Friday, July 31, 2009

The Electric Unicycle

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The Electric Unicycle

The Electric Unicycle's only control is the on-off switch. The rider controls everything else by shifting his weight. You lean forward to accelerate, lean backwards to brake, and gyrate your arms wildly to turn. With a little practice you can get more graceful and keep your arms mostly by your side.

Moolf - One of The Rarest Frogs in The World


Moolf - One of The Rarest Frogs in The World: "This rare frog which is called purple frog was discovered for the first time in 2003, in Western Ghats in India. It is the one and only place where these species can be found. The frog is really purple, has very small eyes, unusual nose and believed to be a relative of ancient frogs, that lived during the time of the dinosaurs."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Digital Urban: Building Rome in a Day: A 3D City via Flickr

Digital Urban: Building Rome in a Day: A 3D City via Flickr: "With the recent rise in popularity of Internet photo sharing sites like Flickr and Google Images, community photo collections (CPCs) have emerged as a powerful new type of image dataset for computer vision and computer graphics research. With billions of such photos now online, these collections should enable huge opportunities in 3D, visualization, image-based rendering, recognition, and other research areas. The Graphics and Imaging Laboratory of the University of Washington's Department of Computer Science and Engineering are at the cutting edge of research based around crowd sourced imagery and 3D modelling."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Barnes and Noble to use Paperlogic's Superthing e-Reader

Barnes and Noble Will use superthin e-Reader from Plastic Logic.

The reader will also be able to access wi-fi connections.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fareed Zakaria at PostGlobal: The Sky Isn't Falling - PostGlobal at

"the world today looks nothing like it did in 1918. Public health-care systems are far better and more widespread than anything that existed during World War I. Even Mexico, a developing country, has a first-rate public-health system -- far better than anything Britain or France had in the early 20th century."

"Bear in mind, unemployment in the non-farm sector in America rose to 37 percent in the 1930s. Unemployment in the United States today is 8.9 percentÖ . And government benefits -- nonexistent in the '30s -- play a vast role in cushioning the blow from an economic slowdown."

More: Fareed Zakaria at PostGlobal: The Sky Isn't Falling - PostGlobal at

OpEdNews � Gang of Sickos: Six US Senators Sell Out Constituents for $11 Million from Health Industr

A bipartisan group of six "moderate" US senators, dubbed the "Gang of Six" by news agencies, issued a demand July 17 for a slowdown on Democratic health care reform. These senators - including three conservative Democrats, one conservative Independent who caucuses with Democrats, and two moderate Republicans - asked for a slowdown on health care reform not because their constituents wished it so: recent polls show that a clear majority of Americans want health care reform now including a public health care option such as that proposed by President Obama and progressives in Congress. No, these senators asked for a slowdown on health care reform because the for-profit health, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries have bid them to do so in the hope that reform can be stopped, and because these same industries have generously provided them with career campaign contributions totalling more than $11 million.

These six senators - whom I'll call the "Gang of Sickos" in honor of Michael Moore's film on America's health care crisis similarly titled - are Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Ron Wyden of Oregon; Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine (Paul Krugman calls them "the six deadly hypocrites"). Their career total and average daily contributions from the health, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries are summarized by Paul Blumenthal at the Huffington Post based on figures from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

More: OpEdNews � Gang of Sickos: Six US Senators Sell Out Constituents for $11 Million from Health Industr

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Could Google Voice be a game changer?

I got mine today. :-)

Google Voice is the company's latest attempt to shake up the wireless telecom industry and is a follow-up of sorts to its open-source Android mobile platform. Just as Android was developed in part to spur innovation within the mobile development community and also to give users the ability to switch to new carriers without swapping their mobile devices, Google Voice was created in part to make it easier for users to change mobile carriers without sacrificing their phone numbers. In this FAQ, we'll discuss what Google Voice does, how it's different from other Web-based voice providers and how it could challenge the telecom industry to add more value to its services. (See also: Google grabs 1 million phone numbers for Google Voice)

Read the rest from PC World.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Webkit CSS photo viewer demo

Showcasing amazing new Webkit CSS possibilities. More at

Monday, July 13, 2009

Electronic Ruler Measures Relative Distance

The Digital ruler is a 15 cm wooden ruler, which uses technology of electric-resistance and measurement in order to calculate length of line or distance. Unlike any other ruler, it is relative, not absolute. The 0 point of the ruler is defined by every new measurement with any pen. Electronic Ruler is a functional surprising object, offering new ways of using an old device.

Via Design Reaktor Berlin

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