Thursday, July 30, 2009

10 Days 10 Tees: Aliens Attack!

Sorry I couldn't get this done sooner but here's my 9th T-shirt for Comboutique Asia's 10 Days 10 Tees Challenge. Fans of the retro game Space Invaders will recognise the alien graphic which I used on the T-shirt.

A close-up above. Cool aye! I'm not really fond of red tops but I'm pretty pleased at how this one turns out. Oh and yes, that's my new pair of glasses. One more T-shirt to go!

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How to make Star Wars sound effects using Slinky

Adam, a physics lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, shows us how to use the Slinky to produce impressive Star Wars sound effects that will make even George Lucas proud. Watch the video above.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chinese dude teaches his granny English

Evil dude decides to have fun with his non-English speaking grandmother, films her while he teaches her some English words. Watch the video above. Poor granny. Just wait until she finds out what her grandson is really teaching her. (NSFW)

Pokemon Card Collection going for US$1 million on eBay

Seriously dude, no one is ever going to pay you US$1m for your Pokemon card collection. Fine. There are more than 300 cards in the collection and almost half are holographic rares. But a million dollars? You gotta be nuts.

Cosplayers at San Diego Comic Con 2009

Parka Blogs was at the San Diego Comic Con 2009 and he took lots of awesome photos of the cosplayers there. There are more than 370 photos in his Flickr photoset including this Hulk cosplayer who I think will give the real Hulk a run for his money. Enjoy!

Hello Kitty Stormtrooper will give you nightmares

People should stop mixing Hello Kitty with Star Wars. Look at this. A Hello Kitty Stormtrooper! Yes, WTF! This is just so, so, so wrong. George Lucas should hunt down the person who made it, lock him in some cell and make sure he never creates anything like this again.

8 Track Walkman-Pod thing is so retro cool

Dude asks himself,"Can I make a personal 8 track player with just headphones in the style of a Walkman? How small can I make it? Bear in mind it needs quite a bit of power to move the tape loop around inside the cartridge." Of course he can! Here's how.

Microsoft Store Concept Drawings

Leaked Powerpoint presentation reveals Microsoft's early prototypes and concepts of their retail store plans. I like the massive screen that wraps around the entire store and you can even have your birthday party there.

Star Trek USB Communicator is a VOIP Phone

This replica of the communicator used in the Star Trek original series has a built in microphone and speaker that allows it to be used for two way voice communication with most popular instant online internet messaging systems. It also has 21 sound effects from the original series.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

And you thought you would never see I.Z. and Xiaxue together in the newspaper


Xiaxue and me were on the Chinese paper on Sunday about bloggers with endorsements. Slightly bigger scan here. Dblchin (thanks babe!) was kind enough to do a partial translation of the story. Read it below.

If one would like to experience being an ambassador like most celebrities do, blogging is a big chance to shine out. Beside earning money, you get to enjoy freebies. And when your traffic starts hitting the roof, the chance of you endorsing for a campaign or product will be relatively high. A handful of local bloggers, although they have not hit national TV, starred in movies nor release albums are already ambassadors of certain products.

French fashion label Comboutique, have started their operations in Asia & recently engaged a local blogger I.Z to endorse their brand. Sales Development manger, Cheng Bing Rui explained that due to the high charges of celebs, the company has decided to turn to the blogosphere by engaging a blogger to endorse their products on a 4 figure fee. Charges might add up to 5 figure if celebs are to endorse their products.

He said, "Our clients have a choice of designing their own items ie: T-shirt, caps, cups. It will then be sent to us for printing. Regardless of placing orders or payment, everything is done via the web. Thus the best fit ambassadors are the bloggers."

Celebrity blogger No.1 : I.Z

Blogging for 5 years, I.Z have already endorsed 5 different brands and products. This is said to be better than some celebrities. I.Z's blog mainly carries a fast-forward, up-market trend context. He had came in 2nd during the 2006 blogger event of "Best blogger in Asia" & "Best Singapore Blogger" in a 2004 Asia blogger event.

