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Archive for October, 2007

Flickr: Faces in Places

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I was alerted to this group via Laughing Squid. Faces in Places is an awesome flickr group that collects photosgraphs of those serendipitous faces that pop out at you from the world of inanimate objects. I made a mosaic of all the images in the group, shown above. You can play with the interactive version […]

DIY Werewolf

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Via BoingBoing, MissMonster demonstrates how she made this excellent werewolf costume, using a lot of fake fur, hot glue, old gloves, and other stuff. Check out MissMonster’s website to see some of her other great costumes & creations, as well.

The Daily Word

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

A few recent excerpts from “The Daily Word,” a feature which I’ve been publishing the past few weeks mash.yahoo.com (in the module of the same name). Most of these were written by Mike Davis, who has an innate talent for lexicognition.. khantext \kaaaaaaaaaaan’•tekst\ n. 1. An idea or scenario which only makes sense when viewed […]

Illuminating Kircher

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Craig Kaplan wrote to tell me about some newly available high-res scans of seven complete works of (my hero/obsession) Athanasius Kircher, made available by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuttel. UPDATE: I’ve corrected the above since my first post. The Bibliothek site is posting seven complete works, not just the illustrations excerpted on the bibliodyssey blog. […]

Max Maven at CFI

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

I had a great time seeing Max Maven last night at the Center for Inquiry West. Maven is one of the rare performing magicians who bills himself as a mentalist, a once common specialty that has vanished in recent decades. An intimidating presence in black suit and goatee, Maven is a master of the eye […]

Skyline Histograms

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Via Drawn!, David at Ironic Sans, demonstrates an amusing technique of embedding images, such as skylines, in the images histogram, so that when you view the levels in Photoshop, or similar software, you get a big surprise!

Daily Sudoku

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

I like to do crossword & sudoku puzzles, but I have this odd notion that puzzles which are printed in today’s paper are more fun than puzzles which are collected in books. I don’t know why. I thought other people might suffer from this same ailment, so I set up a Daily Sudoku page, where […]

“Throwing Newton in Jail”

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Here’s Yahoo!’s Ian Rogers lecturing some music industry folks about the problems that plague online music distribution. My favorite quote: …If you don’t get a 404, you’ll get a Save As… dialog or the SAME GOD DAMN QUICKTIME BAR FROM 1995. OMFG. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS IS ALL WE’VE ACCOMPLISHED IN 15 YEARS ON […]

More Easy Sudoku Puzzles

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

A few folks have written asking for more easy sudoku puzzles, so I’ve added two new sections to the site: More Easy Sudoku More Intermediate Sudoku Each section contains 800 new puzzles. Enjoy!

The Email Wormhole

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Somewhere there is an email wormhole that is causing me to receive emails like the following one. Hello sir/madam Hello Goodday My name is Bob Smith.I will like to know if you sell banners.If yes.I want you to get me the 30 by 60 inhcesbanner with the color white,the art work should be (HAPPY BIRHTDAY)I […]