Archive for September 24th, 2009

Cake Wrecks: Interview with Jen Yates

Take cakes that are so bad they're good, mix in a great sense of humor and what do you get? A madly popular blog phenomenon, and now, a book as well! Jen Yates, the founder of Cake W...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/cake-wrecks-interview-with-jen-yates/

Failed/Cringeworthy Celebrity Music Crossovers

When a celebrity gives up something that he or she gets paid millions to do, in order to pursue what they feel could be their “true” calling, music, most of the population cringes. Digging t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/failedcringeworthy-celebrity-music-crossovers/

13 Great Solar Concepts Inspired By Plants

Every other day, we get to hear about some new solar powered creation. Here are 13 amazing solar concepts that draw inspiration from plants. After all, plants are Mother Nature's solar generators. Pictured is...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/13-great-solar-concepts-inspired-by-plants/

Hacked Big Mouth Billy Bass Quotes Monty Python, Can Be Controlled Via Twitter

(YouTube Link) Dan Ros rigged his Big Mouth Billy Bass so that it quotes Homer Simpson, Bill Clinton, and characters from Monty Python's The Holy Grail: The star of the show is the mbed chipset, and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/hacked-big-mouth-billy-bass-quotes-monty-python-can-be-controlled-via-twitter/

Equinox Sunset

[caption id="attachment_26443" align="aligncenter" width="464" caption="Photo by Tamas Ladanyi"][/caption] Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day is gorgeous!  September 22nd was the Autumn equinox, where we all experi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/equinox-sunset/

19.2 Pound Baby Born

An Indonesia woman named Ani gave birth to 19.2-lb baby yesterday in Medan, North Sumatra. The boy, Muhammad Akbar Risuddin, is among the heaviest babies ever delivered who survived: Perhaps unsurprisingly, he wa...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/19-2-pound-baby-born/

Paintball Art

(YouTube Link) The Colombian Pop artist Bon Yurt created an enormous portrait of Marilyn Monroe using paintball equipment. It's modeled after Andy Warhol's depiction of the actress. The final seconds of the above...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/paintball-art/

A Transforming, Roaring, Fire-Breathing Van

Photo: Skylar Wicked Evolution, Jr. is a 750-lb miniature van that can stand upright, partially transform into a vaguely beast-like creature, roar, and breathe fire. It was made by a fellow named Skylar, and is among...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/a-transforming-roaring-fire-breathing-van/

Progress on a HIV Vaccine

Donald G. McNeil, Jr. writes in The New York Times that a new vaccine tested on 16,000 Thai volunteers demonstrated improved resistance to the virus that causes AIDS. According to the National Institute of Alle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/progress-on-a-hiv-vaccine/

Immense Anglo-Saxon Gold and Silver Hoard Discovered

Experts in Great Britain are overwhelmed by both the magnitude and the quality of the objects, which include not only coins but beautifully-crafted works of art.  There are 1,500 items, most of which are warfare-related...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/immense-anglo-saxon-gold-and-silver-hoard-discovered/

8 Iconic TV Show Buildings

Some of the buildings you know from your favorite TV shows are real brick-and-mortar places, although the signs are sometimes different. Super Tremendous has video of eight of them and addresses for those who want to go...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/8-iconic-tv-show-buildings/

Water Found on the Moon

As they say, the third time is the charm. Three different missions to the moon have relayed back evidence of water. There were traces of water in the moon rocks brought back by Apollo, but that was attributed to contamin...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/water-found-on-the-moon/

Killer Rabbits

For weeks, Armando Del Manso found dead snakes with teeth marks on his property near Cairns, Australia. He assumed his dog was killing the snakes until he saw two rabbits killing another snake! “We were watching f...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/killer-rabbits/

An Artificial Eye for the Blind

Priya Ganapati writes in Wired that researchers at MIT are developing an eye implant that can feed visual imput past damaged cells and directly into the brain. Patients will wear a camera that downloads images...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/an-artificial-eye-for-the-blind/

Miniature 18th Century French Chateau

This 18th Century French Chateau is only 1:12 scale (your 6 foot tall liveried footman would be represented as 6 inches tall here). The chateau was the central display in the 2009 South Australian Miniatures Enthusiast...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/miniature-18th-century-french-chateau/

Beneath the Neon

Hundreds of couples are living underneath the US gambling mecca Las Vegas and living off the scraps left behind by its patrons. It's claimed that up to 700 people call the network of tunnels beneath the casinos home....

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/beneath-the-neon/

What Is It? Game 110

W00t! It's time for this week's collaboration with the always awesome What is it? Blog. Can you tell us what this strange and menacing old timey batarang is used for?Game rules are simple: place your gue...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/what-is-it-game-110/

Sumo Suit Athletics World Championships

The track and field events of 100 m dash, long jump, high jump, and shot put can get kind of boring after a while. But how should they be improved?How about with a sumo suit? The people behind the Sumo Suit Athletics Wor...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/sumo-suit-athletics-world-championships/

Monkey Gloves USB Warmer

This coming winter, ditch the slanket and get yourself warm the good ol' fashioned geeky way: with USB hand/foot/eye(!) warmers and blanket. GeekAlerts blog has got your (chilly) backside covered with this article: 10 US...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/monkey-gloves-usb-warmer/

Newly Discovered Species Eat Only Dead Whales

Meet the Ophryotrocha craigsmithi, a newly discovered species of bristleworm that eats only dead whale bones. But there's a plus side to eating a carcass of an animal that large: a single whale can provide food...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/newly-discovered-species-eat-only-dead-whales/

Dirac Notation Bookends

Lenore over at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog created this bra-ket bookends perfect for your quantum mechanics textbooks. Dirac would've been proud though Heisenberg would've warned about the uncertainty of having...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/dirac-notation-bookends/

Resonant Chamber by Animusic: Animated Self-Playing Musical Instruments

This one is fantastic: take a look at this very cool computer graphic animation of self-playing musical instruments, titled Resonant Chamber by Animusic. Link [embedded YouTube clip] - by the way, The Presurfer...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/resonant-chamber-by-animusic-animated-self-playing-musical-instruments/

Crocheted Sat-Track Surveillance Camera by Howie Woo

Photo: MJ, via WooWork's Flickr photostreamWe've blogged about Howie Woo of WooWork before on Neatorama, but the genius goofball of crochet is back with this awesome Sat-Track Surveillance Watch (complete with Remote Bug...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/crocheted-sat-track-surveillance-camera-by-howie-woo/

Movie Poster Mash Ups

(L) B3ta user Mighty Nibus; (R) hYpeBack in July, the B3ta community created some of the most creative movie poster mash-ups I've seen in a long while. As the two examples above show, sometimes the simplest ideas are the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/movie-poster-mash-ups/

Pokémon Maxi Pad

Wha...? Is that ...? Really? Yes, it is. Behold the reusable Pokémon-themed maxi pad, made by Etsy seller NaturallyHip. I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere. And while we're at it, this product certainly doe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/pokemon-maxi-pad/

Woofer: The Anti-Twitter

For those of us who simply don't get Twitter or are tired of the Web's fascination with the 140-character microblogging platform, here's the anti-Twitter. Introducing macroblogging wonder Woofer, where each post has a mi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/09/24/woofer-the-anti-twitter/
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