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Friday, April 25, 2014

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Coyote v. ACME

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Inspired by Ian Frazier’s 1990 article in The New Yorker ‘Coyote v. Acme’, Daniel Weil has redesigned five products that will help Wile E. Coyote finally catch the Road Runner. Links to the original article and Daniel’s new diagrams are listed below. The original article told the “little-known story” of Wile E. Coyote’s endless legal battles with the Acme Company.

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[Daniel Weil's Coyote v. Acme]

[Ian Frazier's 1990 Coyote v. Acme]



April 18th, 2014 at 10:46 am

Sciurus_niger_(on_fence)We have a small Squirrel problem, they want to dig up any plants we have growing in pots. They love leaving a mess of half-eaten oranges and nuts all over the patio. Even the bird-feeder 20-feet up isn’t safe from these varmints.

In an unrelated item, I found this cool USB Rocket Launcher. It plugs into your computer via USB and using the included software, you can aim and fire missiles. It can hit targets up to 6 meters away.

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Can you keep and eye on the cross?

April 15th, 2014 at 9:50 am




April 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

299-028_HR_0In your Home Theater Setup, adding a couple sets of Aura Pro shakers can bring back memories of seeing movies in Sensurround. Results are amazing. Just turn up the LFE output on your receiver while turning down the levels of your actual subwoofers in the room (otherwise too much bass). Movies will never be the same again!!! Especially action scenes designed for Sensurround in the movies listed below.

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Earthquake Sensurround

Earthquake [Blu-ray]
Earthquake [Blu-ray]
Actors: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold
Directed by: Mark Robson
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List Price: $19.98 USD
Amazon Price: $12.96 USD
From: Universal Studios

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Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary  [Blu-ray]
Battlestar Galactica 35th Anniversary [Blu-ray]
Actors: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Jr. Herb Jefferson, Maren Jensen
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
In the deepest reaches of space, it is a fight to save all human life from extinction in this sci-fi adventure that launched the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon! After The Cylons launch a devastating surprise attack on the Twelve Colonies, a lone flagship battlestar, the Galactica, remains to aid the surviving colonists on their epic journey for a new home to a far-off legendary planet Earth. They must survive the pursuing Cylons in a series of epic battles that will determine the fate of the human race in this non-stop action-packed classic filled with cutting-edge special effects by Academy Awardr winner John Dykstra (Star Wars, Spider-Man 2).

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Amazon Price: $14.96 USD
From: Universal Studios

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Actors: George Segal, Richard Widmark, Timothy Bottoms, Henry Fonda
Directed by: James Goldstone
Thrills abound in this high-speed suspense yarn as Timothy Bottoms, a determined terrorist, begins to turn America's amusement parks into battlefields. The tension mounts as affable safety inspector George Segal attempts to track down the saboteur who as targeted the country's most popular rollercoaster, and its riders, for senseless destruction. The edge-of-the-seat excitement mounts as the battle of wits between Segal and Bottoms builds to an explosive climax. Co-starring Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda, the Jennings Lang production takes viewers on an unforgettable trip filled with sense-shattering twists and hairpin turns.

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Amazon Price: $8.70 USD
From: Universal Studios

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Midway [Blu-ray]
Midway [Blu-ray]
Actors: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: Jack Smight
Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda lead an all-star cast in Midway, interweaving the dramatic personal stories of the men who fought one of the most important battles of World War II. Just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the battle of Midway sounded its furious thunder in June 1942, which became the turning point of the Pacific for the United States. Featuring breakthrough war footage, Midway conveys the powerful reality and epic sweep of a nation?s defining battle.

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List Price: $19.98 USD
Amazon Price: $15.20 USD
From: Universal Studios

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Quad Copter Drone

April 13th, 2014 at 10:19 am

101254High tech and highly integrated design. Stable, yet agile performance, easy to fly.

The Phantom is DJI’s first consuler sized “Ready-to-Fly” drone. The built-in Naza-M + GPS multi-rotor autopilot system gives The Phantom stable and reliable flight characteristics. It also comes with its own dedicated R/C controller. Flight parameters and functions have been setup and tuned by DJI engineers before delivery, so you can fly your Phantom the minute you receive it (who knows, maybe it will be delivered by an Amazon.com drone). It’s very easy to operate and incredibly stable which makes aerial filming a breeze if you add a GoPro Camera. High intensity LED Indicators, to aid orientation during flight. Works with your iPhone as a video assist.

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