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I’m not usually a “god” person but the first time I saw a 4D* scan of my unborn daughter I started to feel like something else was going on in the universe. Just 12 weeks after conception I could make out the two hemispheres of her brain and watch her suck her thumb. My mom said the barely post-zygotic life form definitely had my grandfather’s brow line. Anti-abortion arguments suddenly became something I was willing to consider: although this was something my partner and I had created together, it was nothing any person could create with 3D printers or tiny Legos. Some other force was guiding its construction and it was difficult to attribute that force entirely to nature, as I do with most god-related questions.
Keep Portland Weird: Darth Vader In Kilt Riding Unicycle Playing Star Wars Medley On Flaming Bagpipes
The title says it all. Whatever the title doesn’t say is best kept a secret between you and I. You do know what I’m talking about, right? That thing I told you the other day that I made you promise you wouldn’t tell anybody else? You still haven’t told anybody, right? Good, I told you that in CONFIDENCE. But now — now is the time. I want you yell, verbatim, what I told you that day. “GW’S PENIS IS TWO SIZES TOO SMALL!” Dammit, I said VERBATIM. “That my penis is two sizes too small? But it isn’t.” You know it would have been funnier if you had just done it right the first time.
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This is a shot of a tree that got all its bark zapped off in a lightning storm. Now it’s just standing there all butt-ass naked. Will it endure? A quick Google look for “can a tree endure without bark?” proved inconclusive, and that’s as far as my investigatory reporting is going today. All this investigatory journalism endures a person, you know? “You’re wearing a beer helmet.” Right? It’s been driving me to drink. And you know what? Now it’s your task. Select me up at four in time for delighted hour.
Thanks to PYY, who attempted to inform me it’s in fact the thunder that’s the dangerous part.
Just as some people are put on this earth to create things, others are prone to destroy everything they touch. Those people should probably spend some time with the Caterpillar-branded CAT B15, an aluminum-and-rubber-clad Android smartphone that (inadvertently) encouraged people to work on their stress issues here at MWC.
Naturally, Caterpillar isn’t actually making the phones — it’s a very far cry from the engines and bulldozers that the company is better known for. The device itself is made by a licensee called Bullitt Mobile, a U.K.-based company whose sole reason for existing seems to be churning out these sorts of rugged handsets.
In fact, It’s actually rather hard to get a firm idea of how tough this thing actually is. Sure, it’s completely dust-proof (assuming all the ports are properly closed) and the 4-inch display is swathed in second generation Gorilla Glass, but it’s all sort of abstract until you hold the thing in your hand the feel the urge to heave it somewhere. In spite of its considerable chubbiness, the B15 is actually lighter than you’d expect, though it’s still going to elicit some stares should you shove the thing into your pocket.
In a classic case of brawn vs. brains, the B15 isn’t the snappiest thing you’ll ever see with its dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor and but it’s still got enough horsepower to handle most daily tasks. If anything, performance is aided by the fact that the particular build of Android loaded up on the B15 is totally stock — no garish, cumbersome UI to be found here.
And perhaps best of all, the 4-inch display recognizes touch input even when it’s wet — mostly. After a booth representative shot down my attempt to hurl the thing like baseball (not a huge loss, my fastball is pretty lousy), I settled for dunking the B15 in some water a few times. For the first few instances, things worked fine, but at some point you’ll eventually have to wipe the thing down for it to start behaving properly again. Hardly a big deal, but those of you looking for an Android-powered diving buddy will have to look elsewhere (especially because it’s only waterproof until you go deeper than 1 meter).
In the event that your current smartphone is just too puny to keep up with your lifestyle, the CAT B15 will be available in March for €395 — try not to hurt yourself until then.
There’s a dotted line in between geekdom and Japan– some of us call ourselves “otaku;” we follow Japanese innovation companies; we planning to Japanese society as a beacon of our tech-obsessed future; we dream of checking out Tokyo. But we like to slam Japanese culture, as if to state, “Well, sure, they make cool things, but they sure are messed up.”
I’m no expert on Japanese society. While my check outs to the island country number in the double digits and I’m married to a citizen, I’m not about to claim any sort of authority on matters of Japan.
However, I’m very sure they’re not as odd as we such as to state they are. And if they are, we’re just as off-kilter.
