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User Input: Fun With A Magnetron

It's an animated GIF. I know. I deserve your hatred.

A while back I mentioned a video of a recycling project which included heinous experiments with a microwave. What you are seeing above is what happens when you microwave CD-R discs. As you can see, there’s not much difference in behavior between the […]

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User Input: Are You Freaking Kidding Me?

The other day, we talked about “elegant” solutions – exemplified by the clicker in your car’s signal light. A side effect of the inherent design also served a useful purpose. Today, I’m more interested in the inelegant solutions. Stupid things we’ve done on purpose because we had to. Back in June, German scientists decided to fix the problem of bike helmets being used even after taking damage that made them unsafe. Their solution was to make the helmets out of a material that stinks to high heaven when you crack it. Beautiful. Way to fight stupid with stupid.

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