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24 Apr 11:00

microaggressions: When a financial institution asks me my “mother’s maiden name” as a security...


When a financial institution asks me my “mother’s maiden name” as a security question. Because it’s assumed that I have at least one and no more than one mother in my life AND that she married AND that she gave up her own name AND that that part of her identity was erased enough from my public history so as to be a password to access my private information.

24 Apr 10:00

The Toilet That Will Change the World!

by Kent Griswold

What a horrendous and probably illegal device!

Our RV uses the standard blackwater tank method which is good for a week if we're careful. I have long planned to go with a composting unit for long term live-aboard travelling and I thought this was going to be a story about a new mobile-optimized composter. But his is an abomination that creates a compacted package that is probably against the law to throw away in most states!

by Kristina Von Kroug

Republished from

Living full-time on the road and in the woods has put our survive and thrive priorities up front – instead of paying someone else to take care of our needs, the basics take up a good chunk of our time.

Shelter, food and water, hygiene, animal care, and the big one – the bathroom.

Toilets in all of their incarnations symbolize a place of urgency and importance, it is the throne after all.

Our bathroom is a scant 2 ft. x 3 ft. — So you can imagine the challenges we have had building our biddy in a bus!

We have spent MONTHS researching options for a mobile commode! Everything from Ed Begley’s composting Envirolet toilet, to the more compact/travel versions, like Air Head, and Nature’s Head (which cost over a grand after you get all the proper accessories). One thing we learned from our composting toilet option: Strong odor results from solid waste mingling with urine. Separate the two and the smell is waaaaay limited. We nearly went with the composting option – but since we are not stationery for more than a few days tops, and we use our toilet often, there really wouldn’t be enough time to fully break down the material as compost requires — The smell is limited, but not eliminated.

Range Quest's toilet

We also tried the chemical RV option for awhile and porta potty (which we soon nixed – it’s why most RVs smell the way they do). They are just plain awful to operate or empty — and, in our opinion, are only good for very limited or emergency outdoor use.

We even looked into incinerator toilets (warning, that link goes to a very graphic video explaining how incinerating toilets work)! They leave very little waste, but take a lot of power to run and aren’t the safest option for a traveler in motion.

(See also: Our travel tips and galleries on

Thanks to the DryFlush waterless, compact, travel toilet, we have been able to go three-plus months on the road so far without any smells, leaks, or awkwardness! It also costs half what a compact composting toilet will set you back.

DryFlush Toilet

The DryFlush is a space-aged emerging technology perfect for our small bathroom space in A Little Further. The unit is compact, yet the seat size is standard. The DryFlush toilet flushes via an electrically charged battery that can be charged via any average 120v outlet. We charge it by plugging it in to an extension cord once a month (we have gone longer, but if you let the battery sink too low, we have found that the unit uses more power and cartridge resources — so charge when you can!). There is also a solar option!

Once you’ve done your biz, you hit the button and listen for the swirl – the device sucks the air out of the chamber, shrink wraps the waste, then compacts it into the bottom half of the unit, where it is stowed inside of a larger bag that, once full up, you simply pull out (without having to see, touch or smell anything offensive!) and dispose of in a trash bin (no awkward moments at a dump station or rest stop!).

There is seriously NO ODOR. AT. ALL. And you don’t need to cut a hole to vent it out of your vehicle!

Check out a video of exactly how this revolutionary toilet works!

There’s been no leakage and aside from the twinge of guilt for taking up landfill space (the DryFlush company is currently developing a biodegradable/compostable option!) the unit has saved us many painful cold, late night trips to the woods or the restroom.

Our only criticisms of the unit is that a little extra TP is needed to soak up the liquid as the unit gets fuller to avoid being forced out with the air — but the positive is that you can use any type of toilet paper, unlike in a typical chemical or enzyme plumbing system found in most RVs that require special toilet tissue that is expensive and not too skin-friendly. Also, the cost of the cartridges that hold your waste can be steep for a full-time user, but this company is relatively new, and we have been told that in addition to the biodegradable solutions they are working on, they are also redesigning their cartridges to be more affordable, since they are a disposable item. Our suggestion to DryFlush: nix the plastic and try a fabricated (perhaps coated?), recycled cardboard for the ring!

