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Simple Waterpower for a Streamside Cabin August 28, 2010

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Paul from the Vancouver hackerpace has made a video of his little water turbine arrangement.  He hasn’t completed the regulation or charging arrangements, but it’s a nice start.

Seems like a lovely pre-retirement project.

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Octopus Imitates Poisonous Fish August 27, 2010

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BBC reports that Thaumoctopus mimicus has been spotted imitating the peacock or zebra sole, poisonous fish also found in the waters off Indonesia.  Our local Director of the Center for Applied biodiversity Informatics at the California Academy of Sciences suggests the clever little guy only has to be convincing for a second: "While the mimic octopus’s imitation of flatfish is far from perfect, it may be ‘good enough’ to fool predators where it lives… In the time it takes a predator to do a double take, the octopus may be able to get away," according to Dr. Healy Hamilton.

Click the photo for the BBC article, with a little video snippet of authentic octopus-imitating-flatfish action.

Exciting Innovation in 3D Printing August 22, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in 3D Printing, Awesome, Brilliant words, Publishing Tools, Toys.
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Tony Buser (http://tonybuser.com) has come up with a lovely idea for web-based (cloud-based?) 3D CAD design.  From his site: “I call it CloudSCAD – it’s OpenSCAD for the web.  It lets you write, share, mashup[sic], and customize parametric 3D models using the OpenSCAD scripting language all within the browser and doesn’t require anything to be installed locally.”  This idea has already caused a huge surge of interest in the geeky community which is interested in 3D printing and other methods of rapid prototyping.  Tony’s post got a very excited response form the rapid prototyping croup’s luminary oracles, including Forrest Higgs, Giles Bathgate, Erik de Bruijn and Nicholas C Lewis (who admitted to thinking along the same lines).  Everyone seemed to think this was a killer app in the making.

I only hope they are all right.

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Wandering Musicians in My Kitchen August 17, 2010

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My wife and I stood/sat next to a nice couple at the Grateful Dead show Saturday night and asked them over after the show (we live a few blocks from Golden Gate Park).  They and their two daughters kept us awake until 3AM, partly with charming diversions like this.

Dalektable August 17, 2010

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I suppose I need a new category for cakes, too.  This Dalek cake’s construction is blogged on Stacked Cakes.  You could probably copy it if you were just plain crazy.

I should point out to purists that they used styrofoam in the balls and part of the platform.  Unlike the Awesome Dragon Made of Cake.

Cheaters.

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Double Hearing August 13, 2010

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I really have to get a new tag category for things like this.  Then I would have somewhere to put this guy:

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Like maybe, “Mutants

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It Could be Much, Much Worse August 10, 2010

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This is a star-nosed mole.  Strictly speaking, this does not qualify as stuff I like, but it’s so interesting I can’t restrain myself.  Only God could have the temerity to let something like this into the world, only to die of shame.

Makes me feel much better about my nose.

Yum…cupcakes. August 4, 2010

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I like anything that can make Star Wars more palatable.