Friday, August 31, 2007

iphone propoganda

so you've heard of the iphone hack, read this blog i ran across, looks like its the frontlines of effort.

solar bike trip

san and dara may like this one:

lane spitting

please tell me you people on two wheels are not doing this.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

carry a paddle if you become president

why? to ward off the attacking swamp rabbit of course.

gmail video

for all you nerds that haven't noticed the "watch our video" at the top of your gmail page... click on that or here. my two favorites are the legos and the old ladies.

has a nifty proof of concept using flash that shows video from popular sites.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

motherload; game

i really enjoyed this game.
hint, dig deep instead of clearing out entire sections there are some good valued ore down there, upgrade often, ignore score reset when save often.
i like the idea of 'upgrading' - and the system was done quite well.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

like wikipedia but

more honest about it's accuracy:

Uncyclopedia is a fun read.

car hack

anyone want to try this on their car?
I wonder how new the car has to be?
more info on using a laptop to start a car.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


I Just ran across this. the story seems a little too straight forward. I suspect you may have some explaining to do.

Thursday, August 23, 2007 is a site with what I consider to be some really straight forward and easy to understand info on cars and specs. I read the section on oil and it agrees perfectly with what i've learned over the last few years. its a must read. for reference, it looks like the site was made and run by this guy

heres the proof its a good read and will suck you in.. after an hour or so of reading in the engine section (i knew alot of it, but his diagrams are superb) i ran across the following

[on the topic of extra valves] When you get further down the page (and if your wife / husband hasn't come and complained to you about spending so damn long reading this stuff so late at night), you'll find some more information on why this is A Good Thing.

I love his cost of ownership example. I think it will help most 'paris hilton' americans understand a little something. look for it on page 2 of fuel and engine

The owners of these vehicles are Barbie and Ken, and to be suitably sexist, Barbie has a pink VW Polo and Ken has a blue Ford Crown Victoria.

ok, off on a tangent, but oh well. its hard to find EPA MPG ratings for cars, but you can see it here where it is from real people submitting data. the datasets arn't very large, but it is big enough for me to see that i'm 1-2mpg low on my milage on the car, not bad, but hope i can do better. the cool thing is that in 2008 the EPA is changing how they rank cars, for example, they will actually turn the AC on when its on the dyno... still not a real world test, but at least the AC's running. see the comparison of what the old numbers were to what the 2008 numbers will be. everything is drastically reduced! all these scientists make up some crappy test when you all you had to do was have a temp worker drive it like crazy and make a few laps in LA and you'd have much more realistic results and it would only cost you the price of the car (the temp worker crashing it would be the obvious conclusion to every test)

housing bubble

another angle on the housing bubble. An interesting read, with GRAPHS


freecorder is a tool for recording from pretty much any audio source (hardware based of stream based) and goes straight into mp3. this should replace windows recorder, and i think the interface is simple enough to replace adacity for most things. (i haven't installed it yet, so i'm not totally sure)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


the loremo AG boasts a 20hp 2cyl diesel stuffed into a 1000lb car, that hopes to do 0-60 in 10sec (manufacturer says 20 sec) and top speed of 100mph. a full $13,000 gets you 157mpg. if this german monstrosity makes it to the states in 2009 i may just have to upgrade.

check out this where highschoolers added an ultra capacitor and a 1.9TDI engine to a kit car and with $15k got 0-60 in 4 seconds and 50mpg

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


heres a presentation from a VERY recent black hat hacker convention. its just to funny, i had to link to it. of course i found this on none other than

for more, see all of metasploits presentations

red pill

I ran across this while looking at a hack mode in the nokia 770. unrelated to the 770, this instead talks about virtual machines and some vulnerabilities with their implementation. one of the higher quality quick reads I've stumbled across recently.

(anyone interested in rootkits and backdoors should read this thing)

it looks like the people on actively search for virus's, trojans and general malware and eat it for breakfast*! this is where the origional paper is hosted.

*as in probably reverse engineer/decompile it, understand it, spruce it up and then most likely deploy an even worse version. ok ok.. thats just mean if its not true, instead see what they say about themselves

Monday, August 20, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

polish headlights

jen and i spent a few minutes (hours) and $25 to take 150k miles off the front headlights. you can see the how to on VWvortex if you need to do it on plastic lenses as well.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Lifetime Warranty

It looks like Chrysler (thats Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep) is now extending a lifetime warranty on the powertrain. Chryslers version of the powertrain is the Engine, Transmission, and drive system. the warranty is non transferable, and the catch is that you have to take your vehicle in every 5 years for a free inspection. you have 60 days from the anniversary of the your purchase date. this is on remaining 2007, and 2008 vehicles.

the catch is that most americans do not keep their vehicles that long. if you sell in the first 3 years, the vehicle warranty reverts to a 3 year / 36k mile warranty. its not to likely a dodge, jeep or chyrsler will be on my next vehicle list, but its nice to know what they have.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007


toothbrush back can create fountain. Still in prototype.

Monday, August 13, 2007

88 * x

this inspires me to consider there may always be room for improvement.
That said, perhaps this is taking the next iteration to far.

chemical man

this link has a crazy story of a kid and his chemistry. So many good paragraphs, I don't even know which one to paste into here.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

find music

I love google. I was reading a crappy how to the other day, and amazingly this one actually works

in google search for

"index of" songtitle -htm -html -xxx
when I searched for "index of" breathe me -htm -html -xxx I found this which gave me breathe me

jen and I heard this song played on post secret's video, and it only took me a second to find the whole song. beat that with torrent.

that special #
lists why many numbers are special.
Perhaps you'll find the one you were looking for.

expanding table

check out for an overview of a very interesting table.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Strange Character

Japanese for lamers, second edition help you figure out what the character is after the 4. and no, its no what you think it is.

Friday, August 10, 2007

trail rated

How To Destroy A Jeep - Watch more free videos

i cut the frame size down so it didn't overlap the awesome comments we get here on nerdy tales -kh

Thursday, August 09, 2007

online docs
appears to be a powerful suite of tools. I think I've already found a use for the viewer.
view a PPS in a browser, and have the legwork done for you? useful.

appears to be a nice aggregate service combining several sources of sat and other imagery.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Monday, August 06, 2007

Disposable Camera coil launcher

check out Jonathan Fillippi's version of the coil launcher

This is a fun and non-dangeros project for those people who like to throw projectiles magnetically. It simply works by placing a ferromagnetic projectile at one end of a coil and pulsing some power in it. The trick is to switch off power when the projectile is at the middle of the coil, there are some ways to do it but it isn't important now. The second trick is to use a coil as close as possible to projectile to maximize coupling and the third to avoid saturation, that means keeping the current not to high.

north pole by car

Top Gear freaks try to drive to the north pole.
or all video clips on one page.

Polar special 1/7
Polar special 2/7
Polar special 3/7
Polar special 4/7
Polar special 5/7
Polar special 6/7
Polar special 7/7

Saturday, August 04, 2007


I was reading about a recent accident at scaled composite (xprize winners) where 3 were killed in a rocket test accident. browsing around, I ran across the largest CNC i've ever seen. 50x20x8 FEET