Posts in December, 2013

Cool 3D illusion made with nothing more than Christmas lights laid flat on the floor

// December 22nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

The animated gif below shows a pretty amazing 3D illusion created using nothing more than ordinary Christmas lights laid out on the floor. Viewed at the correct angle, the lights appear to be a three-dimensional box.

Legendary special makeup effects master creates magnificent steampunk Frankenstein Monster

// December 20th, 2013 // No Comments » // Geeky cosplay

63-year-old Rick Baker has been creating special makeup effects since his teenage days when he built artificial body parts in his parents’ kitchen. Baker has done work on films such as King Kong, Star Wars, The Howling, Planet of the Apes, Men in Black, X-Men and many, many more. The steampunk reinterpretation of Frankenstein’s Monster […]

Lego savant creates drivable car, powered by compressed-air Lego pistons, entirely out of Legos

// December 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

20-year-old Romanian Lego savant Raul Oaida has created a drivable car, that can travel at 12-17 MPH while carrying two people, entirely out of Legos! The car includes four radial engines with a total of 256 pistons that run off compressed air and was pieced together with 500,000 Lego blocks.

Target retail stores hacked – 40 million credit and debit card holder impacted

// December 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

If you shopped at a Target store between November 27 and December 15, you might want to keep an eye on your credit card statements. Today, the retail chain acknowledged that a recent hack revealed the names, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and 3-digit security codes of “certain store customers”. Target said about 40 million […]

Wild picture – lightning storm in Nebraska

// December 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Not sure who snapped this one but it’s a beauty.  The picture is of lightning illuminated clouds during a thunderstorm in Nebraska.

Video of huge trucks being dropped from military plane (followed by some drops that didn’t go quite so well)

// December 16th, 2013 // No Comments » // Military

This awesome video below begins with “some big heavy trucks being dropped from a military plane in the middle of the night, huge machines, being launched at incredible speed!” The soldiers in the video are part of the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (the first U.S. combat paratrooper unit) and the plane they are in is […]

Would you believe this realistic dog sitting in an entryway is really a picture painted on the floor?

// December 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

In a December 2013 episode of Believe, Criss Angel showed the following illusion in one of his “reveal” segments. It’s a bizarre optical illusion that has to be seen to believe.

This is what you get when you pour hot molten aluminum into an anthill and dig out the result

// December 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // General Science News

The guys over at Anthill Art are creating some very interesting art pieces by using molten aluminum to fill the vast tunnels and chambers of an ant nest. What you end up with is a beautifully intricate aluminum sculpture which is then mounted on a wooden base for display. Each piece is of course, a […]

Schizophrenia artwork – a peek at the altered perception of reality as seen by schizophrenics

// December 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Science

It’s one of the more bizarre brain disorders, schizophrenia, a challenging disorder that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and what is fantasy. People with schizophrenia have an altered perception of reality, and it shows in their artwork. Below are several works of art, rendered by schizophrenics, that might possibly provide us […]

A magnificent collection of weird and wonderful trees

// December 13th, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Arbol del Tule located in the town center of Santa Maria del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Believed to have the stoutest trunk of any tree in the world. DNA tests revealed that it is indeed a single tree. The Boab Prison Tree in Australia was used in the 1890’s to lockup prisoners […]

4chan provide XBox One backward compatibility hack – hack really bricks system instead

// December 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Gaming

Ah, those crazy goofs at 4chan are at it again, this time convincing noobs, who were trying to unlock a magical ability to run older Xbox games on their new Xbox One consoles, to follow a specific set of procedures that, in the end, bricks their Xbox One consoles. Now Microsoft has its hands full […]

Microsoft leads charge to curtail government surveillance of citizen’s Internet activity

// December 9th, 2013 // No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Microsoft is leading the charge in calling for governments around the world to use secret surveillance of Internet users only in accordance with specific, define legal processes. Microsoft, who counts amongst its allies AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, referred specifically to allegations against the United States that were revealed by former NSA […]

Optical illusion – face turn picture

// December 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Entertainment

Stare at this picture long enough and you’ll see the man turn his face (this is a profile and front-facing view all-in-one).

Deliveries by unmanned aircraft (UAV’s or drones) – a reality in the making or head in the clouds idea?

// December 2nd, 2013 // No Comments » // Futuristic Technology

When 60 Minutes broke the well-timed Cyber Monday story that Amazon intended to offer product deliveries with a 30-minute turnaround time using automated flying drones, people wondered, can this be true? Could drones be used to make personal deliveries to our homes? In short, yes, it can, and will be done – and the FAA […]