- Inside programmable road signs. And the first results are in. (I hope that this doesn't happen all over, because people might start to ignore them, and then be unprepared for the actual zombie apocalypse.)
- A ball-bearing drum machine.
- Hilarious British road signs and city names. I love the map of England with all the funny cities.
- More streets and cities with funny names.
- Adorable steampunk hearts.
- Why buy an expensive security system when you can make a papercraft CCTV camera?
- Take a 9-month-old, set him loose in a room for 4 hours, and film it timelapse-style so it condenses into 2 minutes. Baby play timelapse video.
- Mosaic portrait of Leonardo da Vinci made with 24,000 nails.
- I swear, you never know what crazy geeks are going to do next. Like circuitry snacks.
- The 15 worst Valentine's Day gifts.
- The expert's guide to napping.
- What does it take to make a hit song? Apparently, only four chords.
- Legendary advertising: The Nauga.
- Kids today might think they can dance, but check out Whitey's Lindy Hoppers in this 1941 clip doing the Lindy Hop.
- The musical stylings of Dr. House.
- The 6 ugliest eco-cars.
- There is a diversity of species in the rain forest. Specifically, logging equipment species.
- The eyebrow dance.
- Why do wind turbines have three narrow blades, but ceiling fans have five wide blades?
- Throw the bat-arang, dammit!
- If you have a parking problem, you need a better sign.
- The smallest monkeys in the world.
- Artsy uses for books.
Friday, January 30, 2009
This one will really test your patience. You click on the red dot (just click and release; the cursor disappears and you can move the dot) and maneuver it through the maze. You'll want to turn off the "Oops" message or it will just drive you crazy faster.
Do you have what it takes to complete Maze Frenzy?
If you do, then try moving on to Maze Frenzy 2.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I feel so strongly about this that it deserves a post all its own.
Plugged-in geeks have known for a while now that ISPs like Comcast are throttling the internet. They sometimes assign their unknowing customers into tiers, providing better bandwidth for those that pay more. Some ISPs are putting limits on the amount of bandwidth customers can consume continuously, to cut down on music and movie downloads that are ostensibly choking their networks.
Unfortunately for many of us, there is no clue why our YouTube videos take longer to load, or why the streaming Netflix movie or TV show we're trying to watch stutters. Until now.
Google, in an extremely bold move, is stepping up and providing the means to find out if it might be your computer or your ISP network configuration. Instead of forcing alpha geeks and technical think tanks to be our whistleblowers, Google is taking the fight for internet transparency to the streets. To us.
Google's new Measurement Lab has (and is adding) tools that make it relatively easy to test your connection. The only drawback is you might have to install or update Java in order to use the tools.
This is a big deal.
Posted by NuclearToast at 4:30 PM
I've been playing a lot (can't stress "a lot" enough) of Left 4 Dead, the zombiepocalypse game. Two main side effects: a few zombie-related dreams, and considering real-life locations as possible strongholds against an undead horde.
I love all things zombie, so imagine my glee when I came across this:
(Click for full-sized version.)
Jason calls it "Zombie Playground", but I think the subtitle should be "Left 4 Dead, The Early Years".
It's my new desktop wallpaper.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We've had our share of bad weather recently in Seattle, which has apparently caused smokers to huddle together outside the building where I work. But the law is the law, as this new add-on to the existing sign shows.
Even when you're taking a smoke break, you can't get a break. Shhhhuuuuuuuuuunnnnnn-nuh!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
- 15 stunning examples of long-exposure photography.
- The taxanomic chart of heavy metal band names.
- You can buy almost anything on Amazon.com. Including uranium.
- Interesting (and sexist, by today's standards) Disney rejection letter. Also funny: the signature and the character next to it.
- When Hollywood makeup artists go crazy, the original actor can be almost unrecognizable.
- Do you roll your own smokes, and love bacon too? Then you'll want Sizzling Bacon rolling papers. (The bacon-only page doesn't seem to exist, only this sampler pack.)
- The Rube Goldberg corkscrew machine.
- You have to love gaming (video, computer, and pinball) to set up a site that meticulously documents every appearance of gaming-related items in movies and TV shows.
- 50 awesome and creative business cards.
- 20 objects devoured by the jungle.
- How much caffeine to you need to drink to kill yourself? Select a favorite drink, enter your weight, then find out at Death by Caffeine.
- The top ten movie presidents.
- This cat has a hilarious reaction to getting the kitty back-butt scratch.
- Videos of itty bitty pygmy animals.
- One man's challenge to build a fence his cat can't get over: my kitty can fly.
- Extraordinary uses for 16 ordinary household items.
- You might enjoy the movie reviews at Movie-a-Minute.
- As the King of Kondiments, I frequently refer to The Table of Condiments That Periodically Go Bad.
- Abandoned Russian polar nuclear lighthouses.
- 12 of the strangest handbags and purses.
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I've seen a few of these around, remnants of the epic snowfall we had in Seattle last month. These are by far the best.
This is what happens when you have tire chains on your vehicle, but the snow is still too deep, or too frozen, or both, for you to get through. Yet get through you must. So you spin those wheels until you dig holes in the concrete. (Click pic for biggification.)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Does anyone not already know this? Either way, thanks to Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong for taking this picture so I could grab it off the internet.
I'd also like to thank those Republican-minded partisans that, a mere hour and a half after the inauguration, sent out the first of many Obama-bashing "humor" emails.
Now if Oprah and all the talking heads can get off the subject of race for a minute, maybe we can get on with the business of setting our country, and the world we live in, back on track.
