Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Video: Why Being Unreasonable Jumpstarts Social Innovation


Video Description (from Social Innovation Summit on FORA.tv): "Daniel Epstein, founder of the Unreasonable Institute, explains why being unreasonable jumpstarts social innovation. "

Friday, December 14, 2012

Video: Woven: E-wearable Gaming Platform

 (For more information read the article)

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?


Video Description: "Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)" (source)

Video: Reinventing Fire: Bold Solutions for the New Energy Era (Fora)


Summary: "Amory B. Lovins and Edward Lucas discuss how bold solutions for the new energy era is akin to reinventing the fire.Dr. Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute" (more information)

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Transforming Apartment: Living With Less as More (Video)

For the last few years I have seen multiple online videos where designers are exploring customized movable "funiture-walls".  These movable wall have built-in furniture and other spaces such as closets and places for different appliances like TVs, computers, etc. to fully utilize small areas (for example, 400 sq ft and less).  It gets you wondering if this could be the future of apartment design?  I am also wondering if it will create a fads like "less is more hip then big" or "my apartment generates less carbon then yours".


I have to personally admit I am a fan of this trend, and I would live in one of these apartments if they were available.  I like the idea of being able to transform the apartment as needed.  For example, if you have guests that are staying over, you move a wall and pull out of full-size foldable bed.  Or you could hide the master bedroom by moving another wall, and open up a living room area for working, eating, entertaining or relaxing.

I am not big on having a lot of space that I don't use, have to clean and heat.  Personally I believe if I don't use something, then I should get rid of it (although I have to admit I am still working on practicing what I preach when I say this).


Excerpt from video description: "barcode room is a concept studio apartment composed of product furniture-walls which move freely from side to side, permitting the resident to customize the size of space to fit a variety of uses. Placing functional elements such as storage and furniture into these walls, only to be pulled out when in use, also allows for more of the floor area to be used by the inhabitant and guests, thus creating a space where one is able to both comfortably live and entertain a different number of guests easily." (read the rest of the article)


Saturday, December 01, 2012

Billion Dollar Idea: Build a Better Battery

Billion Dollar Idea: Build a Better Battery

There is a paraphrased quote attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson from the late nineteenth century "build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door".  An updated version of that quote should read,  "build a better battery, and the world will beat a path to your door"

I have said if anyone wants to be a quick billionaire, all they have to do is invent a revolutionary battery that has a high power density, that is small, light weight and inexpensive to build.  The problem is like most things, "it's a lot easier said then done".

One of the biggest technological hindrances to current and futures technologies (from smartphones, to cars, to power grids, etc.) is the current state of battery advancements   If you look at the rate of advancements in other technologies, you can see exponential growth that has been happening for years and even decades.  For example, if you look at Moore's Law you will see a logarithmic advance in the density of transistors in CPUs over the decades.

from: Wikipedia

The current state of modern batteries has progressed very slowly over the centuries and even last few decades.  For example:
  • The first electrochemical cell was developed by the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta in 1792, and in 1800 he invented the first battery, a "pile" of many cells in series.  
  • The Daniell cell in 1836, batteries provided more reliable currents and were adopted by industry for use in stationary devices, in particular in telegraph networks where they were the only practical source of electricity.
  • Near the end of the nineteenth century, the invention of dry cell batteries, which replaced the liquid electrolyte with a paste, made portable electrical devices practical.
In the last few decades there have been advances in material, power density and the cost of the batteries as the technology increased in sophistication  for example, there has been technologies like nickel–cadmium (NiCd), nickel–zinc (NiZn), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and now lithium-ion (Li-ion). Each of these advancements has fixed issues with previous generations (e.g. 'battery memory effect', power density  weight, size, etc.) and performance.

Over the last few years, some manufactures have been working on alternative technologies to replace or supplement conventional batteries such as supercapacitors, and direct methanol fuel cells.  There have been experimental advancements in battery materials like lithum-air, and carbon nanotube electrodes. As of 2012 Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries were the fastest-charging and discharging batteries.

Per a recent article that I saw, it had the title: "DOE wants 5X battery power boost in 5 years". Here is an excerpt from the article "The DOE is creating a new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, at a cost of $120 million over five years, that's intended to reproduce development environments that were successfully used by Bell Laboratories in the World War II Manhattan Project that produced an atomic bomb. "

As far as grid level storage there are liquid metal batteries from a company called Ambri.  For more information watch the video below from TED, where Donald Sadoway gives a talked called "Liquid Metal Battery - The Missing Link to Renewable Energy"

Article: How to Clean Up Your Online Presence and Make a Great First Impression

Depending on how much of your personal information you share on the Internet, such as postings on Facebook, Twitter, or any of the billion other social networking sites that are out there.  You might have left a "online presence" (e.g. comments, pictures, etc.) that might not best represent who you really are.

If you're current or future employer, significant other to does a quick check of Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  What will they find?

There are somethings (such as, public record, postings, etc.) on the Internet that are not easy to get removed, while there are other things you can (such as, deleted cached web page information).


