1. Watch Great Documentaries On-line for Free
A list of quality full length documentaries available online without BitTorrent. If you are my mom, it’s perfectly legal and possibly moral to watch these, but you’ll have to watch them on the computer. Let me know what you want to see and I’ll put it on a DVD so you can watch it in the living room. If you’re not my mom, it’s still legal, but you’re on your own for DVDs.
2. Wikipedia is Strapped for Cash and Needs Our Help Again
Wikipedia has so far avoided raising money by placing ads on their site. I think that might be a mistake. I explain why, and hopefully it’s funnier than it seems right now.
3. YouTube Removes Colbert Report and Daily Show Videos
In October 2006, YouTube removed most videos that contained footage from Comedy Central. That was definitely a stupid move. I explain why. This one is actually certified as funny.
4. Ken Wilber Demonstrates Meditation with EEG
He actually stops his brain waves completely at one point. The post contains a 10 minute video and some discussion about where to get an EEG.
5. Why Google Should Go Nuclear
Nuclear physicist Robert Bussard gave a presentation at Google in which he claimed to have solved the physics problems of harnessing fusion as an energy source. However, his funding ran out, and he’s looking for a benefactor to allow him to build a working fusor. Instead of funding Bussard, I think Google should fund an F-Prize for fusion. This post explains why. I should have split it into two posts. It got a little long, but I think the 2nd half has some pretty tight reasoning.
6. The Gillette Fusion Razor – My First Product Review
I got a sample razor in the mail, so I did a review of it. It went over pretty well, so more companies need to send me free stuff to review.
7. The Best High School Graduation Speech Never Given
When Paul Graham was scheduled to give a high school commencement address he asked his friends what they wish they’d been told at that point. The answers were remarkably similar. Unfortunately, the school backed out. He never gave the speech, but he did post it at his site. When you’re done with that one, read every other word at his site. You’ll thank me.
8. SawStop – Table Saw Brake
A new table saw that will not cut your finger off even if you try. Seriously. Try.
9. Revopower Gas Powered Bike Wheel
A gas engine for a bike that fits within the spokes of the front wheel. I love it when somebody takes a look at a hard design problem, and says “it would be a lot harder if we put the motor inside the wheel. Let’s do that.” -and then they pull it off spectacularly.
10. Gary Shilling Thinks Your House Might Be Half Price Next Year
That’s the extreme end of his prediction. He has lots of graphs explaining what’s going on in the housing market. We sold our house at the peak and started renting because I have appeased the investing gods (and I always read crap like this at lunch).
11. Dongtan – China’s Eco-City
China is building four green cities from the ground up. The first one is located on an island at the mouth of the Yangtze River near Shanghai. I wish we had a US city that needed to be rebuilt at the mouth of a river so we could do something cool like this….
The recommended open source software page gets a lot of traffic too. It’s currently a mess, but there’s some useful stuff there. Cope.