Archive for December 22nd, 2009

How Many Internet Memes In This Picture Can You Identify?

This picture by reddit user license plate is jam-packed with Internet memes. Can you identify them all? Click on the link to view a larger size. Link via Ace of Spades HQ UPDATE 12/23/09: Altered to give cred...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/how-many-internet-memes-can-you-identify-in-this-picture/

Stellar Light Graffiti

Neatorama has pointed out great works of light painting before, but Darcy Pendergrast of Dee Pee Studios has made one of the best videos of the artform around. Lucky by All India Radio, is the viewable...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/stellar-light-graffiti/

Darth Vader Opens The New York Stock Exchange

(YouTube Link) Today, Darth Vader rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. He was accompanied by stormtroopers as R2-D2 worked the floor. via io9Star Wars, Wall Street, darth vader, New York Stock E...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/darth-vader-opens-the-new-york-stock-exchange/

Leather Belts Recycled Into Flooring

The design blog Dornob has a post describing flooring made from recycled leather belts, including rugs and floor tiles. They're pricey, at about $70 per square foot. So Dornob suggests that you co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/leather-belts-recycled-into-flooring/

Beautiful Illustrations from Soviet Children's Books

The artblog A Journey Around My Skull has a compilation of unusual and surreal illustrations from children's books of the Soviet Union. This image is from the 1989 book Hello, I'm A Robot Stanislav Zigunenk...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/beautiful-illustrations-from-soviet-childrens-books/

Joules, The Bicycle-Riding Robot

(YouTube Link) Engineer Carl Morgan's son complained that a certain hill was too hard to climb on his bicycle. Could his dad invent a machine to help him power over these inclines? The answer came in "Joules", an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/joules-the-bicycle-riding-robot/

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

A brain-machine interface has been developed that has been successfully tested on a patient with Locked-in Syndrome {wiki}. An unnamed 26-year-old man paralyzed for ten years by a brain stem stroke was implanted with ele...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/machine-translates-thoughts-into-speech-in-real-time/

The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The cookies we all know and love started out as a mistake! In 1930, a dietitian who owned a tourist lodge was cooking and baking for her guests. Unfortunately, she ran out of the baker’s chocolate she needed for...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/the-history-of-the-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Thorium, the Green Nuke

Aerospace engineer Kirk Sorensen became interested in nuclear energy by reading records of experiments done by Alvin Weinberg and his team after World War II at the Oak Ridge Nuclear Plant. What really captured Sorenson'...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/thorium-the-green-nuke/

Victorian Infographics

Infographics are not new, they are just easier to make and pass around on the internet. BibliOdyssey has a collection of posters, pages, and pamphlets from the Victorian era that make information into an art form. Pi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/victorian-infographics/

Biggest Santa Ever in Flames

Imagine the horror of the little children of Santa Catarina, Brzil when a giant Santa Claus went up in flames!At 50 feet, this is probably the largest Santa you have ever seen. It’s a pity it got burnt down at the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/biggest-santa-ever-in-flames/

10 Future Space Transportation Technologies

At New Scientist, Michael Marshall describes ten hypothetical technologies that could propel spacecraft at greater distances and higher speeds than ever before. These aren't warp drives and hyperspace wormh...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/10-future-space-transportation-technologies/

Santa's Homeland

Lapland, a region of Fenno-Scandinavia that lies mostly within the Arctic Circle, is where tourists go to find Santa Claus, reindeer, dog sledding, skiing, the Northern Lights, and unbelievable scenery. In this post,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/santas-homeland/

See-Through Tractor Trailer

The innovative designs by Russian advertising and design firm Art Lebedev have been previously featured on Neatorama, including a pessimistic piggy bank, a spreadsheet grill, a Tetris magnet set, an ice tray that spe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/see-through-tractor-trailer/

Google Redraws the Map

NORAD has been tracking Santa every year since 1958. In 2007, Google Maps and Google Earth got involved with following Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. As often happens with new projects, something went awry in 2008. J...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/google-rewrites-the-map/

Lord of the Rings Facebook Updates

We've previously featured Facebook status updates from the characters of Star Wars and DC Comics heroes. Now Jason Michaels of College Humor puts the characters of The Lord of the Rings th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/lord-of-the-rings-facebook-updates/

Kim Peek, RIP

I've just learned that Kim Peek, the savant that inspired the 1988 movie Rain Man, died on Saturday of a heart attack: Peek was born on Nov. 11, 1951. At 9 months, doctors said he was severely mentally retarded.*/em...

http://www.neatorama.com/2009/12/22/kim-peek-rip/




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