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Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.

For hundreds of years eyewitnesses have reported brief encounters with the golf ball- to tennis ball-size orbs of electricity. But scientists have been unable to agree on how and why ball lightning forms, since the phenomenon is rare and very short-lived.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 12:28 PM | Tags (8) | ball | lightning | natgeo | phenomena | science | electricity | orbs | forms |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 49 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: April 15, 2010

A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.A collection of the world's strangest buildings for you to gawk at.

Sorry, but you won't find any, as Travel & Leisure puts it, 'goofball novelty' buildings on this list. On the plus side, if you've always wanted to see what a bar-code building looks like then this post has your numeric ID all over it.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Strange @ 2:14 PM | Tags (9) | architecture | buildings | design | goofball | leisure | novelty | odd | strange | travel |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 38 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Your computer may one day operate at the speed of light thanks to laser technology.Your computer may one day operate at the speed of light thanks to laser technology.

An electrically powered, room-temperature, infrared laser for laptop computers is still years away, however, cautioned Michel. If and when those laptops do arrive, they will be powerful -- more powerful in fact than even today's supercomputers.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 2:28 PM | Tags (9) | interwebs | speed | light | plaid | spaceballs | abcnews | lasers | super | computers |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: December 28, 2009

A handy tutorial regarding how to hack a Magic Eight-Ball.A handy tutorial regarding how to hack a Magic Eight-Ball.

Not much to it really, slice open the ball (be careful of that blue liquid) and manipulate the fortune token inside as you see fit. Now your outlook can always be good.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 6:52 AM | Tags (7) | ball | eight | guts | hack | innards | magic | make |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 28 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 30, 2009

The top ten signs that you may have over-ate on Thanksgiving.The top ten signs that you may have over-ate on Thanksgiving.

4. You receive personalized 'Thank you' note from the president of Butterball.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Funny @ 6:34 AM | Tags (5) | letterman | topten | butterball | turkey | thanksgiving |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 24 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: November 23, 2009

Some lessons regarding pinball economics that you may not have previously known about.Some lessons regarding pinball economics that you may not have previously known about.

The early versions of this algorithm were crude, essentially targeting a weighted moving average.  But later implementations were more sophisticated.  The goal was to ensure that a fixed percentage, say the top 5% of all scores would win a free game.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:28 AM | Tags (7) | algorithm | average | economics | free | game | pinball | replay |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: November 20, 2009

Seventeen creative hot air balloon designs just for you.Seventeen creative hot air balloon designs just for you.

It looks like Unicron and Darth Vader finally have something in common (what with the whole floating heads in space thing). What, you've never seen the original Transformers movie?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 3:53 PM | Tags (12) | ait | artsy | balloons | creative | darthvader | design | hot | neat | starwars | toxel | transformers | unicron |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 22 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Steve Ballmer quite pleased with how Windows 7 turned out.Steve Ballmer quite pleased with how Windows 7 turned out.

Ballmer told the Microsoft Annual Shareholder Meeting that Windows 7 has been outselling previous versions of Windows, including Windows Vista, by a ratio of two to one. While Ballmer declined to give exact sales numbers he said that the sales were fantastic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:59 AM | Tags (6) | business | microsoft | pleased | steveballmer | tgdaily | windows7 |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: November 3, 2009

New Hampshire is now home to the world's largest meatball.New Hampshire is now home to the world's largest meatball.

Matthew Mitnitsky, owner of Nonni's Italian Eatery in Concord, said Sunday that a 222.5-pound meatball was authenticated as the world's largest after being weighed by state weights and measures officials.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in World Records @ 7:47 AM | Tags (6) | guiness | meat | meatball | newhampshire | official | records |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 5 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: September 14, 2009

Yes, you too can photograph near-space for just $150 bucks.Yes, you too can photograph near-space for just $150 bucks.

Their low-cost balloon-launch platform reached 17.5 miles high, into near-space. Using the GPS phone to track its location, they found the rig 20 miles away from the launch site 5 hours later.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 8:04 AM | Tags (8) | balloon | gps | launch | mit | photography | photos | space | students |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: September 1, 2009

Have a peek at some footage from 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'.Have a peek at some footage from 'Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs'.

I remember this being one of my favorite books to read as a kid. Here's to hoping my childhood fondness of said book won't be ruined by this adaptation. Looks like it'll be ok, I mean, can you go wrong with Neil Patrick Harris?

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 11:15 AM | Tags (5) | children | cloudy | kids | meatballs | movies |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: August 28, 2009

A visual tour from the recent Pinball World Championship over in Pennsylvania.A visual tour from the recent Pinball World Championship over in Pennsylvania.

For the 2,000 fans and nearly 400 competitors that will stream through the doors over these four August days, this obscure warehouse is the center of a vibrant, competitive pinball subculture that is far from dead. This is the story of just some of those people.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 11:22 AM | Tags (5) | championship | crispygamer | pa | pinball | neat |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: August 26, 2009

Nintendo files patent for a Wii controller in the shape of a football.Nintendo files patent for a Wii controller in the shape of a football.

I predict that the number of Wii-related accidents will rise again when/if this is actually released.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Video Games @ 1:44 PM | Tags (5) | controller | football | marsha | nintendo | patent |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: August 20, 2009

Eleven things you probably didn't know about pinball history.Eleven things you probably didn't know about pinball history.

If you watch a movie or TV show that was either produced or takes place during this period, virtually any time pinball makes an appearance, it is for the purpose of portraying to the audience that a particular character is a rebel.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 7:48 AM | Tags (4) | history | neat | pinball | popsci |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: June 23, 2009

Pinball Hall of Fame to get a brand new Las Vegas address.Pinball Hall of Fame to get a brand new Las Vegas address.

Owner hopes the new location will bring in more tourists.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 8:05 AM | Tags (2) | pinball | halloffame |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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