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A blog by Rob Cruickshank.
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Friday, April 30, 2004
Thursday, April 29, 2004
The Glossarist: a searchable directory of
glossaries and topical dictionaries. "New Categories" include fisheries and body art. You may need both to discuss this with the experts.
(glossarist via coudal partners, I forget where I first saw the fish)
Become aware of your skull. And other stuff.
Follow These Instructions.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Every self-respecting cycling or running geek owns a heart rate monitor. If you don't have one, get one. Yes, you too, Mr. Horse.
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Mechanical differential analyzers are cool. Mechanical differential analyzers made out of Meccano are wicked cool.
Update: Here's a nice explanation of how it works.
Saturday, April 24, 2004
A gallery of General Radio equipment. Why can't all electronics look this nice?
War is now healthier for children and other living things.
"The major goal of the Institute for the promotion of the less than one millimetre is to bring organisms normally neglected because of their invisibility under the attention of a wide audience. No longer will amazing creatures like 'Noctiluca scintillans ' or 'Volvox aureus ' be regarded as insignificant! Let the unicellulars rule the web!"
Thursday, April 22, 2004
"I always knew this was going to happen. I always knew that skepticism and science were mere psychological decorations and vanities. Deep in our alligator brains we all know that the world is just chock full of evil and monsters and sinister forces aligned against us, and it is only a matter of time until they show up. Evolution know this, too. It knows what to do when the silent terror comes at you from out of the dark."
The Horror of Blimps.
Monday, April 19, 2004
There's a roti shop near you.
Sunday, April 18, 2004
...& now a wee slice o' real life (& a classic bit of cult pop culture history): some comments on the immortal dialogues of the 'dirty little man' and the 'piece of f*kin' sh*t'...
(thanks to Professor Steve)
(posted by Von Bark)
The Mumpsimus has some interesting comments about the states of science fictions...
(via The Cultural Gutter; via Mr.Nobody)
(posted by Von Bark)
Who needs Orkut? Hook up with other apple snail fans on the discussion board at applesnail.net.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Yep, it's my birthday. I share it with the Ford Mustang. We're 40 today.
(It's not too late to get me a present.)
A Mere Outline of a Neoist Thesaurus
(posted by Von Bark)
('Appy Bird-day, RDC!)
Friday, April 16, 2004
Got an old submarine? RTFM.
Full of beautifully illustrated pages like this one.
Update: if you want to be a 12 year old about it, you can look for the dirtiest sounding sub-assemblies. Try to beat this one:
2. PUMP FAN
3. ROTARY SEAL INSERT
4. SEAL RING
5. ROTARY SEAL BELLOWS
6. VENTING COCK
7. HOSE CONNECTING NIPPLE, TO CONTROL UNIT
8. PUMP IMPELLER
9. HOSE CONNECTING NIPPLE, TO RODOMETER
10. DRIP FITTING
Wild Pig Cam. Nice ambient audio. I have yet to see a pig.
This is so true...chicks dig puppets.
"You don't just have to use the "Puppet Method" in nightclubs to meet and attract single women. You can use your hand puppet anywhere to talk to women. Believe me, they will be laughing so hard they can hardly stand it!"
(via the Accordion Guy)
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Everyone's favorite bear/cat-like creature, Mr Nobody, has a website now.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Thanks to my friend Ken , I now know what engine turning is about. Here's a reference, in case you need one while working on that Faberge egg.
Howtoons. Open source, nerdy yet hip projects for kids. Build a marshmallow cannon! Count in binary! Beautifully drawn, and they assume that your kids actually have some brains in their heads.
(via coudal partners)
Sharpeworld is back. If you don't have a high-speed connection yet, now would be a good time.
Sunday, April 11, 2004
Live in Toronto? Need a cat? Have we got the deal for you!. Try looking them in the eye and saying no. You can't, can you?
Saturday, April 10, 2004
Shake it like a Polaroid picture...
They used to have these at the malls at easter time when I was a kid. I think they had coloured bunnies, too. Our parents told us they injected the eggs, and we believed them. Later, I believed they were airbrushed, or dunked in a tank. You were right, mom.
A condom shop here has a (naturally coloured) live rabbit in the window for easter , along with some rabbit pearls.
(coloured chicks via growabrain)
Thursday, April 08, 2004
Burger King's Subservient Chicken is the big news today.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
It must be skateboarding dog week.
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
I mentioned the skateboarding dog clip to someone who then told me they had seen a scuba diving dog on TV. This looks exactly how he described it, and doesn't look 'shopped, unlike other scuba dogs on the web. I must know more. Somebody must know some details.
Yay owls! I looked at the owl cam that I posted back there, and I saw the first baby owl! Then Mme. Owl came back and sat on it.
Portland Oregon's legendary Burnside skatepark was built guerilla style by skaters, for skaters. No money, no permits, no nothing. Here's a nice Quicktime documentary about it. Full Tilt Boogie.
An IBM System/32 5320 that lived in my friend Dan's garage has found a new home. The nice thing about those old computers was all the possums you could fit inside. Nowadays, about the only critters you can keep are ants.
Monday, April 05, 2004
A skateboarding dog.
"We think Sadie enoys the feel of low-level electric current."
O-Gauge Train Running, With Cats.
"Our liger could easily eat a hundred pound of food in a sitting but they tends to gain a little extra weight so we feed them about 25 pound of food a night. People often ask what our big cats eat. They love to eat something called, King Lion diet, which is made basically by taking a horse, a cow, a couple of pigs and a flock of chickens and putting them into a blender on high with all they parts and pieces. "
Sunday, April 04, 2004
Make Ur Own lightbulbs and cathode ray tubes.
Live cam of the Eiger Nordwand.
Friday, April 02, 2004
My sister and I have a tradition of baking ugly birthday cakes for each other. We've made dead animals and maggots out of marzipan, we've made icing in ever colour known to man, but we've never, ever even come close to this.
Thursday, April 01, 2004
Koopa is the chelonian half of the duo that is TurtleKiss.com. He is a Gulf Coast Box Turtle, who also happens to be the world's first and only internationally collected turtle artist! Koopa creates beautiful paintings with his plastron and feet. His works are the finest quality animal-created art available anywhere.