The DryFlush is a truly incredible invention that can solve so many problems for travelers, disadvantaged areas with poor plumbing and sanitary conditions, military units, off-grid homes, boaters, ice fishers, you name it!

The DryFlush retails for $420 at this time and comes with one battery and one refill installed. Three refill bags retail for $49.95.

Until we land and are able to build out our ultimate dream bathroom – the DryFlush is our choice for the road!

24 Apr 00:31

I love the way the French shoot cars. Exhibit A: Peugeot HX1...

by theburnlab

I love the way the French shoot cars.

Exhibit A:

Peugeot HX1 photography by Patrick Curtet (2012)

23 Apr 14:27

A Team of Flying Robots Playing Classic Songs On a Series of Instruments

by Rollin Bishop

Holy shit those are impressively musical little killbots!

KMel Robotics has uploaded a video of a team of flying robots, referred to as hexrotors, playing three classic songs on musical instruments. The team plays recognizable versions of “Also sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss, the Christmas song “Carol of the Bells”, and the United States national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” is featured last.

The group of hexrotors is set to perform at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 26th and 27th.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

22 Apr 14:26

siriciryon: flyingcuttlefish: jesseengland: The video camera...




The video camera is plugged into the VCR, allowing it to record itself being poked and prodded.

GIF’d version of Vide-Uhhh! (2005)

This is some horror movie shit…

SCIENCE! And fairly clever observational technique.

23 Apr 02:30



21 Apr 20:00

Toronado for 10 – Glenn Pray’s fiberglass front-wheel-drive Kruise-Aire

by Daniel Strohl

I rather like this!


Exactly what niche it fit into, nobody can quite agree, even today. Minivan? Motorhome? Executive limousine? It seemed ahead of its time and outside of time at the same time, and perhaps that’s why only one Kershaw Kruise-Aire was ever built.

Looking something like a cross between a Weinermobile and a GMC Motorhome, the Kruise-Aire emerged from the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, workshops of Glenn Pray, whose Cord 8/10 can be considered one of the world’s first continuation or replica cars and whose fans are gathering this year to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. Yet for all of Pray’s work designing and building the Kruise-Aire, the idea behind the unique vehicle goes to another businessman, Royce Kershaw.

Kershaw, of Montgomery, Alabama, established his company in 1924 to build and service railroad tracks and later to develop machines for track maintenance. The success of his company afforded him the opportunities to take his family on numerous vacations, according to his son, Royce Kershaw Jr., and those vacations led to a keen interest in motorhomes as far back as the late 1940s.

“I remember he took the family to Yellowstone in a new 1949 Ford station wagon when I was eight years old,” Royce Kershaw Jr.  said. “And the whole time he was measuring and sketching more for a motorhome-type vehicle than he was vacationing.”

That experience led him to build his own motorhome sometime in the late 1950s, but he appeared dissatisfied with it. Years later, however, two independent purchases led him to revisit the idea and fortify it with aspects of both: a cabin airplane and an Oldsmobile Toronado. According to Royce Kershaw Jr., his father felt the plane’s configuration would work well in an on-the-ground limousine, while the Toronado’s front-wheel-drive platform would keep the passenger compartment low.

As Josh Malks relates the story in Glenn Pray: The Man Who Brought Legends to Life, which includes these two photos of the completed Kruise-Aire, Kershaw approached a number of Detroit coachbuilders with his idea, all of which turned him down, before he met up with Pray at the 1966 Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club’s reunion and pitched his idea. Pray agreed, charging $10,000 for the initial designs for the vehicle.

Royce Kershaw Jr. said that his father believed Pray could produce exactly what his father wanted, and that Pray even brought in Gordon Buehrig to participate in the vehicle’s design. Once Royce Kershaw approved of the design, he then sent Pray a 1967 Toronado that he bought new specifically for the drivetrain. “He ordered it with the high-performance 425-cubic-inch V-8 and didn’t want any options on it at all,” Royce Kershaw Jr. said. “Dad always thought everything had to have performance.”


Pray designed the Kruise-Aire to be built from two fiberglass halves that joined together at the beltline “like a walnut shell,” Malks writes. It would sit on a 120-inch wheelbase – just an inch more than the Toronado’s – and use the Toronado’s rear suspension as well as a number of off-the-shelf parts, including a Corvette front bumper, Pontiac headlamp doors, Camaro taillamps, GM pickup windshield, and 1934 Auburn grille screens. Aside from the driver’s door, it had only one entry door for passengers on the curb side. “It was more meant to be chauffeur driven,” Royce Kershaw Jr. said, countering Malks’s assertion that the Kruise-Aire was a sort of proto-minivan.

