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Iran Launches Monkey Doll Into Space: Keith Harris Delighted (Ahmadinejad Missing)

IRAN has launched Mahmoud Ahmadinejad into space. Or have they?

Iran has conducted another experiment in its race to reach space, launching a rocket that bears a capsule that can contain an animal into the atmosphere Tuesday, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The Islamic republic plans to send a manned spaceship into space by 2022; in this experiment they made do with launching only a monkey doll.

Keith Harris must be proud

Posted: 19th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Japan’s Nuclear Reactor Joins Twitter: Tepco Armageddon Will Be Live

TEPCO, the Japanese owner of a nuclear reactor is now on Twitter. So far: (Everything is better with Google translate):

TEPCO official account. Today is quite a lot of demand forelectricity could somehow overcome With your help everyone.Thank you. Thank you from tomorrow. Click here for rolling blackouts.

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Posted: 17th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Japan Earthquake: Millions Saved By Good Engineering And Technology

JAPAN Earthquake news headlines focus on the doom. But what about the wonder of humanity that created buildings able to withstand a tsunami? What about that, warmists? What about thinking how much worse it would have been without human ingenuity?

As Dave Ewing Tweets:

“The headline you won’t see: ‘Millions saved in Japan by good engineering and government building codes’. But it’s the truth.”

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Posted: 14th, March 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3)


Bing Sees Japan Earthquake As Marketing Opportunity: Doesn’t Everyone?

THINK not what you can do for Japan but what Japan can do for your brand, in this case Bing, the microsoft search engine.

The Bing tweet pledges:

“How you can#SupportJapan -For every retweet, bing will give $1 to Japan quake victims, up to $100K.”

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Posted: 12th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Wii Spanking Swingers Game Pulled: Video

WE DARE is the Wii game for swingers. It’s been pulled (fnar).

Reader Percy writes:

Who dares wins – except if you happen to be British…

“We Dare”…the saucy video game that helps bring friends & neighbours together in a naughty but nice way ..has been pulled in U.K. for being a bit too risque..

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Posted: 12th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


1million Volts Fired Into Man In Newcastle: Photos

US based Art Attack perform for the first time in the UK at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, as they launch the Newcastle Science Fest 2011, with 1million volts been fired into a metal chain suit worn by Patrick Brown. Or Patrick Blackened, as he is now known…


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Posted: 11th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


The Elfoid Mobile Phone Love Aide Was Invented By A Man: Why?

THE Elfoid mobile phone is the creepiest must-have miniature version of the Telenoid R1 robot you need. It’s the work or the Osaka University, glows green when in use, is covered in urethane skin, has buttons in the chest, features a camera and best of records movements in the user’s face and transmits them as movements in another Elfoid phone in “real-time”.

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Posted: 7th, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Wear Pollinator Frocks To Attract Wasps And Butterflies

GOOD news for ant petters and wasp ranchers is that  Swansea Metropolitan University boffin Dr Karen Ingham has created Pollinator Frocks.

For a  fee, you can wear a top or dress decorated in a floral print that has been coated with an iridescent sheen to attract bugs. And that is not all.  The fabric contains “substances imitating nectars”, sugars like sucrose and fructose.

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Posted: 2nd, March 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


James Corbett’s Steampunk Car Sculptures: Gallery

JAMES Corbett makes sculptures from old and vintage  car parts. There is something of the streampunk about them.

As he says:

“I was working in a warehouse of scrap, and a guy I know that races stock cars, showed me a trophy winner made of levers. I looked at it and I thought that I could do a much better job, so I started making my own sculptures… After a period of time, people became more and more into what I was doing, and now what I do with my life is a dream come to reality.”

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Blackburn Teen’s ‘Death’ Was Hoax: Thousands Of Mourners Duped On Facebook

RIP Jaydon Rothwell. The Facebook page has been created to his loving memory. People who knew him, or those who like to wallow in mourn porn and add their name ot any list, have paid tribute. Over 2000 people have joined the group and paid their respects.

