Thursday, September 30, 2010

Day 3 of the 2010 Singapore F1 Grand Prix








Some F1 pictures taken from my SLR and video camera. You can watch my HD video of Day 3 of the 2010 Singapore F1 Grand Prix here and an exclusive video of Redbull's F1 pit garage here.

Previously: Exclusive Pics from inside of Redbull's F1 Pit Garage

Wooden 8-bit Video Game Pixel Art

Jeff Swenty writes about 8 Bit Wood, his homemade wooden pixel art project: "I work in the videogame industry and I thought what better way to pay homage to my favorite games than to cut out thousands of little blocks of wood, stain them, glue them together, seal them and then hang the result on the wall."

HD video of Apache helicopter crash landed in Singapore

I find it kind of amusing (and shocking) that one of our Apache attack helicopters crash landed in an open field at Woodlands Ave 6 yesterday after it encountered engine problems. From the HD video here, you can see that the tail section of the chopper was completely ripped apart! Amazing!

Saw a ghost in Singapore? Tag it!

Ghost Tag wants to tag all the places where ghosts have been sighted in Singapore. Simply click on a location and type your ghost experience in the box that pops up. You can also add a ghostly picture if you have one. Currently the site has reported a total of 18 ghost sightings. I just read that there's a ghost in Asians Civilisations Museum.

Open Marriage and other Awful Library Books

Awful Library Books is a site by Mary and Holly, librarians in a medium sized public library in Michigan. The site has a collection of public library books that both Mary and Holly find amusing and maybe questionable for public libraries trying to maintain a current and relevant collection.

Padnote looks like the iPad but is a paper notepad

Similar to the Notepod, the Padnote looks just like the iPad and both are paper notepads. Each page of the Padnote has gridlines and a wide gray border. I think you can only get this over in Japan. The company that makes it also plans to release a memo pad that looks like an Apple iPhone.

Super Mushroom iPad Case for fans of Super Mario

Hooby Groovy is selling iPad cases inspired by the Super Mushroom in Nintendo's Super Mario series! Each Super Mushroom iPad case also comes with a pocket on the exterior front that would be great for notebooks, CDs or DVDs, pens or even another iPad! More cases here.

Ultraman vs Twin Tail and other 1971 Ultra Monster illustrations

I love these these Ultraman and Monsters illustrations by Toshio Okazaki. The illustrations are taken from Volume 1 of The Return of Ultraman' sonosheet book which was published in 1971. Pictured here is Ultraman fighting Twin Tail, a prehistoric amphibious monster.

The Emergency Bra converts from a bra into a face mask

Next time when you are caught in a disaster, just remove your bra! The Emergency Bra is not only designed to fit your breasts, it also acts as a personal protective respiratory device! It fits tightly over your face with full coverage to prevent any contamination from getting into your lungs. Comes in various cup sizes, of course.

Paper Donut's Curious Breakfast

Paper Donut is a French collective founded in September 2009. The concept of the collective is based on geometrical paper volumes and space scenography. Its latest work is Curious Breakfast, a cute set of paper breakfast: "Imagine your own story with our paper-sims curious breakfast. Go on and be creative!"

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh makes you want to tilt-shift every god damn painting

The guys from Artcylopedia use Photoshop to create a tilt-shift effect on 16 of Vincent van Gogh's most moving and powerful paintings. The effect is achieved simply by manipulating the light in the scene and adjusting the areas of the image that are more and less in focus.

Hey! I found your camera!

Found a lost camera? Post the pictures to The site has helped return dozens of found cameras and orphan pictures to their owners. Every photo on the site comes from a lost camera or memory stick or roll of film somewhere around the world.

Plumen is the designer energy saving light bulb

The folks behind the Plumen Project thought that if they make their energy saving light bulb more attractive, people will then spend a bit more and enjoy a better quality of light and a design they appreciate every day. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, the Plumen is a bulb you’ll want on show.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Exclusive Pics from inside of Redbull's F1 Pit Garage

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

On Thursday evening, I was given a tour of Redbull's Pit Garage at the Singapore Grand Prix courtesy of LG, a global partner and sponsor of the F1. LG is also a sponsor of the Redbull F1 team. Here are the exclusive photos taken from inside the Redbull garage.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

Engineers and mechanics fixing Sebastian Vettel's car. As you can see, they have yet to attach the wheels.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

Here's Mark Webber's car. Besides the wheels, there are still some parts of the car that are not fixed.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

A close-up of the mechanics at work.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

And here's where the Red Bull team manager and co sit during the race.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

It was quite an experience (and what a privilege!) to be inside the Redbull Pit Garage and to learn so many things about the team and their cars, etc. I'll be back at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday.

Red Bull Singapore F1 Pit Garage

Yeah, VIP baby! VIP! Thanks LG and Redbull!

UPDATE: Here's R3LOAD Network's exclusive video, Inside the Redbull Pit Garage.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

How to make real ice cream without an ice cream machine

There's no other way to make ice cream at home without using an ice cream machine? Think again. Thanks to The Food Lab, now we know how to make an ice cream that's rich, smooth and creamy on the spoon with no faking, no hacking, and no ice cream machine! Recipe here. I want to try this over the weekend!

Finger Condoms are great for a lot of things

Tokyomango spotted these Finger Condoms. She says, "The packaging promises that they will safely protect your fingers during household chores, office work, and other activities." Other activities? Erm, like fingering? No, not this fingering.

Recreate your favourite shoes in Play-Doh

Play-Doh Kicks is a fun contest. Your task is to recreate or reinterpret your favorite pair of shoes in play-doh, in one hour or less. Models must be made completely of play-doh, but can be tooled with anything you've got on hand, from exacto-blades to butter knives.

