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New machine tools

Oh, the excitement. I’ve ordered a couple of new machines! A scrollsaw, for one of my ideas, which should be very handy generally, as it allows very precise and fine cutting, with a minimum of kerf and no risk to the fingers – you can touch the moving blade without issue, which is the absolute […]

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pp3dp.com • The UP! printer

pp3dp.com • Printing the whistle. This is the whistle model I’m trying to print. whistle-2tone-v1.2 The issue I am having is that the base doesn’t fully work. Despite it being rotated properly and the two contact points being within a fraction of each other, the software for the UP! isn’t making a bade for the […]

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Sorting the roads

Britain’s roads are in a terrible state, and due to the current austerity cuts, it is unlikely that they are going to get better soon – at least if the top-heavy and poorly managed schemes that have grown up around & been used for the past decades. Great needs require radical actions, or you get […]

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‘Death by Caffeine’

Just found this. It’ll be handy for finding the caffeine levels in energy drinks & nootropics, as well as a good laugh. So, what’s your poison? http://www.energyfiend.com/death-by-caffeine

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The richest man you have never heard of?!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2012/02/08/manoj-bhargava-the-mystery-monk-making-billions-with-5-hour-energy/ This is an interesting read, to put it mildly. If you remember Red Bull suddenly appearing, and the miriad copies of various energy drinks that appeared after, this guy has found a new niche that is right next to, and possibly even bigger, than that. Very clever. I have noticed a few of this […]

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Remote updating

Unless you use WordPress or another of the advanced CMS’s out there, you probably don’t realise how advanced they are these days. The joys of this WordPress system now – I can mod any post or page on all 3 of my sites from the van! At risk of sounding elderly, I wrote my first […]

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Our eyes think optical illusions are as bright as real light

http://m.io9.com/5879014/our-eyes-think-optical-illusions-are-as-bright-as-real-light Interesting bit of research, and is why people watching films will wince and squint when a shot of the sun comes up – it isn’t any brighter, but you think it is, so your eyes dilate in anticipation of the glare.

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As phones get smarter, people get dumber

http://www.kashflow.com/blog/as-smart-phones-get-smarter-humans-get-stupider/ A great post from Duane Jackson discussing exactly what it suggests. His issue is one I share myself. We will most assuredly be the last generation where spelling and careful punctuation is worth consideration. However, since text as input is already fading away, being unable to type in anything like a useful way, or […]

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