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Flip Book Animation

This is the coolest flip book animation example we've see so far:


Today's pictures & links:
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Darth Vader / Death Star Transformer


Russian "Flying Saucer"

Experimental one-seat glider "Diskoplan-2" from 1962. Disc-like wing is 5 meter diameter, weight - 240 kg.

(image credit: gennadiy-spb)


Cool Illusion

...stands in the "Exploratorium" museum in San Francisco:

(image credit: Exploratorium)


World's Highest Bungee Jump

We linked previously to the world's highest natural bungee jump video here. However, the highest jump from a bridge would be at Bloukrans, a couple hundred kms south of Victoria falls in South Africa:
(apparently, the first rebound leaves you falling from a higher point than the 2nd highest bungee in the world)

Watch video of this jump here
More images are at Face Adrenalin site. (thanks, Jono)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Gorgeous Castle Hotels - [architecture]
Historic Decay: Great Urban Exploration - [abandoned]
Ridiculously Extreme Coffins - [weird]
Enormous Crater on the Martian Moon Phobos - [space pic]
Turn your old speaker into... design coolness - [useful]
Space Debris Illustrated (scroll down) - [space]
xkcd tribute to Calvin & Hobbes - [funny]
Cities of the Underworld (new History Channel series) - [video]
The Dangers of Being a TV News Reporter - [fun video]


The World Needs More Awesomeness

Andy sent us this tip:

"Jaimie Mantzel is on a quest to build a giant robot. He's built a plastic fully functional model and now is in the middle of building a 12 foot tall aluminum monster that can be driven by a person. Jaimie is the very definition of the rogue mad scientist - with his crude but often hilarious video updates that highlight his progress and current bodily injury count. Not one to accept conventional means of design and construction, if he doesn't have the right tool... he builds the tool. My favorite part of the whole thing is his reason for building it, "To bring more awesomeness into the world".

Check out his site and video updates - Click Here

Speaking of awesomeness, this picture has plenty of it:

(original unknown)


The Trees Are Getting Hungry


More Art made from Old Books

An interesting addition to our "Unusual Book Sculptures" article:

Mike Stilkey just had an art show in Switzerland - check out his cool time-lapse video of painting-in-progress.

He gets a stack of old books, and makes a moody sculpture out of them:

Some of the pieces are available for purchase here


Another neat barcode

Update to "Creative Barcodes" article. Spotted on a box of Puma 1000 motorcycle racing boots:

(image credit: Luca)


Mystery Machine

Probably used for wheat and barley drying in vintage agriculture. Or spreading bugs and propaganda.

(image credit: M. Shalimov)


Finally, courtesy of Jeff VanderMeer and Tachyon Publications:


Publishing house Tachyon Publications and editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have agreed to make their new fiction anthology, Steampunk, available for pre-order at a discounted price. This volume, priced at $14.95, is being offered at $12.00, including free shipping within the United States.

Shipping outside the United States will be by Global Priority Mail: $9.50 to Canada and $11.00 to our friends in Europe. In addition, books ordered through this offer will arrive signed by the editors. Signed and personalized…they will even draw little zeppelins!

What might one expect to find within the covers of this anthology? Metal men, clattering clogs, hydraulic horrors, dashing daredevils, corseted courtesans, and, of course, many and various airships—along with all the thrills and rarified pleasures that you could ever hope to enjoy.

Steampunk features work from Michael Chabon, Neal Stephenson, James P. Blaylock, Joe R. Lansdale, Mary Gentle, Ted Chiang, Michael Moorcock, Jay Lake, Molly Brown, Stepan Chapman, Ian R. MacLeod, Rachel Pollack, Paul Di Filippo, Rick Klaw, Jess Nevins and Bill Baker. In addition, a recommended reading list and other resources are included for your further reading enjoyment.

Be sure to reserve your copy before May 15, the expiration date for this kind offer.

Payment can be made by PayPal to vanderworld@hotmail.com or via check to:

Jeff VanderMeer
P.O. Box 4248
Tallahassee, FL 32315

When ordering, be sure to include where you read about this offer.
Note: If you plan to pay by check send an email to vanderworld@hotmail.com to hold your place for this offer.

And, of course, don't miss The New Weird anthology, ed. by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer at Tachyon Publications
(Anthology's MySpace page with a weird insect video in it.)


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How to fix a broken egg:

(original unknown)

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Blogger Carey said...

In the picture with plenty of awesomeness, the armoured creatures appear to be the “Mondoshawan” aliens from the movie The Fifth Element. I don’t remember that scene, though.

Anonymous Nick said...

the priests are photoshopped

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we tought that they are reall. damn...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

those are midget mondoshawan, they were bigger in the movie

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody has made a life size "Spider" walking vehicle. I seen it on Discovery Channel Canada once.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Victoria Falls isn't in South Africa, it's on the northern boundary of Zimbabwe (where it borders Zambia)... and the Bloukrans (which is near the coast of South Africa) is a LONG way south of it.


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