Friday, April 10, 2009
61 Exceptionally Creative Wine Label Designs: "Much of the enjoyment of wine is in the selection. Whether you are a casual drinker or a wine connoisseur, the process of picking a bottle of wine is made more exciting by the packaging. Wine labels that catch our attention are the ones with beautiful artwork, sleek and elegant designs or the clever use of humor."
Micro Sculpture No Bull: "A team of Japanese engineers has created the smallest statue ever.
A three-dimensional bull the size of a red blood cell has been etched in plastic by engineers at Osaka University in Japan.
Measuring only 10 by 7 micrometers -- one micrometer is one-thousandth of a millimeter -- the bull is the smallest truly three-dimensional sculpture ever created."
10 Great Websites to Add Effects to Your Photographs: "With a point, point click, you can change your photographs without having to know the ins and outs of Photoshop. Whether you aim is to enhance, change the mood or simply be silly then get ready to upload your photos and have some fun."
Denon Record Player Rips as it Plays-Wired.com: "Speaking of vinyl, what if you have a stack of old records around that you want to listen to on your iPod? If you ask the RIAA, you’ll be pointed towards an online store where you can pay for your music all over again. If you ask the folks at Denon, they might suggest their new DP-200USB, a turntable with a twist.
The $250 record player does all the dirty work for you. You can, of course, just pop on a record and listen, but the guts of the machine contain an MP3 encoder and will not only detect gaps and separate tracks into individual files, it will query Gracenote and actually add names and ID3 tags to the resulting MP3s. To be clear, the tagging is carried out by included software back on your PC."
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
The six-week theater trek, dubbed Unwigged & Unplugged: An Evening with Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, kicks off April 17 in Vancouver and runs through May 31 in Milwaukee. Tickets go on sale starting Friday (March 6)."
New York: Acura ZDX aimed squarely at BMW X6: "After a few weeks of teasing, Acura has finally revealed the ZDX, its new four-door, luxury crossover 'coupe' that is clearly aimed at the similarly proportioned BMW X6. The ZDX wears the now familiar shield grille and sharp styling that has spread across the entire Acura lineup. To further emphasize the crossover's coupiness, Acura designers have hid the rear door handles in the base of the C-pillar. The ZDX rides tall on 20-inch, 9-spoke wheels and also glints under the lights thanks to a number of chrome trim pieces including a pair of shiny dual exhausts out back. Inside you'll find typical Acura luxury with high quality materials arranged in a high-tech package that includes a new multi-view rear camera system with both a wide angle and top down view. The production ZDX will be V6-powered and kept in line by Acura's superb Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system."
'But I finally said, 'The heck with it.' I want to do something to help.'
So starting with the home opener this Friday afternoon, the Chrysler, General Motors and Ford logos will be on an equal plane above the fountain. And beneath those logos will be a few new words:
'The Detroit Tigers support our automakers.'"
South Park creators given signed photo of Saddam Hussein - Telegraph: "During his captivity, US marines forced Saddam, who was executed in 2006, to repeatedly watch the move South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut, which shows him as gay, as well as the boyfriend of Satan. He was also regularly depicted in a similar manner during the TV series.
The admission comes with the show's 13th season already running in the US. It will celebrate its 12th anniversary later this year."
Bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover: "A bacon sandwich really does cure a hangover - by boosting the level of amines which clear the head, scientists have found."
Researchers claim food also speeds up the metabolism helping the body get rid of the booze more quickly.
Elin Roberts, of Newcastle University's Centre for Life said: "Food doesn't soak up the alcohol but it does increase your metabolism helping you deal with the after-effects of over indulgence. So food will often help you feel better.
1 Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
2 In the memo field of all your checks, write 'for sexual favors.'
3 Specify that your drive-through order is 'TO-GO.'
4 If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
5 Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
6 Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions 'to keep them tuned up.'
7 Reply to everything someone says with 'that's what you think.'
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GM and Segway unveil new two-wheeled urban vehicle : "A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc.
The companies announced Tuesday that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities across the world.
The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or PUMA, project also would involve a vast communications network that would allow vehicles to interact with each other, regulate the flow of traffic and prevent crashes from happening."
Monday, April 6, 2009
Why every office needs a Dwight Schrute: "A new hire like The Office's Dwight Schrute joins your team. He sits down at the table and it's awkward. The ideas he shares (thankfully not about beet farming or his conspiratorial plans for an office coup) are different. And while you might be taken aback by the new guy's intellectual assault, you kind of agree with him. It makes you feel a little antsy, but you're sharing and that gets the meeting rolling. Decisions are made. There's progress.
Behold the Dwight Schrute Effect."
The castaway dog who swam SIX miles through shark-infested waters, then survived FOUR months on a desert island
The castaway dog who swam SIX miles through shark-infested waters, then survived FOUR months on a desert island: "When Jan Griffith's beloved dog, Sophie Tucker fell overboard from her family's yacht she feared her pet had drowned.
