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Roundup September, 8 2011

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01. Attack of La Niña Teaser

“Teaser I helped cut for MSP’s new ski film… Attack of La Niña. Coming September 2011!” (coudal)

02. Arduino hack imitates Pixar’s living lamp, disses IKEA in the process (video)

“Oh, look — it’s Pixar’s iconic lamp brought to real-world Frankenlife. Okay, not really, but the automated, voice-enabled mod is as close to the movie studio’s icon as a hacking kit and five euros in a Swedish furniture store can get you. The prototype, lovingly named “The annoying IKEA lamp” or SM-1, is ArduinoArts’ finalist entry for SeeedStudio’s Grove Toy Kit contest. Headed by industrial engineer Javier Lander, the project weds two servos (one in the base and one in the lamp), sensors for motion and sound, a three axis accelerometer, LED light and audio board to an Arduino shield, springing the modjob to programmed states of alarm and irritation. We commend Javier for eschewing the cutesy road well-traveled,and giving the mundane desktop light a grumpy, old man makeover. Click on past the break to see this curmudgeonly office accessory in action.” (engadget)

03. Live Friday: Remembering Sept. 11 At Trinity Church, NYC
“Located just blocks from the World Trade Center, Trinity Church and its St. Paul’s Chapel have been part of New York’s spiritual and musical life for centuries. Trinity was chartered as an Episcopalian church in 1697; George Washington worshipped at St. Paul’s.” (nprmusic)

03. Pair claim they can make ammonia to fuel cars for just 20 cents per liter

“John Fleming of SilverEagles Energy and Tim Maxwell from Texas Tech University, say they have developed a way to make ammonia that is cheap enough so that it could be used as fuel for cars. If their claims turn out to be true, many consumers might consider switching over because ammonia, when burned in an engine, emits nothing but nitrogen and water vapor out the tailpipe. And if that’s not enough incentive, they claim they can make the ammonia for just 20 cents a liter (approximately 75 cents a gallon).” (boing)

04. He is talented to the point of genius

“One of Orson Welles’ biggest supporters during his early years was a man called Roger Hill. Hill was Welles’ teacher and later headmaster at Todd School for Boys in Woodstock, Illinois, and, having spotted the future filmmaker’s talents very early on, spent a great deal of time and effort adapting the curriculum to suit his skills. The following letter of recommendation, written by Hill to Cornell College when Welles was 16 years of age, is a perfect illustration of his desire to see him leave school on the best possible footing.” (lettersofnote)

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