Monthly Archives: October 2011

diy October 25, 2011 posted by

Use the power of magnets to repair your brass instruments

If you’ve ever played a brass instrument, you’ve no doubt worried about accidentally denting it. After all, how exactly does one bang out a dent that’s in one of those tiny little tubes? The answer, it would seem, lies with magnets. Specifically, a couple of very powerful magnets and a steel ball. As you can see in the guide here, the idea is that you can stick the steel ball into your instrument, and rub the magnets over the affected…

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Use the power of magnets to repair your brass instruments
Fun & Games October 25, 2011 posted by

Gummy Bear Lamps provide non-edible lighting

There is always at least one room in the house that seems to need a little something “extra”. You may think it would be something like new curtains, or a rug, but what it really needs is a Gummy Bear Lamp. Although, you’ll have to warn anyone who happens upon it that it’s not edible. This happy-looking bear is a tad bit rubbery, and only needs a little squeeze on his tummy to make some ambient lighting for whatever room…

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Gummy Bear Lamps provide non-edible lighting
Gadgets October 24, 2011 posted by

InjectIR runs an IR signal through your existing HDMI cable

With the rise of flat panel TVs, it has become more and more common for people to mount their screens on the wall. This does away with the need for large entertainment centers, and only requires a couple of shelves to house a cable box and/or gaming system. However, what if you want the cleanest look possible, and want to remove those additional devices from sight? Such a task isn’t terribly hard, and they can be tucked away in a…

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InjectIR runs an IR signal through your existing HDMI cable
hmm..interesting October 24, 2011 posted by

treshr maps out free listings from Craigslist and Freecycle

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you’ve ever seen the dumpsters around a college campus during move-out week, you’ll know that it’s the truth. A more sanitary way to prove the old saying, and get yourself some free treasure, is by checking out places like Craigslist and Freecycle. Both allow people to post items that they’d like to give away (the former also lets you list times for sale), and are great resources for finding…

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treshr maps out free listings from Craigslist and Freecycle
Fun & Games October 24, 2011 posted by

Child’s Own Studio brings your child’s drawings to life

Kids have the most wild imaginations. The most simple toys can be fuel for endless hours of fun in the hands of a child. When they draw pictures, it gives us a small window into their minds, so we can see what their imagination cooks up. Most things that they draw don’t quite look like they’re from our real world, but if you contact Child’s Own Studio, they can bring those drawings to life. What this company specializes in is…

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Child’s Own Studio brings your child’s drawings to life
hmm..interesting October 24, 2011 posted by

Use Litfy to read classic books and take notes in your browser

I’m constantly amazed by the number of people in my generation who have never read any of the great classics. Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, and Arthur Conan Doyle are all authors whose work I think everyone should  read. With the proliferation of eReaders these days, there’s almost no reason not to read through some of the classics. However, if you don’t have such a fancy device, you can still read through these books on a site called Litfy. Litfy may not…

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Use Litfy to read classic books and take notes in your browser
heh heh! October 24, 2011 posted by

Beard Beanie is the epic way to keep your face warm this winter

Once the summer months have come to an end, we start to think about ways to keep ourselves warm in the approaching winter. Hats, scarves, coats and gloves are all pretty standard accessories, but what if you want to keep your face from getting cold? You still have a few options, but none can even compete with the awesomeness of this Beard Beanie. The idea behind the Beard Beanie is rather simple. You have your ordinary beanie, which  is good…

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Beard Beanie is the epic way to keep your face warm this winter
Cool Web Apps & Sites October 24, 2011 posted by

Is It Old? Lets you know if that link you found is old news

When surfing the internet,  you’re always encountering new and interesting or funny things. Your natural desire is usually going to be to share these things with your friends, however, that may not be the smart thing to do. What if this wonderful new thing has actually been around for years? Now your friends are going to think that you’ve been living under a rock! Well fear not, as Is It Old? has you covered. This simple website has one simple…

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Is It Old? Lets you know if that link you found is old news
reprise October 23, 2011 posted by

Ferret posts this week

Here’s a quick round-up of Red Ferret posts from the past week for those who missed them. Enjoy. Iris is a Siri clone with a sense of humor – With Siri making headlines, it’s… Brando’s Giant USB Mouse is big enough for two hands – I often hear that the majority of… Floating LED Jellyfish light up your pool – The days of warm weather are… Guest Post: Sales Falling, Service Failing – Is BlackBerry Doomed? – The bad news…

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Gadgets October 22, 2011 posted by

Leather Retro Digital Camera – happy snapper gets back to the future

Fed up with having to keep up with the Joneses? Why not fight back with this Leather Retro Digital Camera? It comes with a 12.1 megapixel resolution, 4x optical zoom and face detection, all wrapped up in a faux oldie leather and chrome outer shell. Guaranteed not to freak out Gran when you point it at her next Thanksgiving. $149.95.  It connects easily to your computer. There’s 3X optical and 4X digital zoom, smile and face detection which optimizes shots of people, red-eye reduction,…

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hmm..interesting October 21, 2011 posted by

T-Rex was how big?

Science and the movies have blended almost seamlessly to give audiences a view of what the Tyrannosaurus rex looked like. But they all may have gotten it wrong, at least in size. With modern computer modeling, research by scientists at The Royal Veterinary College in London, and The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago shows that the T-rex may have been twice as fast and reached weighed up to 30 percent more than previously thought. Five actual T-rex skeletons…

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T-Rex was how big?
nice idea... October 21, 2011 posted by

New solar bridge being built at Blackfriars Railway Station

Londoners are in the midst of a solar revolution. A new solar bridge is being built on the roof of Blackfriars Railway station in the heart of London. Blackfriars Bridge will have over 6,000 square meters (64,583 sq.ft.) of solar panels, to take care of half of the station’s power needs. This will make it the biggest solar array in the city and the world’s largest solar bridge. The bridge will feature over 4,000 high-efficiency Sanyo HIT photovoltaic panels and…

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New solar bridge being built at Blackfriars Railway Station
Gadgets October 21, 2011 posted by

Transform your iPhone into a landline phone

I’ve been wondering just how long it will be before landline phones as we know them become extinct. I can’t say I know a single person under the age of 30 that has one. The only places I see landlines are at my grandparents’ house, and when I’m in a store or office. The only benefit I can really think of that these contraptions have over my smartphone is that they are generally more comfortable to hold. For around $32…

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Transform your iPhone into a landline phone
diy October 21, 2011 posted by

Hack your vacuum to suck up water

Have you ever needed to suck up some water, but not really known what to use? Sure, you could use a Shop-Vac, but if you don’t have one already, this means going out to the store and making a potentially costly purchase. Why not instead just hack your regular vacuum to do the job? You might be surprised to find that you can accomplish this feat using things you already have around the house. The only things you’re going to…

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Hack your vacuum to suck up water