Archive for December 17th, 2010

Maru's Christmas Stocking

(YouTube link) Maru has a Christmas stocking. It's almost as much fun as a box! He will now have a very Maru Christmas. -via BuzzfeedChristmas, Maru...

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Winter Solstice and Lunar Eclipse

The only total lunar eclipse of 2010 will be visible from all of North America on Monday night/Tuesday morning. That won't happen again until 2014. The entire 72 minutes of the total lunar eclipse will be visible from a...

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The Deep

[http://youtu.be/AK18bdUEWSs] (YouTube link)I was wondering just this week when we'll get a new animation from PES. Here it is! The Deep looks like an underwater wildlife film, except its made with everyday objects inste...

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Google Book Data Shows the Resurgence of the Geek

Google has a new tool in which you can search the books that Google has digitized for a keyword and get statistics from as far back as the 16th century. The Google Book Ngram Viewer gives you data you can use to trac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/google-book-data-shows-the-resurgence-of-the-geek/

Heart Spark Jewelry Lights Up with Your Heart Beat

Sensebridge is a hackerspace collective in San Francisco. The members of it created Heart Spark -- a piece of jewelry that flashes LEDs to the rhythm of the user's heartbeat. Its battery life is about eight hours,...

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Windowfarms Project Hydroponic Garden

This farm hangs in a window and uses plastic bottles, a pump and irrigation system. A nutrient solution feeds the plants. Urban apartment dwellers can grow almost anything in a Windowfarm, as long as it is not a root...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/windowfarms-project-hydroponic-garden/

US Army Evaluating Solar Powered Tents

Advances in photovoltaic technology have led to the development of thin, flexible solar cells. It's possible to build a tent out of them, and the US Army is considering acquiring and using such portable structures:...

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Don Hertzfeldt's Wisdom Teeth

(Video Link) We've previously featured cartoonist Don Hertzfeldt's short films Genre and Ah! L'Amour. One of his latest tales, entitled Wisdom Teeth, is about a man who's had his wisdom t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/don-hertzfeldts-wisdom-teeth/

Thriller Headphones

Designer Johnny Lighthands made a set of headphones inspired by the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller". They're fully functional and adjustable. Pressing on the cross-shaped headstone causes a hand to eme...

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Armored House

The Dutch design firm Atelier Van Lieshout the Vostok Cabin -- a mobile, steel-plated shelter. The walls are recycled from ships and the cabin comes equipped with benches, a toilet, and a wood stove. It's more of...

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Parrot Sings "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor"

(Video Link) Lolita the parrot can sing the song "Bodies" by the metal band Drowning Pool. Here's a selection from the lyrics: One - Nothing wrong with me Two - Nothing wrong with me Three - Nothing wrong with...

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Drunk Man Kills Shark by Jumping on It

In a story that may be too good to be true, an intoxicated Serbian tourist in Egypt killed a shark on a beach by jumping on its head: “Dragan climbed on the jumping board, told me to hold his beer and simply ran to...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/drunk-man-kills-shark-by-jumping-on-it/

Wil Wheaton Playing with a Star Trek Christmas Ornament

(Video Link) In a video appropriately titled "I'll Be Pon Farr Christmas", geek celebrity Wil Wheaton plays with a Christmas ornament that he discovered. It depicts a scene from the Star Trek episode "Amok...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/wil-wheaton-playing-with-a-star-trek-christmas-ornament/

Bank Issues 43-Page Dress Code

The Swiss bank UBS has issued a new dress code for its employees. The document is 43 pages long and goes into exhaustive detail about how bank workers should present themselves to the public, including underwear colors...

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Benjamin Franklin's 200+ Synonyms for "Drunk"

Noted founding father Benjamin Franklin published a list of different ways we refer to someone as drunk in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. Franklin said he collected these phrases at -what else- a tavern. He...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/benjamin-franklins-200-synonyms-for-drunk/

Skunk Sprays Christmas Gifts

McClain County Operation Christmas in Purcell, Oklahoma collected hundreds of toys and other gifts for children from low-income families. They were ruined when a skunk invaded the storage building and sprayed scent on th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/skunk-sprays-christmas-gifts/

Would You Eat Soylent Green?

Spoiler alert, in case you haven't seen the 1973 movie Soylent Green {wiki}. Soylent Green is made of people. However, you have to remember that the world in the movie is horribly overcrowded and und...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/would-you-eat-soylent-green/

The Yucksack

One day it occurred to me that backpacks, when seen from the rear, looked like bugs. A review of backpacking equipment catalogs showed a wide range in pack design and capacity, many of the models bug-like in shape and c...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/the-yucksack/

Word Lens

(YouTube link) How cool is this? We don't post a lot of iPhone apps, because so many people do not have iPhones (myself for one). However, this is the first app I've seen that actually makes me want an iPhone (not t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/12/17/word-lens/




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