Endless Parade of Excellence

Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Hey, anybody know the name of that toy from the 70s that had a swirly coloured background hidden by a layer of viscous black goo trapped behind a layer of flexible plastic? You could squidge the goo around with a little T-shaped stylus, and make pictures. Email me, if you know this.

Hey stoners! DoodleArt is back! I never did get more than a little corner finished-I'm surprised Mom didn't put me on Ritalin.

The 365 Days Project that Von Bark blogged here back in December has a new permament home.
(Thanks, ted!)

Dog toy or marital aid? You decide.
(via memepool)

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Normally I retch when I hear the word "branding" applied to anything other than this process.
I'll make an exception for this, however- Polaroid boxes from the 50s and 60s are among my favorite package designs- I have orginal boxes for my 545 holder, 3D glasses, and other assorted polaroid stuff.
(via coudal partners)

Live corpse plant webcam! I wish there was a way to to get the stink via internet.
(via collision detection)

Monday, June 28, 2004
Hey, there's a post on memepool about raccoon penis bones that looks uh, very similar to my post on the subject dated May 31. (no, I don't have permalinks, go find it yourself if you missed it)
After all the stuff I've lifted off them, it's nice to be ahead of the curve for once.

"If you (the builder) construct your A/W 95 the exact way the plans call for, you will have a flying helicopter capable of sustained hovering, side and backward flight and safe autorotations at a cost much lower then ALL the rest."

And if you don't, well, it's been nice.
(via thingsmagazine)

Hey you! Spit that out!

"If the deputy returning officer is unable to account for all ballots, the election results at that polling station can be contested on the basis of irregularity."

I swear to God , it actually says that.

(Thanks, Ric!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
This is very cute, but I think I'll stick with the original knock-off for now.
(via collision detection)

Sunday, June 20, 2004
"The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, itself a staple in American life, will enter the twenty first century as a living history lesson on the importance of regulating, but not over-regulating a wide variety of foodstuffs in a dynamic marketplace."

A surprisingly interesting history of American food standards, and a celebration of the lawyers who delivered us from such horrors as "bred spred" and jars of chicken "veneered with white meat".
(via things magazine)

Saturday, June 19, 2004
Take care of your insulators.

Make-ur-own city model. Get a grownup to help you with the scissors.
(via coudal partners)

Psst! Wanna buy a watch?
(via The Digital Watch Forum)

Friday, June 18, 2004
There's a new ratfish!
I can think of at least one person, other than myself, who'll be thrilled.
(via boing boing)

Thursday, June 17, 2004
Kids sure love playing with regurgitated fur and mouse bones, but moms sure don't like the mess! Now there's Virtual Owl Pellet! Fun for the whole family. And there's no chance of getting a piece of raccoon shit by mistake, like one of my friends did.

Eurobad '74 - "An exhibition of Europe's worst interiors from 1974."
(via coudal partners)

Wednesday, June 16, 2004
From the instruction sheet for a Compact Flash card: "Do not put the card into the mouth of any kids."

Sunday, June 13, 2004
The Graphic Jet: a CO2 powered 35mm camera.

Saturday, June 12, 2004
Eclectic arrangements of Christmas favorites featuring the ethereal sound of the musical saw, the angelic sound of English Handbells and the rustic sound of pitched Alpine & American cowbells.
(via Grow a Brain)

Friday, June 11, 2004
Antique Mouse and Rat Traps.
I like this one.
This one is elegantly simple, yet ruthless. Wouldn't want to clean it out, though.
(via SharpeWorld)

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Retrocrush presents the 50 coolest song parts of all time. It's like buying a bag of oreos and just eating the middles.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Like you're gonna make an atom bomb from an ASCII diagram. I love the recipe for urea nitrate too- "1/3 cup nitric acid"
"Honey, have you seen the measuring cup anywhere?"
(via exclamation mark)

"This isn't the only giant ball of "something" Alexandria, Indiana is famous for. Ten years ago, a utilities crew working on the sewer system found a 200 lb hairball clogging the pipes. It is believed to hold the record for the World's Largest Hairball."
(via bifurcated rivets)

Just like Hockey Night in Canada, the transit of venus has its own tune.
Now someone should write a tune called, "hey dumbass, those 'local' times are in UTC".

Monday, June 07, 2004
Transit of Venus tomorrow! (If you live in B.C. you're SOL. Sorry, Kat.)

Friday, June 04, 2004
"This is Flo. Her job is testing our image recognition algorithms, although she might not be aware of this."

Thursday, June 03, 2004
Weird-ass mystery animal in someone's back yard. Looks like someone took clippers to a fox, and jacked up the legs a bit.
(via MeFi)

"On the other hand, the enclosed photographs of water and a frog hovering inside a magnet (not on board a spacecraft) are somewhat counterintuitive and will probably take many people (even physicists) by surprise."
(via things magazine)

8-track heaven. Don't miss the hate mail!
(via coudal partners)

Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Neat collection of spy radios.
(via eyebeam reblog)

Tuesday, June 01, 2004
Colossus has been rebuilt. Amazing.
(via /. but it's a BBC story, so they should have enough bandwidth)