28. October 2007

Tesla Coil Music – A Rather Dangerous Musical Instrument

Whoever considered the dot matrix printer a strange musical instrument, take a look at this tesla coil:

» read on!

Topics: instrumentmusicTeslateslacoilweird

24. October 2007

27 Crazy Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

A blogger created a beautiful list of 27 totally absurd conspiracy theories. Obviously, these theories are pointless, but quite fun to read. :)

These are my favorites:

» read on!

Topics: conspiracyweird

23. October 2007

Making Music with a Dot Matrix Printer

Dot Matrix Synth

Any given thing will sooner or later be used as musical instrument. Even dot matrix printers, you ask? Even dot matrix printers. Paul Slocum hacked the firmware of his 1985 dot matrix printer to let it print in different frequencies.

» read on!

Topics: musicprinterweird

12. September 2007

Inversion – A House Installation


In 2005, the american sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck built some kind of vortex into two houses. They called the resulting artwork, which lead like a tunnel through the house, “Inversion”.

Unfortunately, this weird construction had only a very short life span. The two houses were scheduled for destruction just a few months later – and most likely, the schedule was kept.

» original press release
» more pictures
» even more pictures

(via Kreativrauschen via pasQualle via Wooster Collective via designverb via hemmy)

Update 19.7.2008

Dan Havel pointed to a short video documentary about Inversion. It includes moments from the construction, interviews with Dan Havel and Dean ruck and also the final destruction of the installation.

Topics: arthouseinstallationweird

3. April 2007

Floating MP3-Player: Music for your bath tub


JVC Japan presented an MP3-Player which floats in water. The JVC XA-AW33 (shiny name…) is waterproof and equiped with circular LED lighting for visualization effects. The manufacturer even claims that the music creates ripples in the water while playing music.

Unfortunately, the floating player can only load 256MB of music and plays music in mono. However, it’s cool! :)

Now if it was available in Europe and didn’t cost 125 Euro (~165 USD)….

(via Golem.de)

Topics: bathtubgadgetmp3musicplayerwaterweird

21. March 2007

Never oversleep your alarm clock again

When people oversleep, there is one popular cause: They turn off their alarm clock and doze off again. Since the invention of the snooze button, many people also tend to keep snoozing for hours. :)

To escape this fate, I usually place a second alarm clock at the other end of my room. That forces me to get up and silence it. But there’s also a more geeky way to be forced to leave your bed: Clocky®.

Clocky - Der fiese Wecker

This evil alarm clock doesn’t just sit still when it beeps. If you ignore it, it runs away. You can even place it on your nightstand so that it falls off and maybe crawls under your bed – followed by you, half asleep and half swearing.

The price of Clocky is unknown to me. I think I’ll stick to my cheap but also cruel solution with the alarm clock on the other end of the room… :)

Topics: clockevilmorningnightsleepwakingweird

13. March 2007

Strandbeest – wind powered “artificial life-form”

Strandbeest - Wind powered artificial life

Theao Jansen builds artificial creatures, which can move with the wind. He calls his creation “Strandbeest“.

Those beests combine an artistic beauty with technological fascination. Despite their size and complex structure, they move with such ease that they appear kinda surreal. Don’t miss the videos on the Sandbeest site.

The newest specimen of Sandbeests can even be used as a means of transportation. Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is 4,70m high and includes a cabin for human passengers. Unfortunately, you have to wait for strong wind to blow in the right direction to travel in this monster…

Also nice is the artist’s attitude towards his creation. He calls the Sandbeests a new life-form.

Eventualy he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they will live their own lives.

(via TED blog)

Topics: artbeestcreaturelifestrandweirdwind

7. March 2007

Plantimals – Merging plants and animals


Creating hybrids between plants and animal was the task of a contest at Worth1000.com.

Of course, the contestants were not supposed to interbreed real animals and plants, but to create deluding images with the help of modern image processing software like Photoshop.

The results are beautifully weird, although not all of them are as cruel as the sample image. :)

Topics: animalscontesteditinghybridPhotoshopplantspostproductionweird

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