Items: Robot fish and zombie worms, and other tech toys
This set is somewhat miscellaneous, but a lot of it has to do with cool toys: hardware, software, and other.
- Aquatic zombie worms discovered.
- Robot fish! To eat the zombie worms, maybe? (Actually, it's more specific than just a generic robot fish: it's a robo-carp. I didn't get the pun for a while.)
- MakingMusic, an online musical-instrument encyclopedia. You can download it for OS X, or you can explore it online (in any operating system) using Flash. Complete with sound samples for all instruments.
- gOffice: a web office suite. "Type right in your browser, no downloads needed, nothing to buy--it's free."
- Stevey rants about his ideal content management system and why it's not possible. (Written while he was an Amazon employee.) I don't entirely agree with him, but I thought it was an interesting article. (Side note, not remotely relevant to the topic: he uses the phrase "irreducible complexity" a couple of times, a phrase that subsequently became strongly associated with Michael Behe's version of Intelligent Design.)
- Toogle automatically transforms the results of a Google image search into a text-based rendering.
- "Google Will Eat Itself."
- Natural voices demo from AT&T. Some of the voices are pretty good; you probably wouldn't confuse them with a real person yet, but the intonation is impressively natural on some of them. I particularly like Mike and Audrey.
- Hybrid motorcycle!
- Photo of "Unscheduled Rapid Disassembly" of a rocket, also known as a land shark. Relatedly, don't park your car near a rocket test site.
- Enigma Blues, or why Germany REALLY lost the war: a tech support call transcript.
- Amazon Mechanical Turk lets you sign up to perform simple online tasks that some company wants done (and that computers aren't suited to do), and get paid for it. It's like being able to hire your own zombie army! Or something. I'm getting punchy.
- I was thinking about buying a new PowerBook, but rumor has it that the first Intel-based PowerBook will be available before May of 2006. According to the rumor, it'll be at least 20% thinner than current PBs, and will have a tiny iSight video camera built into the case for use with video chat.