Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Unless you've lived under a rock since 1983, or you're my girlfriend, you've undoubtedly seen the classic movie A Christmas Story ("You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"). And so you know about the pink bunny suit.
Have you always wanted one for yourself? (Or perhaps a minor or significant other?) Then you're in luck! Get on over to Instructables and make your own Christmas Story bunny costume.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
- 25 hilarious wifi network names.
- Make your own 3D pixel-style letters with the punched out font.
- Record up to 5 hours of first-person video with the Photojojo video glasses.
- Do you have a drain that often gets clogged? Then you need the PermaFLOW never-clog drain.
- The half-stressball, half-mouse Jelfin gel-covered ball mouse.
- Waiter and waitress insights: 30 secrets, and 20 more secrets.
- The physics of space battles.
- Animation that takes you from the Himalayas to the edge of The Known Universe and back again.
- The Morgan Freeman chain of command.
- 15 failed predictions about the future.
- What English sounds like to foreigners.
- The marketing tricks built into restaurant menus.
- Apparently, AT&T is being unfairly blamed (and keeping quiet about it) for the iPhone's faults.
- Two rules for success in life.
- Admiral Ackbar, barista!
- Imagination plus coloring books (plus some admittedly artistic talent) equals not your childhood coloring.
- The LOST underground art show.
- Blowing up toy cars in slow motion.
- You might be surprised, as I was, at the many different types of snowflakes there are. Check out the Guide to Snowflakes including the chart at the upper right of the page.
- The ultimate food chain.
- A story told in reverse.
- Viruses sculpted in glass combine science and art with glass microbiology.
- Just in case you haven't heard, here's a link to the amazing coconut-carrying octopus.
- Funny "Dear God" notes.
- Star Wars weather forecast. Try your city!
- The photographic periodic table. This should be made into a coffee table.
Also, the periodic table of beer styles.
- Cute overload: wee hedgehog.
- Need a last-minute gift idea? How about a Hand Job?
- 19 unusual Nativities.
- A new animation of Simon's cat: snow business.
- If you're a fan of The Beatles and are considering the remastered box of albums, you might be surprised to learn you want to buy the mono box.
- The 30 most memorable mugshots of 2009.
- 27 crazy Menorahs.
- In these tough times, give a "gift" to a friend by donating to a fake charity.
- The tandem unicycle.
- Strike of an eagle owl at 1,000 frames per second.
- 2009 in pictures: part 1, part 2, and part 3.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
It started in October 2009, when a young lady (what's the word, nailologist?) decided to create a different design on her nails. Every day. For a year. Wow.
And not only does she provide a daily picture of her creative designs, she even gives you the details of what she uses and how she does each one.
If you have the time, start at the beginning and come forward to see the whole palette at The Daily Nail.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Who doesn't love pancakes? They're so simple, yet so satisfying. And yet, there are so many ways you can make them; all it takes is a little imagination. Witness these works of pan art at a site dedicated to the blessed bounty of the stove or griddle, The Pancake Project.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
- HOW DO I TURN OFF CAPS LOCK?
- It's not exactly rollerblading, but it is extreme downhill.
- The bagel Mobius strip.
- 16 awesome geek cufflinks. (Seriously? People still wear cufflinks?)
- A combination map/infographic of nuclear explosions since 1945.
- This is awesome. With all the USB-powered devices out there, it was only a matter of time before someone came up with the power outlet with USB ports.
- The MP3 headphone hat. Yes, a fittie with two speakers built right in.
- The 3000-light Christmas truck.
- Make your portable media player obnoxious to others with these stereo neckphones.
- If you have an iPhone and wish you could do something to complain about coverage, dropped calls, and voice quality, there's an app for that.
- Ski goggles with a heads-up display.
- Ice-cold beer in 90 seconds with this hand-cranked beer chiller.
- How huge is the online world? Check out this infographic for a day on the internet.
- Too-cute video of a kitty om nom nomming.
- 3-wolf-moon pajamas are AWESOME! These are full, one-piece footie pajamas with a backflap!
- Car hit by wrecking ball. Join the discussion on why it's fake.
- Map of the United States, where the states are replaced by flags of countries with comparable populations.
- Old-school laptop: student brings typewriter to class.
- For all my former biotech co-workers, check out these petri dish cookies and gel electrophoresis cookies.
- Happy Hannukah! Celebrate with the Star Trek menorah.
