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Rather cool: Fabjectory will use a 3D printer to create a 5" or 7" real figurine of your SL avatar, for $75 or $99. The site does caution that some things can't be fabricated reliably, such as prim hair, glasses, and wings.

If you've got an OS X system, and an old computer sitting around capable of running a VNC client, ScreenRecycler lets those other systems appear as additional displays to the "main" computer. Looks like it's destined to be shareware or commercial, as the current beta's only good until the end of October.

Want to be a Cyberman? £295 buys you an 80s-era head, or £1795 for the whole enchilada. They also sell similarly authentic Daleks and TARDISeses.

And on that note, the Daily Star reports that negotiations may be underway for a Doctor Who movie.

This article on digital camera imaging struck me as very, very cool. Rather than using a large array of light-sensitive elements, as is the case in virtually all cameras now, this research unit has but a single pixel sensor, and an array of micromirrors. It doesn't scan the image, though - they're repositioned randomly thousands of times, and the image is reconstructed from that superimposed data. It's only a research tool for now, but the principle could be used to increase the resolution of cheaper light sensors.

When reading this story on Ars Technica, I first misread:
  • Malware: what it is and how to prevent it
  • MySpace kind of tries to safeguard young teens

  • MySpace: what it is and how to prevent it

which struck me as very civic-minded.

This year, 138 companies met the Human Rights Campaign's criteria for a 100% score on their Corporate Equality index, examining treatment of GLBT employees. Plenty of familiar names there, ironically including Coors.

Huh. Checking xe.com, I noticed the Yuan and the Rand were of almost identical value the other night.

It's Thriller, Jim, but not as we know it.

Well, that's a bit of a nuisance - looks like Mouse's replacement board has gone south too. :-P It's exhibiting the same PMU failure as the original one - turn it on, and there's no sign of life aside from the Caps Lock light working. It'd be possible to go through another board replacement, as they're not expensive, but it wouldn't really be worthwhile - most likely I'll just pull the 10GB drive and give that to Bunny, restoring that to full health, and probably just sell Mousey bits on eBay. (The AirPort card seems able to fetch a relatively silly amount, for one thing)

If your iPod needs feeding, this mix might be of help.

Rats! I've found four of the missing parts for Gulliver's ship, but can't locate the fifth..
I really want one of those 3D printers. The problem is the end product is quite fragile, more so with any bits sticking out. (Generally this would concern poses with limbs flung wide of the body, but thinking about what I've seen on SL, it's probably another appendage that will often become a problematic projection. :KD )

Seriously though. 25,000 bucks for a machine that can turn your CAD model into a real solid object in one day? That's awesome! You can even make molds instead, so you could cast your goal object in something stronger than the printer's build materials. It isn't at all practical for individuals, but people claim these machines will be at the desktop level in a few years. Then we'll have filesharing services for the printer models, some pirated from corporations, who get upset and sue little old ladies who whittle all their models out of wood and always have, etc. etc. :KD
Oh, absolutely! I wouldn't be at all surprised to see 3D printers in the home - if it's a matter of economies of scale, it'd first require some outfit like HP to make a real technology push and swallow some initial costs, to be recouped later on in consumables. I imagine "simple" devices like these wouldn't have nearly the degree of market penetration as inkjets have seen, but, if the cost were low enough, people might simply buy to try.

As the media's improved to permit more finely detailed structures to be fabricated, with more durable results, who knows? Just on a boringly practical level, it'd be pretty cool to be able to just make some screwdriver ad hoc, or replicate a door key.

It'd be fascinating to study the chemistry involved, and what kind of development the companies involved are pursuing, not to mention who's looking on with a view to launching into the home. Of course, once arbitrary molecules can be replicated too, then I could enjoy a Westvleteren Abt.12 or Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen any time.. but I suppose we're a little further away from that. =:)
Mmm, then we're getting into the realm of Star Trek replicators, which would be super-mega-fabtabulous awesome. Energy, into whatever you want? Well, there goes the market for...almost everything but foodstuffs (flavor will always be subjective) and unique handcrafted objects (though once one is sold and scanned...) Hmm...