USB Missile LauncherEvery once in a while a device comes along that is a must-have. Oracle Alchemist points out this great one for the office.

The USB Missile Launcher can be aimed and shot from a software interface. There’s even a third party application for Mac OS X.



Here’s a video of five of these devices being controlled at once. This is the coolest office weapon I’ve seen in a long time.

It seems that these are only available in the UK, but they can also be found on ebay and at iwantoneofthose.com.

At around $50 US the price isn’t bad but all the videos I’ve been able to find make it look like the rockets don’t all shoot when you pull the trigger. Of course this would also be a great hardware project if someone were so inclined.

Thanks to Donald Burleson for pointing me at Oracle Alchemist.


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Two interesting articles about bad habits some bloggers seem to have. Of course me, I just post an article without finishing my sentences.

Andy C points out 7 habits of highly ineffectual bloggers including (automatically) playing music, crazy Flash animation (let’s face it folks, Flash animation is just animated GIFs grown up) and pleading for comments.

Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators points out an interesting survey asking What’s the Biggest Lie About Blogging? The most interesting response, as Rod points out, comes from Seth Godin:

Oh for sure, it’s this: That people care what you say. They don’t. They care what they get.

I think both articles bring up good points for aspiring bloggers. Don’t think they’re right? Take a look at the most popular stories and the most popular blogs. Do what you want with your blog, but both these posts point out some of the pitfalls best avoided, or at least used sparingly if you’re trying to build traffic to a blog.

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RC Battery ClinicWhen I’m not tied up maintaining Oracle or blogging one of my favorite hobbies is flying (read crashing) radio controlled airplanes.

Filled with information about everything from lead acid to lithium polymer, Red Scholefield’s R/C Battery Clinic is a great reference for battery information for R/C and non-rc applications.

Red’s unique knowledge comes from years of working in the battery industry (for GE) and even more years of building and flying models. The one thing to keep in mind is that R/C flyers take their batteries more seriously than almost any other group. Loss of a battery in flight means a loss of control of the airplane which all adds up to a crash. With hundreds to thousands of dollars in the air there’s no room for error on your battery pack.

The concepts Red presents can be applied to other devices. Knowing how to properly charge and use rechargeable batteries will extend their lives considerably and though this site could be organized better there is still a wealth of information here.

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A well pitched tentLast week CNN reported that the last 10 years has been really hard on Charles “Chick” Lennon.

Lennon could no longer hug people, ride a bike, swim or wear bathing trunks due to a faulty penile implant which left him with more wood than a PGA golfer.

Charles “Chick” Lennon, 68, received the steel and plastic implant in 1996, about two years before Viagra went on the market. The Dura-II is designed to allow impotent men to position the penis upward for sex, then lower it.

But Lennon could not position his penis downward.

The good news is that Lennon has been awarded $400,000 for his suffering. Unfortunately, due to heart problems Lennon cannot have the implant removed.

Thanks to Donald Burleson for sending this on to me.

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Earlier today Bill Gates announced that he would leave his day-to-day role at Microsoft to devote more time to charitable works.

At a news conference today Gates had the following to say:

“I believe with great wealth comes great responsibility – the responsibility to give back to society and make sure those resources are given back in the best possible way, to those in need,” he said. Gates added, “It’s not a retirement, it’s a reordering of my priorities.”

There are unconfirmed reports that Gates then snuck off to put on his Spidey suit.

Does this mean I’m not allowed to hate Bill Gates anymore?

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