Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Star Wars Force Trainer in action~

via : newyorkpost

Retro Video Games In Legos~

Relive some classic video games from the 1980's with legos~

via : neatorama

ZOMG WHAT WAS THAT?!: Sewer Creatures~

This is footage taken in the sewers under Cameron Village in Raleigh, North Carolina. Is it a disgusting new life form, or just a great special effect?~

via : youtube

The Mini Cooper by Matt W Moore~

The Mini Cooper painting designs by Portland-based artist Matt W Moore~

via : tch

Is Iran using Lord of the Rings to quell protests?~

As security forces and protesters continue to clash in Iran, the government has begun using propaganda and entertainment in an attempt to quiet the populace, TIME magazine has reported—and it turns out that a Lord of the Rings marathon on Tehran 's Channel Two is part of that plan~

The newsweekly was contacted by a resident of the capital, who asked for anonymity. He or she reported that "Iranian television usually treats its viewers to one or two Hollywood or European movie nights a week. But these are not normal times, so it's been two or three such movies a day. It's part of the push to keep people at home and off the streets, to keep us busy, to get us out of the regime's hair. ... Channel Two is putting on a Lord of the Rings marathon as part of the government's efforts to restore peace."~

The writer shared that many viewers are finding a political subtext to Peter Jackson's trilogy:

"I wonder which official picked this film, starting to suspect, even hope, that there is a subversive soul manning the controls at seda va sima, central broadcasting," wrote the anonymous Iranian. "It is way too easy to find political meaning in the film, to draw comparisons to what is happening in real life. There are themes that seem to allude to Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the candidate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims to have defeated: the unwanted quest and the risking of life in pursuit of an unanticipated destiny. Could he be Boromir, the imperfect warrior who is heroic at the end, dying to defend humanity? Didn't Mousavi talk about being ready for martyrdom?"~

via : macdood

Why there's still hope for a sequel to The Goonies, and what it might be~

Every few years, someone gets our hopes up for a sequel to the beloved 1985 fantasy adventure film The Goonies. The movie became a cult hit, continuing to play in revival houses to this day, but a sequel always seemed like its own kind of fantasy, even when the cast reunited for the DVD release and started talking about plans~

That fizzled when reality set in about scheduling the likes of Josh Brolin and Sean Astin, not to mention cast members who have long since retired from acting~

But Chris Columbus, who wrote the script to the original Goonies, now says that he has received word that director Richard Donner might actually be re-assembling the cast. Columbus is currently directing Goonies cast member Joe Pantoliano (he played Francis Fratelli) in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief~

"[Pantoliano] said that Richard Donner talked to him about six months ago about the sequel," Columbus said. "I think the only way it could be done is if the kids are now the parents, and their kids have become the Goonies. I still think the two brothers are still alive and well, so they could still be in the movie. So it's a matter of whether or not they could re-create that concept."~

The Goonies centered on a group of kids who lived in the the Goon Docks together. They would play outside and go on adventures. The film chronicled their quest for the pirate treasure of One-Eyed Willie in the caves under their town. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for a Goonies 2 would be believing that modern kids would play outside~

"I don't know if that's possible anymore," Columbus said. "Maybe if all the parents in the new Goonie movie forbid their kids to play on the Internet, that's gotta be the plot. You can't go anywhere near a computer or cell phone. I guess the adventures are online."~

Columbus added that he believes there's a new, younger fan base for the original movie that could bolster a sequel. "Most of the 20-year-olds or 23-year-olds I work with—particularly on Percy Jackson— they do have this love of the '80s, this obsession with the '80s, and they're really convinced that the '80s are this magical time," he said. "I guess part of it is what you're saying, that you could hang out and go on an adventure."~

In the meantime, fans can re-watch the original Goonies and see the cast reunite for the upcoming 25th anniversary. For their part, Pantoliano and Columbus plan to celebrate it. "The first thing he said to me [was], 'You gonna go to the Goonies reunion?'" Columbus said. "I said, 'I didn't know there was one.' It's a year and a half from now, and they're getting everyone together, because I think it's the 25th anniversary of the film. I said, 'Yeah, I'd love to see everybody.'"~

