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Off Grid Cooking & Power: BioLite Stove and Kettle Are the Perfect Prepper Package

Posted on Apr 09, 2014 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Health, Food News, & Big Pharma, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

BioLite Stoves make cooking on wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels, while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics off-grid.

With only a handful of twigs, trash, leaves, or pinecones, it can charge an iPhone 4S in as little as 20 minutes of burn time, while boiling a liter of water in under five minutes!

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Using BioLite’s patent-pending thermoelectric technology, BioLite Stoves convert heat to electricity, which in turn, powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Excess electricity is then used to power low voltage electronics, such as LED lighting, cellphones, and radios. By having a device that can serve multiple purposes, you can reduce your payload weight and save space.

BioLite recently added two great additions to their line-up, the grill and kettle attachments. With the KettlePot, you need only bring a single piece of cookware that can satisfy a variety of situations and needs. Whether you are making a pot of coffee to start your day or cooking a meal for four at the end of a long hike, the BioLite KettlePot is a true grab-and-go system, conveniently housing the actual stove within itself when on the move....

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US Army Demonstrates Black Hawk with Autonomous Flight and Landing Capabilities

Posted on Dec 06, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: via

A specially equipped Black Hawk was recently used to demonstrate the helicopter’s ability to operate on its own.

Hayden’s Note:

Well, I suppose this isn’t the best time for me to decide to become a helicopter pilot. :-/

In the first test of its type, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research’s Development and Engineering Center, based at Redstone Arsenal, flew the Black Hawk over Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, Calif. Pilots were aboard the aircraft for the tests, but all flight maneuvers were conducted autonomously: obstacle field navigation, safe landing area determination, terrain sensing, statistical processing, risk assessment, threat avoidance, trajectory generation and autonomous flight control were performed in real time.

“This was the first time terrain-aware autonomy has been achieved on a Black Hawk,” said Lt. Col. Carl Ott, chief of the Flight Projects Office at AMRDEC’s Aeroflightdynamics Directorate and one of the tests pilots....

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Robots: Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Can Chase You Down at 18mph, Aims for 50mph

Posted on Mar 08, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Police, Military, & War, Science & Technology

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Forbes

Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts technology firm Skynet predecessor and DARPA contractor, announced Monday that it’s broken the speed record for legged robots. Its new four-legged creation is Cheetah, which can run chase you down at 18 miles an hour.

Hayden’s Note:

It seems that each week, I have to post a new video of another creepy robot designed by DARPA, the Pentagon’s research wing.  While cool, they still make me shudder to a degree.  Pack mules, bi-ped humanoid bots, autonomous copters that fly in formation, and now this…

When I spoke with Boston Dynamics ten months ago, the company’s president Marc Raibert told me the firm was building a four-legged robot that would run at 20 mph by late 2012. It seems to be ahead of schedule. As well as hitting that 20 mph mark, the company also aims to take Cheetah out of the lab and onto other terrains.

“While 18 mph is a good start, our goal is to get Cheetah running much faster and outdoors,” reads a statement from Boston Dynamics’ chief roboticist Alfred Rizzi....

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Tactical Coffee: OpMod’s Battle Mug

Posted on Feb 24, 2012 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts

Kevin Hayden –


This is the $250 OPMOD Battle Mug, a 24-ounce coffee (or beer!) mug milled out of a 13.5 lb. block of solid aluminum.  The tacti-cool mug comes equipped with a removable A2 carry handle and three mil-spec rails so you can attach all sorts of scopes, lights, and sweet mall-ninja add-ons.

Who would have ever thought you could mount a bipod, 3 lasers, 2 flashlights, nightvision, an Eotech sight, foregrip, can opener, and an angled scope to a coffee mug!?  And more importantly, WHY?!

Continue reading for more pictures, a video demo of an insanely decked out OpMod Battle Mug, and a link to the product page. ...

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New Long Range Wi-Fi Standard Extends Network Range Out to 100km; 22Mbps

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos – Kevin Hayden

Source: TechEYE via

New standards for long range wireless networks have been published today by the IEEE.  The 802.22 standard for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) means that broadband access can be provided over long distances, up to 100 kilometres.

This will mean that rural areas could more easily benefit from broadband access, with developing countries targeted by the IEEE.  The engineers at the IEEE have very cleverly managed to use the VHF and UHF bandwidths usually used for TV, accessing the “white-spaces between TV channels” at the 54 MHz to 862 MHz spectru,.

This is possible by using cognitive radio capabilities. These include dynamic spectrum access, incumbent database access, accurate geolocation techniques, spectrum sensing, regulatory domain dependent policies, spectrum etiquette, and “coexistence for optimal use of the available spectrum”.

