Monday, March 29, 2010

Earth Hour? What Earth Hour! Rock & Roots keep lights on!



Timbre Timbre Rock & Roots is a two-day evening festival held on 26 & 27 March 2010 at the Marina Promenade featuring a host of world-class musicians, Grammy Awards winners and nominees. Here's my video taken on the night of 27 March, during Earth Hour. Yup, the lights may have gone out in Singapore for Earth Hour, but it's full lights on and music for Rock & Roots. Earth Hour or not, the show must go on!

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K is a fun camera for bloggers

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

The Bloggie MHS-PM5K is a new pocket-sized Mobile HD Snap Camera from Sony. It can shoot 5.0 mega pixel photos and up to 1920 x 1080 full HD movies.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Here's the Bloggie's On/Off button, zoom lever (digital zoom only) and the Jack cover which reveals the USB for charging.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

On the other side, you'll find the memory card and battery compartment. The Bloggie supports Memory Stick and SDHC/SD memory cards.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

The Bloggie has a 270 degrees rotating lens and comes with a 360 video lens which you can snap on to the Bloggie to take 360 degree panoramas. Your footage will be converted into a long strip of video showing all 360 degree angles with the supplied software. See the video below.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K



Here's a video taken with the Bloggie. The video quality isn't great. There's no optical zoom but the digital zoom is just about acceptable. And the video keeps flickering for no apparent reason. It could be there's a fault with the Bloggie I received from Sony.



And here's one using the 360 video lens which is my favourite feature of the Bloggie. Check out the video. It's really cool!

The Bloggie MHS-PM5K is available in Violet, White, Blue and Pink and costs around S$399.

Previously: Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K Unboxed

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I'm Here is a robot love story in an Absolut world

You can now watch Spike Jonze's new short film I'm Here online for free courtesy of Absolut Vodka. The movie is about two robots who fall in love. I just watched it. It's brilliant! Oh, and the movie's website is a great example of how movies should be made available online.

Turn your iMac into a Victorian beauty

This handmade iMac custom cover made of oak with brass and gold trim accents will turn your iMac into a Victorian steampunk work of art! Just slip it on your computer and you will have one beautiful wooden desktop.

Retro Super 8 Movies Box Art

Chris Burns posts this neat collection of Super 8 movie box art. He writes: "So you’re a graphic designer in say, 1977, and your mission is to design the covers of action, adventure, and monster horror movies, 8MM Super 8. What do you do? You put on rock and roll music and you whip out your colors and big eyeballs!"

How to make a self balancing skateboard

XenonJohn made two self-balancing skateboards that were demonstrated at a recent Maker Faire in Newcastle, UK. People of all ages tried them, loved them and kept asked him about the plans/kits etc, therefore he decided it's time to teach everyone how to make one. So cool!

Take a look inside Hello Kitty's body

Hello Kitty anatomy by Jason Freeny is proof that Hello Kitty is indeed a strange creature. Despite no obvious mouth/lips, the cross section of her body shows that she has a mouth buried under her skin. She even has a set of teeth! Bizarre indeed.

(Thanks GeekGod)

Space Invaders skateboard made from Rubik's cubes

A collaboration with French skateboard company Mekanism, German artist known as Invader created four original and unique Space Invaders skateboard which are covered by a mosaic of tiles from Rubik's cubes.

(via Nerdcore)

Pop the Weasel Roadkill Door Wedge

This has to be the cutest door wedge ever! Pop the Weasel is made out of toughened rubber and inside the mold of his body, is a water-filled sack containing a goggly, bloodshot eye. Put him under your door and his eye pops out! Comes with a death certificate.

Beautiful space photos taken from a balloon

No rocket! Only a cheap balloon! Robert Harrison used a collection of cheap parts to make a balloon-mounted camera that can travel up to 35 km above the surface of the Earth to take these stunning pictures of Earth from space!

(via Times)

No fake boobies. We want real bouncy breasts!

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Calling all ladies with real boobies. Disney wants women with natural breasts for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movies starring Johnny Depp. The bouncier, the better! From New York Post:
The filmmakers sent out a casting call last week seeking "beautiful female fit models. Must be 5ft7in-5ft8in, size 4 or 6, no bigger or smaller. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. Must have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants."

And they warn that there'll be a "show and tell" day.

To make sure LA talent scouts don't get caught in a "booby trap," potential lassies will have to undergo a Hollywood-style jiggle-your-jugs test and jog for judges. If there's nothing moving from the waist up, they're saying, it's a dead giveaway that you're not all flesh and bones -- and you're out.

An Open Letter to PM Lee

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Jean-Fran├žois Julliard, the Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders, writes an open letter to PM Lee Hsien Loong. And no, he's not inviting PM Lee to his birthday party. From Reporters Without Borders:
Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial harassment which you and your father have practiced for years in order to prevent foreign news media from taking too close an interest in how you run your country. It does serious and lasting harm to press freedom in Singapore...

