Friday, February 27, 2009

Dear Leader Kim Jong Il and other North Korea videos

Safia1117 says proudly of his YouTube North Korea playlist, "Here are all the videos I could find about the incredible, genius, benevolent, loving & caring Dear Leader General Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea aka North Korea. Enjoy these completely unbiased glimpses of the Dear Leader!!!"

Play the Carling Cup Final 2009 between Spurs and Man Utd

This is perhaps the closest you'll probably ever get to playing in the Carling Cup Final which will be held this Sunday between mighty Manchester United and my beloved Tottenham Hotspur who is the defending Carling Cup champion. I've just played the game by Doof and lost 14-0. Not a good sign for Spurs.

Enjoy your new Toyota. I mean, Toy Yoda!

Hooters waitress wins a beer sales contest, thinks she has won a Toyota from her restaurant but she gets a toy Yoda instead. Upset and shocked, she's suing her restaurant. Good luck, lady. A scan of the newspaper report here.

1965 Boy Scout Handbook

Scans of a 1965 Boy Scout Handbook. Boy, these sure bring back a lot of memories of the good old days when I was a scout. Great times then, all the camping, the brotherhood, the badges that I have to collect, the campfires and of course, the Girl Guides.

(via MeFi)

Unicorn vs. Godzilla wallet

This Unicorn vs. Godzilla wallet is made by both Mike and Mona from tinymeat. You can check out their entire range of cute designer wallets, passport and iPod cases, and other accessories at their store here.

Optimus Prime Obama Parody Poster

Tim Doyle has created this ultra cool Change Into a Truck poster featuring the Autobot leader Optimus Prime from Transformers! The poster is a parody of Shepard Fairey's iconic poster of Barack Obama. I'm really tempted to use Tim's poster and print it on a t-shirt so that I can wear it during the Transformers 2 movie premiere in Singapore.

Vintage Japanese Air Raid Defence Posters

A series of posters created by the Japanese Red Cross together with the Japanese government to teach the public how to take protective measures against gas attacks and prepare for disinfection, evacuation and relief during an enemy air raid. This one is a poster of the various types of gas masks and their purposes.

Playstation 1 + Playstation 2 = Playstation 3

I have a friend who's been contemplating for ages whether he should buy a Playstation 3. Maybe I should just tell him to use some duct tape and tie up his old Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 together like in this pic here.

(Thanks GeekGod)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

President Barack Obama in Gay Scandal!

In the new issue of the garbage tabloid, The Globe, there's an exclusive story about President Barack Obama in a new gay sex and drug scandal. The Globe says his loving wife is heartbroken. Poor Michelle. I knew it! Obama is too perfect, too great, too amazing to be a straight man. Oh well, Homobama it is then. Anyone knows if The Globe is sold here in Singapore? Must buy and read.

Calvin and Hobbes Post-it Note Mural

Two dudes make a 200 square foot mural of Calvin and Hobbes using Post-it notes! David says,"We started with a Microsoft Paint file that was 32 pixels tall and 100 pixels wide. Each pixel in the Paint image represented a note. When we had an image we were pleased with, we counted up the numbers for the different colors and ordered the correct amount of each. Finally we copied the image over into MS Excel so we'd have a grid reference to help us avoid mistakes."

G-string with Willy Warmer for Men

Guys, who wants to buy a G-String with Willy Warmer? Hand knitted from 2 strands of long hair English mohair and 1 strand of 100% pure new wool, the Willy Warmer is super soft and hairy both on the inside and outside. It's perfect for keeping your little buddy warm during the cold, rainy days.

(Thanks xXx)

Air Poo: The Toilet for Apple addicts

The Air Poo is a revolutionary toilet designed specifically for fans of Apple products. It has a MacBook Air docking slot, an iPod dock, integrated surround sound speakers, a multi-touch flusher and a heated seat for extra comfort.

Update: The Air Poo is a hoax. Too bad. (Thanks Bam)

The Star Wars Car

John Deltgen and David Peterman custom painted a 2007 Chevy Cobalt LS with characters and vehicles from Star Wars and images of galaxies and nebulae taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. The bidding for their Star Wars car unfortunately has ended on eBay but you can still view the pics of the car here.

