Tuesday, November 29, 2011

AT-AT Starbucks Edition serves your fav Starbucks coffee

In the Star Wars movies, the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) aka the Imperial Walker is a major part of the Galactic Empire's army. But if you're part of the Galactic Empire battling the good guys in one of these AT-ATs, you will definitely need the occasional coffee break. So where do you go for one? The AT-AT Starbucks cafe, of course!

EZ-Steady is a simple stabilizer for iPhone, DSLR, etc

Dude makes the "perfect" camera stabilizer after almost a year of designing, prototyping, and re-designing. EZ-Steady lets you get really smooth camera motions without having to use a large rig. It is a simple, hand held device that eliminates camera shake and gives the footage a feeling of flying.

Nintendo NES Controller Bra comes in all sizes

SceeneShoes sells hand painted bras and shoes. Their Nintendo NES Controller Bra is my favourite! SceeneShoes writes: "This bra is made to look like the the iconic NES Controller! Don't forget to order the matching NES Cartridge bikini style panties."

Olly converts your internet notifications into smell

Olly takes services on the Internet and delivers their pings as smell. It has removable section in the back which you can fill with any smell you like. It is also stackable. If you have more than one you can assign each one to a different service with a different smell. Check out their blog for the development process.

How Matt pulled off a 10-day London vacation for $700

Serial traveler Matthew Kepnes did a 10-day trip to London for only $700. Here's how he did it: "Using my own travel hacking tips, 10 days in London only cost me $710 USD. That works out to be roughly $70 USD per day. And that's not just my day-to-day expenses. That includes EVERYTHING - my flight to London, my hotel, transportation, food, drinking and attractions."

Airline passengers must turn off devices but it’s not clear why

On his New York Times blog Bits, Nick Bilton wonders why we must turn off our mobile devices when we take a plane ride: "Let’s assume that just 1 percent of those passengers left a cellphone, e-reader or laptop turned on during takeoff or landing. That would mean seven million people on 11 million flights endangered the lives of their fellow passengers. Yet, in 2010, no crashes."

Artist prints all the images uploaded to Flickr in 24 hours

For his art exhibition in Amsterdam, Erik Kessels printed all the images uploaded uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period and dump all of them in a room. Now that's a lot of photos! He says, "By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make your own robot statue at My Robot Nation

My Robot Nation allows you to create your own 3D robot model in your web browser without any plugins! You create it live in your web browser with a fun and simple drag and drop interface and they will make your creation into a ceramic-like robot standing 2 to 6 inches tall. Create your robot by combining body parts, attachments and stamps.

Darth Vader CD Player is Vader approved

The Darth Vader CD Player is a CD player and AM/FM radio in the shape of Darth Vader's helmet. Push the mask upwards to put a CD inside. Includes a headphone jack and a line-in for amplifying audio from an external source such as an MP3 player. I think it makes a good Christmas gift for any Star Wars fan. Ahem. I want!

RPG game about 2 doctors fulfilling a dying man's last wish

To The Moon is a sci-fi, tragicomedy, romance and psychological indie RPG/adventure game about two doctors traversing through the memories of a dying man to fulfill his last wish by using a technology that allows them to weave artificial memories. Interesting storyline. I'm not surprised if someone make this into a film. You can try the game for 1 hour.

Star Wars themed heels are perfect for female Star Wars fans

Jillian makes beautiful custom hand painted Star Wars themed heels! She writes: "I love StarWars, a good cup of coffee, an excellent comic book, a fantastic floy ride, and napping on a tree branch. I have been painting shoes with my durable technique for a few years now. If no customization is required, I will make Star Wars themes shoes for you."

Alien Computer Screens

Dude posts several computer screens from the 1979 Alien movie. The science fiction horror film was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Tom Skerritt and Sigourney Weaver and it spawned several sequels and prequels. It won the 1979 Academy Award for Visual Effects and was also nominated for Best Art Direction.

