Archive for the ‘awesomeness’ Category

Awesomeness waits for no man

February 21, 2007

I had some thoughts to explore, but I’ve been too, um, preoccupied lately to find time to post. So to buy myself some more time, I present you more awesomeness:

1. I spent a good chunk of Sunday evening writing software to implement a cool idea I had, namely, to show all the words between any two given words in a thesaurus. I wanted to use the tool to help understand semantic relationships between concepts, such as “Grace” and “Serenity”. Well after about three hours of programming, I chanced upon the Lexical Freenet, which does everything I wanted to do, and more. So I don’t get to be the next “Roget”, but I did find a cool tool. BTW Grace ← order → tranquility → serenity.

2. I never believed in the idea that Graffiti was a kind of tranformational urban artform, but the folks at Graffiti Research Labs make a pretty good case with their Giant Laser Spray Paint

3. Finally, to continue my electronic music obsession, check out How to Get Musical in the Kitchen. Impress your guests with this simple recipe.

4. Theo Jansen and his wind-powered kinetic sculptures “Strandbeest”. His work is the height of engineering art. I have a strong urge to build one and set it loose on the upwind side of the Sahara.


Techno Music Technology

February 7, 2007

Where art meets engineering, cool things happen:

My Contribution to Science

February 6, 2007

While researching for the post below, I found the “paper” I wrote in 2001 calculating the forces on a Concrete Toboggan. What’s a concrete toboggan? Why it’s fun incarnate!

More Awesomeness

January 22, 2007

I was going to post something thoughtful tonight, but I went running after work, and now I can’t keep my eyes open. So instead, here’s a few links that made me smile this weekend:

Mr Fortune by Eric Lerner, at the AniBOOM animation awards

Where The Hell Is Matt? Doesn’t matter where. He’s dancing and it makes me happy.

Max Headroom and the last great pirate broadcast from

Tupper’s Self-Referential Formula which, as Peter and I debated in all seriousness, may be alive

a run of five fantastic xkcd comics.

These first hand accounts of visits to North Korea (translation here) freaked the crap out of me. But I was able to laugh some of it off with the help of the hilarious Chinese send-up “North Korea’s 007”.

**OMG, Tuesday night emergency addition**: Ridiculously Dangerous/Awesome Human Slingshot.

Best Thing(s) Update

January 12, 2007

Bendito Machine. just made my evening. I wish I had an ounce of Jossie Malis’ creativity. (a small warning: some of the other animation on his site is a bit disturbing).

Secondly, allow me to present the divinely cool auto-folding jet-powered strap-on wing. I would sell my left leg elevator to try one.

Lastly, I wanted to introduce Mefi Music. I’ve always wanted to write music, and this site gives me ambition to start. After all, if an eight year old can write a song as great as Runaway Chicken, what’s stopping me? (especially my brother. Heh)

The Secret Life of Machines!

January 5, 2007

OMG, The Secret Life of Machines is now on YouTube!  This was one of my favourite shows in High School that no one else ever saw.  Now I can finally explain why I find the words "I go, goodbye!" and "Oh, nearly killed me! so funny.

Thanks again to BoingBoing for finding me the coolest corners of the internet.

The New Best Thing

January 3, 2007

Had a pretty shitty couple of days on account of I read something I really needn't have.  So to attone for my sulking sins, I present you with something truly awesome.  (via boingboing)