1.21 Gigawatts of Awesome

Put out a fire with your amp.

Okay, that might be hyperbole. But researchers at Harvard accidentally kept putting fire out with AC currents during some experiments. Then they decided that their “confusion” was actually “discovery”. Smart folks. They’re just using about 600 watts of AC. That’s like a home stereo amp, a backup power supply for your computer, or a nice strobe light. I’m not saying that we’ll never have a fire happen at a rave again. And don’t go wildly wave your amp at a fire in your house either. But it would be cool if a fireman showed up at your house with a pack from Ghostbusters on his back and dropped the flames without soaking everything in your house. Sources a.k.a extra info: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7495027.html...

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This Post Is Now Diamonds.

So, say you’re Bob From Marketing. You’ve already received your promotion for creating one of the most successful commercial campaigns of your career, but you just have to out-do yourself. What do you do? That’s right. I’m talking about @OldSpice. If you’re a twitterbug (I just made that term up. One nickel to my paypal account every time you use it. Thanks.) you’ve already figured out what Bob did. Here are the ingredients for his amazing commercial-sauce. Build a fake bathroom and hope no one confuses it with a real one Hire Isaiah Mustafa for an entire day several days (Apparently this thing is still going! Say goodbye to your productivity.) Get your creative team to just chill and write down random things Scope out Twitter and YouTube for comments Have a video-editing robot Have a GIANT box somewhere with just tons and tons of props Phase 1: Spend all day coming up with ridiculous things to say in response. Phase 2: ??? Phase 3: Profit. The Old Spice twitter account went from only a few thousand followers to about 32,000+ in a 20-hour span of time. I’ve watched every single response (that I clicked on) and here are my top 7. Why 7, you ask? I had 900. I trimmed it down. Watching these, assuming you don’t get the 502 server error fromYouTube. Isaiah Mustafa talks to himself. y*2-(the universe)(microwaves) * (white bloodcells)/√romantic feelings + (∂black holes = MNA) + (N = N0 (½)n) == “Thank you” Try stuffing a steak into a celery stalk When robots converse: Underwater Brand Manager I seriously want a machine-gun/butterknife My personal favorite: The end result of all this is that I, in a manly non-bro-rape way, would love to have a drink with Isaiah Mustafa, Craig Allen and Eric Kallman. If you’re looking for more information than you can handle about this whole thing:...

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Chromium’s HTML5 Agenda

If you’ve fallen victim to the Apple propaganda, you’re well aware that they invented HTML 5. HTML 5 is going to solve every problem on the web with introductions such as the <video>, <troll>, and <karatechop> tags. Since you’re so interested in this brand new technology (i.e. html) we recommend that you see the creation from the other propaganda machine Google. The Chromium Dev Blog announced today the launch of the html5 site that specializes in tutorials, commentary, and general giddiness related to HTML5. Here’s a direct link if you want to avoid (some of) the propaganda and get directly into the deep dark world that is the HTML5 underground. You can get started with learning about the <causecancer> tag as well as the new Javascript system for reporting your every move to...

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YAML of the US States for your RoR pleasure

I looked all over the place for a fixture/yaml file that I could use to seed my database with a simple rake db:fixtures:load for the US States. I have a need for it frequently in apps, and I always end up building it with a SQL statement. NO MORE. Just a quick regex on that SQL and voila! a yaml file. (Dear everyone, it’s not “viola”. Please stop spelling it that way.) This short and simple post is for all the Ruby on Rails junkies. Flux is a pretty big fan of ruby, just because it’s so easy to write and servers are catching up to handle its heavier parsing needs. So without further ado: Create the model at commandline or netbeans or whatever you crazy kids do now: script/generate model state name:string abbreviation:string Then decompress this little guy into your fixtures folder:...

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