Archive for July, 2011

Jenson Button Wins the Hungarian Grand Prix

Jenson Button took victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, marking both the fifth anniversary of his first Formula One win at the Hungaroring in 2006 and the occasion of his 200th grand prix.

A difficult race in changeable conditions in which the lead changed numerous times was also marked by another drive-through penalty for his team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The world champion Sebastian Vettel maintained his championship lead with second and Fernando Alonso took third.

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Human Trees

Looking something like a cross between the Ents of Lord Of The Rings fame and good, old-fashioned stick men, these extraordinary trees would be more at home in a surrealist painting.They were created by a pair of nature-lovers using a painstaking technique known as tree shaping.Peter Cook and Becky Northey spend years guiding each tree’s growth along predetermined routes with wires.


Rainy ‘Ring Run

The name of Nürburgring Driving Academy instructor Andreas Gülden stays plastered on the video the whole time. Why? So we won’t forget who this skillful, daring and steel-balled man is.

 


BMW i Series Electric Concept Cars

BMW has unveiled the electric BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept cars. Focused on sustainability the BMW i3 is an-all, rear-wheel drive hatchback, while the hybrid i8 coupe (above) pairs an electric motor with a turbocharged three-cylinder for an all-wheel drive option.


ColorWare – Leica D-LUX 5 Digital Camera

Minnesota-base customization specialist ColorWare introduced its latest option – Leica D-LUX 5 Digital Camera. Say goodbye to blandness and $1,200 US (or $400 if you provide your own camera),  will “bedazzle” your German engineered gadgetry with either 21 Solid Color Tones, 21 Metallic Coatings, or 4 “Pearlize” Colorways, a grand total of 48 option on 8 different elements of the camera.

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The Man Without a Facebook

Well-made parodies are significantly funnier for people who still remember the original, and that’s exactly the case with this near shot for shot caricature of the trailer for The Man Without a Face.


IE Users Have Lower IQ Than Users of Other Web Browsers

A recent study links intelligence test results with browser usage — and the results don’t look good for users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, especially its older versions.

   The study, titled “Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage” by Canadian company AptiQuant, compiled IQ test scores of 101,326 individuals over the age of 16 and divided them into groups according to the browser they use.

The results are fascinating. Users of Internet Explorer 6 have an average IQ score barely over 80; Firefox and Chrome users fare much better, with average IQ scores of around 110, while Opera and Camino users have an average IQ score over 120.


Adolf Kit-ler!

The kitten with a Hitler moustache that even gives the Nazi salute

 

 


Money Stacks Backpack

This novelty backpack does everything a regular backpack can do but does it in millionaire-drug-dealer style.  The exterior design features stacks of hundred dollar bills, from what I can see, I think there is over one million dollars worth of “bills”.


Alcohol Milk Packaging

An amazing concept of packaging by artist Jorn based in Düsseldorf, turning the bottles of spirits as Absolut Vodka or JackDaniels in cardboard  milk packaging


Skateboard Shades

Here’s an original experiment carried out by  EricSinger: Shwood. A pair of glasses designed completely from a skate board. Work with wood, explained and presented in pictures by Joe Stevens with music by T. Rex and the band The Black Keys


Strada Custom Bikes

Developing a custom order program, Strada’s mission is to assemble the finest personalized bicycles using durable and high quality materials. Never compromising on the quality, the brand states: “Each bike is assembled individually with care and it will be evident once you ride a Strada. We don’t just build bikes, but an experience. From shopping our site to riding our bikes, we bring you unparalleled quality every step of the way.”

visit the Strada website here.


Louis Vuitton: Architecture & Interiors Book

GOOD FOUNDATIONS: Louis Vuitton is releasing a book about the foundations and structures of its worldwide stores, from opulent window displays to bag bars. “Louis Vuitton: Architecture & Interiors” will be published on Oct. 1 by Rizzoli and Editions de La Martinière, priced 60 euros, or $85. The 304-page tome will feature 300 illustrations and include unpublished architects’ sketches and interviews with Peter Marino, Christian de Portzamparc and Jun Aoki, among others. There will also be a limited edition version with three photographs on the cover, matched with three monogrammed fabric slipcases in gold, silver and copper, retailing for 125 euros, or $130.

