Technology & Web

How to electrocute yourself safely at home

Want to enjoy sticking your fingers in the socket without the inconvenience of really electrocuting yourself (i.e. dying)? Russian design firm Art. Lebedev have found a way for you to enjoy milder shocks. Introducing the Vilcus Plug Dactyloadapter.

And just in case you do want to commit suicide you can conveniently unplug the adapter and simply plug your fingers directly into the socket. Great!

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Source: Art. Lebedev via Reddit.com

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Technology & Web

Pond Skater Mind – new side-effect of Internet addiction

_42207552_evolution4.jpgWe can’t stress how mentally bad it is living on the Internet: diminished social intelligence, skewed sense of reality and sore eyes are just some of the sacrifices we’re making for you to read this.

It’s something we’ve posted about before, specifically how people choose to publicly air their personal lives and neuroses in public that makes regular people bring up their food e.g. Emily ‘Emily Magazine’ Gould.

Then there’s evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry’s work, from two years back. Curry predicted that an over-reliance on technology will eventually cause the human species to split into two: a genetic class and a dim-witted underclass.

We don’t know whether Curry based any of his assertions on the affects of Jamaican cable programming.

Anyway the latest term we’ve heard is that blogging is causing people to have pond-skater minds. By that means Andrew Sullivan, writing in the Times of London, bloggers are becoming a group of persons, their behaviour increasingly defined by their own ADHD, who cannot focus on any one piece of information for more than a minute or two.

(We can attest to that.)

Some people, notes Sullivan, have suggested a Web Sabbath, where people don’t do anything web-related. So no blogging, e-mailing, not even sending text messages.

And that’s why we stick with our crap Nokias for a while longer… at least until we can afford Blackberries, iPhones etc. It’s only downhill after that.

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MySpace redesign launches Wednesday…to make some $

Despite having 118 million users Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has found MySpace to be a disappointing acquisition revenue-wise. Maybe that’s because of the epileptic fit-inducing design of the user-customised pages; and let’s face it who’d want their well-designed advertisement placed there?

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Well Fox Films wants it, and will be using the MySpace homepage to promote the forthcoming Batman: Dark Knight movie when the site relaunches with a fresh design Wednesday. But then Fox Films is owned is by…News Corporation.

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