- Three-dimensional mechanical fractals. Yeah, it sounded weird to me too, but they're really cool.
- Black hole destroying a star. I rate it only two pterodactyls since we don't get to see the star actually destroyed.
- Six ways to boost brainpower. Video games, yes!
- Yes, 3M has created nuclear-grade duct tape. Among other things, it can hold underwater, withstand weathering, and comes off without leaving its adhesive behind. Available for purchase from Amazon.com (DO NOT miss the customer reviews).
- From brick to slick: A history of mobile phones. Biggest shock: It's been twenty years since Saved By The Bell?!
- How to build your very own fly-powered model airplane.
- The Butter Butler.
- Robotics scientists are working on a way to physically walk in virtual environments without actually going anywhere. Sound crazy? Check out this awesome video.
- This is why geeks are awesome: gaping hole costume.
- Star Wars AT-AT walker boom box.
- Bizarre USB-powered lamps.
- The portable toaster.
- Spy camera MP3 player.
- If you often fall asleep with your head against your fist, then you need the Pilo Pilo mini cushion ring.
- The 15 strangest college courses In America.
- The hamster-controlled Roomba.
- Maybe you've seen the picture of the fish with the transparent head, but here's the video. More information about the barreleye fish here. (The eyes are the big green spheres in the middle of its head. The two things in front are basically nostrils.)
- If a nuclear bomb goes off, or an asteroid hits, what does it do to the surrounding area? Get an idea with a new Google Maps/webtool mashup called Ground Zero. Best site for demonstrating it: BldgBlog. Developers: Carlos Labs.
- In Russia, there's an exact replica of Moscow. It's a 1:500 scale model, but amazingly detailed (and kept current with the real city). Check out the amazing pictures.
- Clever escalator marketing.
- Back To The Future alternate ending.
- Collection of Superman chest emblems at S is for Superman.
- If you're a fan of Firefly, you've seen Serenity and remember River Tam's awesome bar fight scene. Well here's a camera shot/choreography video of the fight rehearsal.
- TV.com videos now accessible through a free iPhone app. I tried it out, and it offers the exact same crap as their website, meaning no episodes of The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother, only clips. Lame. But you can watch older shows.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Oh sure, these virtual jigsaw puzzles are easy at first. But they keep getting bigger, making them more complex. Easy, you say? Well, the trick with these jigsaw puzzles is that all the pieces are white. No picture, no pattern, just you and the pieces to figure out how they all go together.
Can you finish, or will you be stumped by brute-force pattern matching in White Jigsaw?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Geeks spend a lot of time inside at their computers, which isn't necessarily the best way to get that healthy, outdoorsy, tanned look.
Unless you start using your monitor to get a Computer Tan.
And, yes, I already have the iPhone app. Hey, it'll be spring soon!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Time for another cooksperiment from the Nuclear Toast kitchen. I think you'll quickly see where the name comes from.
The ingredients are simple: one onion, 12oz ground "meat", frozen macaroni and cheese, and tater tots.
Pour out the tater tots to cover the bottom of a baking pan. (I started to smush the tots, but gave up after the first one. Too hard.)
While the tots are in the (preheated) oven browning, I diced the onion, carmelized it in a bit of EVOO, and tossed in the fake meat. Salt and pepper to taste.
Once the tots are browned, layer the meat/onion mixture over them.
Then add the mac-n-cheese... OH CRAP, it's still frozen! Oh well, only way to soften it up is to put it on top and back in the oven.
After about ten minutes or so, it was soft enough to break apart and spread around. Back in the oven, baby.
After about 15 minutes, I turned on the broiler to make the top nice and crispy.
Let's eat! Hot sauce to taste.
The lab notes:
- Even though I'd had the mac-n-cheese in the fridge for a day and a half, it was still a brick. Plan ahead so it's thawed to spread more easily (and finish sooner).
- I also had the tots in the refrigerator. They were pretty thawed but still took about the same amount of time to brown (following the package directions).