- Calvin and Hobbes covered by comic book artists.
- Here's how you make a hamburger and fries look good for a TV commercial.
- Can't afford an elegant car, but have lots of time and polyurethane foam on your hands? Then make yourself a PU-foam luxury car.
- 10 ways space isn't like TV or movies. Although even he gets the space exposure part wrong, too.
- 10 most ridiculous laws from around the world.
- Urban foxes.
- Subway architecture.
- A how-to on turning your gloves into conductive gloves for touchscreens.
- The mating dance of the blue-footed booby. Heh heh heh, I said "booby".
- Dresses made from almost anything and everything.
- An animation called The Passenger.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Crazy cold weather here in Seattle! The fountains in the food court today were frozen pretty solid. I'm not sure what the logs are for, but a worker had obviously broken up the ice around the cascades so the water wouldn't flow over the ice and out onto the sidewalks.
Posted by NuclearToast at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Doogie Howser was famous for typing a diary entry on his computer at the end of each episode, something that earned him the distinction of being possibly the first blogger. Anyway, now you can relive the medical phenomenon's typing with one of the latest social media phenomenons, Twitter. Simply add a username to the URL of the site and you get postings typed back to you, Doogie Howser-style, at Twoogie, MD.
Posted by NuclearToast at 7:30 AM
Friday, December 04, 2009
- Cool USB "sonar" speaker that transmits sound through the surface it's on.
- A wooden laptop holder. And if you configure your laptop to remain on while it's closed, you can still use it (as a desktop) while it's in the holder.
- Geek gang signs. If you have to ask...
- Krampus is enjoying a comeback this holiday season. (You missed your chance for this t-shirt.) Ok, sure, it's in Chinese with no subtitles, but you don't need that for the great CGI reenactment of the Tiger Woods incident.
- Compilation video of "one in a million" events.
- Is everyone clear on how pie charts work? Pie chart shenanigans.
- Cartoon of what happens when our computers are down.
- Good-to-know information on what happens during an iPhone backup.
- Interesting infographic showing the evolution of storage.
- Will monkeys really type Shakespeare if given enough time?
- I love that so much of accidental geography resembles Australia.
- Why you should be careful of the evidence when you arrest a suspected bank robber.
- You might know the canon, but you might be surprised at the original motivation for why Darth Vader wears a helmet.
- Thing that make you go aawwwww: chimp and white tiger cubs.
- I'm sometimes surprised at the amount of effort some people will go through to make something, like this Bic lighter laser burner.
- What was the future like back in 1958? Check it out in the Disney short Magic Highway.
- Read about Apollo 11's mission to the moon for practically the price of going there: the $90,500 Lunar Luxe. (Now =that's= a coffee table book, literally!)
- Fry up to 2.2 pounds of French fries with only a "spoonful" of oil with the ActiFry.
- Jealous of all those police dashcam and reality show inside-car videos? Well record and make your own with the (inside =and= out!) Dash Cam Dually.
- The most amazing beard of all time.
- In case you're living under a rock, the cute surprised kitten video.
- 100 days in Glacier National Park.
- Hamlet's soliloquy sounds better in Klingon.
- Get your own lighter branding iron.
- The world's most extreme and dangerous roads.
- Otters playing in the snow.
- "Not right" nativity scenes.
- The amazing comic-book-style, geeky-pop-culture wedding invitation.
- How to pull a tooth.
- The first link I ever posted, way back on my first web site in 1994, was the infamous exploding whale. The reporter reflects on the 40th anniversary of the exploding whale video.
- The 15 best prison movies.
- The USB-powered pet rock. Old school goes hi-tech!
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:30 AM
Here's a really cool variation on your standard Breakout game with a physics twist. You move the paddle left and right, yes, but you use the up/down arrow keys to control the height of the bounce. The paddle also shows you the resulting bounce path, which lets you fine-tune your position. Try to clear the circles off the screen in Mr. Bounce.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
- "Well, they were pan-dimensional beings."
- "The microwave doesn't beep. It's the basenji of kitchen accoutrements."
- Guy: "I fell asleep in my office yesterday, watching my computer, because I've been taking cough syrup."
Girl: "On purpose?"
- "I don't know which is worse, Clippy or the little frikkin' puppy dog."
- "She's... she's socially retarded."
- "While 'Ghost in the Machine' is a nice, 1981 Police album that reminds me of my early childhood, I think we should see what we can do to get ghosts out of our data center."
