Saturday, July 30, 2011

Street legal dodgems

Tom Wright rescued some vintage bumper car bodies from the Long Beach Pike amusement park and after experimenting with two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines he built seven of these amazing street legal cars based on four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750 engines. Top speed 250 K/h!

See more on What Do You Do With Old Bumper Cars?

System Administrator Appreciation Day

Computer users should appreciate System Administrators every day, but today is a special day for really appreciating the System Administrators in your life.
Friday, July 29, 2011, is the 12th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication. (All day Friday, 24 hours, your own local time-zone).
Let's face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It's the least you could do.
Consider all the daunting tasks and long hours (weekends too.) Let's be honest, sometimes we don't know our System Administrators as well as they know us. Remember this is one day to recognize your System Administrator for their workplace contributions and to promote professional excellence. Thank them for all the things they do for you and your business. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Fast robot hand

I am amazed at what the robot hand in this video can do and how fast it can do it. I can't even do some of those things with only three fingers.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Indoor Synchronized Skydiving

Spotted on Laughing Squid is this incredible video of a 4-way skydive dance routine at the opening of the Prague Skydive Arena .

Using 4 high efficiency vertical axial fans, the air in the flying chamber reaches speeds over 200 km/h. This video shows some of the technology involved.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Final shuttle launch today

In just under 4 hours the Final Mission of the Space Shuttle STS-135 will launch. You can follow it live on the Nasa website.

As a child, I remember waiting up really, really late to watch one of the first shuttle launches (STS-2) only to have it delayed.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nexus Contraptions

To promote the new Android Nexus S phones, Google have released an addictive contraption game where you bounce, bubble and blast Google apps into the phone.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Smart lighting

NXP Semiconductors has developed wifi technology for lightbulbs allowing them to be controlled from any internet connected device.

As seen on Springwise.

After seeing one of the MuzGadget bro's remote controlled light switch, I had ideas about smart lighting similar to this about 10 years ago, but without the electronics and engineering skills I was unable to do anything about it.