Smallest model train

Posted by Dan on Oct 26th, 2009
Oct 26


Posted by Dan on Oct 25th, 2009
Oct 25



This is not an alligator eating a dog, it’s a dog wearing a Hallowe’en costume.  More here.

Blowing bubbles

Posted by Dan on Oct 24th, 2009
Oct 24

Fast food makeup artist

Posted by Dan on Oct 23rd, 2009
Oct 23

Heart-shaped watermelon

Posted by Dan on Oct 22nd, 2009
Oct 22



The unusual fruit is the invention of Hiroichi Kimura, a farmer from Kumamoto, and his wife. The couple said they had tried for three years to create the perfectly heart-shaped fruit, which they say symbolizes their passion for farming and their affection for each other.


I’d like to see a Hello-Kitty-shaped pumpkin, carved into a jack-o-lantern.

South America + Africa = T Rex

Posted by Dan on Oct 21st, 2009
Oct 21



Posted by Dan on Oct 20th, 2009
Oct 20


I’ve been playing Evony, a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game, much in the spirit of Age of Empires and Civilization.  Late middle ages, pikes and bows against knights.  Catapults and trebuchets.  Massively as in 100 planets with 100,000 players each.

In other online games, such as World of Warcraft, a black market arose where people in low-wage countries played the game, accumulated resources, and sold the resources to other players on eBay.  Evony co-opts the black market by making it part of the game.  You can buy game resources directly from Evony with real money using a credit card.

This raises some interesting strategic questions (it’s a strategy game, after all).  The game is “free” in that you can play without spending real money.  It’s also clear that spending real money gives a player a significant advantage.  Would I pay $30 to win the game?  Yes, of course!  Would I pay $30 to lose to someone who spent $60?  Not so much.  And of course I have no idea how many people are paying for advantages because presumably they wouldn’t advertise the fact.

Some reviews:

Barbering as performance art

Posted by Dan on Oct 19th, 2009
Oct 19


Reader jde sends this from Japan.

Talking cat

Posted by Dan on Oct 18th, 2009
Oct 18

Very roundabout speech synthesis

Posted by Dan on Oct 17th, 2009
Oct 17


Voice, decomposed into individual frequencies, and reassembled with a robotic piano.

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