optics.… Read the rest
No, wait, that’s just the alarm clock. Nevermind.… Read the rest
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?… Read the rest
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.… Read the rest