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This is what Google Earth would look like with live video

Via http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/3/6/5478258/this-is-what-google-earth-would-look-like-with-live-video

Google’s smart contact lens will monitor glucose levels in diabetics’ tears. I really like where this is going…

Google’s smart contact lens will monitor glucose levels in diabetics’ tears. I really like where this is going…

Central Park from above

Central Park from above

(Source: betweenletters.quora.com)

slavin:

What happens when you pour 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill? (by seidbords32)

I have to say my immediate response was to feel bad for the ants even though I have killed every one I ever found in my home.

It just seemed especially unfair to wipe out an entire colony all at once. but then I remembered E.O. Wilson’s remark that “If ants had nuclear weapons, they would probably end the world in a week” and thought ok, fuck it, pour some molten aluminum in there and let’s see what’s going on.

What’s going on is quite amazing. You can skip forward quite a bit if you’re so inclined: it’s worth it.

Aug 3

(Source: spaceagebohemia)

new-aesthetic:

Cover Story: Bert and Ernie Celebrate Gay Marriage : The New Yorker
Image originally submitted by artist Jack Hunter in 2012 to the now-defunct Blown Covers tumblr, run by the New Yorker magazine to celebrate unpublished and unpublishable covers. Original here.

new-aesthetic:

Cover Story: Bert and Ernie Celebrate Gay Marriage : The New Yorker

Image originally submitted by artist Jack Hunter in 2012 to the now-defunct Blown Covers tumblr, run by the New Yorker magazine to celebrate unpublished and unpublishable covers. Original here.

May 4
iamdanw:

GM Futurama 1939 (by Unkee E.)

iamdanw:

GM Futurama 1939 (by Unkee E.)

Life with a Google Chromebook Pixel

I’d been living with a Samsung Chromebook for 2 months. I paid $170 (normally $250, but it was a Best Buy floor model) for a small, lightweight machine I didn’t have to worry about. At that price, I felt like I got my money’s worth, even though it often dumped web pages (and, er, the Tumblr posts I’d entered) from memory and needed to refresh them. But, hey, it’s a cheap machine.

On the other hand, the Chromebook Pixel I’ve used for the past week is beautiful and simple, and I wanted to love it. It’s a thoroughly cool machine with its high-res touch screen and LED bling on the lid.

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It provides for 95% of my self-defined “laptop computing needs”, but that’s just not enough when a slightly cheaper Mac that’s (not as simple to live with, but is) lighter on my bad back would provide for 99%. I tried running Linux on the Pixel, but had to make sacrifices on the Chrome side when I did. For example, you then can’t watch Netflix with Linux installed — even from Chrome OS — because Netflix then seems to consider the machine insecure.

I don’t fault Google for any of this. They were honest in their description of the Pixel. I just needed to live with it to know whether it was for me. Oh well. So long, Pixel!

new-aesthetic:

World’s First Bitcoin ATM Is Announced - First Location: Cyprus

new-aesthetic:

World’s First Bitcoin ATM Is Announced - First Location: Cyprus

Mar 5

Bluetooth hack for the Smith Maze ski helmet

I use Smith’s Maze ski helmet mainly because it’s the lightest on the market. It’s also comfortable. A helmet likely saved me from spinal cord injury in 2005 so I likely pay more attention to brain buckets than most…

I like skiing with a mic and speakers in my helmet: I stay connected with friends on the slopes since I hear when texts, GroupMe’s and calls come in, and I can answer without taking off my ski gloves and fumbling for my phone. (Or, worse, fumbling for my phone with gloves on and eskimo kissing the touchscreen to answer a call before it goes to voicemail.) And I sometimes rock out to tunes when I’m skiing by myself.

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So I like that the Maze helmet integrates with wired and Bluetooth headsets from SkullCandy. I less liked the price of these official add-on audio accessories: $50 for wired (even more of a pain in a ski helmet) or an outrageous $150 for Bluetooth. They both have good sound quality (which matters less in a ski helmet) and terrible build quality (which matters a lot for a ski accessory).

So I searched for a cheaper solution and found one. Monoprice sells a behind-the-neck Bluetooth headset with integrated mic for $45. I ordered one to try with my Maze and was jazzed to find that it works great for in-helmet audio. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unzip the channel at the back of the Maze that extends from one ear flap to the other.
  2. Insert the headset with the left speaker in the right flap (reversed stereo is the biggest downside of this solution but, hey, maybe it’ll make Brain Salad Surgery sound new all over again…).
  3. Zip the channel up and you’re good to go.

Press your right ear to control power. Press your left ear for the multi-function button (pause and play music, answer calls, activate Siri). That’s it.