Christmas is less than a month away, so it's time to put up your Christmas straw goat. That's what the town of Gävle, Sweden has done every year since 1966, although residents support the practice for different reasons:
Half of the people take pride in the giant animal, while the other half take equal pride in attempting to burn it down. To date, the goat has been burnt down more times than it has survived the Christmas period. Large sums of money apparently change hands, as people bet on whether it will survive, or how long it lasts before being burnt down and previous attempts to sabotage it have even included the bribing of security guards
Instructables user urant built a self contained espresso machine that fits in his pocket. An alcohol stove provides the heat. That part required a lot of tinkering in order to be both safe and effective. The end result is a portable machine that brews a cup of espresso in just a few minutes.
Link -via Make
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of its Cup Noodle line, Nissen Foods is building an army of transforming robots. When not in Kill All Humans Mode, they look like harmless cups of ramen sitting in your pantry.
Link (Google Translate) -via That's Nerdalicious!
Previously: Nissen Cup Noodle Ad Featuring Yoda
It works through TVs or set-top boxes that are internet enabled, sending out Wi-Fi signals to any device in the home that can also connect to the internet.
The successful trial, involving two foot high Daleks, was revealed by BBC research and development bosses in the industry journal Broadcast.
Project director Adrian Woolard said: "It's a playful illustration that shows the possibilities that exist to producers when we start to think about future connectivity in a home environment in which all devices will be IP (internet) connected.
"Effectively this puts another actor in the living room, enabling a production team to write a script and include it as part of the viewer's experience."
You can watch a video of the toy at DVICE.
Link -via DVICE | Image: BBC
The robots are designed to patrol the corridors of corrective institutions, monitoring conditions inside the cells. If they detect sudden or unusual activity such as violent behavior they alert human guards.
The government should keep in mind that, with rising energy prices around the world, such a program could be expensive to maintain. There are, however, alternative energy sources.
Link -via Technabob | Photo: Yonhag
It was supposed to be a fun family holiday, but things got tense yesterday. Really, Luke and Leia just can't seem to let go of the past when Vader is trying to hard to rebuild relationships. Photographer Stephen Hayford was on the scene for a portrait, but ended up taking a more revealing shot of family drama.
Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photographer's Website
Harvey Wax failed to get into Princeton's law school, but he did get into Harvard's and went on to have a successful career. His letter, kept for many years in his family, was recently published in an anthology of rejection letters edited by Bill Shapiro. In an interview about this letter, Wax said "If you don’t get rejected, you don’t reach out even further, you don’t stretch yourself."
Link -via Letters of Note
As part of her dissertation project, art student Katy Beveridge attempted to discern "whether it was possible to film animation in realtime." You can see from the zoetropes that she made with bicycle wheels that it definitely is. Clever soundtracking subtly enhances the visual effects, especially the scene with the mechanical hammers.
Artist's Website (warning: auto-sound) -via Colossal
Anemia is a serious problem in Cambodia, leading to birth defects and impaired brain development. Chris Charles, a graduate student at the University of Guelph in Canada, was trying to persuade villagers there to increase the amount of iron in their diet. A simple solution would be to stir chunks of iron inside cooking pots, but Charles encountered serious resistance to this idea. His solution, which gained broad acceptance, was to shape the iron like a local fish considered lucky:
“We designed it about 3 or 4 inches long, small enough to be stirred easily but large enough to provide up to about 75 per cent of the daily iron requirement,” said Charles. They found a local scrap metal worker who could make them for $1.50 each, and so far they have been reusing the fish roughly three years.
“We’re getting fantastic results; there seems to be a huge decrease in anemia and the village women say they feel good, no dizziness, fewer headaches. The iron fish is incredibly powerful.”
Link -via @MarilynTerrell | Photo: Christopher Charles
Blogger Brooklyn Supper suggests adding a bit of butternut or kabocha squash to a conventional pumpkin pie recipe for added flavor. You can read her recipe at the link.
