Open source compressed earth block machine

The Liberator project aims to make an "open source" compressed earth block machine that can turn out 3-5 blocks per minute for a total cost of $1,000-$1,350. That's enough blocks to build a new house every day, turning dirt into shelter. The project page does a good job of making the case for the efficiency of compressed earth blocks, challenging some of the conventional wisdom on the subject.

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Elmo doll says "Kill!"

Melissa Bowman of Lithia, Florida claims that her two-year-old son James's Elmo Knows Your Name doll kept repeating the phrase "Kill James." The doll can be programmed with new names and certain phrases via PC. The toy's manufacturer, Fisher-Price, has offered to replace the doll and will check into the alleged malfunction. From

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Manga Bible -- Genesis to Revelation with giant killer robots

The Mecha Manga Bible Stories comix I blogged earlier today's got competition from another manga Bible called "The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation," a single volume from Ajinbayo Akinsiku, who is training to become an Anglican priest.

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