November 27, 2015

Bird Portraits by Gary Heery


From The Guardian:



"Feathered friends are the subject of 'Bird,' the latest book from Gary Heery, one of Australia's most celebrated portrait photographers."
"Heery says to capture the birds in motion he erected a translucent tent, creating an intimate and contained environment in which the birds could fly."
"'I treated it, not unlike any other portraiture situation, as a kind of controlled spontaneity,' he said."
"The end result is a collection of dynamic yet almost clinically detailed images, with each bird's distinct personality captured in all its glory."
"'Bird' comes out on December 3, 2015 and will be accompanied by a two-week exhibition at Special Group Studio in Sydney."

November 27, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 26, 2015

Fruity Toilet Paper — "Looks good enough to eat"


Don't go there.

From boingboing:


You've never wiped your keister with a kiwi?

The simultaneously strange and endearing qualities of Japan are laid bare in this quote from the manufacturer's website, so helpfully pointed out by Rocket News: "Latona Marketing says of their sweet creation, 'Many companies and stores throughout Japan give a roll of toilet paper to customers as a novelty gift to show their appreciation.'"

Unfortunately not scented so while fruity they may look in the bathroom, fruity they will not smell.


Four roll assortment pictured: ¥1,500 ($12.22 USD).

November 26, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

November 25, 2015

Thermonuclear Art — The Sun in Ultra-HD (4K)

Excerpts from the YouTube caption:


In addition to keeping life alive on Earth, the sun also sends out a constant flow of particles called the solar wind, and it occasionally erupts with giant clouds of solar material called coronal mass ejections or explosions of X-rays called solar flares.

In space, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) keeps an eye on our nearest star 24/7.

In the video above, SDO captures images of the sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material.

In this video we experience SDO images of the sun in unprecedented detail in ultra-high 4K definition.


[video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; via The Guardian]

November 25, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 24, 2015

Black Ops Waterproof Drill


Because you never know when you'll be called upon to do some stealthy underwater demolition.

From boingboing:


Perfect for all your underwater stealth-drilling needs, the Nemo Power Tools SPECIAL OPS is submersible to 100 meters, has an 18v lithium battery, and is all-black for maximum concealment.

1000-watt brushless technology ensures maximum efficiency and durability.

Comes with a durable carrying case, battery charger, pressure valve and pump to pressurize the drill, and two 6Ah batteries.

The Nemo SPECIAL OPS comes with additional accessories geared towards the tasks carried out by special forces including a diving headlamp, a diving tool belt with tool bag, and a waterproof bag to keep your battery charger dry.


$2,000 (currently out of stock; Navy SEAL swimming instruction not included).

[via Joel Johnson]

November 24, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 23, 2015

Great American Novel Map


From the website:


"The Great American Novel: Places from the pages of America's finest literary works," chronologically celebrates 42 of the most important works of fiction inspired by life in the United States.

From Ahab off Nantucket to Ignatius J. Reilly in the Big Easy, Tom Joad fleeing the Dust Bowl to HST entering Bat Country, the map plots numerous monumental landmarks from American literature on a 25" x 19" print.

The limited edition map is hand-drawn and screen-printed on 80 lb. archival cover stock and shipped in a reinforced 3" cardboard tube. 



[via Mark Frauenfelder writing in boingboing]

November 23, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 22, 2015

Gold-Leaf Covered Edible KitKat

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It comes from Japan, not surprisingly.

From the Wall Street Journal:


A pricey kind of KitKat bar is set to debut in Japan, where more than 200 varieties of the chocolate wafer snacks have been available so far.

Nestle Japan Ltd. said the company will sell a limited edition version of KitKat bars next month that come covered in a layer of real gold foil.    

The product will commemorate the one millionth visitor at "KitKat Chocolatory" stores, which sell premium versions of the chocolate at posh department stores.

KitKat bars first went on sale in Japan in 1973 and over 200 different flavors have been created, including pumpkin pudding, carrot apple pie, and cheesecake.

The new golden versions will use the "sublime bitter" flavors for its base, with the gold leaf layer added to each one by hand.

The gold won't alter the taste of the chocolate but will offer a sense of luxury with each bite, a Nestle Japan spokesman said.

Nestle Japan will make 500 of the golden KitKats, each available for ¥2,016 ($16).

