Need A Cooker? Use Your Cell Phone

By , September 17, 2006 11:29 pm

Need A Cooker? Use Your Cell Phone

This cook an egg with 2 cell phones came up a while back and was shown up as a hoax but not this particular case.  These folks used over an hours worth of phone operation between the two phones and had a tape recorder running with voices on it playing close by so they would both be transmitting for the whole time.  Makes me wonder what the real story is…

The BraBall

By , September 17, 2006 11:22 pm

The BraBall

I have no idea why, it just shows up and so I post… 😉

Elderly Instruments – Dopyera Collection – Introduction

By , September 17, 2006 11:21 pm

Elderly Instruments – Dopyera Collection – Introduction
The John and Rudy Dopyera Collection

We are very proud to offer for sale the combined collection of John and Rudy Dopyera. Few instrument makers represent the American Dream quite as completely as these two inventors, innovators, marketers, and all-around creative force behind both the National and Dobro companies.

The Dopyera brothers were born in what is now Slovakia, and came to the U.S. with the wave of Eastern European immigrants around the beginning of the 20th century. (In fact, the word “Dobro” is both a contraction of “DOpyera BROthers” and the word for “good” in their native tongue.) Engineers, tinkerers, businessmen, and accomplished musicians (their family had a history of violin making going back centuries, and Rudy was by many accounts an exceptionally talented and soulful Gypsy-style violinist), the two Dopyera brothers combined their Old World skills and traditions with the booming technology and futuristic tastes in art of pre-WWII America. Who else thought that spun aluminum might be a good material for sound projection? Who else engraved beautiful Art Deco designs on the bodies of their guitars? Only the Dopyeras.

The unusual, experimental, and mostly one-of-a-kind instruments in this collection – John’s unusual (and spectacular sounding!) resophonic violin, Rudy’s balalaika-inspired Lullabyka, the Art Deco-influenced steel body uke and tenor guitar, even the actual workbench on which John perfected the fabled tri-cone resonator system – are uniquely American (and uniquely Dopyera) innovations.

There’s no doubt that many of the great blues and slide guitar players owe their careers to these radical innovations of the Dopyeras; and there’s no question that both country and bluegrass music developed a whole new voice after the introduction of the Dobro. Because of the Dopyera brothers, American instruments – and American music – have never been the same.

Some seriously cool instruments!   Interesting guitar vise and workbench too.  Wonderful stuff!

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY

By , September 17, 2006 11:17 pm

xkcd – A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language – COMPLY

Moment of confusion… 😉

n’ chips on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

By , September 17, 2006 8:41 pm

n'Chips
n’ chips on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Nuff said… 😉

Volkswagen Beetle art car on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

By , September 17, 2006 4:39 pm

VW Bug GlasQlt
Volkswagen Beetle art car on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Dave Winer’s new header graphic at Scripting News is a howl!  It’s a picture he took at the “How Berkeley Can You Be parade” today.  Wonderful stuff! Note the tag on the left – GLASQLT, Glass Quilt maybe?  Would fit the car. 😉 Lots of other pictures of interesting stuff there too.  Thanks for sharing Dave!

What is a Sonofabitch?

By , September 17, 2006 4:24 pm

Just received this from my brother, Mark, and though I have seen it before it is still SO true. Not to mention that the new WordPress makes it so easy to add pictures so I just gotta post it… 😉

Quite often we ask ourselves hard to answer questions, like,”What is a sonofabitch?” The only true thing is that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Bomb Squad deactivation

In this photo, the guy on the right is a member of a bomb squad in midst of a deactivation. The guy behind him, well, he’s a sonofabitch.

Any questions? 😉

lf382, Applications: A toolchain for transformation from paper to HTML

By , September 17, 2006 10:20 am

lf382, Applications: A toolchain for transformation from paper to HTML

Good article on taking old books, scanning, OCR, modifying images and turning into html online docs.  Using old or at least older equipment and FOSS for the entire process.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

By , September 17, 2006 10:07 am

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr, it be another talk like a pirate site!

Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19

By , September 17, 2006 10:05 am

Talk Like A Pirate Day – September 19

Ay, matey, it be that time o year again!  Tuesday be the day to talk like a pirate!

JS Online:The hog that hums

By , September 17, 2006 10:02 am

JS Online:The hog that hums

Electric Harley.  The part I have trouble with here is the 560 pounds of lead acid batteries in the frame.  And the exposed belt drive coming out the side.  And the uglyness (sp?) of the beast.  That much weight, build a trike…

NEUTICLES.com

By , September 17, 2006 9:57 am

NEUTICLES.com

Steve mentioned this site in the comments on the “I’m from the internet” picture and I just had to look.  This is just plain WEIRD.  Money making weird I’m sure but still, testicle implants for your neutered pet?  If you want them to have balls, just don’t cut them off!  This is NUT’S! 😉

Christiania Bikes UK – homepage

By , September 17, 2006 9:49 am

Christiania Bikes UK – homepage

L-Box Carrier

Never seen these before, and I don’t understand why they aren’t everywhere, other than the cost. One of the stories quoted a cost (my price translation from english pounds to us dollars may be off) of around $2,000.00 for a kid carrier version. None the less, these are wonderful! I’m gonna have to build one or more along these lines for use around here.

Benjamin Franklin’s ‘lightning kite’ paper goes online – fundamentals – 16 September 2006 – New Scientist

By , September 17, 2006 9:43 am

Benjamin Franklin’s ‘lightning kite’ paper goes online – fundamentals – 16 September 2006 – New Scientist

Get it while you can.  Access is free from Sept 14 for 2 months.   File is a PDF.

Fighting for Net Neutrality and Internet Freedom

By , September 17, 2006 9:41 am

Fighting for Net Neutrality and Internet Freedom

The fight for net neutrality takes on a somewhat surreal air with a visit to this site.  Strange is almost the word.  Not quite the “I’m from the Internet” kind of strange but close…

Bamboo Bicycle at Burningman

By , September 17, 2006 9:34 am

P1000629 on Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Bamboo Bike at Burningman

Wish there was more on this neat looking bike but that it. The person who took the picture doesn’t seem to want to share their work as there is no option to download ANY size copy of this.

The amazing part of this particular bike is that wheel struts and all seem to be bamboo. Wonderful work. Fair photography. Non-Burningman attitude toward sharing on the part of the uploader.

Update: Went to the page source code and found the image link and stole a copy of the damn thing. Cropped it down to the part I was interested in and that’s what’s left above.  The link will take you to the full thing on flicker.  If the owner bitches I will take it down but this is such wonderful work I want my own archival copy for future reference.

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