Monday, August 31, 2009

UAZ Tracked Edition

One Russian farmer got tired to get to his farm so he decided to replace the wheels with tracks on his Russian UAZ car.

Now it’s for sale and he says that he can satisfy the market with his own version of UAZ, UAZ-Tracked Edition. Probably each farmer dreams of his own small tank. LINK

Doodurls - Oodles of Doodles

Doodurls wants to display your doodles. Most people doodle during boring meetings, interminable classes, while waiting on hold... Doodurls wants to show them off, and they aren't picky about your talent level either. On Doodurls, everyone's got talent!

It's easy to submit your latest margin masterpiece - take a pic of it or scan it, upload it somewhere (anywhere) and tweet the link to them on Twitter. They do the rest. It's a lot of fun to send your own in or just see the weird things that go on inside people's heads when they're bored!

We want to see your doodles (we call ‘em doodurls cos it’s fun to say!) Your scrawls. Your scratchings in the margins of your last meeting agenda.

Link, Via: Neatorama

The world's Oldest Handmade Musical Instrument

In all, researchers report finding the fragments of four flutes at two excavations in an area of southwestern Germany known as Swabia. Three of the sets of fragments were carved from mammoth ivory, but the real prize is a nearly complete flute hollowed out from the bone of a griffon vulture. That specimen was found in the Hohle Fels cave, just 28 inches (70 centimeters) away from the spot where the prehistoric Venus... was found.

When assembled, the vulture-bone flute is about eight and a half inches long (21.8 centimeters long) and boasts five finger holes. There are fine lines cut into the bone around the holes, suggesting that the flute's maker was calibrating the holes' placement to produce the nicest tones. One end of the flute is cut into a V shape, and the musician probably blew into that side of the flute. The researchers assume that an inch or two of the flute's far end is missing. LINK

You can listen to an MP3 of a replica flute being played.

DORYU 2-16 Pistol Camera

The DORYU 2-16 pistol camera. It is 16mm, Japanese police-issue camera. LINK, Via: Neatorama

Stunning Japanese Woodblock Prints

"Susaki and the Jumantsubo Plain near Fukagawa, from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, by Utagawa Hiroshige [1856-1858]"
Image: Wikimedia

During his life, Utagawa Hiroshige [1797-1858] dominated Japanese landscape printmaking, producing pictures of his travels around the country, and of vistas of the capital in his series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, which included this print, Susaki and the Jumantsubo Plain near Fukagawa.

Hiroshige was highly creative with his use of composition as can be seen here, with the powerful body of the eagle preparing to dive for its prey framing the top of the image, juxtaposed against the wintry landscape around Edo Bay, seen from a ‘bird’s-eye-view’ perspective. LINK

A Building Shaped Like a Möbius Strip

Kazakhstan has commissioned BIG Architects to build a library and cultural center in the city of Astana. The design that the firm submitted in response is shaped like a Möbius strip — a structure that has only one side. Gallery at the Link, Via: io9, Via: Neatorama

Spinning wheel

Photochrom print of an elderly Irish woman at a spinning wheel, ca 1890-1900.

Different types of spinning wheels are depicted at The Woolery. LINK

World Strange Music Instrument Expo

[China Today] World Strange Music Instrument Expo Held in Hubei. LINK: Youtube

Timelapse - Los Angeles Wildfire

Timelapse footage of wildfire north of Los Angeles, 08.30.09 LINK: Vimeo

Footage by Dan Blank. Music by Brian Eno.

Shot on Panasonic HS-300.

