It has been a busy day travelling the internets for Rosco Pyjama. The USB equipped direction finding duck pointed the way to a couple of gems including:-The Age
reports that a kid from Bayswater (in Melbourne's north) managed to blow up his iPod. Apparently he left his iPod in his pocket when his mum washed his clothes and decided that he would try and dry it out and fix it. He was using a screwdriver when it exploded causing minor damage and requiring the local fire brigade to be called. I am assuming it was the battery (Li-Ion) that blew up but that seems a bit strange as Li-Ion batteries (as far as I know - which is not much) blow up when improperly charged or shorted as additional energy is dissipated as heat. Even if the kid did short it is seems a bit unusual that it woudld blow up.The ABC
has a go at a funny headline today with this effort - Talking penis given the chop
. Mind you, if the jokes attributed to the Penis in the article are true - "Hi, I'm Dick Smart. I am a comedian, yeah, stand up, ha"
- then the headline was probably funnier than the penis anyway.
Over at The Tofu Hut
they have come up with a great listing of Audiblogs from around the interwebs. It's a great catalogue of sites that post mp3's as part of their blogs. A good thing to check out regularly as some tracks are only available for a limited period of time.
Badjocks provides a classic reminder that Aussie Rules is a singularly Australian sport that is either unheard of or completely misunderstood overseas. It seems that the initial story referred to Australian Rules Rugby (or something similar) and was later edited to read "Australian Rules Football (similar to rugby, but more brutal)". Now I have aussie rules fans try and make out that their sport is more athletic, more skillful and requires more intelligence than rugby (both league and union) but I have never heard one of them claim it's more brutal.
You only have to watch a couple of minutes of an Aussie rules match to see that it doesn't have the bone crunching tackles of Rugby League nor the intense close quarter scrimmaging of Rugby Union. I always thought that the Americans thought that the best bit of Aussie Rules was the funny looking blokes in the coats and hats that waved their flags around their heads (they would be the goal umpires - whose old idiodynchratic uniform has been replaced with a boring plain one) (via Hack a day)
I have been looking at laboratory bench power supplies for some time as I would really like one for my electronics projects. They beat the hell out of batteries as they don't go flat and can supply much more power at a consistent voltage. This hack involves modifying an AT power supply to provide 12v and 5v sources. I am not really confident working with mains power so some aspects of this project concern me but it beats the hell out of buying a bench supply of the shelf for AUD$200+.