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"Secret Agent" sunglasses with hidden camera
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
Good grief, I would have given almost anything to have these when I was a kid...
A geeky way to track exercise and weight-loss goals
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Here's an interesting way to map out walks and bike rides and view them in 3D.
And the winner of the free Verilog book is...
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Good grief... making a final decision was a lot harder than I expected...
Animator versus Animation
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Here's a very clever Flash animation created by a very gifted young artist.
Androids - are they already amongst us?
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Here are two more thought-provoking videos that, well, make one think provoking thoughts...
Here's the answer to CRC-7 algorithm for the SD Card
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7/25/2008   1 comment
I think the student who posed the original question is going to be a very happy camper...
Dancing robots - this is a MUST SEE!
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
In which we discover a robot fish, a bicycle-riding robot, some fighting robots, and some amazing dancing robots!
Verilog versus VHDL (which is best?)
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7/24/2008   65 comments
A reader who knows a little Verilog and a little VHDL is trying to plot his future course; which language should he learn in detail?
Two "jokes" - one happy, one sad
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7/24/2008   1 comment
Here are two items of interest that I bet you'll be telling to someone you know before the day is out...
How to increase your productivity and fitness at the same time (seriously)
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7/23/2008   Post a comment
I've discovered a way to increase one's productivity at work while at the same time increasing one's fitness and losing weight.
What am I holding in my hand?
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
Close, but no cigar - it's actually an $84.95 book that provides a hands-on introduction to Verilog synthesis and FPGA prototyping and I'm giving it away...
Octopus eats shark - Fish eats duck
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
YouTube is an extremely "sticky" website; once you go in, it's very hard to come back out again...
Trying to understand CRC-7 for the SD Card
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7/21/2008   3 comments
A student in Canada has run into a problem on his MP3 player project and is asking for our help...
Reciprocating windmill
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Have you seen all of the things going on in "Eco-Geek" space?
Building an Archimedes Death Ray
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
In which Rob from Cockeyed.com builds a functional Archimedes Death Ray using an old satellite dish.
Cadence's new website is rather spiffy
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
In addition to being clean, sharp, and easy to navigate ... Cadence's new website employs some very cool technology that makes it interactive and interesting.
Computer archeology
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
I just saw an interesting article on reconstructing the Apple I BASIC from an antique cassette tape.
Latin quips for all occasions
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
I just read a book containing a plethora of witty Latin sayings by some jolly wise Romans.
Lorenzo the flying Frenchman
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7/13/2008   2 comments
Here's a link to a video that will leave your eyes agape and your mouth hanging wide open saying "Wow!"
Steampunk Car Update
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7/11/2008   Post a comment
Phase one is complete, Phase II is in progress, and Phase III will be the ultimate conversion to steam power...
"Hands Free" comedic video pokes fun at California law
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7/9/2008   Post a comment
This video pokes fun at California, which is the latest state to require hands free use of cell phones while driving.
Newnes want to put you on their payroll
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7/8/2008   1 comment
The folks at Newnes will pay $1,000 to whoever comes up with their new tagline!
The myth of fossil fuels
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
I just finished reading a book that has left me astonished, amazed, and an absolute convert to a radical collection of theories...
The laws of ultimate reality
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7/3/2008   Post a comment
Although these "laws" can't be proven scientifically, it's amazing how often the little scamps come true...
Storing energy using compressed air in caves
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7/2/2008   Post a comment
Here's another brilliant idea that makes you say: "Why didn't I think of that?"
Is your company looking for a world-leading program/project manager?
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7/1/2008   3 comments
I happen to know a program/project management diva (or the male equivalent thereof) who can make himself available if the right consulting or full-time position presents itself.


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