28 February 2009, jd2020 @ 1:45 am

Why reproduce in digital form something that’s worked perfectly fine for hundreds of years as an analog device? That’s the question for Yamaha about their new AvantGrand piano. The answer: So you can save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000!

 

Yamaha AvantGrand Digital Piano

save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000

Unlike, say, a digital SLR camera, the AvantGrand isn’t meant to perform better than the traditional analog device. It’s meant to perform exactly the same. But it makes that performance accessible to more people. Despite packing 16 amps and speakers, it’s still a lot smaller (four feet long) and lighter (480 pounds) than the nine-foot, 1,500-pound, $100,000 grand piano it’s meant to replace. And it’s a lot cheaper to make, retailing for $19,000 when it hits the market this summer. Read more here

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27 February 2009, jd2020 @ 2:59 pm

Wow! Check out the heavy artillery from the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show. This is an over the top “gun show”! Click on the link to see the video. Whoa! Can these weapons actually end up in the hands of civilians?

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27 February 2009, jd2020 @ 12:34 am

Erno Rubik has created a new version of the Rubik’s Cube…

Rubik's 360

Rubik's 360 sphere info

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25 February 2009, jd2020 @ 6:51 pm

Put this in your home or cell phone list. Find phone numbers for free!

Google has managed to streamline a free directory service that may have implemented its search ranking engine, “pay for placement”. Its efficient and easy to use.

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18 February 2009, jd2020 @ 3:40 am
colliding satellites

Cosmos 2251 smashed into operational US satellite Iridium 33

 

Although minuscule space debris may strike any satellite on occasion, the first known collision between time two full satellites occurred only last week. Even though thousands of satellites have been launched, the low collision rate is caused by the great vastness of space. Last week, however, a defunct Russian communications satellite named Cosmos 2251 smashed right into an operational US communications satellite named Iridium 33 over Siberia, Russia. Both satellites were destroyed. The sheer number of massive particles in a dispersing debris cloud, depicted in an inset image above, increases the risk that other operating satellites might be struck by a harmful fast-moving projectile. The collision occurred in low Earth orbit only 750 kilometers up, a height shared by many satellites but significantly higher than the 350-km high human-occupied International Space Station. Since satellites may disintegrate when struck by fast-moving space junk, the crash focuses concern that a future dramatic satellite collision may one day start an cascade of increasingly more collisions.

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17 February 2009, jd2020 @ 12:20 am

Earth Hour 2009 On March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m., local time, World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour — Earth Hour

There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea. The Arctic Ocean has about 12 million sq km of floating ice and has the coldest winter temperature of -34 degrees centigrade, and getting warmer…

Turn em off for an Earth hour!

March 28, 2009

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