Archive for March 4th, 2008

Our Earth and Moon, as seen from Mars

NASA released an image of the earth and the moon in one picture, as seen from Mars. It was taken by the HiRISE Instrument on October 3rd, 2007. On the Earth image we can make out the west coast outline of South A...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/our-earth-and-moon-as-seen-from-mars/

Henry the hexapus superhero (only with less sucking power!)

Neatorama likes weird animals with strange appendages such as the two tailed lizard , the two faced swine, and even hybrids such as the octosquid.  It helps create identities for future comic superheroes in the leas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/henry-the-hexapus-superhero-only-with-less-sucking-power/

Nestography: Retro Video Game Screenshot + Caption

Nestography is a project by Adam Mathes where he took screenshots of retro 8-bit video games and caption them with poignant, witty, and yes, even snarky comments.I like this one, from the Nintendo Duck Hunt game I used t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/nestography-retro-video-game-screenshot-caption/

The Meet Me Room: Where ISPs Connect Their Networks To Each Other

Photo: Dave BullockIn 2006, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska famously referred to the Internet as a "series of tubes," and got ribbed for it. But here in the Meet Me Room in a business building in downtown Los Ang...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/the-meet-me-room-where-isps-connect-their-networks-to-each-other/

The Chiditarod: The Urban Iditarod with Dawgs (Humans!) and Shopping Carts

Neatorama reader Aubrey introduced us to the Chiditarod. It is the urban equivalent of the Iditarod, except instead of dogs and sleds, it's dawgs (humans) and shopping carts.This year's race, held on March 1, 2008, was d...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/the-chiditarod-the-urban-iditarod-with-dawgs-humans-and-shopping-carts/

The Pet Food Taste-Tester

How does Simon Allison, a senior food technologist responsible for pet produce for British retailer Marks & Spencer, select food to carry for the store? Why, he taste-tested them, of course:"You have to chew...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/the-pet-food-taste-tester/

Weemade

Weemade is a new blog that showcases children’s artwork. Here at weemade, we find the artwork and creativity of kids inspiring, thought provoking, entertaining, and unpretentious. We think that reminding ourselve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/weemade/

The Virtual Mob Sims

Nearly every year, uncontrolled rushing of crowds fleeing a burning building or a riot scene led to people being trampled and even killed. Now, thanks to a computer simulation developed by Paul M. Torrens of Arizona Stat...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/the-virtual-mob-sims/

Avalanche Control

"Avalanche control" sounds like a contradiction in terms, but deputydog has uncovered three ways people have engineered communities to protect homes from an avalanche. Building your home somewhere besides unde...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/avalanche-control/

It's Raining "Graupel"

When I went out to walk the dog this morning, here's what I found on my patio -- Graupel :  "precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake, forming a 2–5 mm ball of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/its-raining-graupel/

Celebrity Dolls Repainted

Noel Cruz (Noeling) takes celebrity collector dolls and painstakingly repaints them to more resemble the person they portray. I used a 16-inch Mary Poppins doll here produced by Robert Tonner Doll company - a ver...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/celebrity-dolls-repainted/

Space Alone

(YouTube link) A short and sad animation by Ilias Sounas. One of the linked animations from the collection entitled 25 Brilliant Animated Short Movies. Link -via the Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/space-alone/

Gamma Ray Burst Aimed at Earth?

WR 104 is a binary star 8,000 light years from Earth. Both stars are on the brink of exploding, possibly into gamma-ray bursts, which can send a narrow beam of destructive gamma rays to far away planets. Since the pole o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/gamma-ray-burst-aimed-at-earth/

Caption Monkey 22: X-Files, the Intersection

Photo: rhinny [Flickr]All right, guys, it's time for this week's Neatorama and Hobotopia's Caption Monkey game. Today's prize is Adam "Ape Lad" Koford's excellent book Meet the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. (Co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/caption-monkey-22-x-files-the-intersection/

Flunking the Pepsi Challenge

The following is reprinted from Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader Lots of companies have ad campaigns that flop, but Pepsi seems to have more than its share. Here are a few classic bombs. Keep...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/flunking-the-pepsi-challenge/

Unplugging Oneself From Cyberspace

Do you find that you're overwhelmed by the need to check your email every hour, read hundreds of feeds on your feedreader, or chat with everyone on IM? Do you need an off-ramp on the Information Superhighway?Here's what...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/unplugging-oneself-from-cyberspace/

Apartment Room Addition: Hope the Cables are Strong!

Are you outgrowing your apartment? Need an extra room? Well, just hang one outside your window (hope those cables are strong!). Here's a "walk-in sculpture" called the Rucksack House in München, Germany. *...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/apartment-room-addition-hope-the-cables-are-strong/

Trivia: Bert and Ernie = Banana and Orange

The Muppets Bert and Ernie were designed by Don Sahlin based on two fruits: Bert was a banana and Ernie was an orange.Rumor was, Bert and Ernie were named after two characters in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/trivia-bert-and-ernie-banana-and-orange/

Darwin Foiled. For Now.

Here's a crazy YouTube clip of dirtbike racer (and all-round crazy guy) Travis Pastrana jumping out of an airplane without a parachute ... Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via metafilter...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/darwin-foiled-for-now/

Exploring the Forbidden Underground: Tailrace of the Toronto Power Company Hydroelectric Plant

Photo: KowalskiMichael Cook of The Vanishing Point wrote about his experience exploring the depth of the tailrace of the decomissioned Toronto Power Company Hydroelectric Plant at the Niagara Falls. (Tailrace is the down...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/exploring-the-forbidden-underground-tailrace-of-the-toronto-power-company-hydroelectric-plant/

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Breakfast

Psst, want to lose some weight? Turns out your mom's right: eat breakfast.University of Minnesota scientists did the 5-year study of more than 2,000 younsgers and found those who skipped breakfast weigh about 5 lb. (2.3...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/want-to-lose-weight-eat-breakfast/

Star Wars: Manga vs. Marvel

The official Star Wars website has a very neat post comparing the comic adaptation of the movie by Marvel (1977 to 1986 series) to that done in Japanese manga style by Media Works (1997 - I believe these are created by T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/star-wars-manga-vs-marvel/

Avalanche on Mars

Photo: NASANASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter space probe took a snapshot of this avalanche on the Red Planet's north poleThe image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dus...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/avalanche-on-mars/

Quote: Oscar Wilde on Faithfulness

"Young men want to be faithful, and are not; old men want to be faithless, and cannot." - Oscar Wilde, poet and author (1854 - 1900)...

http://www.neatorama.com/2008/03/04/quote-oscar-wilde-on-faithfulness/
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