Essentially this means that it will be possible to send wireless broadband access without interfering with TV signals, achieving delivery of up to 22 Mbps per channel. According to Andrew Ferguson at such wireless networks could potentially be for connecting areas that are without access....

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The Next Generation of Ultra-Realistic Video Game Engines (3D Rendering)

Posted on Mar 09, 2011 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos – Kevin Hayden

Screenshots don’t really do the new wave of gaming engines justice, but suffice it to say the next generation of video games will look like high-def movies.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting a looong time for technology to get to this point.  Video games should look like movies.  Over the last few years, I would have to say that Call of Duty 2 and the original Crysis, among others, were about as close to realism as any popular game had gotten, but even those appear pixelated and old now.

CryTek’s CryEngine 3

Here are some screen shots and a demonstration of CryEngine 3, the newest ultra-realistic video game engine from Crytec (the makers of Crysis). Please note that these shots are in real-time (rendering on the fly, not a pre-saved scene).

 Epic Game’s Unreal Engine

With little information available, these are pictures taken while viewing a demonstration of the new Unreal engine.  The quality is grainy and poor due to essentially being bootleg imagery, so I’ll look around for an actual video and better screenshots. ...

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BitTorrent Based DNS to Counter Homeland Security Domain Seizures

Posted on Dec 02, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Social Networking

Source: TorrentFreak

The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension.

In a direct response to the domain seizures by US authorities during the last few days, a group of established enthusiasts have started working on a DNS system that can’t be touched by any governmental institution.

Ironically, considering the seizure of the Torrent-Finder meta-search engine domain, the new DNS system will be partly powered by BitTorrent.

In recent months, global anti-piracy efforts have increasingly focused on seizing domains of allegedly infringing sites. In the United States the proposed COICA bill is explicitly aimed at increasing the government’s censorship powers, but seizing a domain name is already quite easy, as illustrated by ICE and Department of Justice actions last weekend and earlier this year.

For governments it is apparently quite easy to take over the DNS entries of domains, not least because several top level domains are managed by US-based corporations such as VeriSign, who work closely together with the US Department of Commerce....

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Mind-Reading Scanner Could Record and Analyze Dreams

Posted on Nov 03, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Pop Sci

If you ever have trouble remembering your dreams, you’re certainly not alone. Our dreams are as elusive as the mechanisms behind them, few of which are understood completely. But Dr. Moran Cerf wants to develop a system capable of reading and recording your dreams electronically. Cue the “Inception” theme music.

Cerf believes that it’s possible to create a system that would allow psychologists to compare patients’ recollections of their dreams with an electronic visualization of the activity in their brains, and he’s taken the first steps toward doing so via a study that associates specific, individual neurons with specific objects or ideas.

By building a database of associations for each patient, Cerf and his colleagues could figure out what a patients was thinking about without him or her saying so. With a large enough database, the thinking goes, a third party could “read minds” by looking at which neurons light up during the course of a dream, creating an electronic record of said dream.

It’s quite a leap from being able to identify a neuron associated with a specific thought or concept and being able to translate the rich canvas of a dream into an electronic visualization....

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The BBC’s Nuclear Bunker They Don’t Want You to Know About

Posted on Nov 01, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: Independent

It all makes sense, once you know what you’re looking at. The 200 acres of thickly wooded hillside, inaccessible by public footpath; the radio mast strategically poking out on top; the hidden entrance, just off the A44 near Evesham, in Worcestershire, surrounded by CCTV cameras and a high-security barrier. But to the passing motorist, there is nothing about Wood Norton Hall to identify it as the site of the BBC’s secret nuclear bunker.

Who knew there even was such a thing? The BBC would certainly rather we didn’t. It emerged recently that, from tomorrow, the continuity announcers at Radio 4 will decamp there for three weeks while a £1bn refurbishment is finished at Broadcasting House, London. However, a corporation source declined to confirm or deny the story. They would rather not discuss what goes on at Wood Norton, she said, and no, The Independent on Sunday was certainly not welcome to come and visit.

So, what don’t they want us to see?

According to the official line, Wood Norton is a training camp, where sound engineers are sent for residential weekends....

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Biometric Facial Recognition Software for Cell Phones

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos, Social Networking

Source: PhysOrg

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed software for mobile phones that can track your facial features in real-time. Eventually it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking and even how they are feeling.

The method is believed to be unrivalled for speed and accuracy and could lead to facial recognition replacing passwords and PIN numbers to log into internet sites from a mobile phone.“Existing mobile face trackers give only an approximate position and scale of the face,” said Dr. Phil Tresadern, lead researcher on the project. “Our model runs in real-time and accurately tracks a number of landmarks on and around the face such as the eyes, nose, mouth and jaw line.”A mobile phone with a camera on the front captures a video of your face and tracks twenty-two facial features. This can make face recognition more accurate, and has great potential for novel ways of interacting with your phone.”

