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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Howcast, Another Cool Site for Instructionals

I was browsing around on Boing Boing again, yeah I know, and ran across this video of how to make a dancing frog with a baby's head. What a wierd thing I thought this would be and by chance decided to click on the link. Well it brought me to the Howcast site where they have many instructional videos.

Howcast is just not instructional videos though, the have added something new. While you are watching the video there are bookmarks within the video pointing to specific steps of the instruction. Very helpful, especially when you're trying to follow along and need to rewind. I no longer have to worry about searching for the last step. Yay!

They are still in beta so don't be surprised if you run into a few glitches. I didn't but I just wanted to warn you.

Whatch out Instructables here comes Howcast.

Giant Atari Joystick, Good For Stress!! VIDEO

So I ran across this yesterday on Boing Boing. Jason Torchinski has built a giant 15 times larger than life Atari Joystick. It is not just a sculpture either, this thing actually works as a giant 8 bit joystick. See video below brought to us by Boing Boing.

Paleo-Future: Really Cool Site (Shh that's where I got previous post)

So yesterday I was browsing around BoingBoing, another blog I like, and found a link to the book 2063 A.D. and came across Paleo Future. This site is a view of what was envisioned by the past experts as to what our future would be like. Dates all the way back to the 1800's. Very cool reading here.

2063 A.D. Book (1963), how General Dynamics envisioned our future in 100 years from 1963.

I thought this was something interesting. Below is a link to a scanned copy of "2063 A.D.," from General Dynamics Astronautics.

The book asked politicians, military commanders and scientists to speculate as to where humanity would be, a hundred years hence, in the great push towards space.
A copy of the limited print book (only 200 are believed to have been produced) was included in the time capsule at General Dynamics Astronautics headquarters in San Diego. The building was torn down in the late 1990s and the time capsule is believed to have perished. The book gives some great insight into the general sense of optimism that so typifies 1960s futurism. Space colonies? Sure! Martian life? Why not! Teleportation? Easier than commercial space flight!


Today's Einstein Quote

Measured objectively, what a man can wrest from Truth by passionate striving is utterly infinitesimal. But the striving frees us from the bonds of the self and makes us comrades of those who are the best and the greatest.