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Archive for September, 2010

The Late Movies: Next Media Animation

Next Media is a large news company based in Hong Kong, specializing in a wide array of media products. Recently one of their divisions, Next Media Animation, has gained attention for their CGI news reports of American news items. Tonight for the Late Movies we take a look at a few of these often hilarious [...]

The World’s Biggest and Deadliest Hailstorms

Imagine being hit in the head by a heavy object falling at around 100 miles per hour. Hailstones kill, and sometimes they kill many people at a time. In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a [...]

Housing Developments Viewed From Above

The Big Picture takes a look at housing developments in Southwest Florida courtesy of Google Earth. Viewed from above these 26 photos look like art. The planners of these developments certainly made their mark on the landscape. Link – Via J-Walk

Google Street View Now Covers Antarctica

Google Street View began in 2007 with images from 5 U.S. cities. Now the project is starting its photographic mapping of Antarctica: Three years later, we’re happy to announce that you can now explore Street View imagery on all seven continents, with the addition today of Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica. You can now see images from [...]

The Ultimate Audio Format War: Records vs. Wax Cylinders

Mac vs PC, VHS vs. Betamax, and Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD are famous format wars, but they’ve got nothing against those fought by Thomas Edison. Here’s one that lasted 20 years: The most famous audio format war was between Thomas Edison and Emile Berliner, both of whom invented competing types of records for the phonograph. Edison [...]

An Idiot Abroad: Karl Pilkington Visits China

From his comedy series “An Idiot Abroad,” here’s Karl Pilkington’s experience in China, in which he learned Chinese pronunciation, kung fu, fire massage (yes, you read that right – he got set on fire). Link [embedded YouTube clip] I dare say that Karl has probably got the best job on TV.

The Quick: 10 Companies That Had Fun with their Stock Ticker Symbols

I don’t know that there’s much room for humor in the world of finance, especially when it comes to fast-paced buying and selling. But a few companies have found a little room for humor or at least cleverness – check out these 10 that decided to have a smidge of fun with their ticker symbols. 1. [...]

Japanese Company Plans to Use Submarines to Stop Typhoons

A Japanese company is considering using submarines to diminish the power of typhoons that hit that nation: The idea is to use a fleet of around 20 submarines in front of the gathering storm, each fitted with eight pumps capable of shooting 480 tonnes of cold water a minute. The submarines would dive to a depth [...]

Giant, Driveable Radio Flyer Wagon

Fred Geller and Judy Foster of Anchorage, Alaska, needed a retirement project. They settled on building a giant version of the classic Radio Flyer toy wagon. It’s built on the chassis of a 1976 Mazda pickup truck, so it can move under its own power. Fred Keller and Judy Foster worked on the car for [...]