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we're gonna need more speaker cones

He is from Miami. They are from Orlando. [more inside]
posted by anigbrowl on Apr 19, 2011 - 9 comments

CONTINUE? 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ...

Videogame players die a thousand deaths, complete with appropriately nostalgic soundtrack. [via BB]
posted by bayani on Apr 14, 2011 - 32 comments

I sing the body electric

Hello, my name is FRIDA. I am a concept, developed as part of the Rosetta project, en EU-funded initiative to support the development of robots. Take a good look at me. I can be very romantic.
posted by anigbrowl on Apr 14, 2011 - 21 comments

'A Thousand Pictures Fill My Head'

Featuring 2052 performers from 58 countries, I give you Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 2.0 performing Sleep. [SLYT]
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 8, 2011 - 34 comments

A Mermaid's Tale

"One day a little boy came up, he must have been about four and he saw me taking off my (prosthetic) legs and he started with the 'why' questions, you know, 'why haven't you got any legs', etc. And I said 'have you heard of The Little Mermaid?' and he said 'yes' and I said 'I'm a mermaid' and he got this look on his face and he said 'wow that's cool' and ran off to tell his dad.

I'll have to turn up to that beach again sometime with my tail - just in case he's there."
Weta Digital are the special effects team behind the costumes, weapons and creatures of the Lord of the Rings movies, Avatar and even a sonic screwdriver prop that could be making an appearance on the next season of Doctor Who. In 2009, they created a fully functional mermaid tail pro bono for Nadya Vessey, an Auckland woman who is a double leg amputee. Video News Report: 1, 2.
posted by zarq on Apr 5, 2011 - 37 comments

Blodes Orchester

8 years in the making, ~200 antique appliances comprise Michael Petermann's Stupid Orchestra (SLVimeo).
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 29, 2011 - 10 comments

My elephant is smarter than your elephant

It's not 'cheating' if you don't get caught. Elephants can figure out how to cut corners.
posted by mudpuppie on Mar 16, 2011 - 39 comments

Thanks for the adventure. Now go have one of your own.

A team at National Geographic, for an upcoming show called How Hard Can it Be?, created a real-life floating house inspired by the movie Up.
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 10, 2011 - 18 comments

RULAV is pronounced "AWESOME"

Rarely does building a treehouse require welding, grinding, painting, riveting, bending, crimping, plumbing, brazing, laser cutting, sound design, printed circuit board fabrication, thousands of lines of C code, distributed network protocols, sewing and embroidery. Ours did. [more inside]
posted by BZArcher on Feb 22, 2011 - 51 comments

Slushee, anyone?

Frazil Ice in Yosemite Creek (SLYT)
posted by Aizkolari on Jan 27, 2011 - 45 comments

My First Doctor

The BBC and toy company Character Options will be putting a new Doctor Who themed series of construction toys on store shelves around the world in the next few months. Just when you thought Matt Smith and Karen Gillan couldn't get any cuter...
posted by BZArcher on Jan 19, 2011 - 62 comments

disposable lighters = motorbikes

disposable lighters = motorbikes [language slightly NSFW]
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar on Jan 13, 2011 - 15 comments

The decoder rings are, sadly, out of stock.

Don't Touch That Dial! is a simple tumblr that collects radio shows and advertisements now in the public domain. The archive is pretty great.
posted by Lutoslawski on Jan 12, 2011 - 8 comments

A is for Awesome

In this TED talk, Neil Pasricha of the blog 1000 Awesome Things talks about how to have an awesome life.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jan 7, 2011 - 55 comments

Whereof one cannot speak, one must write a novel.

Philosophical Sweep: to understand the fiction of David Foster Wallace, it helps to have a little Wittgenstein.
posted by Lutoslawski on Dec 23, 2010 - 29 comments

A better top ten

Bad Astronomer Phil Plait presents "The Top 14 Astronomy Pictures of 2010". [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor on Dec 14, 2010 - 10 comments

An Irishman Abroad

"Today we're talking to a real Irishman about the financial crisis in Ireland - so what exactly is going on over there?" "Do you really want to know? Well I'll tell you" A remarkable and succint description of where we are post global recession. Warning - quite sweary.
posted by Happy Dave on Dec 10, 2010 - 50 comments

Writing is jumping...the shark.

From Mefi's own him, How to write badly well: Live on Stage. [more inside]
posted by Taft on Dec 6, 2010 - 15 comments

Only 6 grams of fat, HALLELUJAH!

Food Court Flash Mob sings the "Hallelujah" chorus.
posted by sonika on Dec 3, 2010 - 71 comments

Enter a quote, get the movie and time it showed up...