This gives me a crafting/cooking idea: a pumpkin pie cooked inside a pumpkin then carved into a jack-o'-lantern.
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The people at Bender Bound, Inc. used to be attorneys at a big law firm, so they understand the importance of at-work refreshment. They alter thick professional books that will never be opened -- until you need a drink. Although their product range originally focused on law books, they've branched out into a variety of categories listed on their page, including this one:
You're better off with a flask from the NeatoShop.
Link -via Lowering the Bar
The promo made its debut today in the shadow of Amazon.com headquarters in South Lake Union, where a stream of bacon lovers braved the downpour for free strips of Swinery pepper bacon.
Also free were toppings, including spray cheese, Sriracha, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate sauce.
Serious candidates may even get a bacon air freshener.
I just looked outside the door and there's no cart from anyone in front of the Neatorama office. I feel a bit unloved.
Link -via DVICE | Photo: Brier Dudley/Seattle Times
Scientists in Antarctica used a time-lapse camera to capture the formation of a brinicle -- an icicle made from brine. As the salty water sank, it froze, forming a spike of brine down to the seafloor. As it grew over several hours, the brinicle killed everything in its path, including numerous unlucky starfish.
Link -via Geekosystem
She told deputies she was extremely upset with her boyfriend because she did not get to see the new “Twilight” movie as they were supposed to do, according to a police report.
It's hard to be a teenager these days, especially when you have a crummy boyfriend like that.
Link -via Dave Barry | Image: Summit Entertainment
To carry out this elaborate project, Erika Iris Simmons sketched an outline of the composer and then cut up the center of the sheet with an X-Acto knife. She folded and arranged the pieces, doing her best to keep them in order and the notation correct. Simmons has similar pieces at her site, including a wave formed from the text of Benoit Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature.
Link | Artist's Website
In the Seventh Century, monks built a monastery on the top of a natural stone pillar outside of Chiatura, Georgia. It was used by the Stylites -- Christian ascetics who lived on top of pillars to express their devotion. That sect is now extinct, but the monastery is still there. Visitors get to the top by climbing a 130 foot ladder.
Link | Photo: Ivane Goliadze
They envisage hundreds more pixels could be embedded in the flexible lens to produce complex holographic images.
For example, drivers could wear them to see journey directions or their vehicle's speed projected onto the windscreen.
Similarly, the lenses could take the virtual world of video gaming to a new level.
Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Flickr user skippyjon
The guys start out with light, easy tricks such as smashing fluorescent bulbs on themselves and slapping each other with sledgehammers. Then they get serious about their routine. It ends with a human pyramid on spiked boards and one guy on top of it waving the Indian flag in the weirdest and greatest display of patriotism the world has seen.
John Diamond's 1792 design for the Capitol was topped with a weathercock. Jim Allegro and Doug Michels wanted to build the National Sofa across the street from the White House so that hundreds of people could watch the President on an enormous television. John Russell Pope proposed that the Lincoln Memorial take the form of a step pyramid. Throughout the history of Washington, D.C., architects have proposed both grand and eccentric building ideas. View a slideshow at the link of some of these that were thankfully never built.
Link -via NotCot | Image: National Archives
It is a called a cherpumple, and it represents all that remains good and right in this fallen world. Pastry chef David Lowery made this 21 lb. 10 oz. concoction for guests at the Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin. I feel a rekindling of hope for the human race because we can still do great things like this.
Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photo: David Lowery
The phenakistoscope, invented in 1823, was an early animation display device. It presented a series of stills in sequence, much like a modern animated GIF. Pieterjan Grandry took a popular GIF file and adapted it for a phenakistoscope, which he calls the GIF Player.
When you make a cat GIF and post it on reddit, remember that you're standing on the shoulders of giants.
Link -via Technabob
Amazing! It may look like a low resolution photograph, but the original image is composed of more than two hundred thousand nonpareils in six different colors. It took Joel Brochu eight months of work with jewelry tweezers. They're attached to a board with double sided tape and glue.
Link -via Dude Craft
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