- "I sneezed while I was peeing, and I farted. For an instant, I had stuff coming out of every hole in my body."
- "Sometimes I must stop and remind myself of how many people are employees of the 'Good Intentions Paving Company'."
- "We should totally kill somebody with Nerf guns."
- "The trees throw primarily nature attacks."
- Guy 1: "And on that note, I have to go take a crap."
Guy 2:"Uhhh... thanks for letting me know."
- "None of the servers threw an error because none of the servers BELIEVE that it's an error."
- "Let me tell you, baby formula tastes NOTHING like breast milk."
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Many bank robbers are unarmed, and achieve their goal by just passing a teller a note. They also, surprisingly, make off with a small amount of cash. Check out the actual notes they used, plus other details about their robbery attempt (such as successful or not), at Bank Notes.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Everyone's out shopping, sleeping off the effects of America's All-You-Can-Eat holiday, or playing games (like me). Short attention span, short list.
- I love the Beatles and Beatles Rock Band, so I love this Rock Band Yoko Ono video.
- And, from the same people, the Twilight 3-wolf-moon shirt trailer.
- 50 amazing/realistic CG portraits.
- The mesmerizing scroll clock.
- It's the Christian side hug, yo!
- Jim Henson may be gone, but The Muppets continue to deliver, as shown by their Bohemian Rhapsody video.
- The crazy sign spinning virtuoso.
- If you like to eat but can't decide where or what, then you need this where should I eat, fast food edition. Which leads into what should I eat, cereal edition.
- How do you give your dog a sinister villain mustache? The same way you give babies weird teeth -- by putting it on something that goes in their mouth. It's the Humunga Stache.
- The venetian blind font.
- The pop-up cardboard office.
- The amazing foliage of trees displays their bio-diversity.
- Beaver recipes.
- Very cool animation that visualizes the rise and decline of four empires.
- Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind.
- Everything is everything. Yeah, me neither.
- The 10 most popular Geocities MIDIs. I'll admit to having "Mission Impossible" on an early version of my page.
- 25 horrifying Thanksgiving turkey cakes.
- Last but not least, the ten best post-apocalyptic survival vehicles.
A puzzle strategy game that has you click the new color touched by the old color to "drench" the board in a single color in a limited number of moves. It starts out easy, but you lose a move each time you advance a board. Do you have what it takes to Drench?
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving! Instead of a picture of the traditional spread, I present the enjoyable (and hopefully, not repeated by anyone reading this) eight deep-fried turkey disaster videos.
And remember, if someone says that we're not supposed to laugh at someone else's misfortune, tell them God should have thought of that before he made those misfortunes totally hilarious.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Apparently, there's a funny phenomenon on Facebook, where someone takes multiple pictures within a short period of time. The person that started this page noticed it, and by "playing" the pictures quickly, animates them. The growing collection is on display at Facebook Animations.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
- Young elk loves plays in puddle.
- Mexico's creepy "Isla de las Munecas" (Island of the Dolls).
- 20 geek-inspired engagement/wedding rings.
- 25 passive-aggressive office kitchen notes.
- An abridged history of the internet.
- Americans know what happens next week. 10 fascinating facts about Black Friday.
- World's luckiest train track inspector.
- The 3D Mandelbrot set.
- Interesting analysis of Twitter activity.
- Another Amazon.com meme. Once again, it's not the product (the laptop steering wheel desk) itself, it's the customer reviews.
- A review and redesign of NFL helmet graphics.
- Google Image Swirl reminds me of the visual thesaurus. For an example, check out Frank Lloyd Wright.
- These are all over the web, but here's a collection of Google search suggestions.
- The poster dares you not to laugh at the video fail-a-thon.
- I thought I couldn't be surprised by USB heating devices. But then I saw the USB heating kneepads. Charge 'em up and take 'em with you.
- If you have a strong stomach, you might think the homemade chicken plucking machine is pretty cool.
- If you like to play with your cat(s) using a laser pointer, and like to entertain them while you're away, then you need the FroliCat automatic laser toy. Be sure to watch the video.
- Want to have a deep-fried turkey for Thanksgiving, but don't want that huge driveway/back porch event? Then you need the indoor electric turkey fryer.
- You know what's soothing and doesn't look weird at all? An electric head massager.
