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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bank of Canada upset at Star Trek fans for increasing value of its currency

Canada's five dollar bill sports an image of the country's seventh prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier. It just so happens that Laurier looks a bit like a hairless Spock, so Star Trek fans have been having a little fun:


Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard acknowledges this kind of doodling isn't illegal:
However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.
Seems to me Ms. Menard should be thanking Trekkers for increasing the value of Canadian currency.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The future of the internet under new FCC rules

"Net-neutrality" is here! And this brief video shows us what the internet might look like under the FCC's new regulations:


(via The Tea Party Economist)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy died this morning at his home in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bionic eye lets blind man see his wife for the first time in 10 years


68-year-old Allen Zderad's new bionic eye has allowed him to see his wife for the first time in more than a decade.


Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota implanted the device, which involved inserting 60 electrodes into the retina, allowing images to be transferred directly from the camera to the optic nerve. Not quite the stuff of The Six Million Dollar Man, but it's certainly a huge step forward.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A brief glimpse at how the clock changed the world

When we mechanized time, we also, and completely by accident, mechanized us. And when the clocks got smaller, time could follow us everywhere, a constant reminder of hours, minutes, seconds lost or won. Now we don't eat when we're hungry, we eat when it's time to eat. We don't sleep when we're tired, we sleep when it's time to sleep. We've built an amazing world that runs like clockwork, meaning that these days, so do we.


(via Challies.com)

Friday, February 06, 2015

Pennsylvania town posts warning signs for visiting criminals

Residents of Conoy Township in Pennsylvania want to make it clear that criminals are not welcome in their quaint little community:


We already know that criminals don't pay attention to signs banning guns. Perhaps they will pay attention to these.

More on this story here.

Friday, January 30, 2015

'Sleeping Tapes': New album from Jeff Bridges


There is little doubt that Jeff Bridges is one of the coolest guys on the planet. Who better to make an album designed to help you chill out and sleep better at night?


Why did he do it? The Dude explains:
The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest.

Check out Jeff's new album at DreamingWithJeff.com. Pay what you want. 100% of your donation goes to No Kid Hungry.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Check out the piano of the future


Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi has designed the piano of the future. The Bogányi is the result of over 10 years of research and 8,000 hours of engineering:
The new soundboard and the reconstructed agraffe system together with the new shaping concept of the cast-iron frame – all create a new quality that affects and provokes a novel perception of sound. The absolute distinction of tones let us reveal more of the inner structure of music – with a more refined tone sensation.

This is a piano rethought, reassessed: reinterpreted from the origins of classical piano. The new action of the piano, produced and delivered by Louis Renner of Germany is founded on years’ long, meticulous scaling and calculating of the Bogányi piano team.

The design minimises the piano into two legs, instead of the traditional three, enabling sound to reach the audience with higher efficiency and more clarity. The curved shape and structure of the leg creates a supporting effect, thereby conducting the sound, from below the piano, towards the audience.

The design also turns the piano into a piece of functional art and design. As spectacular architectural compositions have mastered the style of new performing arts centres and concert halls alike, the new approach to piano design may well enrich the tradition of instrument making.

The Bogányi piano design is a unique answer to a shift in time and style.
Hear the difference for yourself:


And, of course, its sleek, aerodynamic design makes it more wind-resistant. So there's that.

(via io9)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Man 'unboxes' his new family in clever video parody

If you've spent any amount of time on YouTube, you've run across more than a few "unboxing" videos featuring people eager to share the joy of opening their latest purchase. This one has them all beat:


(via 22 Words)

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