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Gee Whiz stuff…

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How cool is this? An elephant with a history of savaging local cops has a collar that text messages park rangers whenever he steps over the park perimeter.

The huge bull elephant had a long history of raiding villagers’ crops during the harvest, sometimes wiping out six months of income at a time. But this time a mobile phone card inserted in his collar sent rangers a text message.

Lesowapir, an armed guard and a driver arrived in a jeep bristling with spotlights to frighten Kimani back into the Ol Pejeta conservancy.

And after weeks of berating by Davis Letterman, John McCain has agreed to appear on his show this Thursday.  That it, if he doesn’t cancel again and run off to see Katie Couric.

“This doesn’t smell right,” Letterman said then, during a routine that only half appeared to be a joke. “This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody’s putting something in his Metamucil.” – Letterman, the night McCain skipped out on his show.

And check this out… scientists have figured out a way to make sheets of light.  

The size of a semitrailer, it coats an 8-inch wide plastic film with chemicals, then seals them with a layer of metal foil. Apply electric current to the resulting sheet, and it lights up with a blue-white glow.

You could tack that sheet to a wall, wrap it around a pillar or even take a translucent version and tape it to your windows. Unlike practically every other source of lighting, you wouldn’t need a lamp or conventional fixture for these sheets, though you would need to plug them into an outlet.

I plan on buying a yard or two and making myself some light pants.


Written by arnold

October 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Posted in Technology

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  1. Leave it to modern technology that the next time the elephant leaves its sanctuary the collar thingy won’t work and the villagers will all get trampled by this beast.


    October 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

  2. Let’s see: elephant…symbol of Republicans…McCain…
    This one’s hard, but I’ll get it.

    the kyle

    October 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

  3. LOL! We are going to be soooo lost once the election is over and you begin to talk about non-political stuff!


    October 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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