There’s a dotted line between geekdom and Japan — some of us call ourselves “otaku;” we follow Japanese technology companies; we look to Japanese culture as a beacon of our tech-obsessed future; we dream of visiting Tokyo. And yet we love to criticize Japanese culture, as if to say, “Well, sure, they make cool stuff, but they sure are messed up.”
I’m no expert on Japanese culture. While my visits to the island nation number in the double digits and I’m married to a citizen, I’m not about to claim any sort of authority on matters of Japan.
However, I’m pretty sure they’re not as weird as we like to say they are. And if they are, we’re just as off-kilter.
Female’s fashion: it’s unusual and I don’t comprehend it. There might have been a point in my life when I seem like I WISHED TO understand it, but that was back when I was a kid and still trying on my mother’s dresses and heels. The late high school/early university years. These are a lot of leggings from URB that make it look like your cyborg crotch is melting/there’s paint dripping down your legs. Which makes sense due to the fact that they’re made by dripping latex down a pair of nude (or colored) stockings and letting it dry. So if you wish tosave yourself $ 50, that’s how you make them. Just don’t come blaming me if yours do not end up as good looking. Why WERE you making them anyways? Please inform me to sell on Etsy and not to use. “To sell on Etsy and not to put on.” YOU ‘RE LYING TO ME. And do you know exactly what I do when I figure out I’m being lied to? “Cry about it?” \* sobbing \* HOW COULD YOU ?! Struck the jump for a lot of other colors.
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The FCC has been even more than a little excited to repurpose spectrum as wireless network net access removes: white areas and iDEN frequencies have already switched functions, which’s not consisting of the myriad of spectrum swaps. Include another wireless network assortment to the listing, as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has verified his agency will certainly vote on a proposal for incentive-based auctions of UHF spectrum. When the Commission satisfies next on September 28th, it will choose on whether to entice broadcasters into quiting the usually TV-focused space for the sake of information enthusiasts all over. The freed-up airwaves in the proposal would mainly be unlicensed spectrum with “WiFi-like usages,” but at a much lower frequency than the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands that WiFi requires today: as the first regular, unlicensed spectrum at that variety in the United States, it could develop possibilities for longer-ranged, free of cost wi-fi that aren’t even on the table in 2012. Not that we have a lot of a selection in reacting today. Any accepted rules won’t be totally wrapped up until mid-2013, and the auction itself will not take location till 2014. Still, the UHF prepares foster dreams of more wireless for everybody– and we presume that also one Mr. Yankovic would not mind quiting Channel 62 for a long-distance home network.
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There’s a sign that hangs in the windows of shops in downtown Santa Cruz, California. “Keep Santa Cruz Weird.” It’s not unique to that town, of course — the best known implementation of the slogan is the one seen all over Austin, Texas. Localized versions have also been spotted on t-shirts and bumper stickers in places like Portland and Boulder — any area where the undercurrent of independent thinking does daily battle with the threat of homogenized commerce. The Santa Cruz example sticks in my mind in particular, of course, due to the five years I spent in that town, whose weirdness never fully recovered from the ’89 earthquake, a natural disaster that both wreaked havoc on the landscape and caused a shift in the local zeitgeist, opening crumbled and abandoned storefronts up for Starbucks and Taco Bells — chain stores devoid of the character that makes the town so unique. So weird.
There are, naturally, growing pains with any company — particularly one that has had so meteoric a rise as Google has experienced over the past decade and a half. Evil claims aside for the moment, the transformation from a dorm-based project to an international corporation nearly always risks the loss of the character and principles on which the project was initially founded. After taking the helm as CEO last April, co-founder Larry Page stressed the need for focusing the company’s countless product lines, announcing during an earnings call that, “We’ve [...] done substantial internal work simplifying and streamlining our product lines.”
It’s easy to appreciate the sentiment. As Google grows at a tremendous rate, it risks losing focus, following in the footsteps of companies like Yahoo, which never did all that great a job subscribing to its own “Peanut Butter Manifesto,” by pruning away its ever-growing list of redundancy. Surely no one can fault Google for opting to pump more resources into successful properties like Android — brands with large user bases that require, arguably, even more attention than the company has been able to allot thus far.