Huggable Urns

For those who want their loved one’s cremated remains in bear form.

Boy! I have never talked to my Dad so much in my whole life as I have since he passed. Not only has he guided me every step of the way in the creation of Huggable Urns but he also has guided me in my personal life.

He wanted something soft and cuddly that people could hold and to have around them at all times. My family found this to be very comforting to our aching hearts. Plus my Dad wanted you to be able to accessorize your Huggable to fit the personality of your loved one. Out-of-site, out-of-mind is not my Dads way.

It gives me such comfort to be able to pick up my Teddy Bear and give my Dad a hug anytime I want to especially during my personal hard times. By having my Dad in my Huggable Teddy Bear I can bring him with me to all of our family gatherings.

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

The Memory Palace Project

Six photographers participate in the Memory Palace Project: Catherine Buchanan, Dale Dahrens, Rebecca Hargrave Malamud, Lois Miller, Roy Rousseau and Jay Stillions contribute the best photos from their portfolios, offering these images for sale as fine art prints.

Photographers provide geographic information for images, which are then mapped using a variety of methods, such as Google Maps and through direct use of the USGS Topo series. As part of the project, the dataset will be further enhanced through experimentation with new geodata technologies and publishing applications.

Largest Submarine Launched by Royal Navy

From ThisIsLondon:

Her nuclear-powered engine will propel her through the water at more than 20 knots, yet the UK’s first stealth sub makes less noise than a baby dolphin, making her as good as undetectable by enemy ships.

Astute’s sonar is so advanced that if she was lying in the English Channel she would be able to detect ships leaving New York harbour 3,000 nautical miles away (although the details of how she can do this are classified).

The nuclear reactor will never need refuelling, and with an ability to make oxygen and drinking water out of sea water, the sub could stay underwater for its entire 25-year lifespan were it not for the needs of the crew.

Once she goes into operation in 2009, Astute will carry a 98-man crew and stay at sea for 12 weeks on a routine patrol.

She will carry 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles, with a range of 1,240 miles, meaning Astute could attack targets in North Africa with pinpoint accuracy while sitting off the coast of Plymouth.

Creator of Cap’n Crunch Flavor Dies

From Boston.com:

Long before Cap’n Crunch’s sugary yellow barrels floated in cereal bowls across the land, Pamela Low got a hint of what was to come while visiting her grandparents.

“Grandma would make this concoction with rice and the sauce that she had; it was a combination of brown sugar and butter,” Ms. Low’s brother William of Westerville, Ohio, said with a chuckle. “It tasted good, obviously. They’d put it over the rice and eat it as a kind of a treat on Sundays.”

Three decades later, Ms. Low drew on the memory of her grandmother’s delicacy to create the taste that made Cap’n Crunch a popular breakfast cereal. She died of a lung ailment Friday in New London Hospital, not far from her home on the shore of Messer Pond in New Hampshire. Ms. Low was 79 and had worked in Boston for more than 30 years at the Arthur D. Little consulting firm.