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August 19, 2007 - August 25, 2007 Archives

  • August 24, 2007
    While not the first time this has been done, some nutcase in the Netherlands (probably that loon rappelling down the side in the picture) has converted an old water tower into an apartment. Why you ask? Because he could. And was rich, it looks like you'd have to be rich to d... / Continue →
  • August 24, 2007
    Just when I thought today couldn't get any better, I find out that NBC is bringing back American Gladiators! Oh lucky day. Sure ESPN Classic plays reruns (which are awesome), but after you've seen them all dozens of times you're left wanting more. I am so excited! You know,... / Continue →
  • August 24, 2007
    Mark Ecko, of Ecko Unlimited, is designing "digital citylights" that people can interact with using their cell phones via Bluetooth interface. You walk up to one of these monster LCD screens and spray digital graffiti with the cursor of your phone. Allegedly they're going to ... / Continue →
  • August 24, 2007
    From the "Worst Inventions to Come out of Japan" department comes the "Insect Catcher". It sucks up insects, but you have to be about an inch away, which is dumb. Because if you can get an inch away, you could smash the damn bug with your hand. Watch the video to see some id... / Continue →
  • August 24, 2007
    Artist Frank Boelter fulfilled a childhood fantasy by constructing a 27 foot boat out of paper. The vessel is made from a 1884 sq. ft. sheet of Tetrapak (the stuff milk cartons are made of) and weighs in at 55 lbs. It cost $217 and only took two hours to construct, leading me... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    Designer James McAdam has come up with the Safe Bedside Table, which is a table that comes apart to form a shield and beating stick. Which, um, pretty much every table does if you kick it hard enough. Now I don't know about you, but I am more into guns for bedroom security. ... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    John Mangus, who will now be known as the coolest person in Pennsylvania, has built the ultimate Optimus Prime computer case. Over the course of a year John put 300+ hours into what will now be known as the baddest ass computer case ever. The picture above shows the computer ... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    From the "Our Street Walkers Need to be Better Equipped" department come the platform shoes for prostitutes. Designed by the Aphrodite Project, these are the latest in greatest in hooker safety. The shoes have an audible alarm system, which emits a piercing noise to scare o... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    Suck UK is at it again, this time bringing us MyCuppa Mugs that have a coloring guide on the inside rim to ensure the proper ratio of coffee/tea to milk. They cost about $15, and are a must if you work with the coffee brewing idiots that I do. Every time I scream at someone t... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    Nick Foley has created what he is calling the Pear Tree. It is a metal tree with lightbulbs that you can remove and take with you to read nudie magazines under the covers when you girlfriend falls asleep. The pear tree is a hand forged hollow steel tree that serves as the c... / Continue →
  • August 23, 2007
    Pocket Shots are single serving portable liquor bags that look alarmingly like juice pouches. They're only being sold in California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, and New Mexico at the moment, but they're going nationwide soon (although I don't know why you'd want them). They... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    As a world renowned architect, I grew up building a lot of LEGO sets. Most of them skyscrapers and other buildings of my own design. Now, No Starch Press is releasing a book of LEGO designs (208 pp., $24.95) that you were not allowed to make growing up, most of which are wea... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    Allegedly this is the world's first "fully morphable" bed. It is constructed of plush spheres, attached by elastic bands. Now I'm not entirely sure what "fully morphable" means, but I think that my current bed (which is a sleeping bag) is, making this the second fully morphab... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    Jim Garlitz, a man who runs a pizza shop in Maryland, has combined a Yamaha Virago motorcycle with an outboard engine to create, uh, this thing, the water chopper. Capable of doing 37 mph, it looks like it was invented long ago and called the jetski. It also looks like I woul... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    NASA, an organization never to be outdone with the latest and greatest, has constructed a cyberwall at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. What is a cyberwall you ask? The wall has 49 screens, each of which is driven by its own Dual 2 Ghz AMD Opteron processor with ... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder) confirms he was pulled over doing 104 mph in a Toyota Prius and fined $700 a few months ago. Which is shocking for a couple reasons. 1. What was he doing driving? I thought people with his kind of money were carried everywhere. 2. I have n... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    "Arm Spirit", a Japanese arm wrestling video game, has been responsible for breaking 3 arms during its brief release in Japan. Atlus Company (the manufacturer), which had 150 machines in arcades, backs up their game, but is pulling it as "a precaution". Spokeswoman Ayano Sakiy... / Continue →
