Category Archives: Awesome

Awesome Technology

Stirling Engines

Check out these amazing Stirling Engines from stirlingeezer on eBay.

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Spherical hexapod Robot

In the future, the line between cute and creepy is thin indeed.

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Life in Life

Using something called an OTCA metapixel (Outer Totalistic Cellular Automata Meta-Pixel), which is a pattern in Conway’s Game of Life, someone has implemented the Game of Life inside of another Game of Life.

Life simulating Life.


Awesome Technology

The Next Human Interface Revolution: Leap

Though, one has to wonder if your arms would get tired. A commenter on Hacker News brought up Alan Kay’s famous quote about the “light pen”

By the way, Sketchpad was the first system where it was discovered that the light pen was a very bad input device. The blood runs out of your hand in about 20 seconds, and leaves it numb. And in spite of that it’s been re-invented at least 90 times in the last 25 years.

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Otto Bamboo Fan

Constructed with bamboo, using a highly efficient ducted-fan design, the Stadler Form OTTO Fan is extremely cool, in every sense of the term.

Awesome Random

Metal Band Name Candidate Of The Week


Stygimoloch (meaning “horned devil from the Styx (river of death)”) is a putative genus of pachycephalosaurid dinosaur from the end of the Cretaceous period, roughly 65 million years ago. It is currently known from the Hell Creek Formation, Ferris Formation, and Lance Formation of the Western Interior (United States), where it lived alongside Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops. It may represent a sub-adult form of Pachycephalosaurus.


Awesome Politics

Epic Time Lapse Map of Europe

Covering more than a thousand years of history, this time lapse shows the shifting boundaries, nations, and states of Europe. There is a slower version that shows the year with annotations for particular events.

The opening lines of the Charter for the Fundamental Rights of the European Union(PDF) make much more sense now:

The peoples of Europe, in creating an ever closer union among them, are resolved to share a peaceful
future based on common values.

Additionally, the opening few lines of the Schuman Declaration of 1950 also become crystal clear:

It proposes that Franco-German production of coal and steel as a whole be placed under a common High Authority, within the framework of an organization open to the participation of the other countries of Europe. The pooling of coal and steel production should immediately provide for the setting up of common foundations for economic development as a first step in the federation of Europe, and will change the destinies of those regions which have long been devoted to the manufacture of munitions of war, of which they have been the most constant victims.

The solidarity in production thus established will make it plain that any war between France and Germany becomes not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible.


Yasutomo2020 The Best Wallet

Made from Cuben Fiber, developed as high performance sail material, it’s super light, incredibly thin, and tremendously cool looking. $50 a piece from Yasutomo2020.

Awesome Technology

Hovding: discrete inflatable Bike helment

Hovding is an inflatable bike helmet that operates on the same principle as an airbag, hidden in a collar that goes around your neck. Currently only available in Europe, it will set you back a cool $500.

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Carabiner Key

One of those things that I wish I had thought of: A key that is itself a mini carabiner.

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The best keychain in the world

This is the best keychain in the world, bar none. It’s small, easy to add and remove keys, sturdy but flexible, and most importantly never comes undone unexpectedly.


Forest Service May Blow Up Frozen Cows

Headline of the day. Hands down.

It may take explosives to dislodge a group of cows that wandered into an old ranger cabin high in the Rocky Mountains, then died and froze solid when they couldn’t get out.

What was that about truth and fiction?

UPDATE: Obliterating Animal Carcasses With Explosives from the Dept. of Agriculture.


Haunting underwater portraits by Jacob Sutton

Three hauntingly beautiful portraits shot by Jacob Sutton. (via designspiration &


Nature and Wisdom Never Differ

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Electric Sheep Fractal Flame Android Wallpaper

My favorite distributed genetic fractal visualization, ElectricSheep is now available as an android live wallpaper.

First created in 1999 by Scott Draves, the Electric Sheep is a form of artificial life, which is to say it is software that recreates the biological phenomena of evolution and reproduction though mathematics. The system is made up of man and machine, a cyborg mind with 450,000 participant computers and people all over the Internet.