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July 31, 2005 - 12:29 AM

[computers] - Felt & Tarrant Comptometer - woodie4728

Monroe and Triumphator pinwheel calculators.

The First Microprocessor - The 4004

VideoBrain from the Obsolete Computer Museum

Electronic Games retro handheld photo collection.

bbc itx b retro casemod.
and the jeannie casemod, out of old motherboards.

July 29, 2005 - 12:28 AM

[buy me] - Egg and Muffin Toaster

UncommonGoods: Lab Vases, and eggums egg vases.

The critters range 8 clockwork toys designed by artist Chico Bicalho

Zelle geek jewelry at Elsewares and FractalSpin

bow wow. smart.

Big Head Coasters

Mighty Goods: Shopping Blog

July 28, 2005 - 10:21 AM

[art] - so grisly and cute!

Antlor - The Deer Departed by Danish designer Kenn Munk, avail from toydigger (more pics)

Animal Throw Rugs. hippo, lion, and bears.

How to Get a Head Without Hunting. the mythicals and dinosaurs are lacklustre, but the rest rock. plus a good How They're Made section.

Rubber bearskin

see also:
Maximilian's Pet Shop
Animal Skulls matching/guessing game.
Fossils as Art - skulls to skeletons, dinosaurs to man.
duck feet

July 27, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - Ambient environmental recordings.
no new-age crap here; just adventurous nuts wandering deep into the nowhere with high quality microphones, leaving the gear to record for hours and days, then editing it down to cd-length. (most links to Earthear, which has samples. though many are out of print.)
(these are the albums i own/recommend)

Douglas Quin - Caratinga: Soundscapes from Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest.

Francisco Lopez: La Selva: the Costa Rican rainforest (a single 71min track. he's a purist)

Rainforest Requiem. more Brazilian rainforest, from the British Library of Natural Sounds.

Chris Watson: Stepping into the Dark: "from wind to a rookery, forest to mangrove swamps, Africa to England.". a smorgasbord.
also Chris Watson: Weather Report, with two tracks from Kenya and Scotland, and ends with recordings of a glacier shuddering and chattering as it slides past itself in Iceland.

Rainstorm. one storm. one shower.

junglescapes and weathersounds. more in the earthear Naturalist Realm section. "straightforward field recordings of nature."

I also find these recordings to be an Excellent test of a stereo-system's soundstage depth/quality.

July 26, 2005 - 12:01 AM

[toys] - The secret to a happy Happy Drinking Bird, is vessel height.

The rim of the water vessel should be at Exactly the same height as the bird's pivot point. This ensures it rebounds/refills at the appropriate angle.

The water within the vessel, should be appox 1cm down from the top. This prevents both oversaturation and premature-dehydration. Add water daily during summer.

(Happy Drinking Bird: history, variants, science of, and faqs. h2g2 entry
also modify your bird into a solar-powered non-drinking bulb! (sacrilege!))

Three birds are exponentially more amusing than one. More musical, less lonely.
A flock of alcoholic ducks.

July 25, 2005 - 10:01 AM

[art] - "Sol LeWitt on the Roof: Splotches, Whirls and Twirls"

audrey kawasaki paintings and illustrations (via)

Pars "Eating Me" paintings

one man safari blog of vintage photos and odd design. 'fascinating is the word I use for the unexpected.'
bad timing. he changed location. is now happy palace

Takanobu Kobayashi paintings

videos: Graffiti Analysis and application documentation (root)

July 23, 2005 - 12:02 AM

[video] - Large Quicktime Movies - old and new. demoreels, shorts, and experiments, mostly via k10k:

Brazilian Anatomy (8mb)

Giant Killer Robots' 2005 Demoreel (17mb)

WDDG's Anamorph (40mb)

Whizeewhig (5mb)

friendswithyou's Mr Wizard (46mb) (project for Nike's The Art of Speed) and a "making of" slideshow

panOptic's 2005 Demoreel (33mb)

and a shortfilm (40min) on inspiration, by Belief: The Common Desk (118mb).