LifeHacker has a great article on "How to Clean Up Your Online Presence and Make a Great First Impression", here is excerpt from it: "Odds are someone is searching the web for you right now, or at least has looked you up fairly recently. Do you know what they learned? Better yet, do you control the pages and profiles they visited? If not, it's time to take your online reputation into your own hands instead of leaving it to Google. Here's how." (read the rest of the article)

Article: How GE radically transformed their IT deployment (Great Read)

If you're a project manager, I would highly-recommend this article.  TechRepublic wrote a great article about how GE transformed their IT deployment. Here is excerpt: "How GE Appliances overcame that obstacle — or, more accurately, is still in the process of overcoming it — says a lot about where GE is going as a company and how today’s enterprise IT departments are having to make radical changes in order to adapt to the relentless pace of a faster, leaner, and more global business environment. Inside GE, this initiative has been dubbed “ERP ” and TechRepublic interviewed executives, IT leaders, and key employees at GE Appliance Park to get the story on how they are pulling it off."

Article: Netflix Alternatives (Streaming Movie Sites)

Below is a excerpt from an article on a web site called The Jason Chronicles called "Netflix Alternatives (Streaming Movie Sites)": "Like many people, I have ditched my TV several years ago and get most of my video entertainment from sites like Hulu and Netflix. I have been a huge fan of Netflix for years, I thought they provided a great deal for what you got. Although, after their rate hikes in 2011, I have been contemplating alternatives to their service.

It is worth noting that most of these services are not subscription based like Netflix, they're fee based so you pay for every movie you watch. This is great for people who only watch movies once in a while, but if you like to watch a lot of streaming movies or TV shows this can get expensive.

The service offerings of these websites change all the time by adding new features, services and prices so the list of providers below are only pointers." (read the rest of the article)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Video: The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn't Give Up!

This is a pretty inspirational video, it reminds you that even when the world tells you "its impossible", you don't always have to listen.

The Importance of Good IT Implementation (Wining and Losing)

Obama utilized technology to help him win both elections.  In the 2008 election, he leveraged "social media".  In the 2012 election he used "big data".

The 2012 election was also the most expensive ever run. It was estimated that $6 billion was spent nationwide, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit group that tracks campaign finances.  (Here is some more information.)

Like anything, when "data" is used properly it can help any organization, and if not properly utilized it won't  I think these articles below help demonstrate the importance of a "well organized" I.T. group.

I think it all comes down to good upfront planning/gathering requirements, systems design, implementation/deployment, and hard work (I am over simplifying the whole process, but it covers the basics).  If you're in I.T. other considerations are maintenance/monitoringdisaster recovery (we need to remember that "stuff happens" like Sandy, Katrina, earthquakes, etc.), end of life (e.g. project completion).

How Obama did it: On Nov. 17, 2012, on the Business Insider website, they published the following article: "40 Engineers Worked 14-Hour Days, 7 Days A Week To Get Obama Reelected—Here Is Their Story".  Below is a excerpt form the article: "The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong." (Read the rest of the article)

How Romney did it: On Nov 18 2012, on the  Ars Technica web site, they published the following article: "Romney campaign got its IT from Best Buy, Staples, and friends".  Below is a excerpt form the article: "Imagine you're launching a company and only have six months to deliver a product. You face a competitor that has been in your industry four years longer than you with twice your staff and twice the budget. If you don't make your deadline, you're out of business." (Read the rest of the article)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Video: Longest Word (3.5 hours to pronounce)



Video Description: The world's longest word is the chemical name of titin (189,819 letters: Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine [see whole word]), narrator by: Dmitry Golubovskiy (CEO of Esquire Russia). For more information.

If you can watch the whole video, you should receive an "I have no life" award. ;-)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government



Video Description: "What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the 'writable society'"

Friday, November 09, 2012

Video: Microsoft's Rick Rashid: The Matrix & Future of Computing


Summary: "Microsoft's Rick Rashid Chief Research Officer at Microsoft discusses the Matrix and the future of computing."

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Video: Lawrence Livermore Lab: Lasers, Fusion, Energy Innovation

Summary: "Ed Moses Principal Associate Director, NIF & Photon Science, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses how lasers and fusion are revolutionizing energy innovation."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Article: Cold Fusion Gets a Little More Real (Forbes)

The following is an excerpt from a Forbes article: The question “is cold fusion real?” has been around since 1989 when Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, two of the world’s leading electrochemists, rather prematurely announced that they had achieved this phenomena in a test tube in their lab.

Cold fusion, otherwise called Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR), is, theoretically, the fusing together (rather than a chemical reaction) of elements at “normal” temperatures such that they release more energy than is required to fuse them." (read the rest of the article)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Video: Natural Phenomena


Video Description: "Humans are part of the natural order. We're risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they're just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests. Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species. Open your eyes to the world you've grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project."

Video: Views from the ISS



Video Description: "HDR Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crews onboard the International Space Station (ISS)."

Video: Meet the Staff of Thing X

Video: Space Shuttle Atlantis Hands-On: A Look Inside

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Video: The Creativity of Indie Video Games



Video Description: "The video game industry is now bigger than Hollywood, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent developing these interactive experiences. But there are also small-scale developers working in the indie game realm, creating unique and experimental video games without the budgets of the larger "AAA" games. These indie game developers devote time, money, and take great risks in a quest to realize their creative vision. They deftly balance game mechanics & systems, sound & visuals, and an immersive storytelling experience to push the gaming medium into revolutionary new territory. Much like indie music or indie film, the indie gaming movement provides a creative outlet for game designers who want to work outside of the mainstream."