Posted by NuclearToast at 11:23 AM
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
- Cloth physics simulator. I made a cape to see how similar the simulator is to the superhero game I play.
- Fractal teddy bear.
- Geek justice: Text messages nab carjacking suspects. (Also, hormones.)
- Top 50 movie special effects shots.
- Amazing stop-motion movie made with 26,000 photographs: ten thousand pictures of you.
- Cute idea and done really well, but goes on a bit too long. It's a hand-drawn internet in Notebook.
- Nicholas Felton documents every aspect of his life, serving up last year's numbers in his 2008 annual report.
- What to do with ugly, gaudy vases? Turn them into collectible rock band vases.
- The frozen banana hammer.
- 1991 video of first-time Tonight Show appearance by Drew Carey.
- 10 best Star Wars toys all true fans must have.
- Star Wars, retold by someone who hasn't seen it. (The animation makes this even better.)
- I love rock climbing, but you'll never find me on one of the 15 most spectacular rock climbs. Unless they have wifi.
- Great Olan Mills photos.
- Outtakes from a 1970s commercial with drunk spokesperson Orson Welles.
- Canadian local-oriented website The Torontoist has pictures from its great pun hunt.
- Snoring dog.
- Upload a picture of yourself and make your own Obama "Hope" poster.
- Bacon cupcakes.
- Canadian beer fridge.
- Five (or so) of the world's weirdest plants.
- Orchestral theme to Doogie Howser.
- The Illuminati pyramid papercraft.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tilt-shift photography is a method of tilting the lens and shifting the focus of a picture so a real-life scene appears to be a photo of a miniature diorama. The special equipment required makes it difficult for most of us to create these pictures.
Until now. All you need to do is upload a photo to Tilt-Shift Maker. You can adjust the focus field and easily create your own. Check out this picture of south Seattle I took from Smith Tower:
How easy is that?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It's been a couple of weeks and the snow is finally gone. Well, except for the occasional pile of dirt-covered snow, the remnant of a plowing. But one thing does remain: the gravelly sand that was spread everywhere to aid traction, for both wheels and heels.
Even a walk down the block is filled with the crunch of this "sand" underfoot. And if you wear any footwear with a tread, you'll be picking up little stony hitchhikers. Walk across a tile floor, and it sounds like you're wearing tap shoes. Pivot on your shoe and someone might mistake the sound for a burglar cutting the glass on a case of jewels.
I guess in my own way, though, I'm helping with the cleanup.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
- Some people will buy anything made by Apple, even the MacBook Wheel.
- Why does Saturn have sharply-defined rings, instead of a blurry cloud of debris? Researchers now have a plausible theory.
- Perhaps you heard about the guy who got hung up on the ski lift, hanging upside-down and mostly pantless for 15 minutes. The Smoking Gun has a set of pictures. (I love that someone blurred his buttcrack in one. Srsly?)
- Can a Jedi lightsaber cut through Superman?
- If the title and description of this book on Amazon aren't enough, Ari's review will probably seal the deal.
- Particle accelerator versus webcam. Science is awesome!
- Ferris Bueller then and now.
- How does a professional poker player make a fruit salad?
- Who says TV news anchors have no moves?
- Not for the squeamish: eating a tuna eyeball.
- The canine treadmill.
- You have to create an account, but then you can play virtual Border Patrol. No, really.
- Monarchs and their royal residences.
- A speedy UPS package delivery.
- Bacon gumballs.
- Frozen bubbles.
- The hamster-powered paper shredder.
- If you're a huge Obama fan, you may want this t-shirt.
- 20 weird logos that work.
- Most people have heard The Beatles song A Hard Day's Night. What you might not know is one of the holy grails of rock is figuring out how they made that unmistakable opening chord.
- Accidental maps.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Christmas and New Year's are over. Done with parties, visiting friends and family, opening presents, and eggnog. Now it's back to the grind, with an unbroken vista of five-day work weeks stretching off into the distance before us.
Good thing you have those resolutions to fall back on, eh?
Monday, January 05, 2009
Most people are back today for the first full week of work after the holidays. And work means hanging out in that same place you show up to every morning. So what else can you do but escape to, and be jealous of, the places where others work. Something tells me only those proud of their workspaces post to Where We Do What We Do.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
- Move over, peppermint bark, now there's bacon brittle.
- An interesting look at Japanese versus Western web page design.
- 50 vanity plates that slipped by the DMV.
- Here's what happens when the weatherman wears a green tie in front of the green screen.
- Amazing papercraft stop-motion animation of a city made of books: This Is Where We Live.
- Papercraft hamburger meal.
- The 2009 list of banished words.
- Andreas' impossible figures.
- If you're looking to find candy you remember from long ago, such as candy cigarettes, check out the vintage pages at Candy Direct.
- 300 calorie food picture gallery.
- Cute picture of a newborn baby aardvark.
- 5 creepy beach sculptures.
- One year in 40 seconds.
- One point-and-shoot camera, a fresh snowfall, parked cars, and you get some creepy and extremely cool snow prints.
- Is Casey really that angry? Or just passively-aggressively striking back for all of us at the People Who Deserve It?
- The entirely edible and disgusting thorax cake.
- Official Star Wars sports jerseys.
- Here you go Raggs: Get eye-to-eye with hummingbirds when you use this wearable hummingbird feeder.
Posted by NuclearToast at 9:30 AM
Wow, if you have some time you want to just disappear, this is the game for you. Try your hand at being a sushi chef and restaurant manager as you make sushi for customers, clean up, and order supplies. Do you have what it takes to keep progressing at Sushi Go Round?