Actual length: 40 mins.
Filmed from Tarzana, CA

Can't Stop Laughing

A bunch of people who can't stop laughing. Has this ever happened to you? LINK: Youtube

Kitten with Eyebrows

Awwwww so cute. LINK: Youtube

Examples Of Life Imitating Art

Life imitating art is the reverse of the normal process whereby art is made to resemble life. The concept derives from an Oscar Wilde aphorism, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.” LINK

Minnesota State Fair

"Kick-Off Weekend: The good, the bad & the fried"
Little people, abominations fried on sticks, and awesome Minnesotans. PHOTOS BY NIKKI MILLER on August 28, 2009. LINK

Trippy ‘Hook’ Remix

Someone turned the second best Peter Pan movie into a techno-ish song (with pretty cool video). LINK, Via: Youtube

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Oregon Trail Song

Goofy white rappers pay the old computer game a tribute in song, replete with a cardboard robot and 8-bit Whoopi Goldberg rendering. LINK, Via: Youtube

Terry the Talking Raven

Welcome to a short video of Terry, an awesome Raven who was adopted at the Tilgate Nature Center located in Crawley, Sussex, England. Thanks to his keepers, Gary & Simon, Terry picked up the ability to "talk" from a young age. LINK: Youtube

The Cycologists: A Bicycle-Themed Band

(YouTube Link)

Linsey Pollak, Brendan Hook, and Ric Halstead comprise The Cycologists, an Australian band that bases its preformances on a bicycle theme. They’ve fitted their instruments into their bicycles, as the video above demonstrates when the musicians use their seats as clarinets. Other instruments include tuned bicycle bells, flutes that work as handlebars, and panpipes powered by tire pumps. The Cycologists’ stage shows are quite complex and you can see videos of them at the link.

Link, Via: Neatorama

Möbius Strip Music Box

Brooklyn-based artist Ranjit Bhatnagar works with sound installations and homemade instruments. He created this music box guided by a Möbius strip. It’d be perfect for playing “The Song That Never Ends“! Bhatnagar made the music box as part of a project to create a musical instrument every day for a month.

Artist’s Website, Via: Popular Science, Via: Neatorama

UK Toy Master Builds House From Legos

James May, a toy fanatic from the UK (who has his own TV show), built a real house from Legos.

This two-story Lego palace, which resides in the middle of a vineyard, sports a working bathroom, and is covered inside and out with bricks pieced together by 272 Legos. Over three million bricks were used to build the Lego pad, so doing some quick math here — that's over 816 million Lego pieces! Sheesh. I wonder what they'll do with the Legos once James moves out?

Check out more photos of the Lego house when you go to the LINK.

The Floating Isles of Lake Titicaca

The Floating Isles of Lake Titicaca
Most people know that Lake Titicaca, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is one of the world's highest lakes at 12,500 ft. What most don't know is that one of its most unique features is 42 man-made floating islands called Uros. The Uros are made of totora reeds and were originally constructed for defensive purposes by the natives who live on and around the lake. The islands require constant maintenance and the tribes who live there, also referred to as Uros, work hard to keep them floating. Each year, tourists flock to the Uros to see these impressive feats of human ingenuity.

Slide show at the LINK.

Painted Car

The first modern type airbrush came along in 1893, presented by Thayer and Chandler art materials company at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, invented by Charles Burdick.
This device looked like a pen and worked in a different manner to Peeler’s device, being essentially the same as a modern airbrush. Aerograph, Burdick’s original company, still makes and sells airbrushes in England.

The airbrush is one of the most admired in the art of painting and illustration.
First airbrush was patented in 1876 (Patent Number 182,389) by Francis Edgar Stanley of Newton, Massachusetts. LINK

Dozens of artists transform a 100ft tall oak tree into art

After a 159-year-old oak tree died its owners wanted to give it more of a send off than merely chop it up for fire wood. They decided to transform it into as many items as possible. Dozens of craftsmen and artists were invited to strip the 100ft tall tree of timber and spend the next 12 months handmaking an array of furniture and crafts. LINK

From the huge root ball to the smallest branches, virtually every part the tree has been recycled and put to use. LINK

Vatican City

St. Peter's Basilica, From Rome
Vatican City has been an independant city-state within Rome since 1929, making it the smallest country in the world both by size and population. St. Peter's Basilica the Vatican's most distinctive feature, is an iconic part of Rome's skyline.

