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Jun 17 2013

State of the Web June 17, 2013

This week on the web…

  • Nope, It’s Permanent: Password Tattoo
    When is the last time you forgot your password and had to call tech support to have it reset? If that’s never happened then I have two things to tell you. 1. Good for you. 2. You should probably not use the same password for everything. But in the future forgetting passwords will be a …

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  • Spit-Shine for Your Mummy
    To keep your mummy looking its best you have to dust and polish it regularly, or at least once ever two and a half millennia. That’s the case for this mummy which resides at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. A conservator trained in restoring ancient artifacts removed him from his coffin Friday and began using …

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  • Dreams Crushed: Return Trips to Mars Too Dangerous
    Recent news has crushed my dreams yet again. NASA has finally gotten around to crunching the numbers on a radiation detector that flew to mars taped to the Curiosity Rover. What they found was that one trip to Mars would load you up with your lifetime limit of radiation. So you only get to go …

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  • Game Changer: Standout 3D Printing
    I once had dreams on becoming an engineer but then my university wrote me a letter and told me to take my brilliance elsewhere. Now I’m just looking for a way to rub it in their faces, but it’s not going well. I can’t find the right paper to print my own diploma. Part of engineering …

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  • Geek Chariot Squared: Lego Segway
    Maker Simon “Burf” Burfield has built himself a Lego Segway that supports the weight of an adult. So far it doesn’t self balance and it moves at a snails pace. And not those new turbo snails either. A dying snail. Of course it is only using toy motors. When the kit comes out I’m gonna …

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  • Want: Electric Flying Bicycle
    Ok, so maybe it’s more or a giant remote control quadra-copter with a bike hanging in the center but but we’re getting there. The Czech inventors that came up with the flying bike say that battery technology is what’s holding this project down. I suspect it’s gravity. Gravity’s a b*tch. For now, the flying bike …

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  • For Your Melons: Melon
    Think with me for a second, how many of the worlds greatest villains are geniuses? At least several. If I were a genius would that increase my ability to become a super villain? That’s what I’m hoping for.  This is Melon, a new Kickstarter project. It’s a socially embarrassing head band that helps you train …

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  • So Pretty: Vibrating Sand Makes Waves
    The wave, do it. Good job sand. This experiment was carries out by YouTube enthusiast Brusspup. He shakes a plate covered in sand in order to find resonance points where the sand stands still. The best part is that it’s pretty. That and how the dog freaks out when you vibrate the table at 5800 …

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  • It’s Not a Kilt, It’s Just a Skirt
    We all know Europeans are strange, not Japan strange, but still a little off base. Now the guys are wearing skirts to work. Reading into this I completely understand why they’re doing it though. They’re Swedish and the weather is hot this week. Male staff on Stockholm’s commuter trains have begun wearing skirts to circumvent …

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  • Integrate This Into My Pants: Polymer Opals
    Because sometimes I wear stretchy pants, not for fun, but because I have to or I have given up on life, depends on the day. Scientist have developed “Polymer Opals” that change color when you stretch them. The idea is modeled on butterfly wings or natural opals. Neither of which have much real color of …

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  • 300 Million Dollar Bank Error in Your Favor. Roll Again.
    A teller an an unnamed German bank fell asleep with their finger on the keyboard and accidentally transferred 222,222,222.22 Euros (295088888.59 USD) into a pensioner’s account. The error was spotted by a colleague during an internal systems check and corrected. The case emerged at an employment tribunal case brought by a bank supervisor – who …

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  • What is that smell? Excelsior!
    Have you ever wanted to smell like a 90 year-old comic book creator? If so you’re gross, but in luck. Jads International LLC has come up with a Stan Lee Cologne. Stan Lee Signature Cologne is a fresh and sophisticated fragrance for the adventurous with blends of bergamot, ginger, white pepper, basil, and violet and …

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  • Geek Think: The Airing Of Grievances
    My thought today in on the airing of grievances. I had to look this one up to make sure I really had the the phrase definition right in my mind and it turns out yes, yes I do. air one’s grievances Fig. to complain; to make a public complaint. I’m not here to bother you …

