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May 28, 2009

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 1

Back in 1952 Tom Cranston invented the world's first trackball which used a 5 pin bowling ball. It was used for a military project called DATAR. It was never patented because DATAR was a secret military project. You can read about it here at wikipedia The Story
Posted By: phantomspy1 | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)

That’s One Bad Lieutenant: Updated with Working Trailer

I'm sure some of you (if not most) know who Werner Herzog is and I thought I'd share the trailer for his next film with you. This film is not really a prequel/sequel of Abel Ferrara's "Bad Lieutenant" with Harvey Keitel, but I guess more of a reworking. I don't know, but it looks like a lot of fun. If you're at work, you might want to keep the volume down.

Original "Bad Lieutenant" trailer

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Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Addictions, Celebrities, Movies

Owning a Funeral Home is a Good Business ..Right?

And if you can buy one at a tax sale,it might be an especially good investment. How about when after buying that funeral home you discover four bodies that have never been buried and the building has been unoccupied for three years?

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)

Nunchucks: The New Multitool

Baseball, golf, badmitton, even a bottle opener. The nunchuck can do it all.
Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (1)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Exercise and Fitness, Human Marvels, Sports, Martial Arts, Video


The Portuguese band called Wraygunn is my new favorite. How can you beat the brilliance of a lyric like "Go-go dancer, maybe my big sister"...?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)
Category: Music, Dance, Europe

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 27th

Your Daily Loser - Henry Gasiorowski, of Greenwich, Connecticut probably feels like the biggest turkey after a recent hunting accident. Mr. Gasiorowski was sitting behind a turkey decoy, making turkey calls when a companion shot him. The Story. (Today's Daily Loser story brought to you by Bill_!)

Jury Duty - Did she think it was a crime to go to Disney World? Bonnie Sweeten from Pennsylvania called 911 to report that she and her daughter had been abducted and were trapped in the trunk of a car. Two hours later, Bonnie (and daughter Julia) boarded a flight from Philadelphia to Orlando, Florida, under a false name. She was found and later taken into custody inside the popular theme park. The Story.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

Don’t Lose Your Head Part 2 Old Film 1895

Okay, the first time I saw this I was disturbed.


Four Reasons I Decided to Post It

1. It's from the Library of Congress -- it must be real, right?

2. Then I remembered Mary was executed several hundred years before film was invented.

3. I discovered on further examination that this is part of a catalogue of historical recreations.

4. If you haven't seen the movie "Seven", wait until the end of the movie and you'll get the connection. Heads up -- when I saw "Seven" I felt ill. I told friends in the line for the next show not to go see it!! But how can you resist Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman? I checked IMBD and my head was spinning -- I guess I had blocked out that Gwyneth Paltrow was the wife.
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Thu May 28, 2009 | Comments (2)

May 27, 2009

What Can’t You Do with Legos

Designer Nils Völker, from Berlin, built a drawing Lego robot that tracks and records eye movement of it's visitors. Hanging from the ceiling and positioned over a pile of paper, the robot makes one dot wherever the visitor looks. It's an experimental exhibit that explores how different people see the same thing in a different way. The exhibit will be on display in Eindhoven, Netherlands until June 14th. Fabrik

Drawing Robot at the MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands from Nils Völker on Vimeo.

Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Wed May 27, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Design and Designers

Inventions of Buckminster Fuller, Part 3: The Dymaxion Map

This one is somewhat simpler than Bucky's other innovations, but no less impressive.

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Posted By: fyshstyxx | Date: Wed May 27, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Education, Inventions, Science

Woman said “bite me” and the cop did


Hartford Courant
Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Wed May 27, 2009 | Comments (5)
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