Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pink skull

The Beast Brothers' pink skull ("The Clutter Calaverita") has been knocked down from $70 to $56.

Camouflaged crocodiles

"Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds."

"Top 10 helmet designs from Attleboro-North Attleboro"

Traditionally, when Massachusetts high school Attleboro plays North Attleborough on Thanksgiving, each player decorates his own blank helmet.

Friday, November 29, 2013

The launch code password

"the US military put such an emphasis on a rapid response to an attack on American soil, that to minimize any foreseeable delay in launching a nuclear missile, for nearly two decades they intentionally set the launch codes at every silo in the US to 00000000."

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hunting for Bitcoins

The hard drive sat in a drawer for three years until information technology specialist James Howells decided to toss it out about three months ago. 
Now the Englishman is diving through trash to find it after he realized he forgot to remove 7,500 Bitcoins, a digital currency. With Bitcoin hitting $1,000 earlier this week, that hard drive would now be worth more than $7.5 million.
Warren Ellis:
“Assassin” is the corruption of Hashishin. The story went that they were called the Hashishin because they used hashish. Apparently that’s not true. Marco Polo made that up. It means something else. It means, “without any explanation” because they were hit men operating in public in broad daylight.
(Wikipedia agrees.)

That Wizard of Oz plot summary

Rick Polito, who wrote that Wizard of Oz summary, "now writes funny lines for George Takei’s Facebook page and 'even at $10 a joke it still feels like a validation to see so many people reacting to my humor. I have written jokes that got 10 likes per second for hours. The power of George is unbelievable. His fans are a viral army.'"

"Body piercing controls wheelchair"

Tongue piercing wheelchair controller.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Lost Boys poster by Jason Edmiston for Mondo

On December 3rd, you can try to win 3D printed items from GE. Among the ten choices:

"Concerned about your security and privacy? Fear no more! Cover your laptop's camera and mic when they're not in use with Spy Block." (Designed by Chris Poole.)

"Consisting of six perfectly rounded sides, this die is truly a thing of mathematical beauty." (Designed by David O'Reilly.)

Vampiric butterly

"Resting by the banks of the river was the only reprieve at which point we were surrounded by butterflies intent on drinking our sweat and blood and tears. Found during a day hike in Chi Phat, Cambodia."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Murder She Wrote commission

By Robert Ball.

Microscale Lego Slave 1

You can download building guides for this and other micro ornaments, including a TARDIS, here.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mythic Beasts travel posters

Mythic Beasts travel posters by Fro Design Co.

No Wrong Way to Play

"A collection of unusual ways to play videogames."

Lady Gaga's giant white horse from the AMAs


Getting rich by giving people exactly what they say they want

Fast Company:
knowing what people are searching for on Amazon--is at the core of what he does. He has an entire team of people who read reviews on Amazon, looking for moments when people say, "I wish this speaker were rechargeable." Pikarski then makes a rechargeable version. Hipe exists, in essence, because enough people think like me. It's a profitable trick: C&A Marketing does "in the nine figures" in sales every year, Pikarski says, and grows at about 30% annually.


By Maya Nord.
Beautiful photo of Downtown Los Angeles, perfect as a desktop with the candy-colored iOS icons.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cover art by Patrick Leger and Chris Fisher for the Venture Bros., The: Complete Season Five collection.

Ceramic bowl

Ceramic bowl by kozyndan.

Doing NFL laundry

After the Ravens played in white jerseys in a muddy game:
Normally it takes about half a day to clean the Ravens uniforms after a game. This time the process began late Sunday night and didn’t finish until about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Between each of the washing cycles, the clothes had to be taken out and a quick cycle started just to flush the dirt out of the system.
There was a crew of five guys working on the laundry the past couple days. The crew of 15 (all of which are current or retired firemen)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Historic losses"

NY Times:
Investors and executives with the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” said on Tuesday that the show will have historic losses of up to $60 million when it closes on Jan. 4.

LAUSD's iPads

LA Times:
Contradicting earlier claims, Los Angeles school district officials said Tuesday that their right to use English and math curriculum installed on district iPads expires after three years.

At market rates, buying a new license for the curriculum would cost $50 to $100 each year per iPad, an additional cost that could surpass $60 million annually
Under the current rollout schedule, thousands of students would not receive iPads until late 2015, about six months before the license expires.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Stickerbomb - - pop art sticker books

Stickerbomb XL "is filled with an amazing collection of more than 350 specially-commissioned stickers."  $20 at Amazon.

Stickerbomb Monsters "features an extensive assortment of fantastic and scary monster designs." $14 for 250 stickers at Amazon.

By the same publisher, Skateboard Stickers.  $11 at Amazon (these stickers are not removable).

Nike's new light-up snowboard boots

The swoosh’s 30 LEDs are powered by an embedded lithium ion battery, and it’s on/off switch is conveniently located atop the boot’s cuff so you can go UFO whenever the mood strikes.

Bigfin squid

Bigfin squid:
Uniquely among cephalopods, the arms and tentacles were of the same length and looked identical (like extinct belemnites). The appendages were also held perpendicular to the body, creating the appearance of strange "elbows". Most remarkable was the length of the elastic tentacles, which has been estimated at stretching up to 15–20 times the mantle length. Estimates based on video evidence put the total length of the largest specimens at 8 metres (26 ft) or more.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Dress inspired by Laura Palmer's plastic-wrapped body

Dress inspired by Laura Palmer's plastic-wrapped body.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Redesigned NFL logos

Redesigned NFL logos by six designers.

Racist Playmobil figures

While the three weeks of festivities leading up to the Dec. 5 celebration of Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, will surely take place this year, they’re drawing international scrutiny. A panel that advises the United Nations on human rights has questioned whether depictions of the mischievous helpers, collectively called Black Petes and typically portrayed by whites in blackface paint, are racist.
Retailers are voting for the Petes by keeping shelves stocked with goods bearing their image. Stores run by Royal Ahold NV, (AH) owner of the Stop & Shop chain in the U.S., sell everything from Black Pete children’s outfits and face-painting kits to bath gels bearing grinning Black Petes with wide lips and gold hoop earrings. Giant stuffed Petes will again climb the atrium at De Bijenkorf, Amsterdam’s premier department store. Toy store Bart Smit sells Playmobil sets of three Black Petes for 9.99 euros ($13.50).
The New Yorker has more.