(via Boing Boing)

Star Wars Wampa Birthday Cake

Check out Alicia's Empire Strikes Back themed cake for her 30th birthday. She writes: "Made with my mom’s classic sour cream pound cake recipe shaped into an Alicia style Wampa, buttercream icing, and one very forgiving decorating style." Wampas are fictional Yeti-like predators in the Star Wars movies.

The Mecha Art of Naochika Morishita

Hagane Bito is an art book featuring the illustrations of Naochika Morishita, a Japanese artist that does a lot of work featuring anime robots. Gundam and Votoms take up almost half of the 130-page art book. A book review and more pics here.

Watch auroras live from the comfort of your computer screen

AuroraMAX is streaming Canada's northern lights live over the Internet. Also known as auroras, they are one of nature's most spectacular sights and they occur when charged particles from the Sun collide with gases in Earth's upper atmosphere. The camera is currently off. Live feed will start after dusk Canadian time.

Johnny Rockets Jukebox playlist is the best thing you will listen to today

Heesa posts the entire playlist of the jukebox found in Johnny Rockets, a popular American restaurant: "I have always wanted a playlist of their jukebox music. I searched and couldn’t find a good list so I sat down at the counter with a pad of paper and pen and wrote down everything they had in there." It's amazing how many of these songs I can sing to. Guess I'm old.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hot and Cold by Katy Perry and Elmo

Elmo and Katy Perry (with boobies) sing about opposites in Hot and Cold, a spoof of her hit song as part of Sesame Street's 41st season. I tell you what, they should make Katy Perry appear in every Sesame Street show from now on!

Giant animals invade Japanese cityscapes

I love these paintings by Shuichi Nakano. Called Searching for Paradise, the paintings depict giant sized sheep, ostriches, fish, hippos and other animals towering over the urban sprawl of Japan. Don't ask me how the animals got so big!

Japanese Batman mineral water bottle doesn't come with Batman head

Tommy spotted this made in Japan Batman-shaped mineral water bottle. He says, "I think it's really neat but I wish they would have made a Batman head for the bottle... that would have been better & would have completed his costume, ha!"

The Nairobi Project

Steve Gladlin writes about The Nairobi Project: "In December of 2009, I received an email from someone in Nairobi, Kenya, asking if I'd buy one of his plays for $25,000 USD. The email exchange that followed culminated in me commissioning an original play, written to my specifications, for $50."

The Very Many Varieties of Beer

How many different types of beer are there? Well, plenty and Pop Chart Lab has them all on The Very Many Varieties of Beer poster. All the major styles of beer can be found on the poster with representative quaffs for each style. Here's a bigger image of the poster.

NASA Desert RATS on Flickr

Check out NASA's Flickr photoset collection of their 2010 Desert Research and Technology Studies tests conducted at the Black Point Lava Flow. The location was chosen because it is geologically similar to the lunar surface and offers a good stand-in for destinations for future planetary exploration missions.

Space Invaders Lamp Shade

This Space Invaders lamp shade is a perfect addition to the homes of retro game geeks. Made of wire and fabric, it is handcrafted and measures 25 cm X 25 cm x 25cm. On each side of the shade, there are four different Space Invaders!

(Thanks GeekGod)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Star Trek Urn will go boldy where no dead man has gone before

Captain James T Kirk once said in Star Trek: "How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life." So to make your death as important, how about buying one of these Star Trek urns? Comes with solid bronze medallions that can be affixed to a headstone or monument.

(Thanks Nic)

Alphabets autopsy reveals they are living organisms

Andreas Scheiger writes about his Evolution of Type Exhibits: "Letters are organisms and typefaces are the species, all classified similar to biological taxonomy! I surgically opened the letters S, Z, S, A, W and how contented I was to discover muscles, veins, tendons and bone just like the ones shared by so many living creatures." Making Of pics here.

Plants vs Zombies Clay Statues

Electric Hydra has a nice surprise when he received Plants vs. Zombies GOTY edition, which is a special version of the game together with these set of clay statues made by Sam “Moose” Gueydan, a clay crafter. Sam made 900 individual clay statues for PopCap Games, the makers of Plants vs. Zombies.

Be an Optimist Prime because Autobots rock!

Optimist Prime

I have no idea who drew this but I love it! Remember kids, be an Optimist Prime, not a Negatron!

(Thanks Michael L)

Update: Alexis informs me that this drawing was done by Mister Avid. (Thanks Alexis)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Girl on a Whaleship

In October, 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage with her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean. You can now read the journal she kept on her voyage.

(Thanks Victor)

Water powered watch doesn't need batteries

The Water Powered Wrist Watch is entirely powered by water! The water functions as an electrolyte between the copper and magnesium, that is mounted inside the watch's tiny water tank. When in contact with water, the magnesium and copper will release + ions in a chemical reaction. These are converted into electric energy to power the watch.

How to build a Dalek

You do not need to be a professional to build a Dalek, the fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. But you will need some basic skills, common sense and the following scans of How To Build A Dalek. Good luck.

(Thanks Sir Thomas)

R2-D2 Video Game Droid is something Luke Skywalker wished he had

Brian, a mechanical engineering grad student from UCLA uses an old R2-D2 shaped Pepsi container to make the ultimate all in one entertainment system. His R2-D2 Video Game Droid has eleven video game consoles, a computer, a sound system with eight speakers, and even a projector! More pics here.

Really cheap iPad wall mount

Tumbleweed uses a heavy-duty plate hanger to make this easy wall mount for his iPad. He writes: "The hanger fits my iPad and Apple-branded case nicely. Some work could be done to bend the hooks to an exact fit, but I found that to be unnecessary."