Endless Parade of Excellence

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Katamari Damacy in Play-Doh.
(via boingboing)

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
RotoTone. A really nice looking phone project.

Toy Replicas. For when you need a hand.
(Thanks, Ken!)

Monday, February 21, 2005
" Snow lantern is very easy to make, but it's a very fine piece of art."
Really. If you have nice packing snow, go outside tonight and make a whole bunch. You can even make some in a park, and just leave them there.* It's not like you're going to burn anything down.

*or, if you're single, continue to fuss over them. You'll soon attact "helpers". Make sure you have cocoa back at your place!

Sunday, February 20, 2005
The Kaman HH-43 helicopter had wooden rotor blades. And when Charles Kaman wasn't designing helicopters, he was making guitars.

Lots and lots of rubber dinosaurs, obsessively classified.
(Via Plep)

Now you can look for pulsars from the comfort of home.
(thanks, Dan!)

Saturday, February 19, 2005
An article about Robert Rental. This is one of the reasons I will always need a working turntable. One cool thing about it is that it only has one side.
(via The Cartoonist)

"One question while planning the new machine always was: What other means could be used to inflict pain on the player? Of course we immediately thought about pepper spray and punches in the gut, but we needed something that wouldn't cause another lawyer to write us.
Since one major aspect of pain in the game is to distract the players from the actual gameplay, we found that using a flash to temporarily blind the player could be a nice addition. Moreover, the flash makes for a good light effect and nobody will get hurt!"

The Artwork Formerly Known as PainStation

The Somerville Gates.
Thanks, Ted!

Thursday, February 17, 2005
Wow, there goes the afternoon. Japanese Warning Signs. Including one of my personal favorites! I have a 3D photo of that one somewhere. I've never one of these in real life. I'm not sure I want to.
(Via BoingBoing)

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
I've added a link to my del.icio.us over there <-----. Del.icio.us is a "social bookmark manager". You can read about it here. It will function as a categorical archive of sorts, as well as providing links to things that don't get into the blog, but are nonetheless interesting or useful. You can get an RSS feed of the whole thing, or of the tags individually. It will take me a while to get all the archives linked, so be patient.

Now Then. See how your favorite comics artists drew when they were kids.
(Via MeFi)

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Handmade Katamari Damacy hats. If I see you wearing one of these, I'll try not to grab your head and roll it through piles of thumbtacks and flocks of pigeons. Really, I'll try, but I can't promise anything.
(via boingboing)

Sunday, February 06, 2005
If you are in Toronto, come out Monday night to Lickety Split, with Yuko Nexus6, Sarah Peebles, Barnyard Drama, and me.

"Yuko will sing some Japanese old folk songs in "folktronica" way with Max/MSP and will manipulate a variety of her own sounds. Sarah will gently massage (sounds of) bees in bottles, freshly-fallen snow, Tokyo JR train stop songs and little birds from New Zealand. Rob will project slides, film loops, shadows, and perhaps a pixel or two. Brightly coloured shapes and movement will stimulate learning. Barnyard Drama will do what they do best: think Mahler and Wagner, slow it right down, add radio Istanbul and the tooth fairy Ĺ’cause you know it's got to be sweet and creepy."

Monday, February 7, 2005 - 8 p.m.
The Tranzac Club
292 Brunswick Ave (just south of Bloor St.) - Toronto
Suggested $10 / PWYC
More info here.

Ants in blue goo. Reminds me of the time a whole bunch of ants came out of a crack at work. We found where the sand for the ashtrays was kept, and made a bunch of ant farms out of bottles and things. The interesting thing about ants is that they'll make a little room where they put all the dead ants. Maybe they can't really live on bits of Power Bar.
(via B3ta)

Wednesday, February 02, 2005
If you enjoyed the Lance video, you'd probably dig the Landmaster, too. I didn't actually see the movie at the time that it came out, but I had the Roger Zelazney paperback with a photo section. I'm sure there are lots of badly drawn doodles of the thing in my old jr. high notebooks at the bottom of some landfill somewhere.
(via Jalopnik, via near near future.)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Meet Lance. (warning: hugely huge real media file.)
(thanks, Kat!)