Be careful what you say in public. No, really – be careful what you say in public because you just never know who or what may be listening to your words. It could be the person sitting at the table beside you. It could be the waitress who overhears part of your conversation as she’s coming to take your order. It could be the person standing behind you as you’re waiting in line. Or, it could be one of the lamps residing on top of your table. Especially if you’re in New York City. I wish I was kidding, but I’m totally serious.
It has recently come to light that 2 people who wanted to try their hand at hidden surveillance did just that in the Big Apple. They went to Washington Square Park and put hidden wi-fi enabled listening devices inside of lamps at a bank, a library, McDonalds, and of all places, someone’s bedroom. But that’s not the end of the story. After the conversations are recorded by the lamps, they’re sent to Mechanical Turk, where they are transcribed and then tweeted out on Twitter. This has been going on for about 7 months under the Twitter handle @Conversnitch. Kyle McDonald and Brian House, who are behind the spying, state that they want people to be extra cautious about being watched.
That Lamp Does More Than Just Light Up The Room
While this may seem (and probably is) slightly unethical, the pair seem to want to teach us all a lesson, that if they’re able to do this, just imagine what the government is able to do without our knowledge. It’s scary when you actually stop and think about it.
So, that old adage “be careful what you say” is never more true than in today’s world, because you never know who – or, what – is listening to your conversations.
For as long as there has been Star Wars, there have been people who have tried to duplicate the sound effects with their mouths. The problem is, some sounds are harder than others to replicate, such as that of the lightsaber or the blaster. Go ahead – give it your best shot. But just because the sounds that come from our mouths usually sound nothing like the sounds from the screen, that doesn’t make them any less hilarious. And usually, we’re just making the sounds to entertain ourselves, our children, or our friends; we’re not usually recording them for the whole world to hear. At least most people aren’t, anyway.
But there are some who release their sound effects to the world, such as the video below. And the result is pretty funny. In the video, the regular character voices are left intact, but most everything else is replaced with sounds made from the human mouth. Have a look for yourself. And while you’re watching, ask yourself: what is it about Star Wars sounds that makes them so fun to imitate?
What do you think? Could you make better sound effects with your mouth? While the original sounds could never really be outdone, it is fun to try.
Two friends have worked together to create a replica of the Iron Man suit, complete with moving parts. Greg Hatter built the actual suit, while Jerome Kelty got some of the parts moving.
The suit, which has been made from molded fiberglass, has been designed so that the helmet, forearm missile, hip pods and the back flaps can all be moved. Complete with the illuminated arc reactor on the chest, the suit also has boots that play a sound effect when you move around.
To get these parts moving, Jerome used an Arduino Pro and three Arduino Pro Minis. To make it easier to remove, the helmet can be controlled wirelessly via an Xbee radio. By attaching RFID tags and an RFID reader on to the gloves, all the moving parts can be triggered.
If you want to build your own animatronic Iron Man suit, then head over to Hack A Day or Instructables where Jerome Kelty has posted detailed logs as well as the code you’ll need for the task.
I am being one-hundred percent honest when I say that my biggest pet-peeve in this world is hearing people snore. When I hear snoring I just get irritated. Right off the bat. It doesn’t matter if it’s quiet snoring, medium snoring, or “who’s cutting down a tree in my bedroom?” snoring. When I hear snoring I am put on edge. I can’t relax, I can’t sleep, and all I can think about is trying to figure out a way to get whoever it is to stop snoring. Permanently. When I was younger I even tried putting a clothespin on my brother’s noise, but the only effect that had was him waking up, throwing the clothespin across the room, and then starting to snore again.
The fact is a lot of people around the world snore while they sleep. Some snore because their nasal passages are blocked due to colds, etc., while others snore regularly due to a condition known as sleep apnea. Those who suffer from sleep apnea have a hard time breathing while they sleep, so they snore loudly, and they wake up several times during the night because of their labored breathing. It’s definitely no fun for those with the condition, and it’s not a picnic for those who sleep in the same room as them, either. While there are several methods of treatment for sleep apnea, the FDA has just approved the first kind of sleep apnea implant.
It’s known as the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy. While all of the details are not known, what is known is this: the device is surgically implanted into a person’s chest, and it will have leads that help to stimulate nerves which will ultimately help them to (theoretically) breathe better as they sleep. The implant would be powered on by a remote control.
If all goes according to plan, these implants should be available toward the end of 2014. It sounds like they’ll help a lot of people to get a good night’s sleep.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever spent a huge amount of money on? A gigantic TV? A video game system? A motorcycle? Diamond jewelry? While “expensive” is a bit of a relative term anymore, I think most of us would agree that $15,000 isn’t exactly pocket change. (Unless your last name is Buffet or Gates). And while I could see spending $15,000 (and upwards) on a vehicle or some necessity like that, I can’t imagine spending that much to look good in pictures I take of myself.
Yet that’s exactly what a 38-year-old woman from Los Angeles did. Triana Lavey, who works as a talent manager, recently shelled out $15,000 so she would look better when taking selfies. The $15,000 paid for a chin implant, a nose job, and some fat grafting. She also gets regularly budgeted Botox injections to her face. I realize selfies are slowly taking over social media, but are they really worth that much? Ms. Lavey would at least say so.
I care about my own appearance, don’t get me wrong, but there’s no way in this world I’d spend that much money just so I’d look good in a selfie. That makes me wonder – what’s the big deal with selfies anyway? Why do we have to take a picture of ourselves anywhere and everywhere we roam? I’m just as guilty as everyone else, and I have absolutely no idea why. It almost seems that we, as a culture, are falling a little too in love with ourselves, walking somewhere along the same path as Narcissus. Hopefully someone will save us before we all wither from staring too long at ourselves.
What do you think? Could you imagine spending that much to look better in selfies? Let us know in the comments section below!
While I’ve only flown a few times in my life, I’m not the biggest fan of flying. Don’t misunderstand me – I like being up in the air and gazing down at the tiny world below, but something about the whole experience is just a bit scary to me. After all, there’s more than a few things that could go wrong over the course of the trek through the air, such as, lightning storms, mechanical failures, passengers with body odor worse than your own, running out of jet fuel, and then there’s the obvious risk of the pilot and the co-pilot falling asleep in the cockpit and having forgotten to turn on the autopilot. And if none of that happens, there’s always the off chance that the plane’s engine will catch on fire mid-flight.
On a recent Australian flight, the latter is exactly what happened. Brad McCoy, a passenger on the flight, looked out his window and noticed the shooting flames coming from one of the plan’s engines. Now think about this for a moment – if this were you, what would you do? Would you pray? Would you try and calm everyone down as they prepared for the inevitable? Would you just stare death in the face? Or, perhaps would you be more like Mr. McCoy, who simply took out his cell phone and started to record the whole ordeal.
Luckily, for everyone who was involved, this story had a happy
ending landing, and thankfully none of the 92 passengers who were onboard were physically injured at all.
Now, I have to ask – what kind of world do we live in where we record our supposed final moments instead of actually living in them? Regardless, I guess he now has an interesting video to show anyone who’ll watch.
Again, what would you do in the above situation? Let us know in the comments.