Thursday, September 30, 2004

Speed Blades

Best feature on this gadget:

no brakes.


Sunday, September 26, 2004

Hand Shadows from 1859

Pretty cool.

Link via BoingBoing.

Friday, September 24, 2004

From LA to NY

Check out this French artist/musicians video of a trip from LA to NY.
Absolutely amazing. Link.
via MetaFliter

Thursday, September 23, 2004

R.I.P. Twinkies

Oh, well... the existing inventory will still be around in a 1,000 years.

BusinessWeek story here.
Newsday story here.
via BoingBoing.

Fish sticks for life...

A beginers guide to whaling.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Buddy, can you spare a dime?

A short but interesting article about how much an artist actually makes from a 99 cent iTunes download. Turns out to be around a dime.
Some things never change.

Link via Red Ferret.

Cat Stevens: RED ALERT!

A plane bound for Washington from London was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after passenger Yusuf Islam - formerly known as pop singer Cat Stevens - showed up on a U.S. watch list, federal officials said. One official said Islam, 56, was identified by the Advanced Passenger Information System, which requires airlines to send passenger information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's National Targeting Center. TSA was then contacted and requested that the plane land at the nearest airport, the official said.

Interesting that a peace activist would pose a threat to national security.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Cool Science Zoom-o-rama

View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

WARNING! : DO NOT smoke a big fat doobie before viewing this page.

via MetaFilter

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Ivan Buster

Hurrican Ivan busting beach house.
Pretty slick pad... and it only weights 850 Tons.

More links here via MetaFilter.

Monday, September 13, 2004

This Blows

An amazing NOAA satelitte photo from Sept 12 1:45PM EST.
Another one from the same time and date here.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

9/11 Tribute

Jook Leung's brilliant 9/11 tribute. a full screen QuickTime VR (QTVR) Panorama of the "Tribute in Light" of March 2002.

Link via BoingBoing.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum:

it's a Pirates life for me :-)

I tell ya, for $24 million this thing better have an on board Shark tank I can drop my enemies into :-)

Welcome to "Wally" World.

Product page here.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

To RIP or not to RIP?

That is the question.

A thought-provoking flowchart suggesting a moral process for deciding whether you should rip any given CD.
Via BoingBoing.

Go Ahead, Make Me Cluck...

NASA's "Chicken Gun"

Mild, Hot or Honey Garlic? Comin' at ya at 1,500 m.p.h.

My Home Town

A few snaps from yesterday afternoon, at the Harbour: Port Credit, Ontario, Canada (at the mouth of the Credit River on the shore of Lake Ontario).

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Ferrari Phone

Here's an interesting Moto rig from the legendary Pininfirina Design Firm.

I know at least one chick who'd love one of these :-)

Pop Fly!

via MetaFilter

The movie "Armagedon" was a piece of cake compared to this:

On 08 August 2001, NASA launched Genesis. It was a spacecraft that would spend 1125 days in space, including 884 days collecting 0.4 milligrams of solar particles. At that point, it would launch a 500 lbs return vehicle that would travel 600 mph back to earth. When it enters the atmosphere, at approximately 11:55am EST on Wednesday of this week, it will be going close to twenty-five thousand mph. Oddly enough, this is the easy part of the mission.

Because then, two minutes later, NASA is going to catch it. In mid-air. With a helicopter. Really.


Looks like the choppers missed the catch :-(


Monday, September 06, 2004

Going Up?

Step aside xprize, here comes the elevator 2010 challenge. Sponsored by the Spaceward Foundation this is a "public challenge centered around the Space Elevator concept, offering a substantial prize for the first laser-powered tether climbing demonstration that can meet specific criteria.

MSNBC story here.
MetaFilter posting here.

Sacred Cross Cell Phone Tower

Can you hear me now O, Lord?

A nice one from Xeni over at Boing Boing!

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Special Effects: cocaine

"Remember Zardoz?

Here's a link to a fifteen-page essay on John Boorman's, um, rather unusual film. Imagine a science-fiction film where the entire special effects budget was spent on cocaine. Not just for the director and script-writer, but also enough cocaine to make the producer and studio heads COMPLETELY UNAWARE of the film's content. That's the only way this film could possibly have been made. (reviews contain major spoilers)"

via MetaFilter

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Mr. Goodbar?

Looks like Japanese women may have just found him. Link.