Posts tagged as: i want one


Sunday, October 26, 2008


Billy Mays Can’t Read



Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Chimp learns to be a firefighter

I’ve gotta move to Japan and get myself a monkey.

(20.4meg Flash video)

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Thursday, September 25, 2008


Third Eye Camera

‘Designed to study the beauty of decay.

4”x5” camera made from Aluminium, Titanium, Brass, Silver, Gem Stones and a 150 year old skull of a 13 year old girl. Light and time enters at the third eye, exposing the film in the middle of the skull.’

Sunday, September 14, 2008


The baby turtle born with two-heads

‘It is the baby turtle that proves two heads really are better than one.

While its siblings grow at a the usual steady pace, this tiny creature is speeding ahead.

The reason for its extraordinary growth spurt is simple: having two heads mean it eats twice as fast. [..]

Water World spokesman Jimmy Hu said: ‘We got it two weeks ago and it’s growing fast, probably because it can eat twice as fast as the others.

‘It was mixed among many other turtles and we only discovered it this week.’

Mr Hu added: ‘It’s very rare to see a turtles with two heads, we plan to keep it and raise it carefully for future research.”


Wednesday, August 20, 2008


German police seize teens’ motorized office chair

‘German police have confiscated what may be the world’s fastest office chair. Police say officers happened on the contraption – the work of two inventive 17-year-olds – in the western town of Gross-Zimmern on Saturday.

The pair had added a lawnmower engine, bicycle brakes and a metal frame to the revolving chair – making into a go-kart-like vehicle.

Police said in a statement Monday the inventors insisted they had only tested it over a few meters, but witnesses reported seeing it on several streets.

They are being investigated over a variety of possible offenses, including defying insurance regulations, driving without a license and violating registration requirements.

Police did not say what top speed the chair could reach.’

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Gordon the robot controlled by living brain

‘Meet Gordon, probably the world’s first robot controlled exclusively by living brain tissue.

Created from cultured rat neurons, Gordon’s primitive grey matter was designed at the UK’s University of Reading by scientists who unveiled the neuron-powered machine yesterday.

Their groundbreaking experiments explore the vanishing boundary between natural and artificial intelligence, and could shed light on the basic building blocks of memory and learning, a lead researcher said.

“The purpose is to figure out how memories are stored in a biological brain,” said Kevin Warwick, a professor at the University of Reading and one of the robot’s principle architects.’

Friday, May 2, 2008


Scientists Create First Memristor: Missing Fourth Electronic Circuit Element

‘Researchers at HP Labs have built the first working prototypes of an important new electronic component that may lead to instant-on PCs as well as analog computers that process information the way the human brain does.

The new component is called a memristor, or memory resistor. Up until today, the circuit element had only been described in a series of mathematical equations written by Leon Chua, who in 1971 was an engineering student studying non-linear circuits. Chua knew the circuit element should exist — he even accurately outlined its properties and how it would work. Unfortunately, neither he nor the rest of the engineering community could come up with a physical manifestation that matched his mathematical expression.

Thirty-seven years later, a group of scientists from HP Labs has finally built real working memristors, thus adding a fourth basic circuit element to electrical circuit theory, one that will join the three better-known ones: the capacitor, resistor and the inductor.’


Sunday, April 20, 2008


Home Made DS

(2.6meg Flash video)

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Monday, April 14, 2008


Bacon Vodka

‘Fry up three strips of bacon

Add cooked bacon to a clean pint sized mason jar. Trim the ends of the bacon if they are too tall to fit in the jar. Or you could go hog wild and just pile in a bunch of fried up bacon scraps.

Fill the jar up with vodka. Cap and place in a dark cupboard for at least three weeks.(No need to refrigerate)

At the end of the three week resting period, place the bacon vodka in the freezer to solidify the fats. Strain out the fats through a coffee filter to yield a clear filtered pale yellow bacon vodka.

Decant into decorative bottles and enjoy.’


Saturday, April 12, 2008


Kettering University student Will Foster builds fully operational half-size Panzer tank

‘Will Foster never has too much trouble getting a parking spot for his second vehicle.

After all, who’s going to argue with a guy driving a half-scale Panzer tank complete with a working air cannon?

“I took it home, driving it around in this white picket fence neighborhood and one of the neighbors called the cops on us,” said Foster, a Kettering University student who began building the tank from scratch nearly two years ago.

“(Police) came and they just told us to head back home, but they were also laughing at it because they had never seen anything like that before.” [..]