There is a slide show at the LINK

Bizarre Motorcycle Side Cars

"Ferrari Side Car"
Check out these very strange looking motorcycle side cars. LINK

Navy I'm On A Boat ( Strong Language )

JOPA Productions presents "I'm On A Boat," Navy style. Get your towels ready... LINK: Youtube

Saturday, August 29, 2009

More than 200+ Free Flash Online Games – Friv

Just take a look at the number of icons at the image above, that’s exactly how many free flash games have on their website. If you are looking for places online to kill some spare time, with Friv we believe you’ll be spending hours. LINK

Outstanding Out of Bounds Photos

Out of bounds (OOB) photos are post processed photos where the contents are taken outside the boundaries, presented in creative 3-dimensional perspective. OOB photos can be achieve with some basic photo editing skills. Getting an interesting OOB photo depend largely on the photo angle and individual creativity. LINK

Glacier Point Hang Gliding

Mark Stucky launching from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, June 23, 2009. LINK: Youtube

Watt Time Alarm Clock

Here is a funky alarm clock that looks like a light bulb and would look great in any geeks apartment, the Watt Time Alarm Clock designed by Brain Kerr.

Watt Time is constructed out of high gloss, hard plastic allowing the digital time display to shine through the bulb’s outer wall. A bright blue LED display illuminates the time and date and an easily accessible snooze button located on top of the bulb’s socket end, makes it possible for you to get those “5 more minutes” you always need. If the sound is not enough to wake you, you have the option of setting the bulb to illuminate when your alarm goes off as well. LINK

The Watt Time Alarm Clock is available to pre-order for $24.99 from Quirky.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - My Heart

Wildbirds & Peacedrums - My Heart (taken from The Snake). LINK: Vimeo

Beautiful Sunset

Arbyn and I were out fishing ( Wednesday August 26, 09 ) and we got the chance to capture this beautiful sunset on video. Arbyn also took some awesome pictures. We were at the dam in Coon Rapids, Mn along the Mississippi River. This video has a lot of meaning for me. Beautiful Sunset with the man I LOVE. LINK: Youtube

I took this video with a small wonder.

The song is "Go On" by Jack Johnson

Friday, August 28, 2009

Giant piranha found in Devon River

A giant piranha – the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world – has been found in a Devon river, the Environment Agency said today.

The fish, of a species more accustomed to the Amazon river basin, was discovered in the river Torridge by Environment Agency workers conducting a wildlife survey. Eddie Stevens, one of the three-man monitoring team, said they were left open-mouthed by their discovery.

At a length of 36cm (14in), the red-bellied piranha was a giant of its kind – more than eight inches longer than an average specimen. The team first spotted its tail sticking out of an undercut bank on the far side of the river. LINK

Last Day Dream

"Last Day Dream"
A man watches his life pass before him. LINK

DJ AM Dies at 36 ( Updated to this post )

DJ A.M. (aka Adam Goldstein), one of music's most in-demand and celebrated DJs, was found dead in his New York apartment today, according to TMZ. His cause of death is unknown at the moment. Goldstein was 36 years old.

In September 2008, he and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker infamously survived a plane crash shortly after the plane attempted to take off.

DJ A.M. collaborated with AOL Radio and had his very own station in which he personally chose his favorite music to be played for his fans. He will surely be missed by his fans worldwide. LINK

On Friday (August 28), as news broke of DJ AM's tragic death, many of his friends and fans took to Twitter to react to the 36-year-old's untimely passing.

