Monthly Archives: September 2009

Caroline Flyn | 23 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Where have you been all my life? 9: Honesty stamps. I particularly like the idea of having "I sincerely apologise for all the trouble I've caused" and "In all my life I've never met anyone as beautiful as you." close at hand, just in case.

2. James May's lego house, with working taps, 'stained glass' windows to be bulldozed. Here are some pics of it being built.

3. Some amazing images of the dust-storm which hit Sydney today. V. HG Wells, especially the one of the car window.

4. Excerpts from an archive of executed prisoners' last words (NYT).

5. Net hoax convinces Germany of attempted suicide bombing.

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Caroline Flyn | 17 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Where have you been all my life? 8: the camperbike.

2. Gift ideas for nerds 28: bookshelves. States of America bookcase, Staircase bookcase (more images here), Tetris bookcase, equation bookcase, magnetic bookcase, hanging bookcase.

3. This is what electricity looks like. Current applied directly to film.

4. White House launches own app store.

Caroline Flyn | 16 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Improbable past-times 6: Tetris hairstyles. Having two falling pieces is pretty advanced gameplay – it would make me tense every time I looked in the mirror.

2. Alarming true story(?) about how one man cured his asthma by purposively contracting a hookworm. Not for the faint-hearted. (h/t Kottke)

3. Online index of MIT comedy hacks. The solar-powered tram is genius.

4. Gift ideas for nerds 27: sinks. Sink in a drawer, Starship Enterprise sink, integrated toilet/sink, portable sink, erosion sink, aquarium sink, fossil sinks.

5. Keep at your exercise plan: time-stop video shows effects of 365 days of working out.

Caroline Flyn | 15 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. The Twat Race

2. Where have you been all my life? 7: Arduino rolodex – "identifies a contact’s details after being manually spun and automatically pulls it up on the [mobile] phone"

3. A nice graphic, Physical vs. Digital storage. (Fact of the day: There are 10 billion photos on Facebook)

4. Business cards printed on beef(!)

5. Rhetoric cheat sheet. I like #11 "Wrap yourself in a flag: the martyrdom flag. the victim flag.the spiritual flag" and #20 "Say 'theory' with a special tone of hushed reverence."

Caroline Flyn | 14 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Recession hits robots hard.

2. Gift ideas for nerds 25: speakers. Eco-friendly hemp speakers, taste-specific printable speakers, bluetooth speakersmodular speakers, 'lil Lego speakers.

3. Contact lenses to provide augmented reality?

4. Wonderful series of images by John G. Moebes. Particularly the bubblegum girl at the end.

5. Oh so good. MIT rickrolled on grand scale.

Caroline Flyn | 10 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Why can't I skip the hard bits in games? I've always wondered this – years of planning complex plot/world map seems wasted on malcoordinated gamers like me who are unlikely to get beyond the early stages. Either give me a 'skip ahead' button, or sell games in chapters.

2. "5am – 7am: rise, wash, and address Powerful Goodness. Contrive day's business, prosecute the present study; and breakfast." Note to self: create structure in life and resolve to become more like Benjamin Franklin. (c/o Maira Kalman)

3. World's biggest video game(s): Tetris, Space Invaders, Snake. And a neat how-to video courtesy of Blinkenlights.

4. Hours of fun browsing The Best of Craigslist. Highlights include: 300 Stuffed Penguins Free to Good Home ("I'm going through a pretty weird time in my life right now"), You hit me with your Prius, Free: Large, dirty fishtank ("I've fed the depressing inhabitants for the past year, but am moving and will be damned if I take them with me.").

Caroline Flyn | 9 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. A beautiful collection of phrenological charts.

2. A collection of Post-It art: 8-bit gaming graphics, Marilyn Monroe, to-do lists, Elvis (with how-to). Plus this sweet post-it project.

3. Half of Brits have been injured while eating biscuits. Custard Creams have highest risk rating at 5.63.

4. Gift ideas for nerds 24: more clocks. The clock clock, the around clock, linear wall clock, universal language clock, word clock.

5. Where have you been all my life? 6: the 500 coloured pencils program. I don't want to use them. I just want to display them on a wall in my house.

Caroline Flyn | 8 September 2009

What We're Reading

1.  Fabulous Tour-de-France prank – unsuspecting Sunday cyclists met with motorcade, trophy, adulation

2. British Mummies do it with integrity.

3. My Little Pony Skeletor and other classics. My favourite is My Little Slave Princess Leia.

4. Improbable past-times 5: yet more meta-games. Upgrade Complete.

5. This fan-made video is really wonderful.

Caroline Flyn | 2 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. Buss: the island that never was.

2. Human size consistency baffles scientists. I just love this for the title.

3. Thank you FAIL.

4. A piece I wrote for The First Post on why Twitter is not the answer re: the apathetic Youth of Today.

5. A live worldwide game of Monopoly using Google Maps as the game board.

Caroline Flyn | 1 September 2009

What We're Reading

1. "Your expenses will not be paid": Vice magazine's 'internship opportunity' pushes aspiring writers to the limit, but has been surprisingly successful. I for one favour Erin for her ability to 'walk really fast for long periods of time'.

2. Boris Johnson, cover girl.

3. Watch an artist's descent into schizophrenia via his artwork in this fascinating video.

4. I am looking after a friend of mine's dog for the week. Casually googling 'spaniel behavioural problems' (don't ask), I came across the Cocker Spaniel Rage Syndrome. Living in fear.