Thursday, July 31, 2008

Congratulatory sign in the stairwell



Via.

Art gallery show featuring state of the art holograms



This show August 13 at the Gnomon Gallery in Los Angeles sounds intriguing:

The Grand Opening show "RabbitHoles" will launch 12 editions of breakthrough artwork by 10 renowned industry artists. The pieces are printed in the amazing form of RabbitHoles state-of-the-art digital motion holograms, which display 1280 frames of full-color, 3D imagery with up to seven seconds of fluid and seamless animation on a completely flat surface.



The jpeg is a photo of a hologram by Meats Meier that will be on display, called the "Siggraph Animation Mother."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Original Illustrator file of Myst island"



My computer doesn't seem to have the software needed to open the file, but, apparently if you go to this link at Robyn Miller's blog, you can download the original Illustrator file of Myst island, in editable high resolution form.

*Previously: Photos of Robyn Miller's grandfather's workshop.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Flint, Michigan trying to find corporate sponsor for its surveillance cameras

You can sponsor a big logo for $30,000, but they're also willing to put smaller logos, or even names for smaller donations. Supposedly, there's going to be a Paypal link at the city's homepage, but I couldn't find it. Via.

Canadian Film Fest Posters: funny twists on classic images

Some pretty great parodies of The Birds, The Wizard of Oz, Poltergeist, Superman, and Jaws:







These are from the 2007 and 2006 Canadian Film Fests. Via.

*Previously: Terminator movie poster for the Alamo Drafthouse.

*Choose from thousands of Wizard of Oz collectibles at eBay.

The Sims cosplay



Found amidst a whole bunch of San Diego Comic Con photos.

*Previously: Space Invaders costume.

Monday, July 28, 2008

House (and giant dog) for sale



This photo is part of the gallery in this online home listing:



Via these sites.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Chip Kidd's cover for Brian Greene's "Icarus At The End Of Time"



Spotted at Chip Kidd's blog, where he writes about creating the cover. The book can be preordered at Amazon.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Zen Mozaic





The Mozaic sure looks touchable. More photos and stats here. Via.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vintage rat poison logo



Flickr link, part of a larger gallery of vintage firecracker and other product labels. Via.

*Previously: Vintage McDonald's Sign.

*Find vintage signs at eBay.

Wasp Injection Knife: For when you need to drop a large animal fast


The official site says:

As divers, we all know what the effects of compressed gas are underwater. Our training teaches us that our lungs would burst from over-inflation if we held our breath and rose to the surface. This principle is key to the effectiveness of the WASP Injection System.

This weapon injects a freezing cold ball of compressed gas, approximately the size of a basketball, at 800psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world's largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas not only cause over-inflation during ascent when used underwater, but also freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea. When used underwater, the injected gas carries the predator to the surface BEFORE blood is released into the water. Thus giving the diver added protection by diverting other potential predators to the surface.

Here's video of one taking down a watermelon. Permanently.



You can buy one here. They ain't cheap. Via Bruce Schneier.

*Previously: Urban Security Suit by Tim Smit.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Paint drip table by John Nouanesing



Official site. Via.

Previously: Monstrous paint can.

How to hide valuables

Lots of ideas at Metafilter. Tampon box is a popular answer.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the world's biggest recorded tsunami

July 9, 1958, a chain reaction that began with an earthquake and featured a rock slide created a wave that struck Alaska and swept away trees as high as 1720 feet (524 meters) above sea level. Maps, photos, survivor accounts here. Via.

*Previously: Photos of Chile's Chaitén volcano erupting AND creating lightning.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Nike "Air Stab"

Sounds like a joke, but it's really the name of Nike sneakers. Nike's stopped selling them in light of some recent stabbings in London, but there's quite a few available at eBay.

*Previously: AirKnife, for when you need to stab your enemy at a distance.

Evolution of NBC's logo



See six more NBC logos here.

New version of Erick Scarecrow's Kissaki



Kissaki "Sandstorm" colorway vinyl figure limited to 300pcs, available at San Diego Comic Con. I'm tempted to try to make another miniature version.

*Find vinyl toys by Erick Scarecrow at eBay.

The cost of Visine works out to $1,021 a gallon

More expensive products listed here.

Wacky Japanese Game Shows: Video of Human Trebuchet

Seems like something out of a Monty Python skit.



Via.

Best sentence I've read about anticipating terrorist attacks

"Most targets are 'vulnerable' in that it is not very difficult to damage them, but invulnerable in that they can be rebuilt in fairly short order and at tolerable expense."

