Archive for November, 2008

VOTD: Elephant Art

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on Friday, 28 November 2008 by Deems

I’ve seen some static pictures of elephant paintings recently but thought they were probably photoshopped – until I came across this video of Elephants actually painting – quite amazing – they say an elephant never forgets – here’s proof that once taught, they remember – enjoy!


Textorize any image

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on Friday, 28 November 2008 by Deems

What? I hear you asking – okay let me explain – here’s a free little website that allows you to point it to an image on the web, give it a few words to use as paint-brush strokes and voila – it uses the words you gave it as brush strokes to draw the image you gave it – pretty accurately too, and using the closest possible colours. I took my blog mughshot and textorized it with Demitri, Baroutsos and Deems. Go on, try it for yourself – it’s fun! [via Chris Pirillo]

PS: you can’t right click and save the image, because it’s not actually an image but a scaleable vector graphc created with rotated and coloured text – right-click and select view-source to see what was generated. 


Deems, textorized

Christmas lights extravaganza

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, 27 November 2008 by Deems

‘Tis the season to be jolly – yup – it’s that time of year again. I found a few of these amazing synchronized christmas lights videos on YouTube – I’ve shared a few with you below – but you can find many more just doing a simple search like this one. Enjoy!

Amazing Grace – 2007 – Holdman Display – Pleasant Grove, UT

Music Box Dancer – 2007 – Holdman Christmas Display

Merry Christmas 2007

Keyboard for blondes

Posted in Funny, General, Technology with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, 26 November 2008 by Deems

partialblondkeybviewIt seems some of the standard keys on a QWERTY-style keyboard are too confusing for some people so they’ve made a keyboard with more descriptive keys that, apparently, blondes will understand better. Oh and did I mention it’s in pink!?

You can view more on their website [via Crave – The Gadget Blog]

VOTD: The Black Hole Office

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , on Tuesday, 25 November 2008 by Deems

A classic video of what happens to a sleep-deprived office worker who discovers a black hole in the office – see more on FutureShorts’ YouTube channel.

ISS: International Space Station

Posted in General, Photography with tags , , , , , , on Monday, 24 November 2008 by Deems

The Big Picture has put together another stunning array of photos – this time of the ISS, which turns 10 years old. Click the link below to view all 32 pictures.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the first launched module of the International Space Station (ISS). The module Zarya was lifted into orbit on November 20th, 1998 by a Russian Proton rocket lifting off from Baikonur, Kazhakstan. In the decade since, 44 manned flights and 34 unmanned flights have carried further modules, solar arrays, support equipment, supplies and a total of 167 human beings from 15 countries to the ISS, and it still has a ways to go until it is done. Originally planned to be complete in 2003, the target date for completion is now 2011. Aside from time spent on construction, ISS crew members work on a good deal of research involving biology and physics in conditions of microgravity. If humans are ever to leave the Earth for extended periods, the ISS is designed to be the place where we will discover the best materials, procedures and safety measures to make it a reality. – source


The ISS is backdropped against a cloud-covered part of Earth as the orbital outpost moves away from the Space Shuttle Discovery on August 6th, 2005. Earlier, the crews of the two spacecraft concluded nine days of cooperative work. (NASA)

Quirky news of the day

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , on Monday, 24 November 2008 by Deems

It seems that today has been a day filled with quirky news – just take a look at these few from :

Man blows up baloon with his eyes

By wearing a pair of specially made goggles, Ping blew up the balloon to the audience’s applause.

Ping discovered his talent as a child: “When I was young and swimming with pals in the river, I found my eyes could blow out air,” he said. – source

Couple sue McDonald’s over nude photos

A US couple are suing McDonald’s for £2m after nude photos of the woman, which were on her husband’s mobile phone, ended up on the internet.
Tina Sherman says she began receiving offensive calls and text messages about the pictures from her husband’s mobile phone after he left it at the McDonald’s on 5 July.

The couple then discovered that the nude pictures she had sent to her husband’s phone had been posted online.  – source


Cat’s week under car bonnet

An Austrian motorist couldn’t work out why his Mercedes car was “purring” along better than normal – until he looked under the bonnet.

Lucky Luna had survived more than 300 miles of motoring without food or water before her mewing raised the alarm.

The petrified puss had hidden so deep inside the engine that it had to be dismantled to get her out.  – source