But Sophie Tucker, a grey and black cattle dog, wasn't going to give up that easily.
The determined pet swam six miles through ferocious shark-infested seas to an island, where she survived for more than four months by hunting wild goats for food."
Scientists explain why scratching helps relieve an itch - Telegraph: "Scratching helps to relieve an itch because it reduces the sensations of pain sent to the brain, a new study has found.
However, the effect was produced only when the skin was genuinely itchy, researchers found.
Neuroscientists believe that the findings could be used to discover potential treatments, including drugs, to offer relief to patients suffering from chronic itches."
Ten Reasons to Love the Ballpark: "With the NCAA Tournament reaching its climax, and the weather warming up, baseball fans are looking forward to Opening Day.
Looking on the bright side, with the economy in the doldrums, two-thirds of MLB teams have held the line, or even reduced ticket prices for 2009.
So, for those lucky enough to have job, or for those who need a reason to take a break from the monotony and frustration of not working, here are several reasons to consider renewing your acquaintance with our national pastime."
Schindler's list helped hundreds of Jewish workers escape death in the Holocaust during World War II.
It was found in research notes which belonged to the Australian author of Schindler's Ark - the basis for the Oscar-winning film, Schindler's List."
Top 25 Things Vanishing from America: "The landscape of America is constantly changing. As culture shifts and new technologies and products are introduced, this is to be expected. But some things are impacted more than others and the once-ubiquitous can even become extinct."
Very cool dad make these for his kids lunches, every day!
Lunch Bag Art: "A new bag each day for my kids.
I'm the dad. I make these during my lunch break."
Meet Podcasting’s New Star: Radio Refugee Adam Carolla: "Adam Carolla used to get paid a lot of money to host a morning radio show with a national audience. Now he’s spending his own money to produce a podcast for a fraction of his old audience.
Does that sound like progress to you? It should."
Five Brands Doing It Right, Wrong: "So what lessons are out there for marketers in this recession? We looked at 10 brands from a variety of categories -- packaged goods, video gaming, luxury, automotive -- to see who's making it work and who's in need of do-over. What are some basic dos? Offer consumers some assurance (see: Hyundai) in these dark days, make sure those ads are aggressive (offering value? Then say so) and be innovative with your product. What you don't want to do: Be without a unique message and ignore brand-oriented ads (that's you, GM)."
Sleep May Prepare You for Tomorrow by Dissolving Today’s Neural Connections : "Sleep may be a way to sweep out the brain and get it ready for a new day of building connections between neurons, according to two new studies of fruit flies. The studies support the controversial theory that sleep weakens or entirely dissolves some synapses, the connections between brain cells. “We assume that if this is happening, it is a major function, if not the most important function, of sleep” [Science News], says Chiara Cirelli, a coauthor of the first study, published in Science.
Pruning synapses may be a practical necessity to keep the brain from being overwhelmed, says Paul Shaw, coauthor of the second study (also published in Science). “There are a number of reasons why the brain can’t indefinitely add synapses - including the finite spatial constraints of the skull. We were able to track the creation of new synapses in fruit flies during learning experiences - and to show that sleep pushed that number back down” [Telegraph], he says."
Metallica makes some noise at Rock Hall of Fame induction: "Yes, the heaviest metal music can be played sublimely by guys in ties and formal wear who aren't ashamed to group-hug and make tender speeches in public.
Metallica proved as much as they blasted their classics Master of Puppets and Enter Sandman into a packed and newly renovated Public Hall, minutes after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night."
Operator: 911 emergencies.
Boy: Yeah I need some help.
Operator: What’s the matter?
Boy: With my math.
Operator: With your mouth?
Boy: No with my math. I have to do it. Will you help me?
Operator: Sure. Where do you live?
Boy: No with my math.
Operator: Yeah I know. Where do you live though?
Boy: No, I want you to talk to me on the phone.
Operator: No I can’t do that. I can send someone else to help you.
Quite Possibly the Coolest Hot Tub You Have Ever Seen | dornob: "Ever want to steam on the side of a mountain or carry your hot tub with you on your canoe? Off-the-grid, durable, mobile, strangely sexy and well-engineered, the Dutch Tub is probably the last thing you would expect to see someone lounging in at the top of a summit - but one of the best aspects of the tub is that it moves easily, making the scene above more realistic than most people realize."
The Science and Silliness of Kissing: "Think about it. If a spaceship full of aliens landed on earth to observe human behavior, how on earth would we explain the act of kissing? One person touches another person with their lips. Not, of course, lips to lips alone. Lips to cheek, lips to neck, lips to - well, just about any other body part can be considered. Imagine the polite but nevertheless obvious squirming with embarrassment that could be involved on either or both sides of the species divide."