Click through to read more by John Mueller (pdf). Via.

5 sights the U.S. government won't let Google show you

Interesting list here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nike Freddie Kruegers



Apparently, the Nike SB Freddy Krueger Dunk Low came out last year, but I saw the photo for the first time today. There's a few pairs available at eBay right now.

Balloon graffiti by D.Billy



More here. Via.

Pop Candy San Diego Comic Con Party Invite



Whitney Matheson becomes the 50 foot woman. Via.

*Attack of the 50 Foot Woman posters on sale at Allposters.com

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Was Batman originally a chemical company's logo?

Here's the logo for a French company called Diabol Industrial Chemical that predates the creation of Batman in 1939 by at least 8 years:



Via Lying in the Gutters which has the uncensored Frank Cho Hulk cover.

*Find vintage Batman collectibles at eBay.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Plastic Man script by the Wachowskis

From 1995, but timely in light of the rumor that they want to make a Plastic Man movie starring Keanu Reeves. Here's the script.

*Find Plastic Man action figures at eBay.

Tokyo importing large number of bees in the hopes they'll scare off crows

The Ginza Bee Project. Link.

This reminds me, I read a few months back that Disneyland had imported a special kind of wasp to control smaller insects.

Discontinued Olympic events sound much more interesting than the surviving events

For example:

Swimming obstacle race (1900): Racers had to swim through the River Seine, climb up and down a pole, then go over and under several boats.

Big list here. Via.

*Buy merchandise for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Hydro-Quebec has a cool logo



Alas, there online store doesn't sell t-shirts. Via these sites.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Zoomdoggle's Funometer





It really works, click through to see what 50 cents bought, and what happened when he tried stationing it throughout New York. Via.

Gallery: Women's reactions when they realize they're the audience for



Oprah's Favorite Things. Via.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Paul Pope's The Masked Karimbah



The toy is a limited edition of 300, only available at San Diego Comicon, and comes with a comic book and "secret vinyl throw-in."

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The lost episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation

David Gerrold, who wrote "The Trouble with Tribbles" episode of the original Star Trek TV show, also wrote an episode for Star Trek: The Next Generation called "Blood and Fire." But the episode was never made because it dealt with AIDS and homosexuality and was just too interesting:

"Blood and Fire" is the story of "a plague so horrible that Starfleet had issued standing orders not to attempt rescue of any infected ship but to destroy it immediately."

Star Trek: Phase II has now shot the script and will unveil it tomorrow (Friday the 11th) at the Shore Leave science fiction convention.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Homeless encampment found suspended under Los Angeles overpass

Here's video of firemen cleaning out some of the stuff they found:



Via.

*Update: The LA Times has the story.

**Think that's weird? How about living inside a garbage truck.

Alltime 10 worst baseball all-star selections

Jason Varitek, hitting .219 this year, is number five. Via.

Monday, July 7, 2008

What Steve Jobs said when he saw the Segway

"I think it sucks."

A description of the meeting when Steve Jobs was asked for his opinion of the Segway. It's an excerpt from the book Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World,.

Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer





Amazon says:
* Portable photo printer delivers full-bleed borderless images that are dry to the touch
* Features automatic image quality optimization with water-resistant, tear-proof, smudge-proof and peel-off prints
* Prints 2 x 3-inch borderless color images in under a minute
* Wireless-capable Bluetooth hard drive interface; USB 2.0 hard drive interface
* For use with digital cameras and select cell phones
Available at Amazon.

G.I Joe Adventure Team Search for Sasquatch




Available at eBay. Via.

Lyle Waggoner's screen test for the Batman tv series

Lyle Waggoner and Peter Deyell as Batman and Robin:



Also, the Wonder Woman tv pilot, which features Ellie Wood Walker as Wonder Woman living in an apartment with her mom:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Disturbing faceless people showing up at Wimbledon and other events in England

Photos and information here and here. Via Fark, where one commenter suggested it was a related to this website for Lotus. If so, I'm awfully intrigued. A search for faceless people at Youtube turned up several recent videos:





Image of a whale in an iceberg from 1884

The whale within the iceberg. Digital ID: 834489. New York Public Library

Click here or on the image to buy a print. Via.

Chess set, where pieces become opaque when removed from the board



Designed by Yasmine Sethi, who says she was inspired by Through the Looking Glass. Via.

*Previously: Alice In Wonderland-themed fashion shoot by Annie Leibovitz.