Gosh, I love cracking my knuckles. And the sound from the Virtual Knuckle Cracker makes me salivate and want to get to crackin’ my own. Ahhhh, relief.
[via Random Good Stuff]
Fatfingers.com is an advanced search site that greps through eBay to find that gem for you at a deep discount. Oh, what’s unique about this one? It doesn’t really search for your word, it searches for listed items with typos in the description based on your entered word.
The bet they’re making is that these items often expire with no bids on them as no one can find them. That my friend is your little gem.
For instance, I entered ‘computer‘ it will search using a string such as ‘conputer, vomputer, xomputer, cpmputer, cimputer, compiter‘
Go forth and search eBya using fat fingers.
Lets suppose you or your boss discover that your Wikipedia article is wrong, or has subtle inaccuracies that contain half-truths and innuendo that paint them in an unfavorable light?Most people consider simply editing the article to ‘make it right’ or do nothing and hope that someone will set the record straight. Unfortunately, neither approach typically works well in obtaining the goal: a factually accurate article.
Search Engine Land teaches what you can do to help increase accuracy of Wikipedia pages and not have to worry about a PR backlash for editing articles related to you or your interests.
Are you naturally amazing? Have you been sent here from a distant dying solar system? Do you have a preoccupation with dubious rubber suits?
If any of the above apply, then The Superhero Handbook is for you! Find the answers to all your questions, plus lots of advice on how to develop your superhero potential. You’ll soon learn that you’re not alone, that your retro hairstyling choices are perfectly normal, and that there’s more to being a superhero than saving the planet, changing in phone booths, and struggling to disguise your fatal flaws.
I’m not the kind of person that likes to try new things (unless it’s shiny and expensive), I’m kind of an old fart really, settled in his ways. But I’ll listen to you if you think you have a better mousetrap because you know, you may have discovered a way for me to be even lazier or more informed than before, so I’m all ears. 🙂
I also like discovering new things, which is different than *trying* new things. This never ending process of discovery includes learning more about who’s visiting Geeknews. That’s probably the one and only reason I like MyBlogLog, when I see a new face or avatar to the right of this humble little site I can not resist clicking it to learn more about this person, what might we have in common, what does their own blog look like?
Yesterday I found Fredric via Mybloglog which led me to the blog he’s co-editor on called Young Black Professionals. The site covers topics ranging from Faith and Politics, Money Saving Tips, Tech News and much more, sometimes with a ‘black’ spin on the topic to make the thought provoking subjects more relevant for the audience. I really like what they’ve got going on there, it’s good stuff and even though I’m not black, I am subscribed to their feed. Check them out.
Programming Grads Meet a Skills Gap in the Real World
What programmers learn in college and what they need in the work force are out of sync.
Despite the best laid plans of colleges and universities, there remains a skills gap between what computer science graduates learn in their undergraduate years and what they need to become proficient in a typical at-work environment.
Report: Virginia Tech Massacre Unrelated to Shooter Games
According to a review panel put together by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, the shooter during the events of April 16 wasn’t really a “gamer” at all. During Cho’s childhood, he played games like Sonic the Hedgehog, and during his college experience, he didn’t play games at all.
China wants to take out the space trash
Chinese government seeks to monitor and reduce debris from spacecrafts. Basically they’re trying to make up for all the crap they’re leaving behind.
Chicago cop chases down gunman on Segway
Believe it or not, Chicago policeman Thaddeus Martyka isn’t the first cop to chase down a crook with the help of a Segway.
NASA clean rooms breed hardy bacteria
The ultra-clean facilities used to assemble NASA’s spacecraft are inhabited by some hardy bacteria, which could be hitchhiking their way to space. Samples from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Kennedy Space Center and Johnson Space Center, show the variety of bacteria that make it into the spaceship assembly areas despite the clean rooms used to build the craft in.
obsessedwithfilm alerts us to the fact that the upcoming film for ‘Justice League’ now has casting directors in place to go forth and fill the roles. Likely heroes would include Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and possibly more heroes getting lesser screen time, this B list of heroes could include Atom, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel and more.
OWF is speculating that producer George Miller is looking to find several unknowns or up and coming actors for the film. So if you washed out of Sci Fi channel’s Who wants to be a superhero? then now is your best opportunity to hit it big as a real (er, fake real) superhero.
Here’s the link to OWF’s info on Justice League. Don’t get too excited just yet, this film likely wouldn’t see a release date until 2010.
[via Superhero Hype]
Rob from Vancouver, BC wanted to try an experiment with his vehicle:
The purpose of this experiment is to determine your vehicle’s drag coefficient Cd and coefficient of rolling resistance Crr. This is done by measuring your vehicle’s speed as a function of time while coasting in neutral.
Why would you want to know Cd and Crr for your vehicle?
Read this instructable and find out.
Samsung is close to releasing their new mobile phone with slideout QWERTY keyboard through Verizon Wireless. I would tell you that “it looks like a doozy” but the feature page for this little fellow is lacking in technical detail.
