Friday, April 28, 2006
(My score: 7 out of 10 - I'm a "Tenderfoot".)
How well do you know your cheeses?
(My score: Holy crap I got 7 out of 8! How did that happen??)
How well do you know Peter Rabbit?
(My score: 6 out of 10, which is not too bad considering I've never even read the book.)
How well do you know your candy wrappers? Tip: Each letter is the first letter of the candy’s name unless otherwise specified.
(My score: 18 out of 26)
Technorati tags: quizzes
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Technorati tags: conlangs, language
A Day in the Life of a Foley Artist
Foley artists share their secrets
Tips for making great sounds
How they make cartoon SFX
Technorati tags: sound effects, SFX, Foley artist
Monday, April 24, 2006
The world's smallest Pong game
Play 20 rounds of 3-D Pong against the computer, giving you plenty of chances to admire the font when it flashes the computer won when you lose after about three seconds of play.
Wuzzat you say, Pappy? You don't go in for these new-fangled video doohickeys with the fancy-schmancy moving visual elements and whatnot? You say the gaming industry went downhill after the Zork series? Well, put yer teeth back in and take an old-skool bite out of Pong: The Text-Based Game
The secret world of Pong
Battle Pong takes things up a notch, allowing you to fire on your computer opponent in order to break through its shields.
This Pong clock is pretty clever. The time is represented by the "score" as these two tirelessly battle it out throught the day. Yours for the Pongtacular price of a mere 199 Euros.
However, if you're Pong budget somewhat more limited, you might want to do what I did and just download the Pong Clock screensaver.
Technorati tags: pong
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
What Is It? has a nice collection of photos of various doodads, whatzits and thingamajigs. Your job is to figure out what they actually are. Here's one example, which looks like it could have been used during the Inquisition to get a confession out a particularly stubborn heretic. Click the photo on the left and scroll down a bit to find out what the heck this thing really is.
Another interesting pic in the site showed a regular quarter next to a quarter that was shrunken down somehow to the size of a dime. The question was, how did they do that?
Bert's Quarter Shrinking and Can Crushing Gallery shows the effects of what happens when you create an extremely strong electromagnetic field around a metal object, in effect crushing it down to a fraction of its original size. Neat!
Technorati tags: mystery photos, photography, electromagnetism
Monday, April 17, 2006
Cold War "Time Capsule" found in Brooklyn Bridge
How to prepare your own time capsule
Time Capsules, Inc. guarantees their product will maintain the integrity of your capsule contents for 500 years. Finally, a way to be assured that future generations can treasure those important documents, photos and backissues of Maxim just as much as you did.
The KEO Project is collecting messages (up to 6000 characters -- text only, no pics or video) from us 21st century residents. They will be included on a satellite launching in 2007 and returning to Earth... in 50,000 years. Don't worry, I'm sure all your American Idol references will still be valid in 52007 AD.
Technorati tags: time capsule, KEO Project
Friday, April 14, 2006
and my favorite, The World's Largest Ball of Paint.
For the past 29 years, Michael Carmichael has been putting coats of paint on a baseball. He's almost at 19,000 coats, and the sucker weighs close to 1,400 lbs.
A couple of filmmakers have made a documentary called Roadside Ambition on the legendary paintball which resides in tiny Alexandria, Indiana. Carmichael hopes to pull in enough tourists to help the economically struggling town.
Technorati tags: strange, world records
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
He got a bill for $218 trillion.
That's trillion. With a T. Oh, that and he had ten days to pay it off.
That's not only higher than the entire GDP of Malaysia, that's higher than the GDP of the entire freakin' planet.
I heard what really did him was sending those 15 trillion text messages to vote for Kellie Pickler in American Idol.
To help out Mister Wahab in the future, I've dug up these handy 10 Tips for Reducing Your Cell Phone Bill. I'm sure with a little diligence and self-control, he can get his budget down to a more manageable 50 or 60 trillion. (via Techdirt)
Technorati tags: bizarre, cell phones
Monday, April 10, 2006
Have a movie? Want it to be a hit? Don't have the clout, the time, the energy or the talent to make it an international critical success? Realized that it might be the worst movie since Xanadu? You've come to the right place.
We at The Weekly Blurb believe that every film, no matter how good or bad, deserves a blurb - a nice, punchy, positive bit of praise that can be pulled out here and pasted in your movie's advertising.
The Weekly Blurb is a Mike Nelson project, former head writer and star of the now-defunct Mystery Science Theater 3000. (via Metafilter)
Technorati tags: movies, blurbs, reviews
Friday, April 07, 2006
Sorry for the even greater than usual lack of content this week. The Information Nation staff is taking some time off to make a trek to visit kinfolk in The State With The Big Westerly Appendage. Business as usual by the beginning of next week...