Friday, 30 March 2007

Found Magazine

At Found Magazine, they tell me that "We collect FOUND stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, telephone bills, doodles - anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes..."

Strangely compelling surfing.

Jen Stark

I am quite taken with Jen Stark's work - where layers of paper are carefully hand-cut to create sculptures. Loads more pics on her site.

This is a real house....

This record-breaking, 13-storey log cabin was hand-built by a ruined Russian gangster as a summer place in Arkhangelsk. The towering fire-hazard is all that remains from his life of crime, and the city is threatening to tear it down on the basis that it threatens to take the whole suburb with it if it goes up in smoke. Described by the Telegraph as "a resemblance to a Japanese pagoda, but draw closer and it seems more like a mix between a Brobdignagian tree house and the lair of a wicked fairytale character." They also have more pics!

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Tiny Teeny Tings

This image of Bucky Badger was made from nanotubes by graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2005. It is just 15 microns across - which means nothing to me whatsoever but in terms of a scale that makes sense, 9,000 of them would fit onto the head of a single pin.

The New Scientist has complied a list of the quirky ways researchers have chosen to demonstrate new micro, nano-scale technology.

Julia Harrison

Julia carves wood into body parts. The picture on the left is a brooch and she also does a nice line in buttock pendants. :)

Amy Sol

A random post about Amy Sol who is an artist whose site I stumbled upon. Her Livejournal is here. Posted just 'cos I can.

Monday, 26 March 2007

Mini Wonderland, Hamburg

I am informed that Mini Wonderland in Hamburg is one of the biggest mock-up railways of the world with 50.000 trees, 30.000 figures, 10.000 cars, 5.000 meters of track, 3.000 houses and plenty of bridges. Dunno how many trains there are though but I do know that their longest one is 14.51 Meters. They even have a night and day cycle every 30 mins. Cor - I sound quite enthused! Loads of pics here!

Cigarette Phone....!!

I saw this a few days ago but forgot to post about it. This Chinese phone comes built into a pack of cigarettes and sports a government health warning, an MP3 player, dual GSM radios, a VGA screen and a microSD slot, all for $175 (purchase price includes cigarettes). To get to the cigarettes, all you need to do is slide open the back cover. I am gobsmacked that there is (apparently) a market for this however am assured that there it's a macho thing.

Sunday, 25 March 2007

Laptop sun hood

A blindingly obvious solution to my problems with mudding in the sunshine last summer is this nifty little tinker. It's a universal laptop sun hood that you fix onto your screen so that it can be folded out whenever you need it. At a mere 32 Euros (including delivery) it's a bargain!

Norwich Parkour!!

It turns out that my very own home city has a thriving parkour scene which I was alerted to last night. Groups of up to 50 meet up at the Castle Gardens on Thursdays and Sundays and then leap around the local landmarks to the bemusement of shoppers. There is a fairly good Norwich Parkour website where they have plenty of photos, videos and info. I played "spot the landmark" whilst watching the videos which was quite fun.

Saturday, 24 March 2007

Animator vs. Animation

I love these two short films by Alan Becker and really, really wish I had made them :(


Animator vs. Animation by *alanbecker on deviantART


Animator vs. Animation II by *alanbecker on deviantART

Pelagic sea slug aka Blue Dragon

Bit random, I know, but I just couldn't resist posting about this most bizarre creature.

Courtesy of the doubtful guest, here's a photo of the pelagic sea slug (also known as a blue dragon which sounds so much better) which generally floats around the sea on its back. In this pic it is not floating but on the beach. I also know that this is the tummy not the back. I am clever me.

Scientific factoid stuff here as well as a couple more pics.

Stardust Trailer!

Whoo - at last the first Stardust trailer is out and I think it looks lovely. It's based on Neil Gaiman's book of the same name and the offishal movie site looks very pretty however oddly does not feature the trailer yet.

The book is a fairy tale for grown ups and I have high hopes that the film will do it justice as I hear that screenings have gone really well. Fingers crossed though as I have to wait until the 10th August to find out.. Eep.

A tiny part of the film was made in my own fair city of Norwich last year when Elm Hill was turned into Stormhold Market. This included a tea shop being transformed into "The Slaughtered Prince". Sadly for the locals, the celeb-count was pretty low however the local paper did cover the "Hollywood on Elm Hill" tale. Despite this all taking place a mile from my house and me being a big ole fan, I totally missed the gossip so failed to go and have a gawp at the time. :(

Friday, 23 March 2007

Grand Canyon's Skywalk


























The Hualapai tribe have completed construction on a cantilevered walkway 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon called Skywalk - the feature being that it hangs over the Grand Canyon and has a two inch thick glass floor. The attraction opens to the public on 28th March and will cost $25.
The Skywalk and Grand Canyon West are owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe, which is hoping for an economic boost from the new landmark. The site is in Arizona, about 70 miles northwest of Kingman, and about 120 miles east of Las Vegas.

Iceberg Safe

This iceberg lettuce has a hidden compartment in which to hide all your valuables so that thieves can't find them. I shall rush out and buy some. Oh no. Now you all know where I keep my precious jewels...

