This tomato was cruising at about 4.8 miles per second approximately 230 miles above the surface of the earth. Then Astronaut Koichi Wakata of JAXA ate it. Even astronauts tweet pics of their food. Their backdrop is just more impressive than my dining room table.
[Image Credit: Koichi Wakata]
Drive to any point you can see.
It’s been sitting on my shelf since it came out. Along with a backup of the DLC. Seven years later, I have a graphics card that can run it. Perversely, I couldn’t test drive the first car I bought in Test Drive Unlimited, but after that I can drive down any road I can find, and I can jump in any car at any dealership and see how much ground I can cover in two minutes.
Thousands of miles and tens of hours into the game, there are still long stretches of road I’ve simply never driven, never gotten to. The scale is a huge leap over my last point of reference, Midtown Madness 2, where I paced off the environments at roughly two miles in each direction.
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Looks precisely nothing like this.
I have a number of items, languishing in boxes from hell to breakfast, that I periodically wonder why I ever bought them. One such item is a self-heating coffee mug. In the interest of full disclosure, this is not the first or only example I have of such a thing. This particular example is designed with a “docking base” (that’s what they call it) that sits inside your cupholder. When you drop — excuse me, “dock” — the mug onto the base, it powers up, activating a tiny heating element inside the mug, which theoretically keeps your coffee warm. In reality, it does no such thing, and the cable just gets in the way, and hangs inconveniently out of the cupholder, preventing you from using it for any non-powered coffee cups. Basically, it’s a worthless piece of garbage, but it sure seemed cool when I bought it.
I also, it’s worth pointing out, have another powered cup that it supposed to keep drinks cool. This one does precisely nothing. Seriously, nothing at all. You plug it in, the light comes on, and nothing happens.
What high-tech gadget do you own that has no business being high-tech at all?
Judging by the amount of differing versions of the ‘Proper planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part’ that I have seen at various businesses, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that my experience last week is not all that unusual. Project at work, possible problems come up, the solution is ‘Don’t worry about that, it won’t matter,’ ‘Don’t worry about that, it won’t matter,’ until the last minute comes, and then it’s, ‘Hey, why didn’t you take care of this!?’ This is when I find it pays to be nice to the people around you, that way when you need someone you interact with infrequently to help you out with something it would have been much easier to get them to do when you first brought it up, versus at the last minute, they will be inclined to put in a little friendly extra effort. Unless you are in the mafia, and then you grease their palms instead. But I digress.
Hit the jump in case you missed out on the answer last week! mr_mountaineer and jalopjackie didn’t miss out on it, and OA5599 in fact hit on the exact model pictured! Hopefully not on a reverse image search, although it would have been a good week for it, since when I saw these the other day, I wasn’t able to snap a picture, so I had to rely on the interwebs. But it isn’t so important how you come to the truth, but that fact that you get to the truth. Nice job!
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Last week when I was writing up the question of the high beam floor switches, it occurred to me that there was another hi-beam innovation that seems to have gone away in modern times. I once got a pretty good deal on a car out of the Auto Trader, a 1970 Lincoln Continental, arguably quite the fancy car when it was new. The reason I got such a deal on it was that it was in pretty rough shape, between the rust and the fact that none of the power features, whether vacuum or electrically powered, worked. This meant that I drove the thing an hour and a half home in August in Texas with the windows up, the only breeze was from the sunroof I managed to push about halfway by hand. One interesting feature that the car had, although non-functional like most everything else, was a little widget on the top of the driver’s side fender that looked like a little yellow cyclops eye, and when I investigated it further, it turned out to be an auto dimmer switch for the high beam headlights. This seemed like a pretty cool idea, a sensor to detect a car coming and immediately drop your lights down! The only thing is, I haven’t seen such a thing in modern times. It is certainly possible that I am just out of the modern automotive demographic that equivalates to that that would have purchased such a high end car in 1970, and so am missing out on such fancy features. But much of the other stuff that was high end on that car originally passes for base equipment now days, like the power windows, power seats, and in-dash clock. So what gives, did those sensors not work? Surely it can’t be that people are less lazy than they used to be! What ever happened to automatic high beam dimmers?
Image via Hooniverse.
Last week, Sony introduced their new Playstation 4. Today, Microsoft’s Xbox One went on sale. Considering it’s been 7 years since the PS3 and 8 years since the Xbox 360 came out, the gaming community has had lots of pent up foaming-at-the-mouth excitement. Frankly, I’m disappointed. Sony and Microsoft should have released on the same day so I could see West Side Story-esque shenanigans on the morning news as the Sony and MS slappies got into 20-sided-dice throwing fights while camped out in front of the Best Buy.
[Image Credit: Nam Y. Huh, AP]
Ladies and Gentlemen, if I could have your attention for just a moment. It seems Gartner Research has released a lengthy statement this week, announcing that, everyone, don’t panic, but smartwatches will not be the hot gift item this year.
For myself, as both a tech junkie and a watch aficionado, I actually wouldn’t mind receiving a smartwatch, particularly since they don’t seem to be far enough along in their advancement to make it worthwhile buying one for myself. But hey, as a present, they don’t seem like that bad an idea. But no, we are told, that a large marketing firm has determined that this is not the case, and they will not be the hot gift idea of 2013. They don’t know what will be the hot gift idea, but it won’t be smartwatches.
What else will not be the hot gift idea of 2013?
One of my most treasured memories is having the opportunity to witness two space shuttle launches. The photo above is one I took with my old point and shoot camera of STS-127. Even from approximately 5 miles away, the sound of the launch was incredible. You can no longer see a space shuttle launch. However, thanks to the wonder that is the innerwebs, you can see one virtually. Hit the jump, crank up the speakers, and pretend you’re in Florida.
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I have a number of gadgets, gizmos and nerd accessories that tend to garner me quite a few compliments. The various pens that The Professor sent me a year or so ago are very high on that list; every time someone sees one, I get the dazzled, far-away look, and a longing expression of “Ohhhh… Pretty!”
Much as I love them, however, they are not the item that garners me the most compliments. I have a pair of Union Jack-festooned Doc Marten boots. Every time I wear them in public, I can be guaranteed at least a few compliments, if not a whole bundle of them. It’s a good feeling, particularly since my ex, who gave them to me as a gift, gave them under protest, thinking them ugly and tacky. To get that many compliments… well, it’s satisfying.
What gadget or accessory to you get the most compliments on?