Monday, November 29, 2010
Most of us have experienced the relentless expansion and development in today's growing world, which is why it's sometimes hard to believe all the man-made items and places that have been left behind for nature to ever-so-gradually reclaim. Crawl through the interesting collection of such things at Artificial Owl.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Just a few things to keep you occupied, if you're not out shopping or eating leftovers.
- Kinetic marble track.
- Bruce Schneier's extensive links regarding the TSA Backscatter X-ray Backlash. Highly recommended reading.
- Term papers and ethics: story by a man who ghost-writes school papers for money.
- Make sure you watch the video for the BioLite camp stove that doesn't need any special fuel other than what you find in the wild.
- Minimalist superheros.
- Effervescent bacon drink tablets.
- Back to the Future's Delorean Time Machine 500Gb USB hard drive. Highly detailed, with moving parts!
- Rechargeable USB electric shaver.
- Typing too loud? Don't get a quieter keyboard, get a keyboard silencer.
- Art, or the best living room ever? Track with 1200 Hot Wheels cars.
- Phrases that mean "I'm lying" are used by but-heads.
- Pixar's It gets better.
- Sesame Street's Cookie Monster auditions for Saturday Night Live.
- Early adopters through history.
- Turkey farm humor.
- The most colorful cities in the world.
- TARDIS socks.
- 5 famous scientists dismissed as morons in their time.
- A thermite Thanksgiving.
- Seeing microwaves inside a microwave oven.
- The origin of several familiar symbols.
- 12 abandoned high-rise buildings.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
- If you have a cool $2.2 million, plus shipping, you can own a life-size Space Shuttle Orbiter replica.
- Eric Roberts kick ass montage.
- Stunning morning dew photography.
- If IKEA made instructions for everything.
- Top 10 (geeky) movie plot holes you probably never noticed before.
- How often should you change your password?
- You only try this once.
- coat hook spy cam.
- The tool belt. Literally.
- Portable GPS and cell phone jammer.
- iPhone 4 memo pad.
- Have an iPhone 4, and wish for a cool slide-out full keyboard like those other phones have? Check out the Keyboard Buddy.
- The Apple App Store has more games than all gaming consoles combined.
- How to make a 900mm lens, with lots of cussing.
- How long can you last with a chicken on a raft?
- Check out the gallery at the worst logo competition, How Low Can Your Logo.
- High-speed train plus high-speed camera equals slow glide through Bath Spa station.
- Good dog!
- Every Arnold Schwarzenegger scream ever. (Some are just grunts, but whatever.)
- Attention grammar Nazis! Show off your skills with the apostrophe test.
- "Gamer" girl eats massive corndog.
- Star Wars typography: use the font, Luke.
- "You look like shit."
- The theory of hipster relativity.
- 10 buildings shaped like what they sell.
- 10 worthless wizards.
- 60 years of television's most memorable catchphrases in 146 seconds
- Artisanal pencil sharpening. Yes, really.
- Among others, Star Trek characters drawn without looking at the paper.
- 20 obsolete English words that should make a comeback.
- Crazy Japanese experiment is still interesting, as penguins make a friend.
- The Mayberry / Star Trek connection.
- How to make a mad scientist's rancid specimen jar.
- Build a papercraft walking Mech.
This is a sheep physics puzzle game. Yes, you read that correctly. You have three sheep (with different abilities) to get to the barn, and each level adds some new trick. Sure, there are only 15 easy levels, but Shirley, Shaun, and Timmy are pretty funny. Don't get fleeced by Shaun the Sheep.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Texting on a touchscreen smartphone can lead to a lot of typos. Thankfully, most have an autocorrect function that attempts to make a best guess of what you're trying to say. But often the autocorrect's best intentions go strangely awry, with hilarious results, which are being preserved at Damn You, Autocorrect.
Also immortalized at GraphJam.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
- Probably one of the best mashups I've seen. This is just incredibly well-done. The Beatles vs Joan Jett vs Cypress Hill vs House of Pain vs Rage Against the Machine.
- The scissors at home in the kitchen, the garage, or the backpack: Fiskars Cuts+More.
- What is a "whiffletree"? A mechanical digital-to-analog converter.
- The difference between regular and decaf coffee.
- The Driscoll Middle School football trick play.
- The taxonomy of logical fallacies.
- Turn your iPhone 4 into a 60x microscope.
- If you're a skier and a geek, you need GPS ski goggles.
- Get your romance on with this set of remote-control candles.
- If your standard-issue Xbox 360 controller isn't extreme enough for you, then you need The Avenger.
