Thursday, July 28, 2011

Captured Stars

This months book cover is: The Stars Are Ours by Andre Norton

Cenral to this cover appears to be actress and dancer Rita Hayworth, sex symbol of the 1940s most notably acclaimed for her saucy portrayal as Gilda in the 1946 film of the same name.  The scientist reviving Rita from her cryogenic suspension could quite possibly be an aging version of The Professor from Gilligans Island.  At least he's brought his precious Gilda a drink.

In the back ground we can see some of the other stars cryogenicly suspended in The Professors collection, which appear to be Dolf Lundgren and Boris Karlof.  One can only speculate what The Professor has in store for them.  What ever it is, it's promising to be rip snorting.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ride That Barrel Man

Most people aren't aware that Lady Gaga is a big fan of the Torchwood Sci-Fi series and has a huge crush on John Barrowman, a fact she reveals in the song Bad Romance.

I would also like the yellow van.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ring Pull Dragon

Here is an amazing sculpture of a dragon made entirely out of the ring pulls off drink cans.  It's the creation of Koji Shimoi who is better known by the name OniMushaKid on his Deviantart web page.

Here's the link to the full image: Pop Tab Dragon -shinkonryuu-

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bat Peep

Thats some good detective work there Bruce.  Well, everyone needs a hobby.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Parabolic Wok

It’s been a while since I posted an evil science project, so this one is to make a parabolic listening device. I recently saw a poeject where someone made a parabolic microphone from a $2 plastic umbrella and a bunch of other things from the cheap store. The problem with the umbrella is that the dish area is not entirely rigid and the amount of sound reflected to the micorphone is reduced because of this. Whats needed is a hard metal surface. You could sneak over next door and unbolt your neighbours TV dish. But no, for this project we are going to use kitchen cookware and create the Spy Wok 9000.

For this project you will need: a wok (get the old school kind with handles ether side); fisinging line or strong string; thin dowel or metal tube; a lapel microphone; headphones; a recorder (not the musical flute kind); some duct tape.

If you don’t have a wok you’ll have to go purchase one at the chinese grocery store. Be careful not to act suspicious in case the store attendant is an informant. Most of the other things you can get almost anywhere, but remember to wear sunglasses when you buy them so you can’t be identified later.

Tie the fishing line or string diagonally between the handles, you want two strands each diagonal. Its fine to use one long continuous strand looped around for the entire lot. Where they cross will be in the centre of the wok. You can do some fancy over under type weaving to make it more secure if you are so inclined. Spread the string where it all crosses and place the rod in the middle (Diagram 1).

Next you need to find the distance the microphone needs to be from the dish. If your wok is shiny you could use a laser pointer and see where the beam reflects most on the shaft. Alternatively you could do it by ear with the Wok Awound the Clock method. Put a ticking clock on the far side of the room, point your wok at the clock and slide the microphone laong the shaft untill you find the best point on the shaft it collects the sound. It will work better if you use headphones.

Cut the shaft to length. Secure the shaft to the wok with a hot glue gun. If you think your wife might get mad at you for this, you could use a bit of chewing gum like MacGyver so she won’t get suspicious. My wife is Chinese and whenever I’m trying to explain myself she gives me suspisious, sideways, slanty eyed looks. She could be a spy. Alternatively you could try using some sticky rice because it is a wok after all. Attach the mocrophone to the shaft with the tape and while youre at it tape the microphone chord to one of the lengths of string. Plug it all in and you are ready to wock and woll with your Spy Wok 9000 (Diagram 2).

Wok on!

Saturday, July 09, 2011


In keeping with my earlier posts theme, from The Urban Dictionary.

Legolamania. (legomania)

A severe urge/tendency to engage in actions relating to Lego's.
A person who suffers legolamania is often referred to as a legolamaniac.

Oh, he was such a nice boy, until he started playing with those blasted Lego's. He doesn't do anything else! I think he is suffering with Legolamania.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Dancing Threats

Shut Up and Dance, Dance Before The Police Come.

Despite considering themselves armed and dangerous, the members of Shut Up and Dance live in fear of being sat down and given a good talking to by Sting.

This Limited edition includes a free seven inch.  But the question is a seven inch what?

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Magic Portal

This was bound to turn up on my blog sooner or later.

The Magic Portal is a short stop motion film that uses lego, plasticene, cardboard and pixellated live action.  Apparently it is the first lego animation film ever made.

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I remember when I first saw The Magic Portal, I quite impressed with it and it inspired me to...
Well, not do anything different actually.
Here’s the official site where you can read more about it’s making.
The Magic Portal