Links for 6th January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. HOMEMADE PLASMA CUTTER

    "You can get most of your parts for free or very cheap off of old cars, stoves, furnaces,microwaves, dryers or any appliance that you have access too. I'm not saying to use your ladies things, if you do and you get caught, I'm looking the other way but will say a prayer for you." Heh.

    Tagged with: DIYplasmacutterassemblytoolsalvage

  2. Mini-turbines set to harness energy from pressure in UK gas pipelines

    "When natural gas is drilled from underground reservoirs it is at far too high a pressure to be used safely in homes. "It would just blow up your gas cooker," Mercer said. Instead, the pressure must be released at hundreds of sites across the supply network known as letdown stations. Currently, the energy contained in this released pressure is wasted. The new technology aims to capture it to generate electricity."

    Tagged with: UKnatural-gasenergyturbinesgenerationpower

  3. Fred’s Footprint: Migration controls are the new apartheid

    "Surely if free trade and the free movement of capital is so good for an efficient global economy, then the same should apply to the free movement of labour? I can't see the fault in that logic. And for the apostles of the free market to deny it reeks to me of racism and xenophobia. Worse, the stench is disguised by a cheap perfume of do-gooding development theory and environmental hand-wringing."

    Tagged with: worldculturenationalismmigrationracismpovertyeconomics

  4. Why creationism is not the biggest threat to schools

    "Where pupils can form mobs or threaten their teachers with replica guns when it is suggested they learn something they don't want to, all real learning is threatened; not just the knowledge of evolution or even of science. Science is at the very least one of the most glorious achievements of human civilisation. But it can't be learned, and it can't be practised, without first building a whole web of social knowledge about how to give and take instruction. This leads me to an unwelcome and apparently paradoxical conclusion. The spread of creationism may very well lead to a spread in faith schools to combat it."

    Tagged with: UKeducationscienceevolutionatheismcreationismtestinglearning

  5. Joomla Developer’s Toolbox

    "Joomla grew out of the Mambo CMS and has since built a large and loyal group of users, much like the other popular open-source options. What this means for users and developers is that there is a wealth of information and resources available, and in this post we’ll take a look at many of the best."

    Tagged with: webdevCMSjoomlaresources

  6. Desktop atom smashers could replace LHC

    "In laboratories around the world, the outline of an entirely new design of accelerator is being sketched that could revolutionise the economics of particle physics. Out are the many-kilometre-long tunnels; in is a compact construction a fraction of the size. More intriguingly still, this new breed of accelerator is being conjured up from little more than thin air." That black-hole end-o'-the-world guy must be bricking it.

    Tagged with: physicsparticleacceleratorexperimentsresearch

  7. Metacrap

    "If everyone would subscribe to such a system and create good metadata for the purposes of describing their goods, services and information, it would be a trivial matter to search the Internet for highly qualified, context-sensitive results: a fan could find all the downloadable music in a given genre, a manufacturer could efficiently discover suppliers, travelers could easily choose a hotel room for an upcoming trip. A world of exhaustive, reliable metadata would be a utopia. It's also a pipe-dream, founded on self-delusion, nerd hubris and hysterically inflated market opportunities."

    Tagged with: internetweb2.0Doctorowsemantictagstaxonomyessayclassificationmetadatasemantic-webontologyfolksonomy

  8. Brian Eno Speaks Out On Gaza

    "Gaza is now an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now ‘under attack’ you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn’t possibly reach an accommodation."

    Tagged with: IsraelGazaPalestineinvasionghettooppressionwarEno

  9. Audio Player WordPress plugin

    "Once installed, this plugin allows you to insert mp3 audio files into your posts and pages." Seems simple enough; Flash based.

    Tagged with: webdevwordpresspluginaudiostreamingplayermp3

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