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Use NEAT Activities to Burn More Calories [Exercise]

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

Going to the gym, running, and other intentional workout routines aren’t the only ways to burn calories. Incorporating more NEAT activities into your day, also known as non-exercise activity, can also help.

Photo by itchys.

From wikiHow:

Studies show that lean people fidget for about 150 minutes a day more than obese people do. That kind of low-grade activity (tapping feet and fingers, twirling hair, gesturing while speaking, etc.) can burn 350 calories a day, which translates into 10-30 pounds a year! It’s called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT), which is basically any movement that isn’t intended as exercise. You can burn an extra 100-150 calories an hour by increasing NEAT.

Among the more effective NEAT exercises, wikiHow suggests pacing whenever it’s feasible to do so. For example, if you’re talking on the phone, try pacing instead of sitting. wikiHow says you can burn 90 more calories an hour pacing than if you just talk while sitting still. Or if you use public transportation and are waiting for the train, try pacing up and down the platform.

Granted, we also understand the value of relaxing, and if pacing or fidgeting translates into stress for you, NEAT activities are probably best avoided.

Invariably these low-grade activities don't get close to the calorie burn that comes with a three-mile run or an hour spent in the gym, but every bit helps—like this 600-calorie/day burning treadputer.

Have your own non-traditional methods of shaving a few extra calories here and there without stepping into your sweats? Hit up the comments and let us know all about it.

How to Burn Calories [wikiHow]

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Looking For New Riding Leathers?

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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this is cool. Not so sure about the bladed forearms, but cool.

Batman Dark Knight Riding Leathers

The folks at are coming out (soon?) with a set of The Dark Knight Batman Leather Motorcycle riding gear.  They plan on having a jacket, pants, boots, and gloves.  No word on price or availability.

[Via KSU]

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Shweeb Human-Powered Monorail

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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this would be a great way to get around Seattle. You’d have a view, hopefully be up and away from traffic, stay dry from point to point and get a workout in at the same time! I say we build it! :)

Human Powered Shweeb Monorail

A cool human powered monorail just popped up in New Zealand’s Agroventures Adventure Park.  Not for the fat or claustrophobic.  More pictures and video after the break.

Shweeb human monorail

agroventure monorail shweeb race

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Quick Add to Google Calendar with a Hotkey [Autohotkey]

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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this is awwesome! It’s already come in handy! I enjoy having my calendar at my finger tips, but sometimes it’s to far away to enter things… this will make it much easier… and with all my auto notifications set, it’s a no brainer!

Reader Alex writes in with his ubergeeky solution for quickly posting new events to your Google Calendar using an AutoHotkey script and a small command line utility.

To set up the same shortcut key for yourself, you’ll need to extract the script and utilities to a directory, add your Google Calendar account information to the logon.txt file, and then after launching the script you can use Win+G to show the dialog for adding an event to Google Calendar. He’s included a compiled version in the package, but the source code is included if you want to change the hotkey to something else.

Hit the link for the download and full write-up, including the source code for the utility. If you’d rather integrate your quick-add capability into Launchy, you can use the command-line executable to do so, or you can use the Google Calendar plug-in, or even learn how to take Launchy beyond application launching.

AutoHotkey: Quick Add to Google Calendar [Just an Asterisk]

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Monster ‘BFC’ officially takes energy drinks too far

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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OMG! I like energy drinks, but the 24 oz makes me a little nuts. 32oz!?


In the early days of energy drinks, the tiny 8-ounce Red Bull can was the only game in town. Then somewhere along the line, someone decided to double the can size to 16 ounces. Great — twice the punch for the same price. Then came the 24-ounce energy drink can. A little excessive, sure, but sometimes you need a little extra, extra pick-me-up and a big 24-ounce can is always good for a laugh.

Then came the 32-ounce Monster Energy “BFC” — the biggest F-ing can I ever did see.


I have relatively gigantic hands and the BFC still looks silly.

Here’s what the side of the can says:

“Yeah, you know what ‘BFC’ stands for… No, you shouldn’t try to chug it! (We know you can, just don’t.) Instead kick back and enjoy the Biggest Baddest Energy Drink on the planet. In the biggest effen can we could find. Wimps, Health Nuts and Busy Bodies need not apply. Recommended use: 1 Big Can per day.”

Weird random capitalization aside, I’d never seen a can this big but apparently it’s not a new phenomenon in Alexandria, Minnesota, where I purchased the $3.99 can at a local gas station.

Here’s how my conversation with the clerk went down:

Me: How long has this been on the market?

Clerk: Oh, a while. Like six months maybe.

Customer with tattoo on his neck: Naw, like TWO YEARS!

Clerk: Well, we’ve been carrying it for about six months.

Me: I’ve never seen an energy drink this big.

Manager: Yeah, it’s not carried everywhere. There’s really not a huge demand for it. No demand for it at all, really. You’re actually the first person I’ve ever seen buy one.

Customer with tattoo on his neck: I bought one yesterday!

So there you have it — Monster Energy BFC. Available in regular and “lo-carb” for $3.99 at very few locations. Oh, and just a word of advice: I do NOT recommend consuming an energy drink of this size unless you’re really gonna nurse it for a while. I finished this can about six hours ago and I’m still plenty fidgety in an agitated kind of way. Also, my stomach hurts.

Here are some more photos. Note the size of the can when placed next to a car tire, some pennies, and a breath mint.




