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why the spinning…

30th Dec 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

“Why alcohol makes your head spin” by thegnome54:

Science!  Be safe out there while you’re celebrating the ringing in of 2012!

~Dan – np: Trent Reznor & Atticus RossThe Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Inner City Bikes

3rd Sep 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Frank Zappa: Will That Be An Aisle Or A Window? (Cartoon)

14th Aug 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

A business lesson from the late, great Frank Zappa

A Business Lesson with Frank Zappa. Animated by Carl King. Original Score by Stephen Cox. Special Thanks to Anthony White. Original FZ audio interview recorded in September 1984. Source unknown. This cartoon was manufactured with the non-commercial / educational purpose of paying tribute to the wisdom of Frank Zappa.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Science: neodymium magnet down a copper pipe

9th Aug 11 (Tue) 2 comments

Coooooool…

The movement of the magnet induces an electric current in the copper and with the electrical current comes a magnetic field, which makes the magnet attracted to it. The magnet doesn’t stick to the wall as it falls because the induced current, and its corresponding magnetic field, are perfectly distributed so that the magnet feels magnetic force equally from all sides.  The magnetic field slows the magnet, but can’t stop its fall because if the magnet stopped moving, the induced electric field would go away and the magnet would start falling again.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

mainly music meanderings is now “pacificlectic”

20th Jun 11 (Mon) Comments off

Only a cosmetic change… former “jazzsick.wordpress.com” RSS feeds should still work and forward to the updated “pacificlectic.com” post.  To stay informed, please change your RSS reader to point here:

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Sky Diving Elite!

18th Jun 11 (Sat) 1 comment

Future iPhones – what you can/cannot film & photograph?

9th Jun 11 (Thu) 2 comments

Most people take spontaneous photo and videos these days with their iPhones or other smartphones.  What happens when you’re at a concert and you pull out your phone and suddenly recording doesn’t work, because the iPhone thinks that you don’t have the proper permissions to take video…

via dvice

Apple has filed a patent that could help combat the latter, though still hinder the former. That is: a patent that protects intellectual property rights, but treats everyone like a potential pirate, rather than a valued customer.

The patent deals with making the iPhone sensitive to infrared signals, the kind that could let the device know that it’s somewhere where filming and photography aren’t welcome. A movie theater, for instance, shoots out these IR beams to interact with hearing aids for the impaired, and a museum or art gallery could put up receivers to let phones know they aren’t welcome.

These “IR signals” could easily be used to block photography or video recording anywhere— including rallies, protests and by the police.  While I’d gladly accept the casualty of people not being able to flip out their iPhone in front of me at a concert, the tactic of blocking film & photos at rallies, protests, etc seems very scary to me.

More science/tech talk about it HERE at PatentlyApple.

~Dan – np: Marc RibotRootless Cosmopolitans

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