CEO of Air Asia shows off his Manchester United jersey with AirAsia logo on it!

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With struggling AIG, not renewing their shirt sponsorship of Manchester United after 2010, Tony Fernandes, the CEO of Air Asia writes in his blog sharing with us his excitement that Manchester United has approached them to consider becoming their new shirt sponsor. Hey, he even has a pic of him wearing the Manchester United jersey with his company's logo already printed on it! From Tony Fernandes:
Doing this would be a first for a Malaysian company and would truly solidify us as a global brand. This pure acknowledgement of us, AirAsia as a global brand to be reckoned with is simply a moment where you just step back and say, “Wow! We’re actually there right now!”.

From the business front, its simply astonishing as it clearly shows how we have progressed as a brand and that this little Malaysian company has gone so far in a mere 7 years to raised our brand to such high levels.

Heres the million dollar question, or rather the multi-million dollar question: Do I commit to the shirt sponsorship of Manchester United?
His latest update here:
There is no doubt that this would be great for AirAsia and as many of you have said, it is worth the money. To be honest, I don’t know what the entire package would amount to, as prices would have come down. But it must be stated that all our branding commitments have always been about the impact to our bottom line. We would not be the global brand we are today if we hadn’t invested early on.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Warehouse Robots at Work



Factory workers not only have to compete with cheap labour from China, etc but soon they will have to compete with an army of factory robots too. These orange robots (video above) at Kiva Systems' warehouse, make inventory move instead of workers. Over time the system becomes increasingly efficient, with the robots learning from the wisdom of the crowd. Amazing stuff!

Rapex is the scariest product ever invented

Rapex is a device used by women to prevent rape and to identify the rapist. You insert it with an applicator like a tampon. The inventor of Rapex got the idea for her anti-rape condom from a victim who said “if only I had teeth down there”. Ouch!

Custom USB Flash Drives

The folks from CustomUSB makes customized USB flash drives for companies looking for promo giveaways, etc. You can view some of their customized USB drives from various projects that they have done in this Flickr photoset here.

Walls Notebook lets you be a graffiti artist

Now you can be a graffiti artist without spending time in jail. The Walls Notebook is a handy 160-page notebook in which 80 untouched New York City walls are your blank slate. They provide inspiration as well as an interesting backdrop for notes, musings, drawings and doodles.

An Open Letter to Michael Jackson: I want your amazing arcade game collection!

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Dear Michael aka King of Pop,

I'm sure you have received plenty of open letters from fans, etc and you may think that this is no different. But please hear me out. I'm a big fan of yours. I used to do all your dance moves, the moonwalking and even the occasional crotch grabbing when I was young. I've listened to all your albums. Even when some people start calling you wacko or freak or when you start turning white, I still love you and your work.

Recently, it's painful for me to read that you are auctioning away your personal property. These treasures from your Neverland Ranch must have meant a lot to you and now that you are going to sell them away shows that like most of us mortals on this planet, you too are in dire need of some moolah. I know, damn the recession!

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I sincerely hope that you are successful in raising the money you need for you to lead a new life away from all the public limelight but I do however have a little request. Instead of auctioning your amazing collection of arcade games, why not give some to me? I'm not greedy and I'm not asking for a lot. Maybe just your Simpsons, Star Trek and Indian Jones pinball machines, Jamo Safari, Hogwild, Crazy Taxi, Tokyo Cop, Ms Pacman, Galaxy Force, WWF Royal Rumble, Alpine Racer 2 and Virtua Racing arcade machines to name a few. I may not live in a big house but don't worry, I'm sure I can find a place to keep them all.

I know you may not even read this or even if you do, you may go ahead and sell all your arcade game collection anyway but I'm just hoping. Hey, my previous open letter to Mr Axl Rose (I'm sure you know him) did make my wish come true so who knows this time.

Thanks and regards,
I.Z.

P.S. Send my regards to Prince, Blanket and Paris and tell them that I think they have an awesome father. Too bad they can't grow up playing all your amazing games.

