Archive for June, 2009

Optical illusions: 3D sidwealk chalk drawings

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 by Deems

I’ve shared with you some great three-dimensional artwork by Tracy Lee Stum and John Pugh. If you enjoyed those check out a great gallery on the Mighty Optical Illusions website for some more great chalk artwork – amazing how a little perspective in a drawing makes it almost come alive. [via Mighty Optical Illusions]

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3dchalk-waterfall

This last picture I’ve added to this post was done by an artist by the name of Kurt Wenner. Check out his gallery on his portfolio site to see some more great works by him.

3dchalk-kurt-wenner-painting

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VOTD: Church Wars

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, 27 June 2009 by Deems

On the small Greek island of Chios there’s a strange tradition that happens each year over Easter.

Two rival churches have a go at each other, with fireworks. The aim is to hit the opposing Church’s bell tower with their fireworks.

On Easter Sunday evening, as mass is said in both churches, the rival parish “gangs” set to work, lighting fireworks and aiming them haphazardly at each other’s church bells.

Amid the melee, priests in both churches attempt to continue with mass, although the deafening sounds of fireworks and cheers as the rockets hit their targets often drown out the proceedings entirely.

Residents also admit it is not the most safety conscious of ceremonies, with several fires in recent years sparked by rockets and even a few deaths. – source BBC News

These Greeks and their crazy traditions. HOPA! [via DamnCoolPics]

VOTD: Front-wheel drive WIN

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 by Deems

This woman is so upset about her SUV being towed away that she gets into her car and drives off, pulling the tow-truck behind her! [via Damn Cool Pics]

POTD: Mother-in-law remote

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 by Deems
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Simple, one-touch function

[via The Chive]

Japanese Battleship made from Lego

Posted in General with tags , , on Saturday, 20 June 2009 by Deems
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Warhip replica made from Lego blocks

College student Jumpei Mitsui built an authentic scale mode of a Japanese Yamato class Battleship. Some stats  and a video below. [via The Chive]

  • 200 000 Lego blocks
  • 6 years and 4 months to build
  • Weighs 150kg (330 lbs)
  • 6.6 meters (22 feet) in length
  • 1 meter (3 feet) in width (midship)
  • 1/40 Scale
  • Motorised gun

Layars: Augmented Reality Browser

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Thursday, 18 June 2009 by Deems

No, not a spelling mistake – Layars is going to change the way you browse, with your mobile phone.

Forget the new iPhone 3G S with it’s amazing (cough) copy/paste, video recording and MMS sending capabilities. Layars are the future.

It’s a new type of browser that uses your mobile phone’s camera, GPS and built-in compass to add more detailed mapping and information about the area you’re seeing through your mobile phone’s camera.

What is Layar?
The World’s First Augmented Reality Browser. Layar is a free application on your mobile phone which shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of reality though the camera of your mobile phone.

What are layars?
Layars are the equivalent of web pages in normal browsers. Just like there are thousands of websites there will be thousands of layars in our application. A layar is the digital view that is added to the camera view. This is the first time that so many brands use one application to provide an augmented reality service on the mobile phone.

They’ll be releasing their product in the Netherlands first and only on the Android platform on the G1 and HTC Magic. They say they will be targetting the iPhone 3G S next and what ever other mobile phones come to market with the required capabilities.

Still interested, want to know more, then check out the video demo below and go take a look at their website, blog or follow them on Twitter.

[via Cherryflava]

Product of the day: Comfort Wipe

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 by Deems
comfortwipe

So, this is what the Comfort Wipe looks like - it extends your arm a full 18 inches!

Now I’ve seen a number of very strange infomercials in my time but this has got to be one of the strangest ones.

In short it’s a product for people to wipe themselves with after doing their business without touching themselves with their hands (or like normal people do, with the toilet paper, yes I know many countries use bidets).

Take a look at the video below.

Where do they get actors who can deliver those lines with such straight faces? They should definitely have something like the Oscar’s for best infomercial actor.

Now here’s the kicker. I’m always skeptical about commercials like these so I sniffed around (cough) and came up with a post on Cracked where this guy was also a bit dubious about the product’s authenticity and called the number. Imagine his amazement when he got connected to a real person on the other side for that very product.

You have got to read the whole transcript – I was in tears (stifiling my laughter so as not to wake the kids!). [via 2oceansvibe]

Update 20 June 2009 – it appears the product didn’t make it as the commercial was just a test run to gauge consumer interest [via NYMag]