Saturday, June 25, 2011

Nano, nano...

And if you weren't a child of the 80's you wouldn't get that joke.

In this short article from the Australia National University, Doctors Simon Ruffell, Madhu Bhaskaran, and Sharath Sriram are working on using a blend of piezoelectrics and nanotech to create a near-infinite power source derived from the particular device's user.

Your hands, dummy. Welcome to the future, bitch

-Mind the gap

Friday, June 17, 2011

What is 'beatjazz"?

The product of Onyx Ashanti (quite possibly the blackest name since Darkie McBlackface), BeatJazz is his invention which combines a HUD, two button interfaces that allow for gesticular control, and an input mouthpiece. The combination of devices allow for a type of improvisational performance never before possible. Are you ready for six minutes of the future in music?

One of my biggest peeves with sci-fi is their depiction of music of the future. It always ruins it for me when the writer comes up with something trite. Not now. Oh this is a very good day for me. Damn good day.

BeatJazz. Remember that you heard it here first.

-Mind the gap

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Detroit steel just got stronger

Check this out, This guy Gary Cola came up with a process for strengthening steel to the level of most common titanium alloys in a matter of seconds in a manner that could make it stronger, lighter, and less expensive. Detroit, 1.


Here’s the whole story from Science Daily.



-Mind the gap


Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Oatmeal/FunnyJunk relationship stops being funny.

To bring you up to speed, Matthew Inman is funny and produces The Oatmeal, a webcomic mostly about absurd or geeky stuff(it's hilarious. Do yourself a favor and check it out), and he posts it online free to air. The problem is that Funnyjunk(whom I refuse to link to) posts it on their site as their own content and refuse to even give him the benefit of a credit for his work.

I'm all about the free sharing of information, but not at the cost of the creator. Give him his credit, or you don't get to share his content.

After taking it on the chin for months, he took a stand.

(un)Funnyjunk calls him a 'fag' and continues to steal his content.

Here is the ongoing story as told by Ars Technica.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flashpoint DC comics gives me cause over pants.

Miniskirts and bikinis are no longer part of superhero attire in DC comics.


I had a reader once confuse my bewilderment at someone in swimwear and stiletto heels fighting crime with an attack at women's sexuality.

To set the record straight I don't care what you wear, but don't call me an idiot by trying to convince me that anyone can perform any of these martial arts techniques dressed like 1990's Black Canary without slicing themselves in half.

That said, my inner pre-adolescent will miss Power Girl's costume.

Care to guess why?

-Mind the gap.