- Toshiba advertises their new high-definition TV with the awesome space chair project.
- Hardest hockey shot ever!
- "Painting" old school style at the ANSI art show.
- A long-lost Beatles album is chronicled at The Beatles Never Broke Up.
- Awesome halftime mascot dance.
- Two girls fail at recreating Risky Business.
- Bacon-flavored popcorn. No more needs be said.
- The mousetrap coffin.
- The decade in 7 minutes.
- Seven sci-fi series that need movie reboots.
- Baby otter playing.
- 12 weird things to do with your cremated remains.
- 50 bizarre purses and handbags.
- 10 cross-dressing disguises that shouldn't have fooled anyone.
- Animated short Pigeon: Impossible.
- The horrible photos of extremely dirty PCs.
- The amazing Madagascar stone forest (article).
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I was curious this morning what affect, if any, Google Chrome and Safari (iTunes and iPhone) had on the Firefox-heavy number of browsers that are used to access this site. So I ran (electronically, of course) to my sitemeter page and grabbed the current browser statistics:
Of course, Firefox is hanging in there at 50%. Chrome, not too much of a showing yet. IE versions take second place with 26%, but Safari is right on IE's heels at 21%.
Sorry, geeked out there a little bit. Hope you don't mind.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:30 AM
Perhaps you've already seen this, as it's all over the intarwebz, but it's a collection of submitted vignettes about incidents or events that individuals have truly enjoyed. It's in the vein of Eff My Life and My Life is Average, but (I think) a lot more enjoyable. Check out It Made My Day.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Totally awesome. I've finished the single player campaign, have done a lot of multiplayer, and am playing the Spec Ops missions with Sylvani. So frikkin' cool.
Left 4 Dead 2. Holy crap, so good. I only got in the first (level? chapter? movie?) in the single player last night, but man, what a ride. Melee weapons are exceptionally gory and fun.
Beatles Rock Band. The Sergeant Pepper album is out for download. HOW DID I MISS THAT? I'll be downloading it tonight, for sure.
Batman: Arkham Asylum. Wow, need more time to get back to this one, since I'm enjoying it and still haven't finished it yet.
Star Trek MMO beta. Come on, Cryptic, where's my invite?
Monday, November 16, 2009
Jim Carrey has a new "personal" web site, and it's as strange and interesting as the many roles he's played over the years. There's really not much to say, either about him or the site, other than the two seem to fit what you'd expect. It's a weird sort of fun exploring the site (and mind?) that is JimCarrey.com.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Lucky Fridy the 13th edition!
- Dodge Viper logo is an upside-down Daffy Duck.
- If your boobs aren't big enough, get this Chinese inflatable bra. (Possibly NSFW with many bra and cleavage shots.)
- 20 great warning signs. I like #6 the best.
- And, really dumb warning labels.
- Five modified Roombas, a laptop, radio controller, and a whole lotta geekiness results in Roomba Pacman.
- Water drops in super slow-mo, with an explanation of why they do that.
- 10 geeky laws that should exist, but don't.
- All I can say is, wow. The all-inclusive all-you-can-eat buffet guide. Great tips for getting your money's (and your mouth's) worth!
- List of cats with fraudulent diplomas. Srsly?
- Forget garden gnomes, real geeks get a garden Jawa.
- Room- or officemates stealing your food? Protect it from "refrig-a-raiders" with the Fridge Locker.
- Ok, people, you can stop sending me this now, I've already seen it! The Star Trek Enterprise chandelier.
- Artistic Japanese barcodes.
- Add some Christmas spirits to your tree with the ornament flask.
- Hand-painted bacon fingernails.
- Verizon rips off the holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to rip on the iPhone.
- If you haven't seen the clip from the Today Show's Halloween special, here's the Ewok humping Al Roker's leg.
- Are your hands cold =and= you're in the Christmas spirit? Then you need the USB Christmas heating gloves.
- Do you take surveillance video with your iPhone? Check out this iPhone 8x telescope attachment with case and tripod!
- Get a Transformers USB flash drive in either Jaguar or Tigertron forms.
- If you're like me and suck at bowling, then you need the new steerable bowling ball.
- Remember the original ninja cat video? Well, now he's back with a stationary camera so you can see how he does it in the return of ninja cat.
- Tennessee rock slide caught on tape.
- Go to the link and click More to read the description FIRST before you watch the best marriage proposal ever.
