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Is It a Bargain?

I’ve been doing the bulk of my shopping on-line for a few years now, and I am convinced that there is no better way to shop. I avoid the crowds, the parking problems and inclement weather. My orders are delivered right to my door. Best of all, I can shop when I want to without walking for miles in search of the best price.

How can you tell whether an advertised price is really a bargain? Here are two websites that can help.

A Genius in Your Pocket

Do you ever have moments when you really could use a scanner, but don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on another gadget that you will rarely use? The library has a great scanner that scans documents to e-mail and flash drives, and you can use it for free. For those times when you don’t have the time to travel or wait, Genius Scan is an app for your tablet or smartphone that turns your device into a handheld scanner.

A Wiki of the Unexplained

Halloween is over, so you’ll soon be sick of candy, bored of the colors orange and black, no longer amused by how easily your costume fell apart, and probably aren’t really interested in watching cliche horror films about creepy dolls. But while you may be done with scary, for some people the terrifying and abnormal is just a day at work.

These people belong to the Foundation, an organization tasked with securing anomalous objects or entities, containing them in special facilities, and protecting us from their bizarre and otherworldly effects.

A Tiny Pinhole Camera

Engineers often attempt to optimize technologies by making them as compact and efficient as possible. Occasionally these smaller technologies enable the development of brand new technologies—the microchip, for example. Arguably this is also why many consumer electronics like PCs, laptops, televisions, and cell phones (excluding the phablet phenomenon) have gotten progressively smaller since their introduction. But oftentimes shrinking down a technology to its most basic elements is simply a fun exercise in taking things apart and rebuilding them more simply. 

 Ryan Howerter, a graphic design student at Colorado State University, has done just that with the pinhole camera. Howerter fashioned a tiny fully-functional pinhole camera from a two-by-two square Lego brick.

The Future Is Here: Pizza From a Vending Machine

You may have heard urban legends about the strange products some businesses stock vending machines with--cigarettes, jewelry, and socks, to name a few--perhaps you've even had brushes with Coca Cola's Freestyle soda fountains, capable of dispensing over a hundred flavors. But what about food? And no, I don't mean Hershey bars or Slim Jims. I'm talking about pizza.

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