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Tears of Steel - Blender Foundation's fourth short Open Movie



Video Description: "'Tears of Steel' was realized with crowd-funding by users of the open source 3D creation tool Blender. Target was to improve and test a complete open and free pipeline for visual effects in film - and to make a compelling sci-fi film in Amsterdam, the Netherlands."

Video: KLINGON STYLE (Star Trek Parody of PSY - GANGNAM STYLE)



Translated the "Gangnam Style" lyrics into Klingon. Make sure to watch with CC.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift'



Video Description: "Dave is an extremely gifted clairvoyant who finds out specific financial information. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Video: Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind

The Most Incredible Volcano Video of ALL Time



Video description: "The Most Incredible Volcano Video ever shot ! Geoff Mackley, Bradley Ambrose, Nathan Berg, after an epic struggle with the weather for 35 days, we became the first people ever to get this close to Marum Volcano's famed lava lake on Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Coming within 30 metres of the lava lake down a watercourse, it was possible to stand the heat for only 6 seconds. With Fire Brigade breathing apparatus and heat proof proximity suit it was possible to stand on the very edge and view the incredible show for over 40 minutes."

Video: Small Businesses Affordable Assembly Robot (only $22,000)



Demonstration of factory robot Baxter, built by Rodney Brooks and his company Rethink Robotics. (Learn more)

The INSTAGRAM Song (Put A Filter On Me)

Video: LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC)

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Video: Joy Reidenberg: Weird whales (or more then everything you wanted to know about whales)



Video description: "In her talk, "Why Whales are Weird," energetic, articulate anatomist Joy Reidenberg presented an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don't actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She took us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival."

Video: John Thackara: The end of endless growth



Video Description: "Social critic John Thackara argues that the current human paradigm of endless growth is obviously unsustainable, so we should consider the brilliance of the Brazilian Jequitiba tree, which soaks up four tons of water a day. 'I am a proper tree hugger, as well as a lichen hugger.'"

Video: Eben Upton -- Raspberry Pi (TEDxGranta )



Video Description: "Eben Upton is the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is developing a $25 microcomputer with the goal of putting programmable hardware in the hands of every child in the UK. Eben is responsible for the overall software and hardware architecture of the Raspberry Pi device."

Monday, August 27, 2012

Video: Advice to the Self-Employed: Don't Innovate, Replicate [Entrepreneur]



Video Description: "Career coach Marty Nemko offers a word of advice to the unwillingly self-employed entrepreneur: don't innovate, replicate. "Guinea pigs often die," he warns. Instead, Nemko suggests identifying already-successful business plans and following their lead."

Video: How to Build the A-Team for Your Start-Up [Entrepreneur]



Video Description: "Building the right team for your business, an A-Team, is one of the most important, yet difficult elements of a start-up. Our panel discusses some of the unique challenges associated with building an A-Team such as:
What is the most important position to fill?
What personality traits should entrepreneurs looks for?
Where do you find the members of your team?"

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Video: Africa - Into The Wild

iPad Based Telepresence Robot (or Robotic iPad on a Stick)

Double Robotics (doublerobotics.com) has created a product called "Double" that turns an iPad into a telepresence robot for about $2500 (or $1900 if you pre-ordered).
Note: iPad is not included in that price.
It basically looks like an iPad riding around a minimalist version of a Segway scooter that allows someone to remotely interact with people in different environments, such as offices, schools, and more.

I am not sure if this device can be controlled by anything other then another iPad. The device looks cool in concept, but I am not sure how practical in real life it would be. For example, what happens if it hits something that knocks the robot down, how much force would it take to break the iPad?

Video: LEAKED Apple iPhone 5 Promo (Parody)


Saturday, August 18, 2012

TEDxWarwick - David MacKay - How the Laws of Physics Constrain Our Susta...



Video Description: "Department of Climate Change Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor David MacKay FRS, is responsible for ensuring the best science and engineering advice underpins DECC's policy and decision-making.

In addition to his role at DECC, David is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. He studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then obtained his PhD in Computation and Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology. He returned to Cambridge as a Royal Society research fellow at Darwin College. He is internationally known for his research in machine learning, information theory, and communication systems, including the invention of Dasher -- a software interface that enables efficient communication in any language with any muscle. He has taught Physics in Cambridge since 1995 and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

David is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Sustainable Energy — Without the Hot Air, which is intended to help people understand the numbers around sustainable energy."

TEDxPeachtree - Ami Klin - Autism: Disruptions in Early Human Social Ada...


Video Description: "World renowned autism authority Dr. Ami Klin takes a deeper look at autism beyond its widely acknowledged genetic origins. He explores how autism results when the evolutionary conserved and developmentally early emerging mechanisms of social adaptation, such as the mutually reinforcing choreography between infant and caregiver, are disrupted."

Daphne Koller: What we're learning from online education



Video Description: "Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free -- not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. Each keystroke, comprehension quiz, peer-to-peer forum discussion and self-graded assignment builds an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed and, most importantly, absorbed."

