Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bipolar Mama

The Human Magnet (via Everlasting Blort)

This is from the Brit rag The Daily Mail, for which the American equivalent might be Weekly World News when it comes to trustworthiness and truthiness, but it is an amusing story nonetheless.

A visit to the nickelodeon

The Empire Strikes Back: Silent Movie Edition. Done exactly right. It's got the scratched film and the jerkiness/ jumpiness as well as the brightness oversaturation when the light sabers clash. Beautiful. Makes me wish there was an entire movie's worth. (via Bob Cesca's Awesome Blog! Go!)

Die Hard: The Ballad of John McClane Not quite as artful as the above Star Wars clip. Goes a bit overboard with the stilted dialgoue, trying too hard to sound "old-timey". Still, I get a kick out of the whole faux-silent look...

From The Simpsons, it's the first pairing of Itchy and Scratchy in Steamboat Itchy, a parody of the Walt Disney 1928 animation Steamboat Willie, the character that later became Mickey Mouse.

Monday, August 23, 2010

You Got Me Floating

Two Fans, One Paper Airplane

Floating (Lit) Light Bulb
This movie demonstrates an implementation of wireless energy transfer, in combination with magnetic levitation. The result is a light bulb(20 Watt) floating in mid-air, while lit.

Ship Floating on Nothing

Magnetic Floating Bed by architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars.

I guess this is for real, though I'd never heard of it. TIME Magazine listed it as a Best Invention for 2006, so I guess it's an actual thing you could buy if you had the $1,000,000+ burning a hole in your (doubtless very huge) pockets.

The concept is you have very powerful magnets embedded in the floor, and the bottom side of the bed has magnets of the same polarity, which would repel each other. The bed is tethered in each of the four corners to prevent it from slamming up into the ceiling, and can withstand a load of 900kg, or the weight of about eleven persons.

According to the designer, the top of the bed is shielded from the magnetic force through various layers of plastics and other materials, and is safe not only for humans, but for laptops and other electronics as well. Uh-huh. You first.

Jape - Floating

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sorry, Steven, can we take that scene again? I said "Rrah owwhr" when the actual line should be "Rrahrw owrrh"

Courtesy of Savage Chickens, the only web's most popular Sticky Notes-based comic, it's "All of Chewbacca's Dialogue From Star Wars". This is but a little section, click to see the full thang drawn on an extra-large 12″ x 12″ megasticky note. (via Boing Boing)

Bonus GWMIOOWIENCTYWTIP ("Getting Way More Information Out Of What Is Essentially Nonverbal Communication Than You Would Think Is Possible") Graphic:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who's hungry for infinite regression?

When smartassery is outlawed, only outlaws will be smartasses

Finally, some graffiti that rises above the level of "Here I sit all broken hearted..."

A couple of good ones from the frequently funny Hacked IRL.

You WILL buy this house! I COMMAND you!

I Say! You Aren’t Planning On Sticking That In ME Are You?

Resistance Is Futile

Test your music knowledge as well as your puzzle-solving abilities. Music Cube has you solve visual representations of musical artists, albums and songs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

For comparative purposes, here is a Borg Cube:

Click 'n' Play

Pulsate is a simple yet addictive musical webtoy. Just click to make expanding and contracting circles that play notes when they collide with each other. Hit the spacebar to clear your creation and start again. Very relaxing. (via Kottke)

You might also like to give ToneMatrix a spin, also from the same website. Click to fill in whatever squares you want to create the next Philip Glass masterpiece.
Play ToneMatrix

Update: I found a more pimped-out version of ToneMatrix that allows different tones and drumsounds that you can overlay, as well as the option to expand the length of your musical opus. It's called Nudge, and you can play the version below by clicking on the start arrow or go to their site.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Because it's really hard to write that small on a dime

"If you don't ask, you don't get." - Mahatma Gandhi

(click to activate the embiggenification engine)

Morning Jukebox

Cracker - Eurotrash Girl

From 1993's Kerosene Hat. The song as it appears on the CD (hidden track #69) is quite a bit longer, clocking in at just over the 8-minute mark, but I can't locate that version on the webz.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Color Me Badly

SciAm has a fascinating slide show of optical illusions based upon the way our brain perceives color. (via Neatorama)

Fickle hearts

All the hearts in this checkerboard are made out of the same cyan-colored dots, but they look green against the green background and blue against the blue background. The image, by Kitaoka, is based on the dungeon illusion discovered by vision scientist Paola Bressan of the University of Padua in Italy.

Eye shadow

This Japanese manga girl by Kitaoka looks like she has one blue eye and one gray eye. In fact, both eyes are exactly the same shade of gray. The girl's right eye only looks the same as the turquoise hair clip because of the reddish context. Part of the process of seeing color is that three different kinds of photoreceptors in the eye are tuned to three overlapping families of color: red, green and blue (which are activated by visible light of long, medium and short wavelengths). These signals are then instantaneously compared with signals from nearby regions in the same scene. As the signals are passed along to higher and higher processing centers in the brain, they continue to be compared with larger and larger swaths of the surrounding scene. This "opponent process," as scientists call it, means that color and brightness are always relative.

Top 10 Weird Colors You’ve Never Heard Of

Bonus Color! With an extra "u" and everything!
Living Colour - Cult of Personality
One of the very few metal bands comprised of an all black lineup, even rarer no doubt in 1988 when Living Colour dropped their debut Vivid. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the band's first single and album opener "Cult of Personality" went on to be a huge MTV and college rock radio monster.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Graphite graphica

Dalton Ghetti uses pencils in his artwork, but not in the way you might expect. Dalton, who works as a carpenter, has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years.

Click for the full gallery. (via The Fire Wire)

"At school I would carve a friend's name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible. I experimented sculpting with different materials, such as chalk, but one day I had an eureka moment and decided to carve into the graphite of a pencil"

Incredibly, these images are not black and white photos, but pencil portraits drawn by artist Paul Lung. More...

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Lens, meet lens

More eye stuff, with Your Beautiful Eyes. I've never seen an eye in that much detail. It's quite amazing. Too bad there weren't more different-colored eyes to compare with the brown ones that dominate this gallery.

Eyes (and Mouth) Wide Shut

Apologies in advance. Artist Jessica Harrison's video Mouth Eyes is probably going to ruin your night's sleep tonight. (via Neatorama)

Mouth Eyes from Jessica Harrison on Vimeo.

This guy has the biggest mouth I have ever seen.