“It took about a year to build,” Royce Kershaw Jr. said. “We’d fly out there to check on its progress about once a month. Oldsmobile even sent some of its engineers down to consult on the project, and they provided some heavier torsion bars up front. For the interior, we took it to Dean Howard’s aircraft interior shop in San Antonio.”

All told, Malks said that Kershaw spent about $65,000 to build the Kruise-Aire, and Royce Kershaw Jr. said that his father even had plans to go into limited production with it – thus the extensive use of already-available trim items. His father did at least use it a few times – mostly to take his customers to view his equipment in the field – but died about a year after it was complete, leaving it to his son.

Along with his father’s initial attempt at building a motorhome, the Kruise-Aire remains with Royce Kershaw Jr. today.

18 Apr 21:40

invisiblelad: stanry-ampora: evolvinglogic: policymic: Doctor...





Doctor saves child’s life by practicing heart surgery on 3D-printed model

Heart surgery is an extremely difficult procedure. Even more so when the tiny anatomy of a small child is involved. When 14-month old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart was failing him, his surgeon Erle Austin knew that he had to prepare meticulously for an intricate operation. Initially he consulted other surgeons, but this yielded conflicting advice. So Austin turned to 3D printing for help.

Using the facilities at the University of Louisville’s engineering school, Austin and his medical team produced a three dimensional model of little Ronald’s heart. Pediatric operations are difficult because the interior structures of a child’s organs are small and hard to see clearly. This model allowed the surgical team to come up with a precise plan to limit the amount of exploratory incisions, reduce operating time and prevent the need for follow-up operations.

Read moreFollow @policymic

Fuck. This is important.

3D printers are turning out to be the biggest medical breakthrough I’ve heard of in a long fucking time

This, plus the story of the father who engineered a working prosthetic limb for his son with one (which is one of my favorite “developing technology” stories to date) and I’m taking away the idea that the above about 3D printers being the “biggest medical breakthrough” in a long while is right.

16 Apr 16:00

Project Silkworm Shows The Future

by Site Admin

Oh! I have a need for such a thing, pity it is a Rhino plugin.

We’ve always been slightly annoyed at the overly simple manner in which 3D models are sliced and printed. Much more is theoretically possible and that may now become reality with the work developed by Project Silkworm.

If you, like us, spend hours ponderously watching your 3D printer extruder tediously traverse the print bed, gradually building up an object, you’ll start to imagine things. Better ways to extrude. Different directions. You’ll ask yourself, “why can’t it move like THIS instead?” 

project silkworm 3.jpg

It’s because the commonly found 3D model slicing software takes a very straightforward approach: cut the model into equally sized slices and print them on top of each other. That’s it. It’s done this way to ensure a reliable print. 

But it also restricts things considerably. Why couldn’t we have fatter extrusions in the interior, for example? Why can’t we move up AND down during a print? 

Project Silkworm attempts to get at this issue. It works with software modeling Rhino3D and its popular plugin, Grasshopper. Here’s the official description:

Silkworm is a plugin that translates Grasshopper and Rhino geometry into GCode for 3d printing. Silkworm allows for the complete and intuitive manipulation of the printer GCode, enabling novel printed material properties to be specified by non-solid geometry and techniques of digital craft.

Whoa. Hold on. 

This means you are developing the print movements DIRECTLY from your CAD software. You know, the CAD software that has far more sophisticated processing capabilities and also happens to intimately know the geometry of your object. 

This opens up endless possibilities. Some of them have been explored by the project. Their example page includes these: 

  • Build a continuously extruded spiral with a range of different speeds and flows, making fatter and thinner extrusion lines.
  • Add contours and “grain” to an otherwise flat surface.
  • Extrude a continuous structure upwards on the Z-axis in one operation
  • Create a continuous unsupported spiral by using very slow extrusion speeds
  • Vary extrusion settings for specific zones
  • Extrude a “layered pattern weave” using vector field geometry

This incredible capability, while still experimental, is available at no charge. All you need is a working copy of Rhino3D on Windows with the Grasshopper plugin. 