During the interview, I.Z mentioned that setting up a blog is just purely a personal interest and never thought of making a fortune through his blog. His full-time job is an editor for a web television company (Klik.TV).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Crazy Japanese fangirl interviews Harry Potter

Last month, 10,000 of Japan's biggest Harry Potter fans competed for a chance to personally interview the cast of Harry Potter. This girl was the lucky one. Watch her as she interviews Daniel Radcliffe (video above), Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (video below).

The interviews are so hilarious, they are definitely more enjoyable to watch than the new Harry Potter movie which has to be the most boring movie ever. Sorry Potter fans.

Birth of Disneyland Video

Watch this amazing archival footage of Disneyland's birth. Using time-lapse and traditional eye-in-the-sky photography, it's a dazzling piece of history, presenting how the fearless construction crews had Disneyland up and running in just under a year!

(via The Disney Blog)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachan in Singapore, says it breathes efficiency and sterilized existence

My favourite Bollywood actor, the great Amitabh Bachan (watch him above in Naseeb) is currently in Singapore and he's been busy blogging about his experiences here. He has lots to say of course. Here's a snip. From Big B Blog:
Singapore breathes efficiency and sterilized existence. Had a problem yesterday as you know with the internet. Took the liberty and the chance of calling the management downstairs and making a soft request if something could be done. Within seconds the door bell rand and suitably attired gentlemen, shoes off by the door, entered and had solution to the problem sorted in the next minute. And here I am, with a stupid grin on my face, hammering away at the keys to the ‘familia extendum’...

National day for Singapore coming up. I think its 9th August. The city decorates itself with banners and flags at vantage points. The National Emblem, the LION face, prominent in its majesty looking down upon us, its lustrous mane symbolically divided into 5 partings depicting - democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality.

Anime Batman has Kung Fu Death Grip Gloves

Michael Pinto says, "I added my own captions to show what accessories a mangaesque Batman might be adorned with. And not to be left out I gave the same treatment to the Robin Ame Comi Robin Vinyl Statue."

Threadless + Cakes = Threadcakes

Threadless and Chris Cardinal are running an online cake baking contest called Threadcakes. Rules are simple. Turn any Threadless T-shirt into an edible cake! Anyone in the world can participate.

Scribblenautsified Final Fantasy VII and Street Fighter characters

Scribblenauts artist Edison Yan has created Scribblenauts-ized artwork for characters from Final Fantasy VII and various games in the Street Fighter series. They are so cute that I wish I can play them in the video games.

(Thanks GeekGod)

How to disable a woman

Thanks to this very graphic how-to, now we know how to disable a woman. Might be useful when we meet a crazy one on the streets. Just kick upward into groin. When she bends over in pain, claw her boobs, smash, twist and pull.

Ironing board doubles as mirror

Aïssa Logerot designs this cheval mirror which can be an ironing board when it is tilted and locked on horizontal position. Genious! Also check out his other cool projects.

(Thanks Georgie)

3D Robot Greeting Cards

From Gagatree comes this cute Mini RoboCard, a series of 3D greeting cards packed within an A4-sized envelope, along with a note and an assembly instructions. Mail it to friend and he or she will have lots of fun assembling it into a 10" robot!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout wants you!


Klik.TV, the Official Online Broadcast Partner of the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2009 (STGCC), has announced the Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout, an exciting Speed Drawing contest to be held at the convention.

The Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout will feature 6 artists. Each artist will try to outdraw his opponent in 4 to 7 minutes. There are 5 themes that the artist can choose: Superheroes, Battle Machines, Manga, Cute Animals and Sci-Fi. The artist will flip a coin onstage and whoever wins gets to call the theme and challenge his competitor. There will be a total of 2 Rounds: 6 artists in first round and 2 in the final. A scoring system will determine which 2 out of the 3 winners from the first round will battle it out in the final.

For the contest, Klik.TV is teaming up with Wacom, the world's leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays and digital interface solutions. Contestants will be drawing on Wacom’s Cintiq21, the premier interactive pen display for creative professionals.

Application for the Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout is done via email. Interested participants are required to send 3 drawings based on any of the above mentioned themes to my Klik.TV email address at iz[at]klik[dot]tv or izreloaded[at]gmail[dot]com no later than 5 August 2009 for selection. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The winner of the Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout will walk away with a Intuos4 Medium tablet valued at S$599 and S$300 cash. Runner up will win a Bamboo Fun Medium tablet valued at S$299 and S$150 cash.

