Archive for the ‘Around The Web’ Category

Air Umbrella

How brilliant is this idea? Using air to create a force field to keep water off of you. Designed by Je Sung Park & Woo Jung Kwon, it’s essentially an invisible umbrella. Nothing to poke people with when walking down a crowded street, nothing to break when it’s windy out. Presumably it will be nearly […]

Salvador Dalí Explains His Famous Mustache

Even if you were never curious about Salvador Dalí’s mustache, it’s still interesting to know about it from the man himself. I had no idea this video existed until today. The Name’s The Same is apparently a game show that aired between 1951 – 1955 on ABC. Via: Open Culture

Tesla Coil Performers

This is a really cool performance, and uses a Tesla Coil. It’s a great performance to put on at night.

Landing A Shuttle

I was reading Austin Mayer’s blog post on shuttle orbiter re-entry when this piece struck me: After de-orbit burn, the shuttle heads for the atmosphere at 400,000 feet, 17,000 miles per hour, and 5,300 miles away from Edwards. (Yes, you are landing in the Mojave desert and you are starting your landing approach West of […]

DuckDuckGo Profiled In Washington Post

Washington Post has an interesting piece on DuckDuckGo. It’s a pretty interesting approach to taking on a giant. In many ways it reminds me of how Mozilla took on Microsoft in the browser wars.

Double Entendre Identification

Here’s an interesting paper (PDF) on Double Entendre Identification, in particular “that’s what she said“. It’s pretty interesting and likely one of the only places you’ll ever read about noun, adjective and verb sexiness.

Internet Archive Preserves Ten Petabytes

The Internet Archive is a really cool org. They recently announced they have archived ten petabytes of cultural material. 1 Petabyte = 1,048,576 GB. Think about that for a moment. Humanity is creating and exchanging data at an alarming rate. In just a few more years this number will unquestionably be dwarfed. This data will […]

College Professor’s Entertaining Lecture

This college professor knows how to make class entertaining. This was well done and well executed. Clearly some time was spent on perfecting this. Timing is spot on.

High Speed Sports

Baseball at 5,000 FPS is pretty interesting stuff: Davies says the camera is a Vision Research v642, which shoots high-def video and is regularly used to cover baseball games. But last night’s was specially modified by a company called Inertia Unlimited to shoot at an extra high frame rate and customized to use a Canon […]

Project 1794

Pretty cool records recently declassified. From ExtremeTech: The aircraft, which had the code name Project 1794, was developed by the USAF and Avro Canada in the 1950s. One declassified memo, which seems to be the conclusion of initial research and prototyping, says that Project 1794 is a flying saucer capable of “between Mach 3 and […]