Monday, June 29, 2009

Razer brings 7.1 surround sound to its Megaladon headphones~

Razer's new Megaladon headphones are named after an extinct gigantic shark, and with good reason: they're absolute monsters. I mean, how many pairs of headphones have you seen that emulate a 7.1 surround sound system?~

These bad boys come with a remote for adjusting the volume and a mouthpiece for use while gaming, which is what these are intended for. They go on sale for $150 tomorrow, if you're in the market for serious headphones~

via : technabob

Mini Pews: Cutest Mega Man Cosplay EVER~

via : youtube

Custer and Musashi Bags~

Custer and Musashi bags use the sword handles as their handles. Cool, by empire33~
The body is made of high quality Italian leather. The handle is an American civil war sword handle and is made of hardwood with steel and handcrafted brass fittings. The lining is made of heavy satin back and is hand printed~
The body is made of high quality Italian leather. The handle is a Japanese katana sword handle and is made of hardwood with shark skin wrapping, silk braid and handcrafted metal fittings. The lining is made of heavy satin back and is hand printed~

via : empire33

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Motifo fridge magnets: pop art in pixels~

Why just put a couple of magnets on the front of your refrigerator when you can cover the entire thing with ‘em? These mosaic magnets from Australia’s motifo let you build complicated pixel art creations all over the front of your fridge. Each pack of Motifo magnets ($79 to $99 USD) comes with nearly 1300 1-inch square magnets, along with diagrams to create numerous images on the face of your fridge. Motifo has put together pixel maps for a variety of celebrities, pop culture icons, and other patterns you can create on your refrigerator door. Each set can make any of the designs shown on their website, but the color scheme will depend on the kit you buy~

via : technabob

Michael Jackson Tribute~

The dancing inmates of Cebu prison in the Philippines presented a choreographed tribute to Michael Jackson yesterday. 1,500 inmates participated. The best is the middle part, where you’ll see dancing nuns and prisoners doing the Thriller dance to “I’ll Be There”~

via : buzzfeed

Swedish Women Win Right To Tan Topless~

God bless the feminists! Fighting what they deem as a sex discrimination of sorts, women of all shapes and sizes in Malmö bared criticisms to win the right to bathe topless in the city’s public swimming pool. According to Forsberg, some on the council had lobbied for wording which would have required women to keep their nipples covered, but Forsberg explained that attempting to enforce such a rule would have been too complicated."We don’t define what bathing suits men should wear so it doesn’t make much sense to do it for women. And besides, it’s not unusual for men to have large breasts that resemble women’s breasts," he said~

via : neatorama

Exploit Yourself~

Exploit Yourself is directed by Carl Rinsch for Nike. Really Cool! The high-res version here~

via : biglazyrobot

Saturday, June 27, 2009

India working on hot chili grenades~

India's Defense Research and Development Organization is working on a new non-lethal weapon using something that some people would actively seek out: the world's hottest chili peppers~

Yes, we're talking about hot chili grenades here. And as anyone who has rubbed their eyes after chopping up peppers can tell you, these things are going to be far from pleasant. Especially when they're using the Bhut Jolokia pepper, which is said to be 1,000 times hotter than your average chili. Yikes~

via : bbcnews

First trailer for Ethan Hawke's vampire thriller Daybreakers~

The first trailer has been released for Daybreakers, the vampire thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe. Hawke portrays a researcher in the year 2019, during a time when a plague has changed most of the world's population into vampires. As the human population dwindles, vampires hunt, capture and farm every remaining human in order to survive, or else must find a blood substitute before time runs out. But some humans won't go down without a fight Daybreakers doesn't open until Jan. 8, 2010~

via : youtube

Pepsi Shiso~

A bold new creation from Pepsi for the "healthy" and happy domestic Japanese market, this new soft drink is 100% sugar free and is enhanced with healthy shiso essence, an herb used in salads~

Tree Grows Under Car -Lifts It Up-Becomes Shrine~

Junkyard workers in Japan noticed this seedling sprouting up under a car over 25 years ago. They let it grow and now it’s lifted the whole car up in the air. Now they’ve created a shrine around it~

via : boingboing

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hydrochromatic umbrella reveals vivid colors when drenched~