(Thanks MadNas)

Woman takes photo of herself everyday for 4.5 years

Clickflashwhirr's Every Day photo project requires her to take a photograph of herself everyday for 4.5 years. She says, "My face has grown out of the front of my head since birth. There seems to be very little I can do about it." You can watch the video here.

(Thanks Ju)

iPad 2 made of diamonds, gold and T-Rex dinosaur bone

At £5m, the iPad 2 Gold History edition has to be the most expensive iPad in the market. This is no ordinary iPad 2. It is encrusted with diamonds, gold and has a main front frame made from Ammolite, the oldest rock the world! And add to that, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone are splintered and shaved into the Ammolite! Seriously, this iPad is too precious for anyone to use.

Kodykoala's Custom Zombie Gameboy

Donald aka KodyKoala makes custom video game figures and statues. One of his latest creations is this custom Zombie Gameboy standing at 7 inches tall. He writes: "This The Gameboy was really beat up to begin with, so I decided the Zombie motif would work with it. The feet are from an Iron Man Mark I figure and the hands are from an Iron Monger Figure."

Make anything on your iPad with Codea

Codea lets you create games and simulations or just about any visual idea you have on your iPad. Just type your code. Touch your code: tap numbers, colors and images to adjust them. Press play to watch it run. Features a full featured vector graphics and image renderer that lets you prototype what you can imagine and lots of fantastic example projects to learn from.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Birthday to IZ! Happy Birthday to me! Thank you.

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I've just turned 18 (LOL) on November 21. Hooray! Thanks to all my friends and loved ones who celebrated my birthday with me. Thanks for all the gifts! It's been a crazy week long celebration. Thanks to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday on Facebook, Twitter, email and via SMS and phone. Also thanks to all my faithful blog readers who have been following my blog all these years. And lastly thanks to all the viewers who keep watching my two shows on R3LOAD Network, Tattooed (watch episodes 1 and 2) and Singapore Haunted. Your wonderful support have made Singapore Haunted one of the most watched (if not THE most watched) web TV shows in Singapore. Love you ALL!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Singapore Haunted investigates historic Kent Ridge Park



New episode of Singapore Haunted is now out on R3LOAD Network. In this episode, the Singapore Haunted team goes to Kent Ridge Park, the site of one of the last and fiercest battles fought by the Malay Regiment against the invading Japanese army during World War II. Are the ghosts of the Malay Regiment still fighting the Japanese army at the hill known as Bukit Chandu? Will the Singapore Haunted team find evidence of paranormal activity at Kent Ridge Park? Watch the teaser above and then watch the full episode, Singapore Haunted: Kent Ridge Park.

Singapore Haunted is produced and directed by IZ Darson (that's me) for R3LOAD Network. GMM Technoworld is the official paranormal sponsor of Singapore Haunted.

New web show Tattooed: 10 Tattoos. 10 Weeks. You decide.



When Noel Boyd came to me a few months ago to work on a new tattoo show for R3LOAD Network, I thought why not but the truth is I don't really want to do just another tattoo show. I told him if we wanna do this together, this new show has to be something different and really unique. There needs to be a compelling reason for people to want to watch the show every week.

So how do you make a tattoo show different? How about giving 10 weeks for Noel to get 10 tattoos - one a week - from 10 of the most promising and talented tattoo artists in Singapore? And then let the viewers decide what tattoo he gets or the location where the tattoo will be on his body. Now that's interesting! Go watch Tattooed! The first episode is now out on R3LOAD Network.

I'm very satisfied with the first episode of Tattooed. I really think we have put out a good show and I'm sure the viewers will enjoy watching Tattooed. The initial response from the viewers has been fantastic. Some say Tattooed is as good as the other hit show that I'm directing, Singapore Haunted. That's definitely a compliment. Thanks people!

Tattooed is directed by me and co-produced by both Noel and myself for R3LOAD Network. Go to the Tattooed Facebook page and like it.

