Archive for the ‘General Nerdery’ Category

Dog to the Beach

I’m not sure I will ever want to be anywhere as badly as this dog wants to be in the ocean.

That Will Lead to Some Interesting Preflight Checks

A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.

It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.

The pilot said he would be more cautious in future about checking his attachment, according to the report.

The British Electrical Plug as Design Marvel

Well damned if this isn’t a masterclass on design for nerds. Seriously, anyone who cares about making stuff can learn a lot from this video. After all, most of the features he talks about here come down to two of the cardinal rules of functional design: 1.) Make it hard to do the wrong thing. 2.) When you fail, fail safe.

View from the Hill of Tara towards the remains of an old Norman church.  Click for big.

View from the Hill of Tara towards the remains of an old Norman church. Click for big.

“What is clocks?”

Apparently I’ve Been Lacing My Boots Wrong

I don’t know exactly what sorcery this is, but I can attest to its efficacy:

I have a pair of Filson Uplanders that, while awesome, have always given me a little bit of heel rub, despite my best efforts at breaking them in. This morning I laced them up per this video and was able to walk a full four miles with no blisters or discomfort of any kind.

So basically today was the day I finally learned to tie my boots properly.

In Memoriam:

Rick D. Husband
William C. McCool
David M. Brown
Kalpana Chawla
Michael P. Anderson
Laurel B. Clark
Ilan Ramon

“and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God”

In memoriam:

Francis R. Scobee
Michael J. Smith
Ronald McNair
Ellison Onizuka
Judith Resnik
Greg Jarvis
Christa McAuliffe

A Glitch in the Matrix

A rare sighting of a Google Streetview Car, as captured by the Google Streetview Car:

Google Streetview Car, copyright Google Streetview

BRB, Making a Chandelier

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Magic Blue Smoke

House Rules:

1.) Carry out your own dead.
2.) No opium smoking in the elevators.
3.) In Competitions, during gunfire or while bombs are falling, players may take cover without penalty for ceasing play.
4.) A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place.
4a.) Penalty one stroke.
5.) Pilsner should be in Roman type, and begin with a capital.
6.) Keep Calm and Kill It with Fire.
7.) Spammers will be fed to the Crabipede.