February 27, 2013 Leave a comment
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July 19, 2012 Leave a comment
You might think this is abnormal for me but, to the contrary, it’s customary.
Every extension cord and USB adapter and USB cable shown here I carry all the time in my backpack with a few exceptions:
• one Belkin AC tripler with dual USB I carry in my suitcase
• one dual USB adapter is from Janet’s travel stuff
• Canon battery charger is carried in the camera bag
• firewire HD I carry in my suitcase • Verizon 3G mifi adapter (standard micro USB screws up this mifi, have to use their awkward connecter)
Almost every USB cable is retractable.
Every device shown, I carry in my pockets or in my backpack all the time except:
• 2 iPhones, an iPod nano and an iPad belonging to Janet.
Some people ask how heavy my backpack is. There are a lot more things in my backpack including
• the AirPort Express and MacBook Pro 85W magsafe adapter, which are out of sight in this photo,
• bluetooth mouse,
• projector connectors,
• multiple Gameboy Lights (a Gameboy sold in Japan but never in the U.S.),
• Gameboy link cables,
• plenty of foreign AC adapters,
• prism glasses for watching movies in bed,
• earplugs for concerts,
• Ultimate Ears UE18 earplugs for flights,
• Gameboy link cable,
• tons of pencils for pencil games on flights,
• tons of pens,
• tons of sharpies,
• tons of paint pens (signing),
• red-blue-purple-yellow-green laser pointers,
• credit cards,
• hotel cards,
• airline cards,
• hard rock card,
• medical cards,
• small accessories like olloclip iPhone lens adapter,
• flash keys,
• flash media adapters,
• cigarette lighter dual USB adapter, • audio doubler cable,
• iPad USB/SD Card adapters,
• toiletries for hotels,
• batteries of many types (AA, AAA, CR2, CR128, odder types for things like my bag beeper for locating my suitcase)
• $2 bill pads,
• pencil puzzles,
• itineraries for upcoming travel…
I usually say that my backpack weighs 50 pounds. I’m not sure but I have to carry it every step through airports. I’m sure that I’m shorter now than before and I don’t walk as fast. Everything has its place in my backpack.
Sometimes TSA takes a long time unpacking it. A couple of times they asked me to take out everything electronic and I asked for seven bins, all of which I filled (only 2 half-size), plus my MacBook Pro, plus the bag. All of that through the X-ray machine. Then repack it.
Nothing in my backpack goes unused, although the bluetooth mouse is close.
April 2, 2012 Leave a comment
A hand out electronmicroscope photograph shows anano-scalemodel of Wormsergate in Frankenthal, Germany, created by anewly developed 3D printing technique for nano structures, madeavailableto Reuters March 29, 2012. Researchers from the Vienna University of Technology haveset a newworld speed record for creating 3D nano objects. The University team create their grain of sand-size structures injust four minutes, a fraction of the time that other items have previously been printed. Previously making complex large3D structures would takehours or evendays but with the newly developed 3D laser printer thescientists can speed that up by afactorof 500 or in somecases 1,000 times. The process called “two-photon lithography” involves using a focused laser beam to harden liquid resinin order to create micro objects of solid polymer. The scientists said thetechnique could be developed to make small biomedical parts to be used by doctors.
March 3, 2012 Leave a comment
You know what would be fun? I’ll tell you: trying to navigate a giant cubic maze with transparent walls, floors, and ceilings, where the only reward is a cup of coffee at the top and the horrifying prospect of having to find your way out again.
The Cubed Maze³ (which I think if you do the math works out to more dimensions than I’m personally comfortable with) is a nine floor maze constructed entirely out of transparent panels. The goal is a coffee shop on the top floor and sets of ramps and stairs will get you there, but of course it’s not that easy. Designer Phil Pauley (who is also responsible for wacky ideas like this) explains:
Covering nine floors, multiple stairs, glass ramps and transparent walled partitions, this mega maze will challenge and amuse all who attempt her summit. Each of the nine levels represents the complexity of an equivalent single level maze. Stairs and ramp ways may offer assurance but sometimes you will have to go back down a floor or two to reach the higher levels.
Well, at least the maze doesn’t move around and as far as we know it’s not full of nasty traps, either. And presumably, nobody will force you into to and then abandon you to your fate, but it’s best not to take chances and we’d advise anyone who goes anywhere near this thing to bring enough stones with them to smash their way out if necessary