Father Guido Sarducci saves you $40,000

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I really like things projected on other things

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Uncle Matin's Sword Trick

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This is just a fun pop-culture video but if you think about it a while there might be a message here.

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Sintel

9:37 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

This short movie was produced with Blender, an open source 3-D software.  If you'd like to try your hand as some 3-D modeling, you can download Blender here.   If you want to learn more about the production of Sintel, visit their blog.

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Salesman Pete saves Pickle City

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Dot - the smallest stop motion animation character.

9:27 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Okay, this isn't a commercial, just a little background.  Nokia (remember them, the biggest cell-phone producer in the world?) has released the N8 which includes a 12 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens.  To show it off, they've commissioned this stop-motion animation which was filmed with the N8 phone and a microscope.



You may be more interested in the making-of video.

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Helping the paralyzed walk again

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Iron Man is coming soon

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Man of nearly a thousand faces.

9:19 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Okay, it's not fine art but James Kuhn has also made a name for himself by painting people (himself).   Check out his face painting a day - year one and (unbelievably) year two.

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Alexa Meade's complicated canvas

9:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Wow, this is fantastic work by Alexa Meade.  It's not a painting of a person but a photograph of a painted person.

Check out her Flickr page for some additional work and some behind the scenes images.

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How the Mast Brothers make chocolate

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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Mike Mitchell

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I've been alive for ever . . .

9:16 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

I've been waiting for a chance to make a Barry Manilow reference just so I could post some link-bait for the hordes of Fanilows.   This has nothing to do with who writes the songs.  Instead, this is coverage of a Russian biochemist who has created an antioxidant that will slow aging.

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If it rains indoors is it still unlucky to open an umbrella?

9:23 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

The video is in German so you may need to visit this website to get a feel for what they've created.

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Once Upon A Time by Benjamin Lacombe

9:20 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Adults should be allowed to have picture books too.  Why should kids get all of this sort of beautiful illustration?  You can see more of his work on his site.

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The Kharkiv Regional Administration building is really cool

9:14 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

As you may tell from how many times I've posted videos like this, I love images projected on building.  Maybe it's because I spent so much time at the drive-in when I was a teen-ager.

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Things we say wrong

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Facebook (from past centuries)

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What better way to prove that you have a good liberal arts education than laughing at historical references?  (If you are offended by salty language, skip to the next entry.)


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Siftables - TED Talks

11:52 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Toys are so much cooler than when I was a kid.

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A tribute, jamon

10:21 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Timelapse photography with a cinematic flair

7:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)


Timelapse Montage from Mike Flores on Vimeo.

There's nothing new about timelapse animations but you don't normally see them created on a dolly outside of Hollywood movies.  A camera dolly might seem like a small thing but it turns these animations into drop-droppers.

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Arcade Fire just blew my mind

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If you're on the fringes of Nerd Town, you may have read about Flash vs HTML 5.  Google is supporting a move to HTML 5 and has an experiment page to give Internet users an idea of what can be accomplished  with the new coding.  Their latest experiment is a new video by Arcade Fire.  Whether you're into Canadian  indie alt rock or not the video is worth checking out.  You should use the Chrome browser.

http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/ 

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Bill Murray, national treasure

11:22 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

How to survive a B-movie from Ignite Lansing.

7:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Ignite is a great concept.  You get five minutes and 20 slides to talk about whatever you'd like - and to keep you on track, your slides will advance every 15 seconds whether you're ready for the next slide or not.  The topic may be useful and inspiring or a complete waste of time.  This video, from Ignite Lansing, falls into the latter category unless of course you are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse.



     

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Soul Toons - Gotta Love 'Em

7:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

DeStorm is a talented guy who might be a little too obsessed with old TV shows - my kind of guy.

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Ancient Greece looked like a comic book?

7:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

When I was a student, I loved art history courses, in particular Ancient Greece. In my imagination, I can see myself 2000 years ago walking in the bright Mediterranean sun reflecting off magnificent white marble sculptures and buildings. According to this article, that world may have never existed, at least as I had imagined it.

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YO . . . !

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What do you get when you cross nerds with Lady Gaga?