The Wacom Klik.TV Draw Shootout will be held on the main stage of STGCC at Suntec Singapore International Convention Convention and Exhibition Centre Halls 401 and 402 from 8.15pm on Friday 14 August 2009.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

10 Days 10 Tees: Stormtroopers

Finally a T-shirt that I could wear to the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention (STGCC) in August when I meet up with the folks from the 501st Legion. I'm hoping with this T-shirt, those guys will go nice on me and not shoot me with their blasters. Btw, Klik.TV (I'm working there as the Editor) will also be at STGCC '09. We are the convention's Official Online Broadcast Partner!

The Stormtrooper T-shirt is the 8th in a series of T-shirts that I had to design as part of the Comboutique Asia 10 Days 10 Tees Challenge. You can design your own T-shirt too using the easy to use online tool by Comboutique Asia and get the T-shirt delivered to you within 48 hours!

(Disclosure: I am Comboutique Asia's Brand Ambassador)

10 Days 10 Tees: I Have You On RSS
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10 Days 10 Tees: Star Blogger

Awesome videos of the Greatest Solar Eclipse of the Century

StoryBalloon has gathered videos of this morning's great total solar eclipse that was visible to millions in China and India. The stunning video above is from China Central Television (CCTV). Take a look at the corona which appeared during totality. What a beautiful sight! Damn I wish I was there in China to witness this live. You can watch more videos on StoryBalloon's YouTube channel.

And for those of you in Singapore who missed the live coverage of the eclipse on Channel U this morning, you can tune in to the channel again tonight at 11.30pm. Channel U will be providing a half hour special highlights of the total solar eclipse. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watch the longest Total Solar Eclipse of the century tomorrow morning!


There will be a total eclipse of the Sun for parts of India, China and the western Pacific Ocean tomorrow morning, 22 July 2009. The central path begins in India's Gulf of Khambhat at 00:53 Universal Time (UT) and then sweeps over Indian cities or Surat, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Pata before crossing to Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma and then parts of China.

The unusual long path of the total solar eclipse across two of the most populated countries in the world could make this the most observed eclipse in all of history. And not only that, it is also one of the longest eclipses, if not the longest eclipse in this century, lasting nearly three-and-a-half hours!


Unfortunately for us in Singapore, we will only get to see a partial eclipse and a very poor one. Only 3.6% of the sun will be covered by the moon. Partial eclipse will start for Singapore at 0:40 UT which is at 8:40 am Singapore time. Maximum eclipse is at 1:11 UT or 9:11 am S'pore time. Partial eclipse will end at 1:44 UT or 9:44 am S'pore time. The partial eclipse can be viewed over a large area, from Siberia and Kazakhstan through Southeast Asia and Indonesia. But remember, do not look at the sun directly without proper solar filters.


If you do want to catch the total solar eclipse live, do tune in to Channel U from 8 am. They will simulcast the entire eclipse live from China! Or if you can't catch it on the telly, try Sun Stopper, a local website that will also be streaming the total eclipse live.

For more info and graphics, click here, here and here.

Update: Channel U will be providing a half hour special highlights of the total solar eclipse on Wednesday night at 11.30 pm.

Update: Check out my Twitter for the latest pics and live feeds.

Update: Watch awesome videos of the Greatest Solar Eclipse of the Century

Partial Solar Eclipse on Chinese New Year: Pics!!!
Catching the next total solar eclipse in our neighbourhood

10 Days 10 Tees: I Have You On RSS

Here's a T-shirt that all you geeks would love to wear. I Have You On RSS is my 7th T-shirt for Comboutique Asia's 10 Days 10 Tees challenge. I've always thought that those RSS buttons are cute so I decided to use them in my design.

Do you have me on RSS? Subscribe now!

