October 23, 2014

Wednesday Wrap-Up – October 2nd, 2013

Tiny pianos, killer hornets, butter that isn’t butter, MacGuffins, and a template for your investment policy manual are all in this week’s interesting links I found while doing my work.

  • Eat ItalyItalian food brands all in one place … I’ve never ordered from them but came across the site during the research into the pasta wars this week and last.  I think I’m going to try some of the items they carry.
  • Scared Bros – Haunted house?  Check.  Dark room?  Check.  Suddenly make lights appear and a high speed car hurl toward you, taking a photograph right before the moment of impact?  Got it.  Go see the results …
  • Scientists Find Woman Who Sees 99 Million More Colors Than Other PeopleThis makes me so excited!  As a color nut with perfect color vision (if you couldn’t tell by my description of The World of Color when I was in California a few months ago), married to another color nut with perfect color vision, in a a family of color nuts, many of whom have perfect or near-perfect color vision, the idea that there are more colors I can’t see makes me so freaking excited!  Yeah, this was already obvious given the Mantis Shrimp sees not only exponentially more colors, both on the infrared and ultraviolet spectrums (not to mention its claws move as fast as a 22 calibre bullet and that the explosion created by those claws results in temperature nearly as hot as the surface of the sun, which stuns and kills prey), but this is in humans; there are people who have genetically evolved to differentiate greater wavelengths!  Go take the Color IQ test yourself.  The lower your score, the better (0 is the best you can get with 100% accuracy).  It’s a lot of fun and should take you less than a minute to complete.
  • How Should Inventors Be Protected? – Inventor invents stuff.  Loses his invention.  Lessons?  Thoughts?  Is greater legal protection necessary of advisable?  You decide …
  • Monitor Food Prices in the United States – The BLS offers a fantastic data resource for those of you who want to keep tabs on the cost of food, either for your household or as an input cost guage for your various investments.  That link takes you to the Mid-Atlantic region but there are a lot more databases in there so look around when you have a moment.
  • TrueCryptFree, open-source on-the-fly encryption software.  This is really cool.  You can create a disk image that mounts like a hard drive when opened with a password.  If forced to reveal your password in front of someone else, you can have a decoy password, that opens up a top level and shows certain files, then the real password, that opens to the bottom and shows everything.  I’m not sure what practical use it would have unless you’re in a high security industry, so I went searching for info in forums.  Jason Bourne?  Secret financial records?  Complex business plans you don’t want to fall in the hands of competitors?  Sure, a little bit of everything.  However, I get the sneaking suspicion a significant portion of the users are technology geeks who want to hide their pornography from their spouse.  Cue the trombone and tuba sounds of disappointment.  Though, if the Russians gain physical access to your system, they can get to your data now
  • FBI Busts Largest Internet Drug Market – Ross William Ulbrecht, a 29 year old, was arrested in the San Francisco public library at 3:15 p.m, PST, yesterday.  He had created an anonymous Internet drug network called Silk Road, which supposedly has brought in $1.2 billion in revenue since it was launched.  So, those of you with illicit drug habits, you might want to be panicking right now because the FBI seized his servers, too, along with $3.5 to $4.0 million in bitcoins.
  • BidAskDividends

    Giant Hornets have now overtaken Camel Spiders as the most nightmare-inducing creatures on earth

  • Andre

    Josh, I really enjoy the Wednesday Wrap-Ups. Keep ‘em coming!

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