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Puzzle head

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For when you want to blow something up just a little bit.

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Electric Avenue

9:13 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Sooooo, every road and parking lot in the US would be heated to melt snow and ice, would project information on its surface, would empty our landfills, and would generate enough electricity to make us energy independent.  I'm listening . . .

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Face masher

9:10 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

The American Dream - sandwich in can

10:35 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Are you really thirsty and need an icy cold beverage from a vending machine?  Yeah, well do you need a PB & J too?

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The great nerd musical

9:33 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

It isn't new but it's surprising to me how few people have seen Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog.   It stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion (from Serenity), Felicia Day (from the web-series The Guild), and it was directed by Joss Whedon (if you don't know who he is you have no nerd cred.)  You can buy the musical on iTunes or Amazon but a low-res version is available on YouTube.   If you have a Netflix account, you can stream the high-res version on your computer (or if you're a true nerd you video game system, iPad, or smartphone.

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Zip code envy

9:27 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Ever wonder how your neighborhood stacks up with others.  ZIPskinny give you the details.

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Catholic guilt

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The best way to see America

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Jane Austin's Fight Club

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HOLY COW! Lightning 300X slower than the human eye.

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If only things were so conveniently red and blue

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 I Love Charts

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Store your useless knowledge on a t-shirt

9:45 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Nerds don't buy glow sticks, nerds make glow sticks.

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No better day than today

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It's never too late to quit.

I Love Charts

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3D Building Projection

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Freedom of Choice

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Strange things nerds do in the dark

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At the end of the video, click on the Behind the Scenes link to see how the created the video

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Eyewitness account: Transformers 3 invades Chicago

6:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

So, it seems that downtown Chicago has been taken over by giant transforming robots which also happen to be invisible - the story is they only appear on film.  Thanks to Steve Riforgaito for sharing the view from his office.



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A long time ago in a galaxy far away . . .

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If you've been wanting to watch Star Wars Episode IV again but were too lazy to find the DVD and hit play, you can watch the entire movie right here . . . in animated GIF form.  Thank FoldsFive in you like this.

And if you like this and want to see The Empire Strikes Back and all three Indiana Jones movies (the last one doesn't count) check them all out at A Little Bit Weird.

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An excellent use for painter's tape.

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This owner must hate mail men

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If you aren't into dogs dyed to look like tigers you might consider a panda dog.

The Daily Mail

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What's on the You Tubes?

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Do you think you aren't watching enough YouTube?  Are there just too many options to consider?  This chart may help.


Thanks to Karen Kavett.

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Best puppets ever.

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Is Chrome faster than lightning?

8:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

I have a browser problem - I use Internet Explore, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome and none of them make me completely happy.  Yes, that is a first-world problem and I should get a life but I spend a lot of time online so having a healthy relationship with a browser is important to my mental health.  For now, Chrome may be my favorite.  It has reliable extensions, the address field is also a Google search field, each browser tab is independent, and as you can see from this video, it's wicked fast.

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Virtual doodling

9:00 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

If you've not heard of HTML5, it is the next major update to the web.  It will allow web pages to be interactive without third party plug-ins.  (How often does your computer tell you that you need an updated version of Flash or Java?)  Mr. doob gives us an idea of what we might expect of the web in coming years with this multiuser sketch pad.  For some reason, I woke up at 4 AM and, needing some reason to be awake at that hour, opened up the sketchpad.  There were 6 other people sketching along with me.  Admittedly, I didn't sketch for long, but when I woke up, the page was filled

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The Old Spice Guy

4:35 PM / Posted by Amanda Winters / comments (0)

This guy is irresistable....if i didn't hate the smell of Old Spice- it would be an extremely effective advertisement.

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Who needs fancy I-Phone apps when you have this awesome time-wasting site?? Did you get the memo about the TPS reports?

http://www.virtualstapler.com/

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So that's what Chris Martin is saying

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Imagine how good this would be if he spoke English

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This "Sour" video is wicked sweet.

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This just in . . . in case you've forgotten.

