A Secret Service

A totally new look at how to keep a secure list of passwords: broadcast them live on webradio to the world!

A Secret Service invites you to submit your passwords and a timestamp for storage on the Secret Service website. It is then translated (text-to-speech), automated and broadcasted via webradio and live at Mediamatic Groundfloor every hour on the time of your choice. Because nobody can know that this is your password or what the purpose is, this seemingly paradoxical way of storing something very secret and intimate in public space can be considered completely safe.

To guarantee the absolute safety of your information, Mediamatic will take advanced security measures to protect the server on which your passwords will be saved. You are invited to the festive OPENING on the 15th of July, where the safety of these measures will be on display. If you are thoroughly convinced by the safety, you are invited to place your most sensitive information in our care.

Google Earth

Google Earth puts a planet’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call Paris exotic, but it really is a pretty fantastic piece of software. It’s free, but unfortunately Windows only (no linux or osx clients, grrr).

http://earth.google.com/index.html

Ethertouch 3D touchless sensing systems

Cool – 3D touchless sensor senses movement in the x,y,z axis and also detects speed up to (now) 1 yard from the actual monitor, allowing the user to use the technology in stuff like games as well instead of only as a pointing device.

It looks like the device comes with a USB cable, a card for in the PC, a sensor and a driver CD.

Plan 9 from outer space

Yup – you can now download Ed Wood’s infamous classic, the worst movie ever made, in its entirety for free!

Retro Big Boobs

Bra Buster Magazine has opened a site with big boob nudity for posterity – all the big boobed babes from times gone past are to be found her, or (hopefully) will be found here…

Sorry Everybody

Sorry Everybody is a site where Americans apologize to the rest of the world for another 4 years of Dubya.

Seeing a couple like this one, this one, this one, this one and this one should be enough to make the point that barely half the US citizens support Bush.

Oh, and this one’s for Robin .. Aarrrr!

Fingernail data storage

Who needs a keydrive when you can keep information on your fingernail for a full six months (the time it takes for your fingernail to completely regrow)?

Personal World Map

The world is sperical, and if you’ve ever seen a map, you may think you know how ffar away bits and pieces of it are from you. And that would be vaguely true, in a geographical sense (well, the maps we see are generally not very geographically correct, but that’s a different story), but in terms of how long it takes you to get from A to B or in terms of how much it will cost you to get from A to B it’s a whole different story.
So this map shows you the distances based on cost and travel time from your point of reference (ie. where you are on the map). Interestingly, Africa is very isolated from almost everywhere, whereas the US and Europe are very very close indeed.

High tech mountaineering

Well, should you really feel like being a safety freak AND looking like a complete and utter dork whilst scaling mount Kilamanjaru it’s now possible – this suit integrates around 9 high tech devices for the insecure climber. Oh, and did I mention it makes you look like a loser?

The Makeup Gallery

themakeupgallery is the best photo-gallery on the Web featuring actresses in character and prosthetic makeups by some of the best makeup artists. There are over 5000 images from more than 600 movies and TV shows. The transformations from actress into character are illustrated with before and after shots and, wherever possible, with behind the scenes shots of the makeup process.

The Makeup Gallery

125 unanswered questions

Science magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary with a list of 125 questions science hasn’t got an answer for.

I’ve always been a bit curious about no 1 myself.. ooh, and that one, and that one, ooh! ooh! and that one!

25 Questions
.. further 100

Science can be pretty

Eric J. Heller has some awesome pictures of scientifically usefull visualisations, that also happen to be very attractive in his gallery.

News should be News

Not the crap people are throwing around these days. So what do you do? You Protest! How? Well, by getting a team of actors, newspeople, etc together and coordinating actions in front of live, rollling news of course. The cheese ninja, tigers, evangelists and more bravely disrupt the news where reporters report bullshit…

Mechwarrior

Yup, anime has gotten to people’s heads – they’re building real mechwarriors (the movies are pretty cool)

Public Service Announcement

This one’s done by Rachel Stevens.

http://www.rachelgetsfruity.com/flash.html

You know, I think they’re on to something here. Instead of the usual PSAs where we get bombarded with statistics by pompous ugly people, they should just have hot chicks in their underwear telling us to exercise more, eat greens, recycle and generally make the world a Better Place(tm).

I’m fairly certain that would be more effective.

Creepy Face

Dominique

Mouseover, clickety-click..

Fun with Google Maps

Pyramids

Sweet.

If you haven’t used Maps before – you can click and drag the map as well
as zoom in and out.

Other places:

Area 51

Statue of Liberty

WTC NYC (zoom in)

Burning oil wells in Iraq (zoom + might be gone after next update..)

Uluru (Ayers Rock)

SR71 Blackbirds (center of image)

And the Dam in Amsterdam

Zombie dogs

US Researchers have managed to drain the blood from a dog, replace it with a saline solution, thereby officially killing the dog and then, using electric shocks, oxygen and replacing the blood, bring it back to life… several times. Apparently none the worse for wear. They want to use this technology to store soldiers with serious injuries, so they can be fixed whilst they’re dead and then reanimated…
Is this going to open gateways from other dimensions into our own world? Have the researchers thought about that?

How to have a Saville Row suit made for you

Yes, you want the best of the best – the absolute finest in men’s wear: a handcrafted, bespoke Saville Row suit! Be prepared to lay down GBP 2000 at least, three fittings and recieve the best money can buy. But how? with who? This site tells all…

Agriculture is the root of all evils

To science we owe dramatic changes in our smug self-image. Astronomy taught us that our earth isn’t the center of the universe but merely one of billions of heavenly bodies. From biology we learned that we weren’t specially created by God but evolved along with millions of other species. Now archaeology is demolishing another sacred belief: that human history over the past million years has been a long tale of progress. In particular, recent discoveries suggest that the adoption of agriculture, supposedly our most decisive step toward a better life, was in many ways a catastrophe from which we have never recovered. With agriculture came the gross social and sexual inequality, the disease and despotism, that curse our existence.

More here

Huckapoo!

It’s sounds to me like a word for describing the act of coughing up feces, but no – it’s the name of a manufactured girl group targeting 8-year olds with a significantly sub-average IQ. Hey, it’s a HUUUGE segment, right, don’t diss this shit!

Check out the awesomeness that is Huckapoo here. Turn the volume down if you’re at work, or people just might start buying you Barbie dolls for your next birthday..

Radosh.net has an excellent summary right here. Actually, read that first. Background here.

Lukes Hands!

The Bionic Man with moving metal arms controlled by thought and with sensitivity are now available at the mad scientist near you…

Darknet

Anyone with an interest in how our digital freedoms are being whittled away, how the music, movie and television landscapes are about to change forever, or how a new, empowered generation of users (mostly young people) see media differently than the older crowd, would benefit from marking up their copy of Darknet (bring two yellow markers). As the author [says], “Media will change more in the next five years than it has in the past 50 years.”

The darknet site has some excerpts from the book itself on it, and they are well written, lucid and interesting.

Japan wants robo moonbase

TOKYO — Japan wants to help build a lunar base and populate it with advanced versions of today’s humanoid robots by around 2025, according to the head of the nation’s space agency.

The idea is more than a pipe-dream; it is part of a 20-year plan, called JAXA Vision 2025, that was drawn up by Keiji Tachikawa, a former president of Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo, who is now president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA).

More here

3D Scanner for $90

Using a Laser (yes! it has a laser in it!) and a turntable you CAN in fact scan stuff and make a 3D model of it.
Well, if it’s small. And you don’t mind the lack of smoothing. Or waiting. But hey, it’s v2 of 3 and if he gets it right, it’s what I want!

 
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