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User Input: Needy Appliances

You don’t appreciate them until they’re gone.

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About a month ago, I went to warm up a cup of coffee in our new-ish (about 6 months old) microwave, and after pressing the “start” button, instead of the hum of RF radiation being emitted, there was a sudden loud buzzing sound, […]

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The Most Versatile Tool?

This is some handy stuff.

Good morning everyone.

As most of you are well aware, I’m something of a tool enthusiast. I’m always looking for something to make my tasks easier or give me better results, preferably both. I’ve also been known to buy tools just because they look particularly enchanting, but we […]

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User Input: It’s Getting Colder


Most of the readers here I feel are probably fairly up on current events, so you have probably seen where there is a country that rhymes with Prussia that has (finger quotes) invaded (finger quotes) a country that rhymes with Brukraine. This particular event has gotten more than a few folks considering the possibility of a return to the Cold War that we knew and loved, and I don’t use the word love entirely with sarcasm–there does seem to be a certain excitement about for a nostalgic return to the heady days of living free and hating on Commies. I came across this question on Motherboard the other day, and they were coming at the situation from an angle that I hadn’t thought of, but I found quite interesting. Does a new Cold War mean a new Space Race?

What Ever Became of…Bookmobiles?

A month or so ago, an excellent suggestion for something disappearing in our modern world was offered up by OA5599, and because I am running out of ideas I forgot about it until this week it is such an excellent suggestion, let’s consider it.  Many of you may still remember those heady elementary […]

Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: User Input

Today we have a very special treat for you’re here at Atomic Toasters, a Quixotic Quantum Quandary that is brought to you by commenter extraordinaire OA5599. He sent it in to the exclusive Q^3 tips line, which can be found most times at the end of these Quandary posts. Mr. 5599 was kind enough to send me the very pictures that you see here, unburdened by the correct answer. After stewing over them for an excessive amount of time, I decided to post them as is, without knowing the truth. This way we can all discover the answer together!

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User Input: Lingering Regrets

Today a very special milestone has been reached in this our internet age–the 20th anniversary of the first image posted on the web. The image is the same you see above, and like much of our recent technology news comes from that bastion of Swiss science, CERN. It is in fact a homemade promotional […]

Prototypes and Experiments

A Hovertruck?

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I’ve always been interested in hovercraft and similar vehicles, as they seemed to hold some promise as precursors to (somewhat) practical, (possibly) safe flying cars. I came across the picture above, and was intrigued by the notion of using a hovercraft for farming. Wouldn’t the […]

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Stay Away From My Door…

Oh god no….

 Good morning everyone.

Yesterday I had another one of those dreaded experiences – a door-to-door solicitor (not the British type). I was immersed in doing some of the nameless things that I do to keep body and soul together, and there is a knock at the […]

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User Input: Buy Time

Today is my birthday. No, don’t go there… it’s a useless birthday year. There’s no reason to celebrate anything. I’m getting older, balder and more single as the day goes on, so shut-it. The fun part is that my family just gives up on buying me a present and just gives me money […]

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User Input: InVennting A New Tomorrow

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