Amazing movie quote search engine subzin is pretty simple, but pretty amazing. Put in your favorite quote from a movie, and it'll find the movie and the exact time it appears in the movie and links to Neflix if available (via df). [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 29, 2010 - 106 comments

How to REALLY play with the Millenium Falcon

Travis Stevens has created the ultimate guitar for Star Wars fans. While the Cargo Bay shows an impressive list of Star Wars-inspired musical gear manufactured by Fernandes Guitars, Stevens' one-of-a-kind instrument is... slightly different. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Nov 17, 2010 - 19 comments

Mud, sweat, and tears

It's autumn, which means for some nerdy bike racers, it's cyclocross season. Cyclocross is an off-road cycling discipline characterized by short, hard, intense racing that requires skilled bike handling, running through mud or sand, and quickly dismounting, carrying, and remounting your bike to navigate obstacles. After all, sometimes, carrying your bike is just faster than riding it. In Europe, cyclocross draws huge crowds despite terrible weather, but it remains a niche sport in the United States, though with increasing popularity - perhaps it's because it's one of the few sports where rank amateurs can closely mingle with (and race the same courses as) top professionals. With the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, its popularity and domestic appeal is expected to continue rising. Previously.
posted by entropone on Nov 8, 2010 - 59 comments

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

Laurent Lavader is a French astrophotographer. His new collection, Jeux Lunaires (Moon Games) features whimsical and beautiful photos of the moon (NPR Gallery, Flickr). Many of the photos have been coupled with a poem and collected in a book which you can preview online. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Nov 4, 2010 - 4 comments

The Culture of Death

Five years ago, the dinosaurs of Ryan North's Dinosaur Comics discussed writing a short story about a "Machine of Death" that would predict your fate. It sparked a forum discussion, which snowballed into a book project headed by North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki to create an anthology of short stories about the Machine of Death. Stories were submitted*, selected, and illustrated. Alas, no one was willing to publish an anthology that didn't feature Stephen King, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman or Nick Hornby. So they published it themselves and set out a challenge for their fans: "We want Machine of Death to become a Number One bestseller [on amazon.com] for exactly one day — October 26." And it happened! Meanwhile, unbeknownst to our heroes, October 26 was also the release date of a new book by a fellow called Glenn Beck (if you've not heard of him, a quick Google seems to indicate that he’s some sort of Ron Popeil-like infomercial huckster). And he's not happy about missing out on the #1 spot.
posted by alopez on Oct 29, 2010 - 74 comments

Wow. Just Wow.

The nerdiest thing you will see today.
posted by crunchland on Oct 28, 2010 - 153 comments

Awesome People Being Awesome

Awesome people being awesome. (SLYT)
posted by morganannie on Oct 26, 2010 - 51 comments

Zombie Vs. Kids

Japanese children fight valiently to protect their home from a zombie. There's no way this isn't the cutest thing you see all day. (Don't forget to turn subtitles on). Full 7 min video, albeit without subtitles.
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Oct 16, 2010 - 86 comments

Restoring Awesomeness

Not more then a few days ago, the reddit community started a campaign to call Stephen Colbert to hold a rally tentatively called Restoring Truthiness in counterpoint to the recent Glenn Beck "Restoring Honor" rally. Today redditors put their money where their keyboards are through direct action and broke the previous records and servers by donating $46,983 $92,004 to the school-teacher funding DonorsChoose.org in Operation Truthy Classroom obliterating records set by Hillary Clinton's donation campaign (which has been active since 2008) in less the eight hours. (Previously, and more previously.)
posted by loquacious on Sep 14, 2010 - 117 comments

That's no moon, that's La Luna

Space Loteria. The Mexican memory game Loteria illustrated using characters from the Star Wars universe. Click on a card to see it larger, along with its traditional counterpart.
posted by adamrice on Sep 6, 2010 - 13 comments

You're awesome!

How great would you feel if a real person called you every day to tell you, "You're Awesome!"?
posted by sveskemus on Aug 26, 2010 - 68 comments

in pursuit of mappiness

Mappiness is a free iPhone app that allows you to keep track of your happiness. It's also a research tool for London School of Economics scholars Susana Mourato and George MacKerron, who are using it to learn "how people's feelings are affected by features of their current environment—things like air pollution, noise, and green spaces." [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God on Aug 20, 2010 - 15 comments

Record Collection 4 Sale

88-year old selling 400k record collection [more inside]
posted by msconduct on Aug 19, 2010 - 40 comments

Star Trek Panel + DJ Mixing Board

Töken Experience It's only a prototype, but I think the video more than makes up for it. Via
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Aug 17, 2010 - 12 comments

It's been great to sing and play together.

Soul Toons: DeStorm Power creates a one-man a cappella soul medley of cartoon theme songs.
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 10, 2010 - 2 comments

Radical Barksists!