We can only imagine what people will do with this capability. 

Via Project Silkworm (Hat tip to Frederico)

18 Apr 04:20

I have no idea what this is but I love...


I have no clue. None.

I have no idea what this is but I love it.


And then there’s that…

17 Apr 08:00

Awww Shoot! My Spool Doesn’t Fit My Holder

by Rich Bremer

Um, they are spools. They have a hole in the center. That you can put a stick through. #ReinventingTheWheelBeat.


The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. Filament spools certainly do not deviate far from this sarcastic saying. So what are we 3D Printer folks to do? Here are a couple completely different DIY options:

[Mark] made a spool holder that can accept 2 different width spools. This design uses skate bearings to support the spool on two points at each end. There are 3 sets of bearing blocks to accommodate the 2 different width spools. When either size spool is installed, one of the bearing block sets goes unused.


[Ben] took a different approach to the same problem. His design holds the spool on its side making the spool width have no affect on the holders’ functionality. The parts for this spool holder are recycled from an old computer CD drive. If we’d have to suggest anything, it would be to add a little resistance to the spinning turntable to prevent uncontrolled filament unraveling (we’ve all been there).


Filed under: 3d Printer hacks
17 Apr 02:26



Oh my goodness!

18 Mar 00:30

spartisa: yes.



16 Apr 06:56

cuteosphere: unicorns are notorious for their hatred of...


Sisters before misters.


unicorns are notorious for their hatred of posturing bro culture

(I’m debating making this girl available as a sticker and a shirt.)

i’d buy and wear that shirt

16 Apr 20:46

A Fascinating 1978 Information Brochure for ARPANET, The Network That Evolved Into Internet

by Rollin Bishop

See that "BBN" in the upper right hand area of the net? I unplugged that once by accident.

ARPANET Brochure

A 1978 information brochure for ARPANET, the packet switching network created in 1969 that evolved into the Internet, provides a description of the project as well as policies and procedures governing its use. The brochure, which is hosted on the Defense Technical Information Center’s website, includes a number of fascinating diagrams and maps.

ARPANET Brochure

ARPANET Brochure

images via Paul Mison

via Matt Biddulph, Paul Mison, Buzz Andersen, Coudal Partners

15 Apr 14:00

Automated Bed Leveling For 3D Printers Is Now Solved

by Brian Benchoff

This is super clever! I wonder if it's covered under any existing patent and/or if this fellow is planning on any intellectual property protection planning.


The latest and greatest feature for 3D printers – besides being closed source, having no meaningful technical specs, and being on track towards pulling in $10 Million on a Kickstarter – is automated bed leveling. This amazingly useful feature makes sure your prints have proper adhesion to the bed, reduce print errors, and put even inexpensive printers into the realm of extremely expensive professional machines. Automated bed leveling has been extremely hard to implement in the past, but now [Scottbee] has it figured out with a working prototype on his Makerbot Replicator 2X.

Earlier attempts at automated bed leveling used some sort of probe on the tool head to measure the build plate, calculate its flatness and orientation in space, and compensate for any tilt in software. [Scottbee]‘s solution to the problem took a different tack: instead of trying to compensate for any odd orientation of the build surface in software, he’s simply making the bed level with a series of springs and cam locks.

[Scottbee]‘s device levitates the build plate on three springs, and replaces the jack screws with three “gimballing pins” and pin locks. With the pin locks disengaged, the bed plate is pressed down with the printer’s nozzle. By moving the extruder across the build plate and locking the pins in place one by one, [Scottbee]‘s device defines the plane of the build plate along three points. This makes the build platform parallel to the extruder nozzle, and also has a nice benefit of setting the distance from the build platform to the nozzle precisely with incredible repeatability.

The mechanics of locking the three gimballing pins in place  only requires a single DC gear motor, driven by an extra fan output on the Makerbot’s electronics. It’s simple, and with a bit of rework, it looks like most of the device could also be 3D printed.

An awful lot of RepRaps and 3D printers out there already use three points to attach the build plate to a frame. With a little bit of effort, this same technique could be ported and made a bit more generic than the Makerbot-based build seen above. It’s amazingly simple, and we can’t wait to see this applied to a normal RepRap.

Thanks [Josh] for the tip.