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Video: Printing a House With a 3D Printer (TEDxOjai - Behrokh Khoshnevis - Contour Crafting: Automated Construction)



Video Description: "Behrokh Khoshnevis is a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering and is the Director of Manufacturing Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Southern California (USC). He is active in CAD/CAM, robotics and mechatronics related related research projects that include the development of novel Solid Free Form, or Rapid Prototyping, processes (Contour Crafting and SIS), automated construction of civil structures, development of CAD/CAM systems for biomedical applications (e.g., restorative dentistry, rehabilitation engineering, haptics devices for medical applications), autonomous mobile and modular robots for assembly applications in space, and invention of technologies in the field of oil and gas. His research in simulation has aimed at creating intelligent simulation tools that can automatically perform many simulation functions that are conventionally performed by human analysts. His textbook, "Discrete Systems Simulation", and his simulation software EZSIM benefit from some aspects of his research in simulation. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on invention and technology development."

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Article: New Burst of Energy Could Bring Cold Fusion to Front Burner

One area of research I am watching out of curiosity is how there is more and more interest by the main stream media in LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction), also known as Cold Fusion.  Large organizations like NASA and others are coming forward carefully talking about research they have been performing.  They're all admitting that they're seeing something, but also being clear that they're not exactly sure what they're seeing.

Here is an excerpt from an article from U.S.News & World Report entitled "New Burst of Energy Could Bring Cold Fusion to Front Burner": It's been more than 20 years since esteemed researchers Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann electrified the world with news that they'd observed low-energy nuclear reactions, or LENR, at the atomic level that generated excess heat, holding out the promise of "cold fusion" that did not require the blast furnace of nuclear fission as part of the energy-creating process. (Read the rest of the article)


Then there are also companies like National Instruments (N.I.) is among a few companies actively participating in the research of "Anomalous Heat Effects" (aka  LENR or Cold Fusion) technology.  The video below contains some basic background information about LENR, but also contains sales and marketing buzz from N.I.





More information:

Saturday, August 04, 2012

TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 - Avi Rubin - All Your Devices Can Be Hacked



Video Description: "Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi's primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event."

Todd Humphreys: How to fool a GPS | Video on TED.com


Video Description: "Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions ... or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own."

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

More Quick and Simple Life Hacks - Part 2



Video description: "More Awesome & Easy tips and tricks you may have never thought of. In this video we cover the following topics:
1. Using Alternate Batteries
2. Combat Stinky Shoes
3. Find out how much propane you have
4. Cut through plastic packages quick!
5. Pack like a Pro
6. Youtube Multi-task
7. DIY Air Freshener
8. Revive a pen
9. Open a Jar
10. Fill a bucket, easily"

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second



Video Description: "Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look "around" corners or see inside the body without X-rays."

Hanson RoboKind - A Human-Faced Robot, Costs: $11,500



In 2007 David Hanson first unveiled the Zeno humanoid robot toy, he hoped to sell it for around $300. The first production versions has a starting price tag at $11,500.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vinay Venkatraman: “Technology crafts” for the digitally underserved



Video Description: "Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in "technology crafts," through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage."

Izhar cardboard bike project

Monday, July 30, 2012

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom (21st Century Interactive Learning)



Video Description: "In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast. He shares what he learned about teaching to a global classroom."

Evolution Of Dance by NAO Robot (Video)



Here is the "Evolution Of Dance" (based on Judson Laipply show) performed by the NAO robot. This is a very impressive little robot, unfortunately its cost about US$16,000.

Top 10 Hardware Boosting Hacks

Lifehacker has an article called "Top 10 Hardware Boosting Hacks", here is an excerpt: "With great hardware comes great opportunity. Thanks to the internet and clever hacking communities, there are plenty of ways to boost the capabilities of your everyday gadgets. Some save you money, some add features, and some are the entire package. Here are our top 10 favorite hardware boosting hacks." (Read the rest of the article)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Quick and Simple Life Hacks - Part 1



Video Description: "A list of awesome & easy tips and tricks you may have never thought of. In this video we cover the following topics:

  1. Fixing a warped screw
  2. Make your own DIY Stylus
  3. Natural Paint Remover
  4. Unclogging shower head naturally
  5. Cleaning windows with coke
  6. Garbage Bag Storage
  7. Unsealing an envelope
  8. Natural bug Repellent
  9. Freshen up a dish pad
  10. Automatic Toilet Cleaner"

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future



Video Description: "The world is becoming increasingly open, and that has implications both bright and dangerous. Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TEDxImperialCollege - John Graham-Cumming - The Greatest Machine That Ne...



Video Description: "The computer was invented in the 30s: not the 1930s, but the 1830s. British mathematician Charles Babbage designed and prototyped a fully functional mechanical computer he called the Analytical Engine, but it was never completed. Now a team in Britain plans to build the machine for display at London's Science Museum before the 2030s come around."

Article: How to (Legally) Boost Your Music Library Without Spending a Dime

Here is an article from LifeHacker called "How to (Legally) Boost Your Music Library Without Spending a Dime", here's an excerpt: "The music industry has changed a lot since MP3 players came around. Now we have thousands of digital stores, streaming services, blogs, and artist curated websites dishing out free music all the time. It's easier than ever to create a massive music library without spending a dime. Here's how to do it."

