Archive for February, 2012
Tags: C.G.P. Grey, calendar, clock, Feb. 29, February 29, history, leap day, leap year, science, time keeping, video
Tags: amusement, Bedlam, Bethlam, bizarre, Bone Portrait, entertainment, fluoroscope, good old days, Insane Asylums, Military Battles, Mummy Unwrappings, Public Executions, relaxation, television, x-rays
Tags: angry, attitude, funny, good times, happy pill, happy train, humor, pic, picture, pissed off, railroad, upset
Tags: 1 percent, Bacarrat crystal, Clive Christian, cologne, fragrance, Imperial Majesty Perfume, most expensive, super rich, wtf
Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume for Men 16.9 oz Perfume Imperial Majesty is a limited edition of a Clive Christian signature scent. A limited Edition collection piece of the worlds most expensive perfume presented in a hand crafted Bacarrat crystal bottle with a 5 carat brilliant cut diamond.
Tags: catch, Cockatoo, frustration, funny, humor, Laser Pointer, parrot, pet bird, red dot, red laser, video
Tags: 1963, Capitol Record Club, cosmonaut Nikolayev, Delores Hart, Dr.Eleanor Boll, Elizabeth Taylor, Fidel Castro, Frank Sinatra Jr., Hawaii, history, Joan Benny, Khrushchev, Linus Pauling, Parade Magazine, pic, picture, POLF, Polynesian, Puss'n Boots, savages, Sonny Liston, space race, Walter T. Carter Foundation
Tags: adage, forgive, funny, happiness, humor, pic, picture, problem solver, Scottish Wisdom, truth, words of wisdom
Tags: American Express, credit card, debit card, Discover card, Mastercard, NFC, on/off switch, PIN, Pittsburgh, point of sale, retail, RFID, Swanson School of Engineering, Visa, You're Holding It Wrong
This simple design change for credit cards may be unnecessary as major credit card issuers plan to require the use of PIN numbers for all transactions in the near future. Is it possible that the on/off switch could be used in conjunction with PIN cards?
Researchers at the Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are working on a simple new technology that would require customers to place their finger on the card to turn it “on” when they pay. When you place your finger on a specific spot on the card, say a logo or icon, it would complete a circuit and enable readers to charge the card. If the circuit isn’t complete, the card’s NFC or RFID technology would be disabled. “Our new design integrates an antenna and other electrical circuitry that can be interrupted by a simple switch, like turning off the lights in the home or office,” explains professor Marlin Mickle in a statement. “The RFID or NFC credit card is disabled if left in a pocket or lying on a surface and unreadable by thieves using portable scanners.”
Tags: Boob Truck, breast, Breast Feed, Jill Miller, lactation, milk truck, mother, nursing, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
I’m sorry, what were you saying? I was too busy staring at the giant metal breast with a flashing nipple siren on top of your ice cream truck. A lactation activist (lactivist) by the name of Jill Miller drives this vehicle around Pittsburgh to spread the good word on nursing. Jill Miller drives her Milk Truck, near her Pittsburgh home. The truck is a vehicle she made for spreading the message that nursing mothers have the need and the right to feed their infants in public.
Tags: 8 ball, billards, cruise ship, Dramamine, gyroscope, gyroscopic, pool table, sea sick, Self-leveling, snooker, video, wave action
Tags: Animal, blind bat, daddy long legs, dog vision, echolocation, goldfish memory, lemming, misconception, mythology, nature, old wive's tale, ostrich, wildlife
Tags: computer, final frontier, hardware, mainframe, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, obsolete, space exploration, technology
This month marks the end of an era in NASA computing. Marshall Space Flight Center powered down NASA’s last mainframe, the IBM Z9 Mainframe. For my millennial readers, I suppose that I should define what a mainframe is. Well, that’s easier said than done, but here goes — It’s a big computer that is known for being reliable, highly available, secure, and powerful. They are best suited for applications that are more transaction oriented and require a lot of input/output – that is, writing or reading from data storage devices.