Sunday, December 10, 2006

Build a better playfort

Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools has an article on just the thing you need to make the perfect playfort. They are basically little reusable plastic rivets that you can use to assemble pieces of cardboard.

Friday, December 08, 2006

FBI can use cell phones as bugs

According to this article on Cnet, a recent Mafia case in the US has revealed that the FBI can use normal cell phones as eavesdropping devices. Unfortunately the article doesn't have much technical detail.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Contents of a Presidential motorcade

Slate has an article about what vehicles and personnel are included in a US Presidential motorcade.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

No need to be sleepy

The New Scientist has an article on new drugs that allow people to stay awake for days at a time without any later repercussions. At the moment you need to convince your doctor that you are narcoleptic in order to get a prescription.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

DVD: Inside Man

An excellent movie about a bank robbery that turns into a hostage situation. Denzel Washington plays the NYPD hostage negotiator tasked with resolving the confrontation. Things become complicated when various powerful figures, including a mysterious fixer played by Jodie Foster, become involved in the case.

The movie is worth watching just for the scheme and tactics of the robbers but the performances, the writing and the settings were excellent.

Plus the film is set on the street I used to work on.