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Wiselist Manages Tasks with Checklists, Notes, and File Attachments

Wiselist Manages Tasks with Checklists, Notes, and File Attachments

iPhone: While iOS isn’t lacking for great task manager apps, Wiselist carves out a niche of its own with a gorgeous UI and a unique blend of features.

The app isn’t just a typical checklist app; it brings a ton of powerful features to the table that give you a lot of flexibility. The app is centered around "Wiselists," which contain all the data you need for a given project. You can add long text notes, checklists, and even files from your Dropbox or camera roll to really flesh out each list with everything you related to a project. If you have multiple lists related to the same idea, you can categorize them with different tags, and assign each tag a custom color to make them easier to visualize on the main screen.

There’s a lot going on in Wiselist, and the app does take a few minutes to get used to, but it’s a great value for its sheer flexibility. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sync with any web or desktop clients, and it’s not even available for the iPad right now, so this probably won’t replace Wunderlist or Omnifocus for serious productivity hounds. At $1 though, I think it has a place in a lot of peoples’ workflows as a powerful replacement for Apple’s Reminders app.

Wiselist ($.99) | iPhone App Store via Beautiful Pixels

How to change the oil on a SR500

Any time I want a good laugh this is a great video to watch. If you have never seen this video stop what you are doing and watch it now. You wont regret it. (some language is NSFW)

33-Year-Old Drives Grandfather’s 1938 Bugatti to Hershey Car Show

33-Year-Old Drives Grandfather's 1938 Bugatti to Hershey Car Show

Imagine spotting this rare beauty gliding along Pennsylvania’s I-81, smugly flaunting her sleek lines. That’s the plan this Sunday according to a Facebook post by The Elegance at Hershey.

Further research shows that this 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe is owned by Walter Baran, a popular and longtime car collector from Frackville, Pa., about 60 miles northeast of Hershey. His grandson Matt Baran will continue the family tradition of driving – not trailering – their prized cars, regardless of value or rarity. Interestingly, the chassis number of the car is just six from the famous #57591 assigned to the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe owned by Ralph Lauren, valued by which Jalopnik at $40 million.

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Leaked packaging suggests Xiaomi is working on a 47-inch TV

Leaked packaging suggests Xiaomi working on a 47inch TV

China’s Xiaomi has certainly made a name for itself in the smartphone market, but let’s not forget that it has other plans as well. For one, there’s the Xiaomi Box, which is the company’s first foray into the video content world. And according to the above leak, the next step from there appears to be a 47-inch 1080p TV, which is simply branded as “Xiaomi TV” in Chinese (model number L47M1-AA). Like the Xiaomi Box, this TV will apparently feature built-in WiFi and “MiLink” (Airplay, DLNA plus Miracast), as well as audio certification from Dolby and DTS. More after the break.

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Politicians struggle with authenticity on Twitter, self-censorship prevails

“Too many twits might make a twat,” said David Cameron in 2009 in a live radio interview when asked whether or not he was on Twitter. It wasn’t his finest rhetorical hour, and ironically he later found himself apologizing for not picking his words carefully (though not for saying “twit” rather than “tweet” which is arguably the greater crime), but the interview was actually more notable for what he said outside of that memorable soundbite:

“I’m not on Twitter. I think that… that politicians should have to think about what we say and the trouble of Twitter is the instantness of it…”

Four years later, he and 450 other serving MPs use Twitter: 67 percent of Labour, 56 percent of Conservative, and 79 percent of Liberal Democrat MPs have profiles at the time of writing. Despite this, Cameron does raise a difficult disconnect between political survival and microblogging: elected representatives are deft hands at speaking exclusively in carefully rehearsed soundbites and avoiding direct questions. Blandness becomes an effective character trait as politicians try to deflect negative media attention and to alienate as few people as possible by sticking resolutely to the party approved script. Twitter, with its instant communication and unwritten rule of authenticity, isn’t built for this kind of tactical approach and, as Cameron predicted, that has already led to a number of high profile gaffes. The majority of these have been deleted, but with thousands of followers each, the damage is often done with screengrabs and retweets long before the delete button can be hit. These blunders can be divided into two categories, the “too personal” and the “accidental tweet”.

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What Car Is More Fun Than You Imagined It Would Be?

What Car Is More Fun Than You Imagined It Would Be?

This past week I was lucky enough to drive a Baja Bug, based on the Volkswagen Beetle (I’ll let you all figure out who it belonged to). I didn’t go into it expecting much, but boy was it a blast.

To be honest, I never was really interested in driving a Beetle. In my mind it was simply an economy car from a bygone era, slow and underpowered, with the most interesting thing about it being that the noise from the engine came from the back. Big deal.

Oh, how I was wrong. In Baja Bug-mode, the Beetle transforms into an entirely different beast. The open exhaust makes it sound like two air-cooled motorcycle engines fighting to destroy each other at the end of the world, while the vibrations and lack of refinement have you sure you’re doing 90 MPH when really you’re barely hitting 15. Plus, everywhere you go you get plenty of attention – and only the good kind.

