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What is Chindgu ()?

Chindgu ()Ais the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everydayAgadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has noAutility whatsoever. Thus, chindgu are sometimes described as "unuseless" - that is, they cannot be regarded as ‘useless’ in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called "useful." via


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Posted: November 18th, 2010
at 2:45am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: gear,design,"ninja",et cetera

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What’s New? : Engineers Like Dirt

What's New? covering what's new in tech, this week we take a look at The Art of Engineering - a lecture by James Dyson, inventor of the Dual Cyclone vacuum cleaner who talks about the design process.

In the late 1970s, Dyson noticed a cyclone tower for removing particles at a saw mill and was inspired to mock up a vacuum cleaner based on the same principles. It took 5, 127 prototypes and almost five years to build. "The 5, 126th failure taught me so much. Making mistakes is the most important thing you can do," says Dyson. "You don't get things by sitting at a drawing board or lying in a bath.">

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Posted: July 8th, 2010
at 2:19pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: gear,design,science,development,what's new?

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teknines : 9mm 18K Earphones>

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Posted: July 3rd, 2010
at 1:53pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: bling,music,weaponry,gear,design

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What’s New? : Redesigning the Past

What would you do if you could travel back in time? Assassinate Marilyn Monroe? Go on a date with Hitler? Obviously. But here’s what I’d do after that: grab all the modern technology I could find, take it to the late 70’s, superficially redesign it all to blend in, start a consumer electronics company to unleash it upon the world, then sit back as I rake in billions, trillions, or even millions of dollars.>

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ninja.networks / Ninja Badges

Ninja Networks designs and distributes custom electronic "badges" at DEFCON and other creative conferences around the world.


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Posted: June 10th, 2010
at 5:02pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,gear,design,events,internets,ninjas are everyehere,security

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Gear To Use to Spy on Spies

With about 200K you can become geared up to start a surveillance-detectionAcompany- Wired looks at the gizmos of new like the Tektronix Radio Spectrum Analyzer, Inova Ultraviolet Flashlight, Merlin-MID Thermal Imaging Camera, REI Multifunction Digital Telephone Analyzer, AirPatrol Digital Surveillance Location Analyzer and Nonlinear Junction Detector.>

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Posted: May 28th, 2010
at 3:11pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,gear

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The Subversive Vending Machine

Vending machines or automated coin operated commerce have represented a subversive element in our culture since Richard Carlisle first came up with a machine to distribute his criminal writings that "dropped a customer's desired book after money was inserted and a dial positioned to a corresponding number."

There is a machine in Italy that "whips up flour, water, tomato sauce and fresh ingredients to produce a piping-hot-pizza in about three minutes." After the global economic downturn, a machine popped up at Germany's Frankfurt Airport dispensing one-gram wafers of gold. In a drug-prone section of Sydney, Australia, a machine dispenses clean hypodermic needles. At a beverage machine in Tokyo, consumers pay for libations not in money but by watching a 30-second advertisement.>

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Posted: May 23rd, 2010
at 2:22pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,robots,weaponry,gear,grub,design

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The Impossible Project : Polaroid Film

Impossible GmbH, in cooperation withAPLR IP Holdings, has released re-engineered film for the once popular Polaroid style cameras.AGoing for $22 a pack of b/w, they go on sale this thursday- color packs will be available this summer.

Made up of up to a dozen parts to a layer, there are six major layers- mask, receiving sheet, developer, negative, rail and mash. The film looks blue when it comes out of the camera, instead of white like the old Polaroid film.

Instead of expiration dates-

The new packs will be marked with production dates. "It’s a little like a wine," says Kaps. "There is a lot of handwork; it’s slow production." Each vintage is unique and who can say when a wine is done for? You have to taste it.>

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Posted: March 31st, 2010
at 8:19pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: business,gear,photo,design

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Architecturally inspiring neck-wear, via A Glimpse of Glamour

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Posted: March 28th, 2010
at 3:05pm by Black Ock

Categories: gear,the column

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