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January 31 at 11:10am

Old School Cartoons


Early on in his days H2Y asked “Why is old school so much cooler than new school?”  Volumes could be written on that, but here in The Bowl we just prefer to serve up another helping and hope that the sweet flavor of the old points the way.

Toon Tracker is an excellent website that has a horde of forgotten cartoon relics to amuse and delight: Hot Wheels, Abbott & Costello, Mighty Mouse.  Now all you need is a rainy day and screen time limit release and the surfing will be swell!


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January 30 at 11:00pm

So Much To Play With (including time itself!)

I have to admit, sometimes it feels like this here too…


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January 25 at 11:00am

Design Your Own Trading Cards

In our Bowl, we are not content with just the store-bought trading cards.  Yugioh and Pokemon are alright, but imagination trumps all.

In addition to the fun of magic markers, the computer helps us too.  The H2Y found Yugioh Card Maker where you can input any photo and label them whatever you want — all on a Yugioh Card background.  Pretty swell we smell.  H2Y made this one of a Bakugan.
We find that if you print the page at 72% and print it on card stock, you have some excellent fakes!


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January 24 at 10:48am

Oragami Paper Spaceship


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January 17 at 11:12am

Didja Know?

The total number of cells in a human brain may be no more than those in a watermelon.

Obviously though: the diversity and functions of those cells in the brain exceed those in a fruit.

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January 16 at 11:16am

Robo Roundup: Farmers & Actors

(thanks BoingBoing!)
And here’s a post how robots are now replacing actors on stage in Japan.


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January 11 at 11:06am

What is it, really? The Transistor


Transistors make up silicon chips.  But what are they, really?  This is one of those questions that had the stink of unknowing with it.  The nose did not know.  Luckily, we found this nifty Explain-It-All Chart on the BBC News site in article about the founder of Intel, the big chip manufacturer.Transistors are basic electronic switches found in silicon chips

  • Each transistor can be switched on or off, representing a “1″ or “0″, known as binary code
  • All computation is done using different combinations of these two outputs to do calculations
  • The number of transistors on a chip determine its speed
  • Modern chips contain millions of transistors allowing them to execute millions of calculations per second
  • The tiny devices consist of a source, drain and gate
  • A voltage applied to the gate and drain turns the device on
  • Removing the gate voltage switches it off again

Pretty simple, right? And they’ve been putting more and more of those transistors on chips at an incredible rate, making our computers go faster and faster.

Pretty neat, right? Well, we thought so. Maybe not as neat as a fast car, but neat nonetheless.

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