David Byrne has a lot of good things to say about Singapore

Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe awards winner David Byrne who was in Singapore recently for his concert, enjoys a durian popsicle while sitting next to a giant crab with a woman's head at Haw Par Villa. From David Byrne:
Why does Singapore have all these things for its citizens when it could have easily covered these hills with more condos, as Hong Kong has done? Both were island “nations” colonized by the British, established (in the British point of view) as commercial hubs where goods from neighboring lands could be traded and exported. Both have large percentages of Chinese, especially in the business worlds — though Singapore is certainly less dominated by the Chinese. What is it that gave one island nation the nerve to say, “No, we will save some parkland for our citizens; we will save some chaotic marketplaces and hawker centres?” (— though I’ve heard that the hawkers here are under attack on health grounds, much like the Red Hook Ball Field stalls have been in NYC). What causes one place to say no to immediate profit if it destroys something in the public’s interest, and another to always see profit as the right way to go?
(Thanks Marilyn via Twitter)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Japanese Pop Culture Icon Mashup Poster Madness

Enfu has created a truly one of a kind poster of Japanese pop culture and consumer icons all mashed together into crazy new characters on the streets of Nihon Town. Be prepared to spend a bit of your time going through all the 95 treasures hidden in the poster.

(via Nerdcore)

Busted Up Pokemon

Jublin writes about his cute series of busted up Pokemon portraits, "The idea was to capture each character after a long battle recuperating inside their pokeball. Or maybe I just wanted to imagine pokemon in a lot of pain."

Origami Hamburger Set

Make your own happy meal minus the calories with this origami hamburger set. Set includes sheets of printed sixteen 6"x 6" pieces of origami paper to make two burgers, a soda, a carton of fries and a tray.

(Thanks sanre72)

17,000 square foot Cave Home for sale!

Family found a cave while searching for commercial property in their area, fell in love with it and decided to build their house in it. Unfortunately, now they have to sell it. The cave home known as Caveland has 17,000 square feet of space and at least three groundwater springs! Bidding starts at US $300,000. Good luck.

13 Fantastic WoW Papercraft Figures

Some talented World of Warcraft (WoW) fans have recreated the amazing characters and props found in the game using paper. These 13 fantastic WoW papercraft figures are probably some of the best WoW papercraft that you'll ever see.

(Thanks Greg)

Maggie shows you what fitness programs can do to your body

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Back in 2004, Maggie Wang, a full-time video game UI artist, wasn't so satisfied with her body so she engaged herself in a fitness program called Body-for-Life. Since then she has been trying out various fitness programs to shape up her body. You can view before and after photos of her body here and here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Oscars 3 Minute Movies Preview

Watch the 3 min preview video montage shown at the end of the 81st Annual Academy Awards of the upcoming movies this year and future Oscar hopefuls. Movies previewed include Terminator Salvation, Angels & Demons, Monsters vs. Aliens, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and a lot more.

Available Online For Free Stickers

Grab these Available Online For Free stickers and paste them on CDs, DVDs, computer software or games that you can find in the shops. Just make sure no one is looking when you're doing it. Part of Evan's Available Online For Free: Solo Exhibition and Book Launch.

Russian Roulette Beer Bong

Next time when you're having a drinking party with friends, you should have this Russian Roulette Beer Bong to add to the fun. Each person spins the roulette and pulls out a bottle until the unlucky person (or in my case, lucky) will have to drink all 2 litres of beer.

Penguin Waffle Maker

Bet you haven't seen or eaten waffles this cute before aye? Sunbeam Woddles creates fun penguin shaped waffles in minutes. Each penguin waffle even has an indent in its tummy so that you can scoop some ice-cream onto it. Nice!

The Oscars Thank You Cam

Earlier today, you've watched Slumdog Millionaire win big at the Oscars. Now watch all the Academy Award winners say their thanks to their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands and basically every human being on the planet again, this time backstage via the Thank You Cam.

And the Scrabble Word of the Day is...

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Here's a screenshot of the Scrabble website showing its Word of the Day yesterday. For those of you who don't know what a dildo is, it is an object used as a penis substitute. Thanks Scrabble. Now everyone knows.

SingTel Dream T-shirt

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I got this SingTel Dream T-shirt from the Singapore launch of the HTC Dream held last Friday. You can see the Google Android logo on the front and back of the t-shirt. Kinda cute but I would have preferred if they had given me the HTC Dream instead. Ahem.

