2012 was a pretty epic year for visual trickery. We stared through telescopes, transfixed by Venus' cosmic trick of the light; gaped in disbelief at a Rubik's Cube that wasn't; and watched with morbid curiosity as celebrities transformed into grotesque mutations of their former selves.
Following a five-hour hold due to weather, today's attempt at the first-ever supersonic space jump has been cancelled. The look on Baumgartner's face after the mission-abort was announced, pictured above, says it all: this has been a disappointing day.
When most people skydive, they jump from an altitude between 3,000 and 15,000 feet. Today, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner will leap from a balloon soaring 120,000 feet above sea level.
Oh, you've been skydiving? That's nice. Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner is underwhelmed by your "achievement."
A lot of people incurred the wrath of Hunter S. Thompson over his long career, and we can now add the "fools," "bastards," and "idiots" who worked at his local electronics shop to that list.
DECT seems to be all the rage these days whenever someone wants to make a cordless handset or headset, and Thompson isn't one to miss out on the boat. Like the other DECT Skype phones, this has a base station that links to your PC and the standard Skype software, which then communicates audio to and from the handset.