Gadgets

2006 11 16
The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass


Posted by in: Gadgets, Sex

This reminds me a bit of the particles in the Bell experiment, except, of course, in this case instead of subatomic particles it’s snails who have fucked.


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2005 10 27
Progress


Posted by in: Gadgets

I know they say that if robotics get too advanced, we might end up kowtowing to the orders of our artificial friends. But so soon?


A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2005 04 24
Current action prohibited by disk


Posted by in: Gadgets, Technology

Or something like that. That’s what our DVD player says when we try to fast-forward through the previews or introductory material on a DVD. This never fails to annoy me. I’ll bet it’s not technologically impossible for the machine to ignore the disk instructions and fast-forward anyway. For the publishers of the DVD to try to force me to watch an ad is merely outrageous – merely because my expectations about this sort of thing are so low now that I’m able to keep my revenge fantasies under control. The serious scandal here is that the DVD machine – our DVD machine – is conspiring with these bastards. It’s our damn DVD player. Whose side is it supposed to be on?


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2004 10 20
The March of Progress Continues


Posted by in: Gadgets

Now this is progress: A keychain remote that can turn off any television, anywhere. Use it in airports, restaurants, etc. etc. etc.

Brilliant. Irresistible. And soon, I’m sure, very popular.


A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2004 06 03
Conformateur? I hardly know ‘er.


Posted by in: Gadgets

Following up on the mystery machine in the Amherst College archives, the estimable Bonassus has cool pictures of a few antique hat-measuring devices called “conformateurs”. There seem to be different types, and they seem to be sitting on a hairy table. Go look!


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2004 04 12
Perpetual frustration


Posted by in: Anecdotal, Gadgets

Via Boing Boing, I see that there is now an online museum of unworkable devices.

The perpetual motion machines section really took me back. A perpetual motion machine was the Holy Grail of my childhood. As I finished my designs, I would bring them to my father. Alas, he could only meet my mounting outrage at his lack of enthusiasm with a bit of mumbling about the second law of thermodynamics.


A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)

2004 04 07
Doc McGillicuddy’s Regumbent Mangulator?


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So Amherst College found this mysterious old mechanical device in a dusty closet somewhere, and they can’t figure out what it does. Can you? Many happy imaginative hours await.


Howls of outrage (2)