There are no plans to sell the product overseas. 


My favorite American variety is dark chocolate-covered KitKat.

But I digress.

Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

That's — by far — the best version of "Goldfinger" I've ever heard.

Though that opinion is not unamimous: Flautist commented, "... I will always love the original canned version, where she held the notes on "eeah" and "heah" for their full value, showing off her huge powerhouse of a voice, which was what it was really all about."

As always, dear readers: your wish 

is my demand.

Wait a sec... that's not right.

Oh, never mind.

November 22, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

November 21, 2015

Snail shell magnified 2500:1


From boingboing: "This is a 2500:1 shot of a White-lipped snail, showing its finery in the finest detail. Eye of Science is the source and offers many more striking examples of nature photography."

[via Imgur]

November 21, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 20, 2015

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: does not employ photosynthesis.

A third: not located in Asia or the Americas.

November 20, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

November 19, 2015

BehindTheMedspeak: Adolph's Meat Tenderizer is the best remedy for wasp or bee stings


Say what?

The best remedy for a wasp or bee sting (for the majority who are not allergic to them): Make a paste of of Adolph's Meat Tenderizer and a little water and rub it into the sting site. You will experience instant pain relief.

The papain (papaya extract, the active ingredient in Adolph's) breaks up the venom molecules, much as it does meat fibers when used in the kitchen as intended.

The reason I don't discuss here those who are allergic to wasp or bee stings is that they'll be dead from anaphylactic shock long before they have time to make a paste — unless they have an Epipen at hand and use it STAT.

I keep a bottle of Adolph's at home and another in my car's glove box. You should too.

$23.91 for six 3.5 oz. bottles; give the others away as gifts.

November 19, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 18, 2015

Jetmen Fly Alongside Emirates A380 Over Dubai

This is real.

Considering the events of the past week, this video will strike great fear into many hearts.

Because if it can happen over Dubai, it can happen anywhere.

And not necessarily with an intention to entertain.

[via the Washington Post]

November 18, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 17, 2015

Behold The Cthurkey: An Octopus-Stuffed Turkey With Crab Legs


It's what's for dinner!

Wrote Chris Durso on foodiggity, "The food-stuffed-inside-another-food craze appeared to have reached its pinnacle with the Turducken and the Pumpple. That was before the culinary monstrosity that is the Cthurkey — a turkey stuffed with an octopus."

Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu, the surf and turf was actually created a few years ago by Rusty Eulberg, a database administrator from Lubbock, Texas.


It wasn't until the Cthurkey reared its ugly head again on Twitter that it went viral and started giving everyone awesome ideas about a Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner for the ages.

November 17, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 16, 2015

An alarm clock that wakes you up by slapping your face


What's not to like?

[via boingboing]

November 16, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

November 15, 2015

A pencil you can plant in your garden


From the Washington Post


By some estimates, global pencil sales top 14 billion units every year. Most of these pencils end up in the trash — unwanted and useless stubs.

But there's a company that wants to give these pencils new life. 

Denmark-based Sprout is selling pencils with an attached seed capsule, containing everything from tomatoes to cilantro and lavender.

There is one catch — you'll have to give up your eraser.

So if you prize the chance to erase — or don't enjoy gardening — Sprout probably isn't the pencil for you.

Once Sprout's pencil — made of cedar wood — is no longer useful, plant it and wait for something to appear.

Sprout says the seeds will germinate in one to three weeks, with basil being fastest.

Sprout says it is now selling more than 450,000 pencils a month, mostly in Italy, Germany and Belgium.



$19.95 for a pack of eight (basil, cilantro, dill, mint, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme).

November 15, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 14, 2015

Geezers and their Devices


Where do you fit in?

Are you typical?

Food for thought, methinks.

[via Ben Bajarin]

November 14, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 13, 2015

Go Cubes Gummy Coffee Bites


What took so long?

Pictured above are jelly candy-like cubes each containing 50mg of caffeine.

Six four-packs cost $20.


That's the good news.

The bad news?

It's an Indiegogo project so it's still in beta and you can't buy them now.

For what it's worth, NoDoz caplets contain 200mg of caffeine — a bottle of 60 costs $14.64.

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And you can buy them now.

[via — strange source, what?]

November 13, 2015 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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