Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Shepard Scale

Here is an example of an interesting auditory illusion called a Shepard scale. Listen to the video, then replay it. Again. And again.

From Wikipedia: A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upwards or downwards, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch, yet which ultimately seems to get no higher or lower. (via)

Monday, 28 July 2008

Belugas Blowing Bubbles

A lovely set of photos of three Beluga Whales blowing bubble rings at the Aquas aquarium in Hamada, Japan.

Friday, 25 July 2008


In a blast from the past, Monkey has been brought up to date and here he is, along with Sandy and Pigsy, in the spanky new BBC Olympic trailer - music by him out of Blur and animated by Gorillaz creator Jamie Hewlett. They've also collaborated on a full length Monkey Opera - more here.

I can not explain how much I loved "Monkey Magic" as a kid or how often my younger brother and I played versions of it in the garden. I was a dab hand with a broom, I can tell you... Retro version below for the nostalgic and if you don't know what I'm on about, here's a catch up.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Bathroom Mirror Prank

Absolutely Hilarious Bathroom Mirror Prank - Watch more free videos

Confessions of a Dirty Pirate

Arrr there.

Over on Tor's newly launched "watch the skies" site is this Confessions of a Dirty Pirate article by Pablo Defendini about piracy and why he is a "bloody, stinkin’, thieving, baby-killing, livelihood-destroying, profit-sucking file-sharer."

He says "I think it's fair to say that there are legal alternatives out there for those that want to enjoy TV programming ‘on-demand’, but these solutions are not entirely adequate--at least for me--for various reasons." and goes on to cover the downsides of current cable, PVR, iTunes and streaming offers.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Leopard v. Crocodile

Photographer Hal Brindley had his best day ever recently when he captured a leopard taking on, and killing, a seven foot croc in Kruger National Park. He's put together a teaser trailer on YouTube and you can see the rest of the photos in the set on his site here.

Link to Daily Mail article and one in the Telegraph.

Translucent Creatures

Here's a lovely gallery of images of translucent creatures from the National Geographic. Featured in this post is a hydromedusa - as if you didn't know. Hem hem.

Worth1000 - Star Wars

A long time ago, in an art gallery far far away... Worth1000 set the challenge to place Star Wars character, items, vehicles and scenes into classic art works. There are some great entries but I think my favourite is this Padme portrait in the style of John William Godward although I did quite like the idea of Leonardo's R2D2.


I heard about JJ Abrams new show Fringe over on Mysterious Outposts:

"The opening minutes are one of the goriest, grossest things I've ever seen on a TV show. It is an effective freak-out moment, and says immediately that this show is going to be something else."

Intrigued, I popped over to Fringe Television, the official site, to learn more and peer at some of the YouTube trailers. Erp - it looks like it could be a bit scary for me but then, as my husband loves to tell anyone who will listen, so was Practical Magic. The show does however star Joshua Jackson and I have still not recovered from my crush on Pacey Witter so that's the "must watch" clincher for me.

The pilot is not due to air in the USA until September so it could be a while before I see more but I am intrigued! So much so that I've already clicked the leaf and am awaiting my first clue.

Saturday, 19 July 2008


Shorpy is a blog about old photos and what life a hundred years ago was like although it includes more recent images too. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham (pictured below), a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century.

Jumping Shark!

I've posted about the classic shark and the kayak photo before but this new photo of a spinner shark performing a somersault behind the surfers is quite something.The photo was taken at New Smyrna Beach, Florida by Kem McNair, who has an extra picture on his site that demonstrates how fast the shark jumped. There's a video interview with him on CNN.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along blog

" The story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to. "

If you want to catch the free version of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along blog (directed by Joss Whedon) then you'll need to be quick - the free viewing ends on the 20th July and it'll be available on iTunes for a "nominal fee" after that date. Starring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible and Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer it looks FUN!

Act III should go online sometime tomorrow and the official fan site is here.

Deleted Images

"Deleted Images brings unsharp, moved, blurry and unfocused pictures back to life. So before you delete you images on your camera. Have another look and start sharing what you would have deleted with the rest of the world."

Airship tours of London

From the Guardian, a gorgeous collection of photos taken from the Stella Artois airship that now roams the skies of London.
Fancy it? Until 21st August, trips along three different routes can be booked here from a measly £185 for 30 mins to £360 for an hour. (via)

Inside Pixar - A Photo Tour

From Rotten Tomatoes, a photo tour of the Pixar campus. Looks like a pretty nice place to work from where I'm sitting!

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Knitted Organs

I'd like to tell you much more about Sarah Illenberger but my German is a little rusty so I'll settle for a picture of her delicate knitted organs and a website link.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Garden Zombie

Nearly as creepy as zombie boy but sooo much more practical. This garden sculpture is by British artist Alan Dickenson and costs only $89.95 from here! (via)

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Best of Bush!

Never fails to amuse. Before getting too smug, if you are a UK viewer, watch to the end and cringe at the mighty dancing powaz of Labour's cream. (via)

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Where the Hell is Matt?

An update on the classic Where's Matt? video starring Matt Harding from Where the Hell is Matt? Four months in the making, 42 countries and I still wish I'd thought of it when I was on my travels. Especially as he has been sponsored for this one :(

I want puppies!

Crazy Dogs


Another gem from xkcd that reminds me of the episode 100 Mythbusters special where it was clear that Macgyver was based on LIES.

Check out the list of problems he solved during the series that was the inspiration for this one.