Ages and ages ago (perhaps as much as 30 years or more) there was an article in one of the magazines that accompanied one of the Sunday papers my parents had in England. (I'm sorry to be so vague, but I'm lucky if I can remember my own name these days). This article featured a set of pictures of a very attractive (and very scantily dressed) young lady painted to blend in with whatever background she was standing against. I recall one in particular set in an old factory against a rust-covered door that was absolutely fantastic.
I really wish I'd kept a copy of that magazine, because the images were truly outstanding – in some cases you could barely discern that she was there – all you could see was a vague outline. The reason I mention this here is that I just saw something similar titled Chinese Artist Paints Himself Invisible. Some of these are incredible. You should especially take note of the two that show a policeman holding a transparent figure. The transparent figure is a real guy painted to look like you can see the policeman through him ... if you see what I mean.
In my last blog I mentioned several sites relating to man's first landing on the moon back in 1969. Well, someone just pointed me at a rather cool video on YouTube. This involves some very clever editing that depicts how this might be reported If The Moon Landing Took Place Today. The video is great – the sad part is some of the comments that reflect the fact that some folks really do not believe that we ever landed on the moon.
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, another YouTube video shows a news report about a Missouri Auto Dealership that is Giving Away an AK47 with Each Truck Purchase! (It seems that last year they gave away a free handgun, but that obviously wasn't lethal enough for their customers...)
I do a lot of searching on the web. For technical stuff I mostly work with Google, but I also use Ask quite a lot. Of course one cannot help but hear about alternative / next-generation search engines like Bing from Microsoft. And quite a few folks have pointed me at the "Computational Knowledge Engine" WolframAlpha (thanks especially to Ilter in Taiwan for reminding me about this one).
If you're interested in learning more about the wide variety of search engines that are available, there was a great piece titled Top 100 Alternative Search Engines. And, building on this original offering, here's Another Useful Site that is constantly reviewing these little rascals and selecting a "Search Engine of the Month" and an "Alternative Search Engine of the Year".
I'm constantly amazed by the weird and wonderful ideas folks come up with. For example, if you work in an office, you may have occasionally discovered that some sneaky person has munched their way through your lunch. Well, have you seen those Anti-Theft Lunch Bags? These are sandwich bags that have sickly green splotches printed on both sides, thereby making your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Why don't I ever think of things like that?
And speaking of weird and wonderful things, I just received my regular email newsletter from the guys and gals at Think Geek. As usual, they have numerous treats with which to tempt me, including
Flitter Fairies (my granddaughters would love these), a Star Trek Bottle Opener (I know a couple of folks who would love this as a "Christmas Stocking Stuffer"), and ... of particular interest to me ... the Thingamakit Audio Synthesizer. I can't help myself ... I love this sort of thing!
Last but not least, if you have young kids you want to introduce to electronics, but you don't want them to be handling a soldering iron, then check out Think Geek's micro-carbon-technology-based Conductive Glue. This provides a safe (i.e. no heat) way of introducing children to electrical/electronic engineering.
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=210, R=155|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=630.00, A=586.29, Δ=–43.71, R=413.71|
|Note:|| In 14 miles I'll have only 400 more miles to go...|
Questions? Comments? Feel free to email me – Clive "Max" Maxfield – at firstname.lastname@example.org).