RSS feed for Reddit stories that score over 1000 (or any score you like)

RSS feed for Reddit stories that score over 1000 (or any score you like)I love Reddit but I don't get to visit every day and I worry about missing good stories. So I created this RSS feed of Reddit posts that score over 1000. Here's the feed link:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/RedditFeedWithAScoreThreshold

1000 won't work for everyone so you can customise the feed from the Yahoo Pipe I built:

http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=4a3af06dcba612424a858ea79dd263db

You can also specify the subreddit.

"Features"

It feels a little grand to be calling these features but here we go: Continue reading →

My bacon was an optical illusion this morning

Which rasher is longer?

How much phone battery can you save by switching to dark wallpapers and themes?

UPDATE 30/01/2011: I've had to correct the maths a little. Fortunately, the numbers that come out are almost identical.

How much phone battery can you save by switching to dark wallpapers and themes?Ever since the invention of flat panel monitors and screens, it didn't matter what colour your pixels were, you'd still consume the same amount of power. That's because these screens have a big flat light at the back that's always on. If a pixel wants to show you white it lets all the light through. If it wants to show you black it blocks all the light. Either way, the light behind is still on and still consuming the same power.

On a mobile phone that means the colour of your wallpaper doesn't affect battery life. But all that changed with the introduction of OLED screens (or more commonly AMOLED and Super AMOLED) and a lot of new phones have these. If your phone has an OLED screen keep reading, you might be able to improve the life of you battery.

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Use a Google Apps Account To Authenticate Outgoing Mail From Your Regular Gmail Account

I've been guest blogging over at Lifehacker. Here's a post about setting up a Google Apps account so you can use it to authenticate outgoing mail from your regular Gmail account:

Use a Google Apps Account To Authenticate Outgoing Mail From Your Regular Gmail Account

Audio Illusion – do you hear the missing fundamental?

Listen to these two sounds:

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Is the second sound higher or lower than the first sound? (let us know in the comments). Play it again if you're not sure.

Ask a few other people to do the same. You'll find that some people hear the second note as higher and some hear it as lower!

(mini update: so far 5 commenters hear the second note as lower and 8 hear it as higher)

That's because it's an audio illusion. And just like an optical illusion an audio illusion can tell us something about the way we perceive the world around us. Continue reading →

How to make a fire tornado

All you need to make a fire tornado is: Continue reading →

Our Brains Didn’t Evolve – the problem with headlines

Our Brains Didn’t Evolve – the problem with headlines

I read a very interesting article about the development of the human brain in the Observer recently. But there was one very big problem with it - the headline. Continue reading →

A tool I made for Londoners that makes journey planning quicker

TfL's Journey Planner is a great resource for figuring out the best way of getting from place to place in London.

I've created a tool the speeds up the process. Here's a bit of background... Continue reading →

Magnetic levitation and ferrofluid

I made this video to demonstrate how you can levitate something using diamagnetism. The video is pretty self explanatory but leaves out some details... Continue reading →

3D pictures (of me and Ben Miller)

3D pictures (of me and Ben Miller)

I recently had the privilege of hosting a Q&A with Ben Miller, from double act Armstrong & Miller, at the Brighton Science Festival. There was a man there called Mark Bennett taking 3D pictures of us. He has very kindly let me have the originals so I thought I'd write a blog post about 3D photography using these images as examples. Continue reading →