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Plastic tubes and pots and pans, bits and pieces, bits and pieces

I read in Slashdot about a fascinating technology called 3D Printing that is finally going to make our miserable, unfulfilling lives worth living again. Whereas a conventional printer lays down ink on a flat paper using what is basically a 2D bitmap, a 3D printer starts with a 3D representation of an object, slices the model into horizontal layers, and then “prints” a physical, tangible object layer by layer. The “ink” used varies, but the most favored technology for mainstream application actually works like an inkjet printer, printing with…

Your monitor will make you glow in the dark.

Or make you itchy and sneezy, at least. I just returned from a short trip to Surfside Beach, Texas, where a Dow chemical plant is only a mile from the beach and red tide was causing dead fish to wash up all over the shore. After a weekend of breathing napalm and neurotoxins, with only Lone Star beer to stave off the misery, I called in sick* to recover my lungs and finish up a computer game (Planescape: Torment - best game ever) I had been playing. Now, though, I’ve…

mutant bunnies!

genetic engineering is scary and exciting, not unlike “genetic engineering” by OMD. actually “electricity” by OMD is better, but less scary and exciting because i take electricity for granted. anyway, glow in the dark bunny! eduardo kac, a wacky artist, convinced a french genetics lab to take some jellyfish genes and an albino rabbit and cook up a dish of bio-luminescent bunny. those french and their weird cuisine! but wait! this bunny isn’t for eating, it’s for loving and petting and playing. kac claims the infra-rabbit is transgenic art, but…