Another friend that will miss Adam Goldstein is MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway. Sway remembered his friend as revolutionary and was still reeling from the news. "Here we have another loss with somebody who's really respected, somebody who revolutionized music culture," he said. "What Travis Barker and DJ AM would do when they were onstage with Travis on percussion and AM on the turntables that was definitely revolutionary." LINK

Pencil drawings

It is hard to believe that these drawings were made by a simple pencil.
Really cool pics! Drawings by Paul Lung. LINK

White squirrel eating corncob in tree

QUOTE::My local white squirrel has found a corncob underneath the fallen leaves, and has carried it up to the tree to eat it. My happy basset hound is rolling around and stretching on the floor, making basset noises, so I MAY replace the sound with AudioSwap music. LINK: Youtube

Police Find Women Who Was Kidnapped At Age 11 In 1991

From FOX: California Police Find Woman Jaycee Dugard Who Was Kidnapped At Age 11 In 1991 By Phillip C. Garrido - 08/27/09. LINK: Youtube

Wow! Giant octopus - extreme animals

Amazing footage as Steve Leonard gets up close and personal with a giant octopus in the freezing sea waters. LINK: Youtube

Highest Dirt Ramp Jump

On a BMX, Benoit Mendiboure (France) jumped a record height of 4 m 80 cm using a dirt ramp on the set of LÉté De Tous Les Records in Argeles Gazost, France on 13 July 2004. LINK: Youtube


Way down in the hole. LINK: Youtube

"Heart Of Gold"

Jay Wasco -"Swiss Army Bass" LINK: Youtube

Black Lemur on Drugs?

Is it possible that the Black Lemurs in Madagascar use these creatures for something other than insect repellent? See one very chilled out lemur and come to your own conclusions. LINK: Youtube

Steam Boat Willy :: Human Powered Hovercraft

Pedal powered hovercraft SBW on Thames. LINK: Youtube


"Can a hurricane be weakened?"

Insight in to the theory that silver idodide can weaken the eye of a hurricane and lessen its force when dropped by a plane over the storm, a technique known as seeding. Great video from BBC documentary The Science of Superstorms. LINK: Youtube

"How a hurricane is born"

A fascinating look at how a little girl walking in the sand of the African desert could cause a hurricane 4000 miles away in the USA. Great video from BBC show The Science of Superstorms. Contains some scenes that some viewers may find upsetting. LINK: Youtube

Famous Paintings Recreated in Vegetables

From a veggie Mona Lisa --Mona Tofu, made out of rice, sea kelp, and tofu-- to Van Gogh's self portrait --made of leek--, meet vegetable artist Ju Duoqi's works. LINK

Coolest Coffee Mugs and Cups

Start your gothic, evil morning routine off right with this Skull Coffee Mug ($9.95). Standing 4 inches tall, 4 inches deep and 3 1/2 inches wide (5 inches including the bone shaped handle), this mug holds 8 ounces of your favorite hot or cold beverage. It is hand-glazed, and no two mugs are exactly the same. LINK

Incredible Globes

A walk-in Earth at the Mapparium in Boston’s Mary Baker Eddy Library:

A globe you can walk into? It is actually a 30-ft bridge covered with a stained-glass dome that has brought more than 10 million visitors to the middle of the earth since 1935. But don’t get confused, it also depicts the world as it was in 1935! LINK

Wired Game Gun

Wired PC Game Gun The alpha edition of the Game Gun, Hosted on youtube for easier viewability. LINK: Youtube

I wear a coat ("I'm on a boat" parody)

In the summer of 2009, a small contingency of second year med students embarked on a artistic endeavor to create a welcome video for the entering medical school class at UTSW. This is the culmination of their efforts. Enjoy!

