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FreeCycle is great, but GarbageScout is just.. wow.

see, if the technology’s out there, eventualy people will figure out how to do something useful with it.


Its ubiquitos, its social, its mobile, its location based, its sustainable, and it enhances the most ancient human practice of all: scavenging other human’s rubbish.

(thanks wmmna)

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January 26, 2006 at 1:33 am

Mickey unplugged

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Male mice sing serenades.
I kid you not.

Scientists have known for decades that female lab mice or their pheromones cause male lab mice to make ultrasonic vocalizations. But a new paper from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis establishes for the first time that the utterances of the male mice are songs.

The part I liked best:

Likely areas for follow-up investigation include the question of whether wild mice vocalize in the same manner as laboratory mice, which have been kept and bred inside laboratories for more than a century.

“It’s easy to imagine the wild mouse vocalizations will be different, since ‘domestication’ has changed many aspects of mouse behavior,” Holy says. “So it would be intriguing to find out if their songs are more or less birdlike than the lab mouse songs.”

And I say – give them an amp and see them rock!

(Thanks Jen)

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January 23, 2006 at 3:14 am

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and the winner is…

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My vote for Web2.0 thingy of the decade goes to FreeCycle.org.


  1. When they say social network they mean social as in values, social as in sustainable.
  2. They didn’t create any new technology. It was all out there – just figured out how to use it right.
  3. Simple, smart, effective, cool.
  4. Damn, I wish I’d thought of that idea first.

I think, with no further ado, I’ll let them explain:


Number of Freecycle™ Communities: 3,311
Number of Freecycle™ Members: 1,907,533


The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on “Go To” or you may immediately joing by clicking on “Join.” It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for your local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works. Can’t find a group near you? You might want to consider starting one (click on “Start a Group” for instructions). Have fun!

The Freecycle Network was started in May 2003 to promote waste reduction in Tucson’s downtown and help save desert landscape from being taken over by landfills. The Network provides individuals and non-profits an electronic forum to “recycle” unwanted items. One person’s trash can truly be another’s treasure!

How does it work?

When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of your Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that, it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure.

Our main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

Non-profit organizations also benefit from The Freecycle Network. Post the item or items you want to give away and specify that you wish the gift to go to a nonprofit cause. It’s entirey your choice! It’s a free cycle of giving.

Who can use The Freecycle Network?

Think globally, recycle locally. The Freecycle Network is open to all communities and to all individuals who want to participate. Freecycle groups are run by local volunteer moderators from across the globe who facilitate each local group – grassroots at its best!

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January 23, 2006 at 2:56 am

finally: A seach engine you can trust

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Patriot search engine

(thanks digg)

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January 20, 2006 at 3:06 am

all your base are belong to us

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The Financial times can sometimes beat the onion:

Hackers blackmail milliondollar site
By James Fontanella in London
Published: January 18 2006 02:00 | Last updated: January 18 2006 02:00

The FBI is investigating the hijacking of milliondollarhomepage.com – the website that earned $1m (£566,000) for its British creator Alex Tew by hosting micro-advertisements – by hackers who demanded a ransom to restore the site.

And if he doesn’t comply by Wednesday, they’ll start sending the site by email, one pixel at a time.

I can see Harrison Ford starring in the movie.

(thanks digg)

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January 18, 2006 at 3:16 pm

the foxies

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note a new category of links: the foxies, firefox extensions I use.

FireFox made the web fun again, and extensions is how it does it.

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January 18, 2006 at 1:24 am

Posted in firefox, technology

data vis

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one word: oh-so-cool.

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January 18, 2006 at 1:22 am


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As much as I respect Stanford, I have a problem trusting a method of making coffee invented by North Americans. But then, musn’t judge before you drink.

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January 17, 2006 at 2:56 pm


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I’ve been using the tag hacktivism for a while now, which I guess is pretty self explanetory. Thing is, I thought I made it up and was the only one using it. But then today when I tagged MiniMe and Mahajivana‘s RFIDZapper, del.i recommended it.

I though, either this software is getting freaky or I’m not the only one using this tag.

Relax. no emergent intelligence here (yet), as is easy to see. But then I thought, if I made it up, have I started a meme?

Well, a few clicks  gave the answer to that. not the one I wanted, but nevertheless an answer.

Which got me thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to automate this? track a tag to its root, graph how it spreads, overlay that on googlemaps? yeah. anyone looking for a project?

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January 12, 2006 at 5:47 pm


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Best product disclaimer ever:

The RFID-Zapper might cause you to feel armed against companies or gouvernments trying to compromise your privacy. You might even experience euphoria, especially when destroying RFID-Tags. This could lead to dangerous behavior, like speaking your mind, using freedom of speech, fighting for your rights, all of which are bound to ultimatley lead to the communist world revolution 😉

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January 12, 2006 at 5:30 pm