The ultimate homemade nerd keyboard, made of LEGO bricks! Jason Allemann used the guts of an old generic keyboard he salvaged from someone’s trash, and built a frame and replaced all the keys with LEGO tiles. Watch the video, and you should be able to do this yourself -if you are patient and handy and have an unlimited selection of LEGO pieces. I love how he corrected himself in the intro from LEGOS to LEGO bricks (I find myself doing that all the time). Read more about the project at Allemann’s blog. -via Viral Viral Videos
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Keller Laros was diving off the coast of Kona, Hawaii on January 11, 2013. A bottlenose dolphin swam up to him and hovered. Laros could spot the problem immediately: there was fishing hook and line stuck in his left side. With scissors and a pliers, he carefully untangled and removed them.
-via Glenn Reynolds
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
(Image credit: Flickr user U.S. Air Force)
by Bethany Morgan, Josie Morgan, Helena Morgan, and Richard Morgan
Colwyn Bay, North Wales, U.K.
The behaviour of surgeons has been described as "domineering," disruptive," and "egregious."1 There have been reports of aggressive behaviour by surgeons, with outbursts of anger, surgeons throwing instruments, and a surgeon being wrestled to the floor by sheriff's deputies (he threw a fit because he had to wait for instruments to be sterilized)2. The origin of such aggressive behaviour is unknown.
We have previously observed cannibal behaviour in tadpoles (aquatic larvae of the common frog, Rana temporaria). An internet search revealed conflicting ideas on the underlying reason for this behaviour; there was no consensus as to whether the cause was hunger3 or overcrowding4. This uncertainty led us to consider other reasons; our theory developed that the behaviour might be a genetically pre-programmed way of bringing nutrition to the few individuals who would ultimately survive to adulthood. Had we witnessed a gruesome example of the principle of survival of the fittest? Furthermore, could such genetically pre-programmed aggressive behaviour have been passed on, during the course of evolution, to more complex organisms such as humankind, and in particular to a sub-group of humans, namely surgeons? The ancestors of frogs and humans are thought to have diverged, evolutionarily, some 340 million years ago5, but could it be possible that human behavioural traits, such as aggression in surgeons, might have appeared prior to that divergence?
(Image credit: Flickr user Benny Mazur)
This year we set about testing our theory. Our aim was to keep tadpoles in conditions which controlled for hunger and population density, and to measure the rates of cannibalism. We postulated that the rates of cannibalism would be the same in groups of tadpoles exposed to different levels of feeding and population density.
Frogspawn was collected from a garden pond on the day of production.
Image: The They Live Version of Ellen's Selfie (Dangerous Minds)
Women have been fighters ever since fighting was invented, but were rarely ever allowed, much less invited, to participate in wars and revolutions. But there were always some who took it upon themselves to do what needed to be done, and a few that made their place in history. Still, they don’t get the credit they deserve. This list has a few women warriors I bet you’ve never heard of, like the Greek freedom fighter Laskarina Bouboulina.
Bouboulina was born in a Constantinople prison to parents who were locked up for taking part in a failed Greek revolution against Ottoman rule. She played a big part in making sure the next revolution turned out differently. Obsessed with the sea and sailing from a young age, she married two naval commanders (who both died in battles with pirates). In 1821, as a 50-year-old mother of seven who'd inherited a considerable fortune, Bouboulina decided to become a naval leader herself. She financed and took control of the flagship of the fledgling Greek navy, which she named the Agamemnon, and commanded an eight-strong fleet in the ultimately successful Greek War of Independence. She didn't live to see its successful conclusion but was posthumously given the rank of admiral in the Russian Imperial Navy, which had allied with Greece against the Ottomans.
Read about nine other female military leaders at The Mary Sue.
This is Call of the Wild, the latest sculpture series by Herb Williams. From his studio in Nashville, Tennessee, he experiments with different media. For the past decade, he's used crayons. In a 2008 interview, Williams describes how the idea came to him in a dream:
My son woke me up in the middle of the night from a dream at just the right point where (I’ll get into the specifics of the craziest dream I’ve ever had in another interview) I saw a crayon sculpture. I don’t know too much about visions and lucid dreaming, but I do think that the subconscious works out what you can’t, if you just keep at it.