 


Nike Sky Force `88 Vintage – Suede Pack

New from Nike comes their Sky Force ’88 Vintage model in a medium grey colorway. Comprised of an entirely suede upper, the kicks are distressed subtly in signature Nike Vintage style, complete with a pre-stained midsole. The Sky Force ’88 is one of the more classic Nike basketball shoes – a little chunkier than a Blazer but less conspicuous than the Air Force 1.


Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

Attention Harry Potter fans!  Are you looking for a great after movie treat?  You need Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from the NeatoShop.  The complete mix (may not be present in all boxes) includes

  • Black Pepper
  • Blueberry
  • Booger
  • Candyfloss
  • Cherry
  • Cinnamon
  • Dirt
  • Earthworm
  • Earwax
  • Grass
  • Green Apple
  • Lemon
  • Marshmallow
  • Rotten Egg
  • Sausage
  • Soap
  • Tutti-Frutti
  • Vomit
  • Watermelon  

Up, up and away!

It took a lot of hot air – and a little bit of patience – but 343 hot air balloonists have finally broken the world record for taking off at the same time.

The high-flyers’ mass ascent at the 12th Lorraine World Air Balloon Festival, in Chambley-Bussieres, France, should have taken place on Monday. But bad weather put paid to their plans, meaning they had to postpone their lift-off until yesterday.


Electronic Firefly in a Jar

It is a warm summer’s night and the sun has just crept down below the horizon, finally going to sleep. But the world is still ablaze with light, as stars twinkle overhead. And on the ground, a different kind of magic appears. Golden flecks of light flash and float around. Fairies? Maybe some of them, but most are fireflies. Catching them in jars is mean, as they don’t last long. Time to bring the magic of fireflies into your homewith an Electronic Firefly in a Jar.

Now Available at ThinkGeek for  $19.99 – link 


Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (Special MADE Performance)

 time to share Miki and Mr. Blacc’s string-infused live rendition of the crooner’s biggest hit to date – “I Need A Dollar.”


Elecom Karabiner USB Memory “DATA hook”

Created in collaboration with Japanese design studio nendo, the Data Hook is a 4GB USB 2.0 flash drive in a practical carabiner case, so you can easily and securely carry it wherever you go.


Santa Cruz – The Simpson’s Skateboard Cruisers

Santa Cruz presents a fun series of skateboard cruisers in collaboration with The Simpsons. Featured in the series are a Bart board, Homer board, The Simpsons board and two Duff Beer boards. The deck series is now available from NHS Fun Factory.


Volume Speaker

An excellent idea by the Japanese designer Hironao Tsuboi who has designed and imagined this speaker  “Volume”.


Bed Toppings

The sweetest dreams are had sleeping inside a giant Sleepyhead Chocolate Bar. Snuggle in amongst happy sleeping chocolate and pull up your chocolate wrapper doona cover. Hopefully no giants come into your bedroom or they might gobble up the chocolate bar with you inside!

Colour your dreams with Snooze Time Dreaming Pencils. Sleep amongst the colourful pencils and pull the pencil box over you as your doona. Drawing is fun and it’s a good idea to draw your dreams when you wake up. Then you’ll remember them forever.

There’s nothing cosier than being packed in like sardines –Sardine Tin Bed Topping. Dream of catching a big fish as you sleep amongst your new friends. You can pull up the doona cover over you so are inside the tin. The best bit is, these sardines don’t smell!

 


Château d’Yquem 1811 – sold for £75,000

The precious bottle of 1811 Château d’Yquem today became the world’s most valuable bottle of white wine, after it was sold for £75,000. The rare vintage set a new Guinness World Record, after The Antique Wine Company sold the bottle to the wine connoisseur and private collector Christian Vanneque.


“Wall of Death” – India

Racing along just feet from spectators and the floor on a rickety wooden ‘bowl’, daredevil performers defy the laws of gravity on motorbikes and in cars in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The dangerous stunts catapult the drivers into stardom at regular fairs in the northern region of India.

Using centrifugal force – or counter-centripetal to physicists – the cars and motorbikes are able to circle a 30ft vertical wall at high speed.

Traditionally the ‘cylinder’ in which the vehicles perform is made from wood, allowing for cheap repair but also making the feat that more dangerous due to the rickety nature of the track.