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Tokyoflash Rogue

I am having a hard time not buying this watch. It's such a throwback to TRON--I love it.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:36

Cellphone-Linked GPS Shares Data

I've been waiting for this for about 15 years, and it's finally here: a GPS unit that shares car data over the air to warn people of speed traps and other issues, and intelligently uses the data to re-route the driver. Outstanding. Can't wait to see how this works in real life.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:26

Eye in the Sky

An inexpensive hovering camera platform. Cool!

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:24

Heated Seats vs. Conception

Trying to start a family? Turn those heated seats off.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:20

RIP, Phil Hill

The first and only American-born F1 world champion (and three-time Le Mans winner) Phil Hill has died at the age of 81. He was a model sportsman who made America proud, and he will be missed.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:19

The Downside of Light Cars

There's been a lot of back-and-forth between rich consumers who can afford larger, fuel-hungry vehicles and those who espouse the environmental benefits of lighter, more efficient cars. The major argument from the large-car crowd has been safety to the occupants. A recent report seems to bear this argument out, with claims about 15% higher for lighter cars. It's difficult to say how significant this is, and how it compares to the environmental and geopolitical impact of more oil consumption, but I'd hazard a guess and say that the argument is still on the side of the lighter cars. Still, it's good to have some data to discuss instead of just conjecture and emotion.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:18

$30 R/C Chopper

Man, I remember when these things were incredibly expensive. Now, a 3-channel helicopter for $30? A great gift idea for the young tinkerer in your family.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:14

How The I-Bankers Lost It All

I honestly don't understand all the details of how super-senior debt led to massive losses at leading investment banks, but the overall tone is clear: greed, stupidity, and hubris. Nice work. Let's hope these losses can be written down slowly and quietly, lest a more severe financial crisis erupt. It's of course too much to hope that the fools responsible for this disaster be held to account.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:12

Philippe Kahn Sets Transpac Record

The CEO from my last start-up just set a new trans-Pacific sailing record in a two-man boat with fellow seaman Richard Clarke. The trip took just under eight days, smashing the old record, surviving swarms of panicked fish, and beating a field of competitors that included larger boats with bigger crews. Congrats, Philippe.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:09

On Fairness

There's been a lot of talk recently about fairness--international affairs, the workplace, and so forth--so I found it interesting that the concept of fairness may not be cultural, but hard-wired into our human brains.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:04

Clean Energy, The Grid, and Innovation

One of the misconceptions that clean energy advocates have is that wind and solar power can simply replace coal and nuclear as our sources of electrical power. The problem is that the current systems can be throttled up or down depending on how much energy is needed by consumers. This is much harder to do on a distributed basis. Worse, some of the best places to harness wind and solar energy are far away from population centers, and our current power transmission grid is woefully inadequate to this task and will require many billions of dollars to fix.

However, some recent innovations may help. An MIT research team is breaking ground on energy storage on a household level. Currently when you generate surplus electricity, it goes back onto the grid. In turn, the energy companies throttle down their production levels--because the grid cannot store energy for significant periods of time. Worse, the throttling process is complicated and expensive. If energy could be stored at the household level it would be more efficient, less expensive, and ultimately cleaner--and free the consumer from the power grid altogether.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 16:02

Italian Motorbike Ballet


Great Italian Motorbike Display - video powered by Metacafe

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 15:43

You Sank My Destroyer!

I can't embed this one, so you'll have to go to the Gizmodo site to see the video of a destroyer being...well, destroyed by a single torpedo strike. Scary.

by Christopher Heiser on August 29 15:38
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