The good, bad and weird things we're enjoying

By: Connor Threlkeld on November 25, 2010 - 10:46pm - Add new comment

In a testament to Chinese efficiency, an experiment in modular construction was conducted in China recently. A 15 story hotel was constructed in just six days, utilizing modular and prefabricated construction techniques and a 24-hour work site.

 

As Gizmodo put it:

 

"Chinese build 15 story hotel in just six days, rest on seventh."

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on November 16, 2010 - 8:41pm - Add new comment

If you're interested in trick football plays, you might have already seen this one. Along with 11 million other people. Well, maybe 5.5 million people. You can't watch it just once.

 

Driscoll Middle School and its opponent are lined up for the next play. The center hands the ball to the quarterback as he walks by on his left. He keeps walking, the D-line stands up. He gets into the secondary, and takes off running. Touchdown.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on November 8, 2010 - 7:55pm - Add new comment

The fine Austrian folks at Table.Connect have developed a way to connect your iPhone to a table-sized display.

 

So for everyone interested in taking all the great aspects of a portable device like the iTouch or iPad and making it nearly impossible to carry around, Table.Connect is for you.

 

Is it cool? Sure. But is it everything the iPhone was designed not to be from a portability standpoint? Absolutely.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on October 26, 2010 - 8:29pm - Add new comment

Give a father-son team with plenty of imagination eight months and some potentially expendable electronics, and you have the makings of an interesting project.

 

Seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke Geissbuhler had a dream to visit space. Short the $25 million fee needed to swing by via Russian spacecraft, they decided to try the next best thing. Get an HD camcorder, iPhone, GPS device and weather balloon, secure them for flight in an insulated container with hand warmers, and provide a parachute for the eventual landing.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on October 17, 2010 - 8:23pm - Add new comment

What happens when you get more than 3,000 people to participate in an Improv Everywhere experiment in Times Square? Find out above.

 

Improv Everywhere is a crowdsourcing improv group, that uses the Internet to rally the masses to participate in large scale improv events. As their website explains, they are a:

 

Long form improvisation troupe which executes pre-planned "missions" which usually involve socially awkward or unusual situations.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on October 11, 2010 - 11:08pm - Add new comment

Watch video of some excellent bike jump action from Alpine, Utah.

 

These fine folks decided riding bikes down a hill and flinging themselves 35 feet into the air off a dirt ramp into a pond had no downside. And they were correct. It's excellent.

 

Amazingly, only one injury reported (requiring six stitches) in a session that, frankly, should have caused a little more damage.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on October 4, 2010 - 9:51pm - Add new comment

Video of extreme climber Drew Bristol descending into an active volcano is making waves on the 'Net, drawing claims of Photoshopping, insanity or some combination of the two.

 

The climber was part of a team lead by filmmaker/volcanologist Geoff Mackley, who was attempting to capture video of an active volcano with a touch of humanity added for dramatic effect. The video was shot at Marum Volcano at Ambrym Island in Vanuatu, located in the Pacific Ocean about 400 miles from Australia.

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on October 4, 2010 - 9:03pm - Add new comment

This week in viral video, dogs are among the most popular subjects. Probably not the first time.

In the video above, an advertisement for an advertising company, a dog at the local pound uses some slick editing and a flat panel television to impress potential new owners. Apparently, interest in the dog has skyrocketed, and he even has his own Facebook fan page.

By: Connor Threlkeld on September 21, 2010 - 7:46pm - Add new comment

Extreme driver Ken Block takes on a wild stunt track near Paris, France for sponsors Monster Energy Drink and DC Shoes.

 

He smokes a pair of tires in under seven minutes, but nobody would say he wasted them.

 

It'd be a sweet job just getting coffee for this guy.

 

If this was on once a week in the United States, I don't think anyone would ever watch NASCAR again...

 

By: Connor Threlkeld on September 21, 2010 - 7:38pm - Add new comment

An Egyptian cheese company named Panda Cheese presents its mascot, a panda that doesn't take kindly to people not interested in purchasing cheese.

 

Panda Cheese? In Egypt? Call me crazy, but has anyone in Egypt ever even seen a live panda bear? Kinda outside their natural habitat...

 

... said the ignorant American, who has also seen panda bears only outside their natural habitat.

 

One final note: They don't actually use panda milk, do they?


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