Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The LEGO Story [Video]

A lesson on not giving up, and on how there's opportunity in every difficulty.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dievas Vintage 3646 Left Hand Watch

Designed for left-handed people, this Dievas watch has the crown at 9 o'clock. Produced in limited quantities, this retails for $790.

Talent Envy: Samuel Silva

These are not photographs. These are hyperrealistic drawings by Portugal hobbyist and lawyer Samuel Silva using standard ballpoint pens. How much awesomeness was in that sentence? I mean, he drew these? Using ballpoint pens? And he's a lawyer by profession?


Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Game of Thrones Risk Set

Artist Fay Helfer just became every geek's heroine by creating a Game of Thrones version of the board game Risk. Aiming to answer the question on who the rightful heir to the Iron Throne is (not Joffrey Baratheon, obviously), it comes in an engraved wooden box and a carved map of Westeros.

To know more about this artist from Sint Maarten, visit her website.

The Mind Museum

I recently got invited to visit The Mind Museum by my friend who works there. The Mind Museum is a PhP1-billion (USD23.4 million) project that aims to bring first-rate museum experience to Filipinos. One is allowed to take photos of all their 250 exhibits, and they let you touch everything - even their roving robots! I brought my camera and intended to take loads of pictures, but ran out of battery as soon as we started the tour (forgot to charge, bleargh). Scroll down for the pictures I managed to take.

Philippine Eagle head at their Science-In-The-Park area. What this does is it lets you see how animals "view" the world (like a fly would see a multiple tiles of a single image, for example)

The Water Pocket demonstrates how tipping buckets, water wheels, etc. work

Aedi, their robot receptionist, gives out the  introductions upon entrance to the museum. The robot is also quick to point out that the name Aedi is "idea" spelled backwards

They have "mind movers" who give guided tours on Segways. They are all young and accomplished and graduated from science courses

A mind mover explaining what one can expect inside the museum

The life-size butanding (whale shark)

The star is this T-Rex skeleton named STAN

Other interesting exhibits are the 3D movie that shows the beginning of all life on earth in 12 minutes, an x-ray machine similar to what they use at airports, the booths that let you hear spooky "space sounds" (or the sounds of the universe).

For non-Philippine residents, visit their website for science-related articles and a virtual tour.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Sriracha Hot Sauce Beer [Recipe]

There has been an influx of Sriracha-flavored food lately, not that I'm complaining. So far, we know of the lollipop and popcorn. Now you can wash these two with Sriracha beer!

View the complete recipe here.

World's Largest Edible Gummi Bear

I think I'm in love. Weighing in at five pounds, this giant gummi bear is reportedly the equivalent of 1,400 regular-sized gummi bears and contains 12,600 calories. Even Michael Phelps cannot possibly devour this in one sitting.

Available flavors are blue raspberry (pictured), cherry, orange, and grape (what, no pineapple?). Retails from $26 to $31 over at Amazon.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Google Pittsburgh Office

By Strada Architects. The giant hammock (2nd pic) is a nice touch.

Check out photos of Google's London HQ here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sriracha Hot Sauce Popcorn

From the diabolical mind of The Oatmeal's Matt Inman comes this "Thai-inspired kick in the face" snack.

Retails for $5.99 over at The Oatmeal. Check out his new comics while you're there :)

Photo Cube Printer For iPhone

Want to print pics from your iPhone? There's an app for that.


Anatomy of a LEGO Minifig

Terrific new project by artist Jason Freeny.

Transparent Kayak

This transparent kayak is made of durable polycarbonate material and an anodized aluminum frame and can fit up to two people. Available at Amazon.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Portraits By Francoise Nielly

Francoise Nielly is a French artist known for his style of using oil and knife to make broad, angular strokes in creating his awesome portraits. His "dry brushing" style using a knife and his vivid palette are responsible for the texturized look of his paintings. These truly make the heart skip a beat.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sarsi TVC: Para Maiba (Drink Sarsi To Stand Out)

"Para Maiba" (literally, to stand out/to be different) is a commercial promoting Sarsi, a popular rootbeer brand from the Philippines. Thoroughly entertaining, this TVC was able to successfully marry selling with art. It was able to induce pride in one's culture without being cloying. It proved that ads with cultural execution could work. Aired in the 1980s. Song written by Ryan Cayabyab. Watch it, it's awesome.