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WHAT is phrenology? It;s about what differentiates humans from animals. It’s the science of reading character through bumps on the head. The brain is made of mental organs. Baser instincts are located at the base of the brain. Moral virtues are near the top. The brain is locked in a strugger between low and high instincts:
THE keyboard. They are not all the same. What most crave in a keyboard is: absorbency; a good spring action; all the letters in the right places; the knowledge that all the hair and scuzz in it is your own. But French company Orée caters for they who want more. They have created a keyboard created from a single piece of maple or walnut. As they say of the €125.00 object:
Orée was born from our observation that modern technology products look very much alike, are highly impersonal, made out of eco-unfriendly materials and are designed for rapid obsolescence. We set out to do something different: create lasting & personal high performance technology objects primarily made of wood, the most natural, durable and renewable material on earth. Orée is about reconciling tradition & novelty to create exceptional products through an exclusive combination of timeless woodworking techniques and cutting-edge technologies. All our products are eco-designed, crafted and hand-finished in France.
Prince George’s County Police Maj. Robert V. Liberati outlines the dream:
“It’s not worth going to jail over a $40 ticket or an arson or destruction of property charge.”
ON Storify, brad does acid.
1965: The River Thames amphibious scooter. Those helmet will never catch on….
THE Apple iPhone 5 is out! What do you need to know:
HOW to park a flashy motor in your lounge on the umpteenth floor of a tower block in Singapore. You need never ask again:
WILL the reverse nose job catch on? The wing-nutting of pinned ears? Beauty the bald eagle has parked the hair transplant and gone first for the 3D printed, prosthetic beak, created for her by Birds of Prey Northwest.
…raptor specialist Jane Fink Cantwell, who dresses like Indiana Jones, refused to take “dead bald eagle” for an answer. She joined forces with mechanical engineer Nate Calvin of Kinetic Engineering Group, and together with other scientists, engineers, and even a dentist, they designed a nylon polymer beak that would perfectly replace Beauty’s lost upper mandible.
Calvin developed the new beak using a 3-D modeling program, then used a 3-D printer to fabricate it. After an arduous procedure to attach her prosthetic, Beauty was able to eat, drink, and preen herself on her own.
DO not search for Emma Watson. Not that you should be anyway, she’s far too young for the likes of you and me. But it appears that there’s a one in eight chance of picking up an infection if you do pursue Ms. Watson.
No, this isn’t a result of anything that she has done: at least as far as anyone knows she’s not got the mange from Fluffy or anything. Rather, cybercriminals tend to use famous models and actresses to get people to click on their sites: which then download viruses and trojans:
Harry Potter star Emma Watson is the favourite celebrity bait for cyber criminals trying to lure internet users, it has emerged. Internet security firm McAfee said today that the English actress is the ‘most dangerous’ celebrity to search for online.
That’s because many sites use Miss Watson to trick users into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information. When searching for the 22-year-old, there’s a one-in-eight chance of landing on a malicious site.
IN GERMANY, crossing those wide boulevards is no longer a marching exercise. Road crossers can now play pong against someone waiting on the other side of the street.
In Delhi they play Frogger. In Bangkok at rush hour, it’s Tetris. In Mexico City, it’s Grand Theft Auto. And so on…
BILLIONAIRES have received an unusual letter. Dmitry Itskov offers the very rich immortality. Itskjov has written to the 1,266 riches people on the planet (according to Forbes). He will disembody their conscious minds and upload them to a hologram -an avatar. With your support, this will happen by 2045.
“Many of you who have accumulated great wealth by making success of your businesses are supporting science, the arts and charities. I urge you to take note of the vital importance of funding scientific development in the field of cybernetic immortality and the artificial body. Such research has the potential to free you, as well as the majority of all people on our planet, from disease, old age and even death.”
THE Sun, the declining tabloid that gets its news from the internet, wrote in 1992: ”COMPUTER “WEB’ TO CHANGE BILLIONS OF LIVES (YEAH RIGHT).” The paper’s “Dot Comme” compared Tim Berners Lee’s invention – the world wide web – to Sir Clive Sinclair’s C5:
WE’VE only just had the news that Apple has won big by suing Samsung over certain patents on mobile phones. What seems to have been missed is that there’s another case coming through the system. Yes, Apple v Samsung again. But over a different set of patents:
Last week’s resounding victory over Samsung in a patent trial in California mostly centered on hardware developed by the South Korean electronics maker, while including some features related to Google’s Android mobile software.
Another Apple suit, which the company filed in February, contends that all eight of the patents it is asserting are being infringed by features related to Android. They include features found in Android versions of popular Google apps like YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail as well as Google’s Quick Search Box that lets users search multiple types of data at the same time.
SITTING down to ride a bike is so London 2012. Tom Hambrok and Juri Spetter have peered into the future and invented Fliz – the running bike.