What I can tell you though is that it will ship with WM6 Professional, *stereo* Bluetooth headset capability…let me repeat that last for you, I said stereo headset via Bluetooth. Can I get a witness from the congregation? Amen!
The Samsung page for this beauty says :
The Star Wars blog details the teaming of LucasFilms with NASA to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga in this post. Last week, in a special ceremony at the NASA Space Center in Houston, many of the most popular characters in Star Wars showed up to officially pass over the possession of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from Return of the Jedi.
In this photo Chewie hands off the lightsaber to one of NASA’s Directors of Marketing, where the device will be transported to Houston and held in inventory on board the Space Shuttle STS-120 during the Oct 23 2007 mission to the space station.
Dear NASA: Please for the love of all that’s holy, don’t turn the blade on when STS is in orbit. Thank you, Andy.
Below you can see the gang was back together for the event where everyone posed and got all chummy on the tarmac of the Oakland airport:
Want even more photos of the sendoff? Check out the Star Wars Blog flickr page.
It started with a ‘sitting duck’ toy from a McDonald’s Happy Meal, a little reverse engineering of said duck and led to The Free Penguin Project. An effort to bring all Tux lovers open source plans to develop and deliver their own Tux plushy.
Follow the news and see pics of plushies sent in from fellow Tux lovers.
Their HW requirements? Quote:
First research efforts have shown that at least a needle, a long thread, black and white plushy fabric as well as yellow textile are necessary. Other assets that might be needful are thimbles, more thread and scissors. Warning: Before you start, make sure that you know what you are doing. Doing things on a trial-and-error basis in the fields we are dealing with here can do a lot of harm.
Download sewing patterns from this page.
[Found via MAKE]
Mission Day # 1,271:
After a 6 week worldwide dust storm has finally ended, the Mars rovers are out and about once again, with Opportunity making a bee-line for the slope of Victoria crater to help shake off the flees while in an inclined position.
NASA had put the two rovers into hibernate mode over a month ago since the sun light would be blocked and they’d effectively be without a means to recharge the batteries.
However, though the sky has cleared somewhat, project scientist Bruce Banerdt says “The clearing could take months. There is a lot of very fine material suspended high in the atmosphere.”
And as those fine particulates fall from from the heavens they are posing an additional challenge in that they cover the solar panels causing the rovers to again be without a means of recharging. Perhaps future versions of the bots need some kind of squeegee mounted to the panels? This is the reason for sending Opportunity up the hill, crossing fingers that the sand will fall off.
One more problem arising from the dust – particulate matter has embedded itself on the optics of the microscopic imaging equipment, reducing its photo quality.
Hey, the warranty ran out on these buggers long ago, prop them up with duct tape and bubble gum if you have to, we’re basically getting all kinds of data and learning experiences for free now baby.
Read the NASA Mission News report on the rovers for full details.
Welcome to September, first post is a ‘What is that?’
This little fellow is about 120 years old and was popular enough to spawn 6 different models. Though this model stopped manufacturing in 1906, the device is ubiquitous today and has a very different appearance.
Update: Congrats to Bryan Pierce (not to be confused with the Seattle Mariners coach) for getting the answer! The previous guesses were interesting. If you have a ‘What is it?’ you’d like to post here, please let me know and you’re welcome to guest blog on GN.
Got Linux skills and looking for better work?
Right now is the perfect time to upgrade employers, trade in your current old and busted sweatshop for something new and better before this whole Linux fad dies down (flamebait). 🙂
Strong demand for Linux professionals outpaced overall job growth during the past year, according to IT job clearinghouse Dice.com. As of August 1, job listings for Linux-experienced tech pro’s have jumped 36 percent so far this year, and 55 percent from 12 months ago, the service reports.
In contrast, Dice says, total job postings are up just 13 percent since January, and 18 percent from one year ago.
Link to the full article
Join the Undersecretary of Superheroics in her never-ending battle against evil. You can start by getting this manual ‘The Government Manual for New Superheroes‘ and then by registering your Superhero name and identity.
The Bureau of Superheroics Mission Statement:
To support those who take the law into their own gauntleted hands and defend the planet and its population from threats both supervillainous and alien; to administer all Governmental Regulations pertaining to Costumed Crime fighters and to provide Indispensable Guidance in Straightforward Language regarding the same; to eschew Unnecessary Capitalization wherever Practicable; and to revise and publish, from time to time, The Government Manual for New Superheroes.
Villains always lose, but let’s face it; they have more fun.
Hatching dastardly plots, almost achieving global domination, these unrepentant fiends do what they will until the Goody Two-Shoes of the world catch up with them in the final chapter. Neil Zawacki, a California-based freelance writer and secret evildoer, has concocted a sly step-by-step guide to joining the forces of darkness.
LL Bean’s flagship store in Maine is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. An NPR producer visited them in the middle of the night and found that a lot of the people wandering among the outdoor goods in the wee hours aren’t actually shopping.
Listen to the NPR report from the 3rd shift, the ‘Lobster Shift’ at the store.