Archive for July, 2009

A Dog Is An Orangutan’s Best Friend

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

Here are a couple of best friends just hanging out. Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Blue Tick Hound. Now that’s not something you see everyday!

Best Friends

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Alice In Wonderland Trailer

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

Here’s the trailer to the Alice in Wonderland movie, directed by Tim Burton, that is scheduled to be released on March 5th, 2010. I may be biased, being a Depp fan, but it looks like it’s going to be the movie of the year. Shame about the wait though.


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Use Physics To Beat “How Many Candies In The Jar”

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

I’m sure you’ve come across the “guess how many candies in the jar” game, but have you actually ever won? How on earth is anyone meant to accurately predict the number of candies in the jar? Well this Australian physics teacher uses principles of molecular physics to help you beat the game.


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Bill Gates Too Popular For Facebook

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

Bill Gates FacebookBill Gates has stopped using Facebook after he confessed that managing his profile had become “way too much trouble”.

At an event in New Delhi, where Bill was receiving an award for his charity work, Gates said he couldn’t keep up with friend requests. “I had 10,000 people wanting to be my friend,” he told the audience. “I am not a 24-hour-a-day tech person” he said.

Despite Gates deleting his personal Facebook profile, he has a Facebook fan group dedicated to him with 17,000 followers and a support page for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with 34,000 fans.

Bill also warned that despite the benefits of technology, some could waste people’s time if they weren’t careful…the words ‘Windows Minesweeper’ spring to mind.

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The Freedom Pig Becomes A Hero

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

A 150lb pig who has evaded capture for five months since appearing in a park in the Cove neighborhood of Panama City, Florida is being hailed as a hero.

The animal has survived being shot with tranquiliser darts and a taser stun gun since it’s been on the run.

A Facebook group called “the Pig of the Cove” has been set up to celebrate the pig, so far boasting 429 members across the US. Many believe that the pig is a symbol of our desire to live free lives, free of government control.

Animal control officials insist that they are not trying to kill the animal but only want to catch it before it hurts itself or someone else. The humane society said the pig will not be put down.

Should the pig be stopped or should officials let it carry on it’s mission as an inspiration to many. Your thoughts.

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Huge Price Tag For Moon Rock Book

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

MoonFireA book released on the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing is to go on sale for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Only 12 copies of the special edition of MoonFire will come with a piece of Moon rock because of it’s scarcity.

The book is based on the accounts of Norman Mailer, the author and space enthusiast who died in 2007, with glossy photos of the landing, archives on Nasa and LIFE magazine and each copy signed by Buzz Aldrin.

1969 copies of the book are being produced in total – to represent the year of landing – with most available to buy online for around $1,000, but only 12 of them will come with pieces of Moon rock that crashed to Earth as meteorites.

Check out the Taschen website for more details.

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Road Sign Misspells Three Out Of Four Words

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 July, 2009 | permalink

A sign pointing southbound drivers onto Business Highway 51 misspelled the villages of Rothschild and Schofield in central Wisconsin. Not only that, but the painter had also misspelled the name of the road, Business Highway 51 as Buisness Highway 51.

Misspelled Road Sign

As a matter of fact, the only word that was spelt correctly was “exit”, which is coincidentally the place that I would be sending those incompetent workers.

By Sunday morning the sign had been replaced with all of the words spelt correctly. Here’s the new version.

Corrected Road Sign

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Anakin Skywalker All Grown Up

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

It’s been ten years since Jake Lloyd played young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode One – The Phantom Menace. Ten years on, Jake discusses what life has been like for him, having been in one of the most anticipated films of all time.


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Man Climbs Building With Vacuum Gloves

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

Take a look at this video. It shows inventor, Jem Stansfield climbing a BBC building using his home made ‘vacuum gloves.’ Amazingly he makes it to the top. That vacuum must have had some strong suction.

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White House Bans Twitter

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

The White house has banned access to Twitter on it’s computers. White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs casually mentioned to CNN that Twitter is blocked, saying that people already know enough about what he’s doing.


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While Barack Obama twitters on two accounts, @WhiteHouse and @barackobama, Gibbs clearly doesn’t understand the power of the micro-blogging tool.