Filed under: 3d Printer hacks
16 Apr 19:20

Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear Hilariously Engage In Improvised Existential Banter During 1979 Camera Test

by Lori Dorn

"But I believe in you."

Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) and Fozzie Bear (Frank Oz) hilariously engage in improvised existential banter about their greater state of being during this 1979 camera test for their first “live-action” film, The Muppet Movie.

Kermit: Well Fozzie, the thing of it is though you’re not a real bear. You’re not a real natural bear. I mean, you’re talking about a bear in its natural habitat…What do you have, you have sort of a fake fur. You’ve got foam rubber. You’ve got foam rubber and fake fur. You’re an artificial bear. Have you ever seen a bear with a magenta nose?

Fozzie: I got news for you kid. You have to hurt me, I’m going to have to hurt you. Are you ready for this? Are you ready? You got a wire on your arm. It’s only for movement. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I believe in you. I do understand that I am not a real bear but I know what I am. I am what I am. But I’m a real puppet. I’m happy with my lot in life.

Absolutely priceless.

via Jason Scott

15 Apr 20:40

A Fascinating Short Film Showing the Assembly of a Watch

by Rollin Bishop

Guh! I lust after the process, I want to spend my days making such things. But I have zero interest in owning one. Is that weird?

German watchmaking company NOMOS Glashütte offers a look at what goes into the assembly of one of their watches in this fascinating short film that follows one of their watchmakers.

Plenty of tradition and handcraft—combined with high-tech, where it outperforms handcraft: That is NOMOS Glashütte. All our movements are built in-house and by ourselves in Glashütte. This also applies to our watches—Tangente, Orion, Zürich and all the other models—many of which are already considered classics.

via Gizmodo Sploid

03 Apr 20:40

Where y'all at?!


This is a tough nut to crack. How do you start a sex positive business without a way to process payments?

I remember gay activists in the 80's, in New York city maybe?, marking every dollar they spent until it was common to see marked money in the city. Is there a way to do that today? I can't remember the last time I went to the ATM and took out actual bills.

What is happening with Passionate Produce?

TLDR: Passionate Produce…LIVES! We are still here, folks, just a little beset by the slings and arrows of financial tomfoolery. That means it may be a while before we have a concrete launch date.

Our last big bang was opening the site up for beta testers in September 2013. At that time, we were hoping to launch in early 2014. It’s been an ongoing process, and the launch date is a slippery little sucker.

Why? We are SO GLAD you asked!

Things were looking great at the start of October: we had a bank who was willing to work with us on payment processing, but they backed out in November. We can’t use PayPal, Google Wallet, Amazon Payments, or any of the big-name payment processors because they have sex-negative terms of service: they’re generally anti-pornography, and since we want to support sex-positive filmmakers that’s a non-starter. A few folks have suggested that we use BitCoin, but we just don’t think that’s accessible enough to a wide range of folks. Since November, we’ve been trying to make connections and find leads, but it’s a slow and uphill battle.

Work continues on the website itself as we stomp out bugs and add shiny, sparkly features so that we’re ready as soon as we have a payment processor who ROCKS and loves us for who we are! We’re working on a major infrastructure upgrade, and once that’s in the can, we’ll send out another round of beta tester invites. Thanks to everyone who’s joined the beta tester program so far and started playing around with the site! We’ll be nudging everyone to log in again and play around some more as we get closer to launch.

We also have a new badass Systems Administrator on board who’s going to help us make sure the site is reliable and ready for traffic when we do finally launch.

We’re excited to start giving you more regular updates: we’ll try to keep the newsletter coming monthly, and hopefully you’ll start to see more action on our blog (, Facebook page (, and Twitter feed ( over the coming months.

Thanks to everyone for your support! Your emails, tweets, and reshares are what give us strength. We don’t know how much longer it will take to launch, but you remind us that this work is important and that it matters.


~ The Passionate Producers.


15 Apr 20:21

A Vintage Bliley Crystal

by Windell

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Bliley Crystal 7 Bliley Crystal 6

They don’t make — or package — them like they used to. This is a vintage radio crystal from the Bliley Electric Company.  Bliley is still around, making modern oscillators and even space flight hardware, but this vintage unit is a beauty.

