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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Two really cool skyscraper stabilizers

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100,000 gallon water stabilizer

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/07/30/a-skyscrapers-100000-gallon-stabiliser/

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728-ton steel stabilizing ball

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/06/22/in-action-a-skyscrapers-amazing-728-ton-stabilising-ball/

A useful word to know

lethologica - The inability to remember a word or put your finger on the right word

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Because they deleted the other video I linked

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Good prank (or advertising gimick)

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http://www.datelance.com/index.html

Oops

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hehe, they take care of babies too

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Wooden Skyscraper

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13 stories, entirely wood and homemade by one of those crazy Russians.

http://deputy-dog.com/2008/02/16/hands-down-the-coolest-skyscraper-ever-made/

Website reads your browser history and guesses if your sex

http://www2.mikeonads.com/2008/07/13/using-your-browser-url-history-estimate-gender/

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Insurance based on how you drive

Progressive has a new program (in a few states, Michigan included) that will allow you to install a black box in your car to let Progressive know you driving habits.  The upside to this is you can get your insurance reduced by as much as 60% if your a good driver.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/07/29/driver.monitoring.ap/index.html

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wonderful Fountain

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http://www.williampye.com/sculpture-3.php?id=34

Some cool pieces of furniture

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http://architectures.danlockton.co.uk/2008/07/16/thoughtful-acts/

50 cool things that Nasa gave the world

http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/features/50-years-50-giant-leaps-how-nasa-rocked-our-world-879377.html

Designer bullet proof fashion

Some of this stuff is really cool, like bullet proof polo's (though at 7,800$ for the cheap ones, who can afford them?).

 

WARNING: The website SUCKS.

 

http://www.miguelcaballero.com/

It's good to see there is progress in the civilian space industry

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080729/ap_on_hi_te/tec_space_tourism%3B_ylt%3DAjqeJxvEVu.vRwPWGUlj8ZEDW7oF

Worlds Tallest Lego Structure

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http://www.readnrock.com/?p=44

A new competitor coming for Google

Promising, but I agree with the sentiment that they aren't a threat.  However, it will be nice to have options.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/BUSINESS/07/28/google.rival.ap/index.html

This is a REALLY good article, I highly recommend reading it

http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/1302/lost-in-space.html

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cool Motorcycle Crash Videos

How not to show off

Not a motorcycle, but impressive driving.

Not a crash...but...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Great Ad

Antony Gormely

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I love the bronze statues on the water, going as far out as a kilometer from the shore.

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http://www.antonygormley.com

The Scorpion, A (Semi) green sports car

http://www.ronnmotors.com/cms/

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Inflatable iceberg, out of stock

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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000F9SPA8/200719-20/

This makes me happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis_Adventure

Sweet!

http://www.gnr8.biz/product_info.php?products_id=507

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It's true you know, even if just for a second

Story archives - story #2345

Kelli

I showed him mine and he showed me his, and despite the drunkenness of the action, the whole world made sense, if just for a second.

Very very cool from a conceptual point of view

Completely not worth 2,500$

http://www.gnr8.biz/product_info.php?products_id=339

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Interesting...

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http://www.roastmyweenie.com/Roast_Your_Weenie/Home.html

Cool giant compass rose

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1.21km in diameter!

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Info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards_Air_Force_Base and http://deputy-dog.com/2008/07/18/check-out-the-size-of-this-compass-rose/

Vertical Farming

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/science/15farm.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

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Clever

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Supposedly this spontaneously printed out of the receipt printer while a friend of mine who works at the library was sitting around.

I haven't watched this with sound, but it looks good.

Really cool

Brocken Spectre

brocken spectre

Image by E64

As the sun shines from behind a climber or other object at altitude their shadow is projected through the upper surfaces of clouds, creating a curiously magnified triangular shape. The effect is often seen in conjunction with the glowing rings of a glory (Heiligenschein) – rings of coloured light that appear directly opposite the sun when sunlight is reflected by a cloud of uniformly-sized water droplets. It takes its name from the frequent fogs and low-altitude accessibility of the Brocken peaks in Germany, a region in which it is often witnessed.

No explanation needed

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sweet car, man

Apparently instead of doing a lot of CG work they actually designed, engineered and built the Tumbler (new batmobile). It apparently cost about 10 million dollars to design and build 4 of them (and a 1:3 scale remote used for the rooftop scenes).
-It goes 220mph
-Is built largely out of carbon fiber
-Weights 2.5 tons
-Can do 0-60 in less than 5 seconds (on normal engines)
-Actually makes the sharp turns shown in the movie
-Has a almost 5,000cc engine (over 500 horsepower)
-Actually has actuating flaps for stopping quickly
-Actually has a landing hook
-And the most amazing thing


It does in fact have a real jet engine (though they modified it and used propane instead of jet fuel) that with the assistance of hydraulics is capable of launching the car on a self propelled jump of over 30 feet. They did in fact use no CG on the car, when you see the car just they actually had someone in the car using a jet engine to jump the car. Some of the jump scenes were the smaller scale car, such as the roof scenes, but most of the street jumps and even the scene where they jumped it off of a cliff, through a waterfall and into the batcave were actually preformed in the real vehicle with a stunt guy driving.
How cool is that?