Illuminated Drumsticks Light Up the Beat

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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oooh, cool! :) now, if I could hook them up to my N97 and create a virtual drum machine… (gotta be quite with neighbors and all). :)

Illuminated Drumsticks Light Up the Beat

light up drumsticks
These TAC Illuminated Drumsticks might just be the coolest thing in drumming since Tommy Lee went into a rotating drum kit and played upside down during Motley Crue’s Girls Girls Girls tour. These drumsticks light up when they strike a drum (or anything) giving you a dramatic light show. Perfect for use with Rock Band, Guitar Hero or other music playing video games. Or for regular ol’ rock n’ roll drumming.
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The silicon tip reduces that annoying thumping noise when you hit the drum. The drumsticks are powered by a pair of included AAA batteries. There is a rubberized grip for comfort. So whether you’re a drumming video gamer or looking to start your own Blue Man Group in your basement, you should buy Illuminated Drumsticks– they’re only $15. Rock on.

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Hybrid2 Bikes to Power City Buses

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

Hybrid2 Bikes to Power City Buses

hybrid2 bike 300x188 Hybrid2 Bikes to Power City BusesThe Hybrid2 bike’s aim is to store electricity that can be put back into the grid to power electric powered buses.

Electricity is generated each time the bike brakes through a regenerative braking system. Unlike other hybrid concept that then use this generated electricity to give themselves a boost, the Hybrid2 stores the generated power in an ultracapacitor.

When the bike is then taken back to the stand the ultracapacitor feeds the energy back into the grid which is then used to charge electric powered buses. An RFID card is also used that allows the rider to unlock the bike, and also it stores information giving the rider free time on the bus in thanks for helping them out. See more details on the video below…

Via: Engadget

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A couple of neat tools for making cheap camcorders produce awesome footage

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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always lookin’ for great ideas in photography and videography!

There’s nothing wrong with being a critic. We serve a purpose, perhaps even a necessary one, but we’d be bootless without the work of others.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to be working on now that I’m less-than-fully employed. But I’m leaning toward taking a creative sabbatical, enjoying the last couple of months of summer to absorb—and hopefully create—a little bit of culture.

I’m looking forward to decoupling myself from the internet and creating things that others can criticize.

One of the things I’m already working on is video. You always hear about how it’s easier than ever to make professional-level video on the cheap—and that’s as half-true now more than ever. The tools are certainly cheaper; the skills are just as expensive and precious as they ever were.

But man, what tools! For less than a thousand dollars, you can buy an inexpensive HD camcorder like my HV20 and a basic editing suite like Sony Vegas. Learning a few basic things about exposure, keeping the camera steady, color correction, and simple editing should only take a few days, especially when you can so inexpensively learn by doing. (I’ve been shocked at what a difference color correcting makes, and it applies just as easily to footage shot in HD as it does to simple VGA grabs from cellphones.)

Anyway, I’m excited, and I wanted to show you a couple of cool things that are somewhere past the basic DIY world, but not into the full-blown professional world—and the results they can bring.


Kadir Köymen’s “Handy35” is a custom mount that lets you wed a photographic 35mm lens to consumer videocameras. There are limitations—the video comes into the camera upside-down, so you’ll have to flip it in post-production; focusing is entirely manual; some lenses don’t play as nice as others with the whole rig—but for just under a thousand dollars fully kitted-out, the Handy35 V5 makes it possible to achieve film-like video with all that pretty depth-of-field in a package that is sturdy and professional looking.

It’s the same sort of thing that makes using new video-capable DSLRs so compelling, but is for the moment still a cheaper option than, say, the Canon 5D mk II.


Those smooth tracking shots that go from side to side are done with great big train-like track systems in professional shoots. Alastair Brown’s “Glidetrack” gets you pretty close in a portable solution. You snap a Glidetrack to the top of a tripod and its weighted ends keep everything in place.

The basic Glidetrack “SD” is $320; a model that works with heavier cameras, the “HD”, is $475; the $280 “Glidetrack Compact” is half as long, but is small enough to be packed into a travel bag.

Both Together

OC Films shot this test footage with a Handy35 and a Glidetrack. That’s just pretty stuff. Note the vignetting that came from using the Handy35 without being fully zoomed in past the adapter. (I like it, but some people don’t.)

Poor Man’s Steadycam

An oldie-but-a-goodie: Johnny Chung Lee’s “Poor Man’s Steadycam” can work with all of this stuff to provide gorgeous shots, although depending on your rig it might overweigh the suggest five-pound limit. You can also simply hold your tripod at a balance point to get a similar effect; you could even add a clip-on handle that would give you more stability.

This is barely a list, let only an exhaustive one, so if you have any suggestions of things I should be checking out, I am ready to be educated.

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How to: Make a Fisheye DSLR Lens for $16 [DIY]

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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this is kinda like my use of binoculars for my point and shoots. :)

Over at Instructables, user Banjomaster shows how to make a fisheye lens for his Nikon D90 for just $16, with the help of one of those wide-angle doorway peephole lenses.

The image associated with this post is best viewed using a browser.It looks like a pretty simple mod, both in materials required and construction method: It only needs a couple pieces of particle board, the aforementioned peephole lens, the spare lens shield that came with his camera, and of course some duct tape. The only possible caveat: The replacement wide-angle lens is significantly smaller than the camera’s lens, so there’s a circle around all of the shots. On the other hand, it’s sort of cool; it makes everything look like you shot it through a hotel door. Check it out, we’re sure it can be modified for other makes and models of DSLR. [Instructables]


Best new way to make an internal sale

July 27th, 2009 | Category:,social network,technology

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How do you get your boss to approve something, the customer service people to understand the pain a system is causing or the folks in engineering to see things your way?

Powerpoint was invented for this precise function, and we all know what’s become of that.

Here’s a new way that’s extraordinarily effective: Make a video.

Take a Flip or cheap video camera and interview your customers. Ask them questions and show the answers to your team. Ji Lee at Google masterminded this man on the street interview:

Invest an hour and suddenly, it’s not you who’s talking, asking, complaining or being ignorant. It’s your customers.

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