Article: The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry - Forbes

There's a great article in Forbes called, "The End of Chinese Manufacturing and Rebirth of U.S. Industry" here is an excerpt: There is great concern about China’s real-estate and infrastructure bubbles. But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of. The real threat to China’s economy is bigger and longer term: its manufacturing bubble."  (read the rest of the article)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

16 Auadrotors (flying robots) = Very Awesome (Video)



Video Description: "A troupe of 16 quadrotors (flying robots) dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2012."

Coolest Living Room of All Time



Video description: "We created an unique physical 3D video mapping experience by turning a white living room into a spacious 360° projection area. This technique allowed us to take control of all colors, patterns and textures of the furniture, wallpapers and carpet. All done with 2 projectors."

Moments In China



Video description: "Moments in China is a collection of vivid moments I experienced while traveling around China last month. The piece flows from Hong Kong to Beijing, and visits Guilin, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Some moments are more significant than others, but I have a personal connection with each. The video is particularly special to me because I have not had time for personal projects over the past several months."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Cutaway F1 Race Car - World Premiere - Sauber F1 Team



Video Description: "For the last two years the Sauber F1 Team mechanics have been using their downtime to slice a Formula One racing car lengthwise down the middle with the precision of true craftsmen. Chief Designer Matt Morris quite literally gets underneath the skin of the F1 car, pointing out where and how the individual components are located within the chassis. Everything is packed in pretty tightly. Sergio Pérez is also on hand to demonstrate the driver's seating position."

10 Bets You Will Never Lose

The Strange Powers of the Placebo Effect



A look at the many strange effects of placebos. (More information)

Monday, July 02, 2012

30-Story Building Built In 15 Days (Time Lapse)



Video Description: "What can you accomplish in 360 hours? The Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has achieved another impossible feat - building a 30-story tall hotel in 360 hours."

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Low Energy Nuclear Reaction" or LENR (formerly known as Cold Fusion) Real or Not?

Several months ago I got into a discussion with my teenage son about different types of energy production.  For some reason, he was convinced that "perpetual motion" was real.  I tried to explain that the scientific consensus that a perpetual motion device would violate the first and/or second law of thermodynamics.  Anyone who knows my son, also knows it can be difficult to change his mind.

For the last several years, I have been hearing more people talk about "Low Energy Nuclear Reaction" also known as LENR (formerly known as Cold Fusion) as being a plausible and clean form of energy production.  I figured if my son wanted to investigate controversial technologies, I would prefer him investigating LENR then perpetual motion.

Below are some of the most reliable sources of information that I have found so far on the subject:

Here is an excerpt from an article posted on the NASA web site"Although there is a quite long history of "anomalous" observations, including transmutations, the "recent" consideration of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) began in the late 80's with the Pons/Fleischmann observations and assertions regarding what they termed "Cold Fusion." However, subsequent difficulties with experimental replication and an utter lack of convincing theoretical explication forced research in this arena "underground" with minimal financial support. " Finish reading the article: Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, the Realism and the Outlook


Video: NASA LaRC | Abundant Clean/Green Energy by Joseph Zawodny.


More related information:

Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater



Video Description: "The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria."

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Jack McBrayer & Triumph Visit Chicago's Weiner's Circle - CONAN on TBS



Video Description: "CONAN highlight: Jack McBrayer & Triumph the Insult Comic Dog pay a visit to Chicago's infamously hostile hot dog stand."

This is the funniest video I have seen in a long time, be aware its very vulgar but it is bleeped. I hope you enjoy it and are not offended by it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Paul Otlet, Envisioning Internet/Web in 1934



Video Description: "Paul Otlet, a Belgian bibliographer, pacifist and entrepreneur imagined a day when users would access the database from great distances by means of an "electric telescope" connected through a telephone line, retrieving a facsimile image to be projected remotely on a flat screen."

Paul Otlet is one of several people who have been considered the father of information science. (More information)

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Anil Gupta: India's hidden hotbeds of invention


Video Description: "Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world's unsung inventors -- indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people's lives. He shows how the Honey Bee network helps them build the connections they need -- and gain the recognition they deserve."

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture



Video Description:"Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself."

Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?



Video Description: "Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment"

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

MaKey MaKey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

Product Description: "MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween" (more information is on Kickstarter)




Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Ultimate Marketing/Promotion Ideas Super List - The Jason Chronicles

Do you need a list of promotional ideas that you can use to increase the sale of your products and services?  Here is an excerpt from an article about the subject: "Below are marketing and other types of promotional ideas that you can use to increase the sale of your products and services. This is a broad list, it includes different methods and other considerations that several different types of businesses have used to promote sales or set their merchandise a part from the competition." (finish reading the rest of the article)

Number One Factor that Drives Sales - The Jason Chronicles

Do you know which one factor that will influence sales and brand awareness in your marketing efforts?  Here is an excerpt from an article about the subject: "The first thing that you need to realize is that there is one main factor that determines whether a customer is going to buy from you or your competition. That one factor that will drive sales and brand awareness is how well you understand and utilize "human psychology " in your marketing efforts." (finish reading the rest of the article)

Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll



Video Description: "Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous patents.

Regina Dugan: From mach-20 glider to humming bird drone



Video Description: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail."

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is everything



Video Description: "The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDxAthens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness."

Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time



Video Description: "Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and nature."

