“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Looking for news on “X-Men: Days of Future Past”?  MSN Entertainment posted this story recently.  I particularly enjoyed the fake corporate advertisement for “Trask Industries” (see video below), the company headed in the movie by Bolivar Trask, played by Peter Dinklage – you may know him from Game of Thrones.  You might also enjoy the fake Trask-Industries website.

Heard of FootGolf?

I play disc golf, a golf-like game often played in a park with chained baskets instead of holes and a variety of plastic discs a bit like frisbees instead of balls.  I’d never heard of FootGolf, it’s a relatively new sport started in 2009 by a Dutch soccer player, so to me it’s NEWWorthy.  We’re getting a FootGolf course at our nearby Largo Golf Course.  Below is a promotional video of the sport.

Glogging – a new term?

Is glogging a new term?  Clearly, as Computerworld has recently pointed out, glogging can refer to blogging with Google Glass technology.  Glogster also claims the term glogging (see below).  The urban dictionary has a slang entry for glogging, meaning “the act of telling a story repeatedly in an attempt to be funny”, going back to 2010.  “Kath Eats real food” blogs the term glogging back in 2009.  So when you hear the term glogging, don’t assume you know what it means.  I’m not sure how far back this term goes.  I could not find the term on Wikipedia.  It might be interesting to hear what people think glogging means 10 years from now.

How much is that worth today?

It’s been a little while since I posted an OLDWorthy item, so here’s one.  Inflation calculators let you compare costs between different years.  The calculation, however, depends on the method used to determine inflation and/or deflation between the years.

The U.S. Department of Labor has one that will work for the year from 1913 to now.  They use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in their calculation.  If you want to go back earlier in the U.S. for comparison you might like this calculator.

Curious about how much something was worth back in colonial American times versus today?  That’s hard to calculate, since there are many factors that go into such a comparison.  You might enjoy reading this article about Colonia Williamsburg: “How Much Is That In Today’s Money?”

If you have the time to do some research and have an interest in the subject, here’s a website (projects.exeter.ac.uk) that has a comprehensive list of references.

TIMPs

Nasdaq.com reports back in March that TIMPs is another emerging market acronym.  TIMPs stands for Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.  It was apparently created to represent a collection of interesting emerging markets one can invest in.  BRICs is already a well-known acronym standing for Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

Though NEWWorthy does not make financial recommendations, we do report on what’s new.

Waze and Google

Funny that CNet wrote recently about Google’s purchase of Waze, which gets feedback from drivers to find the best routes through traffic.  I was just about to report on Waze here on NEWWorthy.  Google spent almost a billion dollars for Waze.  It’s easy to see that Google might want to incorporate this technology with Google maps.  They might also be thinking ahead to building this into driverless cars.  Below is a video report on Waze from CNN Money.

Tingo – Hotel reservations

Tingo is a TripAdvisor company that claims it “gets you the lowest price, and then makes sure you get the lowest price”.  They also claim they are the “only site that automatically rebooks you at the lower rate if your hotel drops its price—and then automatically refunds the difference to your credit card.”

These are great claims, and if it works as stated — we haven’t tried it yet — it must be used by a lot of travelers.  As with any service online, just be sure you read and understand the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) if you decide to try it out.  For example, when asked whether one can get AAA discounts on Tingo reservations, the answer posted is: “Unfortunately, in our current agreement with our hotel providers, we are unable offer any additional discounts or promotions from third parties.”

Wee-Powered Phones

Is it worthy?  It certainly seems new.  That you can power a phone by urinating, at least for a quick phone call, could be useful in an emergency.  Who knows, it is conceivable that it will save lives, and it may be quite useful in places where electricity is scarce.  That is why I have decided to place this new technology on NEWWorthy.

Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)

According to The Scientist, this new law (AIA) boils down to “…it doesn’t matter who had the idea first, only who brought that idea to the attention of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)…”  In financial terms, could this mean that big companies will file faster, leaving startup companies with less time — and investment — to file patents?  Time will tell.  Below is a video from a longtime patent attorney in the Northwest that introduces how the new law basically works.

Inattentional Blindness: Gorillas in the Dist(ance)

According to The Scientist, research posted in “Psychological Science” shows that “…inattentional blindness causes 83 percent of radiologists to fail to spot an image of a gorilla inserted into the CT scan of a pair of lungs…”  A gorilla suit has been used previously in the “invisible gorilla” video, but this new research with a gorilla image is NEWWorthy for showing that expert observers can also suffer from inattentional blindness.

When you visit The Scientist link above, the gorilla image is very tiny and not easy to see. If you can’t find the gorilla in the image, zoom the view in your browser.  In Internet Explorer you use Ctrl and + to do that.  Ctrl and – goes back the other way.