- 15 fireplaces for the super rich.
- 10 abandoned bank vaults.
- Memorial Day/Remembrance Day/Armistice Day was this week, and in honor of all our service men and women, check out these videos of dogs welcoming their soldiers home.
Here's what happens when you combine Tetris with a platformer. You have to move your little ninja around, making sure he dodges all the falling blocks, which magically fall perfectly into position. There are a ton of achievements to earn, too.
See how long you can survive while being Tetris'D!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mankind has long struggled to represent the real world with maps. But not every map is a straightforward representation; they can be strange interpretations, fanciful what ifs, or specifically focused. Travel through the times and spaces of Strange Maps.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
It's often hard to tell what's going on in a photograph if you don't know the context. But it's especially bizarre when the pictures come from an earlier time (say, around the turn of the last century) when they were expensive and rare occurrences. You'll fascinatedly look through the specimens on display at Black and WTF?
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
- If you know Trader Joe's, then you know why this is the greatest Trader Joe's commercial ever. (Thanks Andy!)
- 15 awesome ultramodern fireplaces.
- Since we all use battery-operated technology, an article everyone should read: Four essential tips for charging and extending battery life.
- In the 70s, the game of Battleship wasn't sexist, it was status quo.
- Using Rubik's cubes as pixel art.
- I think I'll just quote the video description: Some kinda weird bollywood beatles clones. (I love the "recreation" of Western 60s dancing.)
- Proof that people will invent descriptors when none exist (or they don't know the proper ones), here are the results of asking kids what they call LEGO pieces.
- Kinda long, but interesting to see American Idol's Simon Cowell on his first-ever TV appearance as a contestant on a British game show.
- I can't help but crack up each time I watch the dog AT-AT costume video. Many viewings I've made, yes!
- Check out the amazing finalists in the Star Wars diorama contest.
- If you're not familiar with Lady Gaga, you need to see her hit Poker Face before you can truly appreciate Christopher Walken performing Poker Face.
- The 20,000-piece LEGO kitchen counter.
- The literal periodic table.
- A collection of motorcycle club colors and logos.
- Everyone's heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But there are other lesser-known ones. Here are 13 additional leaning towers.
- I don't know what to call this other than photography of photography.
- The 15 best man caves on the internet.
- How to use an apostrophe.
- 15 abandoned theaters.
- The most popular Christmas toys, by year, since 1960.
- Recycled train cars.
- 2 musicians 1 guitar.
Here's an interesting game that combines shooting with typing. I know, I know, "typing game" sounds boring, and it might be at first, but just wait until the waves of bad guys come bearing down on you. See how long you can last against the onslaught in Word Shoot.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Reading about history is so last century, especially given today's internet attention span. Thankfully, YouTube is there to collect all sorts of historical videos, whether authentic or recreated. But how do you find them? By tuning in to a site that has tracked down and categorized 101 historical moments you can relive on YouTube.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
It's common for departments, agencies, and organizations to use acronyms to shorten their official names. But sometimes you have to wonder why they didn't check those acronyms ahead of time. Do they know, or are they just blinded by original intent? See when initialisms go awry at Acronyms Sometimes Suck.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
There will probably be some Halloween stuff mixed in here today. Just sayin'.
- A math professor's Halloween lecture.
- Cool interactive comparison (move the slider at the bottom) of cell size and scale.
- For the gamers like me: an MMO player analyzes Facebook games.
- Nerdy forum conversation started by the question How come Gandalf didn't know Bilbo had the One Ring?
- A Grand Prix pit stop is only 7 seconds, but contains almost 116 man-seconds of tasks. Here's how they do it.
- I don't speak Klingon, so I don't know what's going on in this Klingon military recruitment video.
- How big is Antarctica?
- When decorating for Christmas, sometimes it's better to just say ditto.
- When geeks have twins.
- The world's greatest treehouse.
- For Halloween, don't make a meat loaf, make a meat hand.
- Continuing the 3-wolf-moon t-shirt theme, it's the 3 Worf moon t-shirt.
- Razor blade soap. I love the comment about rust.
- Make your bed look like you're a homeless person with the oxymoronic cardboard print duvet.
- What will they invent next in the name of fashion? How about LED eyelashes. Make sure you watch the video.
- A proper British write-up of how to prepare a scone for tea. So that's that, then.
- Why settle for an ordinary powered wheelchair when you can go offroad with the 6x6 Explorer 6-wheel drive electric wheelchair?
