Tuesday, 09. December 2008
Christmas And Holiday Cards For Geeks
The newspaper The Telegraph has a rundown of the funniest seasonal cards for geeks, nerds and webheads: Christmas And Holiday Cards For Geeks
Critter CarolsSend a pet e-card and let your dog or cat wish your family and friends a happy holiday season! These funny holiday greeting cards from Critter Carols feature your dog or cat singing. Just upload a photo of your pet to a wintry background, choose a holiday song, and let 'em sing, let 'em sing, let 'em sing!
Critter Carols, An ElfYourself For Your Pets!
Friday, 28. November 2008
Flip TitleThis is a cool online tool! Anything you write will become flipped upside down.
Freak your friends: ʇuɐʍ noʎ ɹǝʌǝʇɐɥʍ dılɟ!
SonacomCreate your own (wallpaper) images through sound using Sonacom.
As orbs float across the screen, click on them to unlock their sounds and the site will generate an explosion of graphics based on the qualities ofthe audio clip. Click on a colourwheel on the left to choose between different sound files based on emotion, imagination, evasion, and more.
ElfYourself 3.0OfficeMax's free holiday viral is back for ElfYourself Version 3.0 they have partnered up with online animators JibJab to offer a number of new features.
There are now three new dances, so in addition to the Classic Elves, there's also Disco Elves, Country Elves, and Charleston Elves.
Try it out!
Saturday, 01. November 2008
Forvo: All the Words in the World - Pronounced!Forvo is the place where you'll find words pronounced in their original languages. Ever wondered how a word is pronounced? Ask for that word or name, and another user will pronounce it for you. You can also help others recording your pronunciations in your own language.
The word "Chuchichäschtli" is generally used to identifiy native Swiss German (dialect) speakers and to try members of the other national language communities (French-, Italian- and Romansh-speakers) or foreign nationals (especially Germans and Austrians). The word means "(small) kitchen cupboard" in diminutive-loving Swiss German dialect and contains three consecutive "ch" /x/ (as in the Scottish 'Loch') separated by vowels. The translation in standard German would be "Küchenkästlein".
Pronunciation in Schwyzerdütsch (Swiss German)
How do you say that?
Click play and listen:
Saturday, 25. October 2008
Eye Make Up Lessons, Tutorials & How To'sLauren Luke - aka panacea81 - has become a sensation on YouTube simply by uploading makeup tutorial videos. They are great for getting inspiration and Lauren loves to experiment with colour. If you fancy copying the latest celebrity look then these videos show you how, e.g. she has lessons devoted to recreating the eyes of Avril Lavigne, Kylie Minogue, Rhianna, Leona Lewis, and many other stars.
Lauren offers not only celebrity looks, also experiments with the latest colors, responds to readers’ special requests, and more.
Millions of people have viewed these videos ... you should too!
Her YouTube channel has over 55,000 subscribers
and her most popular video has had over 1.4 million views.
The BBC did also a short piece on her:
Patrick the Pumpkin Patch PrinceMake sure you are having fun. That is what paper craft is all about?
Take your time.
Have extra craft knife blades handy. It is always best to cut with a sharp blade.
Cut rounded parts with scissors and straight parts with craft knife.
When scoring be careful not to score to deep and cut all the way through the model.
Download, Construction & Tutorial: Patrick the Pumpkin Patch Prince
See also all the other paper craft toys ...
Saturday, 11. October 2008
Fantasy Pumpkin: The Midnight HourHallmark Magazine has a nice article on how to create Fantasy Pumpkins. They offer step-by-step instructions on creating heads and maidens from both pumpkins and gourds. Well, most of their creations are not very imaginative, but this one - The Midnight Hour - the blue-gray carriage pumpkin with belt buckle doors and two white mice having tea, is what a fantasy pumpkin should look like!
- 3 ornate metal belt buckles
- 1 pumpkin, about 12 inches tall
- Pencil or marker
- Craft glue
- 1 ornate lamp finial
- Cordless drill fitted with ¼-inch bit
- 4 gourds, about 4 inches tall
- 2 quarter-inch dowel rods, cut to the approximate diameter of your pumpkin
- 4 ornate drawer pulls
- Heavy-gauge florist’s wire
1. Trace the inside of each belt buckle on the pumpkin with a pencil and cut to create openings for two windows and a door. Glue the hardware over the openings. Remove or cut down the stem until it’s even with the flesh of the pumpkin, and twist the finial into the top.
2. To create wheels, drill a hole through the center of each gourd. Insert one dowel rod into the holes of two gourds to create an axle, and secure with glue. Repeat to create a second set of wheels. Finish off all four wheels by inserting a drawer pull into the outside hole of each gourd for hubcaps.
3. Line up the two sets of wheels next to each other at about the same width as your pumpkin. Then wrap wire from one dowel rod to the other to fasten the axles together and to create a webbing for the pumpkin carriage to sit on.
4. Gently place your carriage on the wire.
Click here for an illustrated step-by-step.
Friday, 03. October 2008
Using the Digg API, I grabbed the top 10 most-dugg stories of the day (by midnight) for the past year - May 24, 2007 to May 23, 2008. I then rendered a series of tree-ring-like visualizations (moving outwards in time). Rings are colored according to Digg's eight top-level categorizations (see key at bottom of page). Ring thickness is linearly proportional to the number of diggs the story received. I also made a pair of visualizations using Digg's entire archive, which goes back to December 1, 2004.
Check out all amazing Visualizations by Chris Harrison!
Stories by days of the week. May 24, 2007 to May 23, 2008.
All stories (slice). Data from Dec 1, 2004 to May 23, 2008.
Stories by day of the week (overlapped). Data from May 24, 2007 to May 23, 2008.
Saturday, 20. September 2008
Pearls: Discover Nature's perfect gemMagical, mysterious, and radiant, pearls are the only gems born of a living organism. They come from the bottom of the world’s oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. And they emerge from their watery origins perfectly luminous, not needing to be cut and polished.
Pearls: Discover Nature's perfect gem - organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago.
Wednesday, 20. August 2008
Yearbook YourselfFind a picture of yourself looking straight at the camera and then go to Yearbook Yourself for a good laugh. The site morphs your picture into a classic looks from 1950 - 2000.
Build your own Paper RocketStill looking for something to shoot into the sky? Here it is: Build your own little paper rocket - it comes complete with a pneumatic launch pad.
Using pressurized air as it's only fuel, the rocket might rise as high as five meters. No fire and no explosives are used - it's perfectly safe for indoor use.
Build your own Paper Rocket
Saturday, 09. August 2008
A Collection of Olympic TorchesThe modern Olympic Games have become as much a global contest among designers and architects as among athletes. Each Olympics is expected to produce a logo, a signature building — and a characteristic torch that symbolizes local tradition and national character. This is a design history of the Olympic torch from 1936 to the present day.
A Collection of Olympic Torches - Interactive Graphic by NYTimes. With Audio!