APPLE VS Starship Enterprise:
In 1954 Vladimir Demikhov shocked the world by unveiling a surgically created monstrosity: A two-headed dog. He created the creature in a lab on the outskirts of Moscow by grafting the head, shoulders, and front legs of a puppy onto the neck of a mature German shepherd.Demikhov paraded the dog before reporters from around the world. Journalists gasped as both heads simultaneously lapped at bowls of milk, and then cringed as the milk from the puppy’s head dribbled out the unconnected stump of its esophageal tube.
He was a pioneer:
Vladimir Demikhov, a veteran of the Red Army hospitals in World War 2, believed it was possible to transplant organs like the heart and lungs in human beings.
He was the father of heart bypass surgery.
THIS is the full audio of the July 1969 moon landing. Neil Armstrong had the killer line. Buzz Aldrin had the prayer. And Neil Armstrong told Houston: “We are on the fucking moon….Holy Mother of Fuck…the fucking moon…Over”…
The parents of nine-year-old twins Mollie and Millie, and eight-year-old Maisie Finn have reported the photo to police. They told Sainsbury’s, which offered them £150 in compensation.
THEY faked the moon landing. Nasa fudged the truth. Photos of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, are rare. He had the camera, you see. So, what we have are lots of shots of Buzz Aldrin (Moon Man No.2). And that famous portrait of Aldrin (see left) was doctored.
The simple answer is that when Neil took the original photograph, AS11-40-5903, the top of Buzz’s OPS [antenna] was at the top edge of the field-of-view and, therefore, that the original image necessarily does not include the antenna. When the image was prepared for release for publication soon after the mission, it was cropped at the bottom and sides, and a black area was added at the top to give the released version visual balance.
WHAT does Google do to ensure we don’t see images that will scar the mind, the kind of things any sane individual would consider too much? In the UK, the Internet Watch Foundation invites anyone to report criminal content. Does the IWF always get it right?
It was on December 5, 2008 that the foundation decided that the Wikipedia entry for The Scorpions’ 1976 album Virgin Killer was illegal under British law. The album-sleeve artwork, showing a photo of a naked ten-year-old girl with a smashed-glass effect masking her genitalia, had been reported to the IWF via its public-reporting system the day before. It was deemed to fall under the classification of “Child Abuse Imagery” (CAI). And because the IWF blacklists such material, and works with ISPs to stop people accessing it, an estimated 95 per cent of residential web users were not only unable to access the band’s Wikipedia entry, but also unable to edit the site at all.
THE Ron Swanson moment:
BOTH Apple and Samsung Guilty! Probably the best result possible in the ongoing patent wars between the two companies. They’re both very naughty little boys. Unfortunately this is the verdict in the South Korean case, not in the girt big one in California.
A South Korean court has fined both Apple and Samsung, ruling that each infringed the other’s patents in building their mobile devices and banning some of their products from sale in the country.
The Seoul central district court ordered Apple to remove the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 from shelves in South Korea, citing they infringed two of Samsung’s telecommunications patents. The court also ruled that Samsung infringed one of Apple’s patents related to the screen’s bouncing back ability and banned sales of the Galaxy S2 and other products in South Korea.
Sales of devices recently released by Samsung and Apple including the iPhone 4S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones were not affected.
The basic problem is that so many damn patents are being issued on so many damn stupid things (Apple appears to have one on a rectangular shape with rounded corners for God’s Sake!) that it’s pretty much impossible for anyone to do anything in the high tech space without falling afoul of one patent or another.
The best hope of cutting through this mess is that more of the cases are decided as this court has. You’re all fucking up so you’ll all have to sit down and sort it out properly. Given that the politicians have no real clue about what is happening here it will have to be either that or the courts themselves imposing some sort of solution.
What is really annoying though is that government is for sorting out these sorts of things. And, as above, they’re clueless and can’t/won’t do anything. So we in hell do we have to pay for all this government which isn’t sorting out the problems which government is there to sort out?
EVER wondered what happens to a squid when it listens to Cypress Hill’s Insane in the Brain? You’re not alone. Over on It’s OK to be Smart Joe Hanson shows us that goes on inside a microphone affects animal tissue. Backyard Brains hooked a squid housed at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA to an iPod.
The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color.
THE dream is now a reality. No longer will you need to speed on the hard shoulder of the motorway? Wave goodbye to asking for the toilet key at service stations. Japanese toilet maker TOTO present the Toilet Bike Neo, as seen on display in its Fujisawa showroom. TOTO rolled out the eco-friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle with a specially customized toilet-shaped seat that runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water. TOTO employee Akiko Matsuyama wears the look of a woman who has used her last TenaLady. Freedom is ours! Have incontinence will travel.
Update: TOTO says the bike does not run on human poo and wee. Not even on human gas. Still, it does run on modified livestock waste, the four-star, leaded cow sort. Yours might be more 2star, unless you’re a vegan, in which case it’s more of drip feed system akin to that zippy waste water.
THE FIRA International RoboWorldCup is being staged in At-Bristol. The international competition includes climbing, weightlifting, football, sprinting and a marathon, and is taking place for the first time in the UK. The Plymouth University team is the first UK squad to enter. (Agents are not allowed, neither are lovers, groupies nor ambush marketing.)