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February 07, 2012

Lazer Tag has been reinvented for the iPhone users

So I had the original laser tag back in the 80s, complete with the uber-dorky helmet. But none of my friends had it. So I could basically commit suicide via laser. And that's all. But look at these sweet things. Christ. Look, I don't have any money at all really, but I would go out and donate plasma to buy these things. If I had any plasma left that is. Hasbro reinvents Lazer Tag for the smartphone generation, lets you live out your Doom-fueled fantasies -- Engadget
The NERF Lazer Tag system is getting an update for 2012 that lets you pair your blaster with an iPhone or iPod touch. The top of the plastic guns now sport a slot for your iDevice which, when loaded with the Lazer Tag app, provides you with an augmented HUD view. While you can play against purely virtual opponents, the real fun is in using to track your battles with fleshy foes. The app will display your gear and power level, and update your progress on a global Lazer Tag leaderboard. As you play, new attacks and gear will be unlocked for you to enhance your gaming experience. The app will even actually show your blasts' trajectory, letting you see exactly where you shot your former friend.

January 28, 2012

Navy's new murder drone has no pilot, so who is accountable?

And: just two weeks ago Iran hacked a spy drone so hard that it landed for them and was captured. Is sending heavily armed drones out really a good idea? New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who's accountable? - latimes.com
The Navy's new drone being tested near Chesapeake Bay stretches the boundaries of technology: It's designed to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, one of aviation's most difficult maneuvers. What's even more remarkable is that it will do that not only without a pilot in the cockpit, but without a pilot at all. The X-47B marks a paradigm shift in warfare, one that is likely to have far-reaching consequences. With the drone's ability to be flown autonomously by onboard computers, it could usher in an era when death and destruction can be dealt by machines operating semi-independently. . . .

January 26, 2012

On boomerangs and boomeranging (my final guest blog posts at Man Made DIY)

Hey Mojonauts, My last two guest blog posts are up...

The Cook's Thesaurus: For figuring out what to do when you don't have an ingredient

Also it's pretty informative. Cook's Thesaurus

January 24, 2012

The Pirate Bay sets its sights on physibles

Which is to say, files for creating things in 3D printers. Charles Stross' latest novel is coming true over on The Pirate Bay
We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles. Data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years. The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more shipping the broken products back. No more child labour. We'll be able to print food for hungry people. We'll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal. We'll be able to actually copy that floppy, if we needed one. We believe that the future of sharing is about physible data. We're thinking of temporarily renaming ourselves to The Product Bay - but we had no graphical artist around to make a logo. In the future, we'll download one.

January 21, 2012

Stephin Merritt to star in live-action one-day-only video game

I would literally stab you to be able to attend this. Flavorwire -- The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt to Star in a Live Video Game
We’ve been having warm and fuzzy feelings about Stephin Merritt ever since the Magnetic Fields’ ’90s revival track “Andrew in Drag” hit the internet, but turns out the oddball frontman just as keen on the future as he is on the past. In collaboration with D.I.Y. video arcade collective Babycastles, the Museum of Natural History is presenting Space Cruiser, a 200-person video game starring Merritt, available to play next Thursday only. As The Observer explains, the planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space has been re-imagined as a spaceship, which you will be able to control (with a bunch of other music and video game nerds). Babycastles co-founder Syed Salahuddin elucidated further: “A multi-player control deck at the center of the theater will offer a small crew the chance to navigate the spacecraft together, piloting through treacherous asteroid belts. The crew is an unassigned, free-form team that works together to pilot the spaceship, with various parts of the ship spread out over the theater while being guided by a on-board computer system that is voiced by Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields.” This may be crazy, or this may be totally awesome.