links for 2010-10-15

  • We spent the Cold War in perpetual fear that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. would start an intentional nuclear conflict. The truth is, we came far closer to blowing ourselves up with nuclear weapons than we ever came to WWIII.
    (tags: nuclear)
  • If you've ever been up late watching TV in the wee hours of the morning, you've probably seen those ads for upside down tomato planters. You've probably even asked yourself why anyone would want to grow tomatoes (or anything else) upside down. You obviously do not live in an apartment.
    (tags: gardening)
  • Soldiers at Fort Dix in the US are probably pretty jealous of eight lucky testers, who are currently putting futuristic wrist mounted computers through their paces.

    Not just because the cool, curved displays show off strategic information, live UAV video streams and battlefield maps, but because they bear more than a passing resemblance to the iconic Pip-Boy 3000 wrist PDAs of the Fallout games.