So I was trying to buy a new Hard Disk from ebay and get it shipped to one of my co-workers place before he fly’s to India. (Yes, another one. What can I say; you can never have too much storage). Once I put it in my shopping cart I got the option to select the Shipping and there I got to see the amazing gem below:
Shipping options on eBay by Newegg
So I can choose to get my shipment on the 3rd of Dec for free, or I can pay $4.99 or $17.85 and get it quicker on the 3rd of Dec… Now how do I choose which is the best option for me, I think I will go for 3rd Dec for free… Another interesting thing is that the 1 day shipping for which I would shell out $25.16 will get me my package on the 1st Dec (4 days from the day I ordered). Unbelievable.
Do you aspire to look like a homeless guy but don’t have the facial hair to pull of the look? If so fear not, NY Cosmetic surgeons are willing to help you for a mere $8,000. Hipsters all around the world rejoice!
Facial surgeons with private practices in Manhattan and Florida say they have seen a phenomenal increase in demand in the last five years, and hipsters are leading the way.
No longer the preserve of fishermen or aging academics, beards are the signature look of urbane men in their 20s and 30s who consider themselves witty, creative and politically progressive.
New York surgeons can perform up to three or four procedures a week for $2,000 to more than $8,000 depending on how much hair needs to be transplanted from scalp to cheek.
When I first saw this article I thought it was a joke which got accidentally released early for April fool’s day. But unfortunately this is true and that tells us something about these people. They are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for stupid stuff like this but won’t spare change for an actual homeless guy. If you really want to feel what the homeless feel, try living for a week on the street without your Starbucks or iPad’s.
The no of people asking for this procedure have gone up from 10 a YEAR to 5 a WEEK. Yikes!
Thanks to The Register for the initial story.
Are you tired of using the same old insults for people who annoy you? Are you tired of using the same insults as everyone else? I know I am, but worry not, the great’s of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels have your back with some really cool insults that you can use without actually abusing. Folks at io9 spent some time to generate a list of 20 best insults and it has some gems. Below are some examples that I especially liked:
3) Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut
“If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.”
5) Mort by Terry Pratchett
“‘It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever,’ he said. ‘Have you thought of going into teaching?'”
6) Redwall by Brian Jacques
“To describe the young haremaid’s singing voice as akin to a frog trapped beneath a hot stone would have been a great insult to both frog and stone.”
Check out the whole list at 20 Great Insults from Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
Maybe I should start using these more often.
Found this while surfing the web. This is not an actual product yet but once it’s available I think people who don’t know how to setup a reminder on their phone or online (I use google Calendar), are really forgetful and like pain might want to invest in this. As per the site once the ring is on sale you can buy it for a measly price of $760 only.
From the product description:
If you’re prone to memory lapses — or simply have too many secret second families on the side — then you may want to consider the Remember Ring. Here’s how it works: A full 24 hours before your special day begins, a “hot spot” on the ring’s interior will begin to warm up to 120º F for approximately 10 seconds. And in case that doesn’t do the trick, the ring will continue to warm up every hour, on the hour, all day long!
120 Deg F (~49 Deg C)! Ouch… I think I will stick to my SMS alerts and reminders.
Thanks to Gadget Lab for the link.
This is an actual product that you can buy. I am serious. No really. My first thought when I saw this was: You have got to be kidding me. Although it might be fun for kids or make a good gag gift for the Geeky person in your life. The product is being launched in April at the Nerd Approved Shop. The product details on the site say it all:
When you use Superhero Toilet Paper, no more courtesy flushes are needed! This toilet paper will really empower you to let rip like a superhero. Embarrassing noises from the smallest room in the house will be a thing of the past as you confidently launch into action with each tear. Make every trip to the restroom much more comfortable in superhero style with the Superhero Toilet Paper! The sound effects overshadow all undesirable noises.
Thanks to Nerd Approved for giving me a good laugh.
As if DRM (Digital Rights Management) wasn’t enough in the digital world, the boffins at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland have created a chair where you can only sit on it for a total of 8 times. After which the chair falls apart and you need to buy a new chair. Yes, you read that correctly, you can only sit on this chair 8 times. Although to be fair I can think of some really good practical jokes that can be played with this chair
The design of the chair is fairly simple; all the joints of the chair are cast in wax with a piece of nichrome wire embedded in the wax. An Arduino with a small switch keeps track of how many times the chair has been used, while a solenoid taps out how many uses are left in the chair every time the user gets up. When the internal counter reaches zero, a relay sends power through the nichrome wire, melting the wax, and returning the chair to its native dowel rod and wooden board form.
Hopefully folks will realize that this is not really practical and not decide to release it as an actual product.
Thanks to Hack a Day for the initial story.
This is a question that has been bugging me for a while and I see most tech support people do this; both here in India and in the US and I can’t figure out how it helps, maybe one of you guys can help me figure this out. Basically if you someone from tech support is working on your computer, lets say installing a driver, or troubleshooting why your net connection is not working, they will minimize all the windows, right click on the desktop and then click refresh. They usually do it a couple of times before continuing with the troubleshooting. Supposedly this helps resolve issues, I did ask them why they do it but didn’t really get a clear answer and it bugs the hell out of me… Any idea what that is supposed to accomplish, other than refresh my desktop icons? I have only one icon on my desktop right now: Trash, which really confuses people and its fun to watch them.
Some of the troubleshooting questions I have heard and the statements people make when I call to complaint about issues are just hilarious. For example I was once told that you can only connect to the internet using a DSL connection if you have windows installed. No other OS’s are supported. I asked the guy to just give me the settings I needed to have and the password to the modem but he kept telling me that since I didn’t have windows it would never work (the conversation started when he asked me to install a software to configure the modem).
It would be interesting to know if others have seen similar behavior when they talk to helpdesk?
Normally I don’t post links to video’s on the blog but after watching this video I just had to share. Its a must watch for all Doctor Who fans but it has a lot of spoilers so don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the last season of Dr Who. The video shows the last season of Dr Who as an 8bit RPG and is awesome. Plus it has Fish and Custard I wish that this was a real RPG.
Click on the image below to watch the video:
BTW, Shipra: is 11:50pm better for this stuff than 6am?
Thanks to Nerdapproved.com for the link.
The following graph is quite true when you think about vacations. I have been out of office for a bit more than a week now and I am just at the end of my trip (typing this at the Bombay airport) so starting monday I will have to deal with all the emails that have accumlated the past week.. Unfortunately most of them won’t be spam, and this is just after I managed to clean up my inbox before I left.
The trip was a lot of fun, will describe it in a separate post as I want to include some of the photos as well in the post.
Well this is all for now. Will post more later.
Actually now that I think of it, I haven’t used any of the stuff from Physics, Chemistry or Bio that we learned at school in real life either. Gah, the no of hours of my life that have been wasted…