The Consumer Electronics Show, the largest tech event in America, just ended in
Las Vegas last week. The buzz, however, wasn’t about the latest widescreen TV. It was
about Bill Gates’ keynote speech, during which several Microsoft technologies
crashed or utterly fell apart.
If you’re not reading any of the comic strips that are coming out of the Web
every day, you’re missing some of the funniest, strangest, and most creative
illustrated work available.
For your end-of-year festivities, one Web site allows you to define your
own 2005 calendar and print it out as a 3-dimensional, 12-sided object
that will surely amaze your friends.
Just for fun, a company called Storeridge Engineering uses powerful electrical
bursts to actually shrink coins. This involves putting the currency into
a metal coil and then blasting it with more than 100,000 amps.
Everyone’s seen MTV music videos — but the music television channel is
now enlisting beings from video games to perform the latest pop songs.
Jon Stewart (photo, left), the star of cable’s mock-news program The Daily Show
on Comedy Central, made waves last Friday when he was invited to speak on CNN’s
Inventors at the MIT Media Lab have created Topobo (pictured at left), a
construction kit consisting of what they call “dynamic biomorphic forms.”
By snapping together various parts, you can create dogs, skeletons, or whatever you
like, and then push and pull them in various ways. Your creations “remember”
the motions they went through and repeat them over and over using tiny
It’s a little late for Valentine’s Day and too early for Christmas. But
it’s just the right time to be thinking about which of your loved ones
you could give stuffed animals that look like disease-causing microbes —
enlarged one million times.
Experimenter Keith Greenstein has created what he calls the Flapper: “the only
paper airplane that flaps its wings when it flies.”
We know you’ll enjoy this hilarious collection of signs and directions
that don’t communicate what the designer thought they would. The symbol on
the left, for example, obviously meant something to someone, but the
proprietor of the Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness suggests it
says, “When boxing up your kid, ensure the lid is on securely.”