He was a lovely lad. He will be missed. He was victim of Broken Britain:

One local funeral director said he had been told a 16-year-old had died, possibly after being stabbed… One shop worker said a teenager had drunk himself to death while others had simply heard that a 16-year-old had killed himself.

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Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)


Terry Garrett Plays Video Games Very Well: He’s Blind

TERRY Garrett is a blind 23 year old mechanical engineering student from Colorado Springs  who plays video games. He can play Abe’s Exoddus. and win.

Enjoy the interview:

Posted: 28th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Anonymous V Westboro Baptist Church: An Intolerant Smack Down

ANONYMOUS are at odds with the folks at Westboro Baptist Church. The hacking collective says it will shut down the church’s website unless it stops its public protests. The Church is laughable. But is the story real? Both sides are not averse to a spot of PR. Is “Intolerance Must Not Be Tolerated” a fitting message for Anonymous which champions transparency and freedom of information?

A verbose message on the Anonymous site says:

Your demonstrations and your unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos, which apparently apply to every individual numbered amongst the race of Man – except for yourselves – has frequently crossed the line which separates Freedom of Speech from deliberately utilizing the same tactics and methods of intimidation and mental & emotional abuse that have been previously exploited and employed by tyrants and dictators, fascists and terrorist organizations throughout history.

ANONYMOUS cannot abide this behavior any longer. The time for us to be idle spectators in your inhumane treatment of fellow Man has reached its apex, and we shall now be moved to action. Thus, we give you a warning: Cease & desist your protest campaign in the year 2011, return to your homes in Kansas, & close your public Web sites.

Should you ignore this warning, you will meet with the vicious retaliatory arm of ANONYMOUS: We will target your public Websites, and the propaganda & detestable doctrine that you promote will be eradicated; the damage incurred will be irreversible, and neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover. It is in your best interest to comply now, while the option to do so is still being offered, because we will not relent until you cease the conduction & promotion of all your bigoted operations & doctrines.

The warning has been given. What happens from here shall be determined by you.

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Posted: 22nd, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3)


Evan Emory Charged With Child Abuse For YouTube Sex Song

WHEN 21-year-old Evan Emory sang a bawdy song and edited in video of little kids nodding along he thought he’d produced a viral hit. He loaded it onto YouTube and hoped that he’d get noticed. And he was. Now he’s accused of manufacturing “child sexually abusive material”. He’s in court.

Emory had filmed the kiddies on a visit to a first grade classroom in Ravenna, Michigan. He sang a clean wholesome tune called the Lunch Lady Song.

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Posted: 19th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (6)


The i’s list of the UK’s top tweeters; Sarah Brown, Richard Bacon and a midfield schemer

Everyone loves Twitter right? How else do you get your news other than piped at you from all the media feeds you follow and your obliging friends who retweet them? If you are on Twitter you probably follow a celeb or two, and why not, Katie Price’s cereal choice always fascinates me.

Anyhow newspaper i, working with a company called Peerindex that has developed a way of working out how influential people are in social media, have just named the UK’s top 100 tweeters. And Katie Price isn’t number one. That accolade goes to Sarah Brown, wife of ex PM Gordon, who has well over a million followers. In second place is BBC Five Live’s Richard Bacon who has always used Twitter to interact with listeners on his radio programmes.

Other slebs in the top ten include Eddie Izzard, Stephen Fry and Fearne Cotton.

The one to watch though is Arsenal’s junior midfield general Jack Wilshere, who makes the list at 93, four below Katie Price, but if he can keep tweeting his fascinating views on life at Emirates will be top ten next year.

The full list is here. Info about Peerindex (if you want to find out how influential you are on Twitter) is here.

Posted: 15th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


The Empire State Building And Other Landmarks Made From One Toothpick

STEVEN J. Backman can make all kinds of buildings from one toothpick. Using one toothpick, a razor blade and glue, the San Francisco native has made the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Burj Khalifa and more.

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Posted: 15th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)


Liverpool Discovers: Public Art Binds The City

LIVERPOOL Discovers: The Runner (Aka: Look out – it’s the Bizzies) catches the eye in Liverpool’s A Trail of Discovery public art exhibition. Photos:

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The Runner installed as part of Liverpool Discovers - A Trail of Discovery, a public art exhibition which runs until March 20.