- You can use ground beef, of course. Although the guys at work couldn't tell the difference, so using fake meat can alleviate part of the guilt of the tots-n-cheese.
- Leftovers can be microwaved, although it comes out a bit mushy that way. Preheat the oven, microwave to take the chill off, then 15-20 minutes in the oven.
- I set the oven to 450 for browning the tots, and just left it there for the whole thing. Also 450 for warming the leftovers.
- This is filling but, as you might expect, awesome delicious.
The beauty of this recipe is you can put most anything you want in the middle layer. Experiment, and let me know how it works for you!
Posted by NuclearToast at 6:00 PM
Riding the bus is often fraught with uncertainty. Is the bus coming? Have I missed it? Is it running late?
Brian Ferris, a grad student at the University of Washington, has figured out (legally) how to access the King County Metro's own bus tracking system, and make it available to everyone. It lets you see if "your" bus is running on time, taking some of the guesswork out of waiting for public transportation.
Here's a screenshot from my iPhone of the bus routes serving a particular stop:
If you ride the bus in the Seattle area, you need this. Hook yourself up at One Bus Away.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Jamey Pittman is something of a Pac-Man scholar. And that's putting it mildly. He has created probably the most complete information about the game and how it works on the planet. (You'd probably be surprised to know that some people still play Pac-Man competitively.) If you've ever wanted to improve your game, or just marvel at how well-researched it is, you'll need to read The Pac-Man Dossier.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
- I'm still not exactly sure what "wizard rock" is, but you can wrock and roll at Wizrocklopedia.
- Don't de-claw your cat, get them Soft Paws! In a variety of colors, no less.
- From the Life magazine photo archives, Nazis in color. I had no idea there we so many variations of German uniforms.
- English translations of eastern bloc lolcats: Rolcats.
- Google does it again. 1000 is the new 10.
- Cool infographic of the browser wars.
- How to be famous in a few easy steps.
- Is is true that the first day of a new century can never fall on a Sunday?
- Top 9 "social engineering" scams.
- 8 weird pieces of space junk.
- Schadenfreude at "F" my life.
- Kittens! Inspired by Kittens.
- This just in: people are stupid! High-altitude crane pull-ups.
- I never knew there was such a thing as a premium ice market, but if you're shopping for luxury ice, you need Gläce.
- Rosie's dad draws pictures for her, but she's opinionated about what she wants and what she likes. She's a tiny art director.
- Becky embroiders, and has made a creepily awesome embroidered MRI slice of her knee.
- Covered wagons: when paint just ain't good enough.
- The story of the mysterious abandoned caravan.
- Alameda, California seems to have an abundance of older vehicles. Jalopnik takes its cameras out on the street to document 400 old cars and trucks.
- You may not always agree, but it's still fun to see how Dan rates movie sequels with his Trilogy Meter.
- Awesome aerial tramways of the world.
- Top ten waterfalls in the U.S..
- Baby elephant playing with a ball.
- This one's for you, Raggs: the "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch.
- This one's for you, Kent (and anyone with little kids): the Official Tooth Fairy Kit.
- Recipe for hot Dr Pepper.
- You can get some awesome Dr. Seuss-like furniture for kids at PoshTots.
- Say what you will about what George Lucas has done to Star Wars, but lightsabers have become part of our collective identity. Some people go to extreme lengths to build "battle blade" lightsabers.
- Low-tech fixes for high-tech problems.
- If you want to get arrested at the airport, then get one of these suitcases.
Posted by NuclearToast at 10:30 AM
It took a few plays to get the hang of this game. You're trying to clear the spinning mass by making groups of three or more bubbles. Firing quickly helps. Also, you can bounce your shots off the walls and stick your bubbles to the side or bottom. And occasionally more bubbles will fly in and stick to the mass.
Can you get rid of them all in Bubble Spinner?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This isn't about playing Beatles songs backwards. Well, literally, anyway. One fan has decided, while deconstructing the 185 original songs of the Fab Four, to list them in order (as he ranks them) from worst to best. It's Playing The Beatles Backwards: The Ultimate Countdown.
