Category Archives: tech

Go phish

I rarely see spam arriving in my email, due to the very good spam filters employed by both of the email services I pay for. But every now and again, something slips through. This morning, I opened my mail program … Continue reading

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Math + pop music = hidden education

Popular music group OK Go, famous for their unusual and meticulously planned videos (which often put Rube Goldberg to shame) have done it again, this time with a video that explores a world we cannot see. The video opens with … Continue reading

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That other rocket company

Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been getting most of the press regarding the technological race to create reusable rockets, they’re not the only game in town. Some other guy named Jeff Bezos, better known as the founder of Amazon.com, has … Continue reading

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Yes, it has come to this: cars can be hacked

In 2011, a team of researchers from two different universities demonstrated that they could wirelessly disable a car’s door locks and brakes. Car manufacturers ignored them. In 2013, a team of hackers demonstrated that they could hack almost every activity … Continue reading

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Privacy vs. convenience

The blog has been quiet for several weeks because my brain has been fried. And I do mean that mostly literally. Here in the Algarve, we usually have a couple of awful weeks in August where it’s too hot to … Continue reading

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It’s a great week for font geeks

For those who love to geek out on the alchemy of designing fonts, this is a week of plentitude. First, Frere-Jones has just published “Typeface Mechanics: 002,” which picks up where 001 left off. This time the discussion centers on … Continue reading

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How speakers make sound and other cool animated graphics

Want to lose some time today? Check out Animagraffs.com and its wildly entertaining gifs explaining how various things work in our world. I happened to stumble on the explanation of how speakers make sound, and was hooked from the very … Continue reading

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Epic snow breaker, backups and more

Let’s get the day started off right and watch Canadian National Railway locomotive 2304 plow through deep snow near Salisbury, New Brunswick. You’ll definitely want to put this on HD if you can, just for the fun of it. Only … Continue reading

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The Doves type story ends at last

This is one of the most famous printed pages of all time: the first page of Genesis in the five-volume “English Bible,” printed by a tiny London press from 1902–1905, with a type designed specifically for that press and used … Continue reading

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A most amazing “failure”

Sometimes the mainstream press really does not know what’s going on when it comes to anything techy. Case in point: earlier this month, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule that was destined to dock with the … Continue reading

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