Monday, June 04, 2012

Speed of Light / aka / The World's Tiniest Police Chase



Video Description: "From the brains behind viral smash Address Is Approximate comes the smallest police chase ever seen, made using the world's smallest video projectors. 100% projected and filmed FOR REAL without CGI trickery, Speed of Light features an escaped convict, a determined cop and a fully armed police helicopter!"

Disney-lapse: A time-lapse journey through Disneyland.



Video Description: "Over 30,000 still images, taken over the course of a year."

Friday, June 01, 2012

How Piracy and Pornography Drive Technology

Here is an excerpt from the article: "Over the years piracy and pornography have played accidental roles in defining the direction of technology and creating new commercial business models. I want to state that this article is not advocating piracy or pornography, but shows how it unintentionally drives technological and business innovation, by influencing customer buying decisions.


Throughout history sexual content has influence language, art (e.g. sculptures, drawings, paintings, etc.), printing (Pietro Aretino's Postures (1524)), photography, film, cable, telephone, computer (e.g. content and games), VHS, DVD, Internet Streaming. The basic appeal of sexual content has help standardize technologies when there are media format wars such as VHS vs. Beta. Its often speculated the VHS won this format war because the pornography industry backed the VHS standard, because Sony refused to allow sexual content on the Betamax system." (read the rest of the  article )

Monday, May 28, 2012

Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?



Video Summary: "At the heart of modern cosmology is a mystery: Why does our universe appear so exquisitely tuned to create the conditions necessary for life? In this tour de force tour of some of science's biggest new discoveries, Brian Greene shows how the mind-boggling idea of a multiverse may hold the answer to the riddle."

Discusses: How Multiverse are tied to String Theory.

Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy



Summary of the video: "In this intimate talk filmed at TED's offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world's dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening -- like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks -- but some require a bigger vision."

In Summary: Discusses how modern efficiencies making the world better.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Great Learning Resources for Kids



Are you looking for great learning resources for kids? These are two of the best free sites that I have found.
  • Minute Physics: Explains complicated physics concepts with easy to understand examples.
  • Kahn's Academy: Has over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
If you have any additional free learning resources (similar to these sites) that I can include in this list please include them in the comments.

Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine?



Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cocorobo - the Intelligent Vacuum Cleaning Robot



I have used a Roomba for years, I like the product but it does have its limitations. The greatest limitation of mine has been the batteries which seem to die after a few months of use, and then have to be replaced.

Now I have a new intelligent vacuum cleaning robot lust known as Cocorobo. You can communicate with robot via your a smartphone application, speech recognition, or its remote. It also has the ability to respond to you with simple greetings.

Other features include:

  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • an LED light
  • wireless LAN connectivity
  • Uses phosphate lithium batteries (which has a batter life three years or 1,200 charges)

All these features doesn't come cheap, the estimated retail price for the RX-V100 is around US$1,600 or the basic version RX-V80 without a camera will be around US$1,100

[AUDITIONS SAN FRANCISO] Turf,- America's Got Talent 2012 (Season 7)



Video Description: America Got Talent a Show For all kind of people with crazy talent from singing to variety dance crew so better to say everthing is welome on America got talent 2012

IMHO: This guy is an amazing dancer, that comes from a very humble background.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

NPR: Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?

I am huge fan of Thorium reactors as alternative to Uranium reactors because I believe they're safer.  Here is a great podcast from NPR on the subject called: Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems? Here is excerpt from the article: "As the search for cheap, safe and non-carbon emitting sources of energy continues, a band of scientists say the answer may be nuclear reactors fueled by thorium. Others caution that thorium reactors pose waste and proliferation risks. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the pros and cons of thorium reactors." (read the rest of the article or listen to the audio)

The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs : NPR

I learned lot from this NPR podcast, and I thought I would share it: The Race To Create The Best Antiviral Drugs : NPR.  Here is excerpt from the article: "If you've ever had a bacterial infection like staph or strep throat, your doctor may have prescribed penicillin. But if you've had the flu or a common cold virus, penicillin won't work. That's because antibacterials only kill bacteria, and both the flu and the common cold are viruses. So for illnesses like the flu, doctors prescribe antiviral drugs, which target the mechanisms that viruses use to reproduce." (read the rest of the article or listen to the audio)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Top tips for reducing your cell phone bill

Feel like your cell phone bills are going through the roof? TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky has three strategies for making your payments more manageable.

PAL-V Flying Car - Best Flying Car Concept




The Dutch company PAL-V announced the first flights of its prototype "flying car".  This  vehicle is called the PAL-V One, or the 'Personal Air and Land Vehicle'.  On the ground the vehicle drives like a sports car. Within minutes its rotor is unfolded and its tail is extended: then it is ready to take off with its gyrocopter technology.  The next step will be the design of the first commercial production model of the PAL-V, and first deliveries are expected in 2014. (More information: www.PAL-V.com)

Flash mob in the Copenhagen Metro. Copenhagen Phil playing Peer Gynt.



In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk http://radioklassisk.dk/. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC



In1974 Arthur C. Clarke told the ABC that every household in 2001 will have a computer and be connected all over the world. Courtesy of Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reset Gadgets Back to Factory Default


Have you ever had the need to reset a device back to its original factory default?  If you do a search for the device in your favorite search engine you will probably find these instructions.