- Hilarious video of a woman recreating YouTube hits.
- Flammable ice.
- Epic Oldsmobile jump.
- Are you afraid of bats?
- All the famous vampires get together for a vampire reunion.
- Details on the Disneyland/Disney World Haunted Mansion's tombstones named after real people.
- How to growl like Chewbacca.
- Minimalist nativity set.
- Halloween cocktail: the bloody brain shooter.
- The 12 most creative bathtubs.
- The top 10 ghost ships.
- I have Beatles Rock Band and am also a geek, so of course I love the Hey Jude flowchart. (Thanks Rod!)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I use the internet a lot, and I pay for it too. But what everyone pays could change drastically if the Big Cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner) get their way. Here's a simple illustration of what could happen if they pass McCain's bill to block the FCC's net neutrality rules:
(click to biggify. Source: reddit.)
Do we really want internet access to be =more= confusing than cable TV packages already are?
For more info, including how to make your opinion heard, see The Consumerist.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
At first, the idea of a computerized "ad generator" sounds strange. All this site does is match up Flickr pictures and supposedly random "slogans". But, being exposed to advertising everywhere, you quickly become mesmerized by the apparent appropriateness of the slogans to the pictures.
I went expecting to just look, and ended up staying for quite a while. In fact, I left the window open and just switched back to it from time to time for a little hit. The fact that the ads go by a bit too quickly adds to the appeal. After you watch it for a while, you'll see some of the same words being reused, but it's still pretty interesting.
See the ad generator for yourself.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
If you're not familiar with Etsy, it's a site where people who "craft" can showcase and sell their works. But, as in any endeavor, some (both people and crafts) are more talented than others.
And, of course, the internet is there to make fun of those who may not measure up. Welcome to the world of Regretsy.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
- The sordid story of the Pixar lamp.
- 11 ingenious signs on The Simpsons.
- 9-year-old scores amazing hockey goal. (Warning: the video replays the shot like 8 times.)
- Now that the economy is rebounding, maybe you can afford to buy a military hovercraft. Check out the list of "Extras".
- Is that a car remote key fob? No, it's a keychain spy camera.
- Take a projector and a special LED roller and do some video painting.
- Sweet alien animatronic mandibles.
- The foldable electric Yike Bike. Pretty frikkin' cool.
- They still make regular graphite pencils? Yes, they do, and now include a built-in pencil sharpener.
- Actual Google street views go into this video about the Google street view guys.
- Mr. B, the gentleman rhymer, brings his banjolele (yes, you read that right) to old school rap in Chap-Hop History.
- First came the three wolf moon t-shirt (and accompanying reviews!). The internet quickly combined two memes for the three keyboard cat moon t-shirt. And taking it one step further, the amazing three Teen Wolf moon t-shirt.
- One guy and 14 different video tracks gives us the multitrack Ghostbusters Theme.
- Bacon jam. Awesome.
- Massive underwater mine detonation.
- Generated video of NASA's new Ares rocket.
- T-Rex wall decal. RAWR!
- Movies, one letter off.
- 10 bizarre wine brand names.
- Top 10 weirdest Halloween handouts.
- Launching anvils. Sweet!
- Editing last weeks' video of the drunk in the convenience store and turning into a silent movie style gives us Larry Goes to the Market.
- The Ten Commandments in Star Trek.
- 10 pathetic packaging fails.
- The greatest spiral stairs in the world.
- Parasailing with hawks: parahawking.
- A visual history of football helmets.
- A pictorial record of pollution in one of the world's most remote marine sanctuaries, Midway Atoll: death by plastic.
This game is a fun variation of the "cutting" puzzle physics games. You have 30 cuts per level to free or otherwise move the Vikings from the ice onto their ship. How far can you go with Ice Breaker?
(I especially like how the little Viking commander bashes any ice that lands on his ship.)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Maybe you've seen it displayed in hundreds of Facebook photos. But if you haven't, know that the expression of pursed lips, called a "duckface", is a new fad among models and regular people alike.
But why? It looks ridiculous.
Taking up the cause to stamp out this annoying look is the whole point behind Stop Making That Duckface!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Dick's on 45th near the University of Washington is a Seattle institution for the classic burgers, fries, and shakes. But you'll rarely see it like this: closed, without the throng of cars and people normally filling the parking lot.
