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Katamari Hack
Mar 15th, 2011 by pixel

Drag this link to your bookmarks bar: Katamari!

This is a “bookmarklet” that turns any page into Katamari Damacy. Try clicking the Katamari! link above.

This was the winner of the 2011 Yahoo HackU contest at University of Washington.

The official site can be found here.

Google Vowel Outage
Apr 1st, 2010 by pixel

If you logged into Gmail over the last hour (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing. We realize this makes things difficult for all of you who rely on Gmail — whether at home or at work — and we’re incredibly sorry. We take morphological issues like this extremely seriously, so we want to let you all know what happened and what we’re doing about it.

At 6:01 am Pacific Time, during routine maintenance at one of our datacenters, the frontend web servers in that particular datacenter started failing to render the letter ‘a’ for a subset of users. As error rates escalated, the strain spread to other datacenters. We worked quickly to avoid a cascading failure of the entire alphabet by implementing a stopgap solution that limited the damage to the letters ‘a,’ ‘e,’ ‘i,’ ‘o,’ and ‘u.’ As a result, we’re experiencing Gmail’s first temporary vowel outage. (We’re still investigating whether the letter ‘y’ is impacted and will post an update here shortly.)

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Strange Car Accidents
Jul 3rd, 2008 by pixel

Came across a very interesting collection of weird accidents photos.

The full gallery can be viewed on Dark Roasted Blend.

Here are some of my favorites:

Plane Accident

Car In Building

Loose Axel

Car Boat

Fork Stuck In Car