The head mounted pinhole camera for taking selfies back in the day

Tuesday, 3 March, 2015

Pinhole selfie camera, by Ignas Kutavicius

People who take selfies, especially those who do so often, have much to be thankful for. Consider digital and smartphone cameras, for starters. And where, it must be asked, would we be without selfie sticks?

But what if you had a hankering for taking photos of yourself in the early days of photography, when the photographic process was far slower, and more cumbersome, than it is today? How could you possibly obtain an image of yourself, to post on an early twentieth century version of Instagram, for example?

Lithuanian photographer Ignas Kutavicius gave the problem some thought, and devised a pinhole camera that is attached to a mount that the selfie photo taker fits on their head, as if they were wearing a hat, and as you can see, the resulting images aren’t half bad either.

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Was Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack from “Titanic” a time traveller?

Monday, 2 March, 2015

Last week I linked to a theory that popular TV show character Homer Simpson has been in a coma for decades, this week comes an idea, by way of a fan, that Jack, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, in James Cameron’s 1997 epic Titanic, was a time traveller, on a mission to help Rose (Kate Winslet).

He mentions fishing at Lake Wissota – a man-made lake that was built in 1917, five years after the Titanic sank.

What can I say? You’ll never see the story the same way again…

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There’s the Oscars, then there’s the Oscars of everything else

Tuesday, 24 February, 2015

Perhaps the scope of the Oscars, or Academy Awards, ought to be expanded. We’re talking categories such as most kissing, most death, most time, most music, most running, most cast, most crew, among many other items.

While it is unlikely such awards will be incorporated into this year’s event, The Wall Street Journal has prepared a list of winners nonetheless.

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Homer’s in a coma, but my rhyme slips, because I’ve given a tip

Monday, 23 February, 2015

Although denied by one of the show’s producers, the notion that Homer Simpson, of long running TV show The Simpsons, has been been in a coma for some twenty plus years, as advanced by Reddit member Hardtopickaname, remains compelling.

In other words the entire show has played out in Homer’s mind, since going into, and apparently not recovering from, a coma, during the fourth series:

This is clearly Homer’s imagination running wild. With no real world restrictions, Homer’s mind is able to dream up scenarios of him and his family in fantasies involving him winning a Grammy, his father fighting his boss for buried WW2 treasure, his wife getting breast implants, his infant daughter saving him from drowning, etc. The massive amounts of celebrity appearances are easily explained as well. People in comas can sometime hear what people in the same room are saying. While Homer wouldn’t physically react, his mind processes that information and includes it in his dreams.

Perhaps if it is ever decided to cease producing the show, the truth will finally, maybe, come forth, though I suspect any such grand finale would be… inconclusive, to say the least.

Oh, but look, Homer and coma rhyme, what further proof do we need?

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There are millions of pigeons, and each of them has a story

Thursday, 19 February, 2015

There are about a bajillion pigeons in cities across the world, and they each, it would seem, have a story to tell. At least that’s the case for columbidae residing in London it seems…

Via Hypnophant.

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Living life in reverse gear

Tuesday, 3 February, 2015

You’d think that what you were seeing here was footage being played backwards, but no, that’s not the case, we are told…

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This ship did the Kessel run in under twelve revolutions per minute

Thursday, 29 January, 2015

Photo by Marco Garza

Fantastic… a record player, turntable, fashioned from a model/toy of the Millennium Falcon from “Star Wars”. I’ve no doubt the popularity of records would skyrocket if there were more playing devices like this.

(Photo by Marco Garza)

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Looking busy at work, easier to say than to do

Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Yes, there has been the very rare, excessively rare, occasion, when working for an employer, that I may have spent a little time looking busy, rather than actually being productive. Such carry on is pointless these days, but looking busy, as in really looking busy, is, you should understand, not in the least bit simple.

It turns out that slacking off is serious business: “‘Doing nothing’ while at work can be a very demanding activity requiring planning, collaboration, risk calculation, and ethical consideration,” Paulsen observes. Some subjects turned shirking into a game they found more meaningful than their actual jobs.

On the topic of looking busy, check out Forgotten Employee, something I found a while back, seemingly about a worker at a US company who had been laid off, but continued turning up for work, and on full pay, for years afterwards. If that’s not trying to look busy, what is?

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Progress bars that make making progress more fun

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Artwork by Viktor Hertz

Progress bars for downloads, web pages, and the like, generally aren’t much to write home about. It’s time therefore that some of the ideas of Stockholm based graphic designer Viktor Hertz, whose work I’ve linked to before, were incorporated into the apps we use regularly.

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Man, my flossing coach is really putting me through my paces

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015

Let’s face it, personal trainers, or fitness coaches, are a dime a dozen. If you were, by chance, considering taking up a career as one, think again. It’s a competitive industry after all, and finding a customer base may prove difficult. That shouldn’t deter you from going into coaching though, it’s just a matter of finding an unexploited niche.

How about then, working as a flossing coach? No, seriously…

For years, dental hygienists have patiently listened to my evasions when they ask me how much I floss. The real answer is hardly ever. That has to end. But the gap between my intention and follow-through in this area always has been vast. Just knowing that flossing is good for me and desiring to do it have, frankly, never been enough. So I did what any reasonable person in the vicinity of San Francisco in 2015 would do. I used an app to hire a flossing coach.

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