Tag: cool stuff

Poptastic – the first five seconds of every number 1 song ever

These two clips, by the maker of the Billy Joel cacophony I posted last week, features the first five seconds of every number 1 song since number 1 songs have been charted. Or something.

Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 1 by mjs538

Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single Part 2 by mjs538

Soundcheck it. Via BoingBoing.

The Up house in real life

300 balloons. Each eight feet tall. One lightweight house. One Pixar recreation.

The entire structure with the balloons is about 10 stories high, and it manged to reach a level of 10,000 feet for about one hour. I don’t have any word of how they got the house to come down. Maybe they had some guy with a key inside who slowly cut away some balloons.

It’s a segment from an upcoming TV show called “How Hard Can It Be?”

Via Coolest Gadgets.

Gourmet Crayons

Have you ever looked at the colour of your carrots, peas, or corn and thought “gee, that would make a great crayon?” To be honest, I haven’t either. But I’m still enamoured by this concept – crayons made using food. And they’re edible.

Nice. From Luxirare.

How to play Scissors, Paper, Rock against yourself

Just build this glove. Stick it on your hand. And Bob, as they say, is your uncle. The glove will learn how you play, and tel you what it thinks will beat you.

How to cook bacon like a real man

I promise this is my last post about bacon for at least a day… but you need to read this. If you want to cook bacon like a real man.

Have you got an old machine gun lying around? With about 200 spare rounds of bacon? Then you’re set. If you don’t, then go out now, buy one, and come back. This post won’t go anywhere in the meantime.

I’ve discovered a new way of cooking bacon. All you need is: bacon, tin foil, some string, and.. oh whats it called?… oh yeah, an old worn out 7.62mm machinegun that is about to be discarded, and about 200 rounds of ammunition.

You start by wrapping the barrel in tin foil. Then you wrap bacon around it, and tie it down with some string.

you then wrap some more tin foil around it, and once again tie it down with string.

It is now ready to be inserted into the cooking device. I ripped the tin foil a little bit getting the barrel inserted. that part of the bacon got severely burned by hot gasses.

After just a few short bursts you should be able to smell the wonderful aroma of bacon.

I gave this about 250 rounds. but I think around 150 might actually be enough. But then again I don’t mind when bacon is crispy. Ahh the smell of sizzling bacon mixed with the smell of gunpowder and weapon oil.

And the end result: Crispy delicious well done bacon.

Via Reddit.

YouTube Tuesday: Get in the sand this Easter

One of my college buddies (and his brother) put together this pretty exceptional Easter video – they’re planning to do all of Luke.

YouTube Tuesday: My Guitar Hero

I’m still trying to clear up my queue of stuff I have been planning to post for ages. This is incredible. It takes Christmas light displays to a whole new level. A guy rigged up his lights so that passers by could play guitar hero with them.

Font in pens

That title was meant to be a pun based on “fountain pens” it probably fails because I feel the need to introduce the rather amazing concept behind this post with a non-sequitur. I could try to redeem this lede with some sort of segue – but perhaps I should just get to the point (pun intended).

A couple of designers have conducted an elaborate plot to measure the ink use of popular fonts. They did it by writing the word “Sample” on a wall with ball point pens and then photographing the pens once it was done.

It turns out Garamond is the best – but I’m not sure they considered ecofont.


Etsy store fabuluster will send you a little casting that you stick your finger into and turn the results into a pretty novel wedding band.

I would have said unique – but a journalist I once met from Germany had something similar.

There are a few different varieties available and they are reasonably cheap (at $150USD).

Slow motion explosions

While cool guys don’t look at explosions and exception can probably be made for looking at slow motion explosions – even slow motion explosions involving toy cars.

That’s not a camera phone, this is a camera phone…

Not content with the Flight of the Conchords style camera phone depicted in this shirt design, a cool engineering type has figured out how to fix an SLR lens to his iPhone. Awesome right?

Here’s the type of photo it produces…

The Phone-O-Scope produces fuzzy, Holga-like images. I think a lot of the image artifacts (strong chromatic aberration, bizarro lens distortion) are down to the extreme magnifier stack. However, I’ve tested it with a few Canon EF lenses now and it does seem to work reasonably well with every one. At the very least, it seems to work like a telescope for the iPhone, and it is fun to shoot with (not to mention the odd looks I get when I’m using it :)

Via lifehacker.

A trick of the light…

Look at this picture up close, and then look at it from a few metres away. I’m not sure this is an application Einstein considered when studying light.

From bits and pieces.

This one you can just look at up close…

From Neatorama.

Lava at first sight

Lava lamps are so last century. They were, of course, big in the 80s. I think I’ve actually said somewhere before that I think Lava Lamps were about the pinnacle of human innovation in the 20th century.

Sadly, they could have been invented centuries beforehand had people not been so reliant on electricity. See, all you need is heat, waxy stuff and coloured liquid. And the heat, well, it can come from tea light candles… and now you can buy a lava lamp 1680s style


I’ve written about Pacman, I’ve written about Rubiks Cubes, I’ve written about Super Mario Bros, and I’ve written about art. That’s a lot of topics to converge in a single post. But I’ve done it. Well, more correctly, somebody else has – I’m just here to show you the fruits of their labour. Art made from Rubiks Cubes… not just art… geek art. I would have thought a Tetris inspired design would be appropriate – but perhaps too easy…

Arty fact

I was once convinced (and probably still am) that that which divides art from the everyday is the frame an artist puts around something. The declaration that it is, in fact, art. Without a declaration the thing is just a thing.

Turn your fruit into art with this revolutionary still life fruit bowl. I would buy one of these. If K-Rudd had given me my money.