Yippee! Apparently moving to my new place has dropped my auto insurance at Safeco from $495 to $463. The reasoning being: The rating territory is corrected. Guess I live in a safer neighborhood now? *shrug* But this policy is for full coverage ($250,000 / $500,000 / $50,000) with $500 deductibles. For those who’ve seen my car, you know why I need full coverage (which means it includes Comprehensive and Collision), which added $223 to my total. I was thinking of removing the $5 towing & labor charge since I already have AAA, but I thought $5 for 6 months might be too much hassle to remove. Plus having a cheap towing backup isn’t a bad plan.
Researchers using waves to write on water (from /.) – In fact, before coming up with their current design, researchers at Japan’s Akishima Laboratories were only able to get poorly-formed letters to pop up once every 15 minutes in their first stab at using waves to “print” on the surface of a specially-built pool.
To heal a wound, turn up the voltage (from /.) – The researchers grew layers of mouse cells and larger tissues, such as corneas, in the lab. After “wounding” these tissues, they applied varying electric fields to them, and found they could accelerate or completely halt the healing process depending on the orientation and strength of the field. That’s pretty neat!
What could possibly go wrong? – British police have condemned a role-playing game where contestants travel all over London armed with water pistols looking to “assassinate” other players, saying it could spark terrorism alerts. Haha! I remember playing this back in high school. It was a seniors only game, but the administrators got whiff of this, and demanded we stop or there would be consequences (there were about 50 of us, many who were the top of the class).
New York City’s cathedrals of consumer electronics – Most major brands have an American flagship store somewhere in Manhattan. These shops are without exception designed to be spectacles for the ear and eye, the kind of spectacle that makes consumers crack open their wallets and slap down some plastic. Where else can one find an 80 inch plasma TV, a 24-hour Genius Bar, and an “I Scored with the Princess” sticker within the space of a few blocks? Pretty neat read. Well, I stopped reading half way and just looked at pictures. It’s like Tokyo, but in New York.
Are you a woman going solo? Try a blow-up man – He fits in a car’s glove box, appears at a flick of a switch and when a woman has finished using him, she can just pull the plug and he deflates. He’s the “Buddy on Demand”, a blow-up man launched on Tuesday with the aim of making solo female motorists feel less nervous about driving at night. On paper, it may sound like making people feel safer, but you know the real purpose is to use the carpool lane.