Introduced in the 1930′s, the Bliley LD2 was a popular frequency standard for amateur radio operators. A 1935 advertisement in QST magazine claimed efficiency and extremely low drift (<8 ppm/°C), guaranteed operation, an improved holder, and a cost of only $4.80, or $82.79 in 2014 dollars.  This particular unit is calibrated at 3.9895 MHz (“3989.5 KC”), for a radio wavelength of about 75.2 m.
Bliley Crystal 9


Unlike most modern crystals, this type comes apart easily. Inside, two rectangular steel plates sandwich a thin slice of quartz crystal, all held pressed together with a simple spring.

If you’re interested to learn more, there’s a wealth of additional information about vintage crystals and the Bliley company available online, here.

15 Apr 13:28

"I’m just gonna bullshit it."


What I do in meetings every Tuesday at 10.

“I’m just gonna bullshit it.”


my life motto for the past 20 years  (via blurrymelancholy)

How I got through college

(via flergleblergle)

14 Apr 13:00

Hemmings Find of the Day – 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III

by Mike McNessor

Oh yum!


Lincoln’s Mark III was born of necessity in 1969 to do battle in the lucrative personal luxury market against the Buick Riviera, Oldsmobile Toronado, Cadillac Eldorado and even Ford’s own Thunderbird. While it’s true that the Mark III and the Thunderbird were brothers beneath the skin, and the Mark III rode on the four-door Thunderbird’s underpinnings, to today’s eye, the Mark III looks more like a modern classic, thanks to its upright Rolls-Royce-inspired grille and the spare tire hump in the trunk lid that harks back to Continentals of yore. Inside, the Mark III gets the edge over the Thunderbird too, with funky square-ish gauge pods, wood veneer trim and, of course, the signature Cartier Clock installed starting in late 1968. While the critics crowed, calling the Mark III a tarted-up Thunderbird, the buying public gave the Mark III a thumbs up. A total of 79,831 were built, so there’s an ample supply available today, usually at reasonable prices, like this 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III for sale on Note that this car, built in early 1968, doesn’t have the Cartier clock. (You can tell because it doesn’t have Roman numerals on the clock face.) It seems like all of the clocks in these cars, Lincoln or Cartier, are broken, but you can find replacements, repair parts and upgraded quartz innards available from suppliers in Hemmings.

Excellent original condition, all factory black interior and exterior. All the bright work has been restored, and the car was been repainted to its original color twelve years ago and is in very good condition. The body is completely straight and there has never been any serious body damage. A new vinyl top with correct fabric was replaced the original. This is a very rare Mark III, produced with the first 2800 in 1968 for the 1969 model year. Only these first additions have features such as no headrests, factory headlight dimmer mounted on hood, and no script on the spare tire truck hump. The car has all the options including factory speed control. Everything works, but the clock. All four power windows are working. Factory 8-track. This car was purchased 13 years ago from the original owner. Rust free and runs perfectly. All original stock, the car has always been garaged and is sparkling. The original interior is perfect. Priced to sell, this is a real find for any collector of Lincoln and Mark III’s. Please call with questions.

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Price: $12,000
Location: Los Angeles, California
Status: Available

See more Lincolns for sale on

11 Apr 15:51

porcelain-horse-horselain:  Not a god damn thing.


"Not a god damn thing."


 Not a god damn thing.

11 Apr 20:00

The Ancient Greeks Invented Kevlar Over 2 Millennia Ago

by James Hobson

In an alternated universe there was no Dark Ages and we are the Romulans.


In 356-323 B.C. Alexander the Great of Macedon conquered almost the entire known world by military force. Surprisingly, not much is known about how he did it! An ancient and mysterious armor called Linothorax was apparently used by Alexander and his men which may have been one of the reasons for his ever so successful conquest. A group of students at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (UWGB) have been investigating in detail and making their own version of it.

The problem is this type of armor decomposes naturally over time unlike more solid artifacts of stone and metal — meaning there is no physical proof or evidence of its existence. It has been described in around two dozen pieces of ancient literature and seen in over 700 visuals such as mosaics, sculptures and paintings — but there are no real examples of it. It is made (or thought to be) of many layers of linen glued together, much the same way that Kevlar body armor works.

The cool thing about this project is the students are designing their own Linothorax using authentic fabrics and glues that would have been available in that time period. The samples have been quite successful, surviving sharp arrows, swords, and even swinging axes at it. If this is the secret to Alexander the Great’s success… no wonder!

