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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Artist creates Back to the Future hoverboard -- that actually hovers

Replica of Marty McFly's Hoverboard Actually Hovers Nils Guadagnin

The closer we get to the year 2015, the louder people lament that our world hardly resembles the one depicted in Back to the Future II. Although it will be awhile before any of us coast around in a flying Delorean, we've piped down our complaints, as a young French artist named Nils Guadagnin has built an exact, actually-hovering replica of Marty McFly's pink hoverboard.

Guadagnin began the project in 2008 for an exhibition titled -- drum roll -- "Back to the Future." Electromagnets allow the board to levitate, while a laser system stabilizes it mid-hover. Although you can't actually ride the board, it does hold up remarkably well when poked and prodded. Check out the video below to see Guadagnin demonstrate:

HOVERBOARD - NILS GUADAGNIN from nils guadagnin on Vimeo.

On his website, Guadagnin says that he built the hoverboard as a study in sculpture and as an experiment in spatial automony, but what we really want to know is if he's putting it up for sale. (Dibs.)

[Nis Guadagnin via Fubiz]

DIY 13.4" Carbon Fiber Touchscreen Tablet PC

slampana May 17, 2010This is a project I have been working on in my spare time for the last few months. I wanted a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet with a large screen that could handle HD video and wasn't too thick or power hungry. The build cost for this was around $600-700. I had to sit at a weird angle for filming so I had a couple issues with the touchscreen, but it was only becuase of my odd positioning. The touch responsiveness is acutally pretty good, not iPad good, but good enough for me . Enjoy!

Cool Iron Man Sneakers will make you feel like a super hero


So you want to be a super hero? Or more precisely you are a big fan of Iron Man. Then you have come to the right place. a site which deals with custom made sneakers have made an amazing looking Iron Man sneakers. These will be available in limited quantities, both Nike SB Dunk Highs, pretty soon. Both shoes are layered with armored paneling to make sure you feet are well protected against any villain. And yes they even have working versions of the staple of Ironman and War Machine; the glowing cores that give power to the suites. No, it’s not a photoshop trick, press down on the tongues to turn on and off the the glowing power.

The price and the launch date have not been announced yet.

Please click here for the Full Gallery:


Thanks, customsnkr & Kotaku.

Ancient mayor's 'lost tomb' found south of Cairo

This undated photo released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of  Antiquities on Sunday, May 30, 2010, shows the tomb of Ptahmes, the  mayor of the ancien
AP – This undated photo released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities on Sunday, May 30, 2010, shows …

CAIRO – Archaeologists have discovered the 3,300-year-old tomb of the ancient Egyptian capital's mayor, whose resting place had been lost under the desert sand since 19th century treasure hunters first carted off some of its decorative wall panels, officials announced Sunday.

Ptahmes, the mayor of Memphis, also served as army chief, overseer of the treasury and royal scribe under Seti I and his son and successor, Ramses II, in the 13th century B.C.

The discovery of his tomb earlier this year in a New Kingdom necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, solves a riddle dating back to 1885, when foreign expeditions made off with pieces of the tomb, whose location was soon after forgotten.

"Since then it was covered by sand and no one knew about it," said Ola el-Aguizy, the Cairo University archaeology professor who led the excavation. "It is important because this tomb was the lost tomb."

Some of the artifacts ended up in museums in the Netherlands, the United States and Italy as well as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, providing the only clues about the missing tomb.

A team from Cairo University's archaeology department found the tomb during new excavations of the area that started in 2005, el-Aguizy said.

The inner chambers of the large, temple-style tomb and Ptahmes' mummy remain undiscovered.

In the side sanctuaries and other chambers they uncovered, archaeologists found a vivid wall engraving of people fishing from boats made of bundles of papyrus reeds. There were also amulets and fragments of statues.

The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala


The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala

"This can't be real" was my first thought. Then I checked the source: The Guatemalan government. This sinkhole appeared last sunday in a street intersection of Ciudad de Guatemala. Just looking at the photo gives me vertigo.

Click on the images to see the high resolution version.

A sinkhole is a natural depression caused by the removal of underground soil by water. Usually, it happens when the substrate is formed by limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds or any other rock that is easily eroded by water streams. The process could be slow, but sometimes the land just cracks open without notice. In this case, it happened suddenly, swallowing an entire house. The cause: Massive underground water torrents created by tropical storm Agatha.

The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala

Sinkholes' size ranges from low terrain depressions to hundred of meters. Unlike the similar sinkhole that killed two teens in 2007, there seems to be no victims. At least one local newspaper is reporting one person dead, but the authorities have not confirmed it. Some neighbors claim that a whole three-story building and a house fell into the hole.

