Reviews: Flo

Boon's Flo should make it easier for parents to wash their kids hair. The gadget easily clips on to the bath tub faucet and diverts the water so it can rinse the child's hair by just leaning back. (see below.)
Flo also features an easy to use switch that can be made to pour out bubbly water for a nice bubble bath.

It will be available in June and Boon will donate 10% of profits to children's charites.

Editor's Rating: 5/5


Reviews: The What Is Dorkbot?!

This is the first I've heard of this, but probably a lot of other people have already known about this for a while.

What is Dorkbot?!
Dorkbot is a organization that organizes numerous meetings of artists around the world. Except the artists have to be working with the use of technology or electronic art.

It was created by Douglas Repetto, at the Colimbia University Computer Music Center in 2000. The first ever dorkbot was held in New York City, but now has spread to all over the world.

dorkbot is for artists to show off their work and to get reviewed by fellow artists.

Their motto is "people doing strange things with electricity."

Douglas Repetto also created a robot talent show named, Artbots.


Photos_Movies: An Inconvenient Truth

Movie about Global Warming, featuring the once next president of the USA, Al Gore. Talks about how we need to help save the Earth.

Offical Movie Homepage & climatecrisis.net


Reviews: PB&J Knife

The Knife

The revolutionary Peanut Butter and Jelly Knife shall change the lives of hungry humans for years to come. But wait! What is the difference?! This knife has two ends: the purple end is for spreading the jelly, and the light brown end is for spreading the peanut butter!



Reviews: Dog Stereo

Buro Vormkrijgers, a Dutch design studio, recently created the Woofer. This creation is available as only one, or two, and Buro Vormkrijgers plans to release desktop speakers called Tweeters.

The commenters at Gizmodo seem to think it looked like a beheaded dog.



Admin: Writings ~ April 15

Smart Spoon for Incompetent Cookers

Writings over the past week:

  • Wi-fi Umbrella

  • Review on a weather predicting umbrella

  • Oddities of They Might Be Giants

  • Brief bio and review of one of their latest albums, Apollo 18

  • Middle Ages

  • Essay on the Middle Ages

  • Smart Spoon for Incompentent Cookers

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    Reviews: Wi-fi Umbrella

    This weather predicting umbrella, designed by Materious, uses Wi-fi technology to connect to the internet, providing the predictions for the day's forecast. When there is a chance of rain, the handle begins to glow, at different brightnesses, warning the user of the upcoming deluge.

    [Yanko Design-Gizmodo]

    Reviews: The Oddities of They Might Be Giants

    John Flansburgh and John Linnell
    They Might Be Giants fuses modern technology with college Rock 'n Roll

    One of my old-time / all-time favorite band, They Might Be Giants, combines irony with college Rock and Roll for those looking for a taste of something different. As like others, They Might Be Giants originated in the artsy New York City borough of Brooklyn, and began the band in 1982. Consisting of two members, John Flansburgh and John Linnell (pictured above), have also been known as "TMBG", "John and John", or "the two Johns".

    Apart from producing top CDs, They Might Be Giants is also known for the songs produced for television shows such as their version of the Daily Show theme song, "Dog on Fire", and the theme song of Malcom in the Middle, "Boss of Me", which won a Grammy Award.

    The Johns met as teenagers in Massachusetts and wrote some songs but never formed a band. It was not until, when they moved to the same Brooklyn apartment on the same day, that they began their musical career as a group.

    As for most people, the Early Years are always a tough period. The duo had a hard time getting a recording deal, all Flansburgh's guitars were stolen, and Linnell broke his wrist biking. To compensate for their losses, the band created "Dial-A-Song", a system that when someone called, their answering machine picked up and began playing one of their most popular songs. This invention got them a review in People and they were noticed by Bar None Records.

    Thier first album, released in 1986, became a huge hit in college radio music, and the music video, "Don't Let's Start", got on to MTV, earning them a more noticable spot in the human eye. Lincoln, the second recording released in 1988, caught fans eyes with the album artwork by Brain Dewan, who also performed with They Might Be Giants.


