sugru

Sugru moldable glue on sale

I always travel with a pack of Sugru, because it is great for repairing things like broken zippers, frayed cables, and cracked plastic parts. It's like silly putty that dries into hard rubber. Amazon has the black-colored Sugru on sale today. Read the rest

How to disable the annoying Bixby button on Samsung phones with a gold plug

A lot of people can't stand the dedicated Bixby button on Samsung phones because it is easy to accidentally press. And on the Galaxy Note 9, you can't turn off Bixby. So Jerry from Jerry Rig Everything offers a warranty voiding solution -- remove the button and fill the cavity with solid 14k gold, kind of like the way a dentist would fill a tooth cavity with gold. My cheapskate solution: use some black Sugru. Read the rest

To do at SXSW: Cypherpunks Strike Back! and Cyborg Pride Parade

EFF-Austin's Jon Lebkowsky writes: "Every year while thousands flock to a certain large festival that temporarily colonizes Austin, EFF-Austin throws a honking big geek soiree. Keynote speakers are this year are Caroline Old Coyote and Michael Running Wolf, Native American VR/AR activists who are using technology to preserve their culture and heritage. Additional speakers include EFF Investigative Researcher David Maass discussing police surveillance, government transparency, and legislation in California, former EFF-Austin president Jon Lebkowsky, Carly Rose Jackson with Texans For Voter Choice, and Vikki Goodwin, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 47. Also music by Michael Garfield, Pilgrimess, and UBA, plus custom video game consoles, lockpicking, and cosplay. " Read the rest

Chinese transit cops deploy face-recognition glasses to spot indebted people, oppressed ethnic/religious minorities and criminals

Chinese transit cops are wearing glasses with heads-up displays and cameras tied into the country's facial recognition to spot criminals, people smugglers, and riders who are using high-speed trains in defiance of rules that prohibit indebted people and people from ethnic and religious minorities from traveling. Read the rest

The augmented reality future turns out to be putting ghostly furniture in inappropriate public locales

Scott Stein is beta testing a new mobile app from Ikea called Ikea Place. It lets you augment the real world with Ikea furniture, for your own amusement and that of others, and perhaps now and again to help you decide what furniture to buy. Read the rest

Solar powered string lights for $(removed)

I bought this string of 100 LEDs with a solar charger a couple of years ago to put on our front gate. I set it to blink and it was a nice way for people to find our house at night. But a couple of months ago we had some work done on the gate and the guy severed the wires. So I bought a new one. The solar panel has a built-in battery and I used Sugru to mount it to the gate. It works really well. Amazon has this on sale right now for $(removed). Read the rest

Foam ear bud tips that really make a difference

Comply foam tips really improve my IEMs!

I've been traveling a lot, again. The B&O H5's I've been enjoying came with some Comply foam tips to try, and I'm hooked. These memory foam tips really make a difference!

I tried the included Comply foam tips when I couldn't get a good fit in my right ear with the rubbery ones B&O offered. I was instantly pretty impressed. Rolled and compressed between my fingers, before I inserted the buds, the memory foam expanded to fill my ear while adding no uncomfortable pressure. I got a fantastic seat, and seal, allowing the ear buds to stay in place, pain free, for a coast-to-coast trip across the US.

I've also been using the ear buds, with foam tips installed, just for noise isolation. Several times I've slept on the plane with the IEMs in, but no music on. They do a wonderful job of taking the edge off ambient noise.

I also suggest the "X" models with the wax filter. I can hear no difference to the buds I have without, but they keep ear wax out of the tiny tube the headphones use to send sound your way. That has to be a good thing. I hate cleaning out headphones.

I usually end up making cheap Sugru custom fit tips for my IEMs, but for now Comply tips actually seem to do the job better and save me the trouble.

Comply has a great compatibility finder, to tell you which model fits your headphones. Read the rest

Games and other online communities are societies, owed a duty of care by their owners

Raph Koster is one of the world's most celebrated game designers, responsible for the design of Ultima Online, CCO of Sony during the Star Wars Galaxies era, and author of the classic Theory of Fun. Ever year, Raph gives a barn-raising/barn-burning speech at the Game Developer's Conference, one of the don't-miss moments of the conference. This year's speech is no exception. Read the rest

Visualizing the latent emotional and bureaucratic labor in our material world

Work, today's XKCD installment, hypothesizes the latent, invisible human effort that went into the everyday things around us, from the hours of meeting-time to decide upon the length of the stem of a goose-neck lamp to the career-ending engineering argument over where to put its switch. It's a kind of preview of what augmented reality could bring, the embodiment of the spime idea, where the full costs and histories of the things around us cluster around them in complicated, emotional clouds -- an idea that's been around since at least 2006, but that is feeling increasingly likely with the passage of time. Read the rest

Humanitarian organization warns Pokemon Go players to stay out of Bosnian minefields

Posavina bez mina, a humanitarian organization that works to defuse landmines in the former Yugoslavia, has posted a warning to its Facebook page saying that they've been told that Pokemon Go players are venturing into active minefields to catch virtual critters, and warning people not to go into minefields to catch Pokemon, which is very good advice. Read the rest

Pokemon Go players: you have 30 days from signup to opt out of binding arbitration

Like most other online services, Pokemon Go's terms of service are a reboot of the Book of Revelations, full of bizarre horrors, each more grotesque than the last. Read the rest

Why do Pokemon avoid black neighborhoods?

The crowdsourced database that was use to seed locations to catch Pokemon in Pokemon Go came from early augmented reality games that were played by overwhelmingly affluent (and thus, disproportionately white) people, who, in an increasingly racially segregated America, are less and less likely to venture into black neighborhoods, meaning that fewer Pokemon-catching landmarks have been tagged there. Read the rest

Pokemon Go privacy rules are terrible (just like all your other apps)

Pokemon Go wants access to your Google account (and thus your email and Google Docs) and its privacy policy is a Kafka-esque nightmare document that lets them collect every single imaginable piece of private information about your life and share it with pretty much anyone they want to, forever. Read the rest

Pokemon player (seemingly) shot at while hunting virtual animals

Lanceypooh, a maker of Youtube videos, was out hunting for Pokemon, playing the tulip-fever-sensation game Pokemon Go, when he seems to have trespassed on a stranger's land, drawing gunfire from the irate landholder. Read the rest

The week in Pokemon: home invasions, armed robbery, police militarization

Pokemon Go is the game of the summer: the first really successful alternate reality game that mashes up crowdsourced maps, in-phone cameras, seriously addictive game mechanics, and (of course) a free-to-play/cash-to-accelerate slot machine mechanic that children wouldn't be allowed to stand near if it were in a casino -- in less than a week, it's lifted Nintendo's stock price by 10% and been implicated in any number of bizarre news stories: Read the rest

Plastimake is moldable plastic that can do just about anything

I stumbled across this video for Plastimake, which is a moldable, resuable plastic that can be formed into just about anything, and now I want nothing more than to try it out. (It's a bit like Sugru repair putty, but while that dries into a rubbery material, Plastimake cools into hard, basically unbreakable plastic.) Sadly, the company has been overwhelmed by orders recently and new stock won't be available until May 2015, although the site is currently accepting backorders.

In the meantime, potentials fans can browse the impressive galleries of all of the stuff people have created with Plastimake, including practical fixes, costumes, and sculptures.

Read the rest

Cold-brew chocolate: advanced topics

Ever since I blew my mind by cold-brewing ground cacao nibs, I've been experimenting with the process, and have discovered some amazing variations on the formula. Read the rest

Next page

:)