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[26 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Life Is Ruthless

Is there an intelligent designer? If so then they are surely a mad and cruel scientist. Observe the parasite “Cymothoa exigua” [LINK]. Here’s is an animal, a parasite, that attaches to a fish’s tongue. Once attached it cuts off the blood to the tongue which eventually falls off. It then happily lives in its unfortunate hosts’ mouth. I assume its incredibly painful for the host fish who is powerless to get rid of it.
Or how about “Sacculina”, the mind-control barnacle? [LINK]
“Upon finding a host crab, a female Sacculina will crawl …

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[29 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
What Can The Big Mess o’ Wires Teach Us About Software?

Steve Chamberlain [LINK] has achieved the ultimate in home-brew electronics: Creating his own CPU from basic logic chips. Absolutely amazing. The photos alone are a thing of beauty but to know this thing actually works is incredible.
From Steve’s site:
“Big Mess o’ Wires 1 is an original CPU design. It does not use any commercial CPU, but instead has a custom CPU constructed from dozens of simple logic chips. Around this foundation is built a full computer with support for a keyboard, sound, video, and external peripherals.
My original goals were:

Build the …

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[10 May 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Vibram FiveFingers: Sprint-Male

There’s more to Running than meets the eye. Just as some folks enjoy Trail Running, Cross Country, Long Distance and so on, there is a school of runners who enjoy running barefoot.
I guess some folks really do run barefoot but if you’re not sure or don’t have the feet for it you can always grab a pair of “Vibram Five Fingers” shown here.
These are probably the strangest looking things I’ve seen, like gloves for your feet. I guess that makes traditional sneakers more like mittens for your feet. …

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[3 Apr 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
The Turbo Encabulator

For a number of years now work has been proceeding in order to bring to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo encabulator.
Now basically, the only new principle involved is that instead of power being generated by the relative motions of conductors and fluxes, it is produced by the modial interaction of magnetoreluctance and capacitive directance.
The original machine had a …

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[27 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Speedcabling

As strange as Chess Boxing [LINK] but far more nerdy, Speedcabling is a competitive sport in which contestants race to unravel a bundle of network cables/wires.
Speedcabling is performed with short, medium, and long cables. In the United States, where the sport originated, these cables are of length 7, 14, and 21 feet. International speedcabling competitions utilize 2, 3, and 7 meter cables.
“There are two events that are typically conducted. In 2-2-2 competition, the contestant’s set consists of two of each cable. In 4-4-4 competition there are four of each type …

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[23 Mar 2009 | One Comment | ]
Who’ll Watch the Watchmen?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Not ME! Watchmen came out some weeks back now and I have to say I thought it was terrible. Really indulgent predictable nonsense with little character development, transparent plot and terrible acting.
I am not hugely into comics but there are a couple I’ve happened across in my time that I think would’ve made FAR more interesting movies than Watchmen. Most are from 2000AD.
Strontium Dog, Portrait of a Mutant: Johnny Alpha is a mutant bounty hunter, a result of strontium-90 radiation poisoning. He has no …

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[18 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]
Chess Boxing

What do you get when you combine physical fitness, aggression, strength with strategy, mental dexterity and logic? Answer: Chess boxing.
I kid you not. Yes chess boxing is real. The video below is not a spoof.
“A match between two opponents consists of up to eleven alternating rounds of boxing and chess sessions, starting with a four-minute chess round followed by two minutes of boxing and so on. Between rounds there is a one minute pause, during which competitors change their gear. The form of chess played is speed chess in …

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[27 Feb 2009 | 8 Comments | ]
The NEO Cube

The NEO Cube is a set of 216 high powered spherical magnets. cubed root of 216 is 6 so can make a six sided cube.
“The NeoCube is an entertainment device like no other in the world.
Composed of 216 individual high-energy rare-earth magnets, the NeoCube allows you to create and recreate an outrageous number of shapes and patterns. The NeoCube Is literally a puzzle with billions of solutions. Your NeoCube will provide you with hours and hours of unequaled entertainment!”
Order it here [LINK]

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[26 Feb 2009 | 7 Comments | ]
Can You Stand Up, Using Just One Leg?

Following on John Gill’s amazing strength, reminded me of a party trick I can do. It’s a combination of strength and balance.
Sit flat on the floor with your legs in front of you. Using only one leg and without putting your hands on the floor, put your foot on the floor and stand up. The only part of your leg that can touch the floor is your foot. You can’t go onto a knee or anything like that and you can’t pull yourself up using your hands.
Give it a …

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[20 Feb 2009 | No Comment | ]
climbing : John Gill on Training

I came across this picture of climber John Gill doing a one armed “front lever”. You can read the article here [John Gill on Training].
Turns out John is a mathematician, professor and gymnast also! Interesting guy. What’s even more interesting are the strength exercises he was capable of. From Wikipedia:
“As an amateur gymnast in the 1950s, 6’2″ and 180 pounds, Gill specialized in the competitive rope climb and the still rings, achieving a time of 3.4 seconds for the 20′ rope climb (from seated position on the floor, arms only) …