A little less synced with the song and video than last time around, but I guess there wasn’t a video of hundreds dancing in sync to Hammer’s music.
They sure can dance and handle large-scale choreography, can’t they?Ã‚Â But they need baggier pants to reallllly fully pull off that song.
[tags]Filipino prisoners, Dance, Hammer, Can’t touch this, Hammer don’t hurt ’em[/tags]
A cow-orker shared this fantastic pic of a most assuredly deadly female ninja, which I tracked back to this blog.
I’ll take a simple PB and Jelly, please.
[tags]Ninja, Real Ultimate Power, Sandwich, Sammich, Girl[/tags]
See how powerful the CryENGINE2 is, assuming you have a sufficiently powerful machine to drive this.
Not as good as looking out real-world locations, but extremely impressive for a game engine.Ã‚Â Most of the engine driven stuff is flatter or duller than the real-world video, but I’m still looking forward to being able to run something with CryENGINE2 when I make my next system upgrade.Ã‚Â (via Joystiq)
I can’t recall having seen any moderate or large scale domino setups lately, but recall them being quite the fashion when I was much younger.Ã‚Â Below is a video done by some kinetic artists for a museum.Ã‚Â The real action starts at around 3:30 mark, with leadup showing the already set up domino string, a bit of interview time with the artists, and a few stills of final domino break inserts (when setting up long domino strings, it is typical that one leaves some large holes in case of an accident along the chain and then fills them in when everything else is finished).
The whole action section gets started by the young attendee who guessed closest to the actual number of dominoes used in the display.Ã‚Â (via boingboing)
[tags]dominoes, museum, kinetic artist[/tags]
I’m not really sure when the brilliant hybrid of frikkin’ sharks and laser-beams came about, but it’s pretty clear from this 1963 article on cutting wood with a beam of light that the frikkin’ sharks didn’t yet have frikkin’ laser-beams on their frikkin’ heads – at least, not in popular culture. There was probably an underground cult-like movement with such creatures. I envision them hosting frikkin’ shark fights in frikkin’ pools in frikkin’ secret underground cabins. All before Michael Vick was even born, most likely.
A new technique in woodworking may be on the way. The University of Michigan has developed a tool that cuts through maple and other hardwoods with bursts of light that act like the science-fiction writersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ disintegrating-ray gun. The experimental drill operates with a laser (light amplification by stimulated electron radiation) head that contains a coiled xenon flash tube and a ruby rod. It builds up intensely hot light pulses, focuses them through a lens to vaporize a hole in a block of wood instantly without leaving char. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not ready yet for the home workshop.
I have a theory, in fact, that the young man pictured there is the inventor of the frikkin’ shark/laser hybrid, although I haven’t worked out all the details yet.
[tags]Sharks, laser-beams, cutting wood, wood, laser, frikkin’, Modern Mechanix[/tags]
Honestly, sometimes I even surprise myself with the subjects that I find interesting.Ã‚Â Quite randomly, I recently found this very short, but very cool article on work around the world (well, at least a couple of locations) to build the world’s largest ferris wheel.Ã‚Â A ride that had fallen out of favor some years ago, the ferris wheel seems to be suffering, you might say, a resurgence in interest since the London Eye opened a few years ago.
The larger these monstrous rides become, the greater their capacity and potential profitÃ¢â‚¬â€and the more seriously builders take them. To start, they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t call them Ferris wheels. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We categorize them as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœobservational wheelsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ because of the capsules,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Alexander Pieper, spokesman for the Great Wheel Corporation, which developed the Singapore, Dubai and Beijing wheels.
My bad.Ã‚Â The world’s largest observational wheel.Ã‚Â It’s hardly an article, being no more than sidebar length for any magazine publication, but I found the accompanying illustration (captured in part above) to be chock full of useless cool knowledge. For instance, the original ferris wheel, the Eagle 16 noted in the illustration, made a revolution in a mere 12 seconds.Ã‚Â Now, it’s around half an hour start to finish on the giants.Ã‚Â To borrow a phrase from Keanu Reeves – Whoa.
[tags]Ferris Wheel, Observational wheels, Singapore Flyer, London Eye, Beijing Great Wheel, Extreme Engineering[/tags]
I wish I could get involved in something like this some time.Ã‚Â I don’t live where cool people do cool things like this.
Performance art?Ã‚Â Geeks on patrol?Ã‚Â Just mind-fucking those around you?Ã‚Â Whatever it is, I want to get me some of that.Ã‚Â (via Current_)
Man, I hope this rumored set is real.Ã‚Â Even if I can’t afford it right away, some day I’ll hopefully be able to get this LEGO chess set.
I’m betting it comes out at $150.Ã‚Â Maybe more.Ã‚Â (via boingboing gadgets)
[tags]LEGO, Chess, Rumors[/tags]
This is simply awesomesauce in a little controller.Ã‚Â While catching up on my Penny-Arcade reading for the day (and by the way, might I recommend the PennyPacker extension to you if you are a Mozilla user), I caught this video of a project to make a head-mounted device to give a user the visual sensation of a truly three-dimensional image on a monitor.
The first minute or so of the video might seem a bit boring, but it’s a setup for a really neat demonstration of the effect of real spatial movement effecting the display.Ã‚Â I tried snagging some images from the video to show the effect, but it’s the motion and not the image that makes the effect so cool.Ã‚Â In motion, parts of the image do appear to stand several feet out from the screen, and moving forward will put you behind those parts of the view so you don’t see them any more.
[tags]Penny Arcade, Head mounted display, 3D enabling technology, Wii, Nintendo, Sensor bar[/tags]
These commercials are made by some of the most creative advertising folks, I think.Ã‚Â Not as good as the bouncing-balls ad, but still really cool.
So odd, and so appealing.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Although there seems to be a bit of controversy behind this: Did Sony steal the Bravia ad idea?
I don’t know when this game will be available, but I want it when it comes out.
No information available yet beyond the trailer, but watch the Raptor Safari web site for updates.
[tags]Gaming, Raptor Safari, Games, Physics, Dinosaurs, Jeep based raptor hunting[/tags]
I love LineRider, even though I lack the talent to make something useful and good with it.Ã‚Â Here’s the latest I’ve found that really tickled my Rider-urge:
And my apologies for all the embedded-video posts of late.Ã‚Â I’ve just been on a bit of a playback kick, I suppose.