Note: These are UTSW med students. But the video is in no way, shape, or form affiliated at all with UT-Southwestern Medical School or Medical Center. LINK: Youtube

Helicopter Rescuing Hiker From Cliff In Utah

Washington County Search and Rescue Helicopter Rescuing Hiker From Cliff In Ivins, Utah. LINK: Youtube

The Beauty Of New Zealand

“Quality stuff,very inspiring.” LINK

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Internet People 2"

Spin wanted to create a sequel to Dan Meth's "Internet People". I wrote the song, and Spin directed and got an artist to do the drawings. LINK: Youtube

Beautiful Sunset

Arbyn and I were out fishing last night ( Wednesday August 26, 09 ) and we got the chance to capture this beautiful sunset on video. Arbyn also took some awesome pictures. We were at the dam in Coon Rapids, Mn along the Mississippi River. This video has a lot of meaning for me. Beautiful Sunset with the man I LOVE. LINK

I took this video with a small wonder.

The song is "Go On" by Jack Johnson

The Spiraling Library: Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s new National Library in Astana is a sight for sore eyes. Designed by BIG Architects, who were recently awarded first prize in an open international design competition, the library's naturally lit interior corridors provide a perfect place to read your favorite book.

The new 355,000 sqaure foot (33,000 sq m) library will be located in the center of Astana with views of the entire city. The entire community will have access to the library, which will be open for meetings, cultural events, and historical record keeping. Outside, visitors will find various trees, plants, rocks, and minerals taken from all over the country, and will have a chance to experience firsthand their diverse native landscape. LINK

Dan Winters Takes Timeless Celebrity Portraits

Dan Winters is a famous photographer who illuminates his subjects to reveal something most of us would often miss. You can read more about his work and his inspirations at the PDN Gallery website. LINK

Street Sommelier w/ Gary Vaynerchuk (New York, NY)

In this jam packed episode of VendrTV, Dan teams up with internet wine superstar Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV where the two cruise the streets of Manhattan pairing wine with street food. LINK

Glacier Point Rockfall

Some video and stills of the October 2008 rockfall on Glacier Point Apron, taken from Washington Column. LINK: Youtube

Modern Architecture - Party House on the Water

Only accessible by boat or yacht, 'House on the Water' was designed by Polish architecture firm formodesign. The rental property, located by Navagio beach, Greece, is made of concrete, and supported by steel structures.

In addition to being visually stunning, the house was built with environmental sustainability in mind. Eco-friendly features include solar and tidal energy accumulation, water desalination, various ventilation methods, and water recycling. LINK

Gorillaz 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

Gorillaz 19-2000 Video just a remixed song. LINK: Youtube

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Billy Talent - Devil On My Shoulder


"Red remover" - another physics-based flash game

What's embedded above is just a screencap. The link to the game is HERE - and make sure you click on the words "play game," not on the picture above it, which takes you to an advertisement.

The game itself is simple - you click on the blue things in order to get the red things to fall off the screen. Accomplishing the goal in what they call "par" (x number of clicks) makes it a little harder. I didn't try the "bonus mode" which requires solving the puzzles through a small viewing window. LINK, Via: Presurfer

Human Head Turntables

Neurosonics Audiomedical Laboratory footage.

Kingdom of the unreal but also a higher state of being, ultimately free of the limitations of the material world through the agency of science, technology, and imagination. LINK: Youtube

Ellie Greenwich, Legendary Songwriter, Dies at 68

Songwriter Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote many of the classic hits of the girl group era, has died at age 68. According to her niece, Greenwich died of a heart attack at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where she had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Greenwich's songs, mostly written with her then-husband, Jeff Barry, include such '60s girl-pop standards as 'Be My Baby' and 'Baby I Love You,' by the Ronettes, 'Da Doo Ron Ron' and 'Then He Kissed Me,' by the Crystals, and 'Leader of the Pack,' by the Shangri-Las. Her songbook also includes penning 'Chapel of Love' for the Dixie Cups and 'River Deep, Mountain High' for Ike & Tina Turner.

The 1984 musical 'Leader of the Pack' was based on Greenwich's life and music. She and Barry were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1991. LINK

Ellie Greenwich Website.