Even if you're not a Beatles fan, you might enjoy the trivia and background information. Plus there are generally links to the songs, in case you don't know them (I hadn't heard a lot of them).
Of course, the comments are always a gold mine of second-guessing and indignation. Hey guys, it's one dude's opinion!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
The new 'net is all about tag clouds, or keywords that highlight key topics on web sites. But how do you do such a thing? By entering in a URL for any site and letting Wordle do all the work.
(Note: You need to have Java installed/enabled on your system for it to work.)
I, of course, entered in this here page, and was surprised to see "new" and "levels" were the biggest comparative tags.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
- Bacon Man!
- Evolution of the household, with prices adjusted for inflation.
- The "25 Random Things" meme is going around the tubes. Which results in 25 Things I Didn't Want to Know About You.
- Top 10 Moments Caught on Google Maps Street View.
- High school yearbook photos: celebrities and politicians.
- Featuring yours truly, This is why you're fat.
- He beat the train, but he lost a shoe.
- More Google awesomeness: PowerMeter.
- Take the iconic Obama "Hope" poster, add a tool to make your own version, simmer on the internet, and you get some pretty awesome results.
- The mouse scroll wheel gets used a lot, but have you ever scrolled an entire mile? Now you can at One Mile Scroll (although it's backwards, the end result is the same).
- Parody masters The Onion release a news report that is so full of curse words that it's not safe for anywhere, but it's so damn funny. Sony Releases POS. Don't say I didn't warn you about the language.
- If you're an old-school gamer and you still wear ties, then you need these classic gaming ties.
- Dog hates the "Happy Birthday" song.
- If you have a cat, then you need the Control-a-Cat remote.
- 10 Illustrated Versions of Evolution.
- The best teachers teach from the heart.
- The sad man's kama sutra.
- Amazing urban camouflage.
- Here you go, Ash: the sock monkey couture dress.
- When your microwave radio antenna stops working, you may want to check it for acorns.
- You never know what to expect from a wedding reception. Such as the best man's speech.
- Compiled by the director, in chronological order, it's every swear word ever muttered on The Sopranos. Not safe for work, or church. And it's long (27:18).
- Cut and serve your pizza at practically the same time with the pizza clippers.
- Did you know there are Russian lolcats? Check out translations of them on Rolcats.
- How did designers create Pepsi's new logo? If you're not a designer, you may not understand.
- I haven't laughed this hard in a while, and want to watch the Ellen DeGeneres show to hear more from Gladys Hardy.
Remember Totem Destroyer? I wished that game had a whole lot more than 25 levels.
Well, it's back, but this time there are new totems, new blocks, all new strategies, new achievements, and 50 levels. Solve the mysteries of Totem Destroyer 2. (It also lets you play the classic levels in the Levels screen.)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
If you know the net and social networking, then you know all about Twitter. But not just us ordinary people tweet, you know; famous people do it too. While you may not know how famous (or not) these people are, at least you know somebody is watching their feeds at Celebrity Tweet.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
"Strange de Jim" watches a lot of late-night TV talk shows. He hears a lot of great jokes that are too good to go to waste. So he records them for posterity.
Refamiliarize yourself with hot topics and news items of the day with Late-Night TV Zingers.
(It also reminds you how quickly some of these headlines fall out of our collective consciousness.)
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
- How to take a good picture on your camera phone.
- Making your own comics? Then you should read this font and grammar guide. (Helping to spread the "one space after periods" rule, yes!)
- 10 privacy settings every Facebook user should know. It can help prevent what happened to this college professor.
- If you have a Rubik's cube you want to solve and an iPhone, you can take a picture of your cube, download the CubeCheater iPhone app, and get a solution of (generally) fewer than 20 turns.
- There's not much to their website yet, but Little Island will create a hand-made doll to match a photograph.
- Radio-controlled flying cockroach.
- How sound design works.
- Whether you're a boy or girl, strap on your 3D glasses and Kiss me in 3D.