The group has lots of information on the topic and a few videos — stick around to learn more!

[Thanks Repkid!]

Filed under: classic hacks, wearable hacks
06 Apr 06:21

Lustrous. A man in the grocery store line today approached me...


Very cool! Also, I want that skirt.

Find pieces of this look and others in my online thrift store,


A man in the grocery store line today approached me and said, “Sir, when I first saw you I was extremely attracted to you, but then I noticed that you are a boy. How… I mean, why do you dress so provocatively?”

I responded, “Well, in today’s world the majority of the straight male race view women as objects, or something that belongs to them. I dress provocatively because it attracts the attention of men in a sexual and OBJECTIVE way. However, when realized that I am actually male, they often become confused, disgusted, upset or all of the above. By inflicting this minor emotional damaged upon the ego of a man raised by twisted societal gender norms, maybe, just maybe the individual will think twice before viewing another woman with an objective attitude and sense of belonging. No woman, belongs to ANYONE. Male or female, the equality of human beings needs to be a priority. It is something worth dressing up for.”

I AM NOT KIDDING. The woman behind me, the female cashier, the old lady bagging groceries and the woman in front of me who was talking on the phone STOPPED, …. and proceeded to gasp and clap. The man shook my hand, told me to have a blessed day and then said, “excuse me ladies, I need to visit my daughter.”

…. I was shaking by the time I walked out of the store.

- Elliott Alexzander

11 Apr 17:09

Transparent Hood Concept Provides Full View of What Is Underneath and in Front of the Vehicle

by Rollin Bishop

This is clever and would have saved the life of a little girl down the street from us. Fucking SUVs.

Automotive company Jaguar Land Rover has revealed their “Transparent Bonnet” virtual imaging concept that was debuted as part of Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept car at the New York International Auto Show. The concept uses cameras in the vehicle’s grill to feed a HUD to create what appears to be an invisible hood and engine area so that drivers can see what is directly below and in front of them at the same time. More on the concept is available at Jaguar Land Rover’s website.

Land Rover Transparent Hood

Land Rover Transparent Hood Details

images via Jaguar Land Rover

via Geek

10 Apr 08:00

Resetting DRM On 3D Printer Filament

by Brian Benchoff

So that's why the Da Vinci is so cheap.


The Da Vinci 3D printer is, without a doubt, the future of printing plastic objects at home. It’s small, looks good on a desk, is fairly cheap, and most importantly for printer manufacturers, uses chipped filament cartridges that can’t be refilled.

[Oliver] over at Voltivo was trying to test their new printer filament with a Da Vinci and ran head-on into this problem of chipped filament. Digging around inside the filament cartridge, he found a measly 300 grams of filament and a small PCB with a Microchip 11LC010 EEPROM. This one kilobyte EEPROM contains all the data about what’s in the filament cartridge, including the length of filament remaining.

After dumping the EEPROM with an Arduino and looking at the hex file, [Oliver] discovered the amount of filament remaining was held in a single two-byte value. Resetting this value to 0xFFFF restores the filament counter to its virgin state, allowing him to refill the filament. A good thing, too; the cartridge filament is about twice as expensive as what we would normally buy.


Filed under: 3d Printer hacks
11 Apr 17:17

If Anderson Cooper offers you candy, run like hell


Actually, I think that's Roger Sterling.

If Anderson Cooper offers you candy, run like hell

09 Apr 21:34

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A true warrior.

I can’t believe he defeated Mr.Incredible

I love how he fuckin fuckin STOMPS on Fred Flintstone

watched this for like 10ish minutes and laughed the whole time 

10 Apr 17:02

CBS: Stephen Colbert Will Take Over Letterman’s ‘Late Show’

by Xeni Jardin

I do hope he plans to drop the faux-conservative schtick.

Comedian Stephen Colbert greets a reporter as he arrives for the State Dinner being held for French President Francois Hollande at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Looks like that #CancelColbert campaign worked: The Colbert Show's Stephen Colbert will replace a retiring David Letterman as host of the CBS Late Show. Colbert's tenure will begin in 2015, according to an announcement today from CBS' CEO Les Moonves. The Comedy Central star has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, and the show's location is yet to be determined.