Archive for March, 2009

DIY ‘Save’ Bookmark

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These things are pretty hilarious / awesome - although I’d probably photoshop the image below to fit a couple of bookmarks on the page, for a more efficient use of paper.

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.:’save bookmark’ -> via icoeye blog

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Posted: March 25th, 2009
at 1:14am by orangemenace


Categories: design,diy

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In the Building + Feeling Himself

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Can anyone in their right mind still be an A-Rod fan [I mean, obviously other than A-Rod himself]? Here he is in the recent issue of Details magazine - seemingly kissing himself in the mirror.

Is he prepping for a career move? Something involving stripping for men, perhaps?

.:A Rod in Details via -> newsday.com

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Posted: March 25th, 2009
at 12:50am by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,celebrity,too good to be true,not ninja-worthy,fo' real?,real life news

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Obama becomes visible in Space

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President Obama recently held a conference call with some local school children and residents of the International Space Station. Apparently the focus of the conversation was the fashionably loud hair of one of the astronauts. Obama thought the hair was a definite "fashion statement."
Is this Obama’s new stance on hair styles, or is this strictly for the cosmonauts? How is the ISS member behind said long hair making that symbol with his hand?

What questions would you ask if you had a minute or two with the space walkers?

.: via -> swamppolitics

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Posted: March 24th, 2009
at 1:58pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: politricks,science

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Documentary: Married to Eiffel Tower


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Posted: March 23rd, 2009
at 7:49am by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,youtube,life,film,architecture,fo' real?,real life news

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Ninja Homes: House 205 by H Arq.

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[Image: South Facade]

::Ninja Homes is back! Our weekly feature of a housing project [previously featured over at AMNP] returns today - enjoy::

Located in Vacarisses, Catalunya [EspaA±a], House 205 was completed for Francesc Ortega i Maria Ferriol in 2008. Similar to the previously featured House 108, H Arquitectes‘ first priority was accessing the impact the project would have on the site - and designing the home accordingly. This attention to the surrounding hillside evolved into a linear home, perched on a rock outcropping and seemingly clinging to the slope of the hill.

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[Image: West Facade]

Clad in Flanders Pine paneling, the home seems to blend into the background of the hillside. The land shelf that the house rests upon creates open spaces for the home’s entry/exit and a garden - drawing the occupants and visitors linearly along the hillside. Using the existing site conditions in this way, the design leaves the path leading to the road/parking area as the only part of the site that cuts though the existing sloped terrain.

The large layer of rock and two concrete struts will be used as the foundations of the house. The two
struts will lay the foundations of the house on the rock. These two struts will also create a space
permanently ventilated between the house and the rocky ground.

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[Image: Study]

The home was constructed with large laminated wood panels - which were used as walls and ceilings. This allowed H Arquitectes the freedom to design large, open, free-flowing spaces on the lower level - the kitchen, living area, and study - connected in a linear progression through the house. The second level contains the more private space, namely the bedrooms - which have large sliding doors that open on to a long shared open space, with windows opening out to views down the hill.

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[Image: Plans]

This structural system implies a very important diminishment of the weight, raw material, energy and so the CO2 emissions associated with the foundations and structure of the building. The dry assembly is easy, quick and helps saving great amounts of water. Altogether eases the building and reduces significantly the cost and time investments. The laminated wood is a renewable material that can be dismantled and therefore recycled. This means its life cycle is practically closed.

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[Image: Section]

The facades are ventilated and finished with coniferous wood such as Flanders pine. The openings
have also been finished with wooden fitters protected with removable shutters. The transpirability of
the facade is guaranteed with a TYBEK panel, which protects the wood. The transpirability of the roof
is solved by a draining sheet, which creates a small ventilated room.

::More of this project, and more from H Arquitectes over at AMNP - they were our featured ‘Ninjas of the Month‘::

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Posted: March 20th, 2009
at 11:29am by orangemenace


Categories: green,architecture,ninja homes

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Weapons-Grade Lasers

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Huge news for real-life ray guns: Electric lasers have hit battlefield strength for the first time — paving the way for energy weapons to go to war.