10 Days 10 Tees: Stargazer
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10 Days 10 Tees: Twittering is like...
10 Days 10 Tees: Stalk Me On Blogger, Twitter, Facebook
10 Days 10 Tees: Star Blogger
Comboutique Asia appoints Singapore Blogger as Brand Ambassador

Massive Simpsons collection for sale!

cjlovesroses is selling her late son's massive Simpsons collection on eBay for a cool AU$23,000! The collection containing 3500 items from 1990 to 2008, is so huge that it fills up an entire bedroom! She writes: "When you walk in the room, it's just OMG, I can't believe it. People spend hours looking and still miss things."

The Art of Pulp Fiction Novels

An icon of a bygone era, pulp fiction novels are a collector's item thanks to their attractive covers designed by some of the finest pop illustrators and painters. These novels also known as vintage paperbacks were published between 1938 and 1968. You can view lots of pulp novel covers here.

Original Olympic Posters Collection

The Olymperials has a huge collection of original Olympic posters by award winning artists and designers, spanning many countries and most of the history of the Games. There are more than 3100 posters in the collection.

How to make your own Mario Mushrooms

Anna The Red shows us how to to turn ordinary radishes into Mario mushrooms! Her Flickr photoset here. All you need is a radish, some seaweed and a small fruit knife.

(via Offworld)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

10 Days 10 Tees: Stargazer

For my 6th T-shirt for Comboutique Asia's 10 Days 10 Tees challenge, I wanted one that I would wear when I'm out stargazing. I love astronomy so I thought I should have something on the T-shirt that tells everyone I'm a stargazer!

The design is pretty simple. I used a stylized font for the word stargazer and then added some stars of different sizes on the top left of the T-shirt. Everything is done using Comboutique Asia's Design Your Own T-shirt interface. Try it out!

10 Days 10 Tees: You spin me right round
10 Days 10 Tees: Hero
10 Days 10 Tees: Twittering is like...
10 Days 10 Tees: Stalk Me On Blogger, Twitter, Facebook
10 Days 10 Tees: Star Blogger
Comboutique Asia appoints Singapore Blogger as Brand Ambassador

Star Wars Cake and Cupcake Combo gives you the best of both worlds

Monica Serratos of Two Parts Sugar, specializes in custom cupcakes fit for any occasion. She recently made this ultimate Star Wars cake and cupcakes combo complete with figures made from fondant and lightsabers that actually lit up. Monica, you're a goddess!

Japanese welcome their giant Gundam protector with laser show

Pics of the official unveiling ceremony for the giant 18-meter-high Gundam robot statue built at Tokyo's Shiokaze Park to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular animated series Mobile Suit Gundam.

(via Gizmodo)

Paper Bumblebee is super awesome!

The folks from Paper Inside have made available an insane paper model of Bumblebee in robot mode, free of charge for anyone to download. The model is 1/12 scale and has 1,150 parts! You can even give it lights! The Camaro version can be downloaded here and here.

Apollo Landers finally seen on the Moon!

NASA has released new photos taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which should dismiss all the crazy conspiracy theories that man hasn't landed on the moon. The photos show the Apollo missions' lunar module descent stages sitting on the moon's surface!

Made in China Transformers mobile phone can't transform

What better way to take advantage of the Chinese craze for Transformers with this really cheap, made in China Transformers mobile phone which has a 2.2 inch display, dual sim, FM radio, supports 13 languages but can't transform.

(Thanks Honky Tong)

Artists turn blank Mighty Muggs into one of a kind Star Wars art

Lucasfilm asked popular artists, comics book creators, toy designers and celebrity fans to take blank Mighty Muggs donated by Hasbro and transform them into their favorite Star Wars characters, scenes, ships and more. You can view a selection of these Mighty Muggs here.

(Thanks Mr Big)

Jan Vormann's Lego Dispatchwork

Jan Vormann and his team of volunteers repair old walls by filling the cracks and holes with colourful Lego bricks. So far, he has done Rome, Berlin and Israel!

(Thanks crower2)

Bizarre Filipino Batman and Robin Movie

Watch this bizarre ending to Alyas Batman en Robin, an unauthorized 1993 Filipino Batman musical comedy film (video above) featuring an unmasked Batman and Robin singing a parody of At The Hop with Joker, Penguin and a dancing midget as Spider-Man.