    I approached the 2005 released, Apollo 18, with a interested attitude, wondering what the TMBG Labs created this time. I am quite glad with what was produced. Twenty out of the total thirty-eight were under one minute long, eleven of them being less than ten seconds long. I'll admit that the "less than ten seconds" songs were all from the "Fingertips" "suite". My favorite of the bunch being "Please Pass the Milk".

    Please Pass the Milk lyrics (figured out by Noah Bulgaria)

    Please pass the milk please

    Please pass the milk please

    Please pass the milk please

    Please pass the milk please

    You may not think anything of this work besides "Broken record!, but it probably took some courage to write and publish an eight-second song.
    Think about it! How many artists do you know that make such great songs?!

    These music-creating geniuses show their intelligence and hard work in the lyrics of songs such as Mammal. You can find their political thoughts in the song, My Evil Twin, when they sing at 1:30:

    Who cut the arm of the voodoo doll that resembles our Republican president...

    Space Suit includes an accordian solo that works well with the rest of the song.

    Reviewer, Mark Twain "Sam", from Amazon.com, says this about Apollo 18.

    This cd is beyond belief. Beyond all known things. Beyond imagination of the imaginable imaginative. I have listened, and have found, that time and space are now a mystery to me. You MUST for your own health,safety,and sanity, purchase this beautiful display of words placed in no certain order. On a scale of one to ten, this cd is awesome.


    Album Rating: 5/5

    Artist Rating: 4/5

    Album Peaks: "Please Pass the Milk", "Spider", "Dig My Grave", "Catching Fire", "Mammal", "Turn Around"

    Album Notes: TMBG brews talent, creativity, and intelligence into one outstanding blend. One of the cleverest bands out there, the group work their magic on people listening to their songs, and magically make them hum the tune for the rest of the day.

    Can't get enough?:

    [Image courtesy of TMBG.com]


    Posts: Middle Ages Essay

    A little essay off the topic of the lastest posts.

    1200-1400 C.E.

    The High Middle Ages

    An essay by Noah Bulgaria
    With help from the Timeline of World History, by John B. Teeple

    • Mongols
    • Expansion of Islam
    • Japan and Ming China
    • Trade and Plague
    • Ottomans
    • Empires in the Americas
    • Venice
    • Universities



    In the 13th century, Eurasia witnessed the phenomenon of the Mongol's
    invasions. Led by Genghis Khan, these nomadic tribes brought
    under their control much of Asia, including the entire Silk Road,
    parts of Tibet and China, and Muslim states. All was done with such
    speed that it has never been matched in the history of the world. The
    Khwarizm and Jin (which included the chief city of Beijing) empires
    were destroyed by Khan's son, Ogodei, while invading Poland, Hungary,
    and Song China concurrently. Meanwhile, Genghis' other son, Hulegu,
    sacked the Islamic powerhouse, Baghdad, when he destroyed the Abbasid
    Caliphate in 1258. Kublai Khan defeated Song China only eleven years
    after the sacking of Baghdad. Kublai then went on to become the
    emperor of China. The two attempted invasions of Japan resulted in
    failure when their fleet was struck by gales, kamikaze, or "divine
    wind". The Mongols were unable to invade Egyptian land when the
    Malmuks defeated them in 1260.
    Mongol rule extended from west of Kiev to Korea by 1294. During that
    time, the Mongols territory had split into four khanates. One of the
    khanates, the Empire of the Great Khan, included the majority of land
    and practically the entire eastern half. However, as the Mongol empire
    quickly diminished, they left no impact in the Chinese and Islamic
    cultural structures, and life continued normally.

    Expansion of Islam:

    During the period, the Islam's vigorous expansion continued despite
    the damages suffered at the hands of the Mongols. In 1206, the
    sultanate of Delhi was founded in the Indian subcontinent, and by 1335
    it controlled most of India. Along the east coast of Africa, Islamic
    city-states appeared, using the Indian Ocean's trading links to their
    greatest extent. Islam did not appear in southern and central Africa,
    though trading led to creating central states such as the Great Zimbabwe.

