A Real Hoverboard

A Real McFly Hoverboard

English: A Hoverboard (or hover board) is a fi...
English: A Hoverboard (or hover board) is a fictional hovering board used for personal transportation Français : Le Hoverboard est un skateboard volant du futur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, I tweeted about a Gizmodo post about how hover boards are ruining Christmas. The equation often boils down to:

(alcohol) + (festive spirit) + (hoverboard) == (hospital visit)

It seems that the hoverboards are the chic and en vogue way to “crash and burn”. If the exploding batteries don’t get you, your lack of balance may be all needed to lead you to your demise.

With that said, it might be well and good that the much more Marty McFly hoverboard in the video below is likely vaporware.

A Real Hoverboard?

The article I discovered this at states that due to many limitations, this particular device will likely end up as vaporware. However, it also mentions that Lexus has also created another impractical attempt. I still think it would be awesome if we could actually develope such a device. While it may be somewhat dangerous, it is the closest thing we would have to a flying carpet.

Geohot Does an Autonomous Car and More

George Hotz, aka Geohot, Does Cars, Play Stations, iPhone and Rhymes

Hacker inside
Hacker inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I knew a good bit about the famous hacker, geohot.  He has a major league talent as a hacker.  He would be what we call a “l33t”.  For my older readers, unfamiliar with l33tsp34k, that is hacker-geek for “elite”.  This 26-year old’s most recent accomplishment is, according to Bloomberg and other sources, an autonomous car!

In the past, he has also:

  • been credited for the first to hack the iPhone, way back when he was still in high school
  • hack the Play Station and get sued by Sony
  • and much more

What I didn’t know, until I heard mention of it on a podcast, he also spits rhyhms.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is Now The Manhattan Project National Historic Park

The Home of the Manhattan Project, The First Nuclear Reactor and, Now, a National Park

English: Unofficial emblem of the Manhattan pr...
English: Unofficial emblem of the Manhattan project, circa 1946. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a huge fan of our National Parks.  Being from Cleveland, I am blessed by the presence our “Emerald Necklace“. I can literally walk to 2 of our parks in less than 20 minutes.  That said, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a contaminated waste site and, infamously, the home of The Manhattan Project.  It has to be one of those things that make you go “hmmm”.

While the article at phys.org states that visitors will be nowhere near anything radioactive, I still have my doubts about the matter.  The article states “miles” and my mind thinks, “just how many miles please?”.  Since the site is roughly half the size of Rhod Island, it seems possible that they could keep you away from anything harmful.  After some further thought, it certainly is less frightening than Hillary Clinton saying she wants a “Manhattan Project for encryption“. Continue reading “The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is Now The Manhattan Project National Historic Park”

My Ongoing Techno-Curse

My Love-Hate Relationship with Technology

While many compliment me regarding my ability to resurrect ancient hardware by installing and using Linux, I often refer to myself as one who is technologically cursed and impaired. Yes, I do have a Mac G5 running Debian, an old P4 running Ubuntu, an E1000 running Crunchbang, and a dual booting crunchbang/Ubuntu Studio Core2 Duo. However, the only way to actually do anything is to run all of them by linking them through Synergy and using one each for only one or two functions. Most of the time, it actually works pretty well, all be it slowly. Continue reading “My Ongoing Techno-Curse”

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.20

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.20

Here they are:

Continue reading “Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.20”

Orion Re-entry from the Astronaut’s Perspective

Space is kewl.  The exploration of it can be rather frightening.  I don’t know if I possess the bladder and anal sphincter control to be an astronaut. Then again, maybe that is why the Apollo suits had built in toilets. Check out the video below for what re-entry would look like.

The Space Debate

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English: Skylab2_1974_Issue-10c.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge supporter of space exploration.  I can’t help it, I grew up with “One small step for man…”.  The Apollo Program, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle were, in my opinion, awesome.  While I personally support manned exploration of space and projects like the Space Station, I am also aware that this a subject of valid debate.  Furthermore, I am a skeptic when it comes to such grandiose ideas like colonizing Mars.

I feel that this is a serious matter and debate.  I also feel that any topic is fair game for comedy and satire.  This tongue and cheek spoken word video has much fun with the very idea of space exploration.