Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

Solving Interior Design With Explosives

Today we talked about how external turn signal indicators are the next big thing in car customization. The discussion took a slightly more explosive turn for the better.

Reader sammyjay noticed that trafficators could pose some problems…problems that could be solved with Mercedes SLS AMG roof hinge explosives.

Problem: living in a cold climate and the damn things stay frozen shut

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Problem: Vandals with scotch tape

Solution: explosive hinges, SLS door style

Reader jeepfall then asked the logical follow-up question.

Explosives: is there anything they can’t fix or improve?

Reader sammyjay took up the challenge.

For whatever reason, the first thing that came to my mind was household appliances. upon further thought the following items could absolutely use explosives:

toasters: my toaster has the lamest springs ever seen

fridge: the doors are vacuum sealed, i swear

freezer: the automatic ice maker seems to enjoy taunting me with 5 pound blocks of ice cubes

dishwasher: never have a little bit of water left standing in the bowls again!

dryer: express drying

hot water heater: instant hot water when you step in the shower every morning

toilets/sinks: clogs are a thing of the past with mini depth charges

air compressor: in a rush? need your tires pumped up quickly? BAM

What other things would be improved with explosives? We’ve had some fairly poor uses of explosives in the past few months, so I think they could use a re-imagination. I’m thinking explosive flowers would be a great way to spice up the staid world of gardening.

The California-Made Earthquake Alarm That Works But California Won’t Build

For all of the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami in Japan, the former, a 9.0 magnitude beast called “Tohoku,” could have claimed far more lives. The reason it didn’t? Since 2007, Japan has had an early warning system—conceived ten years ago at Caltech—which California still hasn’t managed to set up. And while it only gives about a minute notice, it’s a minute Californians currently don’t have.

Until 2003, when Japanese seismologist Hiroo Kanamori and UC Berkeley’s Richard Allen published a study proving that early detection was possible, warning systems for earthquakes have relied on a concept that’s been around since the 19th century: detect the ground shaking at the fault line and send advanced notice to cities miles away through telegraphs, telephones, or modern telecommunications (depending on which century you’re in).

This system relies on the fact that electronic signals move much faster than seismic waves; For example, if you were in New York and on Twitter on August 23, 2011, you might have seen tweets from Washington DC about their earthquake just before the ground started shaking under your feet. As neat as that might have been (yay, new media!) retweeting is not a very good system for warning a city of impending seismic doom.

The new system put into place in Japan in 2007 detects earthquakes before they start shaking the Earth’s surface. Allen and Kanamori found that when tectonic plates shift, they release two forms of energy simultaneously, called p-waves and s-waves. S-waves cause all the damage on the surface. P-waves are harmless, but travel through the ground about twice as fast. So when Japan’s more than 1,000 seismometers near their Pacific fault-line relayed p-wave data indicating a massive earthquake, the Japanese Meteorological Agency rang the alarm.

While this “early detection” still only gives about 60 seconds of warning, Japan was able to safely stop eleven 320-mph bullet trains, disable 16,000 elevators, warn students to get under their desks, and set off earthquake alarms across the country. Some 52 million Japanese received text alerts on their cellphones. But that’s because Japan has the advanced warning system and a cultural awareness of the threat of earthquakes (for example, new iPhones bought in Japan come with quake-warning features built in).

California, on the other hand? Azeen Ghorayshi, in a great feature for the East Bay Express about Japan and California’s preparedness, says that California still has “next to nothing in terms of a public seismic warning system,” despite knowing how to build one for almost a decade and despite knowing the next “big one” is only matter of time. But building a statewide system is only a matter of politics and money, so it’ll probably be ready in no time. Meanwhile, here’s a $1 iPhone Seismometer app that you can make into your own DIY not-so-advanced warning system. [East Bay Express]

Facebook reports Q1 2013 revenue of $1.46 billion, 12 cents EPS

Facebook reports Q1 2013 revenue of $TK billion, $TK million in net income

There’s a fairly good chance that Mark Zuckerberg’s heading Home today without a massive bonus check. Zuck’s social network, Facebook, hasn’t quite reached the level of profitability that some investors once expected — its first year of public trading brought highs and lows (though, mostly lows). But, revenues steadily grew, and, in the final quarter of 2012, the company finally turned a profit. And now, for the most recent quarter, Facebook is reporting revenue of $1.46 billion, a 38-percent boost over the same period in 2012, with earnings of 12 cents per share. Daily active users jumped to 665 million worldwide, compared with 526 million in Q1 2012. Mobile is clearly in focus this year, though the company’s efforts in that arena may be reflected in the future — the site’s legacy products are responsible for Q1 2013′s figures. We hope to get some more insight during the earnings call this afternoon, and we’ll be sure to share any notable tidbits as they’re made public.

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Watch Two Minutes of Pagani Supercar Pornography

Naturally, supercar impresario Horacio Pagani drives his own cars — who wouldn’t? In fact, the delicious blue Zonda S in this video short — by Chris Harris and his now drone-flying videographer Neil Carey — is Pagani’s own semi-daily driver.

Pro tip: Put on your headphones, so the neighbors won’t hear.

OmniVision OV2724 should lead to super-small, 1080p60 front phone cameras

OmniVision OV2724 may lead to supersmall, 1080p60 front phone cameras

When most front-facing mobile cameras are shoehorned in between a myriad of sensors, they seldom have the breathing room they’d need for truly noteworthy performance. OmniVision can’t quite defy physics, but its new OV2724 sensor could challenge at least a few of our common assumptions. The OV2722 successor stuffs 1080p imaging into the company’s smallest chip of the kind, at 5mm by 5mm by 3.5mm — ideally, leading to full HD front cameras in tinier devices. Full-size devices still stand to benefit, though. The OV2724 has the headroom to record at an extra-smooth 60 frames per second, and individual frames should be more eye-catching between the higher dynamic range and better low light shooting. The only frustration left is having to wait for mass production of the new sensor in the summer quarter — we won’t see any phones or tablets reaping the rewards for at least a few months.

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