Archive for March, 2010

Dog eats police car

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Nom nom nom.

From Chattanoogan.com’s YouTube feed: “A Chattanooga Police officer, while running radar at 1410 Workman Road on Sunday night, had his patrol car attacked by a ferocious bulldog.

Officer Clayton Holmes said he had stopped to work on a report when he felt his car shaking. He got out to investigate and what he found was a bulldog chewing on his patrol car.

The dog chewed two tires and the entire front bumper off of the car.”

Winston the Bulldog vs Patrol Car

(Thanks, Mary!)


Esslack Food Spray

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…not just for tomato fights anymore. Nom nom nom?

Esslack Food Spray, the Deli Garage(Germany), you can now stain your tomatoes, pretzels, and whateve..(more…)

Binder clips as cable organizers

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Everyday Genius!

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Super Freakonomics | Ottawa Public Library | BiblioCommons

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A few chapters of this book were more interesting to me than others. “Why suicide bombers should buy life insurance” was a great chapter discussing health care and insurance. There is a good discussion of the difficulties of measuring a doctor’s skill (around page 106).

For example: If a doctor knows their performance (and/or pay) is measured on a patient’s outcome (an indirect outcome on which they have influence though little control), they may choose to turn down high-risk patients or those not likely to comply with doctor’s orders.

There’s a nice reminder of economist vocab too: positive and negative externality.

  • Negative externality ==> When your neighbour uses “The Club” to protect their car then yours may look like a better target to a thief.
  • Positive externality ==> When your neighbour installs a hidden “LoJack” tracker to protect their car. Their car may still be stolen, but there’s a far higher chance the thief will be caught and car recovered.



Link:Super Freakonomics | Ottawa Public Library.

Future of Publishing video will amuse and delight

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Marketing done right.

Here’s an adorable, tricky and clever video on the future of publishing, courtesy of the Penguin folks, who produced it for an internal presentation and then released it into the wild after everyone loved it. Be sure to watch to at least halfway, when the clever gets visible.

The Future of Publishing – created by DK (UK)

(Thanks, Miguel!)

Social Mention wins Myspace Developer Challenge

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www.socialmention.com is a useful tool for trend analysis.

This is great news.  Jon Cianciullo has done it again.  His app Social Mention has just won the prize for "Most innovative use of the Open Search API" at the Myspace Developer Challenge.

Social Mention is a social media search and analysis platform that aggregates user generated content into a single stream of information. It allows users to track and measure what people are saying about a topic across the web’s social media landscape in real-time. Social Mention integrates with the MySpace Open Search API to provide photo and video results to be analyzed in its social media search results, emails alerts, and RSS feeds.

The prize is a nice $10K.  Way to go Jon! 

Here is the link to the story.

SciArt

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Check out the flickr photostream of Michael Paukner. He’s a graphic designer who makes a lot of art out of science, including the picture above.

Widespread support for toilets that separate crap from urine

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A note on what’s to come:

People in seven European countries have expressed willingness to try “NoMix” toilets that keep crap and urine separate, allowing for more efficient waste processing and less seepage of urine-borne pharmaceuticals into the water supply. The study was conducted with 2700 people in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, with 80 percent supporting the toilets. Even higher numbers were willing to use urine as fertilizer.

The article doesn’t discuss infrastructural issues, though: would you need a second black-water sewer for the yellow gold?

NoMix toilets get thumbs-up in 7 European countries


A Gorgeous Example of "Reverse Graffiti" in Durban, South Africa

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Nice Street Art. I wonder how long it lasts?

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To see more photos and to learn more about the full piece, click here.

Awesome 60S Camper

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This will give Airstream a run for their money, right?

Cool!

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