  • August 22, 2007
    Being a NASA astronaut (and international playboy), I've known about Aerogel (aka: frozen smoke, blue smoke, solid smoke, tasteless jello) since before it was invented. Having been on the scene for a while, many of you may be familiar with the material already, but for those o... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    In one of the saddest turn of events I have read recently, some guy managed to secure a direct casting of Han Solo in carbonite from the original prop, and then had the face sawed off and replaced with a mold of his. This is in no way, shape, or form cool at all. What was thi... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    Okay, I know there are a lot of useless USB gadgets out there, but I think we can all agree that this one is a must have. It's the Solid Alliance USB powered RC car. You plug the garage into your computer and it charges the car fully in 10 minutes. When you need to make a qui... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    From the "Everything must have Integrated Speakers" department comes Mi Pillows. If you haven't guessed by now, they're pillows that have speakers inside. They cost $60, and are available through Hammacher Schlemmer (pronounced Helter Skelter). You can hook them up to an iP... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    Inspired by Mount Fuji, Taisei Construction Corporation has completed designs for construction of the world's tallest building. The X-Seed 4000 would stand at approximately 13,123 feet (4 km), nearly 700 feet (213 m) taller than the real Mount Fuji. The next tallest buildings... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    If you are ridiculously rich and can't find any other way to spend your money (please call me first), Murano House has developed timepieces that replace the plugs in your sinks. Sound nuts? I think so. Murano's "Watch Waste" (oh the possibilities with that one!) line of tim... / Continue →
  • August 21, 2007
    Your current bionic arm just not cutting it? Tired of just rocking a pirate hook? Well a team at Vanderbilt University has developed a prosthetic arm that's powered by, that's right folks, rocket fuel! The team came up with the idea while trying to develop a system that func... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Now I'm not a big fan of posting the latest camera or phone or what have you unless it has something real unique about it. And well, this one does (even if it is a sham and doesn't work and is a lie and is stupid). The new Sony Cybershot DSC-T200 has a smile detector. Don't ... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    In cell phone news, a man's Nokia 2115i apparently exploded an hour and a half after he connected it to it's AC charger at home. Now I'm no pyrotechnician or anything, I'm just a guy who loves fireworks, but based on the movement of the phone from its original position, the da... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Orange, a U.K. based telecommunications firm is dropping the Orange Mobile Wind Charger. It, um, charges your cell phone with the power of the wind! Amazing. Reminds me of that time I developed a perpetual motion machine, the wind powered windmill. Brilliant really. I'm no... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Just when I was finishing my book entitled "I've Seen It All" someone comes up with a freaking yoga mat with stereo speakers (that tube in the picture) and streaming video. It is still conceptual, but I've got to say that it seems pretty ridiculous. The idea is you can atte... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Those MIT geeks are at it again, this time developing a robot that is supposed to help you watch your weight and make healthier dietary choices. She interacts with you via touchscreen, where you can input the foods you've eaten, look up recipes, etc. She keeps track of your f... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Some wackjob (read: wackjob) has made a website that shows a close-up of a lighter flame. Why you ask? Well of course it's so you can navigate to it on your cell phone at concerts and have a fake flame to wave around like an idiot. Nobody has lighters anymore? How are you s... / Continue →
  • August 20, 2007
    Some crazy nutjob (read: genius) Mac fan has developed the computer of my dreams, the Apple G3 Beer Server. Now from the picture you can tell that it serves beer, which is all a computer really needs to do in my book, but allegedly it still does some computing stuff too (altho... / Continue →