Saturday, February 26, 2005

Delightful Tidbits you may have Missed

  • Romanian firefighters could not get their trucks close enough to a burning building, so they put out the fire by throwing snowballs at it.
  • Only 6% of the autographs in circulation from members of the Beatles are estimated to be real.
  • McDonald's restaurants will buy 54,000,000 pounds of fresh apples this year. Two years ago, McDonald's purchased 0 pounds of apples. This is attributed to the shift to more healthy menu options.
  • American made parts account for only 1% of the Chrysler Crossfire. 96% of the Ford F-150 Heritage Truck is American.
  • G-rated family films earn far more money than any other rating. Yet only 3% of Hollywood's output is G-rated.
  • For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects.

Helvetica vs. Arial

Get rid of Arial once and for all in this battle of the fonts.



Tiger Carp

from Reuters, A carp with a face resembling a tiger swims in the Wulong Pool at a park in Jinan, east China's Shandong province February 25, 2005. The strange fish was found by local residents and has drawn hundreds of visitors in the past two days.



Spider on Drugs

Scientists at the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have turned their attention from the mysteries of the cosmos to a more esoteric area of research: what happens when you get a spider stoned.



Flickr World Map

The flickr map plots 1200 random cities from a pool of 36539 from all over the world. Each time you roll over a location that has no photos it is removed from the map. Reload the page to see more random locations.
When you roll over a city a search is done through the flickr tags looking for the most recent photo with tags that match the city and country name. If nothing is found a search just for the city name is repeated. If the city's name is a common word or exists in multiple countries you might get strange results. For example if there are no photos for "Paris, Texas" you will get a photo from "Paris" which is more likely to be in France than Texas.
Give it a try, a great way to see pictures that are very recent from all over the world.



Pongo Things

Some very creative pieces of art work, created with Pongo, which I believe is a play dough like material.



The Beatles - What Goes On

Have you ever …

… heard chattering, voices, or odd noises in the background of a Beatles song?
… wondered who sang "She Loves You" at the end of All You Need Is Love ?
… heard stories about what John sings at the end of Baby You’re A Rich Man?

Get all of your questions answered at What Goes On. Make sure you liesten to some of the great audio clips. This is a do not miss site if you are a Beatles fan.



Friday, February 25, 2005

Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp

The Rock n' Roll Fantasy Camp is the ultimate innovation. This one-of-a-kind event brings amateur musicians and fans together with professional rock heroes. You will move from being a spectator to being a player on stage along side legends of rock n' roll!
As a camper, you will become immersed in the storied world of rock n' roll. You will jam, practice, learn, and just hang out with some of the world's greatest rock musicians and songwriters.



Hubcap Creatures

Hubcap creatures are made entirely from re-cycled materials. All the hubcaps are found, usually on the side of the road, and therefore have the scars of their previous lives in the form of scratches and abrasions.



Goodle Good News

Not sure how long this link will last, but a spoof site with all good news. The only problem with Goodle Good News is the links to the stories don't work, I wonder why?



27 Foot Tall Chocolate Fountain

For just about one month, I have been trying to find a picture of this chocolate fountain. A reader finally sent me a link and now I can post the press release.

From far down Bellagio's promenade in the luxurious new Spa Tower, a mesmerizing figure entices curious guests with visual splendor and aromatic wafts: jutting out into the main corridor like the prow of a ship is a glass-enclosed, floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain emerging from Jean-Philippe Patisserie. Displaying a spectacular series of melted chocolate cascades, this first-of-its-kind spectacle is the tallest chocolate fountain in the world. Designed by award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Philippe Maury and Norwood and Antonia Oliver Design Associates, Inc., the fountain took a year and a half in planning and design. The result is a genius work of kinetic sculpture and a daring feat of engineering. Standing 27-feet tall, the masterpiece circulates more than 2,100 pounds of melted dark, milk and white chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts per minute.



Maze Game

A self explanatory game, guide the red dot with your mouse to the finish circle.



Elvis Trooper

Who is Elvis Trooper, where did he come from, is he really Elvis or a Clone, and why is he here? These are just some of the many questions that you may have. Well, there are no answers, just a photographic documentation of the many Elvis Trooper sightings that are being reported across this great land of ours.



Letterman's Top Ten

I never knew The Late Show had archieved Letterman's Top 10 list. They date back to 1993.



Avoid this Corner

You would think navigating this corner (will open WMP-video) in a car would not be too difficult.