I know that a lot of cars meet expectations. If you drive a Ferrari 458, you know what you’re in for. You not surprised when you step out of the cockpit. But what car has left you shocked, surprised, and overall overjoyed at what you just experienced? Let us know in the comments!

Photo credit: Ron Kroetz

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Both the early and the not-so-early days of aviation were filled with inventors, visionaries, and dreamers. Men who dreamed of changing the world, with machines that seemed to ache at their very (sometimes nuclear) cores for the deaths of their pilots and the people that created them.

These planes were often made as a creative solution to a very real problem, but often the technology hadn’t been invented yet, nor the morality to realize the larger problems they created. Nevertheless, the path to greatness is littered with good ideas and very, very, very bad ones.

The Phillips Multiplane

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Good Idea: One wing works, and two wings works even better than that, so why not all the wings? Powered by a 22 HP engine, this thing actually managed a 500-foot flight in 1907.

Bad Idea: Looking somewhere between a cross of a venetian blind and a strainer, it was a tad heavy. Flying for anything more than the requisite 500-foot flight (which was tethered, by the way) could’ve made for a very nice pile of kindling and pilot when it hit the ground.

Photo Credit: Mississippi State University

Convair NB-36

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Good Idea: Nuclear power provides clean and virtually limitless energy, with the latter attribute proving especially important for strategic bombers. Back in the Cold War, Strategic Air Command planes of the United States Air Force would fly in circles around the Arctic, waiting for their doomsday orders to bomb the Soviet Union. With a nuclear reactor on board, they could potentially stay on station for weeks or even months.

That was the idea behind the Convair NB-36, which was built out of the damaged remains of a normal B-36 bomber that had been damaged by a tornado. Yeah, that’s the universal symbol for radiation on the tail.

Most of the crew were taken out and replaced with a real, functioning nuclear reactor. The reactor itself wasn’t hooked up to the engines for the initial tests, but plans were in the works for this thing to fly on splitting atoms alone.

Bad Idea: It seems like at least some people knew this was a bad idea at the time, as evidenced by the massive precautions undertaken the second anyone got the bright idea to stick a nuclear reactor on a plane, according to the Virtual Aviation Museum, which sometimes happen to fall out of the sky:

The consequences of an NB-36H crash were so frightening that several support planes, including one filled with a team of paratroopers, followed the aircraft on every flight. Should the NB-36H crash or have to jettison its reactor, they would jump and secure the site and help with clean-up. A hotline to the president’s office was set up in case of disaster.

Photo credit: The University of Washington

Republic XF-84H "Thunderscreech"

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Good Idea: Jet engines were still in their infancy in 1955 when the Thunderscreech was created, and still had a number of teething problems. The US Navy still wanted a plane that could match a jet’s speed, however, and decided to mate a propeller to a turbine engine. The idea worked so well that the Thunderscreech held the record for the fastest single-engine propeller plane up until 1989.

Bad Idea: It was called the "Thunderscreech" for a reason. The propeller blades spun so fast that they broke the sound barrier, essentially generating a continuous sonic boom and a resulting visible shockwave. It was so loud that it could be heard from over 25 miles away, and was known to induce headaches, nausea, and even a seizure in the ground crew. The thing was also essentially unflyable, too. Ten out of its 11 flights ended in forced landings.

Photo credit: US Air Force

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Good Idea: The Mitsubishi Zero was born from the same loins as Lotus: simplify, and add lightness. Weighing less than a pound of feathers (and yet somehow more than a pound of gold), the Zero was a feared fighter aircraft in the early days of World War II. It became famous from that Michael Bay movie Pearl Harbor, and for no other reasons.

Bad Idea: The "Kamikaze" theory of filling up a Zero with explosives and flying it into the enemy was actually just a natural extension of the plane’s design. Made out of paper-thin and brittle alloys, with no armor plating and no self-sealing fuel tanks, the Zero was basically a flying bomb already. Just a few hits from the guns in a Hellcat would make the Zero explode, cooking its pilot alive before the wreckage even hit the ground.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Convair XFY-1 "Pogo"

Five Planes That Were Determined To Kill Their Pilots

Good Idea: The Pogo was created as a Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) fighter, and as such could operate from places without an airfield or the crowded deck of a ship. The concept is still in use today, with the V-22 Osprey and, to a lesser extent, the Harrier Jump Jet. Able to get in and out of sticky situations, the XFY-1 could’ve been a true gamechanger.

Bad Idea: To land the plane the pilot had to look over his shoulder, like you would if you were backing your car into the garage. Only thing is, when you back your car into the garage you don’t have two contra-rotating whirling blades of death right above your head and you’re not, you know, in flight. Only the most experienced pilots could fly it, and even then it seemed like it was trying to kill them.

Photo credit: US Navy

Got any more planes you think would try to kill their pilots if given the chance? Post them below in the comments!

Weird Science does most of its breeding after death

This little guy never knew his dad.