Roughly the size of a small car, Foster’s tank can reach speeds of around 20 mph with its three-cylinder diesel engine. Just like the real thing, the tank runs on treads and has a 360-degree cannon powered by compressed air from a scuba tank.’

(7.6meg Flash video)

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Sunday, March 30, 2008


Australian Formula 2 Club

Australian Formula 2 racing has existed since 1964, making it one of oldest classes of motor racing in the country. The format allows participants to compete with relatively cheap vehicles whilst still remaining competitive, which basically means anyone can have a go. Except hippies, because they won’t run on soy bean oil.

The website has information about upcoming events as well as results for current and past seasons, as you’d expect. There’s also plenty of photos of the cars in action. Occasionally you can even buy one of the cars through the website. [I think they should give me one for free in return for the link, really. :)]

The 2008 season starts in about a fortnight, so if you care to go and see these cars driving around the place, that’s the time to do it. πŸ™‚ Good stuff. πŸ™‚


Sunday, March 23, 2008


Boston Dynamics Big Dog

‘Boston Dynamics just released a new video of the Big Dog on ice and snow, and also demoing its walking gait.’

(7.9meg Flash video)

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Sunday, March 16, 2008


Horseradish Fire Alarm

‘A new type of fire alarm in Japan has been developed using the pungent smell of horseradish.

The device is drawing attention as a new way to warn people with hearing disabilities.

Medical equipment manufacturers have developed a technology to extract components of the strong odor of horseradish, seal them inside a can and spray them out.

Shiga University of Medical Science Hospital cooperated with the makers and carried out experiments to see if the horseradish smell can wake up people from a deep sleep.

Fourteen people, including those with hearing disabilities, took part in the experiments.

In the experiment, 13 out of the 14 subjects woke up in less than two minutes after the smell reached their noses.’


Friday, March 7, 2008


Who needs security when you have a robot?

‘Rufus Terrill has had it with the drug dealers, petty thieves and vandals he says roam the streets outside his downtown Atlanta bar, O’Terrills.

But instead of calling the police or hiring private security guards, Terrill reached for his toolbox.

He mounted an old meat smoker atop a three-wheel scooter and attached a spotlight, an infrared camera, water cannon and a loudspeaker. He covered the contraption with impact-resistant rubber and painted the whole thing jet black.

And so was born what surely must be Atlanta’s first remote-controlled, robotic vigilante. [..]

He flashes the robot’s spotlight and grabs a walkie-talkie, which he uses to boom his disembodied voice over the robot’s sound system.

“I tell them they are trespassing, it’s private property, and they have to leave,” he said. “They throw bottles and cans at it. That’s when I shoot the water cannon. They just scatter like roaches.” [..]

Terrill insists he’s not a kook, that he’s serious about using his robot to fight crime.’


Giant ‘chicken droppings catapult’ set up by businessman to protect premises from arsonists

‘Every night Joe Weston-Webb loads chicken droppings into a 30ft catapult and primes a cannon that used to fire his wife with a railway sleeper, all in the name of security.

The ex-showman wheeled out old props in a desperate bid to protect his business from arsonists. [..]

Mr Weston-Webb, 70, has rigged up Britain’s biggest anti-burglar device after being targeted by vandalism, break-ins and even an arson attack.

But police have told him he will be prosecuted if he unleashes the wrath of the 30ft-tall Roman catapult – filled with chicken poo collected from a nearby farm – on any yobs he catches on his property.

The businessman has even put up a sign outside his property reading: “WARNING. These premises are protected by Smart Poo and railway sleeper projectiles.”‘

Friday, February 22, 2008


Awesome Water Swing Catapult

Looks like fun. πŸ™‚

(3.8meg Flash video)

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Thursday, February 7, 2008


Hay presto! Farmer unveils the ‘illegal’ mock-Tudor castle he tried to hide behind 40ft hay bales

‘Hiding a needle in a haystack is easy enough.

But Robert Fidler kept something much bigger concealed among the piles of straw down on his farm… a castle.

Over the course of two years, he managed to secretly – and unlawfully – build the imposing mock Tudor structure in one of his fields, shielded behind a 40ft stack of hay bales covered by a huge tarpaulins.

Once it was finished, he and his family moved in and lived there for four years before finally revealing the development – complete with battlements and cannons – in August 2006.

Mr Fidler claims that because the building has been there for four years with no objections, it is no longer illegal.’

Friday, February 1, 2008


Whiz kid invents snow machine

‘While most kids spend free time with their Xbox 360s and Guitar Hero games, this 10-year-old whiz kid was busy inventing a snow machine.

