18. April 2008

Textile Tentacle Arms


Tentacle Arm

Did you ever feel inferior to the almighty tentacle monsters of the world? Fortunately, you can now mail-order your very own tentacle arms for only 15 bucks each. :)

While we’ve been using our primitive, apelike arms like a bunch of jerks, the squids of the world have been clutching their prey with their superior tentacles and laughing at us. Until now! For the first time, you can have tentacles of your very own. Equipped with suction cups and plenty of creepy greenness.

Now that is a cheap bargain for an impressive evolutionary advatage. :)

» Tentacle Arm @ Gaia Online Store

(via Boing Boing)

More Tentacles

Tentacle chandeliers

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: tentaclesweird

30. March 2008

Czech Art Group Faces Charges After Staged Nuclear Explosion


On June 17, the Czech art group Ztohoven hacked into a weather channel showing panorama views. Into the peaceful panorama of a mountain view, they inserted a pretty realistic nuclear explosion:

Ztohoven see their hack as a comment on media credibility:

» read on!

Topics: explosionhoaxnuclearweird

10. February 2008

Your Chances of Survival in a Zombie Attack


You probably studied the instructions for surviving a zombie attack in detail. Maybe you even trained a little with a zombie simulator. Now it is time to put your knowledge to the test.

Fortunately, there is a sophisticated (*cough*) test for everything on the internet. Of course, there is also one for the question “What are your chances of surviving a zombie attack?”. Once you have passed this examination, you will receive a pretty certificate with which you can boast about your leet zombie skillz:

I have a 32% chance to survive a zombie attack.

Hey, I think a 32% chance of survival is not that bad for a zombie attack! :)

(The original version of this certificate is even larger. There is also a small button-sized version.)

» What Are Your Chances of Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse?

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: apocalypsequizsurvivalweirdzombies

5. February 2008

Photos of Weird Communist Monuments in Yugoslavia


3 Yugoslavian monuments

Jan Kempenaers created some really beautiful photographs. Especially striking are those of several monuments in Yugoslavia. Unfortunately, there isn’t much background information included on the photos, but according to Boing Boing they originate from the communist era.

To me, they have this wonderfully weird and freaky atmosphere. I would not have thought that someone would go through such effort to build strange things. The monument in the left photo, “Spomenik #1“, looks like it has been directly taken from the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. :)

All these places seem to be abandoned and very remote. This makes the eerie atmosphere even more impressive.

Weird House in the Woods

Also cool, but probably not a monument is this building, which can be found in the same photo gallery. Why don’t people build more such beautiful structures? :)

» Jan Kempenaers @ Crown Gallery

(This article is also available in German)

Topics: monumentsphotosweird

3. February 2008

Freaky Tentacle Chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage


Tentakel-Kronleuchter

Chandeliers have a reputation of being antiquated. They just aren’t trandy anymore. Maybe Adam Wallacavage can help this kind of lighting to new fame. He builds chandeliers in tentacle designs.

There is a tentacle for every taste. Black tentacles. Bright pink tentacles. Thick tentacles. Slim tentacles… :)

The only downside ist he pice: The pinc tentacle chandelier costs 10’000 dollars. The other ones probably aren’t much cheaper. Looks like tentacles are only for the wealthy class… *sigh*

» Adam Wallacavage at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

(via kreativrauschen.de via Boing Boing)

Topics: artlighttentaclesweird

18. December 2007

Controlling Need for Speed with a Spring Horse (and a Wiimote)


Again, someone finds a creative and weird use for the Wiimote: Need for Speed, controlled with a Spring Horse.

According to the creator, it took him 10 to 15 minutes to “upgrade” the sping horse. Here the shortened short instructions:
1.Connect WiiMote to PC
2.Attach WiiMote to Spring Horse
3.Install GlovePie
4.Load joystick script included with GlovePie
5.Config controls in Need for Speed by moving the horse during key assignment

» WiiMote Horse Riders Page

See also

wiiwiiwiiwii – Using the Wiimote as Drum Kit or Piano

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Yigg)

Topics: gameweirdWiimote

8. December 2007

Sun Jar – Conserved Sunshine


Sun Jar

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could store sunlight in a preserving jar? Something like that must have wandered through Tobias Wong’s mind when he got the idea to Sun Jar.

Sun Jar is a jar which stores sun energy at day using solar cells. At night, it uses this energy to power LED lights which produce an atmospheric glow. Allegedly, the light is about as bright as a candle light. You can even place it outside, for example in the garden, because it is waterproof – just like all preservation jars.

A beautiful idea. :)

» Sun Jar

(via Kreativrauschen.de via Madvertising)

Topics: conservationgadgetlightsunweird

7. December 2007

Well Done – Baking an Annual Report


Well Done - Der Geschäftsbericht zum Backen

The Croatian agency Bruketa & Zini? designed an annual report for the food company Podravka which needs to be baked before one can enjoy it.

» read on!

Topics: bakingreportweird

9. November 2007

QuakeRunner – Quake as Physical Exercise


QuakeRunner

In Quake, you sweep around virtual avatars all the time. Probably your avatars get really healthy through the regular exercises, but yourself are becoming fat and fatter because you’re sitting in front of your computer all the time. Doesn’t that suck?

Maybe this is what Martin Faust was thinking when he created QuakeRunner. It is an interface for Quake 3 which controls character movements by your won movements like turning, jumping and running on the spot.

Unfortunately, QuakeRunner seems to be based on special tracking hardware, so you probably can’t try it yourself. That would be cool…

If I interpret the concept correctly, you could also use a Wiimote for tracking… hmmm ^_^

» QuakeRunner

You also might remember another way to get physical movements into Quake: ARQuake, which tries to implement virtual Quake monsters into the real world.

(via Kreativrauschen.de)

Topics: gameinterfaceQuakeweird

3. November 2007

ARQuake – Merging Game and Reality


Spieler in Montur für ARQuake

This project should be fuel to the thoughts of paranoid people who think that violent games like Quake turn players into bloodthirsty homicidal maniacs which can’t differentiate between game and reality anymore: ARQuake tries to merge Quake’s virtual world with the reality.

» read on!

Topics: gamesQuakerealityweird

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