My favorite Dick's story: Several years ago when I was a limo driver, I had a group of prom kids that came here for their prom dinner. What a sight, boys in their tuxes and girls in their fancy dresses, all huddled around the back of the limo, eating burgers and fries off the trunk. It doesn't get any classier (or classicier) than that.
Monday, October 19, 2009
As people, we are all individuals, but sometimes (whether we know it or not) we share our name with someone else. Of course, take the internet and stir in some census data, and it's easy to find out how many other people have the same name as you (or someone else you know). See for yourself at How Many Of Me.
I was =not= surprised that I'm the only "Nuclear Toast", but I =was= surprised at how many people have the first name of "Nuclear": 1,538. I know, right?!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
- The 10 creepiest unintentionally-sexual ads of all time. (Click the Next button.)
- 35 years of the World’s best microscope photography.
- Bacon jam.
- Get yourself a manual "LED" clock. Check out the related products too.
- Don't have a fireplace in your home, but can't install all that chimney stuff? Then get the wall-mounted Cupola fireplace.
- Have an iPhone and want to start your car remotely? Yeah, there's an app for that. (You also need the car-mounted equipment, but still, cool.)
- Drunkest guy ever goes for more beer.
- Cool skull cakes.
- Superheroes in old photographs.
- 25 hilarious defaced bills.
- Because drinking from cans is hard: Bottle Tops. Not convinced? Check out the TV commercial.
- Take a 100-foot extension cord, and the DIY kit, to make this cool coil lamp.
- Super high-speed photography of bullet impacts.
- The Batman haircut.
- The description says, "An actual commercial on rented videos in Fiji." (WARNING: Graphic butchering.) The Fiji Meat Man.
- Also from Fiji: coral gardening.
- The world's loudest alarm clock.
- Covering Eminem raps is no big deal, unless you're rapping in Klingon.
- Oh those crazy Japanese. slow-motion running.
- Some Japanese game shows do things that couldn't be done in the US, such as this sniper prank.
- 14 sculptures made of tires.
- The diving horses of Atlantic City.
- Modern Hitchcock movie posters using the famous profile.
- 10 robot jack-o-lanterns.
- 15 of the world's strangest animals.
- Cinema's top human villains. (Click "More info" to see the list.)
- The 7 best movie geek girls.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
So you already know what music or movies you like. The question is, how do you find similar media that you may not know about?
Liveplasma is a cool relationship-mapping site that lets you search for a movie (say, The Princess Bride) and see a visual representation of related movies. You can also search by actor, director, or musical artist.
Tips: Make sure you click on the right button. And you can't drag the map around; click where you want to center the map.
You might see a lot of things you already know and like, but you might find an undiscovered nugget. That's what the site is all about.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Yahoo Answers is sort of a community effort where people with questions meet people with answers. And, of course, a site exists to mock the question-asking ability of idiots with computers. Check out the hilarity at Bad Questions for Yahoo Answers.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
- What's inside of a cup of coffee?
- Parkour dude in Seattle.
- There are only three countries in the world that have more people than Facebook.
- Speaking of Facebook, if you're on it, you know about all those stupid quizzes. A great parody of them is How long could you survive after kicking a bear in the balls?
- Can you change people's behavior? Piano stairs.
- Timelapse photography of typhoon Nangka over Hong Kong.
- A coffee cup that also holds your cookies: the dunk mug. Available in right- and left-hand versions!
- Amazing video of a tree electrocuting itself.
- The most awesome tattoo ever? Raptor Jesus.
- "It is as powerful as two real massage experts." The Happy U USB massager.
- Everyone's talking about the wireless charging device, the Powermat.
- Even the wheels fold on the most compact folding bike ever.
- If you're into sustainable earth-friendly products, you'll want the bamboo keyboard and mouse.
- Most everyone knows about Andre the Giant, but few know he was probably the greatest drunk on earth.
- Ordering mystery at the Ogori cafe.
- The 10 greatest books adapted into movies.
- The design of lifeguard stations around the world.
- In case you don't watch CSI Las Vegas, here's the amazing new (season 10 episode 1) CGI opening sequence.
- 10 reasons to not bring someone back from the dead (with sources).
- 13 disgusting Pepsi flavors. I don't know, I think I'd like some of them.
- There's a group trying to bring back Polaroids. I think they've given themselves an appropriate name: The Impossible Project.
