Archive for November, 2011

A lot of those early posts seem embarrassingly awkward, naive, and wrongheaded now, but there are recent posts that are awkward, naive, and wrongheaded, too. That’s the territory, the necessary risk for any endeavor like this. #wayback machine

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 8:05pm by mnp


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Is spending every possible minute on your work the best thing for your business? Is it the best thing for your life? If you work 80 hrs a week, you will surely make more money and be more successful. #life

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 7:53pm by mnp


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Empathy and Reading a Story

Want an empathy workout for your brain? Read a book! : Continue reading :

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 3:12pm by mnp


Categories: science,reading is fun-damental

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Night Walks

A former mentalist talks about walking in the dark.

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 3:11pm by mnp


Categories: life

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Ball Conductor

19 spheres come to life, as you become a supernatural conductor. Each ball becomes an orchestral instrument that increases in volume as it physically rises. You can create your own soundscape whilst the balls levitate and dance to the music.

This is currently controlled via the touch screen of an iPhone, however, it may soon be naturally controlled with your movement. (Source)

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 2:57pm by mnp


Categories: music,cell phones

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Dash Light

A nice LED light for your home or office, buy it here for $325.

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 2:52pm by mnp


Categories: home,design

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Reinventing the Shipping Container Part 13

MNP hasn’t really talked about "normal" residential housing and shipping containers, so here is Cordell House by Christopher Robertson. Bamboo flooring and cost (a similiar home in Canada ran $64,500 USD or about $67 per sq. foot) make this unit reasonable….but let it be known there are heat and toxin issues that you will have to deal with when fabricating a new home.

Two 40-foot long, 9’6″ tall containers form the two bedroom units, which directly support the three roof beams. The rear freestanding guest unit is a third 40-foot container. A 20-foot long, 8’6′ tall unit forms the kitchen which opens onto the main living area. The main structure was set in a single day and the house was enclosed during the first month.

All the containers were repurposed. The three units forming the main house are so-called "one-trippers" that have been used for import from Europe or Asia. The rear structure is a more heavily used unit. Since the US has had a large trade imbalance in recent history, more containers are imported than returned, and are considered a re-usable by-product of the shipping industry.

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 2:35pm by mnp


Categories: real estate

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Muzak Video Sunday 11.6.11

Abstract Birds, Tom Fire, Bibio, Youth Lagoon, The Sheepdogs

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Posted: November 6th, 2011
at 12:12am by mnp


Categories: muzak video sundays

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Robotic Notification Smell Factory

This is pretty awesome, you can make these yourself or wait and buy an already assembled Olly- a robotic smell factory that alerts you with a smell when you get a tweet… and its running arduino, you can buy here.

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Posted: November 5th, 2011
at 10:12pm by mnp


Categories: too good to be true,robots,design,fo' real?,diy,open source,#twitterisfothebirds,innovation

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