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Adoring old synths as I do (albeit, sadly, from afar), my eye was naturally caught by mention of the Cynthia Macintosh, a Mac mini mind melded with a suitably designed LCD panel and software. It doesn't exist yet, however, but when it does, I'm going to have to find a way of playing around with one.. wonder if there's such a thing as a cheap 15" touchscreen LCD? (Or a panel to overlay on an existing display) Making a tablet out of an old PowerBook could be a fun little project.

From the gallows humor department: Volkswagen's "Car for almost all occasions" TV ad. (2.6MB QuickTime)

If you had a paid account when the colo's lights went out, wander along thisaway to claim a fortnight's extension by way of salve for the soul unjournaled. Speaking of which.. as found by sockscatt, one of the first in probably many tribute images. ^_^

ysengrin pointed out some fascinating work over at Cornell, where a polystyrene-like polymer's been produced, based on the oxide of limonene (the primary oil found in citrus peel) and carbon dioxide. As the article notes, virtually every polymer currently in existence has a petroleum origin.

Who knew Bill Gates had such desire to be a teen heartthrob in 1983? (BTW, if you noticed, those links make use of a public distributed caching system. Just add .nyud.net:8090 as shown, and providing a copy's in the system before any slashdotting occurs, the link's safe from being overloaded.

Not the greatest photos ever taken, but still, these few scenes from a fish & vegetable market in Chalous, Iran, are a tiny glimpse into another culture.

Beer for the day has to be Titanic Brewery's Titanic Stout, a heavy stout along the lines of Sierra Nevada's - well, maybe it's more like North Coast Brewing's Old Rasputin's Imperial Stout, but considerably less sweet. More like a naked Young's Double Chocolate - all the flavor, but markedly drier.


I thought I'd offer the opening and closing sequences (11.1 and 10.6MB MPEG-4) of Paranoia Agent, as a musical indication of its nature. It's an intensely character-driven series, peeling away layers of people's personalities they'd far sooner keep reserved for themselves.

(Tucked away to conceal the links from spiders)


"People you think are normal.."
 
 
 
 
 
 
So now one's iPod can be both a music player and an air freshener. ^_^

Of course, if they can make rigid polymers too, then we could see them used in electronics casings, too. At that point, maybe the "do not eat iPod shuffle" warning (footnote 2) will be a requirement rather than a joke..

Then, when the electronics became obsolescent, the device could be ground up and reformed into McDonalds. Imagine the possibilities! The burgers and the packaging from the same source!
I noticed that too about the Ipod shuffle.
I haven't checked the UK price yet. (Kuma said that the 1GB one was on uk Amazon at a preorder price of 99UKP)

Though i see that the New Ipod Mini is more expensive in both Germany and the UK than the USA. For European furs it may be worth buying the shuffle from the USA, and you wont have to wait to Feb to get your paws on one.

I'm not sure if i like the fact that the usb connector is mounted on the case though, ie you plug the device straight into a usb, not that handy if you don't have front mounted usb ports.

Regarding bio-plastic, it worries me what we are going to make plastic out of when oil runs out. I'm not that worried about fuel, as I can see lots of possible sources of alternative fuels, but plastics...


Regarding edible packaging, there has been lots of patents using cornstarch, basically the same as those starch based replacements for polystrene beads that are so useless unless you do ebay! You can eat the burger, and then the clamshell the burger came in.

Which reminds me anyone come across the corn based CD's yet? I wonder if those are edible too :)