Daily Archives: July 21, 2008

Art Made of Pudding, Pepper and Ginger?

Suspect and Fugitive is a year long project where the artist, Rakkadeer created an item a day out of suspect (questionable) and fugitive (non archival) materials. Below are images of Bill Cosby made of pudding, Jack Nicholson made of pepper and Mr. Rogers made of ginger.





Dinosaur In A Museum

Here is a video of a dinosaur on the loose in the LA Museum of Natural History. No computer effects were used here, it’s all “real”.



Harley-Davidson Museum

Celebrate 105 years of American muscle at the new 20-acre Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, WI. Featuring a stunning design by Pentagram, the Museum and the surrounding buildings are attractions by themselves, and include the two-floor museum, an Archive building where visitors can take a look at hogs of the past and see items being restored for introduction into the museum, as well as a restaurant, cafe, and the requisite museum store. Admission runs $16.



Conan Succeeds Leno in June of 2009

NBC has made the official announcement on when exactly Conan O’Brien will take over “The Tonight Show” from Jay Leno:

Conan O’Brien, the dominant late-night host at 12:35 a.m. (ET) for the past 14 seasons, will succeed Jay Leno as host of the preeminent series on late-night television, NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” in June of 2009. Beginning in Spring 2009, Jimmy Fallon will step in as the “Late Night” host. The announcement was made today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios and Marc Graboff, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” will begin on Monday, June 1, 2009 (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m. ET) with Leno’s last “Tonight Show” telecast airing Friday, May 29, 2009.

“The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” will originate from Stage 1 at Universal Studios and will be produced by Universal Media Studios. Jeff Ross is the executive producer.



Pin-Up of Watchmen’s Sally Jupiter

James Jean created this illustration for the Watchmen movie that can be seen briefly in the trailer. He writes on his site:

At 1:32 into the Watchmen trailer, you can see a glimpse of an illustration I did for the movie. Alex McDowell asked me to create a Vargas-esque portrait of Sally Jupiter, played by Carla Gugino. It only appears for 1 second in the trailer, but the illustration is supposed to play a larger role in that particular scene.

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A Lego Mindstorms Robot That Solves A Rubik’s Cube

Tilted Twister solves Rubik’s cube fully automatically. Just place the scrambled cube on Tilted Twister’s turntable. An ultrasonic sensor detects its presence and starts to read the colors of the cube faces using a light sensor. The robot turns and tilts the cube in order to read all the faces of the cube. It then calculates a solution and executes the moves by turning, tilting and twisting the cube.


8 Unconventional Furniture Designs

These funky and unexpected furniture designs could add some visual interest to your room, help you sleep better, or just maximize your available space.  Check them out here.


Convertible Sofa Bunk Bed


Is Your Starbucks Closing?

Here is the list broken down by State of the 600 Starbucks that are closing.  Hopefully, it’s not the one near you.



Name That License Plate

Using your memory and subtle clues (slogans, scenery and state flags), determine which state each plate came from. Take the quiz here.


The Dark Knight: ‘Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?’

Batman is just a gadget geek at heart. A very, very wealthy gadget geek. But until recently, he’s employed some tech that’s, well, pretty unbelievable. Director Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman is an almost-believable early adopter, with every high tech gizmo at his disposal firmly grounded in real-world technology. To get the lowdown on the five coolest pieces of gear from the film, we sat down with the film’s Oscar-nominated production designer, Nathan Crowley, to find out where the inspiration for each Bat-gadget came from.


After the Batmobile (aka the Tumbler) is destroyed, Batman is forced to continue his pursuit of the Joker on this machine-gunning, shoulder-navigated, gimbals-sporting two-wheeler. This is a vehicle made for multitasking, allowing Batman to fire its guns, steer hands-free and maneuver hard without much risk of a wipeout. Says Crowley, “If you go over on its side, it keeps you upright.”


Real-World Counterpart: Dodge Tomahawk
The Bat-Pod most closely resembles the V-10, 500-horsepower Dodge Tomahawk concept vehicle. But designwise, Crowley says, the ‘Pod draws most of its inspiration from the general design of the Tumbler itself. Just compare the front tires on the two vehicles: They’re the same. “We didn’t want it to be anything more than raw function, and that’s why it looks like it does,” says Crowley.



Past Batmen have had a hard time turning their heads (paging Michael Keaton), because the cowl was a solid piece of rubber attached to the suit itself. Not this time. Able to move independently of the suit, Batman’s new mask now allows him to crane his head up and down and side-to-side with ease.


Real-World Counterpart: Motorcycle Helmet
When racing a Hayabusa at 180 mph, visibility and flexibility are everything. That’s why the independently pivoting design of a motorcycle helmet and racing suit served as the chief point of reference for Batman’s cowl design.


The Batsuit

“We really wanted to change up the suit,” Crowley admits. Adding more protection in addition to more flexibility (and less nipple) than previous versions, the armor worn by Batman comprises hundreds of interlocking plates that move independently of each other. The result? Batman is more mobile, can do more stunts, and can kick a lot more ass.

Real-World Counterpart: Samurai Armor
The interlocking plates of the Batsuit — while made of modern materials like Nomex, titanium and Kevlar — share their design with ancient armor once worn by Samurai warriors in feudal Japan. These lightweight, lacquered get-ups were strong, contained hundreds of interlocking pieces, and allowed their wearers a full range of motion.


Sticky-Bomb Gun

When Batman has to apprehend a villain in Hong Kong, he utilizes a weapon that fires sticky, orange bomb pellets that adhere to glass. The gun is collapsible, breaking down to small pieces that Batman can store on his belt. “It’s more like a piece of origami than anything else,” says Crowley.


Real-World Counterpart: Collapsible Rifle
The sticky-bomb gun owes its DNA to any collapsible weapon. Just have a look at the M-40 rifle favored by Marine Corps snipers: The gun can be broken down into multiple parts for easy transportation. The explosive, sticky ammo, though? That’s 100 percent pure Crowley.

3-D Sonar System

Since the Joker does not have a lair or a base, Batman must track the constantly mobile madman through the streets of Gotham. To do this he uses a cowl-mounted sonar device that triangulates the baddies’ cellphone signals and then renders the sound of their communication into a 3-D visual map.


Real-World Counterparts: Lidar and Sonar
Usually utilizing lasers, a Lidar system measures reflected light to find the range, dimensions and other properties of far-off objects. Sonar, of course, is the technology of bouncing sound waves off faraway objects to get a realistic picture of where those objects are. Combine the two, and you’ve got the 3-D system Batman uses to hunt his quarry.(Reprinted from Wired.com)

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