July 22, 2005 - 12:29 AM

[robots] - Humanoid Robotics, Almir Heralic. get the movie. coo at its cuteness. grin at the rabid following the girl must surely now have. (via)

and some of its predecessors and peers:
Katsuhisa's SILF-H2
Robo Garage (movie)
and bigger brothers:
Fujitsu HOAP-2 (and just announced HOAP-3)
Honda Asimo (movie 8mb)
more at -

July 21, 2005 - 12:21 AM

[music] - Phantom Words, and Other Curiosities, auditory illusions and curiosities of sound perception, by Diana Deutsch.
and some simplified examples of her work

explanations of other Auditory illusions

The Highest Note illusion
other examples of Auditory Illusions (most require headphones)
Auditory Illusions (more complex/academic)

unrelated, but tangential: Musical hallucinations

July 20, 2005 - 12:42 AM

[transport] - Goodguys Street Rod of the Year. real purdy pictures. scroll up for more.

Geneva Motor Show 2005. more concept cars. less exciting, more plausible.

The Ugliest Cars in Britain.
there are some beautiful creatures here! how dare they!
Isetta bubble car, Corbin Sparrow, Bond Bug, Morgan Aero 8, Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite, Ford Anglia [well, okay, maybe not the Anglia 105E they refer to, but the 1953 Anglia is scrumptious], Daimler SP250, Jensen S-V8, and the cute little Daihatsu Copen.

The World's Most Efficient Cars, often breaking 10,000 miles per gallon. (a firefly/sprint gets about 38mpg. a prius about 55mpg. a pickup/SUV about 18mpg. check vehicles at
This year's entries include the road legal Caterham 2R.

July 19, 2005 - 1:22 AM

[art] - Michael Paulus :: Skeletal Systems

dylan sisson paintings

Lorenzo Petrantoni - Illustration. complex b&w linework. collages or all original?

Vera Bee illustration and animation. you'll probably want to play snowcraft after watching snow-bo.

Eyvind Earle illustration

microbians illustration

wooden sculptures by Marcus Tatton and part 2. exhibition pictures: Dissatisfied Electrons

July 18, 2005 - 12:56 AM

[software - eyecandy] - the Really Slick Screensavers collection

Jugglesaver (in the settings, set the "change frequency" slider to Often)

Go Screensaver

the electric sheep screen-saver, a distributed-computing project, for generating abstract morphing fractal animations, by scott draves.

Folding@Home, distributed-computing project, not as pretty, but helps science!

and then, some pseudoscreensavers (you have to start and exit these manually):

Noah's AcidWarp, a real classic.
and the more basic classic, plasma (zip of my copy, cant find source online)

Drivey: a road slightly less travelled

scott draves also makes bomb visual music, an ultra lo-fi industrial eyeache. think tv-snow, with occasional epilepsy, and virii-like wriggling organisms.

BallDroppings, not a saver at all, but once you've setup/played with it for a few minutes, you could leave it running ;)

July 17, 2005 - 10:16 AM

[food] - favourite teas

Lapsang Souchong

Rooibos and Honeybush

Assam and Oolong and Orange Pekoe

and flavoured blacks: almond, maple, mango, chocolate, and vanilla...

Tea (wikipedia) and the FAQ

also: Book of Tea (complete text online)

WOMBATS - Women's Mountain Bike & Tea Society

July 15, 2005 - 12:55 AM

[learn] - The Power of Nightmares, downloadable/streaming 3part documentary from the BBC, for anyone who enjoyed The Corporation.
discussion and further links at On the politics of fear | MetaFilter.
alternate bittorrent downloads at Chomskytorrents: part1 part2 part3

I'll also re-mention: Frontline: watch online | PBS

Reith Lectures, a series of annual radio lectures given by leading figures of the day, and broadcast by the BBC. some historical and all recent lectures are available in streaming audio with full transcripts.
found via Ben Hammersley's: A moral imperative: "As Lord Reith put it: 'There are some people whom it is one's duty to offend.'"

Massey Lectures, the Canadian version. this year's was particularly good: Ronald Wright. A Short History of Progress. i very happily bought the 5-cd set. part one available online.

July 14, 2005 - 10:08 AM

July 13, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[lists] - The Walrus Magazine | 13 Reasons For List Lust

Google Sets. "Automatically create sets of items from a few examples."