In a documentary about the project, Williams says that when he saw the crayon sculpture, he immediately snapped awake. He had a sketchbook by his bed, so he went straight to work. For the past 10 years, Williams have been living that dream.
Wiliams traces his Call of the Wild series back to learning about synesthesia, which is experiencing something through multiple senses. His sculptures explore how animals might experience color.
-via Visual News
Far out fashion is all the rage on the runways and catwalks of the world, but if you’re a model wearing one of Enid Almanza’s sci-fi inspired fashion accessories you’d better have someone help you strut your stuff and get backstage again safely, because these fashion art pieces weren’t designed with visibility or comfort in mind. Maybe the future of fashion is forced blindness, style for the benefit of the viewer alone?
Enid’s extremely sculptural accessories, shoes and dresses are made (partially) from found objects, and the outfits look like something out of a space age movie or an episode of The Jetsons. Blinding yourself with fashion may not be all that appealing, but that fork fringe hat is solid gold!
French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy took photos of ordinary buildings, then digitally erased everything but the front walls. The result is a world filled with facades and devoid of depth. He explains its meaning:
The façade is the first thing we see, it’s the surface of a building. It can be impressive, superficial or safe. Just like during a wandering through a foreign city, I walk through the streets with these questions: what will happen if we stick to that first vision? If the daily life of “The Other” was only a scenery? This series thus offers a vision of an unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, with looks as the only refuge.
This video is from NPR’s series Click to Enlarge, but in this case, you must heat to enlarge, because we’re popping popcorn! Get an up close look inside to see what makes a popcorn kernel pop, and afterward, we examine what the edible stuff looks like under a microscope. After watching this, you might want to get out the big kettle and pop some yourself. You know you want some. Oh right, nowadays you do it in the microwave. How to pop corn properly in a heavy kettle is a lesson for another day. -via Daily of the Day
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Máté Petrány of Jalopnik has assembled a list of the strangest submarines ever built. Among them is this marvel, a flying submarine.
That's right. This vessel could both fly and travel beneath the surface of the water. An eccentric American engineer named Donald Reid invented it. Throughout the 1950s, he worked on models for flying subs, some of which were radio controlled and completely functional. Reid tried to get the attention of the US Navy, but without success.
In 1958, he patented his design and started to build a prototype in an apple orchard on his property in New Jersey. Reid made the fuselage out of glass fiber and a conning tower out of aluminum. He built in 2 engines: a 60-hp airplane engine and a 1-hp electric motor to power the rear propeller.
His son Bruce donned scuba equipment and tested the craft as a submarine. It did not fully submerge. Part of the wings and the bow stayed annoying out of the water. Bruce was also a student pilot, so he tested it as an airplane. The craft took off quickly, flew to 100 feet in the air, then crashed. Bruce determined that the tail was too heavy. It threw the plane off-balance.
Reid kept working on the design. He also had to work on licensure. Did he need an airplane license or boat license? The New Jersey Department of Conservation decided that it was a boat. The Federal Aviation Agency added it to its list of authorized aircraft.
On June 9, 1964, Reid successfully drove it at 4 knots while submerged 5 feet below the surface of the Shrewsbury River in New Jersey. Then Reid surfaced, removed a protective covering over the airplane engine and few it at 60 miles per hour about 20 feet over the water.
Massie, Robert K. "The Sub That Sails the Sky." Saturday Evening Post 1 Jan. 1966: 52-54. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.
H2G2 fans rejoice! For its 30th anniversary, the BBC has released an online version of the classic 1984 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game, created based on Douglas Adams' iconic sci-fi book of the same name in collaboration with Steve Meretzky of Infocom.
The text game begins with the impending destruction of Arthur Dent's house and annihilation of Earth by the Vogons. It looks quaint, but beware, as the website warns "the game will kill you frequently. It's a bit mean like that."
