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Parkour, First Person View

Fluid moves, wall-running, crane-jumping - all in the first person parkour game "Mirror's Edge" (more info)



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Here is your jumping playground -


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Henk Hofstra "Art–Eggcident".

A bunch of 30-metre wide fried eggs grace Zaailand - one of the Netherland’s largest open squares, in the city of Leeuwarden. This is a creation of (hungry for breakfast) Henk Hofstra (more info)





Henk also created a Blue Road last year:



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Don't spook me, man -



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Beautiful Calligraphy Art

Joris Hoefnagel, "Mira calligraphiae monumenta", 16th century:



See more on this page (scroll down)

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Light Fixtures made from PC hard drives

Aaron Ristau makes them, and a whole wonderful collection of other sculptures from "found objects":





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Chair Appeal


(design by Vladimir Tsesler & Sergei Voichenko)

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Mixed fresh links for today:

Origins of the Exercise Equipment - [fascinating] - via
Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis Explained - [great comic]
Pink Floyd PC Case Mod - [tech]
Lightning Bolts Strike Erupting Volcano - [super nature]
Outrageously Cool Office Interiors - [architecture]
Goldfish taught to perform tricks - [wow video]
Infrared gallery of PC hardware, camera - [pictures]
Extreme Bike Riding - [cool video]
Unreal Ping Pong Cup Shots, also: Tim Nolan - [wow videos]

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Tricky Balance

Based in San Franscisco, Bill Dan is a master at balancing rocks. See more at this site





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Weird-shaped Japanese Watermelons & Cucumbers - via

It all started with the square watermelons (for more efficient packing and storage) and developed into this:





See more at this page

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Fort Peck Dam Construction & Tunnel Machinery

This site has many vintage photographs of the construction of, what was then, the largest earthen dam in the world in the 1930's at Ft. Peck, MT. Look at some impressive tunnel machinery:





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Be fruitful -


(original unknown)

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Even stranger (smaller) tanks

In addition to this tank, discussed in our recent article:


This is Renault FT-17

There were even stranger and more compact (so small in fact, as to be hardly useful in battle - mostly for training) in German Army in WWII:



We'd like to get more info about the "tank" shown above - and also about these bizarre machines:



Update: "This is the little triple-tracked Killen-Strait tractor, an American derivation. I believe it was supposed to be a wire cutter... but ended up being used mostly for demonstration purposes..." (thanks Bob)




Update: This is a Land-Wasser-Schlepper.... a boat on tank tracks. An amphibious APC designed by the Wehrmacht in 1936, briefly considered for Operation Sealion, then abandoned with the invasion of Russia. It could carry 20 troops and could tow a floating trailer that could accommodate a half-track. The only examples built (about seven) were sent to the Ostfront to be used as transport vehicles, and some of these wound up in Britain where they were tested.





The tracked vehicle with the motorcycle front is NSU Kettenkraftrad from WWII, used for towing ammunition carts, small anti-aircraft guns and cable drums for the engineers. The motorcycle steering is not very effective, so it also features track brakes like a tank.

Kettenkrad on the off-road-course at Beltring 2001. Pictures courtesy of Raimondo Torelli, Naples, Italy. See more here:





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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tracked vehicle with the motorcycle front is just a WW2 german 'Kleinen ketten kraftrad' or small tracked tractor, used for towing ammunition carts, small anti-aircraft guns and cable drums for the engineers. The motorcycle steering is not very effective, so it also features track brakes like a tank.

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Anonymous LittleInsect said...

The motorcycle with the tracks is an NSU Kettenkraftrad from WWII.

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Anonymous Julians said...

Interesting that the Germans actually pioneered the first "mini" vehicle in the world at that time - did someone say environmentally-conscious Nazis?

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Anonymous Kaisertroll said...

I wouldn't say environmentally conscious seeing how fuel efficient military vehicles are.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are still a few Kettenkrads running... see:
http://www.kettenkrad.de/belt2001e.htm

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially when they tend to DESTROY the environment they are in?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing in the second picture is a Land-wasser-schlepper, an amphibious APC designed by the Wehrmacht in 1936, briefly considered for Operation Sealion, then abandoned with the invasion of Russia. It could carry 20 troops and could tow a floating trailer that could accomodate a half-track. The only examples built (about seven) were sent to the Ostfront to be used as transport vehicles, and some of these wound up in Britain where they were tested.

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Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Great info... post updated

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Anonymous * Miss Universe said...

That dog just melted our hearts :-)

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Anonymous Andrew Smith said...

I believe the 2nd vehicle is a Belgian Utility Tractor, captured by the Germans in the 1940 campaign and impressed into service.

More here:
http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/bel/Belgium.htm

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