The Muppets Cake Pops look like the real Muppets

These are really cute! Bakerella made some Muppet Cake Pops to celebrate the new Muppets movie. She writes: "Okay these are my favorite. I’m sorry Rowlf. And Kermit. Fozzie I still love you. Beaker… well, your hair is lovely, but Miss Piggy’s is prettier." Go check out her recipes.

(Thanks Myra Leong)

Apple isn't happy with Steve Jobs in Carbonite iPhone Case

This Steve Jobs in Carbonite iPhone case is a brilliant idea. Too bad, the folks at Apple didn't think it is: "Well it was fun while it lasted. Yesterday, Society6 was issued a cease and desist from Apple's lawyers. So I'm sorry to say that the cases and skins are no longer available." Wow! I didn't know Apple has the right to Steve Job's image.

8-Bit Starry Night: A re-imagination of van Gogh's masterpiece

Brother Brain recreates classic images in an 8-bit style by combining graphical elements from retro video games! Here he re-imagines The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh using materials from Castlevania and Zelda games.

(Thanks GeekGod)

Averia is the Average Font

Avería was created as the average of all fonts on a computer - a total of 725 fonts. Creator Dan Sayers wanted to find out what the average of all his fonts might look like by overlaying each letter at low opacity. He was pleased with the result and decided to create a new font based on the average of all the fonts on his computer. I'm downloading!

The 2012 Time Travel Calendar

The 2012 Time Travel Calendar collects time travel events from films, comics, TV shows and videogames and puts them on a single timeline that plays out over the year. You're getting about 2.6 billion years of time travel in 12 months. All together, there are 155 instances of time travel documented on the calendar.

(Thanks Joshua)

Photos of old Singapore taken by British pilot in late 1960s

David Papworth has posted photos taken by his late father during his RAF service posting in Singapore during the period of mid 1967 to the end of 1969. He says: "For many years, these slides remained hidden away in my father's loft and due to family circumstances, it was not possible to gain access to them until now."

Turn your laptop into a portable whiteboard

DrawTop is an adhesive whiteboard made out of high-quality, non-porous vinyl. It custom fits to your laptop, erase cleanly, last for years, and is compatible with any water or alcohol-based cleaner. It cannot be removed and reused, but you can peel it off without any adhesive residue.

Battlestar Gallactica Colonial Viper Helmet

You can own a replica of the Colonial Viper Helmet seen in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series. An original, screen used helmet was digitally scanned to make this replica. The data was then “tweaked” slightly to make the helmet symmetrical. The eagle, microphone and earpieces were cast from original parts.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Singapore Haunted: Bedok Reservoir Mother and Child Suicide episode makes the news!

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The latest episode of the hit show that I'm producing and directing, Singapore Haunted has made the news! Singapore Haunted: Bedok Reservoir Mother and Child Suicide was featured on Thursday's edition of Shin Min. Yes, we're on the front page! That's Singapore Haunted's Mervyn Ambrose in the pic.

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Here's the full story on page 3 of Shin Min.

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They also did a short interview with me for this story.

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This episode was also featured on page 2 of Thursday's edition of Lianhe Wanbao! That's a photo of Singapore Haunted's Noel Boyd and...

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Here's a picture of two of our guest investigators for this episode, Aravind and Samuel.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Singapore Haunted is the number 1 most searched on Google

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Wow! The show that I'm producing and directing, Singapore Haunted has made it to the top of the most searched items on Google Singapore on November 3 2011. And as I'm writing this, it is still at number 1! I'm so proud and happy that I nearly cried. Wait a minute. I did cry. Thanks Singapore! Click here to watch our latest episode, Singapore Haunted: Bedok Reservoir Mother and Child Suicide.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Singapore Haunted: Bedok Reservoir Mother and Child Suicide now out on R3LOAD Network



The latest episode of Singapore Haunted sees the popular paranormal investigation team assembled by R3LOAD Network back at Bedok Reservoir to investigate claims by joggers who heard cries of a boy at the spot where a mother and child was found dead in an apparent suicide. Both of them were wearing red which symbolises revenge! Check out the teaser above and then watch the full episode on R3LOAD Network! Some say it is our best episode yet and yes, we did record the voice of a boy crying and a woman wailing!