Originally intended as part of a face- and voice-verification system for access to mobile internet applications such as email, social networking and online banking, alternative uses for the device could include fun applications that, for instance, attach virtual objects to the user’s face as they move around....

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BP Photoshops Fake Photo of Crisis Command Center, Claims it’s New

Posted on Jul 20, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: America Blog

UPDATE: 11:14PM Eastern: BP has now posted the “original” photo, they claim. Except – surprise – they are refusing to post the high-resolution version of the new “original” photo. They posted the high-res version of the altered photo earlier, and in fact, that version is still live via a link below the new photo. Why not post the high-res version of the new “original” photo? Afraid someone is going to enlarge it and find out it’s fake too?

UPDATE 10:37PM Eastern: The Washington Post has the story now. Oddly, BP is now claiming that the photo is real – but it showed blank screens, and rather than show blank screens at AP’s crisis center, they instead put fake content-filled screens in the photo. Uh, a few questions.

1) Why were the screens in the crisis center blank in the middle of the crisis? Coffee break?
2) The BP spokesman claims that the photographer photoshopped the changes. Really? A professional photographer hired by BP Photoshops so poorly that a 12 year old kid could do a better job....

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DARPA’s Newest Autonomous Robot – Little Dog (With Video of Big Dog, too)

Posted on May 23, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: YouTube & Cryptogon

This is DARPA’s newest autonomous robot, named the Little Dog.  It has an extremely acute awareness of it’s surroundings and can navigate incredibly diverse terrains while maintaining it’s balance, even with a heavy payload.

Quadra-peg Locomotion

And here is the Big Dog, obviously what LittleDog was based on.  This original robot is a bit freaky to me, especially at the 00:38 second mark (and again at the 01:32 mark).  I don’t quite know why… Maybe it’s too human?


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120 PSI Steampunk Cupcake Cannon – Filmed at 700 Frames per Second

Posted on May 05, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Kevin Hayden


This is a video of a steampunky-looking cannon that was made to shoot cupcakes at people’s faces. It’s pretty much my dream machine, provided you use [Wedding CupCake from the Cupcake Factory in New Orleans.]

Portland’s Kamp Grizzly developed a steam-punk style pneumatic cupcake cannon and set the stage for eating frosty delights at 120psi. The blasting buffet was documented in at 700fps coming off the Phantom HD Gold. As the evening shook down, cupcake enthusiasts continued to step in front of the cannon and camera. Some shaking in their boots, others perched in zen-like states, ALL were covered in delicious frosting, spongy cake, and showered in a mist of sprinkles.

Mmmm, sounds like some delectable fun, doesn’t it? Reminds me of the time I volunteered for the pie-toss at the local fair. You know how many people hit me with pies that day? Zero, I choke slammed them all before they got the chance.


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Police Seize Gizmodo’s Computers in iPhone Probe

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: C-Net

Police have seized computers and servers belonging to an editor of Gizmodo in an investigation that appears to stem from the gadget blog’s purchase of a lost Apple iPhone prototype.

Deputies from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office obtained a warrant on Friday and searched Jason Chen’s Fremont, Calif., home later that evening, Gizmodo acknowledged on Monday.

In an article on Friday, CNET was the first to report on the criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the iPhone prototype and Gizmodo’s acquisition of it, including that Apple had contacted local police. A San Mateo County judge signed the search warrant, which said a felony crime was being investigated, a few hours later.

“When I got home, I noticed the garage door was half-open,” according to an account by Chen. “And when I tried to open it, officers came out and said they had a warrant to search my house and any vehicles on the property ‘in my control.’ They then made me place my hands behind my head and searched me to make sure I had no weapons or sharp objects on me.”

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press told CNET on Monday: “This is such an incredibly clear violation of state and federal law it takes my breath away....

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Google Debuts Tool Showing Government Requests for Information

Posted on Apr 21, 2010 in - Geeks, Gadgets, & Gizmos

Source: SearchEngineLand

Google has announced a new tool that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It’s called Government Requests, and it currently shows requests that Google received between July 1 and December 31, 2009.


Google admits, in a very detailed FAQ, that the data is not comprehensive. (The tool doesn’t include stats for countries that have made less than 30 requests for user data related to criminal cases in the six-month period, for example.)

Google says it will update the tool with new data in six-month increments, and that the company intends to “provide more detail about our compliance with user data requests in a useful way” in the future.


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