Archive for May, 2010

Foxconn, A Company In China, Asks Its Employees Not To Kill Themselves

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Foxconn, China, Company, Suicide

Foxconn employees mourn after another coworker jumps to his death.

A factory in southern China that assembles Apple products, including iPads and iPhones, is pleading with its employees. The Foxconn plant in Shenzen, China, isn’t trying to avoid a strike or sit in, instead it’s trying to convince workers to stop jumping off the building.

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Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time with Finn and Jake Brings Together The Best Of All Things Geeky

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Cartoon shows hardly ever come in such a neat little package of dorky, non-sensical humor. In Adventure Time, Jake the super-malleable dog and Finn the human do battle with an onslaught of silly villains in an adventure video game-like world. (more…)

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Robot Monday: Boston Dynamic’s PETMAN Prototype

Monday, May 31st, 2010

In ten years, The Giant iPad That Rules The World will send this robot back in time to kill the young Cory Doctorow. We guarantee it.

Video: PETMAN Prototype by Boston Dynamics:

Biped robot that balances dynamically using a human-like walking motion. It is a close relative to BigDog, sharing elements of the mechanical design and control.

Check out the aforementioned and terrifying “BigDog” robot here.

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Pomplamoose Takes Another Poke At Big Music

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Pomplamoose, a California duet with a houseful of instruments, a video camera, and some really sick editing skills, popped out another of their catchy, free videosongs this week.

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T-Mobile To Release The Next Garminfone

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

T-Mobile is set to release the new Garminfone, which is supposed to make up for AT&T’s failed attempt at the same idea. This phone, similar to other new devices, comes equipped with all of the necessary features. The new version, however, also has walking capabilities that allow people to navigate outside of their vehicles.

Other Android-based phones such as the T-Mobile MyTouch, BlackBerry phones, and G1 also include GPS navigation, but it eats up battery life. The new Garminfone functions as an actual GPS and can be mounted onto a windshield and attached to an adapter. With real-time traffic, gas prices, and weather updates, it makes traveling easier. New traveler apps such as flight status and “Where am I?” will be available to enhance to phone’s features.

The phone is set to release on June 9 for $199 with a two-year contract.

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Cold Steel’s Great Sword Video: Nine Minutes That Will Scar You And Your Meat-Filled Boots For Life

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


Warning: If you are offended by exploding pig carcasses, fat men with big swords, or boots full of meat, do not watch the video.

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NASA’s Future Airplanes

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


NASA released concepts for a future generation of passenger aircraft earlier this month. Most of the designs hardly look ripped from the pages of sci-fi (or even GI Joe), but NASA says it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Thanks to new materials and technology, these aircrafts would be quieter, faster, more comfortable and, above all else, “greener,” NASA says.

These designs could become reality between 2030 and 2035. These are the possibilities:


The “double bubble” D8 Series is a concept from a team at MIT. Its low, sweeping wings and wide fuselage create better lift and make the plane far more fuel efficient than today’s models.

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Fan Art for a good cause: LiveJournal community raises over $115,000 for UNICEF’s Haiti relief

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Fan works often get a bad rap. By fan works, I don’t mean the 70 sketches of Maijin Vegeta you did in seventh grade or that best Legolas AU ever.

Lots of talented undiscovered artists and writers create images and fictions online based on a book, a comic series, a television show, a movie franchise, etc. they love (like the impressive LOST fan artwork above).

The Help_Haiti LiveJournal community tapped into this fandom phenomenon in the most philanthropic way possible. Through this community, artists auction off fan works in several formats, including writing, artwork, and user icons. All of the proceeds go directly to UNICEF.

Help_Haiti also hosted what they call “lightning rounds,” where artists offer to draw or write a work for a set price and bidders pay for each author to deliver fan work within the same day.

According to their site, Help_Haiti has raised over $76,000 on fan works alone, bringing their running total to $115,000. So take that G.R.R.M.!

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Three Hundred Miles to Bust: Handshake Takes On Pai Gow

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Here’s something to file under “do as I say, not as I do”: Don’t drive 300 miles to play Pai Gow at a Connecticut casino without first understanding at least the basics of the game.

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“Avatar Days: Online Roleplaying in Dublin” a new documentary short by Piranha Bar

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Piranha Bar, a Dublin-based post-production and animation boutique recently posted this short documentary. From the film’s description on Vimeo: (more…)

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