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on Oct 05, 2007 - 1 comment
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on October 4th, 2007:
- Chilli-based anaesthetic won’t leave you drooling – Clifford Woolf and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of blocking just the pain neurons using capsaicin – the active ingredient in chilli peppers – along with a version of lignocaine that can’t diffuse through cell membranes unassisted.
- Big Daddy Hands – The bigger version of the soldering tool, useful for holding more than a small circuit board.
- InfraRecorder – a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.
- Sketch Furniture by FRONT – Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.
- Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century – A Daily Celebration of The Golden Age of Upper Lip Hair.
- Ryan McLennan – Beautiful acrylic on paper paintings of wildlife.
- Mike Leavitt – Action Figures – These are articulating, miniature, interactive sculptures, aka. “action figures” or “toys”, each hand-sculpted with synthetic polymer clay, wood and elastic by Leavitt.
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on Aug 23, 2007 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 22nd, 2007:
- USB Powered Mini Greenhouse – Features an adjustable growth light and an easy view window that offers maximum plant protection.
- Amazon forest carved up in resettlement scam – Rather than moving communities onto land that has already been deforested Incra has been allocating tracts of land that are still part of the rainforest.
- reddit media: intelligent fun online – Monitors reddit?s front page, collects picture & video links, and builds an archive of them over time.
- Monster attack steals user data – US job website Monster.com has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.
- Robots Can Be Friendly, Groovin?: Max-Powered Keepon and Beatbots – The Keepon is a cute, yellow robot that dances to music you may have seen bopping on YouTube. It shows how subtle changes could make robotics friendlier in the near future.
- Deezer – The first global website for music on demand with no restrictions: listening to all kinds of music is now free, unlimited, legal and accessible to all Internet users via a Web browser.
- Google Earth Shows Real-Time Traffic – This has been achieved by adding a Traffic layer in Google Earth. Once you?ve enabled this feature, you?ll see a real-time picture of traffic and conditions.
- SimpleTEXT: a cellphone enabled performance – SimpleTEXT is a collaborative audio/visual public performance that relies on audience participation through input from mobile devices such as phones, PDAs or laptops.
- Lee Broom – The application of neon elements to the outlines of the six hand-carved Mahogany pieces “haloes the delicate lines of the traditional furniture whilst casting deep reflections in their richly lacquered surfaces.”
Spotswood Custom Computers is selling computer cases that resemble a bass drum.
From the website:
Each custom, scratch-built case is handcrafted with high-quality maple veneer plywood, which gives you a beautiful, more durable and quieter running PC than anything else out there. In addition, you will have a very distinctive and attractive piece of furniture to house your computer!
A bare case on the left, a complete computer fitted on the right
Your choice of wood stain colors (protected by a hard, fingerprint hiding, matte finish), allows you to match the case with your existing kitchen, office, living room or home entertainment center décor. All fasteners are chromed or polished stainless steel and the durable 7/10 mil mylar side panels (completely removable) allow easy access to every component within the case.
And if you’re wondering if these drum shaped cases are loud, their FAQ explains: Yes, real acoustic drums are loud. But our cases are not drums. They are not built from pre-made drums. Besides our cases have so much hardware attached to them that every surface is completely dampened, so much so that one of our cases is actually quieter than a metal case. In music terms, the cases are “bricks.”
These custom cases go for about $500 USD (you can add some extra fan/brackets etc.), so they’re not exactly cheap, but they sure look classy!
Check Spotswood Custom Computers for more information.
MakeZine has images of a bunch of cool looking tables you won’t find just anywhere.
One of them is a Bicycle wheel table.
Check MakeZine for the Knife, fork and spoon table, Multiprocessor CD-ROM chess table and more.
Zachary has created the 120300, a custom handcrafted guitar which has a top made from Ikea furniture.
Zachary Handcrafted Guitars 120300 (1st IKEA model)
The action is great, the tone is unbelievable, the neck is super fast, tuning stability is as good as it gets. In short, everything just worked out great on this guitar. This amazingly figured top is from Ikea Furnishings. I bought one of their unfinished end tables for $15 and I can get three guitar tops from it. What a shame that they would use such amazing “tone-wood” for their cheap furniture. Its a sacrilege.