Tag Archives | Safe

…You can hack your brain to hallucinate?


Want to hallucinate without the harsh after effects of mind-altering substances using just a radio and some ping-pong balls?

The Boston Globe has put together a few easy illusions, hallucinations and psychedelic experiences that can take you on a trip with objects you probably already have around the house and just a few minutes of your time.

The tricks include the Ganzfeld Procedure, the Pinocchio Illusion, the Rubber Hand Illusion, and Purkinje Lights, and each sounds more trippy than the last.

Plus, unlike LSD, magic mushrooms or mescaline, these phenomena can all be turned off just as easily as they’re turned on, allowing you a safe and temporary escape from the trappings of your mind.

[The Boston Globe – Hack Your Brain]

…Legos can keep your valuables safe?

Lego Safe

If you don’t mind the idea of storing your valuables inside of a bunch of plastic bits and pieces, then the Lego NXT Safe might be the way to go for a DIY security solution.

Features include 6.5 kilograms of weight, a 7 centimeter thick door opened via a motorized lock, internal safety bars to prevent the walls from being disassembled, 30 liters of internal storage space, a burglar alarm activated by an acceleration sensor, and a five double digit security code entered through a directional sensitive dial, giving you more than 305 billion possible codes to unlock the door, so that unless you let the code slip after a few too many at the bar, the chances of someone guessing your code are pretty slim.

[Lego Examples]

[Via: Hacked Gadgets]

…It’s Things Thursday: Amphibious Tank?

Amphibious Tank

What’s better than a remote controlled tank?

How about a remote controlled tank that can transform into an assault boat, fire BBs up to 30 meters, and deliver four beers in the process?

Sounds like a winner to me!

The Amphibious Tank from Danbar Toys might not be the safest way to entertain yourself on a lazy beach side afternoon, but who said anything about fun being safe?

(Except maybe these guys.)

[Danbar Toys – Amphibious Tank]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…Pilots don’t like delays either?


Given the chance, what would a pilot say about our current airline/airport ‘situation’?

Probably something like:

    It’s rarely acknowledged that despite recurrent fiscal crises, major staffing and technology problems, and constant criticism from the public, our carriers have managed to maintain a mostly reliable, affordable, and safe transportation system.

Pilot Patrick Smith dropped that and other bits of knowledge upon Reader’s Digest readers, and it’s actually an interesting read for anyone that wonders what’s going on in the heads of the guys on the other side of the locked cockpit door.

(My other favorite gem: “Before we take off, I would like to apologize on behalf of this and every airline for the hassle you just endured at the security checkpoint. As is patently obvious to any reasonable person, the humiliating shoe removals, liquids ban, and pointy-object confiscations do little to make us safer.”)

[Reader’s Digest – Airplane Pilot Speaks Out On Flight Delays]

[Photo Via: Haseo]

…Mozy is safe, simple and secure online backup?


If you’re looking to backup the most important files on your Mac in a safe, simple and secure way, then check out Mozy, a new automatic online backup system.

In addition to being safe, simple and secure, if you can keep your use to less than 2 GB of total space, then Mozy is free, with no setup fees, credit cards, monthly payments or expirations.

Features include:

  • Open/locked file support: Mozy will back up your documents whether they’re open or closed.
  • 128-bit SSL encryption: The same technology used by banks secures your data during the backup process.
  • 448-bit Blowfish encryption: Secures your files while in storage, providing peace of mind that your private data is safe from hackers.
  • Automatic: Schedule the times to back up and MozyHome does the rest.
  • New and changed file detection: MozyHome finds and saves the smallest changes.
  • Backs up Outlook files: Disaster-proof email protection.
  • Block-level incremental backup: After the initial backup, MozyHome only backs up files that have been added or changed, making subsequent backups lightning fast.

As someone who has lost important files before, I can’t help but sing the praises of a backup solution. Plus, with an online backup solution like Mozy, your files are stored in a safe, external location, keeping them safe even if your computer ever happens to be in a fire or other natural disaster.