Are you a radical Barksist? Presenting: Beru's Disney Comics Fan Page!

With comics by: Carl Barks (personal favorite: "The Pixilated Parrot") - Marco Rota - Romano Scarpa - Tony Strobl - Al Taliaferro - Vicar - William Van Horn - Don Rosa (including his masterpiece The Life And Times of Scrooge McDuck: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12)
posted by dunkadunc on Aug 4, 2010 - 20 comments

Land ahoy indeed.

Workers have discovered the hull of an 18th century ship beneath the rubble of ground zero.
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 15, 2010 - 105 comments

Serenading the Streets, or Because New York Isn't Noisy Enough

At 9am on Monday the 21st June, 60 pianos will be distributed and then unveiled across New York City by Sing for Hope. Located in public parks, streets and plazas the pianos will be available until 5th July for any member of the public to play and engage with.

Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. [Previously] You can get piano locations as well as upload videos, photos and stories of you and your friends tickling the public ivories on the official site. The project will be concurrently mounted in London.
posted by Lutoslawski on Jun 17, 2010 - 25 comments

It never DOESN'T work!

Once in a generation, there comes along a piece of aural majesty able to improve any piece of video made by man or beast. From movies to British game shows to video games to even Scooby-Doo. Prepare for your life to be changed forever.
posted by DoctorFedora on May 22, 2010 - 27 comments

Does he do the Carlton too?

Friday Fun --- Ian McKellen - Will Smith... the possibilities are endless!! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on May 21, 2010 - 28 comments

THE INTOR.NET

The Intor.net - A userless, interfaceless website and mindmap generator that creates interesting things from URLs. [via mefi projects]
posted by carsonb on May 15, 2010 - 21 comments

Extreme Robotic Parking

Autonomous Car Learns To Powerslide Into Parking Spot. via IEEE Spectrum.
posted by GuyZero on May 10, 2010 - 51 comments

A Cinco De Mayo message to Arizona

Robert Rodriguez's Machete, starring the great character actor Danny Trejo, started as a joke trailer in the movie Grindhouse. Now it's a real movie with a (NSFW) trailer of its own. Enjoy.
posted by Bookhouse on May 5, 2010 - 115 comments

Awesome Outsider Cartography

OMG it's a huuuge hand drawn map of London. And with psychogeographical annotations too! [more inside]
posted by Monkeymoo on May 2, 2010 - 22 comments

Whizz! Pop! Flash! It's Electron Boy!

Who fights the powers of evil with the incandescent glory of light? Who rescues helpless athletes and utility workers across the Seattle metropolitan area? Who gets a 20-cop motorcade escort for his bad-ass customized Delorean? Why, it's America's newest super hero, Electron Boy! [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Apr 30, 2010 - 37 comments

Set phasers to... popping balloons of a specific color!

Here's a mostly working replica Star Trek Phaser. Original series, of course. Build pics and description here.
posted by loquacious on Apr 25, 2010 - 68 comments

Collection of outtakes from TV's ALF

Outtakes from one of America's most beloved television programs, ALF. Oh, and NSFW.
posted by item on Apr 20, 2010 - 39 comments

¡Lucharán... a dos de tres caídas sin límite de tiempo!

English-speaking fans of lucha libre may have gotten hooked through MST3K's take on "Samson" versus the Vampire Women (prev), or seen the Incredibly Strange Film Show's el Santo episode. [more inside]
posted by jtron on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 comments

Tom Hanks vs Mattress Factory! War of 1812 vs Wally Cleaver!

The Most Awesomest Thing Ever. The Most Awesomest Thing Ever is scouring the universe for the Most Awesomest Thing. Ever. By endlessly pitting two things against each other, we’ve created a stage set for destruction. You will battle, winners will emerge. Only the strongest shall reach the hallowed halls of the Most Awesomest.
posted by shakespeherian on Apr 15, 2010 - 74 comments

Awesome Robot Friends

My Robot Friend has just released a lovely video for the acoustic version of 'Waiting' a song he made with Alison Moyet for his new album Soft-Core. The video was created by Liam Stevens. It was made using only paper, pen, and ink and took several months to complete. A true labour of love, and very good too.
posted by debord on Apr 8, 2010 - 12 comments

Auto lead rotating!!??!

This isn't exactly breaking news, since it circled the writing utensil blog scene (I didn't even know there was one) in 2008, but check out the Uni-Ball Kuru Toga. It's a mechanical pencil (only available in Japan and over the internet I believe) that automatically rotates it's lead for you. Here's some randomly-chosen, Google-acquired reviews of it: 1, 2, 3, 4. [more inside]
posted by DoublePlus on Apr 7, 2010 - 43 comments

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