This umbrella does something amazing it changes its bland white-on-black illustration into a splash of vivid color as soon as it gets wet. And after all, what good is an umbrella unless it gets wet? Now these gorgeous umbrellas are available in what SquidLondon calls the "Skyline Squidarella Collection," showing the London skyline in monochromatic view, bursting into a cheery rainbow cityscape as soon as you step out into the London fog/rain. Not bad for $35~

via : beyondthevalley

Elevating Wheelchair by Jake Eadie~

The elevating wheelchair by Australia based designer Jake Eadie. It can switch between two modes: Sitting and standing, the electric wheelchair design is a clear-cut ��challenge to the able-bodied people��s perceptions of wheelchair users.�� It is not only a wheelchair concept for the physically disabled, you may see this vehicle concept in the future~

via : coroflot

35,000-Year Old Flute Doesn't Summon Bird~

That was a Zelda reference. No need to thank me folks, just doing my job. It was made from the bone of a giant vulture during the Upper Paleolithic. Found in Ach Valley, in the south of Germany, the 8.7-inch long, one-inch diameter instrument has five holes, with two V-shaped notches carved on one side of it. This was the part in which the musician put the lips to blow, according to University of Tubingen's professor Nicholas Conard, the lead author of the discovery. The other end is broken just on the fifth hole~

via : bnl

Surprisingly Not Bad: Harry Potter The Musical~

It's amazingly not bad, and I just spent the last two hours watching it all. And by watching it I mean sleeping. I was there in spirit though. No, no I wasn't~

via : geekologie

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Human boat – Sliding on water guy~

The word “fake” is like a punch line on YouTube. Every video has someone or the other using this word, as if they’ve cracked the code with facts under the belt. The same goes for the video above, which I feel is pure trick-less professionalism~

via : youtube

Largest recycled artwork – 200,000 aluminum cans and 50 meters long~

Coke, to mark the National recycling week (June 22-28) and to encourage people to recycle more, has come up with the world’s largest recycled artwork. Ten main workers and about 100 volunteers led by Robert Bradford; used 200,000 crushed aluminum cans to make this 50 meter long artwork, on the Sussex coast~

The idea is to encourage recycling and think about the value of aluminum cans specifically, because this precious metal can live forever through recycling. This artwork, which took about a week’s time, will now be recycled to keep a television running for seventy years~

via : crativereview

Armor transforms your DS into Bumblebee or Megatron~

Revenge of the Fallen, the second movie in the massive Transformers franchise, is out this week, and to celebrate PDP has created these spankadelic fancy dress costumes for your Nintendo DS. The stylus and armor is available in both Bumblebee and Megatron styles, and the cost is $19.99 for both, or $12.99 for either the stylus or the case. I think I'll stick with Bumblebee, as the Megatron stylus looks like something you wouldn't want to find in a doctor's surgery~

via : crunchgear

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Man digs 50ft hole/cave to fish in his kitchen~

Kitchen Hole

Kitchen Hole

A Chinese farmer dug a 50ft hole inside his house to go fishing. Li Huiyan, of Chongqing, hired 30 villagers for six months to dig the hole in his kitchen, reports IC Media. Li Huiyan, of Chongqing, hired 30 villagers for six months to dig the hole in his kitchen, reports IC Media. He wanted to reach an underground river which he suspected was full of fish~

The river had been over ground but had disappeared 30 years ago when the local authorities bombed part of a mountain to pave a road.Li explained: “The river used to have so many fish, and by simply putting a net there, hundreds of fish would be caught.”After digging his pit down to the river, Li installed a fishing net across it and regularly hauls out fish, so far earning his family nearly £2,000.“I sell the fish at a wholesale price of 24 yuan (£2.15p) per kilo, but 36 yuan (£3.20p) per kilo for retail,” he said.Li built ladders from his kitchen to the river 16 metres below, and each day he has to go down to check the harvest~