The History of the Beer Can

The canning of beer started shortly after prohibition ended in 1933. Food had been successfully canned since a period prior to the mid 1800's. Two issues delayed the canning of beer- the first being the construction of a can strong enough to withstand the higher pressures of the carbonated beverage. The bigger issue was the bad reaction that occurs between beer and metal. The canning companies worked on this problem throughout the 1920's and were ready to tap into this huge market once prohibition ended.



Thursday, February 24, 2005

Ten Greatest Rock & Roll Myths

From strange deaths to blood transfusions and dubious fish-related practices, it's time to debunk the tallest tales.
For the younger visitors of Kukla's, pictured below is Mama Cass Elliot, who happens to be the subject of the #1 myth.



Engineers with time on their Hands

12 engineers, 1.5 hours, 3200 post-it notes=4 story high design.



Competition On

Yesterday I posted a topic about a pogo like device you strap to your legs which allows you to bounce and jump around town.
Today, the competition heats up with pictures and movies(will open WMP video) of the original pogo stick in action. May the best device win.



World Jump Day

A movement has started to get 600 million people to jump at the same time on July 20, 2006. The object of this jump: to change the orbit of earth. Just what we need!
I would suggest they get a website that is readable first before they do anything else.



Computer Problems

And you think you have computer problems!



Dress for success

Clothes for Success is a great reference site for men. It gives style advice and matches up your body type, hair style and color, height, etc to what type of suits are best for you, what color shoes you should wear, even the color of your briefcase.

My sportswear colors are below and my color analysis is: Typically people who have your color profile have depth to their coloring and a lot of contrast between their hair color, eye color and skin tone. You will look best in intense deep, rich colors accented with jewel tones, or contrasted with bright white or icy pastels. Look for a dark suit with cool undertones like dark navy, charcoal and even black. Your coloring will be complimented by these deep, powerful colors. Never dress in earth tones, muted or powdery colors; they will make you look faded and sallow. When choosing colors, look for jewel tones and bright, vivid colors, or colors with cool icy tones to them. For dress shirts, this means very bright whites, icy blues, pinks and yellows. For fun and style expression try french blue or charcoal.



Kitchen Knives

A pretty unique gadget, don't you agree?



Classic Cartoons

Classic cartoon themes, images and music. A must see if you are a lover of the old time cartoons.

update 9am, Here is a great link to many more classic cartoon openings, all in real player format.



Ze Cube

Presenting Ze Cube : a vintage computer (the Macintosh Classic II) miraculously engineered into a stunning ten-inch crystal-clear cube.
Ze Cube comes ready for action with the Motorola 68030 processor running at 16MHz, 10MB of high performance RAM, and a capacious 80MB hard disk drive you actually see spin, so you won't miss any action.


Backyard Monorail

Kim Pedersen built a monrail in the backyard.



Mini Locomotives

Great photographs of working mini locomotives. Live Steaming is a great and informative gathering place for many train enthusiasts.



Wednesday, February 23, 2005

It Pays to Read the License Agreement

PC Pitstop included a clause in one of its own EULAs that promised anyone who read it, a "consideration" including money if they sent a note to an email address listed in the EULA. After four months and more than 3,000 downloads, one person finally wrote in. That person, by the way, got a check for $1,000 proving, at least for one person, that it really does pay to read EULAs.

Final Moments

from cbc, The three sons of a couple from North Vancouver killed in Thailand during the tsunami disaster have received pictures of their parents' final moments, including images of the deadly waves.
A man from Seattle doing relief work in Thailand recently discovered the digital camera belonging to John and Jackie Knill, who were vacationing in Khao Lak when the deadly tsunami struck. The camera was destroyed but its memory card was salvaged.
The picture below is the last one of eight photographs.



The Place to Be

About a month ago, I posted a picture of Tiger Woods teeing off on top of the world's largest hotel.
Now we see Federer and Agassi playing some tennis at the same location.


Rise Above the Crowd

A pogo like device that attaches to your legs and shoes, thus allowing you to bounce around the city.



Money of the World

Many unique banknotes from over 200 countries throughout the world (no U.S. paper money images).



Blogspot Spreading Spyware?

from benedelman.org, Numerous blogs hosted at Google's Blogspot service contain JavaScript that tries to trick users into installing unneeded software. At one such blog, users are offered a misleading popup that falsely claims "You have an out of date browser which can cause you to get infected with viruses, spam, and spyware. To prevent this, press YES now."

I for one have never run into this problem on any blogspot site. Has anyone had any of these problems or issues?

