250lbs of Silly Putty

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Last week I posted about a dozen miles of dental floss you could order.  Well today I have an equally weird bulk item you can buy – silly putty.  Yes, you can order (or you used to according to Crayola), 5lb bricks of Silly Putty. That right there is 250lbs of the pink stuff.  They … Continued

360° Coffee Harvesting

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Nescafe is taking advantage of the 360° video offered by Google and showing the coffee harvest on one of their plantations down in Brazil.  I think it’s pretty cool to see this technology in use in a real world application, as opposed to the regular marketing stunts that they so far have been done with. … Continued

Border Differences

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reddit user adamc4 has spent some time looking through Google Street View along the borders of US States.  He noticed that sometimes it’s pretty easy to tell when you’re entering a new jurisdiction without even needing the giant “Welcome” signs. Other times it’s not as apparent, except for the abrupt end new pavement, and the … Continued

Crowd-Sourced Time-lapses

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The internet is an amazing place.  Researchers at Google and the University of Washington have come up with a way to analyzes photos taken, and uploaded to the internet and create history with them. The first thing they did was download 86 million photos from various points of interest around the world.  Then they align … Continued

360° Video

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Google & YouTube have just released the coolest new feature on the site in years.  Sure Performance enhancements, and HTML5 Video are cool and all, but this wins hands down. 360° Pannable video, that’s right, take your mouse, and drag around the screen to move the camera’s viewpoint.  It’s frekin ACE.  It’s too bad it … Continued

Smarty Pins

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Google has a great trivia game out, Smarty Pins.  They present you with a map of the world (usually zoomed in to somewhere in the area of the answer).   You are given a trivia question.  You answer the question by dropping a pin on the map where you think it should go.  The number … Continued

What If?

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Randall Munroe recently gave a TED talk about things.  Specifically his side blog project, What If?  It’s more or less putting a voice and face to the wildly popular xkcd webcomic.  It’s interesting.  I mean, the video is 2 months old, and he goes over some of the older What If questions.  But it’s still … Continued

The SKY!

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This is a pretty neat idea.  Using NASA’s Gamma-Ray Coordinate Network, a team of developers have hooked it up with Google Sky Map to provide real time information about the heavens above your very head.  It’s pretty powerful.  Now if only we could have faster than light travel, or some sort of photos from these … Continued

AR/VR/Holodeck?

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What a magical time we’re living in.  With Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and now castAR, it really seems like in not too long of a time we’ll have something like the Holodeck from Star Trek. While it’s true that just yesterday I was preaching for scientists to stop their research, and leave things alone.  That … Continued

The Internet

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Click the image to open the interactive version (via PennyStocks.la). I’m not entirely sure how accurate this is, but it’s still pretty neat.  It does raise some questions though.  Like where does all this data go?  Who consumes it?  Would someone miss it if it even 0.0001% of it got deleted? All of this needs … Continued