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  • What Big Eyes You Will Have, In the Future
    You know those big-eyed stuffed animals that you have to go to the next aisle to avoid when you’re walking through Walmart? As it turns out one day in the future humans will look like those creepy frogs that you won’t let your wife bring home. This is according to Nickolay Lamm and Dr. Alan …

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  • Even Villains Need Some Time Off
    Nobody likes a villain. The most likely cause of this is because they are so freaking bad so freaking much. But, if you think about it, I’m sure they all enjoy a little normal time here and there. Kiersten Essenpreis captures this perfectly, showing villains doing every day, normal things like getting a drink, skateboarding, …

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  • Sleep Over Time: Body Pillows for Every Fan
    All of a sudden you like Deadpool more than you realized. Well get ready to be rendered uncomfortable by all these other body pillow cases that run the gambit from Superheroes, to BBC characters, to the Once-Ler from the Lorax. I’ll tell ya, if I ever walk into your bedroom and see one of these …

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  • Origami You’ll Never Be Able To Do
    Art and I have never gotten along. Ever. This is why paper art like this completely blows my brain into about 43 pieces. Nguyễn Hùng Cường (pronunciation guide already requested) of Vietnam is one of these paper artists. He’s been folding paper into pieces of art since he was five or six (around the time I …

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  • Not a Trap, Just a Limited Edition
    If you’ve ever been wrangled into buying anything because it is a limited edition then you are a good fanboy and you probably already know about this. This Admiral Ackbar action figure, decked out in full regalia, (translates to “fancy hat”) will only be available at the San Diego ComiCon this summer, and there will only be …

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  • The Ultimate Upgrade
    Behold, at last is an automobile fit for the geek. This Honda Civic comes equipped with the most amazing engine cover you can imagine. That’s right my friends, an old-school NES controller, complete with the Konami Code as well. That means that if you are in traffic, your car will turn into a tank bulldozer …

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  • Ewok Sushi: The Cuddliest Part of Dinner
    Who knew rice came in black? Why did no one let me in on that little secret? I thought these were little balls of caviar until I read into it. Black rice, who knew? These “sushiwoks” were created by blogger LydMc to celebrate at a Star Wars marathon. If you were wondering the only appropriate …

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  • Photoshop Ninjas Strike in Sweden
    When’s the last time you were waiting for a bus and you looked at one of the ads only to realize it’s a picture of you as a 180 foot tall monster? Used to happen to me all the time, until the doctor readjusted my meds. It’s been happening again lately, but not to me. This …

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  • No Need For Travel Agents
    MUTI From Cape Town, South Africa has just release some of the best travel posters ever. They are advertising famous places from books and movies. Peter Pan and Lord of the Rings are a couple that get the makeover with these amazing posters. Right now there is only four of them, but I want to …

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  • Joss Whedon Beats the Moral High Horse
    Joss Whedon is all up in a huff about how there aren’t any superheroin movies. I know I had to Google that one too. Apparently there are a couple and they all suck. However, superhero movies in general used to all suck until just a few years ago. This came up in an Interview with …

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  • Bear Necessities
    This is the coolest bear that I have ever seen. No joke. It’s been trained to do tricks better than your dog. “I don’t have a dog, it got eaten by a bear.” Well, this is awkward. Hopefully this bear doesn’t reproduce though, because it will make a generation of mutated beasts that can do …

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  • Back Catalogue of Avengers
    All the Pink Floyd fans out there will both recognize and perhaps be enraged by this painting. Zach T. Jordan of ztjillustration created this new Avengers Back Catalogue painting based on the old Pink Floyd poster. I must say you can’t get much more classy than painting pictures of superheros and government agents on the backs …

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  • State of the Web June 10, 2013
    This week on the web… Faith in Humanity Restored: Orchestra on a Plane Since you are an avid reader and follower of Uncanny Flats you know my disdain for all things that cause delays in life. Unfortunately that is almost everything because you are always waiting for someone. The respite from these delays is when …

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