The Word! 006

So the offseason is over for  us here at JB, we are back in the saddle.  This week is full of it, no not that stuff you just stepped in but the latest and greatest in info You Must Learn (as KRS would say).  Owen Wilson, Sacha Baren Cohen & Freddy Mercury all gracing the issue.  The TMV virus and a scientist who wants to harvest your blood.  Automated get out of jail free calls and FBI trying to put you in jail for your calls.  Oh and BEER, lots of beers.  C’mon people Jamaica is back and looking for some action, so click the articles and get your knowledge on!

Super WiFi

So you just upgraded to the newest high speed interent that you can get in your area.  Well companies like Google want it all to change for you.  Regular internet runs between the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequencies, limiting the amount of signal power and signal range to only those frequencies.  Google wants the frequencies that run in between you digital TV stations, 50GHz-700GHz called “white spaces”, to help with the workload of the internet.  This would allow internet connections to be transmitted wirelessly for MILES as well as connection speeds almost doubling from the standards of today.  Although the politics and red tape of this concept may take a while to absolve itself, Google hopes to slowly start introducing ” Super WiFi” as soon as next year.

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Get Rescu’d

Your at that slightly awkward family function or on a terrible date or a some social event that you would love to be able to excuse yourself from.  Well everyone has heard the old trick to have a friend call you with an emergency that you have to leave for.  What if you don’t have a person waiting around to call you or need an excuse on the fly.  Rescu.me is here to do exactly what it says, rescue you! It works by you texting the service with a message of either “sms” or “call” and a number specifying in how many minuets you would like to receive the text or call. So “sms 5” would send you a text message from their system in 5 minuets.  It has a default message that will be sent or spoken to you or you can type in your own personal message.  So the next time your on blind date with the crazy person your Aunt set you up with, here is your polite out.

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Beer Chart

Have you ever heard of a American Adjunct Lager? No? Well if your an American beer drinker this is likely the type of beer you are drinking most often.  This is a really cool graphic that leads you down the trails of ales (and lagers). Shows categories and similarities of over 100 different beers.

Can you find your favorite?

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Virus Infused Batteries

This is a truly incredible emerging technology.  The Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) is a lethal virus if you are a tomato, tabacco, or peppers plant; but scientist are finding out it may have very auspicious new uses.  They have introduced these tiny rod shaped organisms into Lithium Ion batteries with the hope of being able to increase the life of the battery up to 10 times.  The rods are attached to the electrode in the battery in an orderly pattern increasing the overall surface area of the electrode allowing the battery to hold more charge without increasing the actual size of it.  Click the article for more info (video after the link)

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Implantable Devices

More scientific news for you, researchers want to turn your blood sugar into a harvestable power source.  The “glucose biofuel cell” is currently being tested in labs on rats and seems to show a lot of promise. Probable applications for this are to power a new smaller pacemaker or help with artificial organs or auto insulin monitors for diabetics.  To you this may seem a little creepy, having an implanted device acquiring energy to be used as fuel inside your body, but to me it only makes logical sense for the future of medicine.  This fits in perfectly in my theory of the evolving techno-sapien as well.  No matter your view of this, it’s happening so get ready.

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Owen Wilson Skating

Ha! From back in the day skate video Yeah Right! by Girl Skateboards.

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Freddy Mercury Bio-Pic

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle.”  Everybody has a favorite Queen song, thats just standard American fact.  As well I think that most Americans have also a favorite character of Sacha Baren Cohen.  So it would only make sense to combine the two, right?  Well in the upcoming Freddy Mercury bio-pic Cohen will be playing the starring role of Mr. Mercury.  The film is untitled and has no director as of yet but with the writer of Frost/Nixon Peter Morgan I am hopeful this movie will do Feddy’s life justice!

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Freeplay Music

This site is just plain awesome.  I don’t even want to say too much, just go check it out. Here’s a small blurb just to peak you intrest:  Tons and tons of free music of every genre and style.  Easily searchable by category, feeling, instrument, tempo and artist.  Ok click the link and your welcome..

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35,000 Mile trip $418.36

This has got to be my favorite story of this edition of The Word!  In this article Steve Kamb explains how he “hacked” the travel industry into allowing him to go roughly 35,000, across 4 continents over the course of 11 months for less than the cost of a pair of Lakers tickets.  He has mastered acquiring airline miles from his credit cards and has laid out how he became a master “travel hacker” and shows you how to follow in his footsteps.  According to Kamb it is possible for you to earn this trip for just as cheap in under 1 year.  I am seriously looking into this, so what I have to ask is “who’s comin with me.”

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College Student Caught FBI Spying On Him

So pretend you are spying on your neighbor.  You have set up surveillance on his house, have a GPS locater on his car and have been tracking his every move.  Then one day when he finds your GPS device, so you send your two brothers to go to his house and take the device back because it is very expensive.  Sounds stupid, almost laughable right?  Well this is a true story only you are the FBI and your neighbor is 20 year old student Yasir Afifi.  What did he deserve to merit this attention from the FBI you ask?  Being of Egyptian decent.  This is grossly disgusting example of the FBI’s abuse of their power over the American people.  Please read this article and make sure to hide your kids and check your cars because the trackin’ er’body out here!!!!

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Ok you made it through the whole thing, good job.  Any chance you want to be an author/producer?  We are looking for people to help “video-tize” these and hopefully monetize them as well. Email us from the contact page and let us know.

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