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October 2006

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This month's episode: Warren started the meeting by challenging the other members to build a simple electric motor out of a flashlight battery, a piece of wire, a sheetmetal screw and a couple of magnets. He then demonstrated how it was done and went to the Web site where he found out how to do it, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. He then showed how he found the site through a reference on the Hack A Day Web pages. Both Hack A Day and Evil Mad Scientist Labs have many fun and amusing do-it-yourself projects, often involving computers and electronics. Warren noted that the magnet Evil Mad Scientist Labs used was taken from a 'throwie'. This lead to a him to play a few videos of throwies from Grafitti Research Labs. Next he showed a commentary on the Instructables Web site by Evil Mad Scientist Labs blogger Windell Oskay on How To Eat Fewer Insects!

Finally, Warren took us to a Sony Web site that where we could view a commercial for Sony's new Bravia line of flat-panel TVs. This was significant only because it involved the steep hills of San Francisco and 250,000 brilliantly-colored Superballs. Unfortunately, the experience was marred by slow-loading video.

Roger then took over the computer and showed us a number of different Web sites that can help organize and direct our Web browsing. All of them involve the sharing of information about what's new and hot (or just weird and humorous) on the Web among participants of these sites. The most important of these was the social bookmarking service. This site allows you to collect your Web page bookmarks or favorites and share them with others. It also allows you to, for example, sort through everybody else's bookmarks for those related to, say, Atari. Roger also showed us Reddit, a site that lists new and popular pages on the Web. It will also keep track of what pages you go to from Reddit and start recommending pages that are similar to what you read in the past.

Other sites Roger showed us were Digg, a website where viewers recommend Web content to other viewers (Web pages that are most popular go to the top of the list) and the meta-site Popurls which shows the top-ranked content on Digg,, Reddit, photo-sharing site Flickr, video-sharing site YouTube, Google and Yahoo News, Slashdot, Fark; the list goes on and on.

Next we visited the above-mentioned, where readers post links to weird and humorous news stories and others comment on them. Fark is also infamous for 'Photoshopping' contests where readers mess with digital photos in weird and humorous ways. Did I mention that is weird and humorous?

Finally, Roger took us over to look at the ABCink Web site. This was in response to Warren complaining about problems with his printer while printing the ABACUS newsletter.

Do-It-Yourself Projects:

SONY Bravia™ TV Commercial:
Social Web Browsing Services:
Cheap ink and toner for computer printers:

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