The game takes a bit of fumbling around to play at first, but it's mostly harmless. Here's a clue, first: stand up, turn on the light, hold gown, wear gown, look into pocket, then take the analgesic.
Now you're ready to start the adventure (don't forget to pack a towel!) Play it here: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversay Edition
Prepare for a cuteness overload before clicking on the play button. This video will fully satisfy your cute puppy needs for at least the next week.
-via 22 Words
Car wrecks are the number one cause of death for Americans under 35. Every year, thousands of people die due to the traffic on America’s highways. But we’ve become used to the statistics, because they seem inevitable. After all, we use our cars so much, accidents just come with the territory. But it wasn’t always that way. Peter Norton, the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, tells us that a hundred years ago, when automobiles started to stake their territory on roads full of pedestrians and horses, they were seen as dangerous machines, operated by “vampire drivers” and death drivers.”
By the end of the 1920s, more than 200,000 Americans had been killed by automobiles. Most of these fatalities were pedestrians in cities, and the majority of these were children. “If a kid is hit in a street in 2014, I think our first reaction would be to ask, ‘What parent is so neglectful that they let their child play in the street?,’” says Norton.
“In 1914, it was pretty much the opposite. It was more like, ‘What evil bastard would drive their speeding car where a kid might be playing?’ That tells us how much our outlook on the public street has changed—blaming the driver was really automatic then. It didn’t help if they said something like, ‘The kid darted out into the street!,’ because the answer would’ve been, ‘That’s what kids do. By choosing to operate this dangerous machine, it’s your job to watch out for others.’ It would be like if you drove a motorcycle in a hallway today and hit somebody—you couldn’t say, ‘Oh, well, they just jumped out in front of me,’ because the response would be that you shouldn’t operate a motorcycle in a hallway.”
So what changed? Traffic was regulated by laws and by infrastructure, but the forces behind the system were careful not to demonize cars. After all, the auto industry, the fuel business, and the travel industry had a lot of money riding on the success of private passenger cars. These financial concerns changed our cities and highways to shape the attitudes we have about automobiles and traffic fatalities we have today. There was a lot involved in this transformation over the years, which you can read about at Collectors Weekly.
DeviantART member CARDI-ology modifies Xbox controllers with pop culture themes, such as Batman and Pikachu. Naturally, these pony controllers caught my eye. I'm especially impressed with the one at the top showing Vinyl Scratch, the most famous DJ in Equestria. Blue and white LEDs in the front give the controller the appearance of nightclub lighting.
Morgan Davidson has a way with colored pencils that few can rival, and she’s able to create some amazingly realistic self portraits, drawings of facial features and internal organs using nothing but those sharpened color sticks.
Morgan’s uses rich, saturated colors and soft contours to sell the realism in each drawing, and her attention to detail makes these pieces feel like they’re pulsing with life. Morgan really puts her heart and soul into her illustrations, and at just twenty one years old she’s got a long and colorful career ahead of her.
It took 6 months of work, but it was time well-spent. Robson Menezes dos Santos created a short animated feature showing his son in the Dragon Ball universe. The Portuguese-language video is embedded below. It features the same voice actors from the Portuguese-dubbed version of the show. There's a lengthy photo show in the middle. You can find the animated parts at the beginning and the 6:59 mark.
Vladdy Pushin' (1952)
Inspired after attending a drag show for the first time, Saint Hoax decided to deconstruct the "recipe" of making an iconic queen and came up with the following:
1- Flamboyant name
2- Fierce persona
3- Defining outfits
4- Personalized hairdo
5- A trademark feature
6- One hell of a PR team
Noting the similarity between that and what it takes to craft a political image, Saint Hoax decided to apply the techniques to do make-overs of some of the world's most famous (and infamous) political figures in the art series War Drags You Out:
I then realized that it takes that same exact effort to make a leader.