Posted: 14th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


172 BBC Websites Saved For Just £3.99: Your Money Not Wasted

THE  BBC is to close 200 websites. (It has over 400 websites.) And 172 of these are to be closed down permanently.

Anyone who has paid their licence fee has funded these sites. The web cost of the £142.50 annual licence fee is just £0.67 per month. How much do EastEnders cost, and other pisspoor shows about home improvement and anything and everything on BBC Three? Save the web. Cull the telly.

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Posted: 10th, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1)


The Robot Baby Will Keep You Up At Night

ROBOT baby is the creation of Osaka University’s AFFETTO department of nightmares. Get your silicon breast out. He’s coming in…

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Posted: 9th, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Huffington Post Sold To AOL: What’s The New Name?

THE Huffington Post is to be sold to AOL.

Huffington and Tim Armstrong, the chairman and chief executive of AOL, have dubbed the takeover an equation of “1+1 equals 11”.

With that kind of money sloshing around, will new writers still work for free..?

OK – Who wants to back Anorak???

Posted: 7th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Nasa’s Photo Of The Whole Sun In One Image

THANKS to Nasa we can now see what the sun looks like in the round. These photographs were taken by two Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft, one on either side of the sun.

But what’s going on at the top and the bottom?

And are we along in thinking that although these photos are incredibly vivid and skilfully produced, they lack the magic of an image that pricks the human gene and inspires?

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Posted: 6th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Kinetica Art Fair 2011: In Photos

THE Kinetica Art Fair, London, is a fun show. The fair is made up of over 4000 exibits showcasing robotic, new media, electronic, sound, light and time-based art. Also there is Australian artist Stelarc, who has a cultivated human ear grown beneath the skin of his left arm…

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E=MConsciousness by Dianne Harris at the Kinetica Art Fair preview, London.

Posted: 4th, February 2011 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment


Man Sacked For Looking For Knockers On Work Lap Top At Home

HOW private is your work computer? In Australia an employee of the Commonwealth Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism has been sacked from searching for the term “knockers” on his company laptop.

He was at home. He was not working on company time. He was even using his own isp to look for “knockers”, which, though an arcane term for breasts, remains legal pornography.

The man was caught out by a programme called Spector360. It “automatically captures all employee Internet and desktop activity whether they are in the office, traveling or working remotely on both.”

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Posted: 4th, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Google’s Hypocrisy Over Bing’s Theft Of Search Results

GOOGLE claims that Microsoft’s Bing is ‘stealing‘ Google’s search results.

Sebastian Antony explains that Google created fake queries and result on its search engine to test Bing. On December 17, Google engineers tested these results on different browsers and sites. And, as if by magic, by December 31, some of these fake results began appearing on Bing.

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Posted: 3rd, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comment


Volunteers Translate Egyptian Calls Into Tweets

EGYPT: technology and humanity may yet save the country:

“Earlier today, in response to the continued blackout of the Internet in Egypt, Google and Twitter announced that they had set up phone numbers in Egypt for protesters to call into, that would then automatically be turned into voicemail messages, that would then be tweeted out on the account @Speak2Tweet. Of course, the immediate point of this system is not to help organize within Egypt, but hopefully to offer a way for Egyptians to literally speak to the rest of the world.

To further this aim, a number of volunteers outside of Egypt (you know, where the Internet still works) have decided to collaborate online to get those voicemails – which are mainly in Arabic – translated into English.”

It’s amazing when people help each other like this.

Spotters: Karen and all

Posted: 1st, February 2011 | In: Technology | Comments (4)


Facebook Takes On Groupon With Facebook Deals service

WE went to see Facebook’s VP EMEA Joanna Shields talk up at the Facebook Deals service that allows mobile users to claim special offers, rewards and discounts from retailers. Yep it’s Groupon on your phone.

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Posted: 31st, January 2011 | In: Technology | Comment (1)