Showing posts from June, 2009

Woot-Off underway tracks all the marvelous stuff that was sold already, but you have to go to to buy, still.

DIY project reuses old televisions

Here's a DIY project which uses your old analog TV as a display for a Linux computer. That ultra-micro-computer, the YBox2, is a $75 kit that fits in an Altoids tin box and runs 'widgets'; those widgets show you one thing on the net that changes frequently you want to track (Weather, a particular Twitter feed) or do one job (alarm clock with atomic-clock accuracy).

SL-1 meltdown movie released

Zero to sixty gigawatts in four milliseconds = one nasty explosion. And, it happened only 644 miles away from River City, over in Arco, Idaho, in 1960.

That wasn't the first meltdown; that happened in California, 30 miles from LA, the year before.

And, it wasn't certainly wasn't the first atomic fatality; discounting acts of war, there was the Manhattan Project criticality accident in 1945,X-ray and radium fatalities, and other deaths unknowingly caused by natural radioactives (not to mention the growing body of evidence of a series ofdirty bomb tests on concentration camp victimsand POWs in Thuringia, or the recently revealedJapanese A-bomb project, near the uranium mines near Chosen in ten-Japanese-occupied North Korea, according to the History Channel.

The leading theory is the SL-1 explosion was caused by a fatal atomic love triangle; the jilted husband yanked out the control rod running the reactor less than 20", and in less than a second, his body was impaled on th…