In response to the publication of the Reporters Without Borders 2009 press freedom index, in which Singapore was ranked 133rd out of 175 countries, your law minister, K. Shanmugam, described it as “absurd” and “disconnected from reality.”

Unfortunately, the facts show that we are right.

In the six years since you became prime minister and said you favoured an “open” society, we have seen very few improvements in the situation of free speech.

Holy Jesus! It's Sachiko's Sexy Bible Readings!



Is reading the Holy Bible too boring for you? Then let glamour model Sachiko McLean (link not safe for work) read it for you! In this first episode of Sachiko's Sexy Bible Readings, she provides us with a literal, word for word reading of the story of Lot from the New International Version of the Bible.

She says, "It does seem that when a lot of people first see me (or at least conservative types), they immediately think 'when it comes to brains, she’s got great tits', simply because I have big tits, and I am a nude model. So I thought it might be fun to really play up to this stereotype, and channel my inner bimbo, as I figured this would be a very funny and effective way to show up the absurdity of a lot of what is written in the Bible, as well as some of the utterly ludicrous contortions of logic people use to defend religious belief."

Thank god she didn't do this in nude!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Google King: Havoc in China



I had to do a video story about Google's exit from China for Klik.TV but I wanted it to be really different from all the video reports that are out there. Luckily I came across the 1961 made in China animation Monkey King: Havoc in Heaven. Did the English subs and changed the title to The Goole King: Havoc in China. Enjoy!

Geek A Week

Geek A Week is a one year art challenge to connect with 52 influential geeks from different disciplines (art, movies, TV, computing, science). A trading card portrait complete with stats will be created each week of the featured geek.

The Realist is a comic about one family's search of a home

You can now read comic artist Asaf Hanuka's The Realist, a weekly documentation in comics-form of one family's search of a home. The comic is originally serialized in Israeli newspaper, Calcalist. Asaf has been doing editorial illustration since 1995 and is currently developing a new comics project with this twin brother.

501st TK Project creates one of a kind Stormtrooper helmets

The TK Project is a charity event for the Make A Wish Foundation. Organised by the 501st Stormtooper Legion, the project invites Honorary Members, Friends Of the Legion and a few 501st troopers to create one of a kind Stormtrooper helmets. This one is a Stormtrooper steampunk helmet by Brain Rood.

Paris in 26 gigapixels!

Paris 26 Gigapixels is the biggest assembled panoramic image of the world. It shows Paris in a very high definition. A gigapixel is 1 billion pixels! The image is a stitching of more than 2000 individual photos shot using 2 Canon 5D Mark II each with a 300 mm f4.0 with a tele converter in order to get a 600mm /f8.0, mounted on a custom-made panoramic head.

A to Z of Awesomeness

Each day Neill Cameron would post a new drawing, based on suggestions from followers of his blog, Facebook and Twitter. His project A to Z of Awesomeness is now complete. 26 drawings over 26 days, one for each letter of the alphabet.

Toyota Simulator makes you wish you never driven a Toyota

Check out Allen Hartwig's Toyota Simulator which is 100% not approved by Toyota. He says, "I have taken my years of analysis and web expertise to bring you a simulation of the sudden acceleration issues plaguing Toyota vehicles. This has been optimized for maximum reality to illustrate a true life experience of the matter at hand."

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ris Low Molest Video: The Remix Version!



Hey girls, Ris Low has a good advice for those of you who are molested. If you ever meet a molester, never frighten them. Instead, go up straight to them and laugh at them. Laugh at their stupid small dick. Thanks Ris. Watch the video here. You can read her blog post here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Freeze Flash Mob at Causeway Point



I've filmed a few flash dance mobs (here, here and here) for Klik.TV but never a freeze flash mob so when I got a tip that there will be one at Causeway Point yesterday, me and my colleague Haren traveled all the way up north from our office at Lavender to film it.

So this is what happened. Causeway Point played Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment over their PA system and the participants froze in unison throughout the song, only to walk away and resume their activity when the song ended. Watch it on Klik.TV now!

The Pop-up Book of Phobias brings your phobias closer to you



The Pop-up Book of Phobias by stand-up comic and writer Gary Greenberg is a pop-up book written for those of you who have a fear of heights, spiders, flying, death, etc. I haven't seen it yet in Singapore book stores but from the looks of the video above, the book is a must buy!

2.5m tall Optimus Prime made of steel, happy to pose with models

The folks from RoboSteel built an Optimus Prime sculpture using more than 5000 recycled steel parts from a car, a boat, a dishwasher, a motorbike and a television. The individual parts have been joined by welding and have been expertly crafted into limbs and other body parts.

Futuristic face mask will help you get a better sleep

This face mask looks like it's from a sci-fi movie but it is actually a fully functional mask for sleeping. It has twin air-purifying respirators with replaceable-cartridge white N95 filters, sound reduction ear covers, with secondary inner eye piece prevents pressure on eyes and it filters away light. Check out more futuristic face masks designed by Sruli Recht here.

Paper Nintendo Game Boy can't play games but is still fun

French graphic designers duo Zim & Zou have made a highly detailed Nintendo Game Boy out of paper complete with a removable game cartridge! Oh and it "plays" a game of Tetris too!