"Ellie Greenwich - "Sunshine after the rain"

American singer /songwriter Ellie Greenwich ,along with Jeff Barry ,co-wrote some of the best songs of the sixties but also recorded this fantastic slice of blue eyed soul from 1966. LINK: Youtube

"Ronettes - Be My Baby"

TV Show "Shindig! LINK: Youtube

Hitchcock's "The Birds"

A mashup created by KJEveryday, in a tribute Alfred Hitchcock's magnificent film, The Birds. LINK: Youtube

An entire lake, with its barges, is sucked into a sinkhole

An old story, from 1980, when an oil drilling rig punctured an underground salt mine and an entire lake and its contents and much of the shoreline was sucked down into the resulting sinkhole. About 10 minutes, and quite interesting. LINK

When a Texaco oil rig mis-triangulates its drilling position and hits a nearby salt mine full of workers, an entire lake complete with homes, barges, and land drain into the enormous sink hole. Soon the river reverses direction and brings in water from the ocean, swallowing up more land. LINK: Youtube

Perfect Balance - New Trials

The images above are only screencaps, to illustrate the principle of the game. Play the game at this link.

Also here is the first version to an online puzzle game called "Perfect Balance" which had 80 levels. LINK

100 Years of Special Effects

Forgot about a few of these. LINK

Pharmacy, 1915

As with many Shorpy photos, it's best to explore the original in full-screen format. LINK

Stairway to Heaven on Harp

Full version. LINK: Youtube

Ted Kennedy Dies of Brain Cancer Age 77 ( RIP )

Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77. Link, Via: Twitter Via: Neatorama upcoming Queue

1948 Tucker

The 1948 Tucker Sedan or Tucker ‘48 Sedan (also nicknamed the Tucker Torpedo) was an advanced automobile conceived by Preston Tucker and briefly produced in Chicago in 1948. Only 51 cars were made before the company folded on March 3, 1949, due to negative publicity initiated by the Big Three. LINK

More pics and story about this one here.

VW Factory - Germany

LINK: Youtube

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Top 10 signs you have a cheap healthcare plan

(10) Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.

(9) Directions to your doctor’s office include “Take a left when you enter the trailer park.”

(8) The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.

(7) The only proctologist in the plan is “Gus” from Roto-Rooter.

(6) The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is “an apple a day.”

(5) Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to Goodwill last month.

(4) “The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges,” is not a typographical error.

(3) The only expense covered 100% is “embalming.”

(2) Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M’s on them.


(1) You ask for Viagra, and they give you a Popsicle stick and duct tape

Link, Via: Bits & Pieces

Examples of Water Art That's Simply Splashing!

Enjoy this compilation of water art and I hope you also see and feel the beauty of water. LINK

Wheelchair Dance Competition

Wheelchair dance competition in Europe. LINK: Youtube

The Broken Hearts - Black Cat

The Broken Hearts - Black Cat Released on Mute Irregulars, 26th Novemeber 2007. Directed By Zac Ella & Rob Flowers. Animation & Illustration Zac Ella & Rob Flowers. 2007 Mute Records. LINK: Youtube

I´ll kill her

This is a fan made, no budget music video,to the great music of Soko. LINK

That Part Of You by The Sleep - Official Music Video

Music video for "That Part Of You" by The Sleep from the album "Never In A Million Years." Directed by William Poff. LINK: Youtube

Monday, August 24, 2009

At Long Last, 'The Squirrelizer' has Arrived

Surely you've heard about the squirrel that photo-bombed a Minnesota couple's timed shot on a Canadian lake? The whole world's gone mad over it! Well now you can have your own photos squirrelized by "that squirrel" as well! [The Squirrelizer]. LINK

Raw Video: Dramatic Rescue From Hurricane Wave

A large wave fueled by Hurricane Bill swept spectators out to sea at a Maine park Sunday. Coast Guard officials say 3 people were pulled from the waters near Acadia National Park. One of those rescues was caught on tape. (Aug. 23). LINK: Youtube

New Hampshire man snares rare, cobalt-blue lobster

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - At first, New Hampshire lobsterman Bill Marconi thought he had caught a shiny blue beer can in his trap.