Reef Dram Sandals









From reef, these men's sandals have a "polyurethane encapsulated canteen" in the heel with a screw cap that allows you to easily walk around with four shots of your tipple of choice. Not sure I'm entirely sold on the idea - if only because I still have to carry around the glass, lemon slices, ice and tonic water.

Monday, 19 March 2007

Ten most luxurious holiday homes

Here is a list of fabulous properties to rent (should you have the cash!).

The one on here costs a cool $245,000 to $280,000 per week and features (gulp)... 10 bedrooms with 2 pools, 5 Jacuzzi, tennis court, 2 volleyball courts, basketball court, 3 boats including a 48' yacht, full staff, food and liquor included, 2 Hummers, a 24 seat movie theatre, exotic birds, limousine transfer from Nassau International Airport to Nygard Cay and much more!

Home Pizza Oven












A 12" open air rotating pizza oven that cooks your fresh pizza in a mere five minutes. Available for an amazing $34.99 from Amazon.com (reduced from $110!) it's sadly not for sale in the UK - but the one below is for a mere £49.99. Not nearly as cool though :(

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Three-up display portable PC

From engadget is notice of this ruggedized, semi-portable PC with three-up display from ACME. Sadly, it's only an early prototype but I likes it.

Gorgeous infinity bath

This infinity bath from Kohler, for a mere $10,900, looks like my idea of heaven. It's deep with no annoying tabs to stab you, it has a space for the wine (bottle and glass) and includes the soothing sound of slow moving water flowing over the edges into the resevoir below. Lovely.

Robot Tissue Dispenser

The ever-smiling "Mospeng-kun" is a tissue dispensing robot that can be rented out for around £450 for five days. When it detects a person nearby, it utters a high-pitched onegai shimasu and offers up a pack of tissues. When the tissues are taken from the robot’s hand, it thanks the customer with an arigato gozaimashita and grabs another tissue pack from the cartridge for the next person. Aaccording to the company website, Mospeng-kun is capable of gathering information about the people it encounters on the job. Which makes the jolly little smile on its face look a little more sinister...

Saturday, 17 March 2007

I need never move from bed...

Check out this fanatstic seventies-style bed has a built in TV and stereo. What's missing from this set up is the laptop, so maybe I would need a LapDawg! too. Although even better is the Ergopod 500!














When Tony Blair met Cathrine Tate


Star Wars Madness Continues!

Oh dear me. When will it end? In the USA, the post office is wrapping around 400 mail collection boxes in 200 cities nationwide in a special covering to look like R2-D2.

My first thought was that there are going to be 400 happy fans with mailboxes in their homes shortly but the head of PR for the post office was sure to mention that tampering with them would be a crime. I am sure that will stop them....

The makeover is part of a post office campaign for the announcement of a surprise stamp on 28 March. I strongly suspect that this surprise stamp may just turn out to be Star Wars themed.

Official Star Wars info and list of cities here.

Friday, 16 March 2007

Pierre Matter

Pierre Matter, a french sculptor, creates "biomechanical steampunk sculptures", a couple of which are below. Lots more photos are here (avoid the page spam!).














Beardyman

I stand corrected and am no longer as impressed with the French chaps from my previous post. I have now discovered Beardyman who is (or so I am informed by teh intarweb) some kind of champion. I also learn that this talent is becoming very cool and is set to take off in a big stylee. look at me in the forefront of the musical revolution. Before this "research", I must confess that my only exposure was via Police Academy. The shame.

French Human Beatbox

While looking for a clip of a french human beatbox I had heard about I found TWO! Pretty impressive stuff and I am practicing already...



Star Wars themed kit

A couple of weeks ago, I saw this R2D2 projector/iPod dock (with Millennium Falcon Hyperdrive remote control!!) from Nikko a couple of weeks ago and the geek in me was excited. My more practical side reeled from the cool £1,999 price tag.











They also produce a light sabre Skype phone along with this new R2-D2 model:












Now I discover that they have also released Tie Fighter speakers too! I dread to think of what their next product release will be...

Thursday, 15 March 2007

Jelly Jumper

Another evil game where your jellyman has to jump on the green keys. Click to play.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

The Earth viewed from books

This clever Google chap has mapped the world, based on the frequency of its locations mentioned in books. There are maps for 1800s, 1830s, 1860s and the one below is for the 1890s.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Climate bill set to be unveiled

From BBC News - "The government is due to announce its climate change bill, aiming to cut Britain's carbon dioxide emissions by 60% by the year 2050."

Gordon Brown says
people have to "count the carbon as well as the pennies" (catchy stuff). Proposals include removing stand-by switches from electrical items, insulating homes, phasing out old fashioned lightbulbs and more flight taxes.

Some tips on reducing your network's power consumption - includes turning off your monitor if you are not in the room and switching off unused printers, etc. You might even save yourself some money too!

What Would A Unicorn Do?

Need to make a difficult decision? Try asking the unicorn! Click the image to visit a flash version.