    Japan and Ming China:

    Until 1333, under the severe sovereignty of the Kamakura Shogunate,
    Japan was a witness to damaging war between warlords for over 100
    years. China, on the other hand, was under the control of united
    dynasty, native to China, for over four hundred years. The Ming
    dynasty was formed in 1368 after decades of violence, floods, famine,
    and plague under the Mongol rule.

    Trade and Plague:

    In spite damages suffered, the Mongol empire brought back major trade
    and contact between the west and the east for the first time since
    907. This contact allowed for brave travels and journeys including the
    ones of Ibn Battuta, a Muslim scholar, and the Venetian, Marco Polo.
    Despite the positive consequences, this extensive contact and trade
    also brought rats carrying bubonic plague across the Old World. Around
    the Eurasia mass amounts of people were dying and economies plummeted.
    In Europe, an area particularly affected, called it the "Black
    Plague". During that time, the climate changed, making what people
    called the "Little Ice Age", which also weakened the economy. Also,
    there were massive struggles for power in Italy, France, Germany, and
    England, countries greatly affected by the "Black Plague". By 1347,
    Europe had lost a third of their population, after only two years of
    the Plague.


    Founded in circa 1300 by Osmal 1, the Turkish Ottoman Empire, posed
    yet another threat to the security of Europe. Over the next hundred
    years, they formed a dominant empire reaching from Anatolia to the
    Balkans. Their power briefly diminished in 1402 when they were
    defeated by Timur and their emperor was captured. Even so, the
    Ottomans quickly regained their power in the mid-fifteenth century and
    again became a formidable enemy.

    Empires in the Americas:

    During this time, hidden to those of the Old World, two other major
    civilizations thrived on the other side of the world. In the Andes,
    the Incas created a highly refined economic system, and in the Central
    America, the Aztec empire was built with a rich mythology.


    Ruled using an oligarchy system, the trade-rich republic of Venice,
    prospered in the time of the Crusades. The Venetians held many wealthy
    trading routes during the time and flourished. A fierce rival with its
    nautical neighbors (Genoa, Pisa, and Amalfi), Venice defeated Genoa in
    1353, becoming the most powerful empire in the eastern Mediterranean.
    Even so, their trading power was eventually lost to the Ottoman's


    During the twelfth century, people realized the importance of
    non-religious education. All the classes and lessons were spoken in
    the general tongue of Medieval Europe, Latin. The first European
    universities were founded in Oxford, Bologna, and Paris. Afterward,
    many more universities were being founded. From 1000 to 1350 C.E.,
    thirty-one European universities were established, many who went on
    to become a national symbol.


    Reviews: Smart Spoons for Incompetent Cookers

    Some people, even after spending countless number of hours spent before Julia Child (I saw that show), can not find the talent in themselves to cook an edible meal.

    The Intelligent Spoon, an expeirment by Connie Cheng and Leonardo Bonanni with MIT Labs, is for cookers without a nack for the fine art. This "intelligent" spoon contains zinc, gold, zener diode, and aluminum sensors. These sensors are meant to detect the temperature, acidity, salinity, and viscosity levels.

    This may not be able to fix up an entire steak dinner, but it can tell how much salt to use for the scrambled egg breakfast.



    Reviews: Blogger Support vs. TypePad Support

    This past Sunday, I e-mailed a question to TypePad Support asking a question about the different possible accounts. Guess when they responded. In less than 24 hours.

    A few weeks ago I mailed Blogger Support. Guess how long they took. About one week.

    Blogger Support was probably better back in the day, when Google didn't buy them.



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    Reviews: Apples New iPod Version (1.1.1.)

    Apples new fifth generation iPod including the feature to set a maximum volume.

    The maximum volume feature can also be locked by parents with a combination code. The software update is 1.1.1.

    [iPod Updater-Digital Tech News]