It turns out it was a rare, cobalt-blue lobster.

The 52-year-old lobsterman was out hauling 400 traps with his son Wednesday when he snared the 1 1/2-pound lobster in between his dock and the Isle of Shoals, about six miles off the coast.

New England Aquarium Research Director Mike Tlusty told Foster's Daily Democrat only one in 5 million lobsters are blue.

Tlusty said blue lobsters are different in that they are better at processing astaxanthin, an antioxidant with a red pigment derived from algae.

The substance bonds with proteins in the lobster's shell, resulting in the blue pigment.

Marconi donated his lobster to the Seacoast Science Center. LINK

Celebrity Faces Comes Out From Phone Books

Alex Queral, 51, from Philadelphia, US, carves famous faces out of phone books. The artist got his idea and started chipping away when he noticed piles of unused phone books just lying around.

The resourceful artist now produces up to two new impressions every month and has been crafting his works for 14 years.He begins by selecting his famous face and copies it by freehand sketching.His drawing is then placed over the phone book as a template and he uses an artist’s scalpel or basic razor blades to patiently slice away at the thousands of pages inside the famous book. He said: “Every year when the new phone book comes out you see just piles of the old ones lying around waiting for collection. “It can be quite tense work sometimes because it takes a long time to finish and when you cut something away you can’t get it back again”. LINK

Daniel Pelletier

Daniel Pelletier is a young skateboarder paralyzed from the waist down, and yet he still manages to pull off flip tricks.

Daniel Pelletier skating to get sponsored by Ipath Skate Shoes. LINK, Via: Youtube

Archer Fish Water Pistol

Take a closer look at the weird and wonderful life of the Archer Fish and the Velvet Worm in this great video from BBC animal show 'Weird Nature'. See how a fish can create an effective water pistol for attack and how a worm can create a glue filled web to lassoo its victims. LINK: Youtube

2 Girls, 1 Bike

European Junior Championships Indoor cycling 2009 Carla Hochdorfer Henriette Hochdorfer Artistic Cycling Juniors Women Pair, European Champions 2009, 2008, LINK

A Music Festival Using 360º Video Technology...

YellowBird is utilizing a variant on Google Street View technology to provide a true 360º view in video. (Video!!!).

This is definitely pretty flippin’ cool. LINK

The Specials w/Amy Winehouse

"Amy Winehouse - You're Wondering Now [feat. The Specials] 22/08 V Festival 2009" LINK: Youtube

"Specials Featuring Amy Winehouse Ghost Town" LINK: Youtube

Amy Winehouse sang on stage at the V festival this weekend, marking her first UK performance in almost a year. Winehouse appeared alongside the Specials as a surprise guest, backing singing on a medley of classic tunes.

Specials frontman Terry Hall introduced Winehouse at the end of the reunited ska band’s set. She entered to loud cheering and joined the band for a medley of You’re Wondering Now and Ghost Town. LINK

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Old School 70s Skateboard Tricks

Old school tricks from a skateboard competition in England, 1978. LINK: Youtube

Nothing like they can do now a days.

Beautiful Infrastructures

CCTV Headquarters China. LINK

Flying Snakes... and Leaping Lizards

High stakes acrobatics in the Indonesian jungle. LINK: Youtube

Alcatraz Island, a Tourist Attraction

Alcatraz Island is one of those tourist traps that isn't a trap at all. It is that rare thing: a justifiably famous tourist attraction that lives up to its reputation and exceeds it.

The site itself is exceptionally beautiful, a rugged wilderness island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay with unparalleled views of the city. The cellhouse audio tour -- a self-guided tour featuring the narration of former inmates and guards -- is brilliantly produced . And the additional museum materials, including a moving film on the history of the Indian occupation, are also superb.

