A brand new musical, based on the iconic novel ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis, is coming to the Almeida Theatre in London this December. They’ve decided to raise some funds over on Kickstarter, by creating a very cool/geeky accessory to show your support for the production. A 1GB “Patrick Bateman” business card has been [...]
Hey internet, what was life like online way back in 1995? Well, it was a strange, scary place where ageing TV presenters tried to convince a sceptical public that the world wide web wasn’t a place for of weirdos waiting to become serial killers, but actually, something that might become useful one day. Want to [...]
In 1956, just over a decade after the atomic bomb showed the world the devastating power of nuclear weapons, Walt Disney partnered with German physicist Heinz Haber, a professor at USC and personal science consultant to the legendary animator, to produce Our Friend the Atom — a gloriously illustrated 165-page tome extolling the promise of [...]
Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG ruminates on optical calibration targets, weird landscape relics scattered across military bases made to check the resolution of cold war era photograph-snapping spy planes. You can find one target on Google Maps here. Click the pic to see more.
Finally, a ‘best of’ guide based on where people actually go. Social network FourSquare has crunched over 3 billion check-ins and tens of millions of tips to bring you the most awesome places in cities across the U.S. Sadly, they haven’t used done anything for Europe, yet. Click the pic to check it out.
Who needs those fancy movie cameras? To make a movie, all you need is a Google Street View car. Google Street Scene is a site filled with movie scenes as seen through Google Street View. Click the pic to explore more.
Extremely Trivial Police Reports is a fairly new blog by an emergency medical worker who combs public information records for trivial but amusing reports. There’s also the occasional photograph of recovered stolen goods of dubious value. Click the pic to take a look.
The Space Food Systems Laboratory (SFSL), which is the sector of NASA responsible for preparing and concocting the food for astronauts, has a very clear mission: provide high-quality flight food systems that are convenient, compatible with each crew member’s physiological and psychological requirements, meet spacecraft stowage and galley interface requirements, and are easy to prepare [...]
A fascinating article in The Verge looks at the history of casino cheating and talks to Ted Whiting, director of surveillance at the Aria casino in Vegas, who specced out a huge, showy CCTV room with feeds from more than 1,100 cameras. They use a lot of machine intelligence to raise potential cheating to the [...]
It’s the world’s quietest room. This room, the ‘Anechoric Chamber’ at Orfield Laboratories in the US is 99.99% sound absorbent. The Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the quietest room on the planet. Apparently it’s so quiet, staying in there for a time will drive you insane. Nobody has been able to be in [...]