If not life after death, at least a little bit of sex. What’s not to love about a paper entitled “the posthumous reproductive dynamics of male Trinidadian guppies”? Or the finding that, “A significant proportion of the reproductive population consisted of dead males, who could conceive up to 10 months after death (the maximum allowed by the length of the dataset), which is more than twice the estimated generation time.” Before you get images of zombie guppies swimming slowly and groaning “booty!” instead of “brains!” there’s a small fact that can make sense of this result: female guppies store sperm that they later use to fertilize their eggs. It’s common among insects (which is why just a single roach can be bad news) but this is the first I’ve heard of it being a major factor in fish reproduction.

Gamers see more, but don’t remember any of it. A variety of studies have shown that people who play fast-paced video games seem to get more out of complex scenes than non-gamers do. This could simply be a matter of a visual system that was more locked-in, or it could involve something more significant, like better tracking of objects in memory or better decision-making based on visual input. Gaming might actually do your brain all sorts of good. Unfortunately, It’s not something that’s significant. A more detailed study shows that the gamers’ visual systems were better at picking information up, but the brain didn’t retain it any better.

Cancer free, but hairy, impotent, and uninterested in alcohol. Finasteride seems to be a wonder drug, in the sense that we here at Weird Science are beginning to wonder if there’s anything it doesn’t do. The drug inhibits an enzyme involved in testosterone metabolism, and is primarily used for treating enlarged prostates. One potentially useful side effect of its testosterone inhibition is that it combats male pattern baldness. On the downside, however, it also tends to have some bad effects on male sexual function. All of that mostly makes sense (testosterone, after all), but there’s at least one effect that’s a head scratcher: people on finasteride drink less. The typical number of drinks consumed by people taking the drug went from over five to two.

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Nokia Lumia 925 review: lots of changes, but not much difference

Nokia Lumia 925 review lots of changes, but not much difference

It’s been just half a year since Nokia revealed its first Windows Phone 8 device, and we’ve already got another flagship to review. The Lumia 925 marks a departure in design for Nokia — it looks nothing like its predecessors, barring an expanse of screen and some capacitive Windows buttons. This time around, the phone is housed in an aluminum frame, making it Nokia’s first metal smartphone since those heady Symbian days. This, alongside some hardware repositioning and (minor) specification changes has been enough for the Lumia 925 to weigh notably less than its 920 forebear — and we think it’s enough to feel in your hand. As we juggled the two Windows Phones ahead of this review, our first impressions were that the 925 was also much easier to hold, despite only a negligible difference in thickness.

This, alongside some hardware repositioning and (minor) specification changes has been enough for the Lumia 925 to weigh notably less than its 920 forebear

Arriving in three comparatively restrained monochrome hues (white, black and grey), Nokia’s returned to OLED for its display tech, although it’s the same 1,280 x 768 resolution as the rest of the 920 series and includes the company’s anti-reflective screen technology for good measure. Its new Smart Camera app debuts on the Lumia 925, standing alongside the stock app and offering up some interesting new picture-taking options.

Otherwise, it’s an awful lot like the Lumia 920, at least on paper: there’s the same lauded 8.7-megapixel camera sensor, the same dual-core 1.5GHz processor and the same OS (albeit with some beta goodies). Nokia reckons that the phone is geared towards a different buyer than those who bought the Lumia 920, but alongside Verizon’s recent US-only Lumia 928, is there enough to get fans that skipped on last year’s model to buy this time around? And is there enough to persuade you not to hold out for what’s on the horizon?

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Help Find This Stolen And Lovely 1977 Lincoln

Help Find This Stolen And Lovely 1977 Lincoln

Sadly, jackasses are still stealing cars in America. I’m not sure what genetic or character flaw is making this still happen, but it’s happened again, to a stunning 1977 Lincoln Continental 2-door in St.George, Utah. Let’s see if we can help find it.

From the pictures, the car looks incredibly restored, tastefully lowered and white-walled, and has a presence that actually fits with what late ’60s and ’70s Lincoln ads were promising.

Here’s what the owner has to say:

Five years ago, I bought a barely-running, rather hard on the eyes, 1977 Lincoln Continental. The dark, sun burnt, shit-brown paint complimented the shit-brown interior quite nicely. The vinyl top had enough tears and rips to look eerily like a dried lake bed. A series of bent push rods meant that the forty-six thousand pound, late 70′s American aircraft carrier had about two cylinders to power it. Over the next five years I slowly transformed the car from the redneck destruction derby machine it was into something looking more appropriate for a Las Vegas drug dealer. The budget was shoe string, and the night hours long, but I’ve never had a car that had more of my personal love, work and sweat into.

And last night it was stolen. With no leads, the one car I loved more than any other disappeared into the night. A police report has been filed, and friends alerted to keep an eye out for it, but heaven knows nothing matches the power of Jalopnik readership. It would mean more than the world to me to see a quick photo of the missing "Glen Levit" (as it’s been nick-named), and to have any leads be forwarded to myself ( or the St. George City Police Department here in Utah.
Let’s see if we can’t help re-unite Grant and Glen. This car has to stand out wherever it is, and I can’t imagine there’s many other ’77 Continentals in this condition within hundreds of miles.
Good hunting!