USPS rates raised again

I just learnt that USPS raised their rates again. 1oz First Class mail now costs $0.39. I haven’t even finished my roll of $0.37 stamps. Boo!

You can check out the new rates at USPS – New Rates and Fees.


Random Crap:

It’s been awhile, so I might split them over 2 days depending on how much I dig up.

Left Brain, Right Brain (from RayAlome):

While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

Now, while doing this, draw the number “6” in the air with your right hand.

Your foot will change direction and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Pretty Cool!

Top Gear Ariel Atom (from deadlock). You must check out how cool this car is!

Exploding Overclocking Extreme AMD Duron Vaporizing (from deadlock). See what happens when you remove the heatsink from an overclocked AMD Duron CPU. It literally blows up into smaller pieces and punches a hole through the motherboard.

Parents Discover Babies Were SwitchedTwo babies born on the same day in the same hospital in Thailand were accidentally switched at birth, but nobody knew about it for a decade.

PortForward.com – Free Help Setting up Your Router or Firewall (from skylancer) – A pretty useful site teaching you how to set up port forwarding on most routers so you can get data through that firewall in many applications such as BitTorrent or IRC.

Scientists Finally Figure Out How Bees Fly (from /.) – “The honeybees have a rapid wing beat,” Altshuler told LiveScience. “In contrast to the fruit fly that has one eightieth the body size and flaps its wings 200 times each second, the much larger honeybee flaps its wings 230 times every second.” This article interested me because back in high school, Daizie would always say this quote: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” Guess, that quote is no longer true.

DSMs Still SHOWING up V8s. (from deadlock) – some idiot trying to impress a friend saying that he can outrun the police and had outrun police in several states because of his powerful car.

Most-Educated Cities in the United States (from Antegra) – Guess what! Seattle’s #1 with 51.3% of our population over the age of 25 having a college degree or higher. Antegra did make a good point that the work market here may be a more packed.

Sad, on so many levels..Almost a third of young Britons have passed off a ready-made meal as their own creation in order to impress someone, according to a survey by the Department of Health. Women were the worst offenders, with 40 percent saying they had claimed food bought in a shop as their own, compared to 22 percent of men. Haha. I’m still a college guy. Everyone knows I still eat out all the time and have the simplest of food to make (i.e. microwavable).

Strip Out The Fans, Add 8 Gallons of Cooking Oil (from /.) – an interesting case mod and cooling system by filling the entire case with cooking oil. Years ago, I posted some pictures of Dr. Freeze and his mineral oil project which was pretty similar to this. If you don’t read the article, at least look at the pretty pictures.

Afrotech’s Hard-disk Sound System (from /.) – Why pay 500$ for Klipsch’s latest speaker system? You can make something that looks way cooler for the price of a DIY amplifier and some HDDs out of a dumpster. It doesn’t sound quite as good but who cares! There really isn’t much to say about this project… It’s fun as hell to watch, easy to do, and impressed the crap out of everyone I’ve showed it to. Just download the movies already. Project is actually pretty neat. Do at least check out the The Star Wars theme video. He also made a parody of /. called Afrodot.

Mouse Thrown Into Fire Sets Home AblazeA mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature ran back to the man’s house and set it on fire. So the next time you think about hurting those small creatures, think again!

50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod (kottke.org) (from /.) – In the four years since its introduction, the iPod has proven to be a versatile little device. Despite a relatively closed architecture, hackers have found their way in. Content creators and software makers put information at your fingertips when you’re on the go. Would-be designers have added to the fashionable stylings of the now-ubiquitous white ear buds. Hardware makers and enthusiasts have augmented the iPod with new add-on gadgets. Here are a few dozen things you can do with your iPod besides listen to music. I don’t exactly agree with their ordering, but their list is pretty neat. It also isn’t exactly 50 either.

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