Saturday, June 30, 2007

Pepsi Optimus Prime


Using mirrors to promote The Fantastic Four

"Four mirrors were placed in the main movie theaters [in Brazil]. Each mirror reflected the 'super power' of the movie’s characters."

Friday, June 29, 2007

Memory test


Consider an experiment that was done by Daniel Simons, a psychologist at the University of Illinois. He or a member of his lab would walk up to a pedestrian on the street and ask him or her for directions. While the pedestrian was responding, workmen carrying something large (like a doorframe) would walk between them. As the workmen passed, the experimenter switched places with someone else. Only half of the pedestrians noticed, even though the two people could be quite different.

"The 'listening' elephant catches the vibrations with its toes, behind which lie pads of acoustically sensitive fat."


elephants actually have two distinct ways of communicating: by ordinary soundwaves rippling through the air, and by vibrations transmitted through the ground to exquisitely sensitive elephant toes.

The seismic waves are set in motion by the same "low-frequency vocalizations" that famously rumble across African savannas, said Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell. The ground sounds travel a greater distance than airborne calls, and may help keep herd members in touch with one another across a dozen or more miles.


"They are talking through the ground," O'Connell-Rodwell said. "It's not just elephant-to-elephant noise. It's a richer system of communication than we'd thought. They can discriminate very subtle vibrations through their feet."

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Froot Loops Cereal Straws


The straws themselves are rather sturdy and hold up well to milk. They last a long time without getting soggy and do actually work as straws. They basically taste like Froot Loops

Matchstick Garden Set


These cute matchbooks hold a clever secret inside. On the tip of each match are seeds already mixed to grow. Choose an assortment of either wildflowers--which includes cornflower, Shasta daisy, corn marigold, and field poppy--or herbs--which includes basil, chives, parsley, and thyme. Simply tear out a matchstick and plant it tip first in the soil. Includes two matchbooks of 10 matchsticks each.

Ann Patchett writes about trying to join the Los Angeles Police Department


Now I'd have the chance to understand what it was that my father had done all those years I wasn't in the house. I would relearn Los Angeles. I would drive up Elysian Park and spend my days at the academy, where as a child I had swum in the long blue pool shaded by eucalyptus trees, eaten tuna melts in the coffee shop with my father, and learned to shoot a revolver.

I was 30 years old, a semi-ancient age for pursuing police work. I had no idea if I could pass the long string of entrance exams.

"The wall is what keeps women out," my father told me. "The women protest; they say it's unfair, especially the short ones. The first thing you have to worry about is getting over the wall."


The last event was a 160-pound weight drag. Run 25 yards, tug a lead weight the size of two encyclopedias tied to a thick rope through deep, soft dust, backward for 25 yards. When it was my turn, the crowd went wild. I was the mascot now, the favorite girl. No sense in cheering for the two who'd never pass or the one who might beat your score. Cheer for the one who barely makes her time but somehow, miraculously, manages. I yanked the weight backward as the giant men began to chant my name, dragging one syllable into two until it became "Ay-un, Ay-un, Ay-un." It would never happen again; 26 broad-shouldered young men would never call my name at once

Face Your Pockets Project

Scan your face along with the contents of your pocket.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

"The Cloud is a dream, suspended between artificiality and reality."

"The Cloud is a speculative design for a resort city elevated 300 metres in the air above Dubai and supported on slanting legs resembling rain."

Monday, June 18, 2007

Gas masks for dogs


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006

I just finished reading the latest edition of "The Best American Nonrequired Reading." It includes maybe the best foreword I've ever read (although I doubt anyone could put together a top-five list of enjoyable forewords). It's by Matt Groening, and for some reason it never occurred to me that he was a good writer. Here's a small taste:

In high school I was a lonely, self-conscious smartass just like everyone else, but I was determined to change my luck. So I used to casually carry around a copy of Germain Greer's The Female Eunuch, praying that a cute feminist girl would see how cool I was, overlook my teenage mustache, and ask me out on a date.
Didn't work.
Typical response: "What's that."
(Hopes up.) "The Female Eunuch."