Lunar eclipse from space

On Feb. 25, 2007, NASA scientists were calibrating some cameras aboard the STEREO-B spacecraft and they pointed the instruments at the sun. Watch the film of the moon crossing the sun - it's gorgeous.

Pictures of Jupiter!

After the recent post about Saturn, I thought it was only fair that Jupiter got a mention too!
















The Pluto-bound New Horizons space probe, launched a little over a year ago, recently succeeded in passed by Jupiter. The probe took some great images of the Jovian system, including the "mosaic" image above which was taken during a 3-minute, 35-second span on February 10, when the spacecraft was 29 million kilometers (18 million miles) from Jupiter. The probe is set to reach Pluto in 2015.

Monday, 12 March 2007

Global Warming: Another Perspective

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (cor what a mouthful) focuses on global warming's effects and is issuing the second report in a series of four being issued this year. Written and reviewed by more than 1,000 scientists from dozens of countries, it still must be edited by government officials. It paints a somewhat bleaker picture than my previous post.

Visit Wired for the news item or the IPCC website for more info.

In other news, a former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg has received multiple death threats for questioning the extent to which human activities are driving global warming. This debate is getting serious... Read more here!

Global Warming: Man or Nature?

Is global warming caused by humans or is it a natural occurence out of our control? The Great Global Warming Swindle was broadcast on UK TV last week and discusses why climate change is not a man-made phenomenon. Follow the link to watch it. Interesting viewing however not one that's without controversy. EDIT - Summary of possible program flaws here!

Thanks to Ken for alerting me to this programme yesterday!

Sunday, 11 March 2007

Gummi Bear Chandelier

Following on from last week's Helms Deep, www.yayachou.com (whose server seems to be down) showed me this chandelier made from gummi bears!




























Saturday, 10 March 2007

The world's most expensive homes














Just because I am nosey! A list of the most expensive homes in the world from Forbes Magazine. The one above is in Windlesham and is worth a cool $138 million. I can think of better things to spend that kind of money on.....

Game: Blocky

Click to play!




















WARNING - This game is addictive and evil. My current high score is 333, 679.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Reggae Reggae Sauce

If you've been watching this series of Dragon's Den, you must recall Levi Roots and his Reggae Reggae Sauce. I was very pleased to read today that Sainsbury's are now going to stock the sauce, and his album, at 600 stores. Hurrah. When getting the link to his site, I noticed that it's had a considerable overhaul since last time I was there so clearly some of the £50,000 that the Dragon's invested has been spent on his web presence! Most glamorous but sadly it's in development so you can't buy the sauce online just yet.

Pimp Your Laptop

Companies like this enable you to stick a high-quality laminated vinyl sticker to your laptop to "Pimp Your Laptop". Sadly I couldn't find a sticker for my Vaio but I do quite like it's silvery goodness so I will survive. Plus I am not sure I could decide on an image!























































International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been running every year since 1909 and is aday of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women with hundreds of events being held to celebrate women and raise awareness of issues. The United Nations runs the campaign "Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls" and their fact sheet does make thought provoking reading.

It's an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

One for the laydeeez

Rather sad, I know, but what's not to like about making your very own Cleaning Hunk? Other than none of them being quite my cup of tea and all of the options being a bit greasy...

I did enjoy making the one with a little beard clean the kitchen wearing a cowboy outfit though! ;)

Free open-air gallery, Norwich

The Forum in Norwich has an outdoor exhibition of over 120 giant "Earth from the Air" floodlit pictures running until 29th April - well worth a browse if you are heading into the city as some of them are really stunning - especially at that size. It's the travelling exhibition that's been doing the rounds recently and I must point out that they are in a much more spacious setting than the photo I nicked from their Birmingham visit would imply. Running alongside the exhibition is an eight week programme of environmentally themed activities.

Comedy Urinals

Click to make it BIG.


Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Chameleon lamp













A lamp that changes colour to match any color you place near it. A traditional bulb provides regular white light, whereas a LED ring around it projects a selected color into the shade, at the same time preventing the white light of diffusion with the projected color.

Design: Philips Design via YankoDesign.com

Vanishing Bees!

Across the USA, bees are flying off in search of pollen and nectar and simply never returning to their colonies. And nobody knows why. The bee losses are ranging from 30 to 60 percent on the West Coast, with some beekeepers on the East Coast and in Texas reporting losses of more than 70 percent; beekeepers consider a loss of up to 20 percent in the offseason to be normal.

From Neil Gaiman's blog - "My own theory about the disappearing bees is that some bright bee in each of the now-empty hives said, "'ere, why are we eating this apalling corn syrup muck out of container tankers when we've spent all year making lovely honey. Why are we being driven around the country on the back of trucks? Why do we put up with this? We're bees for god's sake. We can fly. Let's go somewhere else." And then the rest of the bees went "She's got a point, you know," and then they went elsewhere."

Something else I discovered while "investigating" this post was that beekeepers can now earn much more by renting their bees for pollinating than they do producing honey. Visit betterbee to purchase your kit before your move to the States!