Calling itself "the world's shortest cooking show," it uses the 15-second format to show you how to make super-easy recipes, all centered around seafood. Tips include how to pan-fry a fish fillet and how to tell if fish is fresh. Some of the recipes are broken down into easily digestible chunks: in one, you might be shown how to cook the meat, and in the next, how to make a sauce for it.
Some people like having a signature perfume or cologne. Having someone recognize your distinctive scent could be flattering, or even romantic. But would you want to have your body odor be your ID signature as you walk through airport security?
That's exactly the kind of possibility that the Group of Biometrics, Biosignals, and Security of the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid is researching. Based on analysis of a group of 13 people and using sensors developed by the Ili Sistemas company, the scientists found that there were "recognizable patterns" in a person's body odor that could be used to identify each one with an accuracy rate of at least 85 percent.… Read more
Austin-based artist Allison Hoffman makes crafty tributes to pop culture icons such as Pee-Wee Herman, Conan O'Brien, Carl Sagan, Willie Nelson, and Questlove, but it's her new crocheted amigurumi dolls of "Doctor Who" Time Lords that seem to be getting a lot of attention online lately.
"When someone approached me with the idea to make a set of 'Doctor Who' dolls and a Tardis, I didn't know that much of the show, but I was definitely up for the challenge," Hoffman told Crave. "I knew the David Tennant 10th Doctor and the Tom Baker 4th Doctor were going to be really popular. I had so much fun making David's hair, and the scarf for Tom Baker is actually a scaled-down version of the real scarf he wore. I used the same colors and pattern of striping so it's really long and as close to authentic as I could get it." … Read more
Video games have long provided a safe way for players to try out different personalities. In the land of pixels and pretend, we can try out the role of lithe, attractive do-gooder elf or become a hideous orc who leaves a trail of havoc (and dead elves) in our wake.
Most of us probably assume that after the game is over, we return to being simple boyfriends, moms, teachers, or accountants operating according to our own moral principles, regardless of the virtual personas we took on. New research, however, indicates that this just might not be the case. … Read more
Buried amid the graphic novels, wallets, and iPhone docks on Kickstarter, a rather odd project has blown away its funding goal. Granted, that funding goal was a whopping $8, but the "Graphing the deliciousness of a chicken burrito!" project has romped all the way up to $144.
The project comes from design student Noboru Bitoy. His promotional video involves a deadpan introduction to the project, along with an earnest piano music soundtrack. The idea is simple. He will purchase a chicken burrito at Chipotle, eat it, rate its deliciousness, and create a graph to express said deliciousness. A $1 pledge gets you digital copy of the graph. Bitoy insists he has no affiliation with Chipotle, he just chose the chain for his experiment.… Read more
Come vacation time, why not take a ski trip to the Socialization Mountains, or travel endlessly back and forth between Twitch and SkyDoesMinecraft along the YouTube coast of the Procrastination Sea?
Those are just two of the numerous destinations laid out on a stunningly detailed map of the Internet conceived by Slovakian designer Martin Vargic. He says he created the map in three weeks in his spare time, basing the size of the Web sites/countries roughly on traffic data from Alexa and other metrics.… Read more
Last month, Eve Online saw the most epic battle in its 11-year history, the Bloodbath of B-R5RB, which caused an estimated real-word cost in damages of $300,000. Not two weeks later, the games developer has announced that it would like to honor all players with a monument on Reykjavik Harbour.
Every player who has an active game subscription on March 1 -- even new players -- will have the name of their main character etched upon the monument, which will stand 16 feet tall. Players who have passed away will also have their characters' names etched on the monument. … Read more
With Valentine's Day near, He needed something for his dear So he searched the Net in vain(s).
Then one day he found it, PayPal's poems on demand... An actual poet at his command!
So he logged on to the site Hoping for some verse that might Create a Valentine most grand.
A poet was nowhere to be found, And the writer considered buying a card But instead he left a note for a bard. … Read more
I tend to think Princeton researchers -- and, more importantly, CNET readers -- are a pretty bright bunch. But if a new study from Carnegie Mellon University is to be believed, both groups are dead wrong, at least about the future of Facebook.
Late last month, a widely publicized Princeton study (PDF) using computer models derived from studying the spread of disease predicted that Facebook would lose 20 percent of its users between 2015 and 2017. Facebook immediately blasted the study, in a pretty humorous way, saying that if it used the same methodology as Princeton, the college itself would have no students by 2021.
During this kerfuffle, CNET asked readers if they thought Facebook would still be thriving in 2017. As you can see for yourself, 50 percent believed the social-media mammoth was going to go the way of the, well, mammoth.
By now you've surely heard about the myriad problems encountered by reporters arriving early in Sochi, Russia, this week in advance of the Winter Olympics. There are the odd toilet arrangements, the mobs of stray dogs, unfinished hotel rooms without doorknobs -- and those are just the fun parts of winter tourism in Russia!
The stories and images of a city that didn't quite manage to transform itself into a world-class resort town before the start of the games (despite the whopping $50 billion spent to reach that goal) are all over the Web, television, radio, and social networks. There are so many hilarious examples of tandem toilets, falling ceiling fixtures, and general disarray that it's almost exhausting, like any other meme with serious legs. In fact, someone should make sure this meme hasn't been taking virality-enhancing drugs.… Read more