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The Zymoglyphic Museum

This museum in San Mateo, California, is the “world’s only repository for the study and display of Zymoglyphic art, artifacts, and natural history.” It has some very interesting exhibits from history and nature -except there is something unnatural about them. A clue comes from the second definition of the word “zympglyphic”: 2. The collection and arrangement [...]

Commodore 64 Guitar

Computer engineer Jeri Ellsworth built an electric guitar into the body of a Commodore 64. Here she is with it at the ongoing Maker Faire in San Mateo, California. And yes, she’s wearing roller skates. Another Photo | Ellsworth’s Twitter Feed | Maker Faire | Photo: Blake Maloof

Nine Famous People Who Started as Disney Park Characters

A couple of years ago, I did a post on celebrities who got their first tastes of the entertainment biz by working at one of the Disney Parks, whether they did tricks at the Magic Shop (Steve Martin) or cracked wise as a Jungle Cruise skipper (John Lasseter). But which celebs might you actually spot [...]

7 Curious Cases of Criminal Cats

Animals who steal are referred to as kleptomaniacs, or in the case of cats, “cat burglars,” but they most likely just think of themselves as collectors -they find something they like and take it, with no consideration of the ethics involved. Cats are particularly successful collectors, as they have the combination of curiosity, stealth, and [...]

Tiny Time Lord

I seem to have a theme going on here. First the little Darth Vader from the upcoming Super Bowl Volkswagen ad, and now we have this teensy-weensie timey-wimey guy in a TARDIS his dad made for him. What a lucky little Time Lord! I wish I would have gotten a TARDIS for my birthday! Mateo’s dad, [...]

Combots Cup V

Hardcore homemade robots will go head-to-head in a fight to the finish at Combots Cup V, the annual championship for combat robots. On October 23rd and 24th in San Mateo, California, robots from one to 220 pounds will compete for a total of $3500 in prize money and champion bragging rights! SEE heavyweight fighting robot behemoths [...]