- Take a skier with a helmet cam, add an avalanche and a responsive group of partners, and you get the amazing skier's POV avalanche burial and rescue.
- The unearthly beauty of Antelope Canyon.
- Top 10 fascinating facts about cheese.
- 7 secrets only two living people know (for some reason).
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
American Gothic is an iconic early 20th-century painting. It is also one of the most copied images, as documented on American Gothic Parodies.
It's an interesting look into both how the image is used and someone's interest in collecting them.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
There's really not much you can add to this site's tagline:
"A ridiculous compendium of weird, bizarre, and off-beat books."
All you have to do is see the front page, much less dig through the wonders they've uncovered, to know you've arrived at BookFail.
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Friday, October 02, 2009
Ok, time to make up for last week's missing list of distractions.
- YouTube is full of videos of people killing flatscreen TVs with their Wii remotes. Protect yours with TV Armor.
- Jet-powered merry-go-round.
- If you love doing Halloween up right, and you have an air compressor, then you need the WebCaster. (Check out the additional views.)
- Mold your baby's pliable misshapen head into shape with CranialTech's DOC Band.
- Of course. It had to happen. The Bacon of the Month Club.
- What point in the continental United States is furthest point from a MacDonald's?
- 100 greatest hits of YouTube in 4 minutes.
- Paintball "pop" art. (Skip ahead to about 0:35 for the good part.)
- Nooo! The Pee-Wee's Playhouse action figures are sold out! And why isn't there a Captain Carl?
- Easy Tiger The Pre-Stained Clothing Company.
- "I had to use my computer, up hill, both ways!". Excerpts of advanced DOS strategies.
- Clever animation using a pegboard and letters/numbers: Txt Island.
- One guy's opinion of the top ten great movie deaths.
- Another dude's idea of the 15 ugliest cars ever made.
- The origins of 25 popular products.
- New (too short!) Simon's cat video: Hot Spot.
- The interactive map of banned and challenged books.
- Life Magazine's list of 30 dumb inventions.
- A sub-list! The eight most amazing one-take video clips.
- Top ten unanswered questions in geeky movies.
- Appetizing architecture.
- 11 famous actors and the big TV roles they turned down.
- Carl Sagan from his Cosmos series plus AutoTune (and a surprise guest) result in A Glorious Dawn.
- The most controvesial magazine covers (supposedly of all time).
- More of Liu Bolin and his urban camouflage.
- 25 awesome homeless guy signs.
- If you are both a Jedi and a wearer of bathrobes, then you'll want the Jedi bathrobe.
- Wear your emotions on your chest with the light-up emoticon t-shirt.
- A marriage proposal? Keep clicking Next.
- Pictures of parents at My Parents Were Awesome.
- The 15 strangest breast cancer awareness products.
Much like my beloved Gridgame, boxSpin is about rotating "tiles". Although in this incarnation, the goal is to start chain reactions that change all the spinners to the same color. See if you can save the world with boxSpin.
Tip: Sometimes the reactions wrap around from the edges to the opposite edge.
My best so far is 7 turns!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Raggs returned from a business trip with a surprise for me: a bottle of habañero ketchup. That girl is awesome. So, that same night, I fired up a batch of tater tots and tried it out. It's a sweet ketchup with a good burn that continues to build as you eat more.
The next night I made french fries. Yeah, good stuff.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Geeks come in all sorts of varieties. Today's exhibit is a map geek that realized Ohio has 88 counties, the same number of keys on a piano. Rank the counties in all sorts of ways to "play" the state when Ohio is a piano.
(Clicking the map opens the interactive Flash application in another window.)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Celebrities aren't always the best singers, but that doesn't stop them from trying. Not that they're all bad, but do we need to see or hear them? The website Karoake Lounge brings us a collection of videos of stars doing their musical best with Failed/Cringeworthy Celebrity Music Crossovers.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I'm on vacation this week, so you know what that means: no activity corner. Sorry to disappoint, but you can expect quality interweb distractions to be back next week.
(Now you know why the posts have been so lame this week.)
On the plus(?) side, I've actually seen this "daylight" I've heard people talk about!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
I don't know what he's packing, and I was trying not to be too obvious taking the picture. You can barely see the huge container(?) on his right hip as well. I'm guessing it's camera gear.
And no, he didn't sit down on the bus, even though there were empty seats, opting to stand rather than unhitch his nerd holsters.