May 222007

Looking for a snazzy pair of shoes to blow all your friends away in style?  Well, look no further than those spiff sneaks Nike created for Michael J Fox in the movie “Back to the Future II”. 

Okay, so they’re not actually available to buy, but the guys at really want to make it happen.  Scoot over to their page and sign up on their petition to have Nike actually mass market them…

What are you….chicken??  (bawk-bawk!)

May 222007

China To Launch Luna Probe This Year
The PRC’s recently announced lunar exploratory program consists of 3 phases. Phase 1 aims to have a lunar orbiter deployed to Luna this year. In 2012 they expect to have phase 2 implemented which is to land on the moon, no targeted date was given for phase 3 which is to collect samples and return them to Earth.

Running D&D For Kids
Jonathan Drain’s D20 Source
Thoughts and tips to successfully running a D&D game for children. Tips include simplifying the combat, pre-generating characters for them, simplifying the magic items, reducing the gore, etc…

NY Cops On Segways
NY Daily News
Can cops looks menacing enough when charging across the Bronx on a Segway? 25 members of the NYPD are about to find out.

Blizzard Officially Announces StarCraft 2
StarCraft 2 development is well underway according to a Blizzard press release last week at the Blizzard event in Korea. Though they gave no release date there was a live demo for the attendees and there are several gameplay trailers you can view from the link above.

Pac-Man’s Skeleton
Ever wonder what Pac-Man’s skeleton would look like? Well apparently so did the artist that created this. What do you think, did he capture the spirit of the true Pac-Man or is it just a circle with teeth?

Companies Try eBay To Sell Themselves
USA Today Tech
What do Beanie Babies, Pez Dispensers and troubled Internet companies have in common? They’re all for sale on eBay. Does this mean eBay needs a Web 2.0 category for sales?

You Know That Spam And Phishing E-Mail You Get At Work? It May Be Coming From Your Boss!
Washington Post
Some corporate IT departments have been tasked with phishing the employees on their corp net in order to identify the folks at risk to infecting the network. Employees are outraged, I’m snickering.

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May 212007

Are you a Lost fan?

Are you anxiously awaiting the season finale this week?

Are you the type that can’t wait to rip open your birthday and Christmas gifts and sneaking a peek through the wrapper ’cause you just can’t wait.

Then you may be interested in the ‘Lost Spoilers‘ blog run by DarkUFO. I don’t know where Dark’s intel is coming from, but from *extensive* accurate spoilers listed for last week’s episode, I believe the information for this season finale is probably going to be very accurate. And no, I’m not going to peek at the spoilers for this last episode, I want to be surprised in case Charlie finally kick’s the bucket. :twisted:

So head on over to ‘Lost Spoilers‘ now and get your fill!

You may also be interested in Dark’s 18 other Lost blogs covering everything from Lost Mysteries to Lost Easter Eggs and more.

Hey, check it out, looks like Amazon already has a page set aside for ‘Lost – The Complete Third Season

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May 212007


DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Military, it was their initiative in 1973 that led to what we call the Internet today.

They announced the VULTURE program last week which is an initiative to develop an airborne platform that is heavier-than-air and can remain aloft for 5 continuous years, this announcement is to potential offerors (or companies interested in contracting for some of the R&D).

This would be an exploratory development program with the overall goal to develop and demonstrate the ability to deliver and maintain an airborne payload on station for an uninterrupted period exceeding 5 years.

Note to you wannabe contractor geeks – the government is not interested in approaches that use either radioactive energy sources or employs any form of buoyant flight for this application.

The VULTURE Air Vehicle Program will research and develop technologies and systems which will enable the Military to deliver and maintain a 1000 lb, 5 kW airborne payload for an uninterrupted period exceeding 5 years with a 99+% on station probability.     The architectures selected and the specific approaches taken by the Offerors will determine the range of technical areas that are developed, including, but not limited to, environmental energy collection, high specific energy storage, extremely efficient propulsion systems, precision robotic refueling, autonomous materiel transfer, extremely efficient vehicle structural design, and mitigation of environmentally-induced loads.

The real purpose of the project isn’t necessarily to develop a working prototype for the military, but rather, while working towards that goal they must research and develop individual technologies that, while they may lead to a prototype, will definitely lead to more robust aircraft technologies that can be integrated into current or future systems. It’s envisioned that this program will, at a minimum, develop and demonstrate advanced reliability technologies for air vehicles.

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May 212007

This is an interview at the Maker faire of Lee Krasnow, a full time puzzlemaker in San Francisco. He makes complicated 3D puzzles, yet when he exposes the inner workings you can’t help but think ‘wow, that was easy but my gawd that looks hard’.

Watch him expose the secrets to some of these puzzles in the video, my favorite is probably the Barcode Burr. I admire the quality craftsmanship, ingenuity and passion that obviously goes into his work, enjoy.

[youtube OH9JhRalzoY Puzzle Maker Interview]

Lee’s site – Link

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