Singapore Haunted: Bedok Reservoir Mother and Child Suicide is produced and directed by IZ Darson (yes, that's me!) for R3LOAD Network. This episode stars Noel Boyd, Mervyn Ambrose with guest investigators, local superhero comic Salvation Sam writers, Aravind Menon, Samuel Richard and Sathya Sandiran. Aravind, Samuel and Sathya were amazing in this episode. Funny guys. Thanks for allowing us to scare you that night!

GMM Technoworld is the official paranormal equipment sponsor of Singapore Haunted. Please visit and like the Singapore Haunted Facebook Page for all the updates on the show and the next investigation.

Piaggio APE 50 converted into a small camper

German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns's Bufalino is a small camper converted from a Piaggio APE 50 three wheeled light transport vehicle. The camper is equipped to meet the basic needs of one person. It consists of a bed, two seating units, a cooking zone, a basin, storage space, a water tank and a refrigerator.

Lens Band helps you stop zoom creep in your zoom lens

Stop zoom creep! Lens Band is similar to the silicone wrist band but it is specifically designed to stop your zoom lens from extending under its own weight when pointed downwards or collapsing when pointed upwards. The Lens Band easily stretches over any sized zoom lens, to fit snugly over the zoom ring.

(Thanks GeekGod)

Brains in a Jar Cupcakes is gross but extremely edible

Halloween may be over but it doesn't mean you can't freak out your family and friends with this Brains in a Jar Cupcakes. Amy writes: "Obviously these are not real brains (much to the disappointment of my 7 year old son), but they’re close enough and are the perfect combination of creepy and gross."

Build your own Cineskates with a Gorillapod and some wheels

This looks like a project that I should be doing right away! Ed Lewis teaches us how to make an adjustable tripod dolly using a GorillaPod and three rollerblade wheels. He says: "It’s a tripod… with wheels! Now you just need to plop a camera on top and you’re good to go and experiment. You can get some cool shots with this tripod dolly"

Nikon D300s successfully sent to space on a weather balloon

Cygnus Project has successfully sent a Nikon D300s attached to a weather balloon into space and they have the photos to prove it! This pic on the left was taken by the camera just over two hours into the flight. As you can tell, it was already in space! There's also some condensation on the lens that was frozen. Video here.

Make your own iPhone case from your Instagram photos

Casetagram helps you design your own easy snap on, durable hard iPhone case using your own Instagram photos. Just connect your Instagram, import your photos, use their template to create your design and let them print it into a case! Right now, they are offering free shipping to international orders.

(Thanks Vicki)

Project Womb lets you die in a high tech womb-like coffin

The folks behind Project Womb find rectangular caskets unnatural and unfriendly so they come up with a womb-like coffin design that is also a media-driven time capsule that makes sure your life story lives on. It comes with a cloud-based encrypted media database that hosts your music, images, video and text for an indefinite time.

Dot Mario Cushion is super cute but not for sale

Club Nintendo in Japan is giving its Platinum members a number of gifts including this Dot Mario Cushion. So cute, I want! Other gifts include desk calendar, a choice of two soundtracks from Tomodachi Collection, Pilotwings Resort, Star Fox 64 3D, Wii Fit Plus, and Mario Kart Wii.

(Thanks Lord Kimbo)

Massive Motorcycle Tin Toy collection goes on sale on eBay

Some dude from Australia is selling his massive motorcycle tin toy collection on eBay: "Tin motorcycle toy collection, over 300 friction, wind up and battery motorcyles from Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, USA, etc. Included is another collection of battery powered remote controlled motorcycles and other plastic vintage bikes."
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