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28 Dec 2010 22:54


Tech: Nerds devise crazy way to make computers insanely fast

  • [Field Programmable Gate Arrays] are not used within standard computers because they are fairly difficult to program but their processing power is huge while their energy consumption is very small because they are so much quicker – so they are also a greener option.
  • University of Glagsow researcher Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede • On the amazing technological discovery he and a team have discovered – a method of creating computer chips that runs 20 times faster than modern computers, and can fit 1,000 cores (rather than one or two) on a single processor. Basically if this actually gets on a real consumer-purchasable computer in the next few years, Moore’s Law will be matched – and then some. The programming issue is kind of a big deal – if they can figure out a way to make these mega-processors convenient to program, it could be a huge deal and a major computing breakthrough. source

20 Sep 2010 09:44


Culture: “My Generation” may be fake, but its iPad app is pretty real

  • While we admit to being disappointed that the plot to this ABC series isn’t actually a documentary where a bunch of kids were followed and retraced a decade later, we will admit that this is pretty cool. This iPad app can detect audio from the episode and provide cues from within the app. We live in the future, guys. Kinda. source

14 Sep 2010 11:14


Tech: 3D printing looks kinda like the wave of the future

Could 3D printing replace manual labor for manufacturing? Well, it’s off to a good start. This architectural model was printed using a 3D printer. source

06 Aug 2010 12:55


Culture: Pop quiz: What year was this photo taken? Take a guess.

  • The winner gets a PBR the next time we see them in person. We can afford it. They cost what, 65 cents in Portland? (Hat tip Charles Apple and others) source

26 Jun 2010 11:18


Tech: Blendtec ups the “Will it Blend” production values for the iPhone 4

  • The phone took a lot longer to blend this time. Sensing an opportunity to jump on the Gizmodo drama, Blendtec’s popular “Will it Blend” series added a little bit of a plot to its iPhone blending fun. One thing that’s clear from the clip – the iPhone screen is much tougher than the last few have been, because it actually holds up for a few seconds before turning into mush. Also, the “Blend My Phone” contest is freaking brilliant.

23 Jun 2010 21:52


Offbeat: Dear Onion: Your avant-garde Obama story is one of your greatest

Weekly Address: Jobs Creation from White House Weekly Address on Vimeo.

  • For people who think that avant garde music and film is completely stupid, The Onion agrees with you. They agree with you so much, in fact, that they created this spot-on parody of the avant-garde movement, using Obama’s weekly video addresses as a vector. It’s the funniest non-good-timing thing they’ve done in a while. source

20 Jun 2010 11:48


Offbeat: Three words: Tap-dancing duck. (Tap-dancing duck?!?!?)

  • This duck could totally make a routine out of this. Give him some bread and he’ll go all Fred Astaire on you. He should use his skills to speak out for his oil-soaked brethren in the Gulf Coast. Just sayin’.

19 Jun 2010 10:08


Music: Devo’s listening parties: Much more feline than yours

  • We’re sure the “I Can Has Cheezbuger” folks love this. To celebrate the band’s release of its first album in about 20 years (years which have been spent, among other things, in “Rugrats” purgatory), the band had a listening party. In a room full of cats. Seems pretty awesome, right? (Hat tip Laughing Squid) source

12 Jun 2010 17:59


Tech: ESPN says screw it, just throws iPads and Xbox 360 games on air

Despite being owned by Disney, one of the more uptight media companies in the world, ESPN apparently thinks like a startup. Which is cool. source

10 Jun 2010 11:23


Offbeat: Japanese students get bored, recreate Mario in classrooms

  • Protip: If you want us to post a video of something you’ve done, just add Mario. It’s like an instant draw for some stupid reason.