- Everyone knows the Swiss Army knife. In recent years there have been models that keep up with technology, like the one containing a USB thumb drive. Here's one that's actually functional: it has a digital altimeter/thermometer.
- Roomba-like mini robo vacuum for your kitchen counter or office desk.
- The 15 coolest cases of biomimicry.
- Cold weather in Florida has led to a huge (herd? pod?) of manatees gathering near power plant warm water discharge.
- Favorite cookies, 1941-2008.
- 25 incredibly geeky t-shirts. And, yes, I own several of these.
- The song is nice, but the stop-motion music video is amazing!
- Riding Britain's biggest runaway snowball.
- A brief history of stop-motion animation.
- This is awesome. Play with the slider to see a time-lapse map of Superbowl Twitter chatter. Bigger words mean more traffic. Hover over cities to see summaries. This is what the web is for.
- Disney's Haunted Mansion turns 40. Click the "please click here" link to see all the cool retro-inspired artwork.
- The 11 most unnecessary how-to guides on the web. Warning: gratuitous use of the F word.
- If she throws like a girl, don't take her bowling.
- The technology's been around for a while, but now is available to everyone. They're admittedly pricey, but Audio Bone headphones are frikkin awesome!
- Molecular visualizations of DNA. Fascinating.
- Lolcats theme song.
- Little tortoise eating a cherry tomato.
- 10 things you're familiar with but your great-grandchildren won't remember.
Posted by NuclearToast at 12:00 PM
Thursday, February 05, 2009
So I see a lot of the intartubes, right? When I see stuff I think you, my regular readers, would be interested in, I compile it in the weekly Activity Corner. So imagine my surprise when, a week ago, my inbox started overflowing with comments about my McPizza cooksperiment.
It turns out that someone pointed to that post on a popular social bookmarking site called StumbleUpon. See for yourself what happens when my daily average of around 45 visits is confronted by a deluge of new intarwebz viewers:
Kinda skews the graph a bit. But it looks like things are quickly returning to normal. Which is good, because I hate dressing up for company.
Posted by NuclearToast at 12:00 PM
Yep, we're playing Risk at work again. But not just any Risk, oh no. This is the special Star Wars Original Trilogy Edition. Look upon its awesomeness and... do you feel that? It's probably jealousy.
If you like board games, I'd recommend this one. It's about one-tenth Risk and 90% Star Wars, and has great game mechanics. Plus, Rancors. You just can't beat frikkin Rancors.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Pity the poor safety graphic designer who has to design an iconic image that not only warns the user but informs them as well. They can range from the silly to the imaginative.
Theme blogs are all over the intartubes, but here's one that collects the graphics for us to see. Click on over to Safety Graphic Fun.
(I think it'd be even more fun to caption the images, but that's just me.)
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
More out-of-context quotes starring people I work with.
- "I'm two days sober from WoW."
- "Ok, elephant in the room. I just farted."
- "I saw a Vespa yesterday with a ski and chains. How stupid is that? He wants to die under a car and I shamelessly want to see it."
- "If I'm not bitching, I'm not happy."
- "Dude, I am so damn jealous of your coconuts."
- "That's just ricockulous!"
- "Rate yourself on the scale from potato to platypus."
"Definitely spiny echidna."
Monday, February 02, 2009
Like many here in the States, I watched the Super Bowl yesterday. During the halftime show, which featured Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Raggs and I were wondering just how old The Boss is. So, naturally, I jumped on wikipedia to check. This is the page that displayed.
One minute later, the regular page was back. But I thought it was funny that 1) someone hack-edited the page right when it would be seen the most; 2) I managed to be there in that one-minute timespan; and 3) that someone on wikipedia is monitoring stuff like this.
I'm surprised the hack-editor didn't annotate his work with a "citation needed".
So you're a henchman working for a supervillain with evil plans for world domination. But your To Do list is a mile long, and you still have to keep your boss happy. What you need is an internet tool that can help you keep an eye on things. Luckily, you can fire up the Henchman's Helper.