Archive for November, 2006

So it is possible to freeze booze…

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Barton G Nitrogen Drink

I had dinner at the lavish Barton G restaurant tonight and they had drinks literally made of frozen alcohol. They use liquid nitrogen to make a cold ball of booze that slowly melts into your drink. Half of a margarita and half a martini had me floored, so I’m thinking it adds a lot of extra alcohol as it melts.

The rest of the meal was just as original/outrageous. Sashimi draped over crushed ice on two large fake ice cream cones. One entree served in a mini radio flyer wagon, another in a plant pot. A $40 cup of ‘single origin’ coffee. Hazelnut ice cream with 3 sauces and mousse served on a squirrel lawn ornament. An $89 chocolate fountain dessert. After dinner drinks and dessert were ordered using an IPAQ PDA. Eating on a press comp made it all the more delicious.

update: Barton G and molecular gastronomist extraordinaire Richard Blais have parted ways.

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12 ft alligator vs naked crackhead

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Crackhead attacked by gator
For now 250 lb, 45-year-old Adrian Apgar is alive, but he’s in rough condition. The alligator has probably already been killed.

link (photo update via boingboing)

Portable floating wind generators

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Magenn

The Magenn Power Air Rotor System (MARS) is a helium floated device that generates electricity through wind-powered rotors.

It’s in the first steps of development and the company is planning to demonstrate a 4 KW prototype in the latter part of 2006.

Looks good for the backcountry and a little less pollution. I’m guessing it won’t be affordable for a good 2-3 years.

link (via gizmowatch)

Congressman: ‘Miami a 3rd world country’

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Tancredo

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. was in Palm Beach, FL two weeks back and pointed to Miami as an example of why immigration is endangering the U.S. He was staying at The Breakers, which instantly renders him out of touch with the common man.

    “It has become a Third World country. You just pick it up and take it and move it someplace. You would never know you’re in the United States of America. You would certainly say you’re in a Third World country.”

I for one enjoy the mix of development and lawlessness.

link (via matt)

Celebs now planning upskirt shots?!

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Britney upskirt

Don’t tell me you can’t feel all the goods hanging out Britney. Paris Hilton in the background definitely smells of conspiracy. As ‘intimate’ as these photos are, it’s a wonder there’s no other foul smells.

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The myth of maximum megapixels

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Megapixelmania

Recently a few members of the press have been fighting the rumor of ‘bigger is better’, pushed by camera sellers.

from The New York Times:

    “NYT’s David Pogue blogged about a Discovery Channel TV show he taped recently (which will air in February), in which he had a professional photo lab print out 13-, 8-, and 5-megapixel photos at 16″ by 24″. Then they posted the photos in Times Square in New York, and asked passersby to say which was best — a kind of megapixel taste test. NOBODY COULD TELL THE DIFFERENCE.”

from COMPUTERWORLD:

    “Each amateur photographer has a pixel count “sweet spot” that best suits his photography style and abilities. For most people, that’s somewhere in the 4-to-6-megapixel range. Above that, however, increasing the number of pixels generally reduces the quality of pictures.”

(via the raw feed)

HD personal camcorders drop below $1000

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Canon HV10

Home movies may actually be bearable if shot in HD. I’ve been eyeing the pictured Canon for a few days now.

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Deadhead scientist receives $1 million grant

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Dancing Bears

Petr Janata, a neuroscientist at the UC Davis, just received a $1 million grant to figure out “why listening to music, and achieving that state of being in the musical groove, is such a heady experience.”

    “People talk about feeling connected with everything, or that there’s a sense of timelessness or profound joy in both music and spiritual experiences,” says Janata. “You compare those descriptions, whether they’re the same with music as with something else, and then as a neuroscientist, I view the brain mechanism. If I can show the same part of the brain being modulated in these different contexts, then there’s no difference at the neuroscience level, and the experiences are the same, regardless of the language that one lays on it.”

Since The Grateful Dead are no more, Janata plans on using The String Cheese Incident for the study, but their status is in limbo as a member just announced he’ll be leaving the band.

And drugs will be left out of the study:

    “While it’s true a lot of people have profound experiences that are drug-related, it’s not that way for everyone,” says Janata. “You can find lots of people that into the groove purely through the music, with nothing but a bottle of water in their hands.”

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‘Don’t know much about geography’

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Smart Globe

Apparently most kids these days wouldn’t make great cartographers (neither would most adults I imagine). Instead of giving the kids another 2 Xbox games, opt for this cool tool. Downloads target age appropriate learning activities including country capitals, leaders, populations, currency, language, weather, history, national anthems, election results and more. Features a wireless pen, 3D barcode technology and 9 languages with 3 versions of English.

link (via gear live)

Fan restores ‘Christmas Story’ house

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Christmas Story house

Brian Jones (no, not that Brian Jones) purchased the house on ebay, restored it to it’s appearance in the movie and now offers tours. No word on if the tour includes a pack of dogs running through the kitchen.

Brian also sells the infamous leg lamps featured in the movie. $129.99 for the 45-inch model, $159.99 for the 53-inch “deluxe full size” leg lamp.

In other Christmas Story news, I was disappointed to see it’s use in a commercial yesterday. Here’s Cingular’s spoof commercial on youtube.

link (via cnn)

Open source gift guide

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

open source gift guide

The holidays are here and Make put together a list of open source hardware and software gifts. My favorites include PortableApps Suite, Lego Mindstorms(I covered these in Technotronic), FREE BEER and Stellarium.

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We clearly need more butter

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Transparent Frig

Transparent household appliances are all the rage.

upsides: quickly see what’s for dinner, you’re likely to keep a cleaner frig

downside: no magnets

also on the link, a much less cool transparent washing machine.

link (via gizmodo)

Open container law loophole?

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Magnetic Can Cooler

Probably not a good idea while moving, but looks great for tailgates, a beverage at the worksite or just sitting around your driveway boozing with Boomhauer.

link (via book of joe)

Local calls preferred

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Tracking food with your Cell Phone

Tracing our food’s history via cellphone may be in the near future. Japan is currently at the forefront of this trend. I’m not sure a majority of U.S. consumers would pay extra for it, but I’d be delighted to see some info about the farmer who grew my greens. Maybe the factory farms could display a photo of the person in charge of the bolt gun.

    “Consumers can trace back the vegetables until the day of harvest, when and where they were packed, how they were shipped, etc. Many of the local producers have followed this example and some even go as far as displaying a picture of the farmer to bring a sense of proximity as additional reassurance to the consumer.”

link (via treehugger)

NES Paul

Friday, November 24th, 2006

NES Paul

Check out this series of photos showing the merger of an original NES and a guitar. The end product turned out great, especially considering his crazy cutting tool.

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