via : babydoll

LIttle Robot Making Coffee~

Start your morning right with a robot-brewed cup of joe!~

via : youtube

Tomoji Tanabe — the oldest man in world — is dead at 113~

Born in 1896, he died last Friday, June 19, 2009 at his home on the island of Kyushu in southern Japan. A statement by the city of Miyakonojo on Kyushu noted that Tanabe's favorite meals were fried shrimp and miso soup with clams. The statement added that he drank milk, avoided alcohol, did not smoke and read the newspaper every morning~

via : latimes

Inhaled Chocolate~

The a new way of eating chocolate, by breathing it, It is Le Whif(EUR 10/pack of 6), a lipstick-size inhaler filled with chocolate particles but with less than a single calorie. Available in 4 flavors: mint chocolate, raspberry chocolate, mango chocolate, and plain chocolate. Dr. Edwards, lead inventor of Le Whif, says: "Over the centuries we've been eating smaller and smaller quantities at shorter and shorter intervals. It seemed to us that eating was tending toward breathing, so, with a mix of culinary art and aerosol science, we've helped move eating habits to their logical conclusion. We call it whiffing."~

via : bookofjoe

Hoedown from Rodeo~

Hoedown from Rodeo from Eleanor Stewart on Vimeo.

Eleanor Stewart created a music video for the Classical music work 'Hoedown' from the Rodeo Suite by Aaron Copland. It is a stop motion animation in which various characters, inspired by Cowboy and Western films, come to life from the musical score. "It was made for my final year degree in Visual Communication at the Glasgow School of Art."~

via : vimeo

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Orange updates its solar tent just in time for the festival season~

his camping concept from UK mobile company Orange looks awesome. Especially if, like me, you like your gadgets and couldn't bear being away from them for a whole weekend. Thanks to its photovoltaic fabric, the tent is solar-powered, and it also rocks a heated groundsheet, magnetic induction charging pouch and wireless hub~

The Orange tent also boasts something called "glo-cation technology". Nice. That means that, after one beer too many you can use the awesome powers of your cellphone to identify your tent via either an SMS or RFID technology. Activate it, and the motorcycle helmet-esque dome of the tent will glow gently, guiding you back to your sleeping bag~

via : bornrich

Homebrew Game Gun ditches the keyboard and mouse for a gunsight~

The Game Gun is, as the modder describes it, a cheap toy rifle with an LCD mounted on top of it. It's got a keyboard that's been torn down to size for control and a gyration mouse to handle head tracking. The end result is a control method that has you looking at the screen as if it was a scope, and, based on the videos of the Game Gun, it actually looks like it works fairly well~

via : hackaday

World's largest solar array planned for the Sahara Desert~

The Sahara Desert gets a lot of sun. In fact, it gets so much that if a mere 0.3% of its area was used for a solar plant, it could power all of Europe. So it only makes sense that 20 German companies are looking into doing just that~

The plan would be to scatter solar collectors all across northern Africa in politically stable countries rather than putting them all in one spot. It'll take years to build everything as well as $555 billion in funds, but in the long run it'll be well worth it~

via : inhabitat

This baseball has a radar gun built into it~

Curious as to how fast you can throw a baseball? The standard way to find that out would be by acquiring a baseball and a radar gun. But why buy two items when you can buy one that combines them both?~

The SmartBall is a baseball with a built-in radar gun that shows you exactly how fast you throw it. Sure, it probably has a different weight than a normal ball and hitting it with a bat is a quick way to break your expensive new ball, but if you want to gauge your pitches this looks like as good a way as any~

via : coolestgadgets

Monday, June 22, 2009

I'm On To You: SNES Really A PC In Disguise~

Here is a cool case mod by quangDX and DuPPs. Using the Super Nintendo and the Acer Aspire One A150, they have created a SNES PC Case Mod. The controller ports have been converted to USB adapters (via a faux controller cable), the cartridge is a CD drive and the cables are plugged in through the back~

via : gossipgamers

Aperture Science Van Spotted~

Somewhere out there, one dedicated Valve devotee is driving around in a sinister white Aperture Laboratories van, thrilling and terrifying random people. Imagine: you’re just walking your dog, minding your own, and suddenly, this van. I can’t decide if I would run the hell away or start high-fiving random people. Each reaction is equally likely at seeing an Aperture Science van, especially one that looks so official. Portal: the game that really sticks with you. Or follows you around, watching your every move~

