Archive for September 2nd, 2011

Pixar Film from 1972

(Video Link) Ed Catmull and Fred Parke made this film demonstrating early computer generated animation way back in 1972. It shows an animated hand derived from a physical model and then digitized, as well as facial...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/pixar-film-from-1972/

Apollo Lunar Modules Turned into Art

Photo: Alan Boyle / MSNBC Houston, we have an art exhibit. Seattle-area resident Dale Cox III has got what is probably the most out-of-this-world artwork you'll see today: the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/apollo-lunar-modules-turned-into-art/

Shark Baby Bathrobe (Pink)

Shark Baby Bathrobe (Pink) - $29.95 Shark week may be over, but the fin has just begun.  Behold the terry-iffic-sea-inspired Shark Baby Bathrobe from the NeatoShop.  That's right, the original Shark Baby Bathrobe (B...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/shark-baby-bathrobe-pink/

Tchaikovsky Animation Time-Lapse

Cameraman Joe Clarke took this mesmerizing time-lapse of how animator Barry JC Purves manipulates his Tchaikovsky puppet for Russian TV: Whilst working on the film...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/tchaikovsky-animation-time-lapse/

Don't Be Grumpy, Simply "Goal Disengage"

Attention cranky oldsters (and their suffering younglings)! A new study on aging and depression has come up with a way to avoid turning into a grumpy old man (or woman): just accept...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/dont-be-grumpy-simply-goal-disengage/

Sept 11 Coloring Book: Good or Bad?

How should we teach the events of 9/11 to small children? Wayne Bell, the publisher of Really Big Coloring Books Inc. has an answer: A "graphic coloring novel" ca...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/sept-11-coloring-book-good-or-bad/

Psychologist: Leaders Are Four Times as Likely as the Average Person to Be Psychopaths

A study by psychologist Paul Babiak indicates that one in twenty-five leaders could be a psychopath. This affliction could actually be an advantage in a workplace: The survey suggests psychopaths are actually poor man...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/psychologist-leaders-are-four-times-as-likely-as-the-average-person-to-be-psychopaths/

The Psychological Reason Behind the Self Storage Mania

If you rent a self-storage unit to keep all your junk, then you're why there's a boom in the self-storage business: there are over 50,000 storage centers in the United States and a g...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/the-psychological-reason-behind-the-self-storage-mania/

Raincoat Turns Rain into Drinking Water

Hyeona Yang and Joshua Noble, two students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, built the "Raincatch." It's a suit that collects rainwater and filters it into drinking water. If Joshua Noble's name s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/raincoat-turns-rain-into-drinking-water/

Lakeside Home

This lovely sculpture is itself impressive, but what I found most noteworthy was that this mysterious photo was placed on reddit, and the hive mind of that community went to work tracking down information about it. O...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/lakeside-home/

Google's Trend Search by Drawing Feature

Google has a neat feature that I'd never heard of before today. You can draw a distribution curve and Google will find the search term frequency that most closely resembles it. Mine ended up being "2008 sports cars."...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/googles-trend-search-by-drawing-feature/

LED Mohawk Viking Helmet

Thanks to some eccentrics, the fedora is making a comeback. I guess it's that whole Don Draper chic thing. But it strikes me as inappropriate headgear for the workplace, or public places in general. This helmet made...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/led-mohawk-viking-helmet/

English: a "Happy" Language

English may be an idiosyncratic language, but it is actually a "happy" language. Mathematicians from Cornell University and the University of Vermont analyzed Google Books, T...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/english-a-happy-language/

11 Facts You May Not Know About Jerry Lewis

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.This Labor Day, September 5th, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon will be aired. But unlike...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/11-facts-you-may-not-know-about-jerry-lewis/

Frankenstein Backpack Buddy

Frankenstein Backpack Buddy - $39.95 Are you a young mad scientist looking for the perfect way to tote your Halloween loot? You need the Frankenstein Backpack Buddy from the NeatoShop.  Who knew a hideous creature co...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/frankenstein-backpack-buddy/

Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?

It happens every year -college textbook prices are so high that freshmen go into shock at the thought of paying $100 or more for a book. There are several reasons given for the high price of textbooks: some that the vend...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/why-are-textbooks-so-expensive/

Kraftwerk-inspired LED Tie

Look at this tie -isn't it awesome? It's like the ties worn in the Kraftwerk video for the song "The Robots." Nine LEDs flash in descending order, guaranteeing you'll be noticed. You can make your own, too, and be th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/kraftwerk-inspired-led-tie/

An American Vacationing in Libya

Chris Jeon is a 21-year-old college student from Los Angeles. On a whim, he decided to go on vacation by himself -to Libya. “I just go and see what happens,” he said. “At spring break I told my friends a 'sick' va...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/an-american-vacationing-in-libya/

The Abandoned Cold War Listening Station

On a hill called Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain) near Berlin, an abandoned facility complete with "radar domes" stands. It was once used as a listening station for the US to intercept Soviet communications, and then a...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/the-abandoned-cold-war-listening-station/

The Political Hot Potato

Vital. Maligned. Mysterious. How well do you really know the potato? During the 16th century, Europeans fell in love with a number of exotic plants from the New World. But the potato wasn't one of them. It wo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/the-political-hot-potato/

Star Wars Lightsaber Mini Hunt

W00t! Our friends over at Hasbro sent us this super awesome Darth Vader Force FX Lightsaber, and you know what this means: Treasure Hunt time on Neatorama! Let's do a quick and...

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/09/02/star-wars-lightsaber-mini-hunt/






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