Brass Knuckle Soap Allows You To Punch Up a Good Lather

via Gizmodo by Sean Fallon on 5/15/09

Molded like brass knuckles, this soap is perfect for punching away the memories of the night before, purifying your body and spirit with a mixture of soap and pain.

[SPYE via Likecool]

A Girl Getting Transformed (NSFW)

via Gizmodo by matt buchanan on 5/15/09

‘Cause once you go ‘bot, you never go back. The rest of this definitely NSFW Shogun Warrior photoshoot from a 1977 issue of Gallery magazine is over at io9. NSFW:


Wolfram Alpha Fail Is Appropriately Nerdy

via Gizmodo by Dan Nosowitz on 5/16/09

Wolfram Alpha, the dorktastic computational search engine, got off to a bit of a rocky start when it launched last night. At least its first fail message had the foresight to include a HAL reference.

As it’s an alpha, we’re not too bothered that it’s run into some overload problems. Hey, at least people are using it, right? But be warned, Wolfie: A pithy error message can only charm us for so long.

[via Twitter]

Our Favorite Lifehacker Posts of the Week

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 5/14/09

This week Lifehacker makes ICE CREAM, gets cheap with laptop stands and decorates their desktops like a popular television show.

Remainders – Things We Didn’t Post

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 5/14/09

Here’s the stuff that we didn’t post today. (Until now, obviously.)

• The Pentagon’s planning to research telepathic communications for soldiers on the battlefield by way of allotting $4 million to the cause. Not that we don’t think it’ll work eventually, but this seems quite far out. As in decades. [Wired]

• Here are some iPhone concept photos that are “unibody”. Isn’t the iPhone close enough to unibody already? Or is it unibody? In either case, we don’t care. [Business Insider]

• Here are some budget, environmentally friendly displays for Hong Kong. Why do we not care? It’s for Hong Kong. It’s budget. And it’s environmentally friendly. [Engadget]

• Someone made a recycled cardboard cover for a Sony laptop. Really. SOMEONE DID THIS. [Unpluggd]

• Best Buy put up a landing page for the Pre. Wowiewowwowwow. Is this going to make the Pre launch any sooner? [Treonauts]

• Swarovski encrusted Xbox 360 microphones. We post some ridiculous stuff for rich people, but we have to draw the line somewhere. Nobody should buy this.

[Born Rich]

CVS Beverage Prices: Only Off By $997 Or So

via Consumerist by Laura Northrup on 5/14/09

A few weeks apart, in different stores, readers Spencer and Sean spotted the same error on CVS shelf tags. Printing error? Zoned-out employees? Maybe our assumptions are all wrong, and it’s an innovative new pricing strategy.

The same error showed up on bottles of bottled Starbucks Frappucinos and Diet Orange Crush.



So, what’d you get?

via Engadget by Joshua Topolsky on 12/25/08

We hope that when you awoke today and made your bleary-eyed trip to the tree, you ended up unwrapping some of the fine, fine gadgets that we’re always showing off. Sure, you’re happy to be spending time with your family, and you’re just enjoying the season of giving for it’s totally non-commercial, traditional reasons — but we’d like to know if you made out like a bandit or not. Tell us what you did (or didn’t) get in the comments below, and one more time… enjoy those 50 kids freaking the hell out over getting a Wii.

When you’re done, check out what people got excited about in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

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60,000-Piece Lego Star Wars Hoth Diorama Features LEDs, Footprints

via Gizmodo by Jack Loftus on 12/21/08

Not only is this Lego Star Wars diorama of the ice world Hoth fun to look at, it’s got some gadgety goodness inside too. Oh, and footprints. Tons of tiny minifig footprints.

As the headline says, the 5′X10′ diorama is comprised of 60,000 Lego bricks. It cost creator Mark Borlase about $3,000 and four years of construction time to complete.

There’s also the 50 LED lights that illuminate the Echo Base hangar and bacta tank with a soothing blue. Motorized AT-AT wenches and a fully operational hanger door top off this gorgeous pile of eye candy.

And according to the block heads over at Brothers Brick the diorama also won the recent “Star Wars building challenge” and was featured in the official LEGO Magazine.

Impressive. Most impressive

[Flickr Set via Brothers Brick]

A Watch Made of E-Paper Can Be E-legant

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 12/17/08

French designer Julien Bergignat’s Tima Watch concept has an actual basis in reality, and is something you may actually wear to places more upscale than Red Lobster.

E-Ink watches have made it onto the market in one form or another, but they’re still not as good looking as this render from 2006. You get a digital representation of an analog face (neat) as well as a digital representation of a digital face. If this ever made it to market, we’d buy this for upwards of $200.

[Julien Bergignat via Fubiz via Dvice]

Book review: The Philosophy of Space and Time

It took me a few months to finally read this book, but it was well worth it. I have been reading it prior to sleep as it was so full of information that it was difficult to read more than ten pages without taking a break to think about all of the new ideas. Furthermore, the information was presented in such an accessible manner that even those who are not specialists in relativity, topology or physics can appreciate the message.

I selected this book because I figured the topic was far away from electrical engineering that it could give a new perspective on understanding what is implied by measuring time and distance. Sure enough, this book provided many insights into the nature of our universe through the relation of time and space measurement. I will avoid summarizing the book, however, I will mention that it would be a pleasant read for those interested in non-Eucledian coordinates and the effects of gravitational fields. The book is extremely well written and reads much like a lecture series where the audience does not need to be able to carry out all of the steps of each operation, but acquires a taste for the process and a deeper appreceation. From the point of view of technical written English, this was one of the most understandable books on a physical subject that I have read in some time.