At only 250,000$ production cost each I think they should market these, if I were rich I would totally buy one. That's cheaper than a lot of less cool designer cars. Though apparently the jet can only just 2 or 3 times without being refilled and I'm sure at 2.5 tons on a Chevy V8 (which is what it has) it gets maybe 3 or 4 miles to the gallon. Also it apparently has a lot of screens inside it connected to body-mounted cameras as visibility is terrible and it took professional stunt drivers 6 months of driving to get good enough to do the stunt scenes they filmed in Chicago. (But can you imagine getting to drive that thing through Chicago and actually crash through concrete blocks going 100mph? I would LOVE to do that. OMG you have no idea.) Amusingly they had to commission a UK car company to design it as Ford, Chevy and all of the other America companies turned the project down stating it was either impossible or to complex to do.

Interesting article (kinda) on practical nanotube use

http://gizmodo.com/5027238/invisible-near+weightless-nanotubes-could-support-humans-buildings-space-elevators

Neat

http://www.hammacher.com/publish/75440.asp?source=CJ&cm_mmc=CJ-_-1414665-_-1492714-_-Hammacher+Product+Catalog&cm_ven=CJ&cm_pla=1781363&cm_ite=Hammacher+Schlemmer&cm_cat=1511450#

This is my fault, squee

Apparently Real

Apparently from somewhere on this site too, though I have yet to look through enough of it to find where. http://www.insight51.com

I don't know why, but this makes me happy

Friday, July 18, 2008

Mind Games

http://www.sciam.com/media/inline/2008-07/puzzles/m12.html

http://www.sciam.com/media/inline/2008-07/puzzles/m24.html


Find more videos like this on AdGabber

Story archives - story #2335

Tom

From the moment her arms wrapped around my chest and her head found its place against my shoulder, I knew beyond a doubt that I would never think of five feet as too short ever again.

On Gods ability to make a rock so big he couldn't lift it.

Good point, I think I would have to agree.

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010435.html

Tree....goats?

 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

This is really cool

Even though the site kinda sucks.

http://www.never-stand-still.com/index.aspx

These words ring true

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/features/article.php/3759366/Has%20Apple%20Lost%20Its%20Mojo?.htm

I hope so too, I would be much bereft were Apple to fall.  I admit, the iPhone 3G launch has left me a little concerned too.  No one is perfect, so I hope that it was just a fluke and that Apple will not let it happen again.

Apparently a true story

That would have to be pretty mortifying.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beauty in all things, even the tragic

http://www.kottke.org/08/07/the-most-beautiful-suicide

wtf?

I NEED ONE!

Really clever new type of captcha

http://spamfizzle.com/CAPTCHA.aspx

Stargate SG-1 on the cheap, today only

116.99 for the entire series.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox

30 months prison and 180,000$ to a man caught sending spam email

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/crime_usa_spam_dc%3B_ylt%3DAsoQMYrsiH2BANul7pQ5cKUDW7oF

hehe

http://www.spoonsisters.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=42832&Category_Code=1023000&Product_Count=37

Almost no one will be interested in this

But I am, and it's my blog so I'm posting it.  It's about Apple I BASIC.

 

http://www.pagetable.com/?p=32

Best 2$ bill story ever

http://www.woz.org/letters/general/78.html

I think I might have to try and get that done.

Not useful, but interesting

51 things that you're not allowed to see in google maps.

http://www.itsecurity.com/features/51-things-not-on-google-maps-071508/

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

She looked like just another girl with bleach blonde pink streaked hair, tight jeans, black shirt, and boyfriend to match walking around the mall, but then I noticed the sword in her right hand.

-Kay Ay Elle

oops, big time

Partially blinding your audience?  That's not good, definitely a no-no.

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL1452972520080714

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mutlitasking, a very fun (read: hard) game

http://arcade.itch.com/games/multitasking/

Very cool

and just a little bit creepy. One might wonder exactly how well this would function as a whip though. Overprices, but I'm definitely glad that there is someone selling these somewhere.



http://cocodemerusa.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=32&idproduct=135

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Sad

I still have the two huge dictionaries that my mother beat me with as a child.

-From "One Sentence Stories"

One does wonder....

Wait for It...

Woman to husband, watching the sunset: Why doesn't the sun ever set in front of the clouds?

--Pacific Grove, California

Overheard by: never enough sunscreen


via Overheard at the Beach, Jun 11, 2008

So cool

Auto-Translate FAIL

Wednesday, July 9, 2008