"Imagination is more important than knowledge"
“I believe you have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.”
“Even well-meaning gatekeepers slow innovation. When a platform is self service, even the improbable ideas can get tried because there’s no expert gatekeeper ready to say ‘that will never work!’”
Shreddies underwear filters your farts
Most of us break wind from time to time; it’s a natural function of a healthy body. It’s just a shame that farts generally smell bad enough that people will keep their distance if they suspect you’ve dropped one. The answer to this problem may lie in the material used in your underwear, with a technology used in chemical warfare suits providing the solution. This is according to Shreddies (no relation to the cereal), a British underwear manufacturer which now does a “flatulence-filtering” range of underpants for men and women. Aimed at anyone suffering from excessive flatulence, but particularly at people with digestive disorders such as IBS and Crohn’s disease, this new line of Shreddies could stop you gassing everyone in close proximity. The Shreddies filter out farts thanks to an activated carbon back panel made from Zorflex. This material is highly porous, so (the company claims) the odor vapors from the farts become trapped and neutralized before they reach the olfactory glands of any innocent bystanders in close proximity to the offending flatulence. We’ve already seen a similar product named 4SKINS, while the same technology can be found in the Better Marriage Blanket. Still, you can never have too much protection against the menace of smelly omissions. Both the men’s and women’s Shreddies come in a range of different styles and start at US$40 and $30 respectively … which is surely a small price to pay for the pleasure of farting without fear. (via Shreddies underwear filters your farts)
The NY Times, the guardian of old-fashioned journalistic English, has acceded to the incremental vocabulary changes caused by the internet, although they still insist it is the ‘Internet’:
e-mail is now email.…
October 15th is the Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science and technology.
Ada Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), often described as the world’s first computer programmer, showed a keen interest in mathematical studies from an early age and was taught by her mother, Annabella, who was also a gifted mathematician.
In correspondence with Charles Babbage, who was working on the ideas for a machine that is now recognised as a forerunner of the modern computer, Ada demonstrated her gift for mathematics and was described by him as “the enchantress of numbers”.
She was introduced to him by another female scientist famous in her day, the mathematician Mary Somerville, who mentored Ada during her relatively short life.
Babbage was impressed by the mathematical skills Ada possessed and invited her to translate a piece in Italian written by Luigi Menabrea describing Babbage’s ‘analytical engine’, so that it could be published in England.
Her notes include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine, while she also speculated on its future ability to create graphics and complex music.
Born in 1815, she had no relationship with her father, who died when she was eight. In 1835, she married William King, who was created Earl of Lovelace in 1838. She died in 1852 at the age of 36.
Her lasting legacy as role model for girls and young women considering careers in technology is remembered on Ada Lovelace Day, which is dedicated to the celebration of the achievements of women in science and technology. (Source: http://www.theguardian.com)