Anomalies & Curiosities
At 48 pounds, this cell phone is slightly larger than what I'm looking for. However, the fact that it has to be plugged into an outlet is a serious selling feature for me. One can only wonder what the ring tone sounds like.
Cleveland is ranked 16th of 50 in environmental sustainability. Although some of the criteria the city did well on are not controllable, such as water supply and natural disaster risk, I'm surprised and pleased to see that Cleveland has jumped from 28th place to 16th.
Click here to see what goes into the ranking and what the city could improve on.
I came across this really cool set of "unusual clocks" this morning. They were all pretty cool, but the two below stood out the most to me:
From Wil Shipley's post about the iPhone App Store: Let the Market Decide
"I have to be clear: it simply will not stand for Apple to prevent applications on the iPhone from competing with Apple's own applications. Besides chasing away all decent developers, besides hurting their customers by stifling competition and innovation, besides it simply being evil, it will, shortly, be illegal."
update: looks like we'll actually get to see the "Market" vs. the Monopoly mentality...
The Smithsonian Institution's record label, Folkways, sells recordings of weird and antiquated sounds. Titles include "Sounds of Medicine" (1955), "Sounds of the Office" (1964) and "Ionosphere" (1955). After you've thoroughly sampled the sounds of solar radiation and addressograph machines, don't miss the poetry section where Theodore Roethke reads selections from his own Words for the Wind.