Archive for March 3rd, 2010

Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway from the Comfort of Your Desk

Google Maps has assembled a series of about 40 YouTube videos which apparently cover the entire distance from Moscow to Vladivostok.  Thankfully you can jump instantly and randomly from one segment of the trip to anothe...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/ride-the-trans-siberian-railway-from-the-comfort-of-your-desk/

An Amazing Puzzle: The Enigma of Mazes and Labyrinths

Large mazes or labyrinths served different purposees at different times inhistory, but they are always fun! In the 16th century, garden mazes were features of many noble gardens. They enabled people to mix socially, to g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/an-amazing-puzzle-the-enigma-of-mazes-and-labyrinths/

Got a Question for Bill Morrison?

If you're a fan of the longest-running comedy in television history, you probably already know Bill Morrison's name. Guess what? We've got an exclusive interview with him and will be giving away more copies of the new ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/got-a-question-for-bill-morrison/

Three Men Create 100,000-Keystroke Script so that Blind Gamer Can Complete a Video Game

(Video Link) Jordan Verner of Ontario had a dream: he wanted to complete Orcarina of Time, a video game in the Legend of Zelda franchise. But he is blind, which makes playing a video game, let alo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/three-men-create-100000-keystroke-script-so-that-blind-gamer-can-complete-a-video-game/

Infographic on Burger Chain Dominance

Channeling a Star Wars metaphor, Stephen Van Worley imagined a McDonald's empire in black with pockets of rebellion within by its seven largest competitors: By far, the largest pocket of resistance is S...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/infographic-on-burger-chain-dominance/

Godzilla Haiku

In what I hope will be an ongoing series, Samurai Frog of Electronic Cerebrectomy has just posted a new "Godzilla Haiku": Link - via The Zeray Gazettehaiku, Godzilla, Electronic Cerebrectomy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/godzilla-haiku/

Light Bulb Candle

I'm sad that the days of the incandescent light bulb are numbered. Nothing could match the warmth of the light of the good ol' light bulb ... until now: the Bulb Candle by Helbert Ferreira and Remi Melander of SystemDesi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/light-bulb-candle/

O HAI, Ignition Blast-Off!

Congratulations to Adam Koford, one of our favorite artists and author of the always awesome Hobotopia blog, and wife, for the birth of their child.The baby boy is yet to be named, but because he was born yesterday on 3-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/o-hai-ignition-blast-off/

Biking Through the Trail of Death

I would be scared to death *walking* this mountain trail (supposedly in the Italian Alps), much less riding a motorcycle on it. Link [embedded YouTube clip, thought he'd fall off at 3:00 and 5:00]Previously on Neatorama:...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/biking-through-the-trail-of-death/

Retro Movie Posters by Tavis Coburn

Tavis Coburn of the British design firm Dutch Uncle created some nify old-timey movie posters for movies nominated for the British Academy Film Awards. As you can probably guess, the one on the right is Avatar. The one o...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/retro-movie-posters-by-tavis-coburn/

How To Nap At Work

Despite the proven benefits of naps on your cognitive ability, many employers still frown upon their workers napping on the job. So to help the sleepy get their winks, Miss Cellania wrote this highly informative piece at...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/how-to-nap-at-work/

The names behind the faces of 8 famous paintings

Famous paintings are a huge part of history and culture.  Many of them are paintings of people without any identification.  Who was Picasso's Weeping Woman?  Who was the man behind the apple in The Son of...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/the-names-behind-the-faces-of-8-famous-paintings/

The Magnetic Rings of Laurent Milon

Paris-based designer Laurent Milon makes rings decorated with iron filings shaped by magnetism, then galvanized with silver and nickel. He also made a cool video of the process that makes the emerging product look l...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/the-magnetic-rings-of-laurent-milon/

Chatroulette Surprise

You never known who you're going to be connected with at Chatroulette. Even... yourself? Kate trained a webcam back at the screen when she joined Chatroulette. Then she captured the looks on many people's faces when they...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/chatroulette-surprise/

Validation

(YouTube link) Hugh Newman has a gift that works on everyone but the one person he wants most to please. A award-winning short by writer/director/composer Kurt Kuenne. -Thanks, Holistic CPA! short film, smile...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/validation/

"Health" Fee: San Francisco Restaurants Ask Customers to Pay for Healthcare

The next time you eat in a restaurant in San Francisco, take a closer look at the bill. You may see a new line item there, a "health" fee to cover employees' healthcare.Travel writer Ed Perkins of Chicago Tribu...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/health-fee-san-francisco-restaurants-ask-customers-to-pay-for-healthcare/

"Anaconda" Meets "Jurassic Park"

Sculpture: Tyler Keillor, Photo: Ximena Erickson, Image modified by Bonnie Miljour When University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Wilson stumbled upon fossilized dinosaur eggs, he discovered something quite remarkable - a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/anaconda-meets-jurassic-park/

Couple Removed Lawn to Save Water, Got into Hot Water with City Instead

When Angelina and Quan Ha decided that they wanted to save water by removing their front lawn, little did they know that they would invite the wrath of city officials:The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and An...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/couple-removed-lawn-to-save-water-got-into-hot-water-with-city-instead/

Red Robin to Close Original Restaurant

HP preserves the garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard started their company. Google bought the garage Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented to start theirs. But Red Robin has decided to let go their original Seattle lo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/red-robin-to-close-original-restaurant/

Child Directed Air Traffic

Officials are investigating an incident where an air traffic controller brought his child to work and let him talk to pilots: The probe comes after an audiotape caught the boy directing several pilots preparing for t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/child-directed-air-traffic/

Squirrel Fishing

(YouTube Link) This freaky video demonstrates what Weird Asia News describes as a trendy hobby in Japan: squirrel fishing. It involves attaching a nut to a fishing line and raising a squirrel off the groun...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/squirrel-fishing/

Your Moment of Nerd

Today, I'm starting a new feature... YMON... or, Your Moment of Nerd. First off, apologies for reposting the OK Go video from yesterday. I have been in a Big Bang cloud the last 24 hours, which is finally wearing off. No...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/your-moment-of-nerd-2/

Skinput Turns any Part of Your Body into a Touch-Sensitive Interface

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a device that projects an interface onto a user's body, which can then be used to work mobile devices: It's called Skinput, and here's how it works: The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/skinput-turns-any-part-of-your-body-into-a-touch-sensitive-interface/

"The Endless Night"

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOgBa2Oij1A] YouTube link. This montage nicely blends a musical score with excerpts from movies of the film noir genre. The resolution is good enough for full-screen viewing....

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/the-endless-night/

The 16 Best Dystopian Books Of All Time

The dystopian genre is a well traveled one, but despite it being somewhat overused and often predictable it can still produce real gems. Take The Handmaid's Tale, a book that some would probably argue has become relevant...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/03/03/the-16-best-dystopian-books-of-all-time/






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