Tuesday, May 02, 2006
- Quick, before it's gone: Neil Gaiman offers a sneak preview of The Eternals
- EyeHook's Colorbox is a highly addictive little browser-based game: the object is to drop and combine colored squares on a grid according an additive color scheme, and add up points for each white square you create. If red, green, yellow, cyan and magenta aren't challenging enough, you can play a version that incorporates hue and value addition as well - and if you're color-challenged, there's a grayscale version (Colorbox Not?).
- Free the Sharpies! London, Ontario bans the sale of spray paint and markers to minors as an anti-graffiti measure [CBC News]
- Schoolteacher/amateur photographer Luba Markewycz' haunting images of Pripyat, the abandoned "Chernobyl City," are on display at the Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago through Sunday
- ChicagoIST On: The Smelliest Smells Ever Smelled (On The CTA)
- Remember those "X-Ray Spex Let You See Thru Clothing!" ads in the back of old comic books and lad mags? The Kaya PF Infrared filter, teamed with a suitable CCD videocamera, may actually be close to the real thing. [via BoingBoing]
- Electrical signals applied to the tongue may allow the blind to "see," and offer amazing direct-to-the-brain sensory enhancements:
"By routing signals from helmet-mounted cameras, sonar and other equipment through the tongue to the brain, they hope to give elite soldiers superhuman senses similar to owls, snakes and fish. Researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition envision their work giving Army Rangers 360-degree unobstructed vision at night and allowing Navy SEALs to sense sonar in their heads while maintaining normal vision underwater — turning sci-fi into reality." [AP]I'd love to see the flashbacks test subjects will get from using these devices.
- Are you a Tetherball or a Koala? The Secret Language of Sleep Positions
- From Coke™ vending machines, swoopy tailfinned autos to classic American corporate logos, Raymond Loewy's unique vision generated some of the world's iconic mid-century industrial designs.
- Back when eggs, oysters and bacon were the most expensive provisions one could buy in Gold Rush California, Hangtown Fry was the 1850's version of the $10,000 martini. Well, sort of.
- Burst that bubble: giclée artworks are just fancy inkjet prints.