in light of the recent swine flu crap i thought id post this 1976 PSA on getting the Swine Flu vaccine....
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
designer Arturo Alonso's fiberglass-reinforced aluminum over a powder-coated steel chassis, the Panamericana will apparently draw its power from Mercedes' own M-133-55 engine, the same 5.5-liter V8 underpinning the SLR McLaren's supercharged unit, albeit tuned to produce 370 horsepower.
fucking awesome design. channeling design cue's from the previous 300 gullwing sl
fucking awesome design. channeling design cue's from the previous 300 gullwing sl
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
from designer Alice Wang, badges made out of stainless steel with magnets on the back which can be attached to any garment.
on sale at Galleria Nina Lumer in Milan:
22-27 APRIL 2009
GALLERIA NINA LUMER
VIA BOTTA 8 20135 MILAN
more about Alice Wang's works here
Monday, April 20, 2009
im going to get one beleeeedat!
"In 1958, Honda, with the help of San Yang Motorcycle company of Taiwan, introduced the Super Cub motorbike. The two-wheeler saw immense popularity the world over, but Honda stopped selling the bike in The States in 1983. Super Cub and scooter fans can stop holding their breaths because the now independent San Yang Motorcycle has decided to introduce an updated version of the bike that they are calling Symba. With scooter sales in the US on the rise, the company felt that now was a perfect time to bring back this classic step-through designed bike. The Symba will hit the streets with its 100cc 4-stroke engine and 4-speed semi-automatic transmission in early May with a $2,598 price tag."
Sunday, April 19, 2009
BTW, THERE WILL BE NO MORE TUNA LEFT BY 2012!!
Tuna will be wiped out by 2012 unless overfishing is stopped, environmental groups have warned.
If current quotas are maintained, the breeding population of Atlantic bluefin tuna will have disappeared in three years, it is claimed.
The population can only be saved by a complete halt to fishing in May and June, when the fish swim to the Mediterranean to spawn, the WWF says.
The call comes as the two month tuna fishing season begins.
'Bluefin tuna is collapsing as we speak and yet the fishery will kick off for business as usual,' said Sergi Tudela, of WWF.
'It is absurd and inexcusable to open a fishing season when stocks of the target species are collapsing.'
Many of these boats use illegal spotter planes to track the tuna.
WWF said that the average size of mature tuna fish, which can weigh over half a ton, had more than halved since the 1990s.
This has had a large impact on the population since bigger fish produced many more offspring.
In November, EU members were among those who signed an agreement setting bluefin quotas.
The quotas were said by experts to be 47 per cent higher than recommended and were described as a disgrace.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
man i hate walking far, sometimes im just not up for it...this doodad will help me out.
the full write up from gizmodo is here
"Stemming directly from Asimo research, Honda's learned so much about how bipeds walk that they can now produce devices that react to human motion in real time to support the motion of walking, using just a few simple sensors each. The magic is in the processing software which was refined with Asimo.
The first one I strapped on, the Bodyweight Support Assist (the one with the saddle) reduces the load on the user's legs to help with physically demanding activities. This one was definitely a bit more cumbersome to wear, but aside from riding up your crotch a bit (it doesn't exert upward pressure, much to Mahoney's relief), the experience is pretty cool. The system operates using just two tread sensors in the soles of the sweet built-in Velcro sneakers and two lift sensors in the legs which register the upward motion of your stride, as well as the orientation. There is zero delay, and you never feel like the device is controlling your movement. It reacted instantly to my motions and enhanced everything I did, like an exoskeleton.
Mundane activities like walking up the stairs and crouching down suddenly became fun and much easier—the saddle provides anywhere from 6.5 to 18 pounds of support when you lean back in it, which isn't enough to sit down on, obviously, but it's certainly noticeable and makes crouching easier. Personally, I had a little issue navigating the stairs and nearly fell backwards, as you can see in the video. Apparently my feet were too small for the sneaker sensors to pick up properly, making the whole device jerk my legs around more than was expected on the stairs. But even Asimo takes a tumble now and then, so wearing his legs, it was only natural that I had a stumble at some point. But when the shoes fit, the experience is absolutely natural.
Second was The Stride Management Assist, which straps on like a belaying harness and weighs practically nothing. It regulates the person's stride and walking pace, making walking much easier for the elderly or disabled while still building up their own muscles. The device was by no means discreet looking, but frolicking around in it felt very natural—just better, as my movements were enhanced almost immediately. The robo hip-huggers definitely perked up my posture and made me move around more confidently, giving gentle support to my legs during all parts of my stride. Walking up and down stairs, you can feel the complex processing involved, with more support given on the way up than on the way down.
Both devices have a sleek look, which Honda hopes to refine even further as they reduce the weight. Battery life for each is around two hours on a single charge, which will also get better as batteries get lighter. Even though Honda's tested both devices in real-world scenarious—the Stride Management Assist in a hospital, and the Bodyweight Support Assist in one of their factories in Saitama, there is no timeline for actual retail availability, but Honda does intend to come up with a finished product for sale eventually.
Which means most people will have to go on dreaming of the cyborg life, but hopefully not for much longer."
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhuanet) -- Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.
The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China's fleet sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China's.
The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness befor the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.
China initiated its three-ship escort task force on Dec. 26 last year after the United Nations Security Council called on countries to patrol gulf and waters off Somalia, one of the world's busiest marine routes, where surging piracy endangered intercontinental shipping.
China's first fleet has escorted 206 vessels, including 29 foreign merchant vessels, and successfully rescued three foreign merchant ships from pirate attacks.
About 20 percent of Chinese merchant ships passing through the waters off Somalia were attacked by pirates from January to November in 2008, before the task force was deployed.
A total of seven ships, either owned by China or carrying Chinese cargo and crew, were hijacked.
Tianyu No. 8, a Chinese fishing vessel with 16 Chinese and eight foreign sailors aboard, was captured by Somali pirates on Nov. 14 and released in early February.
The second fleet of Chinese escort ships arrived at the Gulf of Aden on Monday to replace the first fleet.
(Xinhua and Cri contributed to the story)
read about it here
Monday, April 13, 2009
yep. here it is. made by those quirky taiwanese...
made by the Taiwanese company SEED for $242.
Atom N230 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB SATA hard drive, plus it's got four USB 2.0 port, ethernet.
get you one. no dont.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
"As divers, we all know what the effects of compressed gas are underwater. Our training teaches us that our lungs would burst from over-inflation if we held our breath and rose to the surface. This principle is key to the effectiveness of the WASP Injection System.
This weapon injects a freezing cold ball of compressed gas, approximately the size of a basketball, at 800psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world's largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas not only cause over-inflation during ascent when used underwater, but also freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea. When used underwater, the injected gas carries the predator to the surface BEFORE blood is released into the water. Thus giving the diver added protection by diverting other potential predators to the surface."
buy one here