Sunday, January 20, 2013

Best of 2007 Part 1

Just in case Google decides with little notice to end support for Blogger, I decided to start looking through my archives and collecting the coolest stuff I've posted.  Here's part 1, the coolest stuff I posted March through June 2007:

Elevated cloud city concept.

Old Testament Murder Count.

Optimus Prime Pepsi.

Alexander McQueen/Samsonite luggage.

Funhouse mirrors used to promote the Fantastic Four movie.

The Shining cuckoo clock.

Darth Vader, humiliated by the War on Terror.

Macbre micro-sculptures by Adalberto Abbate.

Pan across a life-sized blue whale on your computer.

Designer rock wall.

Inversion House (dead link).

Most Interesting Man in the World wallpaper.

Octopus by Tim Hawkinson.

His Dark Materials stage production.

There was also a daemon generator to promote the Golden Compass movie.

Portable labyrinths for rent.

Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

Harlequin's NASCAR series of romance novels.

Latawnya, the Naughty Horse, Learns to Say "No" to Drugs.

Dread link, but the concept was to empty  your pockets on a scanner, and then scan your face.

Cat chases bear up a a tree.

RPG-style map of how Japan sees America.

Observation/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.

Advertising by Honda:
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."

Washington Post (dead link):
The proposal came from the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, which requested $7.5 million to develop a so-called "gay-bomb." Using the Freedom of Information Act, Edward Hammond, director of the U.S. office of the Sunshine Project, obtained a copy which was "part of a military effort to develop non-lethal weapons." If completed, the bomb would release a chemical aphrodisiac "and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical... soldiers would become gay." This would cause their units to break down as the troops "became irresistibly attractive to one another." In addition to a "gay bomb" the proposal also mentions using chemicals which could make bees angry so that enemy forces would be attacked not only by our troops but also swarms of stinging insects.

Baby monitor picks up video from space shuttle (dead link):
PALATINE, Ill. - An elementary school science teacher in this Chicago suburb doesn't have to turn on the news for an update on NASA's space mission. She just turns on her video baby monitor. Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger's baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby.

Remember this guy? (dead link):
"A judge had to leave the courtroom with tears running down his face Tuesday after recalling the lost pair of trousers that led to his $54 million lawsuit against a dry cleaner."

Time looks at water sommeliers:
75% of the fine-water experience is mouthfeel