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April 14, 2011

Lightning strikes Empire State Building — not once, not twice, but three times in a row

From LikeCool: "Caught three direct strikes to the Empire State Building lightning rod after midnight on 4/13/11 [yesterday]. I actually saw a fourth direct hit, but sadly wasn't filming at the same time."

"Lightning never strikes twice in the same place" is now inoperative.

Note by the videographer on YouTube: "As for the time stamp on the video, I uploaded it at 1:39 a.m. Eastern time on 4/13. YouTube videos are time stamped with Pacific time, which was 10:39 p.m. on 4/12."

April 14, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Limited-Edition Crystallized Lamp


"Grown slowly in a bucket in Malmö, Sweden by APOKALYPS LABOTEK///ALT."

Limited to nine pieces.

[via Fancy]

April 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Japan Quake Map — Today's Earthquakes: "Japan won't stop shaking"


No wonder people there are antsy — I got anxious just looking at the map on this site, which displays the date, time, magnitude and precise location of each of the over 1,000 — yes, you read correctly — earthquakes and aftershocks that have occurred in and near Japan since March 11 of this year.

Joel Achenbach wrote in this past Tuesday's Washington Post front page story, "Japan won't stop shaking. One month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the nation rode out yet another powerful aftershock Monday, the second in four days. This one rattled buildings in Tokyo and briefly cut power to the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima."

U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Ross Stein told Achenbach, "It will take probably a decade before this aftershock sequence is over. The watchword in Tokyo should be long-term vigilance. Nobody should think this should go away in a few weeks or a few months.'"

A decade.


That's a long time, even off the Internet.

[via Milena]

April 14, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Giant Flip Clock


14" wide x 5" high x 3.5" deep.

Requires 1 D battery (not included).



[via Svpply]

April 14, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

"The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin" — Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema

From Open Culture: "Seen by over 20 million Russians when it came out in 1965, "The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin" was a film based on a 1927 novel by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, who is not to be confused with his famous relative Leo Tolstoy. This Tolstoy is generally thought of as the father of Russian science fiction, and "The Garin Death Ray" was one of his most famous books (Vladimir Nabokov considered it his best)."

"'Hyperboloid' was written and directed by Aleksandr Ginzburg, a highly gifted cinematographer who never quite reached the career heights his talent might have warranted, in part because of his Jewish origins, and in part because of the narrow range of artistic freedom allowed directors working for the State-run cinema. Ginzburg stayed well within that range for this film, which leaves us with an oddly compelling mix of Soviet propaganda and 60's pop-scifi."

"The plot? Just think of it as a beautifully-lit proto-"1984," with subtitles and laser beams, starring Big Brother as the good guy."


I'm thinking that this film is gonna be boffo in Diamond Bar.

April 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Chain Saw Pendant


"Sterling silver chain saw pendant on a 20-inch chain. Chain saw is approximately 1.5 inches long."


Timber Joey, call your office.

[via Svpply and reader Mary Sue, who wrote, "Oh my GOSH I am buying this. Too bad I can't have it by tonight when this guy will be performing his mascot duties during the MLS soccer game (in Portland, Oregon)]


April 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

United States of Excellence — and Failure




[via Mother Nature Network and Milena]

April 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Magic Metal Coffee Beans — Phase change material cools scalding coffee, then keeps it at the perfect temperature

Watch the movie.


Pretty impressive Kickstarter campaign:


the goal was $9,500 and as of 5 p.m. yesterday they'd raised $149,690 — with 18 days to go.


[via Milena and gajitz]

April 14, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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