Warning: Following the instructions on this site will erase all your data on the device and revert it back to its original configuration when you first bought it.
There's a site called Factory-Reset.com that is trying to be a one stop shop for this information.  Before resetting your device, backup your data (if you still can).  To reset it, just search the site for the product, then follow the instructions.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Camera Drones: Losing More Personal Privacy?

The military has been using surveillance camera drones for years, now the police and the average citizen has access to this technology.   Like any technology how it will be exploited for good or bad, only time can tell how it will be used or abused.

Watch the video like the one below to see what awesome things can be done with this technology, but you might also see the potential for how the technology can be abused.  For example, it gives anyone access to view in to places they might not of had access to before.



I am not a legal expert in any way, but as I understand the law about privacy, every person has a reasonable expectation of privacy unless they are in a public place (more information).


Monday, April 09, 2012

Meet John Collins, "The Paper Airplane Guy"



Will and Norm meet The Paper Airplane Guy to learn about the craft of designing and folding amazing paper airplanes.  John Collins creates paper airplanes for a living, and recently designed a plane that broke the world record for longest flight. Learn more about folding paper airplanes at John's website.

Largest Rube Goldberg Machine: Purdue team set new world record (2012)



From YouTube: "WEST LAFYETTE, Ind., USA--The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon - setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine, according to World Records Academy"

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Myshkin Ingawale: A blood test without bleeding



Anemia is a major -- and completely preventable -- cause of deaths in childbirth in many places around the world, but the standard test is invasive and slow. In this witty and inspiring talk, TED Fellow Myshkin Ingawale describes how (after 32 tries) he and his team created a simple, portable, low-cost device that can test for anemia without breaking the skin.

Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod



Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.

Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate



In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

T. Boone Pickens: Let's transform energy -- with natural gas



The US consumes 25% of the world's oil -- but as energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens points out onstage, the country has no energy policy to prepare for the inevitable. Is alternative energy our bridge to an oil-free future? After losing $150 million investing in wind energy, Pickens suggests it isn't, not yet. What might get us there? Natural gas. After the talk, watch for a lively Q&A with TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Harmless Computer Practical Jokes (Updated)

I wrote the original blog post a few years back, and it turned out to be one of the most popular posts on this blog. I have updated and expanded the original text, you can read the updated version of the article here.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Free Universal Construction Kit

Here is a reason why I want to build a 3D printer (I am just waiting for the one I want to be available [Printrbot]), I want to build things like The Free Universal Construction Kit.


Below is except from the site, "Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can - and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys."

Jamie Oliver - Nugget experiment epic failure



From the show Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. Jamie Oliver attempts and fails miserably in trying to convince a group of American kids that consuming processed chicken nuggets are bad.

Noel Bairey Merz: The single biggest health threat women face



Surprising, but true: More women now die of heart disease than men, yet cardiovascular research has long focused on men. Pioneering doctor C. Noel Bairey Merz shares what we know and don't know about women's heart health -- including the remarkably different symptoms women present during a heart attack (and why they're often missed).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

RUIN (awesome animated short film)



An awesome animated short film in a post-apocalyptic universe.

Brené Brown: Listening to shame



Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Note: This talk starts out really slow but gets much better about half way through.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kevin Allocca: Why videos go viral



Kevin Allocca is YouTube's trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral. (This is the first talk posted from an amazing TEDYouth event. Many others will come on line next month as part of our TED-Ed launch. We can't wait ...)

Shlomo Benartzi: Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow



It's easy to imagine saving money next week, but how about right now? Generally, we want to spend it. Economist Shlomo Benartzi says this is one of the biggest obstacles to saving enough for retirement, and asks: How do we turn this behavioral challenge into a behavioral solution?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Public Key Cryptography: Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange



Diffie-Hellman key exchange was one of the earliest practical implementations of key exchange within the field of cryptography. It relies on the discrete logarithm problem. This test clip will be part of the final chapter of Gambling with Secrets!

Stuxnet: Computer worm opens new era of warfare



Computer virus's evident success in damaging Iran's nuclear facility has officials asking if our own infrastructure is safe. Steve Kroft reports.

Avi Rubin - All Your Devices Can Be Hacked



Avi Rubin is Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute. Avi's primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. Avi is credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines. In 2006 he published a book on his experiences since this event.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Lucien Engelen: Crowdsource your health



You can use your smartphone to find a local ATM, but what if you need a defibrillator? At TEDxMaastricht, Lucien Engelen shows us online innovations that are changing the way we save lives, including a crowdsourced map of local defibrillators.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future



Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I'm not saying we don't have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down."

Paul Conneally: Digital humanitarianism



The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts. At TEDxRC2, Paul Conneally shows extraordinary examples of social media and other new technologies becoming central to humanitarian aid.

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing



2012 may be the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology finally becomes accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni gives a useful introduction to this fascinating way of making things -- including intricate objects once impossible to create.

Jenna McCarthy: What you don't know about marriage



A casual talk from TEDx, writer Jenna McCarthy shares surprising research on how marriages (especially happy marriages) really work. One tip: Do not try to win an Oscar for best actress.

Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge

Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge from The Long Now Foundation on FORA.tv As founder and librarian of the storied Internet Archive (deemed impossible by all when he started it in 1996), Brewster Kahle has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time, ever improving.

