Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cut and Paste

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I wonder if they moved her head, or just altogether replaced it with someone else's?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


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First, what the hell is cress?  And secondly where is that hand coming from?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

How did that bridge move?

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Seems like the camera can also shift perspectives, wonder how many megapixels it is?

Sunday, June 26, 2011


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There are too many problems to mention here...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Osama Bin Laden

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Here is an old picture I had saved in a blog post draft back before Bin Landen was killed.  Not particularly related to the blog, but it made me laugh at the time and again today when I came across it!

Friday, June 17, 2011

8-bit high-tops

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Converse and Nintendo are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario with a trio of commemorative Chuck Taylor high-tops.

Converse x Super Mario Bros. Chuck Taylor Hi - Part 2

Thursday, June 9, 2011

USPS accidentally issues Vegas Statue of Liberty stamp

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How fantastically hyperreal: Turns out the United States Postal Service's brand new Statue of Liberty stamp, seen below, accidentally features an illustration of the Lady Liberty replica at Las Vegas's New York-New York casino as opposed to the real statue in New York Harbor. A philatelist and fan of the NYC statue noticed the error and informed Linn's Stamp News. They investigated and published the above comparative photos, with the replica at top left. From the New York Times:

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“We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway,” said Roy Betts, a spokesman (for the USPS). Mr. Betts did say, however, that the post office regrets the error and is “re-examining our processes to prevent this situation from happening in the future.”

The service selected the image from a photography service, and issued rolls of the stamp bearing the image in December. This month, it issued a sheet of 18 Lady Liberty and flag stamps. Information accompanying the original release of the stamp included a bit of history on the real Statue of Liberty. Las Vegas was never mentioned. The whole mess was exposed by the stamp magazine, which this week ran photographs of both statues.

To the average tourist, there are obvious differences. The Las Vegas statue is half the size of the real Statue of Liberty. And of course, they are in different cities. But it takes a real student of Lady Liberty to notice the contrasts in a stamp-size photo of her head. The hair is different. The replica’s eyes are much more sharply defined. A rectangular patch — a plaque, maybe? — is on the replica’s center spike.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NZ MP votes for anti-piracy law hours after tweeting about her love of pirated music

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A reader writes, 'In a beautiful twist of irony, New Zealand parliament member Melissa Lee has been caught in a copyright quagmire. It turns out that just hours before she spoke out in support of the controversial new copyright law being rushed through parliament, she tweeted how pleased she was with a compilation of K-Pop songs a friend copied for her.'

Surprised by the call-out, Lee defended herself by saying that the songs were downloaded legally and paid for. But unfortunately for her that doesn't mean much. As the National Business Review points out, when a friend makes a copy of songs that were legally bought, the recipient of the 'gift' is still guilty of copyright infringement.

So it appears that Lee got her first strike already, and since the burden of proof is on the alleged infringer under the new legislation, it's up to her to prove that she's innocent. That's only fair, right?

Although it's easy to call Lee's mistake out as hypocrisy, it might be even worse than that. What if she truly believes that copying a legally bought song for a friend is okay? That would mean that even legislators who vote on copyright legislation don't fully grasp what they're doing.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The first underwater color photo

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National Geographic has a slideshow that shows off major milestones in underwater photography. This image is the first color photo ever taken underwater.

Underwater color photography was born with this shot of a hogfish, photographed off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin in 1926. Equipped with cameras encased in waterproof housing and pounds of highly explosive magnesium flash powder for underwater illumination, the pair pioneered underwater photography.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Last Supper on skateboard decks, with Mexican wrestlers

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'The Last Fiesta' is a Last Supper rendered on 12 skateboard decks, with Christ and the apostles depicted as Mexican masked wrestlers. Chris Parks, the artist, included a supper of Negra Modelo Modelo Especial, Corona, tequila and tacos.

The Last Fiesta

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Retro LCD handheld game simulator

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Pica-Pic is a beautifully-designed online museum of playable retro LCD handheld games. The gameplay is very realistic.

Retro LCD handheld game simulator