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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Monday, November 29, 2004
Are you supposed to invite your friends to inspect your mouth with a flashlight and a dental mirror, or do you pull out a saliva-covered Scooby Doo or Hello Kitty and wave it in their faces? Or is it just your little secret?

Friday, November 26, 2004
Before Pong, there was table hockey. I can't accept the new sets with plastic players. The only ones worth playing are the ones where you can cut yourself on the guys.
(via thingsmagazine)
Update: They show you how to make your own metal men. A similar technique could be used to make metal women, too!

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Mister Jalopy's Hoopty Rides. It's like a vehicular Heavy Little Objects . Anyone who lusts after old gauges, fiber washers and bookmobiles from ebay is my kind of person. If he sells that Curta I can stop clicking on it. I don't need it, idontneeditidontneedit

"Legend has it that while on a tour of the home pong manufacturing facilities, the Sears people were shown the Video Music prototype. One of the people from Sears asked what they were smoking when they designed it, and one of the technicians stepped out from the back room and produced a lit joint. "

Go to a Starbucks during the "holiday season". Look at the wreath on the door (the one that swings around and hits you.) Tell me that doesn't look like a spray-painted pangolin.

Sunday, November 21, 2004
"Emerging Infectious Diseases is not about art. The journal has a cover to protect the scientific content from the elements. But as a communication tool, art seems to work. Our readers enjoy the covers. We don't know exactly why. But as Georges Braque once said, 'There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain.' "
(via coudal partners)

This is the beginning of the end. For god's sake, don't give them guns.
(via MeFi)

Calder's Circus. I probably would have known about this if I'd gone to art school but better late than never. There's some video here- the mpg clip works, but the Real player stuff crashes my computer. Maybe you'll have better luck. Those of you who've seen the puppet shows that I do with Von Bark will understand why I think this is cool. Plus, I've been ripping off a lot of Calder ideas lately.

Science geeks rejoice. Google Scholar is very cool. Now you can do fun searches like this. And scary searches like this.

Saturday, November 20, 2004
Everyone and their dog has been blogging this one, but if you haven't seen it yet, here y' go.
It really should be titled How Computers Should Look, and How IT People Should Dress.

Friday, November 19, 2004
An interesting article about Ferranti Canada, and their early computers. I did not know that the trackball is a Canadian invention! What I was actually looking for was information about flip disc displays which, it turns out, are also Canadian! I always thought they were British. You've seen them on buses and game shows. Paul Davies made a beautiful artwork out of them.

Monday, November 15, 2004
If you spend much time in downtown Toronto, you've seen the Rat Guy. He's an old guy in a long coat, who always has some rats perched on his shoulder, or, if you're lucky, a whole row on his arm, like songbirds on a telephone wire. He'll sell you a rat if you want one. I bet he'd have a really good time at this.
(Thanks, Ron!)
UPDATE: just noticed this in the FAQ:
"We strongly caution against the purchase of rats outside in the parking lot as these animals were not registered and we cannot be assured of their health or viral status. If you do decide to purchase a rat outside the show arena, please do so after you have been inside to ensure you do not bring a virus in with you on your clothing or hands."

Sunday, November 14, 2004
I saw this the other night. All the sadness was outweighed by the sight of a bunch of teenagers in leather jackets, in the next row, who were jumping up and down, shushing eachother, and singing along to all the songs.

Electromechanical telephone relays.
I still use a rotary phone. I like to imagine it connected to these things, even though I know that it's not so.

A really complete Mainzer Cat site.

Saturday, November 13, 2004
Story of the General Instruments pong-on-a chip. I just got a Coleco Telstar on ebay for a penny!

I'd always wondered if this would work. I guess it does.
Fish highway!
There's a "skate" (read: expensive clothing) shop downtown that has a similar setup, made from dryer duct, for their ferrets.
(via grow a brain)

Friday, November 12, 2004
"Some parts of the internet should be nice, for the nice people."
Adorablog is a blog about cuteness. We're not nice people, but hey, we won't say no to kittens and stuff like that.

Thursday, November 11, 2004
Half of them are sorry. That's a start.
(thanks, Sarah!)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Got 'im, got 'im, need 'im..
Trading cards featuring champion athletes and war heros. All of them are pigeons.
(via coudal partners)

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Sunday, November 07, 2004
All your frog are belong to us.
(The first time I saw this, I was too dumb to click on the main page. You're smarter than that.)
(via everyone)

The Rolling Ball Web
An Online Compendium of Rolling Ball Sculptures, Clocks, Etc.
Just like it says.

We had one of these as kids. (caution, tripod site, sorry)

Saturday, November 06, 2004
A request: I'm looking for references to new media or kinetic art (or any art, for that matter) using phosphorescent or fluorescent pigments. Stuff like this, and this, and this. Anything. Even if it's not a link, even if it's "some guy, um, in Europe, um, made this thing, that like, glowed, and stuff".
Yes, I'm working on something, yes, it glows, and no, I won't tell you what it is. Not right now. It's that cool. Soon. I promise. Thanks.

A FPS flash game where you shoot kittens with rubber bands.
Do I even have to tell you that it's via b3ta?

Yay CBC for adding an audio stream in Ogg Vorbis format.

Friday, November 05, 2004
I've been fascinated by FLIP ever since seeing it in the book that turned me and my sister into fish freaks. Up till now, I'd never seen the inside, although I spent many hours as a kid imagining what a living space that had to rotate 90 degrees would look like.

Thursday, November 04, 2004
"Blendie 2000 is a free standing blender as seen in the video documentation. Any person may walk up and try to talk with Blendie. If they make their voice sufficiently blender-like then Blendie 2000 will begin to pitch-track and power-match their voice. For example, if the person growls low pitch low volume at the blender it will spin slowly. If they want to mix sticky peanut butter or crush ice slowly they may need to keep the same pitch but increase volume for more torque. To ask Blendie 2000 to whip some cream fast the person will have to make a higher pitched blender sound for Blendie to match and whip with."

Even if you are on dial-up, and have to leave your computer on all night to download it, watch the video. No, really. You must.

One thing that occurred to me, watching it, is that if you somehow get your hand caught in the blender, you can't scream.

(via Eyebeam ReBlog)

Wednesday, November 03, 2004
This SO kicks the sorry ass of the Barbie Country Camper. Because it's REAL.
(via Sachs Report)

"The Cloud Harp is a meteo-electronic installation that converts real-time, thanks to an infra-red laser beam and a telescope sharing the same optics, the height, density and structure of clouds into sounds and musical sequences. "
(Thanks, Maria!)

World's smallest pong.

Remember the Fairlight CMI? If you were poor, you had a Yamaha CX5M instead.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004
LittleFilm.org has an excellent page about preserving and archiving your home movies.