Endless Parade of Excellence

Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Here's a web cam of a nixie word generator- it refreshes every 5 minutes. BTW, I just got some email from these people selling those big alphanumeric tubes.

Sunday, August 24, 2003
Frogs, diskettes, liquor, pantyhose, dried squid, live shrimp, plastic models of submarines (made on the spot).
These are Things That Have Been Sold In Vending Machines.

Want a word added to the OED? This may not be the best way to go about it.
(Thanks, Ted!)

Saturday, August 23, 2003
Australia's "Bat Mums"

Thursday, August 21, 2003
As a service to our readers in Montreal, here is pretty much everything currently known about poutine.

It's been a while since I've done a "weird-ass stuff from the bottom of the sea" post. Here's the latest- a fiber-optic sponge! I wonder if they can splice some of its DNA into a polar bear?

Wednesday, August 20, 2003
So if old pachinko machines need funerals, am I gonna get haunted by mine? Should I offer it some incense or something? I'd offer it a few more thanks if I didn't have to un-jam all the balls every time I play with it.

Yay! Someone's made a hipster bingo card that randomizes when you reload the page. it's about about time.

Friday, August 15, 2003
I'm not old enough to remember the CK722 transistor, but a lot of people seem to really love it.

Thursday, August 14, 2003
One immature stick insect (extatasoma) included only. Does not come with habitat or food. Available year round. Not to be released to nature.

Eastern European graphics and lurid safety propaganda are two of my favorite things. So I think these are most excellent.
(via coudal partners)

Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Continuing the theme of "cool glass things that are usually small, but can be big" (see yesterday), Japanese Monster Nixie Clock!

Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Yes! Drinking birds can be scaled up! I want one!

Monday, August 11, 2003
What's with Boards of Canada, cults, and backwards-recorded references to the devil?
Not to mention Leslie Neilsen.

Friday, August 08, 2003
Museum of Early Video Editing Equipment and Techniques. I've seen a lot of this stuff in use. And I remember when a bottle of pop cost a dime.

I recently had an interesting conversation with an O.R. nurse about operating room music. Apparently, while you're unconscious, your doctors are having big fights about what tunes to crank. Of course, if the patient is Jack White, at least they know it's gonna be The White Stripes...
(caution: slightly gruesome.)

Taking digital snapshots? Please keep the default filenames, so we can check 'em out with the Random Personal Picture Finder.
(via thingsmagazine)

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

What if Endless Parade of Excellence was actually Mr. T's blog?
(thanks, MK!)

Very cool Boombox Museum.
(via thingsmagazine)

One million volts of fun. From the always excellent Mike's Electric Stuff.
(thanks, dan!)

Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Transform pig parts into faux cephalopods with Octodog. Yum.