I was laid off 2 days before my birthday in 2009, a dismal blessing. I miss health insurance and payroll, but I haven't bought bread since the pink slip because I have time to bake.
Sometimes I'm a serious job hunter, sometimes a serious slacker, but mostly, I'm an underemployed, freelance Jaqueline of many trades including writing and dogsitting. Either way, I scrapbook my finds and activities here for your benefit and amusement.
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Decay had begun to show in some HP offices. Mice skittered in the corridors. Spiders fell from cracked ceilings. As the company cut back on trash pickups, detritus piled up, and in one location workers took garbage home in their cars. Upon arrival, Apotheker was informed that HP was missing 85,000 chairs. The figure was so farcical that he had to check to make sure it was right. It was.
SpareOne is an emergecy cell phone that runs off a single AA battery. 10 hours talk time, supposedly. BYO AT&T or TMobile SIM card. Now, you can call me when you’re buried ‘neath the avalanche and I’ll dig you out.
This guy invented a machine that will simulate Frenching over the Internet. I’m not sure if he thought of the other applications of this machine, but thought best to sell it as a French kiss machine. Either way, it’s really sad to think he sat in a lab Frenching a piece of plastic to perfect this technology.
The Woz showing off the original Pong machine. Steve Jobs gets so much credit for Apple because of his famous “One More Thing,” but Woz is the true genius of the duo. I mean, the guy is fearless enough to date Kathy Griffin on her show and do Dancing with the Stars and win over the crowd.
Wired has a gallery of the Woz giving a tour of his analog technology collection.
Marie Antoinette’s dulcimer-playing robot. Technology was cooler back when it was applied to playthings of the idle rich, who didn’t give a shit about the rest of the world. Now, we’re trying to cure diseases (operative term: try) and mass producing playthings for the bourgeoisie. These things are not exquisite, tristful or magical as this one 18th century robot.
Holy shit. Shirt in a Can is real. This moment is bittersweet because shit, Shirt in a Can is real, but NBC has taken down all bootleg videos of Shirt in a Can without posting one on its own site. If I can’t watch the fake commercial, this moment feels incomplete.
Please go read the article in Wired about it and pretend like the scientists are spraying Tim Meadows with the liquid fabric.