From Digg: 16 of the Internet’s Weirdest Meat Creations. “From meat hats to bacon bras, giant burgers and outrageous barbeques, find out what the latest obsession really means.”

Usually I’m not into the whole food as a dare thing, let alone food as art or food as clothing, but as a collection, this one is interesting.  Maybe, like these meat creations, seeing a big pile of them isn’t quite as scary as seeing them one by one.

And because I like contrast, we have this.


I love it when I can flag a post as both Science and Entertainment.  Basically, a Rubens’ Tube is a pipe with regular holes, a gas inlet on one side, and a speaker hooked up to a sound source on the left side.  The result is a stunning real world visualization of the waveforms.  And, there’s fire involved!  How cool is that?

This article on the Rubens’ Tube is from Information Aesthetics, a cool website all about intruiging ways of visualizing data.

Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization. More specifically, it collects projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways.


From SlashDot: Scientists Build Neonatal Incubator From Car Parts.  Neonatal incubators normally cost about $40,000.  He built one for less than $1,000 using car parts.  The article points out how this could be a boon for developing countries, not just because they’re cheap, but because they’re easily and cheaply maintained.  Aparently, developing countries get plenty of donated neonatal incubators, but they can’t fix them once they break, and they do that alot.  Here’s the original article.


I’ve talked before about how wonderful Stack Overflow is.  I found this great post today listing free books and quick reference cards.  There are a lot of out of work geeks out there that could use a refresher or some cross-training.

The largest sources out there seems to be Added Bytes and 37Signals.  I hope to compile and publish a list soon too, because I have a bunch of links to documentation on various software packes and languages.


Found on Slashdot: Energy-Generating Floors To Power Subway Displays In Tokyo.

In short, they’re installing piezoelectric circuitry in the floor.  Piezoelectric devices convert pressure to energy and back.  Squeeze them and they generate electricity.  Send electric waveforms into them and they vibrate to the pulses and make sound.  It’s what watches use for buzzers.  The system is going to be used to power ticket gates and display systems.  Here’s another article on it with more of a technical slant.

Two words:  Too Cool!