The world’s most frenetic car chase?

Courtesy of The Feral Irishman, who embedded the video in his own blog, I came across what Jalopnik calls ‘The Biggest Movie Car Chase Ever‘. What happens when you seamlessly cut and splice together chase scenes from 14 of the biggest big budget action flicks — including The Rock, The Matrix Reloaded, Transformers, and Bad Boys II? You get this absolutely amazing eleven-and-a-half-minute short film called Chasing Trinity: Part 2. It’s the biggest, baddest, most Michael Baygasmic car chase… in the world. Ever. There’s more at the link. I’ve no idea where Part 1 is, or even if it exists,

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Lissa’s going to hate me . . .

. . . but I have to raise my eyebrows at her product review today. LookingForLissa Product Review: Kensington Keyfolio (iPad stand and keyboard) The short version: I like it. A LOT. The longer version: For someone who types as much and as fast* as I do, the iPad keys are irksome. They’re large . . . but not QUITE large enough to type normally. The electronic keys mean that just as you’re starting to get up a rhythm autocorrect will pop up and ruin your day. (Damn you, autocorrect!!) As long as I’d had the iPad I’d been using

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Looks like the Navy’s having fun again!

The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research has just announced the successful testing of the first prototype electromagnetic railgun. Here’s an excerpt from ONR’s press release. The firing at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) kicks off a two-month-long test series by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to evaluate the first of two industry-built launchers. The tests will bring the Navy closer to a new naval gun system capable of extended ranges against surface, air and ground targets. “We are starting our full-energy tests to evaluate the barrel life and structural integrity of the prototype system,” said Roger

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Some great landscape photography

A recent article in the Daily Mail introduced me to the photography of Sandro Santioli. Here’s a short excerpt. With their strange coloured surfaces and unusual landscapes, these stunning photographs look like they were taken on an alien planet. But the incredible shots were actually captured aboard a Cessna light aircraft flying over Iceland. The beautiful images reveal some of the country’s most incredible scenery, ranging from explosive volcanoes to colossal mountains. Photographer Sandro Santioli racked up 70 hours of flight time as he took the extraordinary images while holding his camera out the window of the aircraft. There’s more

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The over-regulation of US businesses

The Economist has a very thought-provoking article about how over-regulation is stifling US businesses and strangling economic recovery. Here’s an excerpt. Consider the Dodd-Frank law of 2010. Its aim was noble: to prevent another financial crisis. Its strategy was sensible, too: improve transparency, stop banks from taking excessive risks, prevent abusive financial practices and end “too big to fail” by authorising regulators to seize any big, tottering financial firm and wind it down. This newspaper supported these goals at the time, and we still do. But Dodd-Frank is far too complex, and becoming more so. At 848 pages, it is

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Fasting to avoid Alzheimer’s disease?

I have to admit, it sounds strange, but according to an article in the Daily Mail it may be possible to slow down, or even prevent, the onset of dementia in elderly people if they fast for a couple of days each week. Here’s an excerpt. Fasting was a common medical treatment in the past, but now new research suggests there may be good reason for it to make a comeback. This is because it seems to trigger all sorts of healthy hormonal and metabolic changes. Researchers have long known that cutting back animals’ calories over an extended period can

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‘Smart meters’ and their danger to privacy and health

Yesterday I posted an article about the illegal jamming of signals (GPS, cellphone, etc.) on which we depend. In a comment, an anonymous reader asked whether such jammers could also block signals emitted by so-called ‘smart meters‘. I’ve never thought of jamming meter signals, but it may be possible if you could establish the wavelength on which they operate. Trouble is, you might jam other nearby meters as well as your own: but the owners of those meters might not want them jammed. This could cause all sorts of nastiness with your neighbors. Some readers may not be aware of

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Good advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones from criminals

Fellow blogger ‘Officer Smith’ has some cogent advice for anyone concerned about their safety and security, and that of their families. Here’s an excerpt. I’m going to say something here that is going to raise some hackles. Then I’m going to explain my statements and, hopefully, make everyone buy it. Here we go. Ready? Buy a gun. Get a bat. Own some weapon and have enough skill to use it to save your own life and the lives of your family members. DO NOT RELY ON THE POLICE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE FOR YOU. . . . Suppose some bad

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