In recent test-blasts, Pentagon-researchers at Northrop Grumman managed to get its 105 kilowatts of power out of their laser — past the "100kW threshold [that] has been viewed traditionally as a proof of principle for ‘weapons grade’ power levels for high-energy lasers," Northrop’s vice president of directed energy systems, Dan Wildt, said in a statement.

That much power won’t get you a Star Wars-style blaster. But it should be more than enough to zap the mortars and rockets that insurgents have used to pound American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

.: real-life ray guns -> via WIRED

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Posted: March 20th, 2009
at 5:43am by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,weaponry,gear,fo' real?,real life news,science

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Apple Finally Fixes iPhone OS

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It doesn’t sound perfect - but little things like cut/copy/paste and landscape typing in email are a HUGE deal for us iPhone users, and are much appreciated. It’s nice to have all the feature a normal phone has, finally. Here are some of the new features that will appear in the iPhone 3.0 OS, expected sometime this summer:

Cut/Copy and Paste: The system will work by double-tapping or dragging across text, selecting cut, copy or paste in the bubble above it, and then using a similar routine to paste it into another place, or across applications.

Landscape typing in Apple Apps: Now you can turn your iPhone on its side and type with a larger touchscreen keyboards, a feature that was available in some situations but not in email. Finally.

MMS: the widely adopted Multimedia Messaging System will now work on the iPhone, letting you attach photos or audio clips to text messages for instant, you-are-there fun. You can also forward and delete messages.

Search: Last year Apple added search for contacts, and now there will be the ability to search your email, calendars, iTunes, and notes. Also added will be Spotlight, letting you search across the iPhone for a keyword.

Push Notification: While Apple promised one-way background functionality ("push notification") last year but never delivered, Apple’s SVP of iPhone software Scott Forstall says he means it this time.

Modified Google Maps application: now lets developers use Google Maps in their apps. But the big news is this will allow "turn-by-turn" applications, bringing GPS navigation to the iPhone. However, because of licensing issues, developers will be required to provide the maps.

Modified Google Maps application: now lets developers use Google Maps in their apps. But the big news is this will allow "turn-by-turn" applications, bringing GPS navigation to the iPhone. However, because of licensing issues, developers will be required to provide the maps.

Stereo Bluetooth: Inexplicably missing on the iPhone, now you’ll be able to listen to stereo music over Bluetooth. Still missing: wireless synching via Bluetooth. The bad news? This stereo Bluetooth goodness and MMS won’t work on iPhone 1.0.

More at DVICE [link below]

.:Apple previews iPhone OS 3.0, featuring cut, copy and paste -> via DVICE

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Posted: March 19th, 2009
at 1:41pm by orangemenace


Categories: apple,cell phones,gear,real life news

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Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write The Book

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Posted: March 19th, 2009
at 1:23pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Cognitive Dissonance and the Human Mind

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When a€oeRobbiea€A the robot was told to shoot a weapon at a man in the movie Forbidden Planet, his electronic brain sparked and short-circuited. His creator had programmed him to never harm a human and so the conflicting ideas paralyzed him.

Human beings often are presented with opposing thoughts also, but our brains have developed a way of resolving these conflicts through a process call cognitive dissonance.

We are taught, like a€oeRobbie,a€A that killing is prohibited a€" but what about war? And many anti-abortionists support the death penaltya€¦ conflicting behavior is all around us. So how exactly does that work?

Simply put, congitive dissonance theory states that when you have two opposing ideas (or ideologies) at the same time, you will act upon the one that causes the less distortion to your ego.

.:Continue reading - > therearenosunglasses.wordpress

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Posted: March 19th, 2009
at 1:13pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: myninjaplease,life,business,robots,weaponry,science,"ninja"

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