Other standout pieces are Here Is A Lesson In Creative Writing by Kurt Vonnegut, and Letting Go Of God by Julia Sweeney. Here's a couple of paragraphs from the latter:

Then we got to stories like Sodom and Gomorrah. All I remembered was that they were sinful cities, like Las Vegas and Reno, and God got mad and wiped them out. And Lot's wife looked back when she was told not to and got turned into a pillar of salt. But the nuns of my grade school didn't tell us about what happens right before they flee. Right before they leave, two angels masquerading as men, come for a visit and stay overnight at Lot's house. And a mob forms outside and they yell, "Send out those two angel-like men to us so we can have sex with them!" And Lot says, "No!" Which I think is a basic rule of hospitality: don't give up your guests to be raped by an angry mob.
But what does he say next? He says, "Instead of the men, please take my daughters and rape and do what you will with them. They're virgins!"
OK, so Lot is evil, right? How is it that the story we know is about his wife turning into salt? Maybe this was her only way out. Maybe being a big pillar of salt is preferable to being married to Lot.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (The Best American Series)

PS, the cover to The Female Eunuch is actually pretty cool:

The Female Eunuch

Creepy new luggage by Samsonite

It's the Samsonite Black Label Alexander McQueen Hero

"The human form is treated just like an animal skin, with the ribcage and sternum at the front of the case, and backbone at the back. The inside is formed by the negative of the outside shape in a soft molded form providing contrast with the outer protective hard shell."


Military print ads

US Marines

US Navy

Previously uploaded military ads here

An ill-advised Carson Palmer hot dog ad

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New vintage prints at


Sunday, June 17, 2007

Zork played out in a forum

Perfect since I got stuck embarrassingly quickly when I played alone. Link.

Lake Eerie Monsters

Love the logo. Via.

Can it be, a fearsome looking Chocobo?

paladin by *lorlandchain on deviantART

*See also: Plush Black Mage.

*Buy Final Fantasy toys at eBay.

Durex Father's Day Wishes


Video: Ryu vs. Popeye

The special moves are awesome.


Harry Potter ends, Sporanos style

"Harry walked into the Three Broomsticks and took a seat in a booth near the back. Who were all the people in here tonight? They looked familiar, but Harry didn't know any of them. Was that Dolores Umbridge? No, just some woman in a hideous cardigan . . ."

Link (with audio).

Heartwarming video

A++++ for editing.


Unfortunate photograph of Phil Mickelson


Games Workshop 2007 Las Vegas Tournament Coverage


Photos of Robyn Miller's Grandfather's Workshop

Large scans here. (Robyn Miller helped create Myst.)

Hole in the River

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

A Father's Day Thought by Tom Wolfe

And in that moment Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later. For the first time he realized that the man before him was not an aging father, but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps, love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.

Happy father's day.

Some book covers


The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril: A Novel


Driving with Dead People

Honda workers have been deployed to pump gas and carry groceries to win customers

Would you buy a Honda just because some guy with a Honda logo on his shirt helped you unload your grocery cart?

Honda figures you might. For five months, local dealers have been dispatching blue-shirted crew members to pump gas at service stations, pass out popcorn at movie theaters and offer aid in supermarket parking lots. One Saturday in Pasadena, every parking meter on Colorado Boulevard was plugged and covered with a "Helpful Honda" hood that said, "It's On Us."

Read on.

Photo: Bear vs. Cat

Hint, look for the little orange thing at the bottom. Link. Via.

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Idea

Photo frame instructions

Axe Effect Ad


Photos by Rodney Smith


Marvel Science Fiction Covers

Much larger scans here.

Lost Boys Toys


Headline of the Day: Squirrel goes on rampage, injures 3


Download a neat Serenity poster

Visit the site to learn how you can help promote the event. Link. Via.

Hamster Wheel/Paper Shredder Concept

Link. Via.

Tired of designer vinyl toys? How about balloons?


Mountain Dew's Green Label

Mountain Dew hired several artists to create unique bottles...


Inigo Montoya T-Shirt

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Two US Military Ads

Find more scanned military ads here.

Nike Maxsight Contacts