Austinites haven’t seen much snow through the winter season; perhaps individuals seeking a fun slide down a hoary hill should turn to this young genius in West Linn, Oregon.

Pearson, using a 30 gallon air compressor he received for Christmas, a pressure washer, and loads of research, created his own backyard ski resort. [..]

“We’re past toys, we’re into air compressors and spray nozzles,” said Pearson’s mother.

The nozzle on his concoction sprays out a perfect powder. His machine is so efficient that it produced the astounding three feet of snow overnight.’

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm

‘Swarms of robots that use electromagnetic forces to cling together and assume different shapes are being developed by US researchers.

The grand goal is to create swarms of microscopic robots capable of morphing into virtually any form by clinging together.

Seth Goldstein, who leads the research project at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, in the US, admits this is still a distant prospect.

However, his team is using simulations to develop control strategies for futuristic shape-shifting, or “claytronic”, robots, which they are testing on small groups of more primitive, pocket-sized machines.’


Airbus A380 – cockpit

A 3D rendering of the cockpit of this airplane.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Building a Wooden Bicycle

‘As a 16-year-old high school student in the International Baccalaureate program, I am required to complete a ‘personal project’ on a non-academic topic that is of interest to me. I have always enjoyed woodworking and design, so I decided to build a functional wooden bicycle. There was to be no metal used in its construction, only wood and glue. I wanted a project that would be a challenge.

This project came to mind as I was reflecting on the many stories my opa, Case Vandersluis, told me about his adventures in Holland during World War II. Opa was roughly the age I am now when he had to build wooden wheels for his bicycle, as rubber was scarce during the war.

I wasn’t sure my wooden bicycle would actually work. I quickly realized the first pieces of the puzzle I needed to figure out were the chain and the sprockets (gears), since the design of all the other components depended on these.’


Honour sought for ‘Soldier Bear’

‘A campaign has been launched to build a permanent memorial to a bear which spent much of its life in Scotland – after fighting in World War II.

The bear – named Voytek – was adopted in the Middle East by Polish troops in 1943, becoming much more than a mascot. [..]

He saw action at Monte Cassino before being billeted – along with about 3,000 other Polish troops – at the army camp in the Scottish Borders.

The soldiers who were stationed with him say that he was easy to get along with.

“He was just like a dog – nobody was scared of him,” said Polish veteran Augustyn Karolewski, who still lives near the site of the camp.

“He liked a cigarette, he liked a bottle of beer – he drank a bottle of beer like any man.”‘

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Top Gear – Self Racing BMW 330i

A car that drives itself around the race track at high speed.. Cunning. πŸ™‚

(6.7meg Flash video)

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Top Gear PLP50 Review

A large man in a small car is always amusing. πŸ™‚

(22meg Flash video)

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Monday, January 21, 2008


How to make a vision-guided fireball-throwing catapult out of an ordinary industrial robot

‘We wanted to make a catapult that could destroy a car with bowling balls from at least 80 feet away, throw fireballs, and be controlled through a computer vision system so it could be aimed from a laptop. Result? Success.’

(9meg Flash video)

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Thursday, January 17, 2008


Antique Medical and Surgical Instruments

There’s a lot of strange and cool stuff to look at.

When I build my time machine I’m gonna go be a doctor in the past for a while. Medicine was classy back then. They don’t make urethral dilators out of ivory in this day and age, that’s for sure. πŸ™‚


Thursday, January 10, 2008


the forgotten sound mirrors

‘from 1915 onwards these huge eerie concrete structures started popping up along the uk coast, all built with one purpose: to provide the military with an early warning system in relation to incoming aircraft. their construction was pretty much limited to the uk and arrived just before radar technology as we know it became widespread.’

Laser Loaded Missile Defense Plane

(3.8meg Flash video)

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Sunday, January 6, 2008


Ring light 4.0: fiber optic ring flash

‘You can’t deny I’m full of ideas. After doing 5 earlier attempts at getting shadowless light onto a macro scene, some good, some bad, this is yet another approach: fiber optics. I haven’t seen many people try this. [..]’

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Making a new door

‘This time I went for chip wood board to get it straight and stable. I also used a 4 layer glass. Two outer layers of 3mm float glass and two inner layers of 3mm plexi glass where the image were engraved. I had to use plexiglass as it conducts light way better than normal glass.’

If I had one tho, it would probably being a glowing goatse door. Because goatse is always funny. πŸ™‚