Friday, August 29, 2008

Synchronizing metronomes
Ipco Creamy Snuff Tobacco Toothpaste. Hmmm.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The World's Smallest Book goes on sale this week.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

419eater: who knew Nigerian Scambaiters had their own trophy room?

The Automatic Man (from a gallery of Victorian Robots)
Steve Schofield's "Land of the Free" photograph series highlights people who like to dress up. Trek/Starwars, of course, lead the pack. Where's all the good, new SF?

Great animated video for Jakob Dylan's "Evil is Alive and Well"
I've always thought that modern athletic shoes are the ugliest things on the planet. While the functionality is clearly far ahead of what was available decades ago, these gains have been more than offset by the sheer bulk of ugly, pointless cap that is rubber molded and stitched on to these things. 37Signals takes a look at an offender

Want to make a billion dollars? Design a sneaker that looks great.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Good magazine traces the greatest journeys in history. (interactive, Good)
How RFID could be used to track unsuspecting people (Scientific American)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

America's Outrageous War Economy (MarketWatch)
Yes, America's economy is a war economy. Not a "manufacturing" economy. Not an "agricultural" economy. Nor a "service" economy. Not even a "consumer" economy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Emily is not real.
The end of actors?
Spongebob on Healthcare reform

P: “I can’t see a doctor because my job doesn’t provide me with health insurance.”

S: “What job is that?”

P: “Exactly.”

Is McCain another George W Bush (cnn)
Russia invades Georgia and President Bush goes on vacation. Our president has spent one-third of his entire two terms in office either at Camp David, Maryland, or at Crawford, Texas, on vacation.

His time away from the Oval Office included the month leading up to 9/11, when there were signs Osama bin Laden was planning to attack America, and the time Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans.

Sen. John McCain takes weekends off and limits his campaign events to one a day. He made an exception for the religious forum on Saturday at Saddleback Church in Southern California.

I think he made a big mistake. When he was invited last spring to attend a discussion of the role of faith in his life with Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, McCain didn't bother to show up. Now I know why.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A children's book (free pdf download) based on Slint's epically dismal 1991 Spiderland song "Good Morning, Captain".
Using photographs to enhance video of a static scene.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Odd ebay: $300,000 Origami V-8 Engine. 5756 pieces of paper. 3.4 rpm, so no racing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Photography as a Weapon (nytimes)
As almost everyone knows by now, various major daily newspaper published, on July 10, a photograph of four Iranian missiles streaking heavenward; then Little Green Footballs (significantly, a blog and not a daily newspaper) provided evidence that the photograph had been faked. Later, many of those same papers published a Whitman’s sampler of retractions and apologies.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Our Phony Economy (Harpers)

Visual Kidnapping (pingmag)

Wordle: frequency-sensitive word clouds
Amazing footage of a 1916 boardtrack motorcycle race. This is the only known footage of this now extinct racing style.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Constructivism: the ism that keeps on givin'
In the west, a few designers have sought to exploit Constructivism for more than just its easily imitated style. For them, there is genuine affection for a look associated so closely with political ideal­ism. Their hope is that through a kind of ideo­logical osmosis their work communicates their belief in a cause. “It doesn’t hurt that there was a political component to the movement,” observes New York designer Alex Isley. “People believed in something that was radical in its day. That’s seductive.”

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

One man's vision to recreate an Excelsior board track motorcycle from scratch. Be sure to click the next page links and look at the lengths he's gone through to handmake every part of a motorcycle that was originally designed over 90 years ago. Truly inspiring for anyone interested in the glory days of American manufacturing.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Soundchaser is an interesting analog music format. No worries about DRM on this.

Also check the fingerplayer!
Small cars can look cool too (2blowhards)

Monday, August 04, 2008

RatRodBikes has a great gallery of vintage cruiser and tank bike restorations and modifications

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Some nice early motorcycle and bicycle racing photos

Friday, August 01, 2008

Deranged Bush Administration psychopaths recently met in Cheney's office to discuss ways to provoke a war with Iran.

You know, because the last one turned out so great.

There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up. Might cost some lives.
Awesome bike absurdity (via boingboing)