Saturday, December 20, 2014

Adventures on ebay


So, did you know that Fatfingers is a website dedicated to spelling mistakes on ebay?  Here's the thing: if an item is misspelt, it is harder to find and therefore doesn't get as many bids.  Possible bargain therefore.  Don't tell me I only ever serve you up luke-warm youtube clips! This is gold, my friends, gold.


I thought that was a terribly clever concept and gave it a whirl. In the process I found this:

Which brings me to the obvious question: what on earth is a IKA color squid magnetic plate stirrer???  And the less obvious question: can you guess which word I typed in to check for a misspelling?  Shouldn't be too hard to guess....

And how about this:
Love these.  Especially the 'Tis but a flesh wound'.

Friday, December 19, 2014

To all the dads out there

Thank you, dads, for all the stuff you do.  Sometimes, it's the little things you do when it really counts.  Like this dad - who saved the day when his daughter was on MasterChef.

HT 22words

Because hummus is awesome

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I Am the Very Model

If you have an interest in ancient semitic languages (which admittedly is a rather niche demographic), then you'll enjoy this:

Great inventions yet to happen

This list is awesome: solar powered a/c that cools your car when it's parked in the sun, the ability to un-press a wrongly pressed elevator button by holding it extra-long, a transparent hole-punch so you can see where the hole will go and more.

And here's the some inventions not on that list that I personally want:

* a vacuum cleaner that can automatically detect and reject lego pieces
* a version of the "kreepy-krawly" pool cleaner that would go around the shower recess and clean the tiles
* a handbag where a light comes on inside when you open it - just like the fridge!
* a Roomba-iron: just dump it in your ironing pile and it sorts it all out
* a formal report-writing program where you could tell it what you really think "lazy as all get-out" and it would translate it into edu-speak "has difficulty sustaining motivation when undertaking complex tasks".

Do you have any inventions you'd love to see?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Actiwait - ping pong for pedestrians

My kids get to the walk button at the traffic lights and press it .... over and over again. Even though the light will not change any faster.  In Germany, they have a solution for this.  It's traffic light ping pong.