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June 16, 2009

British Manufacturer Offers Anti-Stab Knives

Lowering the Bar: British Manufacturers Offer Pointless Anti-Stab Knives There has been an epidemic of stabbings in Britain of late. Some manufacturers are trying to capitalize on the misery.
The new knives are rounded on the end, and are also notched as shown above. The notch is apparently intended to make it more likely that the knife tip will "snag on clothing and skin" during an attempted stabbing. For some reason I feel that the "skin-snagging" feature has not been adequately tested. I also feel that it might hurt more than actually being stabbed. I am also concerned that the manufacturer does not appear to claim that these will make stabbings impossible, just "almost impossible." If I'm going to get stabbed, and I'm confident that I am, the last person I want stabbing me is somebody who could only get one of these things but is determined to make it work anyway. The designer, John Cornock, said the knife will work perfectly well in the kitchen, so long as you are not trying to stab somebody there. "It can never be a totally safe knife," he said, "but the idea is you can't inflict a fatal wound. Nobody could just grab one out of the kitchen drawer and kill someone." Maybe not, but if you feel it necessary to buy a set of these knives in order to kill-proof your home, maybe you should be spending that money on a divorce?

June 12, 2009

How To: Knit a Mustache

Knitted Moustache

June 09, 2009

Dungeons and Dragons Online MMO goes Free to Play

Kotaku - Dungeons And Dragons Online Goes Free - Dungeons And Dragons Online

The Eberron Unlimited upgrade for Dungeons and Dragons Online is coming this summer, bringing new quests, a new class, a cash store, and a higher level cap, all while introducing a new free-to-play business model.

The gates to Eberron will swing wide this summer, as the Eberron Unlimited upgrade transforms Turbine's DDO from a subscription-based massively multiplayer online game to a free-to-play one, relying on VIP subscriptions and the new DDO store as dual sources of income. Free players will be able to join the game, create characters, and level all the way up to 20, the new, logical class limit for a Dungeons and Dragons game. Limitations included having to pay for specific races and classes, limited chat, auction, and mail capabilities, and access restricted to the city of Stormreach and its immediate vicinity. . . .

June 08, 2009

Just Cause 2 looks amazing

If I hadn't given up video games, this would be right up my alley.

Apple launches service to find lost iPhones

Apple announces "Find My iPhone" phone-locating service

We've already had a pretty good idea about what's in store for iPhone OS 3.0, but Apple naturally still had a few tricks up its sleeve, and one of the most impressive is the new "Find My iPhone" service to help you locate your lost phone. While complete details are still a bit light, the service will apparently let you login into your MobileMe account and instantly show your iPhone on a map, and even send a message to the phone and force it to play a sound whether it's in silent mode or not. As if that wasn't enough, you can also use the Remote Wipe feature to erase all the data on the iPhone from afar and restore it to the factory settings. We guess the electric shock will have to wait for for iPhone 4.0.

Liveblogging Apple's iPhone presentation

(11) Gizmodo Liveblog

Gizmodo is doing the heavy lifting here. Click through to check it out.

But hey, $99 iPhones!

June 07, 2009

How To: Make Hand Lights

Hand Lights

For people who need more illumination on their hands, or just want to look awesome.

June 05, 2009

Rachel Maddow on how to make a Jack Rose

Rachel Maddow shows you how to make a Jack Rose.

June 04, 2009

Chrysler 1987 -- The Beginning of the End

Everything is Terrible!: The Beginning of The End.

Ahh, the 1987 Horizon. I remember squeezing myself and two sisters into the back of that for family trips up north.

June 02, 2009

"My New iPhone" from No Starch Press

My New iPhone, 52 Simple Projects to Get You Started (2.2 Edition)

Available soon in print, but also mostly available free online. 52 projects designed to teach you the ins and outs of your most special cellphone/mp3 player/goof-off device.

June 01, 2009

Microsoft's Natal -- a video game system with no controllers

Microsoft's 'Natal'

How To: Make Bagpipes out of a Garbage Bag and Three Recorders

How to Make Bagpipes out of a Garbage Bag and Recorders