Flickr: Photos tagged with list and lists

List of movie genres
List of chairs
List of futurologists

quotes and trivia from High Fidelity (2000) (the book was good too)

more at growabrain: Lists Archives

July 12, 2005 - 12:20 AM

[art] - Hokusai's "The Great Wave at Kanagawa"

assorted homages/oddities/knockoffs:
Kozyndan's cover for Giant Robot issue 28. i'm the proud owner of a print of this.

great-wave-erni-vales.jpg and atari_nenga.jpg and dmwave.jpg

A Tribute to the Great Wave

Harold Olejarz - Wood Waves

calcium wave

Great Wave Wall
Rokkakku kite
stained glass
notecube and mug and belt buckle

Denim wave
The Big Wave painting

July 11, 2005 - 1:07 AM

[wallpaper] - i seem to have aquired some 5,798 wallpaper images (desktop backgrounds). some sources:

Kaliber10000 {The Designers' Lunchbox} - On Display exhibit. other people's desktops.

now wash your hands (top) and meomi calenders

Daze of our Lives. (and archive-dive for some great new-subtitles-to-old-illustrations humour)

Image Savant - S P O R E. fractals and other abstract light sculptures. (your default background is already black, right?)

National Geographic photo of the day.

Tom 7's Photo Gallery. machines, signs, toys, lotsa goodies. flower and insect photography

Veer: Ideas: Wallpaper

July 10, 2005 - 12:14 AM

[art] - PostSecret. astounding and heartwrenching admittances.

diesel sweeties riffs Bob Ross! oh, those trees, they were so happy.

The Roving Artist & Co. paper silhouette cutters. i had one of these done whilst visiting france as a young'un, most odd. (and as they say, done in ~90sec)

bird's nests

The Fantastic in Art and Fiction

Daniel Chang

rustfetish (pick a year, then month, then date-range)

July 9, 2005 - 2:18 AM

[photography] - blogs collating flickr photos

Catchy Colors Photoblog and FlickrSoup for the Soul by !efatima

Alias: Flickr + Reblog


FlickrBooty (some NSFW (which i think would've made a much smarter new TLD than .xxx, silly ICANN))

and of course the official FlickrBlog
2 days later, flickrblog does their own roundup of blogs

July 8, 2005 - 12:03 AM

[music] - minimalist ambient suggestions.

Zammuto: Willscher. the pinnacle of glitch? my daily soundtrack, along with the earlier albums from his other band, The Books.

Takagi Masakatsu. foundsound soundscapes and music with toys.

Ogurusu Norihide. sparse and beautiful piano stroking.

music for airports (notation on reverse)

Eric Satie - Gymnopédies and Gnossienne No. 4

streaming radio: Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast and somaFM's Dronezone

July 7, 2005 - 12:21 AM
I'm co-blogging this entry with the king of the link-deluge, Hanan Levin, of grow-a-brain. thanks for the overwhelming daily inspiration Hanan.

[Paper airplanes] -
Status_quo "May your skies be blue, and you humidity low." Ken Blackburn holds the Guinness record for time aloft for paper airplanes. Guinness's Record Guidelines

World's Largest Paper Airplane, Mukilteo, Washington

Which came first, paper airplanes or real ones?

Download, print-out and make the David Hasselhoff paper airplane today

Photo Valet General Aviation pix

Too close for comfort

Molt Taylor's Aerocar

Japanese paper models

Chthulhu's Paper Models

Peter Kunzmann's Paper Aeroplane World

Previously-blogged on the subject: Paper Airplane Flight Simulator, 3Ds by Christian Lowe and Build the Best paper airplane in the world, Paper toys

Also: World War II Aviation Training Films Playing Live Online

Many More Unusual Flight Links Here.

July 6, 2005 - 5:15 PM
[art] - Meet the World. (see also, the Penguin State of the World Atlas, stuffed full of infographics and cartographical datasets. (and source of the world censorship map posted a few days ago))

July 3, 2005 - 1:23 AM
[transport] - streaming realvideo, which is hateful, but the content is fascinating enough to warrant overlooking. mosquito production in wwII. first 20 mins in particular. (De Havilland Mosquito - wikipedia)

July 2, 2005 - 3:29 PM
[maps] - world censorship as of 1994 (red/purple/green scale reads: draconian, severe, mild)

July 2, 2005 - 12:25 AM
[lists] - List of islands by area - #42...