Archive for December, 2006

The story of LSD

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

LSD The Beyond Within

Runs through it’s history in a pretty balanced manner. Interviews with Albert Hoffman, Lord Christopher Mayhew, Ken Kesey and participants in early studies. Called “LSD – The Beyond Within ” I’m not sure what year it was filmed, looks like the 1970s.

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Caroling roombas

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Caroling Roombas

HackingRoomba.com presents this demo for RoombaMidi2, a program to turn your Roomba into a MIDI instrument. Check out their covers of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘dreidel’

link (via make)

Stuck on a plane with you

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Airtroductions

Airtroductions wants to make your next flight more interesting by allowing you to choose the person who sits next to you. Build a profile, enter your itinerary, match, and sit with them on your next flight.

A little creepy for the 3rd member of the row if the other two are on a date. It might however be nice to ensure you are sitting between two petite women instead of 300 pound men. I’m interested to see if there’s a ‘mile high club’ checkbox on the profile form.

link (via trendhunter)

Wii launches forecast channel

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Wii Weather

On startup the Wii is organized into a set of ‘channels’ to choose from, just activated was the forecast channel. It includes the standard 5-day forecast, UV index, highs and lows. The real treat is a globe that you can grab and spin, which works much like Google Maps.

Madden football will use the channel for real time weather conditions for games. I imagine other tie-ins are too come.

It’s all connected man!

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

TuneGlue Relationship Explorer

TuneGlue shows similar bands through nodes using data from last.fm and amazon. It also displays album info, links and news for larger bands.

It’s fairly incomplete and I question many of the relationship choices, but it’s still fun to play with and has a lot of potential.

link (thanks boognish)

Craigsnumber – expiring call forwarding

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

craigsnumber

Now you can actually give your number to any creep. You also don’t have to worry about assholes like Michael Crook posting your personal info online.

Unfortunately there’s little information on the site (Not even a privacy policy or terms of use!). Is this the Craig of craigslist? I’m doubting it. I’m also wondering how they plan on making money.

updates: looks like they added a ‘factsheet’ and Safe Talk launched a similar service in the UK earlier this year.

link (via download squad)

Terrorism finger puppets

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Terrorism finger puppets

Crocheted finger puppets of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, Ahmadinejad and George W. Bush. $55 for the set. Perfect for the cast of your next youtube movie!

link (via josh spear)

“bag from corn”

Monday, December 18th, 2006

biobags

BioBags are 100% biodegradable and 100% compostable bags made from the material, Mater-Bi. They will decompose in a controlled composting environment in 10-45 days, leaving no harmful residues behind.”

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Rollercoaster grocery store

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

rollercoaster grocery store

A horrible idea for many reasons. Forgot something, you have to do the whole ride over again, or more likely, leave without it. Only want to grab a few things? You still have to ride through the entire store. Can you stop the cart? How do you reach things on the upper levels of the shelves?

If you want to try it out, looks like you’ll have to visit Shenyang, China.

link (via therawfeed)

Frank Zappa on Miami Vice

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

Zappa on Miami Vice

Frank Zappa plays a “weasel dust” drug dealer on an episode of Miami Vice. Watch it on youtube.

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Proving anything can be cute

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Pee and Poo

These scandavian “escapees from the bathroom” are on a “journey filled with new adventures.” Not sure they need much of a backstory.

link (thanks jess)

Pee and Poo

The original tall man in a dolphin

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Clifford Ray

You’ve probably heard the story about the world’s tallest man saving the dolphin by digging in it’s stomach, but believe it or not, it’s been done before!

from a veterinarian acquaintance:

“Been there done that-over 20 years ago. I used to work at a place in CA near SF called Marineworld. One of our dolphins swallowed a long metal bolt after a workman accidentally dropped it into their pool. We called up the Warriors NBA team and their center, Clifford Ray (who remembers him?) came down and stuck his long arm down the dolphin’s throat and pulled out the bolt. And as a bonus he started dating our PR lady-you go Cliff !!”

update: while searching for an image, I found this story covered on deadspin a year ago!

burn down your home, in style!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

tabletop fireplace

The portable fireplace can be carried wherever you like. It’s made of heavy Italian glass and gleaming aluminum and it includes sand, faux logs, and a lighter. $549.

Here’s another version for $200 cheaper. Both seem dangerous.

link (via born rich)

Skype adds lie detector

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Skype

“In addition to starting to charge for its service, Skype has announced they will be including a free “lie detector” to go with it.”

Could make for some ackward business calls, even if it doesn’t work.

link (via real tech news)

GPS watch data in google earth

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Forerunner Google Earth

GPS watches

Strap on one of these watches and after your run check out your tracks on Google Earth. Navigadget explains what watches and software do the trick.

Probably looks pretty cool for hikes as well.

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