Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fun Stuff...

I ran across this morning's batch of articles and though that instead of posting my wacky finds on facebook that you might get some good hyucks in if I posted some things here. Enjoy!

Reverse Vending Machine Simplifies Recycling
By Thomas Smith
Source: Red Ferret

Vending machines have become a staple in society as a convenient way to overpay for a soda or snack. Envirobank is planning to turn the vending model on its head with their reverse vending machines.

These contraptions look similar to average vending machines, but they’re designed to accept, clean and crush recyclable materials. Individuals who recycle, say a plastic bottle, will receive coupons, cash credit or vouchers from the machine to be used at neighboring shops. The machines hold up to 3,000 containers and accept PET, HDPE, PVC, plastic, brown, clear and green glass and aluminum cans. In addition, they’re said to reduce carbon emissions by preparing the recycled materials for direct shipment to a recycling depot, bypassing waste processing facilities. Envirobank has deployed a few machines throughout Australia on a trial basis. If those work out expect to see recycling machines on street corners everywhere in the very near future.

Oh I don't know how to make this happen, but we have GOT to get something like this in Berea. I wonder how much it would cost to build something like this.

For more info about envirobank click here.

I wonder how difficult it would be to build a manual unit that crushes these objects with a hand crank. mechanized is great, but i think small tech might expend less energy. I'm going to look into it. Ironically, all of the companies featured on these vending machines have the reputation for having the worst international pollution records as is evidenced here: Coca-Cola, Pepsi on Bejing's worst polluter list

These 20 Desks make your cheap IKEA set-up look like its from the dark ages.

source: The Toy Zone

1. V1 Desk – Flagship Edition


For $2,600 the flagship edition gets you integrated 5.1 sound and 10 different places to put your mug of coffee.


2. Mini Desk


At $4,400 this desk costs about the same as the original mini.


3. Han Solo Carbonite Desk


You can almost imagine Vader perched behind that desk struggling to solve a Rubix cube.


4. B25 Wing Desk


Get your work done on a slice of WW2 aviation history.


5. Fish in your Desk


Aquariums are proven to reduce stress so why not have one in the middle of your desk?


6. Exercise Desk


Overweight from eating too many Cheetos whilst surfing the net? Now you can burn off those extra calories and still watch YouTube with this treadmill-desk contraption.


7. Plane Desk


Hide from your boss in this upturned Douglas DC-6 cowling.


8. The Quad-Core, 1-kW, Liquid-Cooled Desk



Don’t let your beastly looking water cooled tower take up precious desk space. Now you can integrate your super cooled pc with this awesome desk.


9. Aura Ubber Desk


This is the Rolls Royce of all desks.

It even comes with interrelated air circulation so your room won’t stink after your 48 hour WoW session.


10. Steve Jobs Style Desk


If you love Steve Jobs – you need to own this desk.


11. Concerto desk


Create masterpieces on this grand piano style desk.


12. Cracked Desk

crack in desk

Be careful you Mac Book Air does not fall in between the cracks!


13. Star Trek Desk


Ok so its not strictly a desk but wouldn’t it be cool to use it as one?


14. Neothrone Desk


With an integrated vibration chair this baby would be perfect when playing Wolfenstein.


15. ClockWork Desk


This steam punk-style desk would be the envy of your colleagues in their cubes.


16. Touch Screen Desk


I swear school would have been so fun if we had these babies!


17. LEGO Desk


$2,000 for the cost of the bricks alone, this desk would command respect from everyone in the office.


18. Stefans Desk


Costing around $25,000 this desk is awe inspiring.


19. Black Tactical Desk


Now you can make status changes to Facebook from the IRAQ front line with this tactical desk which even has its own power supply.


20. Ferrari F40 Desk


This desk does not come cheap! It has an RRP of $10,000 with the the option of a carbon fiber frame for a measly $2,000 extra.

But for this money you do get an actual dash vent and rear deck badge from a Ferrari F40.

wow, very impressive. i think we should put #6 in my office so i could chill in the afternoons after work instead of rushing off to the gym.

25 Awesome Homeless Guy Signs

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

source: Entertainment Web

I'm particularly a fan of the homeless jedi.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


source: The most incredible and different

This coming 27th August will never occur again in your life.The Red planed Mars is going to be spectacular on this day .This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history. The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the Last 5,000 years, but it may be as long as 60,000 years before it happens again.

The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles of Earth and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide.At a modest 75-power magnification

Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye.

Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August it will rise in the east at 10p.m. and reach its azimuth at about 3 a.m. By the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30a.m. That's pretty convenient to see something that no human being has seen in recorded history. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.

So I don't know which is more entertaining; the story or the ad in the top lefthand corner advertising that you can learn how to meet aliens and jump into other time dimensions. sorry about the gap. i've been playing with the code for the past 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get rid of it, and i think it has something to do with the actual coding of the object, which is at the moment beyond my skills. Sometimes I feel like coders are just misplaced geneticists, only coding is cheaper to play around with.


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