Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Aliens!



Or not.

Brilliant!

Robotic furniture powered by vermin like mice and flies, which it catches itself. Functional AND functional.

At long last?

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.


Alumni group to pay $6M to separate Antioch College in Ohio from parent university



By Associated Press

12:52 PM EDT, June 30, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An alumni group from Antioch College in Ohio has a conditional agreement that will allow them to operate the financially strapped school and reopen in two years.

The alumni group agreed to pay parent Antioch University $6 million for the campus and the college's endowment. The school is closed because of financial problems caused by declining enrollment, a heavy dependence on tuition and a small endowment.

The college in Yellow Springs, Ohio, is the flagship of Antioch University, which also has campuses in Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Keene, N.H.

The agreement, announced Tuesday, is contingent on approval from the Ohio attorney general's office and university bond holders.

Monday, June 29, 2009

I <3 the future!

Telekinesis machines? In the Weird seems to have missed the announcement of Mattel's Mindflex, the game that allows players to move objects with thought, but here comes even more exciting news: a wheelchair controlled by thought.

It's an EEG device that "analyzes brain wave data using signal-processing technology and delivers neuro-feedback to the driver." Similar technology is being used for other mind-controlled devices, as well as the next generation of more-accurate lie detectors.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Nerd Core

Actor/writer and acknowledged nerd John Hodgman discusses President Obama's geek credentials while the president plays along in front of a crowd of media correspondants. Good, clean fun for geeks and nerds!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The best of both worlds

More stuff to love:

Dean Fraser draws pop culture icons in the style of The Simpsons at Springfield Punx. His most recent posts caricature the folks from Lost. Older posts showcase comic book superheros (Marvel and DC), old TV characters, and pretty much whoever strikes his fancy.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My skin just came off my body and ran away


(from a tech demo of animation from a still image)