(Thanks Melly)

Super Mario Men's Pendant in 10K yellow gold

For US $3,499.99, you can buy this outrageous Super Mario men's diamond pendant. Made with 10K yellow gold, the pendant weighs 39.9 grams and has green, blue, brown, black and white diamonds! Go ahead and break that piggy bank.

365 Painted Petri Dishes

These beautiful hand painted petri dishes are the work of artist Klari Reis. Working with biotech companies, she uses real organic cellular imagery as a guide for her hand painted petri dishes. Reflective epoxy polymer is used to depict the microscopic images.

(Thanks Yiam)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Breast Warmer warms your breasts and prevents them from shrinking

Ladies, are your breasts freezing? Tuck the USB powered Breast Warmer under your bra and it will warm your breasts during those cold days and nights. The folks from Thanko are known to create some of the world's weirdest USB products but this one is definitely the weirdest!

Our Vanishing Wilderness

A small crew of filmmakers made eight half-hour film some 40 years ago that documents some of the more pressing issues involving wildlife in America. The film ended up being the first environmental TV series in the US called Our Vanishing Wilderness. You can watch all 8 episodes online!

Cosmetic mask will remove all those wrinkles on your face

The scary looking Rejuvenique Anti-wrinkle Facial Toning Machine is a face mask that you can put on to slow or reverse the aging process of the face. Once turned on, its electrical pulses send shocks into the facial muscles and you can say goodbye to all those wrinkles.

Camera puts the smile in photos of people who are not smiling

Don't you just hate it when you take a photo of someone and he doesn't smile for the camera? With Artificial Smile, non smily photos will be a thing of the past. It is a camera that uses a pool of pictures with smiling faces, which was created beforehand, to replace the mouth of a person who didn't smile with a smiling mouth!

Cardboard record sleeve plays records

To demonstrate their sound engineering capabilities, GGRP sent out record players created from a piece of corrugated cardboard that folds into an envelope, to creative directors across North America. Once assembled, a record can be spun on the player with a pencil!

How to make great pancakes

Everyone loves a good pancake. Illustrator Kate Sutton has a recipe to help you make one. Her drawing of how to make pancakes is cute. She writes: "My mum loves pancakes so for mothers day I drew this picture for her, I would definitely recommend this recipe - it makes great pancakes."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

All 4 seasons of X-Men Evolution on YouTube

Thank you Marvel for putting all 4 seasons of X-Men Evolution on YouTube! X-Men: Evolution is an animated series that follows the lives of six mutants (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, ShadowCat, Rouge, and a new original named Spyke) who attend Xavier's Institute for the Gifted.

McDonald's Happy Meal still looks very happy after 1 year

Nonna Joann bought a Happy Meal and then placed it on her office shelf. One year later, it still looks pretty good. No bad smell and it did not decompose or get moldy. She writes: "Flies ignore a Happy Meal and microbes don’t decompose it, then your child’s body can’t properly metabolize it either. Now you know why it’s called junk food.”

Mario blanket and other Mario inspired crochet projects

You can tell by looking at these awesome Mario crochet projects by avid crocheter Gege that she is obsessed with that adorable, mustachioed, Italian plumber. This one is a Mario bed blanket that she worked on for a year and a half. More about the blanket here, here and here.

Lazertits is a blog about tits with lasers

Lazertits is probably the best blog ever created! From the blog's description: "The time has come to blow the cell doors open for breasts! Howl for hooters! Get toasted by tits! Behold the blazing boobs! It's time to get ZAPPED!!!!"

(Thanks Mr Big)

1944 Popular Science article suggest bombing Japan's volcanoes to win war

Can we blast Japan from below? is a story that came out in the 1944 issue of Popular Science written by an emminent geologist who suggested that bombing volcanoes in Japan might let loose a wave of destruction and terror among the enemy.

Read the original version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

If you've seen Tim Burton's new movie, Alice in Wonderland, then you should go read the book that inspired the movie. The British Library has posted all 90 pages of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground, the original version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It's a gem!

Seriously, Porn Boutique?

Seriously, Porn Boutique?

The interns in my office found this children's vest. Nothing special until you check out the tag!

Seriously, Porn Boutique?

It says Porn Boutique! Seriously, what kind of kids clothing company would call themselves Porn Boutique? This is just so wrong.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K Unboxed

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony sent me their latest Bloggie MHS-PM5K, a pocket-size 5 mega pixels video camera that shoots in HD and comes with a 270 degrees rotating lens. I unboxed it yesterday. Here are the pics.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

Inside the box, you'll find a rechargeable battery pack, cables, 360 video lens and lens pouch, 4GB memory card, wrist strap, CD-ROM and intruction manual.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

The 360 video lens is a snap on device which enables users to record surrounding environment in totality.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

To connect the Bloggie to your computer, just slide out the USB.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

The battery and memory card compartment.

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K

I will post a review of the Bloggie another day with videos taken with it.
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