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Anchored: #3

Every Friday I post a roundup of my favorite links, articles, images and videos from around the web. If you have any suggestions that I may have missed, put them in the comments. Links open in a new tab/window.

Shameless Plug: My first major article has finally been posted to! You can check it out here.

Winner: Following up on the distributed flight array from Anchored #1, here is a TED talk from the project lead. In the video he demonstrates some very impressive capability of quad-copters using the advanced algorithms developed by him and his team.

Hal Lasko, the Pixel Painter. If you haven’t shed a tear by the end of this short bio then something is wrong with you.

[Link] Hack-a-day found a home! I’m not sure that I’m on board with it, but the previous owner seems happy. It probably doesn’t hurt that it was a $500k deal.

[Link] The headline speaks for itself “Engineer can’t get decent dinner reservations, creates Urbanspoon-dominating bot”

[Link] The Los Angeles Unified School District hope to buy iPads for all of their 640,000 students. Perhaps this is one reason Apple bought so much AAPL last quarter? This could be huge, not in terms of initial profits, but in encouraging similar contracts and getting students exposed to iOS.

[Link] An engineer at Ford has created a vibrating shifter to help teach a new generation how to drive a (not so) standard.

[Link] For you fellow beer lovers, WIRED has written a summary of the best way to find good microbrews wherever you are.


If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.

[Link] Security testers underwritten by DARPA have managed to take control of a Prius. This just shows car manufacturers that it is time to step up security.

[Link] Haha, if you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like to be Kanye West you should try “Kanye Quest 3030”

[Link] More good news for Apple as they bring home three “Brand of the Year” awards in the categories of Mobile, Tablet, and Computer. This is the second year in a row they have taken all three categories.

[Link] A long read but worth it, this article discusses the ongoing research of what makes some people smarter than others.

[Link] This walkthrough from Dave shows how you can mount your iPhone on Raspberry Pi even if you don’t have a graphical client setup.

[Link] In this article from 99u they explore how to optimize your workspace and then back everything up with scientific evidence.

[Link] Looks like the Engineers at Disney have been hard at work on some cool new air cannon designs. Let’s hope they find an equally cool application for them.

[Link] Interesting change of opinion from Google. Now that they are in the business of supplying bandwidth they seem to be flip-flopping a little bit on net-neutrality.

[Link] A nice tutorial from Oscar on how to get your Arduino and Raspberry Pi talking to each other.

[Link] Facebook has finally enabled embedded posts. All I can say is about time.

[Link] Starbucks is switching Wi-Fi providers from AT&T to Google. I’m excited about this because it will help spur growth of Google’s internet services and maybe even bring it to my area. Maybe.

[iTunes App Store] Dialogue allows you to answer calls from your phone on your computer.

[Link] It’s easy to hate on AT&T for their questionable downright shady business practices, but I am certainly a fan of their redesigned stores. I hope to see more retailers go this way in the next few years.

Anchored: #2

Every Friday I post a roundup of my favorite links, articles, images and videos from around the web. If you have any suggestions that I may have missed put them in the comments. Links open in a new tab/window.

[Link] Winner: Want a better RSS feed? Trying to learn something novel? Would you like to explore an unfamiliar topic? Give Learnist a shot.

If you don’t look at any more links on this page, at least watch this teaser trailer for Gravity. Who knows if the movie will be any good, but it does a good job of showing how much it would suck to be stranded in space.

[Link] Twitter co-founder says Facebook should go with a freemium model instead of pushing ads that users hate. This is one week ahead of Facebook earnings, should be interesting. I think it’s a good idea, what about you?

[Link] Instructables user xaiobo_ built a cell phone using an Arduino and some add on shields. Impressive work.

[Link] Excellently designed and well built large pixel array from LeonLabs. It doesn’t seem like a particularly difficult design, but I think that’s the point.

[Link] Standing up to grumps in the wild wild world of Linux. Bravery at it’s finest… Seriously though, kudos to her.

[Link] Accomplish things you never thought were possible by building a “mastermind network”. I can’t argue with this idea.

[Link] Confirmed: Rocket engine pulled from the ocean almost a year ago is in fact from the famous Apollo 11 mission.

[Link] Want a water cooled Raspberry Pi?

[Link] MobileWill documents the build process for a homemade reflow oven.

[Link] The Leap Motion controller is what looks like a very high quality motion based controller for your computer. I’m going to wait until a few reviews come out but this may be on the wish list soon.

[Link] Hack-a-day funding campaign is over. The hack-a-day community was not able to raise enough money for a community owned web-site to be feasible. They say there have been a few other offers so the site will go on.

[Link] This Hack-a-day user built a movable camera mount that is controlled by its 3D model in Blender, impressive stuff.

[Link] If you just can’t get enough of learning, here is a list of 20 free resources for learning online.

This crazy cool video shows how one Lifehacker has nearly completely automated his house using NFC and Voice Control.

[Link] Do you have the next big idea but haven’t been able to convince others yet? Well don’t worry, pretty much every new idea was considered crazy at some point.

[Link] If you’re not using Chrome, you should be. If you are using Chrome, check out this list of extensions by Lifehacker.

[Link] Nvidia is trying to bring the next generation of graphics to mobile devices, this looks promising.

[Link] Managing your online reputation, you are who Google says you are. This post from IEEE discusses the importance of establishing and maintaining an online presence.

[Link] Monitoring your sick bird with Raspberry Pi. This one sounds super specific but if you want to do any motion sensing surveillance this may be a good hack to look at.


“I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

[Link] Google announces Chromecast, which is an easy way to stream content from your mobile to your TV. I’ll take one, please and thank you.

[Link] Apple has been buying AAPL shares like hotcakes. They must be very hungry, at $16 BILLION, that’s a lot of hotcakes. It seems they are extremely confident in their future which could be a good sign for you Apple heads.

That’s it for this week, have a great Friday!

Anchored: #1

Every Friday I post a roundup of my favorite links, articles, images and videos from around the web. If you have any suggestions that I may have missed put them in the comments. Links open in a new tab/window.

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