- Have an iPhone 3G laying around? Curious about the Android OS? Then follow this step-by-step to install Android on your iPhone 3G.
- Complete blueprints of the Millennium Falcon.
- R/C flying shark!
- Sesame Street's parody video for the iPogo: There's an app for that.
- Fractal hands? Hand fingers? You decide.
- One thing you look for in a website designer is a quality site of their own.
- Artists are crazy, amirite? Like this dude that paints squashed chewing gum.
- You know, when I dunk my Oreos in milk, I sure wish I could get the whole cookie in without getting my fingers wet. If only they'd invent something... like the dipr!
- Springfield, Ohio demolition fail.
- If you're a diver or swimmer, you need some Darkfin Gloves.
- Looking for a way to put a new spin on your Thanksgiving Day feast? Then try out this Thanksgiving turkey cake.
- Baby otters go for a swim.
- 11 prisons turned into hotels.
- The September earthquake in New Zealand that distorted railroad tracks.
- Top 10 unusual cemetaries.
- Ok Go's new music video is stop-motion animated... ON TOAST!
- Small plane with engine trouble lands on city street.
- Jones' Bacon Soda.
- Women running from houses; judging books by their covers.
- Top 10 bizarre WWII Allied weapons.
This is a classic "Root Beer Tapper" kind of game, where you have to click on the creatures to either have them eat falling fruit or avoid falling acorns. You start with one, then two, then three... How long can you keep the creatures in Omnom Forest happy?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Lots of movies we watch have people using computers. Sometimes moviemakers get them right, and sometimes get them wrong. Either way, it can be interesting. Here's a site that has a pretty exhaustive capture of movie screens showing a slice of the interface used by its computer(s). It's all stored in the memory banks of Access Main Computer File.
Monday, November 08, 2010
If your computer's keyboard isn't old-school enough for you, now you can use an actual typewriter as a USB keyboard. "Hunt and peck" takes on its original meaning when you're Smith-Corona-ing your Facebook updates. You can order the plans and DIY, ship your typewriter to the inventor and have him convert it for you, or buy one of the already-converted ones on his etsy site. The details can be found at USB Typewriter.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Friday, November 05, 2010
- Facebook knows when you'll break up.
- Interesting look at life aboard the International Space Station.
- A short film shot entirely on a cell phone.
- Maslow's hierarchy of internet needs.
- "I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone." Quote from Bjarne Stroustrup.
- Twitter plus database nerd equals TweeQL, a SQL-like interface for Twitter.
- Speaking of Twitter, now you (and the world) can keep track of your dog's activities with the Canine Twitterer.
- The world's smallest corkscrew: the Twistick Keyring.
- Etsy seller SaltyandSweet makes mobiles. While the Pac Man ones are now gone, she still has a wide selection that includes Mario, Star Wars, Half Life, and zombies.
- Cute "C@" clock.
- Carry =and= use your laptop in style and comfort with the laptop table bag, which includes cooling fans.
- A solar-powered laptop.
- A wireless keyboard powered by light.
- Fender announces their real Stratocaster for Rock Band 3 (which has a Pro mode requiring actual fret presses).
- If you've ever tried to use your smartphone in winter, you know what a hassle gloves are. But cutting holes in them, or "nubbin" gloves, are such a hassle. Here are the first fully-usable touchscreen gloves.
- There's really nothing I can say, other than you have to check out IndustrialPainter.com.
- Some are NSFW, but it's amazing what an artist can do with a simple template. Check out the Do It Yourself Doodler.
- Don't drink anything while you're watching simple effect, maximum LOLs.
- How smartphone users see each other.
- Are you a guitar player? And do you have old credit/membership cards? Then you need the Pick Punch.
- Multitasking while driving.
- If you've ever wanted your own surveillance van, you can buy one.
- You know what the world needs? A single-donut carrier that you can LOCK. Yes, really. It's the Donut To-Go.
- Christmas is coming, and that means wrapping presents. But why put them in ordinary boxes when you can use Prank Packs?
- Glass half full, or glass half empty? The geek perspective.
- From the Stewart/Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive, it's a collection of the funny signs.
- Horse playing with a ball.
- The 16th-century garden of the monsters.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
There are lots of dating sites out there that promise you the partner of your dreams. But here's one that throws away the dreams and gets up in your face with reality. Yes, it's a dating site for the, um, "asthetically challenged". Romance awaits you at The Ugly Bug Ball.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
A bizarre little web site that takes just a small portion of a scene from a movie, turning it into a weird little repeating moment, along with the line from round-about the same place. It's hard to describe, and even harder to turn away from If We Don't, Remember Me.