Archive for April, 2005

More TAL Goodness

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

BoingBoing has been posting hilarious phone messages recently. The latest recalls a This American Life segment about “The Greatest Phone Message in the World”. I suggest you listen to the full story as it is far greater than the message alone and no, I’m not going to make a new category for this.

Ooo… Stabby

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

voodoo knife blockIt looks like my favorite knife block is now for sale. I’m sure this isn’t the kind of mental association you should enforce everyday. Not the kind of thing I would splurge on, but if I ever had more than one good knife, I might.

Matisyahu

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

matisyahu albumA lot of noise has been generated recently about Matisyahu “the Hasidic reggae superstar”. This post is about someone else. Curly Oxide. I heard his story on This American Life last June. Here is the audio. Starts at 7 minutes. With the help of Vic Thrill Chaim went from being a Hasidic jew, to a full rock star, and back. It’s a really interesting story. Listen to it now or wait for the movie version that’s being written by Tina Fey.

Mindless Self Indulgence

Monday, April 25th, 2005

msi
Mindless Self Indulgence will be playing at the Ranch Bowl on May 20th. Kick ass! I haven’t seen too many bands live, but MSI puts on a great show. They pretty much have to since their music will never see radio play. They’ve toured with Insane Clown Posse and System of a Down, pissing off most of the audience, but converting the rest (at least the ones who could get past the ambiguous sexuality). I saw them a couple years ago headlining a show with Deadsy (ugh) and Dog Fashion Disco (sweet) supporting. Their latest album sounds pretty good and includes a cover of Tom Sawyer which I think they just played on tour to annoy Deadsy. I don’t think they’ll ever be able to match their original album. I wasn’t sure if I’d see a show at the Ranch Bowl before it closes, but I guess this will be the last for me. I’m sure seeing Jimmy Urine diving out of the ceiling girders will lift my heart though.

Naptosis

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

aliens capScientists have been able to induce hibernation in mice. Using hydrogen sulphide they were able to slow down the metabolic rate of the mice. Later the mice were brought back using plain oxygen. It’s been speculated that this technology could be used by astronauts on long space flights or as my title suggest just living longer for everyone. If you don’t want to wait just buy a sleep chamber from Aliens , throw in some rotten eggs and you’re good to go.

Mobile Wireless Router

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

soekris development boardOriginally found on Slashdot. Some guy decided to to build a mobile WiFi access point. The box uses a PC Card to connect to Verizon’s network. It then passes that connection to a wireless card that provides internet access to anyone within range. My favorite thing about this project is the Soekris board that ties everything together; they offer several different embedded systems (with optional cases) and the prices don’t seem too bad for a really unique system.

Mom sent me a clipping about Seward County Recycling day. I’ll be throwing out a lot of the electro-junk in my closet: 4 monitors, 3 Pentiums, 1 gutted TRS-80. I’ll probably save a couple old I/O cards to practice soldering/de-soldering on, some old disk drives with the gigantor servos, and all of the hard drives (for security). I figure if I ever need a monitor I’ll just buy a new LCD instead of using the old crap.

Mandy recently sent a lot of people my way, which is great, but I feel I should apologize for this excessively geeky post. Here is a prize for reading the whole post: something stylish to help you beat up Vuitton enthusiasts.

Congratulations Adam Tourek

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005

Adam Tourek on the rightMy buddy Adam Tourek, on the right, just won a design contest finishing first out of eight finalists. He has been commisioned to build a gigantic 12 foot tall ear in Lincoln, NE Haymarket district. The final project for his “Memorials, Monuments and Public Art” class was to make a model for a 6 foot sculpture to be placed in the Haymarket. It wasn’t till last night at the awards ceremony that he found out his 1 foot model would actually be 12 feet. Here is the full story from the Daily Nebraskan. The article says the sculpture could be rotated, but Adam says that was in the proposal, not actually finalized. I suggested that a weathervaning foghorn would be kinda fun. All the scrap metal is being donated by Lincoln Steel and he hopes to begin work the beginning of May. I’ll get some pics up when he gets his hands back on the model. Once again I’d like to say great job Adam. I’m sure a giant piece of installed art is an excellent addition to a graduating art student’s portfolio.

An Announcement

Monday, April 18th, 2005

tasty sandwichI’ve got a great announcement, but I’m going to keep my mouth shut for another two weeks till it is finalized. In its place I’ve constructed this delicious sandwich. Now what would justify such a delicious sandwich? You’ll just have to wait to find out.

Polyphasic Sleep

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

Polyphasic sleep is a method for increasing the amount of time you spend awake during the day. By sleeping only twenty to thirty minutes every four hours you can stay awake longer. The short time you do spend sleeping the body is in REM sleep, which is the most restful phase. This technique has been used by many famous inventors. I first stumbled across this idea in an article on Kuro5hin. This mode of life can be very difficult to adjust to. In the first few days you probably won’t be asleep when you are trying to. You must strictly follow the sleep schedule. Skipping a nap will probably cause a major crash. With limited sleep a nutritious diet will become very important. Of course if you’d rather sleep more you’re probably better off with the 28 hour day.

Primer

Saturday, April 16th, 2005

primer screen capI think I downloaded Primer (torrent) after someone suggested it as a Sci-Fi movie that doesn’t suck. It won the grand jury prize at Sundance in 2004. Here’s my plot summary: This is a time-travel movie; prepare to be screwed with. I really liked this movie and they did a great job with a $7,000 budget. In the third act I was bothered because it seemed to confuse obfuscation with cleverness. I wished less time had been spent on electro-gibberish dialog at the beginning of the movie and more time spent on the resolution. I encourage you to see this movie (it comes out on DVD on Tuesday), but be prepared for a Mullholland Dr. level of bewilderment.