The Gates of Hell Just Opened In Guatemala

Judging by the picture above, it seems like at least the last part is true. [Flickr via Boing Boing]

Photo by Paulo Raquec

Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh Made out of Polo Shirts

Japanese apparel maker Onward Kashiyama had staffers arrange 2,700 polo shirts in 24 colors into a portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.

Google Translate is having a little trouble this morning with the campaign website, but it appears that the colors for the brand’s line of polo shirts are taken from the colors used by Van Gogh in two of his paintings. There’s an interactive feature that allows you to hover over parts of the paintings and see what shirts colors were taken from them.

via The Presurfer | Campaign Website

The Beauty of Paper Art

The times when paper was considered to be the primary medium for artistic expression is long gone. Many writers and designers use digital media to improvise and develop their ideas. However, there is something particuliar in this “physical” canvas — something that keeps us getting back to paper when we want to brainstorm ideas in a notebook, doodle around in a sketchbook, collect inspiration in a scrapbook or just draw some sketches for the next project.

In fact, paper is even more powerful than that. It is a very flexible medium. You can use it paper only for giving your ideas and feelings forms, but also as an expressive medium for creative artworks formed out of paper. You can create a sharp-edged paper plane or ship, but also form twisted curves of nature or complicated geometrical shapes. In this weekend’s post we present a showcase of paper art; you wil find many beautiful carved, folded, cut out paper objects and realistic 3D paper sculptures, all using paper, cardboxes or even books as materials. Please make sure to follow the links to explore further works of the artists presented below.

The Beauty of Paper Art


PaperArt100 in The Beauty of Paper Art

Buscando a la serpiente

PaperArt44 in The Beauty of Paper Art

Paper Tunnel by Jen Stark

PaperArt98 in The Beauty of Paper Art

Flat Globe Cutting Book Series “AKIRA CLUB”

PaperArt83 in The Beauty of Paper Art

Golden Swan

PaperArt120 in The Beauty of Paper Art

Paper flowers

PaperArt69 in The Beauty of Paper Art


PaperArt108 in The Beauty of Paper Art

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Simba, One Day You Will Be King

Awesome Class of 2010 Senior Post-It Prank

Posted by: Dutch Mechanic

Every year as the Seniors from high schools across the land come to the end of their 4-year tenure, they often take it upon themselves to be remembered in a special way to classes yet to come. Senior pranks have been performed on campuses for many decades now, and although their attempts are often looked down upon by administrators (with hopes to end all fun), some group of students usually get away with a good one.

We’ve all heard stories of the kids that weren’t allowed to graduate because of the aftereffects of their tomfoolery, like the kids that got arrested for vandalism the other day, or the kids that got arrested for truancy when two groups from rivalry schools decided to switch attendance.

All that being said, the really good “pranks” are the ones that have a big wow factor, are memorable, fun and don’t cause harm or get anyone in trouble. That’s exactly what this group of students have done. They covered the walls of their Science Hall with thousands upon thousands of colorful Post-It notes.

I’m curious as to how long this took, how many students were involved, how much they spent on the notes and how many notes in total were used. This is a nice, bright colorful, fun way to get your name in your High School memory books. I’m sure the class of 2010 will be remembered for quite a bit here.

….and speaking of pure awesomeness, check out this radness.

[click for full-size panorama]

Here are some other cool Post-It designs

Making The Perfect Burger (Infographic)

Posted by: Heesa Phadie

Just in time for your Memorial Day barbecues and the coming summer grilling season we bring you the essential infograph on what makes the ideal burger. Of course everyone has their preferences but this guide will show you how to please the masses if that’s what your aim is.

The burger aficionados over at A Hamburger Today have been doing weekly polls on what eaters want in a burger. We’ve taken the data (with their permission of course, thanks guys!), crunched the numbers and have come up with the perfect burger…and also what would presumably be the least appetizing burger. Not sure how you’re going to accomplish that deep-fried 1 1/2 inch thick rare burger but I know I wouldn’t want to try it. What makes the perfect burger and meal to you?

…and if eating all this deliciousness makes your ass nice and round, this is perfect for you.

[click the image to view full size]


Incredibly Fast Fighter

crazycrackerzvids May 28, 2010We've all been in fights or at least seen a few fights in our lifetime, and we usually can tell when someone wins or loses. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't realize you were even in a fight with this guy until he already kicked your ass.

25 Awesome Boat Names


It’s not every day that you get to go fishing on “My Dixie Wrecked” but in the event that you do, make sure that you bring a camera, and make sure that you’re not wearing basketball shorts.

In honor of the S.S. Titan Uranus and many more, I present 25 amazingly awesome boat names.