Talking of Twitter, you can follow us @pigjockey.

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A Car For The Blind

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 July, 2009 | permalink

One major drawback for the blind, is their inability to drive. Well, undergraduates at Virginia Tech have created a car that the blind can drive.

Car For The Blind

The students used the same technology that lets cars drive themselves, to allow the blind to drive. The vehicle uses a laser range finder, voice software and other sensory technology which worked flawlessly when blind drivers took the wheel.

A vibrating vest provides cues to follow when accelerating and decelerating. The vest vibrates in different places — the back, the belly and the shoulders — to convey different commands. When the entire vest vibrates, it means, “Slam on the brakes!”

This is a great step forward for the blind. Perhaps in the future, such technology could be used to benefit everyone. It could certainly help cut down alcohol-related traffic incidents. Blinding work guys!

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Handerpants – Underpants For Your Hands

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

Are you someone who is conscious of your hands? Do they feel bare to you? Perhaps they need some extra support. Well Handerpants now holds the solution and at just $11.95 a pair they are a real bargain.


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For full details visit www.handerpants.com. Hilarious!

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Baseball Playing Robots

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

Now this is a really cool piece of technology. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have managed to create a robot that can pitch to a separate robot who has a near-perfect swing. Check out the video.


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The robot pitcher consists of a high-speed, three-fingered hand (developed by professor Masatoshi Ishikawa and his team from the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology) mounted on a mechanical arm (developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). With superb control of nimble fingers that can open and close at a rate of up to 10 times per second, the robot can release the ball with perfect timing. Precise coordination between the fingers, hand and arm allow the robot pitcher to hit the strike zone 90% of the time.

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CSS Is Amazing Mug

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

If you’ve worked with CSS I’m sure this mug will make you laugh. It’s like CSS in ie6.

CSS Is Awesome

You can buy one at Zazzle.com for $12.95. A great present for any web designer.

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Skating A Roller Coaster – The Video

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

I recently left a post about Dirk Auer, the man who set a new world record for in-line skating down a roller coaster. Well, here’s the video!


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Extraordinary Wedding Entrance

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

This is not your standard wedding march. This rather flamboyant couple wanted to incorporate their own taste into the proceedings. Check it out.


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Giant ‘Soap Bubble’ Found In Space

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 July, 2009 | permalink

Planetary NebulaA giant soap bubble has been spotted floating around in space, which astronomers say is a newly discovered planetary nebula.

A planetary nebula is the product that is left when an aging star, which can weight up to eight times the mass of the sun, ejects its outer layers as clouds of luminous gas.

The bubble, which was officially named PN G75.5+1.7 last week, was found by Dave Jurasevich of the Mount Wilson Observatory in California and later by other amateur astronomers.

“It’s a beautiful example,” says Adam Frank of the University of Rochester, New York. “Spherical ones are very rare.”

Personally, I wouldn’t have called it PN G75.5+1.7. That just doesn’t roll off the tongue.

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Lonesome George To Become A Father..Hopefully

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 July, 2009 | permalink

Lonesome George, officially the rarest living creature on the planet, may be about to become a father for the first time at the grand old age of 94.

Lonesome George

George is the sole remaining example of the Galápagos Pinta Tortoise and despite the company of two female Espanola Tortoise, he has failed to reproduce. However, scientists in the Galapagos Islands have noticed five Espanola eggs and it is hoped that three with hatch.

Let’s not get our hopes up too much though, as last year over a dozen eggs were laid but all sadly turned out the be infertile.

We’ll keep you up to date on this story. Let’s hope it all turns out well for George.

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Artificial Brain ‘10 Years Away’

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 July, 2009 | permalink

Artificial Human BrainA leading scientist has claimed that a detailed, functional human brain can be created within the next 10 years.

Mark Markram, who has already simulated parts of a rat brain says that an artificial brain would be of particular use to people with mental illnesses.

With around two billion people thought to be suffering with some kind of brain impairment, this medical breakthrough would help the masses. Let’s hope it’s a success.

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100% Computer Generated Burger, Fries And Drink

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 July, 2009 | permalink

This may look like a normal McDonalds advertisement, but watch up to 28 seconds in.

They always look better in the commercials, don’t they?

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