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on Nov 06, 2007 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on November 5th, 2007:
- mickey feio – An ‘International Ugly Mickey Contest’ blog. The contest is over now, but the blog will keep posting the ugly mickeys people send from all over the world.
mickey feio – some ugly Mickeys
This guy made a very nice paper model of Bumblebee, the lovely Autobot Transformer.
It’s the Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee model from the 2007 Transformers film.
Bumblebee made from paper materials (click for close-up)
Visit Wonderdasher for more images.
Link via Engadget
The Espresso Book Machine is an ATM for books that prints and binds any title on the spot within minutes from a digital file.
The first Espresso Book Machine was installed and demonstrated at the New York Public Library’s Science, Industry, and Business Library.
Espresso Book Machine by On Demand Books
Jason Epstein (founder of On Demand Books, LLC) says:
Printed books are one of history’s greatest and most enduring inventions, and after centuries, their form needs no improvement, what does need to change is the outdated way that books reach readers.”
Library users will have the opportunity to print free copies of such public domain classics as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and “Songs of Innocence” by William Blake, as well as appropriately themed in-copyright titles as Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail” and Jason Epstein’s own “Book Business.”
The public domain titles were provided by the Open Content Alliance (“OCA”), a non-profit organization with a database of over 200,000 titles. The OCA and ODB are working closely to offer this digital content free of charge to libraries across the country. Both organizations have received partial funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Sounds like a great idea, but what about the cost of paper?
Link via The New Reader
sonicscape from Paper Art Gadgets is offering a bunch of pdfs of some cool paper models.
Paper Art Gadgets iPhone model
You can download the following models:
- Xbox 360 and display box
- Xbox 360 HDDVD drive
- Sony Playstation 3 and display box
- Nintendo DS Lite
- Atari 2600
- Pimped Xbox 360s #1-7
- Apple iPhone
- Nokia 6280
- Customizable paper figurines
So if you can’t afford a real iPhone, this is your chance to at least look cool with a miniature iPhone model!
Visit Paper Art Gadgets for more information.
The Online Paper Airplane Museum is trying to preserve the many different designs of paper airplanes.
F/A-18 Hornet – one of my favorite planes
The museum is basically one big links directory of paper airplanes. Currently there are more than 810 designs available already!
Link via Make:Blog
500 billion is the number of plastic bags consumed worldwide every year (1 million per minute), and 500 is the amount of years it takes for a plastic bag to decay in a landfill.
Spurred by a filmmaker’s documentary, the English town of Modbury became the first in Europe to ban plastic bags outright.
Turtle eating a plastic bag
It was watching sea creatures choke on plastic bags in the Pacific Ocean that finally persuaded Rebecca Hosking that enough was enough. The British filmmaker had already recoiled in disgust at deserted Hawaiian beaches piled up with four feet of rubbish, the jetsam of Western consumerism washed up by an ocean teeming with plastic. Now, filming off the coast, she looked on aghast as sea turtles eagerly mistook bobbing translucent shapes in the water for jellyfish
A good reminder to bring my own bag when going shopping and to decline extra bags if I can carry the items (or stick them in the bag I got with something I bought earlier). When doing groceries without a bag, I like to use discarded product boxes (the ones they stock from) which later serve as “old paper” recycling storage boxes in my home.
Shunichi Makino’s SF Paper Craft Gallery features downloadable PDFs for papercraft Star Wars vehicles like the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) Snow Walker and the Millennium Falcon.
Paper models: Millennium Falcon and AT-AT Snow Walkers
He also has many other Star Wars models (TIE-Fighter, Y-wing, etc.) in his gallery
These incredibly detailed models can be downloaded for free. Good luck building!
Link via Boing Boing