Friday, July 17, 2009

10 Days 10 Tees: You Spin Me Right Round

Check out my 5th T-shirt for Comboutique Asia's 10 Days 10 Tees challenge. It is inspired by the hit retro song by Dead Or Alive, You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), one of my favourite songs to dance to. "You spin me right round, baby, right round like a record, baby, Right round round round. You spin me right round, baby, Right round like a record, baby, Right round round round..."

10 Days 10 Tees: Hero
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10 Days 10 Tees: Stalk Me On Blogger, Twitter, Facebook
10 Days 10 Tees: Star Blogger
Comboutique Asia appoints Singapore Blogger as Brand Ambassador

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

10 Days 10 Tees: Hero

You aren't a hardcore Transformers fan until you have your very own Transformers T-shirt. With that in mind, my 4th T-shirt for Comboutique Asia's 10 Days 10 Tees challenge had to be one dedicated to the hero of heroes, the Autobot leader, Optimus Prime!

When I received the T-shirt from Comboutique Asia, I was really surprise at the quality of the printing. You can really see the details on Optimus' body! Maybe next time, I'll do one for Bumblebee. You too can design your own T-shirt using Comboutique Asia. Go ahead, try it out!


Hello Kitty as Mario Bros Paper Dolls

You can make this paper craft of Hello Kitty in Mario's and Luigi's overalls, hats and mustaches using templates found here. I don't know about you but this is blasphemy. Hello Kitty as the Mario Bros? Oh god, no!

Remote controlled Star Wars R2-D2 action figure packs a punch!

It is only the size of a regular action figure but the R/C R2-D2 Action Figure can do what no other Star Wars action figure can. With its lightsaber-like remote control, you can make it move forward, turn its head and it even has authentic R2-D2 sounds!

Bandai's new remote controlled flying robot

The Sky Armor is a new remote-controlled robot by Bandai that can fly using its two propellers. One battery charge allows you to fly the robot for 4 minutes. I think it's pretty cool but the next thing Bandai should do is make one that can transform while flying.

(Thanks GeekGod)

Wooden Computer Workstation is a beauty!

Marlies Romberg has always been fascinated with how the world is changing into a digital world so she decides to combine the two worlds together with her latest project. Dear Diary 1.0 is a computer embedded in a traditional wooden desk complete with a wooden keyboard laser cut into and out of the surface of the desk and a monitor too!

Air Conditioned Bed will keep your body cool while you're sleeping

The Kuchofuku Air Conditioned Bed uses extremely quiet dual-fans to suck in cool air from behind your head and circulate it through the soft membrane which also acts as an air-cushion to support you.

Russian Hairy Sausage

Ok this looks stupid but I really wanna try this. Apparently the Russian Hairy Sausage has become a popular dish among Russian bloggers. Just stick lots of spaghetti into the sausage and then boil them together.

Watch dude grow his beard for one year

Christoph Rehage's original plan was to walk from China to Germany. He never finished his goal. Instead, he walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the desert of Gobi and then decided to stop walking. A pity but at least we get to watch a time lapse video (above) of him growing his beard during that 1 year of non-stop walking.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Experimental Gameplay Project

A group of indie game developers is running a friendly competition every month. They have to make a game based on the month's theme and are not allowed to spend more than 7 days on it. I'm downloading their latest game, Post IT Shooter featuring Space Invaders made of Post-It notes.

Star Wars: Uncut

Casey's awesome video experiment invites 473 people to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope. He has included the entire movie split up into 15 second clips. Each participant will recreate a clip and once all the clips are done, he will stitch them all together into a full movie. I can't wait to watch the whole thing.

NES Controller Netbook Sleeve

Mendicon received this cool netbook sleeve from his girlfriend. He says, "This NES controller sleeve was made by my girlfriend Lilian for me to use it on my Acer Aspire One netbook. Best netbook sleeve ever, from best girlfriend ever!"

Daft Punk revisited on vintage game systems

Da Chip is a free downloadable album containing the music of Daft Punk remixed by a group of DJs using vintage game systems. Daft Punk is a popular French electronic music duo.

(via Nerdcore)

Star Wars Tattoo Chick

Gals with tattoos all over their body usually freak me out but not this gal. Check out all the Star Wars tattoos on her back! I'd scrutinize every inch of her skin.

(Thanks Mark Koh)

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