Time-lapse video of building a Bumblebee



You've seen pictures of the Chevy folks building the Autobot Bumblebee at the recent Chicago Auto Show. Here's the time-lapse video of the assembly!

Previously:
Bumblebee and Autobots at the Chicago Auto Show
Chevy builds a Bumblebee

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Is Giuseppe Peppe the sexiest man alive?

Presenting Giuseppe Peppe, probably the sexiest man in the history of the internet! A reader sent me a link to his photoset on Flickr. It has more than 1000 photos of himself. No, he is not gay (really) but check out his photos! His sexiness is awesome! But ladies, stay away. He is happily married and has a daughter.

(Thanks alion23)

Harry Potter Penguin Book Covers

Inspired by Olly and Spacesick's Penguin projects, M.S. Corley decided to do something similar by redesigning Harry Potter book covers to to look like classic Penguin books. Gorgeous! I love them all especially his remake of Harry Potter And the Philosopher's Stone.

Put a coin into this piggy bank and watch the pigs go humping

I don't think the Paccon Boo Animal Piggy Bank is meant for kids. Come on, I doubt parents would want their kids to see two pigs (there's elephants too) go hump hump while they learn how to save money aye?

Waxed Cupcake Dental Floss

Since I love cupcakes so much maybe I should get one of these Waxed Cupcake Dental Floss. It will leave my teeth and mouth tasting like a good old frosting flavoured cupcake after each night of flossing. But if you prefer the taste of bacon instead, there's one for you too.

Korg Kaossilator lets you create music on the move

The Korg Kaossilator is a multi-instrumental pocket sized musical synthesiser that lets you to create unbelievable music on the move by simply tapping or sliding a finger across its touch pad. It has 100 powerful sound programs including leads, accoustic, bass, chords, effects and drums.

Periodic Table of Cupcakes

When I was in school, I hate the periodic table but this period table, I like! The Periodic Table of Cupcakes!!! Just click on each cell and get the recipe. There are 46 different cupcake recipes to try out. Yummy!

(Thanks Joanne Li)

Robert Scoble is following me on Twitter so should you!

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I was cleaning up one of my email accounts just now when I came across this mail that was sent to me in January. Somehow I missed it. Anyway, it's always nice to know when one of your heroes is following you on Twitter. Thanks Scoble! So if you enjoy reading stuff like "Warning to guys with grinders! Man's penis injured in grinder accident. Type of grinder cannot be identified. http://tinyurl.com/c89jq2" or "Chantelle was sleeping with as many as 8 teen boys. 13 yr old Alfie may not be the father after all. What a slut! http://tinyurl.com/bpy43x" or "My dearest Risa Niigaki, you can take me to the beach anytime! Don't forget to bring along your bikini. Ahem. http://tinyurl.com/affcxx" then you should follow me on Twitter too. Do it!

What The Guardian learned on the web this week

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Thanks Guardian for linking to my post. Now everyone in the UK knows what to do with five kilos of Gummi Bears. Yay!

Friday, February 20, 2009

SingTel, Google and HTC present the HTC Dream, the first Android powered mobile phone in Singapore

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Earlier this afternoon, I attended the media briefing and live demonstration of the HTC Dream held by SingTel, Google and HTC. The highly anticipated HTC Dream is the first Android powered mobile phone to be launched in Singapore and Asia.



As usual, I took a couple of videos and pics at the event. You can watch all three videos here: HTC Dream launches in Singapore!, Video Demo of HTC Dream and local Android apps (clip above) and lastly, A quick hands-on with the HTC Dream.

The HTC Dream has a 528 MHz processor by Qualcomm and runs on the Android operating system by Google. It has 256 MB of ROM and 192 MB of RAM. It has a 3.2 inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution display. There's a slide out 5 row QWERTY keyboard and trackball for an alternative, one-handed navigation. The HTC Dream also has bluetooth, wi-fi, GPS navigation capability, 3.2 megapixel auto focus colour camera, microSD expansion slot and a built-in mic and speaker.