What is Next for Jeanne-Claude

The creator of "The Gates" now is planning "Over the River" in Colorado.
I would expect much criticism of this project from the folks from that area. But I haven't heard anything from them yet.



Design a Model

Design you own model (female or male). You enter everything from hair color, body style, eyes, etc.
I designed Forme just for me.



Human Evolution

Take a journey through time, from the last ancestor of chimps and humans to the emergence of modern people.
The BBC starts this journey 3.2 million years ago.



Oh No

Where do you think this pile of snow falling from a building rooftop is headed?



Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Foul Ball Spaghetti

Foul Ball Spaghetti” is now on the menu at Harry Caray’s restaurant. It reportedly contains the “essence” of the infamous “Bartman ball.” That’s the one deflected off Cub fan Steve Bartman during Game Six of the National League Championship Series in 2003.



Time Lapsed Flowers

Some great time lapsed quicktime videos of flowers blooming. Unfortunately , the website is in French and google will not translate the page. So just click on the left sidebar items, not too difficult to find the videos.



The History of the Guillotine

Anything and everything you may or may not have known about this device made for only one reason, that of death.
I cannot believe the guillotine was actually being used as late as 1977.



The Zen Garden

Take a stress break, have some fun in the Zen Garden. Put some meditation music (will open WMP audio) on and have a go at it.



Toilet Sink

Over at Kevin Kelly's Cool Tool site, someone was looking for a sink that sits on top of the toilet tank. Would you use a sink like this if available?



POVCOMP Photos

The Persistence Of Vision Raytracer ('POV-Ray') is a freely downloadable cross-platform application that implements the raytracing algorithm, which is a technique for simulating the physical behavior of light utilizing software-based mathematical models. It can be used to generate photorealistic images that resemble objects in the real world, or to visualize 'virtual' objects that do not physically exist.
Got that, uhh, no, but there are some fantastic pictures here.



Bicycle Seats

Loads of old bicycle seats. Most look very uncomfortable but are very unique.



Common Errors in English

My sister is a teacher and fanatic about using the English language in a proper manner and has pointed out to me some of the grammatical errors I have made in some of the posts on Kukla's.
From this day forward, I will make sure I use this reference guide to help me along.

Dream Jobs

A photo presentation matching people to certain types of "dream jobs".



Red Tacton

RedTacton is a new Human Area Networking technology that uses the surface of the human body as a safe, high speed network transmission path.
Communication is possible using any body surfaces, such as the hands, fingers, arms, feet, face, legs or torso. RedTacton works through shoes and clothing as well.



Monday, February 21, 2005

The Crackers

"The Crackers" is as much a public happening as it is a tasty snack, defying the domino theory. Peanut butter or cheddar cheese. They poured their hearts and souls into the project for over 26 minutes. It required three dozen crackers and spanned over nearly 23 inches along a footbridge in the park at a cost (borne exclusively by the artists) of $2.50. Is it art? You decide. The installation was completed with no permits or bureaucracy, and fed to the ducks after about a half hour.
How many spinoffs are we going to see?



The Attendant

This guy sets up shop in the mens room at the Times Square McDonald's. His goal, to see the reaction from people who are surprised to see a first class attendant set up in a fast food restaurant.



$14 for an Orgasmatron

After a tough day at the office, there's nothing like a bit of gentle pressure relief to soothe away all your stress.
The Orgasmatron was specially developed for giving pleasure down under - in Australia.



Liquid Journey

A must see, interactive flash site. Liquid Journey is well worth your time. It will challenge all of your senses.



Seabird Skull Gallery

In general bird skulls are the easiest parts of a skeleton to identify the species for the average birder. The shape and size of the skull, its structure and the coloration of the bills are often very helpful for the identification of the bird.
Note to one of my blogging friends, don't click the link!



Live Forever

According to Alex Chiu, based on testimonies, facts, and proofs, people are believed to be able to stay physically young forever by using his new inventions "The Eternal Life Rings" and "The Eternal Life Foot Braces". The Eternal Life Rings are to be worn on both small fingers of a user during sleep. The Eternal Life Foot Braces are to be worn on all toes of both feet during sleep.



Humanoid

I am easily entertained this morning. Just move your mouse around the humanoid; that is it, but it kept my interest for about 5 minutes.



The Best of Hubble

A fantastic flash presentation showcasing the best photographs from the Hubble telescope. Excellent music accompanies the show.
Note: slow loading, broadband suggested, but well worth the wait.