Archives For Curiosities

This is, I think, what the Pixar lamp would be like if it wasn’t just a short animation in the opening credit of Pixar movies. It’s pretty clever.

Pinokio from Adam Ben-Dror on Vimeo.

The Present is a Kickstarter project which is part installation art, part really slow clock. It rotates once per year.

ThePresent from m ss ng p eces on Vimeo.

It’ll set you back $300.

This is a great bit of link bait, infographic style…

The people who made this, who happen to be some sort of T-Shirt Company, have also compiled a list of where to get each shirt.

How anybody figures out this is a thing you can do is beyond me.

This is brilliant. From DumbWaysToDie.com

 

You can download the song as an MP3.

Thanks to @stemcd for tipping me off on Twitter
 

This is pretty much how I hope my parenting will end up.

It’s from the guy who brought the world Iron Baby.

Possibly the most important series of movie remakes you’ll see this Movember. So important I felt the need to use an e-mo-ticon.

Great Moments in Movie History… with moustaches: Cast Away from sween on Vimeo.

Great Moments in Movie History… with moustaches: A Few Good Men from sween on Vimeo.

Great Moments in Movie History… with moustaches: Jerry Maguire from sween on Vimeo.

I can’t grow a mo – but my friend Mike can. You should sponsor him.

It’s true.

Here’s another fun one…

And something a little special (I think I’ve posted this before).

I don’t think this needs any comment.

So a casual reference to multiple universes in the James Bond post yesterday, and the link to an old post about the space time continuum jumping scene which links the British and American Offices when David Brent visits the American Office, meaning that two almost identical days happen to two different people who exist in the same universe, led me to one of the coolest pop culture memes I’d never heard of.

The theory of Tommy Westphall’s mind – which, in a nutshell, through crossover characters and references between programs, ties over 300 TV shows to the imagination of one autistic character in a show I’d never heard of called St. Elsewhere named Tommy Westphall.

The last scene in the St. Elsewhere show allegedly made it apparent (it’s disputed by at least one article) that the entire show had been in the imagined world of Tommy Westphall. Characters from St. Elsewhere, appeared in the series Homicide. Homicide’s character Detective Munch, has been in seven different shows, other than St. Elsewhere – including Homicide, SVU, Arrested Development, The X-Files, The Wire, 30 Rock, and even Sesame Street… Characters from those shows have been in other shows. Tying them to the same universe. Tying them to Tommy Westphall’s mind.

Here’s the map.


Image Credit: The Tommy Westphall Multiverse Map (bigger)

Here’s the key to the grid (PDF), explaining the crossovers.

According to this interview with one of the guys who came up with that map, some of the crossovers are more tenuous than others, but about 70% of them are meant to be fairly tight connections by character – rather than references to entities or corporations that are fictional presences in more than one series.

They even mention the theory that all of Tarantino’s movies occur either within the same universe, or as movies within the Tarantino universe that characters from the main universe watch.

The parallel universes required for this to happen are mind-boggling. But I love this.

Bird Sheet music

A British artist is trying to make music using bird poo. Bird poo strategically dropped on large rolls of sheet music.

It’s not going so well.

11foot8 is the story of a bridge. A bridge with a camera. A camera that captures people who drive under the bridge without the proper clearance.

Here’s a compilation of the best hits.

This is pretty amazing.

My computer is at death’s door. It’s a sad time. I learned a hard lesson about coffee, computers, and electricity on Tuesday. I was trying to carry a wriggling baby, and some books – and I dropped the books onto a desk. The laws of physics and fluid dynamics took over – and coffee splashed over my laptop.

a sad equation

It died.

I took it to the Apple Store. They temporarily resurrected it, but gave me a bit of paper that declares “not economical to repair” – and a prognosis of “not very long” before the corrosion from the spill renders poor compy inoperable. It is insured to some degree – just how much is yet to become clear. But it looks like I’m in the market for a new computer…

Basically this situation reminds me of the end of this Strongbad’s Email 78.

This one also seems germain to the situation at hand.

I’ve also had this song in my head since.