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October 6, 2014

Miniature Dioramas by Satoshi Araki


From Oddity Central:


"Satoshi Araki, an artist from Tokyo, creates highly realistic miniature models of towns, vehicles, and a lot of other objects from everyday life. He is particularly skilled at making small-scale dioramas of chaotic cityscapes that are affected by urban decay, pollution, or warfare."


"Araki mostly uses styrofoam board to make these incredibly intricate and complex models — he cuts them down to the desired shape and size, paints them, and then glues them together."


"He explains on his blog that he uses Google Image Search to pull up images that he later uses as a visual reference. These images help him create scenes that are very life-like, down to the smallest detail."


[via Spoon & Tamago]

October 6, 2014 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Texas Fireframe Fireplace Grate


Below, Bob Leedom's Cool Tools review :



The Texas Fireframe is the best way to burn ordinary logs in your ordinary fireplace (that is, no pellets, no gas, no installation, no electric fans) and not have most of the heat go up the chimney. Going by the catchphrase/slogan, "The Physicist's Fire," this improvement on the fireplace grate permits an arrangement of the logs that forces the heat into the room. In fact, I can put my hand into the fireplace over the fire and hold it there for thirty seconds or more, but I have to lean in from the side, because the heat coming into the room is so intense that I can't stand directly in front of the fireplace.

Unfortunately for the manufacturer, this thing — made of cold steel — lasts practically forever. In fact, I've used the first and only Texas Fireframe I ever bought for over thirty years. Still works as well as it did the first winter I had it.

Check out the diagram of how it works at the website, and you'll probably have an "Of course!" reaction.


From $95.

Full disclosure: I've had two of these since 1983 and they're still going strong, doing what they're supposed to do.

October 6, 2014 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Park Bench Scales in Moscow


From Neatorama: "Government officials in Moscow are installing park benches that are high tech scales, among other things, in an attempt to emphasize fitness in the population. These park benches are equipped with large screens that display the weight of any person who decides to take a rest. The benches will first be placed in the most popular city parks.

This high-tech, shame-based seating will also feature smart phone and tablet charging stations. Each unit will cost 50,000 rubles ($1,300 USD). The expense will be paid by advertisers, mostly gymnasiums hoping to capitalize on the reach of the project. Read more about these weigh station benches here.

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

[via The Moscow Times]

October 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

World's most tricked out door lock

"The Haven smart lock is anchored at the base of your door, so it's immune to picking and can withstand more stress than deadbolt locks.


[via The Awesomer]

October 6, 2014 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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