via : offworld

New Book Smell in a Can~

Now you can finally enjoy reading Kindle(e-books) without giving up the smell you love so much. With smell of books, you can have the best of both worlds, the convenience of an e-book and the smell of your favorite paper book. Spray it with "New Book Smell", get that satisfaction you've been missing, Cool! Smell of Books comes in four additional aromas: Classic Musty, Crunchy Bacon, Eau You Have Cats, and Scents of Sensibility, for Jane Austen fans~

via : neatorama

Solar LED Cap: heads-up lighting~

A company in the UK is selling baseball caps with solar-powered LED lights for $50. The top of the brim is a solar panel that powers two LED lights under the brim. Spend a day hiking and have enough light to read a book in your tent or navigate at night. Or simply see where you're going when you walk the dog before bed~

The solar caps initially take three days to charge to capacity, and then offer five hours of full-strength power. Then, a mere eight hours of daylight will recharge the system. The lights can shine up to 30 feet, depending on the angle of the cap~

via : 7gadgets

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Never Mess With A Samurai~

Truly amazing~

via : youtube

Cool Pic of the Day : Mountain Man~

Nature and its mesmerizing surprises, sometimes presents a delightful sight for us to sit back and fathom its ingenuity. Call it a mere coincidence or credit the photographer’s eye, nature’s fury and its benevolence are only two sides of the tossed coin and it’s for our souls to pick which side to roll~

via : fotocomedia

BMW Z4 coupe in concrete~

Part of the BMW Art Car exhibition in Beijing, China, is a life-size replica of the BMW Z4 coupe made from reinforced concrete. That’s right, concrete! There are glass panels all around and the doors are fully functional~

via : autodaily

Eco art – Living plants for a portrait~

Edina Tokodi, a green graffiti street artist renowned for her eco-art, has made a living wall portrait for the upcoming Fort Green Garden Walk event. The piece which is presently on the rooftop of Green Spaces NY would finally move to a public spot in a week’s time~

via : woostercollective

Obaminoes - Obama's mural from 24,000 dominoes~

Kids from 5th grade at the Franklin Avenue Elementary School, Massachusetts, worked in tandem with Westfield State College mathematicians to create “Obaminoes” – a mural of President Barack Obama from 24,000 dominoes. This unique work of art using math was done to honor America’s 44th and the only Afro-American president~

via : thepoliticalcarnival

World's first real-time carbon emissions counter adds a chilling 800 tons a second~

Ticking at a frightening rate, a giant billboard was unveiled in New York outside Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, showing atmospheric greenhouse gases are rising by 800 tonnes a second. And the calculations are legit~

The billboard, which is being touted as the world's first scientifically valid, real-time indicator of carbon emissions, was officially unveiled yesterday by Deutsche Bank's Asset Management division and a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). At the unveiling, the billboard showed there are currently 3.64 trillion tonnes of long-lived greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and that the figure is rising by 800 metric tonnes a second~

via : treehugger

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Star Wars Trash Compactor Bookends~

Oh the genius! Just when I thought George Lucas' merchandise machinery couldn't surprise me anymore, they surprise me again. These 6 x 12 x 7.5-inch hand painted Trash Compactor Bookends made me smile. There goes another $190 for Uncle George~

via : starwarsshop

Homemade Renditions of Famous Cars~

Building a custom car is a daunting task — especially when trying to recreate a famous ride from the silver screen. Below, thirteen car mods inspired by Hollywood. Some feature amazing detail and accuracy. Others? Not so much…

Marty McFly’s Delorean


X-Wing, with R2D2


The Blues Mobile


EctoCar converted from a Mini Van


Ghetto Batmobile


Flintstones Foot Car


General Lee on Steroids


Herbie the Love Boat


Hogwarts School Bus (Pedobear edition)


Knight Rider’s Kitt


A Stoner’s Mystery Machine


Speed Racer’s Mach 5


Halo Warthog