Wednesday, January 31
Radcliffe bares nearly everything to promote his new stage gig. Hints of pubic hair are exposed in just-released stills for his London West End acting debut in a revival of the 1975 Tony-winning Equus, the story of a boy who senselessly blinds several horses. Ewh!
Tuesday, January 30
Clever designers have come up with a temporary building that will do the job of trees. Trees keep the air clean, provide shade and act as meeting and gathering points in open spaces. These ingenious contraptions apparently do the same. Made of steel, thermo textile and solar panels, the interesting-looking rotundas even create all the energy they need to light themselves. So, next time you forget to include trees in your plans, stick some of these in their place while the trees grow.
10 by 10
Every hour, 10x10 scans the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources, and performs an elaborate process of weighted linguistic analysis on the text contained in their top news stories. After this process, conclusions are automatically drawn about the hour's most important words. The top 100 words are chosen, along with 100 corresponding images, culled from the source news stories. At the end of each day, month, and year, 10x10 looks back through its archives to conclude the top 100 words for the given time period. In this way, a constantly evolving record of our world is formed, based on prominent world events, without any human input.
Monday, January 29
Sunday, January 28
Living Prehistoric Sharks
Flaring the gills that give the species its name, a frilled shark swims at Japan's Awashima Marine Park on Sunday, January 21, 2007. Sightings of living frilled sharks are rare, because the fish generally remain thousands of feet beneath the water's surface.
Spotted by a fisher on January 21, this 5.3-foot (160-centimeter) shark was transferred to the marine park, where it was placed in a seawater pool.
"We think it may have come to the surface because it was sick, or else it was weakened because it was in shallow waters," a park official told the Reuters news service. But the truth may never be known, since the "living fossil" died hours after it was caught.
Saturday, January 27
India's Republic Day
Soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on January 23, 2007. India celebrates Republic Day, which commemorates the day the country became a sovereign state, on January 26.
Friday, January 26
One zoo in southwest China has its hands full with 16 baby pandas. The Sichuan Wolong Panda Protection and Breed Center is dealing with the results of a breeding boom, 16 pandas have been born since July, 2006. The brood includes five sets of twins. The cubs are weighed and measured every five days.
The heaviest tips the scale at just over 24 pounds, while the lightest weighs about 11 pounds. The pandas are due to stop suckling by February, 2007 just about the time they'll start learning to walk. Once weaned, the panda cubs will attend panda kindergarten.
Thanks to BFF, Julie for image/info.
USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept. 9, 2003, "those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence," recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. "It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Thanks to BFF, Kim B. for image/info.
Thursday, January 25
Smash N Talk Clock
"Slap this digital alarm clock and it will tell you the time or put the alarm into snooze. Set it to wake you with 3 different sounds (Rooster, Cuckoo or Beep-Beep tone). An ideal gift for the person who always asks the time as it can announce the time on the hour. Available in 3 funky colours Blue, White & Orange"
Cute website design at this link.
Giant Floating Crane
How does this work? Japan's “Yoshida” was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Division has a boom length of 132m and a lifting capacity of 3,700 tons. Each hook is 10m tall and it’s operator needs to climb 800 steps to reach the small cab atop the crane.
Wednesday, January 24
Tuesday, January 23
WidgetStation is a desk clock which can run various "widgets". MacUsers know Widgets as small, user-friendly applications that can perform a variety of tasks. Users can even create their own widgets and share them with other WidgetStation users!
Monday, January 22
Speed through airport security for $100 by registering as a Clear Registered Traveler. Clear is a private company that helps you to (give up your privacy so you can) prove you are not a terrorist. You’ll have to get your iris and finger prints scanned, but 35,000 people have already signed up.
Clear Registered Traveler will get you through airport security lines faster and with less hassle. Working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Clear ensures that members benefit from a more consistent and stress-free airport experience. They also enjoy access to a designated Clear lane, extraordinary customer service, a concierge to help with their carry-on luggage and fewer missed flights.
Friday, January 19
I love this stuff!
Graham Bleathman the illustrator of Gerry Anderson's BBC television series, Thunderbirds. He is particularly well known for his 'cross section' illustrations of the spacecraft, vehicles and buildings from those shows and his illustrations have appeared in a number of books, magazines and comics since the early 1990s.
Thursday, January 18
Wednesday, January 17
William Sledd's Blog
My BFF, Dina, found this guy on YouTube. She wrote me and said "OMG, a younger you"...I was like 'yea, right'. There is only one of me. Then William Sledd showed his organized closet, plus his pile of manbags while gaving out fashion advice to the needy and I thought dayum, 'is he my son?'
Tuesday, January 16
Tooth Tunes Toothbrush
Music plays in your inner ear as you brush your teeth. I am not even going to pretend this isn't a waste of money. It rocks!
Maybe my BFF, Troy, will buy one at CVS while he's in NYC for work.
This is fun stuff from Neatorama. Check it out at the jump below.
Sunday, January 14
Friday, January 12
20 lb. Hercules the Cat
PORTLAND, Ore. - A 20-pound stray cat whose girth got him stuck in a pet door while trying to plunder some dog food was reunited with his owner Thursday.
Owner Geoff Ernest said the tubby tabby Hercules (called Goliath while at the animal shelter) went missing while Ernest was in Seattle for a lung transplant six months ago.
Jadwiga Drozdek, who lives in suburban Portland, found the feline stuck in the dog door of her home a few days ago, helped free him and gave him a plate of food on her patio.
Is it just me or does Hercules look like Burl Ives?
Thursday, January 11
CBS News iPhone Walk-tru Video
" I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone. I do not want an iPhone."
Thanks for the link, Rick.
Wednesday, January 10
I love these. The Wee Woosh Collection was designed with children in mind. It is a delightful four piece range featuring an innocent, hand drawn robot, combined with a fresh blue and orange floral print and sprinkled with spot and star imagery on the reverse. They are part of Freckles debut collection featuring designs that flow on to the reverse side to create a chic tableware collection. All products are handmade in Stoke-On-Trent as a commitment to the promotion of UK industry. Fine bone china