Monday, March 05, 2012

A Story for Tomorrow (video)



Questions from the video, "is it possible to be happy with this life?", "did you enjoy your story?".

Thursday, February 02, 2012

AT&T Archives: Robot, by Jim Henson


From YouTube: "Jim Henson made this film in 1963 for The Bell System. Specifically, it was made for an elite seminar given for business owners, on the then-brand-new topic — Data Communications. The seminar itself involved a lot of films and multimedia presentations, and took place in Chicago. A lengthy description of the planning of the Bell Data Communications Seminar — sans a mention of the Henson involvement — is on the blog of Inpro co-founder Jack Byrne. It later was renamed the Bell Business Communications Seminar."

Kevin Kelly: The Future of the Digital Media Landscape



From Fora.TV: "Kevin Kelly has been a participant in, and reporter on, the information technology revolution for the past 20 years. His books include the best-selling work on the networked economy, New Rules for the New Economy, and the classic volume on decentralized emergent systems, Out of Control. His most recent book, What Technology Wants, lays out a provocative view of technology as an autonomous force in the world. Kelly helped launch WIRED in 1993 and served as executive editor for six years, during which the magazine twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He currently holds the title of Senior Maverick at WIRED and is the publisher and editor of the Cool Tools website. From 1984 to 1990, Kelly was the publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review. He also helped launch the WELL, a pioneering online service, in 1985 and co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, Harpers, Science, GQ, and Esquire."

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mikko Hypponen: Three types of online attack



Cybercrime expert Mikko Hypponen talks us through three types of online attack on our privacy and data -- and only two are considered crimes.

Defend our freedom to share (or why SOPA is a bad idea)



What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Best of CES Awards 2012

CNET once again presents the official awards program of CES. The awards recognize the best products at the show, including a Best of Show award and a People's Voice award, as voted by the CNET audience. (Source)

Dirt Bike Riding Snow-Covered Mountain Tops



Riding Grand Junction, Colorado's snow-covered mountain tops.

Infographic: Geeks vs. Nerds

In the ongoing battle between geek and nerd, one must take sides, but how can this be done without a solid argument for both personas? We here at Masters In IT (a mix of nerds and geeks) decided that it's time to lay all the cards on the table to determine which is better and answer the question some fear to know: Are you a geek, or a nerd? (Source)

Geeks vs Nerds

Sheena Iyengar: How to make choosing easier (Avoiding Choice Overload)



We all want customized experiences and products -- but when faced with 700 options, consumers freeze up. With fascinating new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses (and others) can improve the experience of choosing. (Source)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

LaGreca, O'Neill, Suskind: The Rise and Fall of Wall St.




"Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Paul O’Neill, the famously candid Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush and a 2008 adviser to Barack Obama, and Jesse LaGreca (blogger and writer for Daily Kos and Occupy Wall Street activist) meet for a high-voltage conversation about the rise, fall and bailout of Wall Street, the perils of speaking truth to power, and the tough choices ahead for America." (Source)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Great Moments Of 2011


A compilation of clips from 2011

The Day The LOLcats Died - #SOPA #PIPA Protest Song


SOPA and PIPA are two examples of recent legislation that is lethal to the internet as we know it. The internet rose up and is on its way to successfully fighting them off, but we need to stay vigilant.

The only way to prevent legislation like this from being passed in the future is to call your Congressmen and tell them. Make it clear that you don't support SOPA, you don't support PIPA, and that you won't support future legislation that damages the stability of the internet.

For more information, visit:

Samsung's Smart Window (CES 2012)


Check out the "Smart Window" technology at the Samsung booth at CES 2012.

Digital Carpet - Interactive Digital Signage


I really like the idea of "Digital Carpet" as a user interface. This video is two years old, and I am surprised the concept has not taken off. I can really see a million applications for this technology, especially for children's learning and game software.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fotoshop by Adobé (Funny Fake Commercial)



This commercial isn't real, neither are society's standards of beauty.

Why Some Women Stay Single



Does YOUR cat act suspiciously when Valentine's Day comes around?

Mieders Alpine Coaster (with no brakes!!)



This is a single-pipe alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria. You reach the summit via a cablecar and then sit on a small car with a brake lever and off you go.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Cat Plays Fruit Ninja on iPad

How Tower Crane Are Setup



Tower Crane always seem to be part of almost any metropolitan cityscape that I have been too. These cranes are a critical tool in the construction of modern skyscrapers. Although for years I wondered how they were setup. I answered my own question by spending a few minutes to do a YouTube search.

30-story building built in 15 days*** Construction time lapse



From the YouTube Description:" What can you accomplish in 360 hours?

The Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has yet attempted another impossible feat, building a 30-story tall hotel prototype in 360 hours, after building a 15-story building in a week earlier in 2011.

You may ask why in a hurry, and is it safe? The statistics in the video can put you in good faith. Prefabricated modular buildings has many advantages over conventional buildings.

Higher precision in fabrication (+/- 0.2mm).
More coordinated on-site construction management.
Shorter construction time span.
Lower construction waste.
Also many other health and energy features are included in Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB)

The building was built over last Christmas time and finished before New Years Eve of 2012."

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Taking Out GE's Trash



Deals with overcoming the challenges of converting trash from a waste stream back into reusable materials.