The Alcatraz website does a good job of conveying much of this, but you really have to go to experience it.

Alcatraz Island - Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Via: Boingboing

Ghostbusters Steampunks

These steampunk Ghostbusters costumes are really inventive and visually interesting. Definately click on the link and take a look at all the pics because the old-styled ghosts accompanying them are also super cool.

Well then, let me introduce you to The League of S.T.E.A.M. (Supernatural Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparitional Management) — otherwise known as Steampunk Ghostbusters, who, according to their webpage, are “taking the 1984 back to 1884.”

Link, Via: Neatorama

Lucky the Legless Turtle

Lucky is a turtle living in Petaluma, California. On July 31st, Lucky was attacked by what his owner Sally Pyne believes was a raccoon. A veterinarian amputated what was left of Lucky’s front legs. But Lucky can walk again, since the vet put stacked plastic chair sliders under the front of his shell, allowing his back legs to push him along without catching his shell against the ground. LINK, Via: BuzzFeed, Via: Youtube

8-bit trip

8-Bit Trip is a stop motion LEGO video tribute to classic video games. It was created by the Swedish band Rymdreglage after 1,500 hours of work.

LINK, Via: Boing Boing, Via: Youtube

Giant-clawed dinosaur unearthed in Utah

A multi-institutional team of scientists this week reports the discovery of a giant new dinosaur in Utah, Nothronychus graffami, which stood 13 feet tall and had nine-inch-long hand claws that looked like scythes.

Its skeleton, described in the current issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society B, represents the most complete remains ever excavated of a therizinosaur, meaning "reaper lizard." It is one of only three such dinosaurs ever found in North America. LINK

Fan-Made Music Video Restores Hope In Music Video Kind

There's this beautiful, fan-made music video of indie band Grizzly Bear's "Two Weeks.

The hipster harmonizing, Pet Sounds-aping band probably made a video for "Two Weeks" the single off of their latest album, and it was probably decent, but it hasn't had the viral power of this, which picked up something like 47,000 views on Vimeo since it's debut. LINK, Via: Vimeo

Reno 911! Cancelled By Comedy Central

Thomas Lennon announced on Twitter that Reno 911!, the improv sitcom that has to rank as one of the more underappreciated shows in the history of television, has been canceled by Comedy Central. LINK

James Dyson’s Wrong Way Fountain

Inventor James Dyson’s fountain, inspired by the work of MC Escher, gives the illusion that its water flows uphill:

Covering the ramp is a glass surface. Water is pumped in at the bottom, and comes out of the opening at the top. At the opening, some of the water is diverted back down the ramp, covering the glass in a thin layer of water.

Compressed air is also pumped in where the water enters - bubbles then travel up the ramp to the opening. These bubbles, combined with the thin layer of water going downhill, are what create the illusion that the surface of the ramp is not just a glass lid.

Link, Via: OhGizmo!, Via: Neatorama

Jenga-Inspired House

Architect Sou Fujimoto created a house inspired by the table game Jenga. It consists of cedar blocks 35 cm wide and was completed in Kumamoto, Japan in 2008.

Artist’s Website

Link, Via: Juxtapoz, Via: Neatorama

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Wall-E Case Mod

This project took 18 days from this Russian guy to accomplish. It all has began after he has watched that cartoon. An idea sparked thru his head “I want to build such thing to hold my computer stuff in it”. A solid-metal Wall-E computer case, each detail carefully cut from the metal sheets processed and put in place. Swiss precision homemade heavy metal WallE geeky step-by-step history is waiting at the LINK.

Chicago Cubs Etch A Sketch. The FALL Classic

The Chicago Cubs Etch features more players and detail then any work I've ever created. This piece took over 100 hours. I dont usually say this but I think it is my best work to date. I've put more time and effort into this piece than any other Etch. Ever. LINK: Youtube, Done by etchedintime

I am a Detroit Tigers Fan myself, sorry cubs.