Category Archives: Handy

Another Top Gear Top Tip

Should you ever find yourself in darkest Berkeley, here’s a Top Tip from the SF Chronicle: “If you drive, don’t park where it says ‘NL Parking’. That’s for Nobel laureates only.” Top Tip corollary: you can avoid expensive parking fees … Continue reading

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Science is fun

I did not know this: diamonds will burn.

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The Warren Buffett button costs a bit more

The NYT unveils the latest and greatest in home automation technology: “We gave somebody a Jimmy Buffett button: the lights would change, Margaritaville would come on and the blender would be turned on…” Or if Jimmy Buffett’s not your thing, … Continue reading

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Iqaluit (bless you)

The G7 finance ministers met over the weekend in Iqaluit (bless you), and if you’re wondering “where the hell is Iqaluit?” (bless you) you’re not alone; it’s a little town of 6,500 people on the southern end of Canada’s Baffin … Continue reading

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You’ll never need to leave the house again

Old and busted: home-delivered McDonalds. New hotness: home-delivered yum cha. The only problem: they want one day advance notice and a $70(!) minimum order. What am I supposed to do if I get sudden midnight cravings for shu mai and … Continue reading

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Eisenhower sucks

17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat. They don’t like cupcakes – who’d’a thunk it? Also: 15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee.

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Uranium: “Please contact us for availability and price”

Your weekend shopping list, from Element Collection. Just in case you ever wanted some hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron… There’re a couple of elements on the list that are definitely worth owning, just for curiosity value. Gallium ($25/gram, or $45 … Continue reading

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Everyone likes free stuff

This one’s for the Mac users reading JRE (and I know there’s a few of you out there). For the next four days, MacHeist is giving away a bunch of great Mac software (including WriteRoom, Twitteriffic, and the terrifically fun … Continue reading

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MOON TO EXPLODE IN SIX MONTHS

Google is taking its “indexing all the world’s knowledge” mission a bit too seriously. Their newest project: a thirty-year archive of the Weekly World News.

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You had me at “by population not girth”

I was going to write something about the Indian elections, but Wonkette beat me to it. Also theirs is funnier. Sample quote: The Third Front: The Western media will call them “left wing” and ominously throw in the fact that … Continue reading

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