Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rambo Would Be Proud

Once in a while someone just does something right. The kind of right that just feels good, right down to your bones. The folks at Nerf have created a Vulcan automatic Nerf gun with a swivel tripod. My Christmas list has been updated.

The best new Nerf toy out of the entire Toy Fair 2008 lineup is this fully automatic dart gun. The toy is $40, and comes with 25 belt-fed darts, powered by six D-cell batteries (!). Paired with the Mission Kit Tactical Light, this is the kind of base unit a Nerf gun modder could really learn to love.


Monday, February 11, 2008

Creepy Hand Soap

I wouldn't normally criticize products as I don't feel it gives a positive spin to this blog but I just had to comment on this Handsoap set. I have no doubt that this is created with love and attention by the people involved but I just can't get past the idea of cleaning my hands with these little disembodied baby hand pieces. Where's the rest of the babies? That's what I want to know.


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Chocolate Powered Truck

I'm all for using alternate fuels and getting rid of our dependence on oil but I think this goes too far. I don't understand how any chocolate could be deemed as "waste". It's a precious resource that we shouldn't squander on the gaping maws of machines for our own hedonistic driving addictions. Please vote NO on chocolate bio diesel!

While this may sound like something out of a Homer Simpson fantasy sequence a group in the UK just made a journey from the UK to Timbuktu in a truck powered entirely by biodiesel made from chocolate; or rather the waste chocolate from a manufacturer.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Real or not?

In these days of Photoshop and computer rendering, it's often difficult to know whether anything is "real" or not. This will have profound implications when we get the point where we can't tell any more. At that point, pictures and video will not be able to be trusted.

Have we reached that point already? Check out the link.

There's probably a business to be made in ensuring that pictures are actually taken with a camera instead of rendered and not changed, the equivalent of a digital wax seal that indicates there have been no significant tampering with the photo and validates its authenticity. Do you know about the scandal with National Geographic (a well known and "trusted" publication) moving a pyramid? When does the use of technology to enhance a photo cross the line from an ethical standpoint?