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I'm not a big fan of our 24-hour cable channel news mentality.   News has evolved from a necessary tool of an involved citizen to an entertainment format focused on arguing and hatred.  (Yes, I'm talking about all of them regardless of their political agendas.)   I'm reading today that we are bored with the Gulf oil spill.  How can we focus on this complicated story when LeBron is moving to Miami and Lindsay is moving to a country jail cell (for an hour or two most likely.)

If you need to be reminded that we have an environmental problem check out this website

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Jokes with Einstein

11:12 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

It may be just me, but Einstein cracks me up.

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When printers think for themselves.

11:27 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

I bought a printer this past week-end. It took me more than a year to decide what to buy because I've never met a printer that I thought was worth having. For the most part they print but they seem to jam or give me error messages just as often. So, I turned off my brain and bought a wireless printer. It more or less remains active on my network but it will not print a photo on a 4X6 sheet of photographic paper. It insists that I'm using the wrong size paper as if I'm incapable of using a ruler to measure.

I didn't buy this printer. It seems to work.

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Eyeborg

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Do you eat it?

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Celebrating America

10:40 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

When you think of America, the one that we actually live in an not the one that cable-news people talk about 24-7, there may be nothing more quintessentially American than getting in the car and driving incredibly long distances for for the singular purpose of seeing the enormous country in which we live. (Call Guinness and see if that's the longest sentence ever blogged.)

RoadsideAmerica.com is an exhaustive collection of the strange and interesting things you might find on your next summer drive. Check out your town to see what you might have missed. If you searched Springfield, IL you'll read about the time Lauterbach man lost his head in a tornado (uncomfortably close to my house), our 30-foot axe-wielding Lincoln, the inspirational story of Roy Bertelli (Mr. Accordion), and Santa Ana's leg (if you're a "King of the Hill" fan, it is not in the Arlen Museum but safely here in Springfield thanks to Illinois 4th Infantry.)

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22 Frames That Always Work

11:37 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

If you want to create photos or videos that are more visually interesting, you might start here.

This video comes from the incredibly named blog Kill Vampire Lincoln Productions. The video is based upon a work by Wally Wood. If you know who Wally Wood is, you just said, "Cool." If you don't know Wally Wood, get to know him here.



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Urban Screen

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There's little to say about these videos other than WOW!.  If you look quickly, you may miss how cool this work truly is.  It's not simply projecting images on buildings.  They mapped the architectural features of the building so that the projections interact with the building.  Windows cast shadows that don't really exist and the stones and windows of the building rise and fall like giant Jenga pieces.  My favorites are 555 Kubik and Kreisrot.

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Friday Fun - Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

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Looking for a good movie to watch tonight?  This preview is approved for all audience tastes.

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Quick Internet overview

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I love internet aggregators- they let me scan the popular sites and stories on the internet with a minimum of effort. One that I have found that is pretty darn good- and customizable- is www.popurls.com . Saves me lots of time. Covers Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, popular blogs and news feeds. Without this site- I might not have found this kitty pic...

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Be the Candy Man.

9:21 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

Did you ever wish that someone made a dark chocolate bar with blueberries, multicolored peppercorns, wasabi peanuts, gummi bears and real gold flakes? Okay, well, that's a bad example but if you really had a hankering for that candy bar, you could create it at Chocri.


You pick a base- white chocolate, 32% cacao milk chocolate, 64% cacao dark chocolate, or a white/milk chocolate combo - and then add as many as five additions. You can pick dried fruits. You can pick spices from obvious options of cinnamon and vanilla to the less obvious chives and caraway seeds. You can pick any kind of nut you might want including the wasabi peanuts and something call Volcano Cashews! There are various candies and decorations. And finally they have "grains" which includes all sorts of GREAT options like bacon, cereal, coffee beans, pretzels and cacao nibs.

Okay, they aren't cheap but it might be an surprising gift or even a fund-raising idea. Plus, if you buy five, you get one free.

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Friday Fun - Pixels

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A socially acceptable way to get loaded.

10:40 AM / Posted by Andy / comments (0)

How many hours of your life have you wasted waiting for webpages to load? Have you cursed your computer monitor waiting for those preloaders to reach 100%? Well, if you like to wait and curse, this website will make you very happy.


http://www.prettyloaded.com/

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Fascinating and fun to watch

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