A rush of images containing Hitler's mustache, Bin laden's headgear, Obama's campaigns, Saddam's narcism crossed through my mind. It got me thinking that behind every "great" man, there's a queen.
Like drag queens, political/religious leaders are expected to entertain, perform and occasionally lip-sync a public speech. But unlike drag queens, the fame hungry leaders don't know when to take their costumes off.
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Carsten Riewe built an awesome costume for the Karneval Parade based on the Caterpillar P5000 exoskeleton power loader in the movie Aliens. His 13-month-old daughter was the "driver."
The arms and legs are full moveable and the top-light and LED were powered by an 12 Volt battery pack stored in the backpack. The on/off switch is in the left arm. Also in the backpack a Bluetooth boombox ist installed to play mechanical robot sound fx or music if preferred. It took 100 working hours to finnish the costume and I built it for the "Karneval"-Parade in my hometown in Germany February 2014 .
And this thing can dance, too! A good time was had by all. -via Uproxx
With Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel in theaters now it’s time once again to play Wes Anderson Bingo!
Throw on your favorite older Wes Anderson flick, watch for the characters and concepts on the board and mark them off, or take the bingo card with you to the theater and see how long it takes you to score a bingo!
Each bingo card can be randomized and printed out over at Slate, so you and your friends will be playing your own version of the game, striving to become the grand champion of watching awesome movies! When it’s a Wes Anderson flick, everybody wins!
This shirt is difinitely not a lie! The Hookshot mashes up two of our favorite games in this cool Game of Science T-shirt over at the NeatoShop.
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Having a bad Monday? Here's something that'll make your day a bit better: giggle along with Nathan the hairless Chinese crested who loves to dance (and scratch his back on the chair).
Oh great, a 20-minute home movie about a family vacation. But once I started watching this, I couldn’t stop. Filmmaker Casey Neistat, looking for a little bonding time with his 13-year-old son Owen, decided to go to Peru and see Machu Picchu. Now, the guy who snowboarded through the streets of New York isn’t going to do it the normal tourist way. In addition to taking planes, trains, and automobiles (plus horses and a zip line), they hiked through the Andes for almost a week to get there. Along the way, Neistat learns about the man his son is starting to become. This film is both exciting and touching.
Previously at Neatorama: More from Casey Neistat.
(Photo of a surviving Zero by PENTAX)
In 1943, 2d Lt. Owen J. Baggett of the US Army Air Force was deployed with the Tenth Air Force to India. At the time, Japan occupied Burma and threatened India. Lt. Baggett was the co-pilot of a B-24 bomber.
He was on a mission with the 7th Bomb Group to attack a Japanese position in Burma. His plane was heavily damaged by Japanese Mitsubishi A6M ("Zero") fighters. Lt. Baggett and his crew bailed out.
The Japanese pilots swung around, intent on killing the aircrew slowly descending to the ground on parachutes. A 1996 issue of Air Force Magazine describes what happens next:
The Japanese pilots immediately began strafing the surviving crewmen, apparently killing some of them and grazing Lieutenant Baggett's arm. The pilot who had hit Baggett circled to finish him off or perhaps only to get a better look at his victim. Baggett pretended to be dead, hoping the Zero pilot would not fire again. In any event, the pilot opened his canopy and approached within feet of Baggett's chute, nose up and on the verge of a stall. Baggett, enraged by the strafing of his helpless crewmates, raised the .45 automatic concealed against his leg and fired four shots at the open cockpit. The Zero stalled and spun in.
Baggett made it to the ground safely, but was captured. He spent the next two years in a ghastly prisoner of war camp near Singapore. His captors had a measure of respect for him:
Shortly after he was imprisoned, Baggett, Jensen, and another officer were taken before a Japanese major general who was in charge of all POWs in the area and who subsequently was executed as a war criminal. Baggett appeared to be treated like a celebrity. He was offered the opportunity of and given instructions on how to do the "honorable thing"--commit hara-kiri--a proposal he declined.
The Japanese had found the body of the pilot that Baggett had killed. He was dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Baggett survived the horrors of Japanese captivity and returned to the United States. He later retired to San Antonio, Texas and lived to age of 85.
