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Friday, July 13, 2007

The Week in Geek

posted by on July 13 at 14:19 PM

The Week in Geek - Now iPhone free! (though partially written and researched on an iPhone)


Nabaztag/tag is the most cumbersomely-named robotic internet rabbit to ever sport an internal microphone and RFID reader. It’s freaking me out, and yet I can’t look away. “Hey! Someone has told me that that they are thinking of YOU!” Maybe that someone would like to buy me a $189 freakout rabbit? $189?!?

“Mileage Runners” game the system to score tons of frequent flier miles - “Mileage Running isn’t good for the planet.” That’s true. But neither is not mileage running, so you’re pretty much fine/screwed either way. I say go for it.

Pocket Rocket!

Pocket Rocket!

Pocket Rocket!

Socket Pocket!

I can see my mortality from here! - Man flies 193 miles in his lawn chair in Oregon, because he always wanted to jump on clouds.

CakeCubeBox360PS2 - Sorry, video game nerds, but this woman is now married. You missed your shot.

Happy Birthday, Computer Virus - It’s been 25 years since 9th grader Richard Skrenta wrote the first computer virus for his Apple II. Yay.

I know I said no iPhone, but fuck it. iPhone haters will love this anyway.

And finally, some perspective. You probably know that matter is mostly made up of empty space. The distance between your average atom’s nucleus and the cloud of electrons whizzing around it is vast, vast, vast relative to the size of its components. Vast. Some guy with a website was having trouble picturing this fact, so he made a web page to illustrate it. The page depicts a single hydrogen atom, with its single electron represented by a single pixel. The nucleus (a single proton) is 1000 pixels in diameter. The distance between them? 50,000,000 pixels. At the standards 72 pixels per inch, that’s 11 miles. Wow.

As the saying goes, “You ain’t shit.”

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Nice - I've been missing The Week In Geek, Anthony.

Hey, are you familiar with the openmoko project? It's like an iPhone but running on linux and completely Open Source.

I want it.

Posted by Gabriel | July 13, 2007 2:24 PM

Thanks Gabriel.

Yeah, I've seen OpenMoko. Looks pretty great, I'd love to see what it can do.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | July 13, 2007 2:35 PM

We had computer viruses before that.

My third computer was an Apple II.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 13, 2007 2:36 PM

Here is another way to deduce "you ain't shit".

Posted by Tiffany | July 13, 2007 2:37 PM

man, i could watch "will it blend?" all day!!!!

Posted by Scottie | July 13, 2007 2:59 PM




holy fucking cute!

Posted by kevin jones | July 13, 2007 3:20 PM

The pixel thing is really cool. But shhhh, don't let anyone at What The Bleep?!! hear about it!... They will put it in their next Ramtha-funded pretend-science movie.

Posted by Katelyn | July 13, 2007 4:04 PM
Posted by Stephanie | July 13, 2007 4:33 PM

The proton looks suspiciously like published photos of the planet Neptune.

Posted by Big Sven | July 15, 2007 6:30 PM

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