Archive for May 2007

Brainjuice!

May 28, 2007

Wearing my badge of geekdom with pride, check out this awesome site. Gahd, never has a site find excite me so. Archives gold.

I heart Mother!

May 18, 2007

Celebrating Mother’s Day this year was pretty nice. Wish I found this earlier though, would’ve made it perfect. I’m not much of an impulse shopper, but the product video and testimonial really struck a chord in me.

“I haven’t felt this close to my son since we saw that movie Beaches,” says Agnes of Idaho.

I’m pretty sure this is THE gift that would make my mom weep with joy.

Shoerrific!

May 18, 2007

No seats left? This should come in handy during the rush hour commute…

Work on your abs, too, while you’re at it.

Snipped from the museum via dooce

Toast 2.0!

May 17, 2007

I’d be happy if my kitchen consisted of this nifty thing and a spoon… so pretty…
Great work, Mr. Fancypants!

Canine Acupuncture!

May 17, 2007


Inca, is it as painful as it looks?

(Post bull terrier-porcupine face off)

Pornolicious!

May 16, 2007

It comes with the bitter aftertaste called PopAds, at least for 40-year old Connecticut sub-teacher Julie Amero, who admits she’s not familiar with operating a computer. Facing a possible 4 decade sentence in the slammer, her case is an orgy of defense tech-savvy, sensationalism and judicial ignorance.

“Julie Amero, the Connecticut teacher found guilty exposing children to pornography after popups appeared on her school computer, will face sentencing this Friday, May 18th. Amero, who says that malware on the infected PC was responsible for the popups, could face up to 40 years in jail. Even if she receives no jail time, Amero will be labeled as a sex offender and unable to teach, and be stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. This case gained a lot of publicity earlier in the year, but as the prosecution has delayed sentencing three times, the story has fallen off the radar. The Amero case could have a chilling effect on efforts to get computer into classrooms if teachers are afraid of losing their careers (or freedom) over an infected PC.” Snipped from Boing2 + Link

Two things confound me, the length of sentence (40 years??!) and how long it is taking to set this poor woman free considering the other expert opinion that proves otherwise. Want to help?

I wonder if leaving out a girlie mag merits the same sentence…

Up for some yahoo courtroom drama?

UPDATE:  Amero’s getting a new trial after more forensic information, which the jury hadn’t heard of in the trial, has come to light.

¡Burbuja grande!

May 15, 2007

A gem from China: Beijing National Aquatics Centre. “The official swimming facility of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, will span 7.8 acres, house five pools, and seat 17,000 spectators, yet it doesn’t contain a single steel cable, concrete column or structural beam. Instead its walls and ceilings are composed of a network of slender steel pipes linked together by 12,000 load-bearing nodes. These nodes evenly distribute the weight of the building, making it strong enough to withstand Beijing’s most severe earthquakes. A plastic Teflon-like foil—just eight one-thousandths of an inch thick—covers the entire structure like skin. It lets in more light and heat than glass does, helping to keep the pools warm and slashing energy costs by 30 percent. Construction wraps up this year with the official opening scheduled for the Summer Olympics.” Snipped from here (+ more photos)

The Water Cube was designed by Australian firm PTW with the soap bubble pattern in mind, keeping in line with the aquatic function of the venue. Very cool, no columns, just hollow matrices. Want to geek out some more? Go here.

This is actually so 2003, winning a few design awards along the way, but construction finishes this year. Pretty and eco-friendly, what more can you ask for? Can’t wait to see the images of the final product.