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The biggest feature of the HTC Dream is undoubtedly its Android powered operating system which allows access to the Android Market where you can download many popular and unique applications from developers from around the world. For HTC Dream in Singapore, SingTel is collaborating with local application developers to introduce innovative Android applications that meet lifestyle needs of mobile users here. For example, one of the local Android apps that users can use on their HTC Dream is SG SavvyShopper. Simply scan the barcode of a product using the phone's camera and the app will search and display the prices of the product sold in other outlets in Singapore. You can check out the demo of this app in my video above. Google says that all its Android apps in Singapore will be free of charge!

The HTC Dream will go on sale tomorrow at SingTel retail stores island-wide. It costs $438 on SingTel's 3G Flexi Lite ($39 monthly), $338 on 3G Flexi ($56 monthly) and $238 on 3G Flexi Plus ($95 monthly). Those who buy the HTC Dream tomorrow and on Sunday will receive unlimited data download for 6 months!

You can view all the pics taken at the event (including high resolution shots of the HTC Dream) here.

30 Years of Star Wars: A Documentary by a Star Wars fan



Todd Stanton has been a big fan of Star Wars since 1977. From his youthful days of trading cards to his adult years of DVDs, the 6 Star Wars films have always been a part of his life. To celebrate his love for Star Wars, he made a documentary called 30 Years of Star Wars which documents his journey of the last three decades through an amazing collection of Star Wars multimedia history. Watch Part 1 above. Parts 2 and 3 here and here.

Pinball Machine Collection for sale on eBay

For US $37,000, you can be the proud owner of this pinball machine collection. The person who is selling it on eBay, has been collecting pinball machines since 1981. His collection for sale has 55 pinball and arcade machines. Worth a bid if you are thinking of starting your own version of the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Laptop Desk made from Floppy Disks

Here's another use for all those unwanted floppy disks. Dude sticks together 82 floppy disks to make a small desk for his laptop. I think he should have used more floppy disks to make longer legs for the desk and he should try making a chair while he's at it.

(Thanks Johnny Q)

Spaceship and other strange drawings of a paranoid schizophrenia

In 1950, Karl Hans Janke was sent to a psychiatric department for paranoid schizophrenia. Despite being a psychiatric patient, Karl saw himself as an artist and a technical designer. In the next forty years, he made nearly 4000 drawings and models of strange spaceships, machines and devices. You can view some of them here.

Radiology Art

The Radiology Art project scans toys, food and electronics using a GE CT scanner. The project's aim is to achieve a deeper visualization of objects that hold unique cultural importance in modern society. The scanned images and quicktime videos show you what's really inside these objects.

Nail Caps for Cats and Dogs

Soft Paws are vinyl nail caps that glue on to the nails of your dogs and cats and will effectively blunt their nails to protect against problem scratching. They are an excellent alternative to declawing. Comes in various colours.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bumblebee and Autobots at the Chicago Auto Show



Remember my previous post about some Chevy folks assembling Bumblebee at the Chicaco Auto Show? Well, here are three short videos taken at the Auto Show of the General Motor vehicles that we will see in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Part 1, Part 2 (above) and Part 3. Enjoy!

(via Transformers Live)

Young international architects design crazy city centre for China's Huaxi city

In 2008, MAD organized and invited 11 young international architects to carry out an urban experiment: to design the Huaxi city centre of Guiyang, in South Western China. The result is a series of crazy and futuristic looking organic individual buildings, growing from the natural environment and working together to produce a compound of diverse urban activities.

Michael Jackson in need of money, auctioning his personal property

Looks like Michael Jackson is in need of some moolah! An array of treasures from his Neverland Ranch ranging from his iconic white-jeweled glove to the grandiose entry gates to the Ranch are up for sale in an auction to be held in April. You can view some of the items here including this montage of iconic figures sporting the classic MJ shades and glove worth at least $1000. Full catalog here.

Mike's awesome Transformers collection makes me jealous



Mike, an avid Transformers fan, proudly shows off his collection of Transformers toys. Watch the video above. I may be wrong but I think he has almost every god damn Transformers toy ever made. Yes, I'm so farking jealous!

100 Designer Visa Credit Cards

100 designers from around the world were invited by Japanese company Epos to participate in creating a series of unique Visa credit cards. You can view all 100 of the cutest, coolest, and most beautiful credit cards here. I want one! I think from now on, all credit cards should look like these.

(Thanks Hoshi)
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