Archive for December 13th, 2010

Gifts for Shutterbugs

F-Stop Watch - $35.95 Got a shutterbug in your family? Need a Christmas gift for a fellow photo enthusiast? Look no further than the NeatoShop's Gift Guide for Shutterbugs...

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Tableau: Physical Email

(Vimeo Link) John Kestner's Tableau project looks like a nightstand but is actually an internet-enabled photo printer and scanner. It acts as a bridge between users of physical and digital media, taking the best...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/tableau-physical-email/

Life Experiences All at Once

In his short story collection Sum, neuroscientist David Eagleman imagined forty possible afterlives. An excerpt from it speculates about a world in which a person's life experiences are all grouped together by...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/life-experiences-all-at-once/

Bamboo Keyboard

Are you looking for a keyboard that absorbs sweat? Me neither but this bamboo keyboard and mouse combo does that as well as "evoking in the users a deep feeling of peace, calm and tranquility." Clearly this unique, easy-...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/bamboo-keyboard/

Victorian Star Wars

Hmm, this looks like someone doing a steampunk version of Star Wars, doesn't it? Wrong! These are real antiques. This pair of early rescue masks, shown above, dates from between the mid-1800s and World War...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/victorian-star-wars/

The Dating Game's 10 Best Celebrity Contestants

(Video Link) The classic game show The Dating Game featured a string of celebrity contestants during the 1970s. Margaret Eby of Flavorwire compiled ten of the best or oddest, including Arnold Schw...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/the-dating-games-10-best-celebrity-contestants/

Victorian Star Trek

If you're trying to build a mnemonic memory circuit out of stone knives and bearskins, it helps to have someone like Photoshop artist Rabbit Tooth nearby. You can view five more images from classic (and I mean, ...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/victorian-star-trek/

Men Set Couch Potato Record by Watching TV for 86 Hours

Victor Lopez, Farris Hodo, and Kevin Coon set a Guinness World Record by watching television for a full 86 hours, 6 minutes, and 41 seconds. They were allowed a ten minute break every two hours, but otherwise had to sta...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/men-set-couch-potato-record-by-watching-tv-for-86-hours/

Imitate an Accent to Understand It Better

Psychologist Patti Adank of the University of Manchester wondered if using an accent, even if it was affected, would make that accent more comprehensible. It did: To find out how we can make sense of unfamiliar infle...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/imitate-an-accent-to-understand-it-better/

LEGO Stop-Motion Gunfight

(Video Link) YouTube user Keshen8, whose work we've previously featured, is back with a second helping minifig-on-minifig mayhem. In an interview, Keshen8 described how he creates these scenes rather quickly: Q1...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/lego-stop-motion-gunfight/

Ladle-Like Lounge Chair

The design studio The Chair Ltd led by architect Michael CK Chan created this chair. Several in his collection have a lovely curved shape, like the above LC-018 lounge chair. Link via Born Rich | Studio Website |...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/ladle-like-lounge-chair/

Anachronisms

Ukrainian photographer Danil Polevoy changes vintages photographs into works of art by adding an anachronism -something that that doesn't belong in the time period of the photograph. In some pictures they are easy to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/anachronisms/

2,400-year-old Soup

You'd think soup would completely dry up after a couple of thousand years, but a pot of still-liquid soup was found by a team of archaeologists in China. It was sealed inside a bronze cooking pot at a dig near Xian. The...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/2400-year-old-soup/

DIY Knitting Machine

(Video Link) If you've ever spent long hours knitting socks and sweaters, you've probably wondered if it would be possible for a machine to all of this work that you are forced to do by hand. Well, then, good news!...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/diy-knitting-machine/

China Builds (Nearly) Full-Size Gundam

Chengdu Guosetianxiang is an amusement park in Sichuan, China. The park has erected an enormous and nearly life-size Gundam model. Well, presumably it's just a model and not a functional Gundam. It's 49 feet tall,...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/china-builds-nearly-full-size-gundam/

The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo-Boo

(Video Link) Eric Brevig made this fake alternate ending for the animated movie Yogi Bear. It parodies a scene in the movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It may also...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/the-assassination-of-yogi-bear-by-the-coward-boo-boo/

Christmas Everywhere

If that six-inch blanket of snow outside didn't get me into the Christmas spirit, these photographs would! The Big Picture blog collected pictures from all over in a post named "Beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/christmas-everywhere/

Real-life Da Vinci Code

High magnification techniques have recently revealed tiny letters and numbers in the eyes of the Mona Lisa that were not visible to the naked eye. The symbols were likely placed there by  LeonardoDa Vinci. Investigators...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/real-life-da-vinci-code/

Homemade Face-out Roller Coaster

(YouTube link) This wooden roller coaster called the Reverse Cowgirl was built by Mike Nawrot and Romain Teil for Rush Week at MIT. I would find this totally terrifying. Link -via the Daily WhatRoller Coaster, diy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/homemade-face-out-roller-coaster/

Great Vocab Didn't Save the Thesaurus Mug

Great Vocab Didn't Save the Thesaurus Mug - $9.95 | T-shirt version Here's the perfect mug for your beloved logophile (lover of words, that is), exclusively available from...

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Which Company is Older?

Your business knowledge will be tested in today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental floss. You'll be given the names of two companies at a time, and you decide which is older. I scored 73%, or 8 of 11, because I am as old as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/which-company-is-older/

Nutcracker History

We consider a nutcracker shaped like a human to be a Christmas symbol because of Peter Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker. That's about all that most of us know about nutcrackers. The wooden icon we reco...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/nutcracker-history/

Christmas Dalek

Who says a Christmas tree has to be a tree? Doctor Who fan Lindsey J. Testolin made this Christmas dalek for her tree a couple of years ago. You can see the lights flashing in a video if you like. Link -via...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/christmas-dalek/

Name That Weird Invention!

It's time for the Name That Weird Invention! contest. Steven M. Johnson comes up with all sorts of wacky inventions in his weekly Museum of Possibilities posts. Can you come up with a name for this one? I can't eve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/name-that-weird-invention-12/

Megastructures: Bigger-Than-Worlds

Engineers like to think big. Some plan extremely big in order to take on projects like unlimited energy, room for a growing population, or settlements in outer space. Take, for example, Larry Niven's concept cal...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/megastructures-bigger-than-worlds/

Jack, the Amazing Eyeless Kitty

A kitten named Jack Tripper was born with no eyes at all. But he doesn't let that stop him from doing what he wants, As far as Jack knows, all cats are like him. Jamie adopted him from a colony of barn cats and Jack adap...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/jack-the-amazing-eyeless-kitty/

The Santa Chronicles

The following is an article from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader. You probably don't give Santa a second look when you see him in a department store or on a street corner every December ...but maybe you s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/13/the-santa-chronicles/
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