-via American Digest
In the first election since Kim Jong Un inherited the leadership of North Korea, he has won the office of deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly in his district. Kim garnered 100% of the vote on Sunday, with a 100% turnout. In other districts across the nation, there was a 99% turnout.
"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him," the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
Voters in the election have no choice who to vote for — there is only one candidate's name on the ballot for each district. Instead, they have the choice of voting yes or no, and according to official accounts virtually all choose yes. North Korea also typically puts turnout nationwide at over 99%.
The 99% turnout sounds like propaganda, but new election rules have ensured that even defectors in China return to North Korea to cast a vote -no matter who the candidate.
What they were interested in was the stricter voter identification control in the latest election. The defectors in China heard that North Korean authorities would conduct extensive investigations into anybody who did not turn up at a polling station.
The defector and his colleagues agreed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would scrutinize the election absentees and punish the family members of anybody found to have defected.
The Supreme People’s Assembly meets about once a year, and actually has less power than smaller working bodies supervised by Kim. -via reddit
Some folks start their love affair with junk food at an early age, and when you’ve been sucking down cans of soda pop since you were in diapers it can be a hard habit to break.
Junk is an animated short written and directed by Kirk Hendry that deals with a kid named Jasper O’Leary’s strange relationship with food, and how giving in to an insatiable appetite can be hazardous to your health.
Even though it’s all CGI the characters and overall style seem like stop motion animation, and the narrator Barry Clayton has an awesome Haunted Mansion/Boris Karloff sounding voice.
-Via Cartoon Brew
The following is a Whodunit by Hy Conrad featuring Jonah Bixby, a twelve-year-old crime solver and son of a police detective. Can you solve the crime?
"Mom, please, I want to go," Jonah insisted. "We must have something up here that's old and interesting."
Jonah and his mother were in the attic, searching through the piles of clothes and knickknacks and discarded furniture. Carol Bixby sighed as she dusted away a layer of cobwebs. "I don't think Traveling Treasures is going to be interested in your father's moldy neckties," she said, moving aside a box.
"How about these bookends?" Jonah held up a pair of small iron roosters. "They're old and ugly, so they must be valuable." He dusted them off. "What do you say?"
Every Sunday night, Jonah and his mother sat down and watched Traveling Treasures, where hundreds of people brought in their family heirlooms and had them appraised by a platoon of experts. This week, the TV show was filming in Indianapolis, just an hour's drive away. From the minute Jonah saw the announcement on the news, he'd been bugging his mother to go.
"All right," Carol conceded. "It'll be a nice day trip. But you can't be disappointed."
Jonah promised. He really just wanted to do it for the fun and the experience. But by Saturday afternoon, after driving to the Convention Center and waiting in four different lines, it was a major letdown when an antiques dealer from New York evaluated his rooster bookends. The pieces were late Victorian, mass-produced, and worth about ten dollars each.
"There weren't even any cameras around," Jonah sulked.
"They save the cameras for the good stuff," Carol said with a smile. "Come on. Let's see who got lucky."
For the rest of the day, they wandered the hall, looking on as the resident experts appraised everything from baseball cards to gold chandeliers. Carol and Jonah were just approaching the exit when one particular item caught Carol's eye. "Oh, look," she said. "There's a terrific desk. Let's see what it's worth."
They stopped and watched as the furniture expert spoke to the desk's owner, a young woman. "It's an Edwardian piece," he explained somewhat pompously. "Made in England. Fairly common." He ran a hand under the front of the huge wooden desk. "I think it has a hidden drawer."
"Really?" the young owner said. "The desk belonged to my great grandmother, and I never..."
Eric Calderone plays metal versions of songs that folks request. This is his full-time job. He says he’s received a ton of requests for “Let It Go” from the film Frozen. Always willing to oblige, he rocks out to the Disney tune in this video, and everyone who asked for it thinks he did it just for them. -via Viral Viral Videos