Friday, July 25, 2014

How To Cool A Drink In Less Than 2 Minutes

YouTube user DaveHax shows viewers how to take an ordinary room temperature drink and chill it in 2 minutes or less. San Pellegrino Limonata is the drink used in the video but it works with beer too!


When The Internet Hands You Spam Make Art!

Spanish photographer Christina De Middel found a creative way to deal with spam that arrived in her inbox. She carefully noted the details within, and created fictitious portraits of the imaginary senders.

Below is a message from spammer Sandrine Nzi:

Hello Dear,
My name is Sandrine Nzi. I will be 25 years old tomorrow. I am the unique daughter of the head (Late) Mr Joseph Nzi. My father was a gold miner of great reputation in the Ivory Coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during one of his trips of businesses nevertheless, its sudden death was tie or rather it suspects that it has been devised by my uncle who traveled there with him. But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was still a girl and, since then, my father took to me so special. Before its death, the speaker asked the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and said to him that he had left in one of the main Bank the amount of US$10,500,000, in Abidj√°n, Ivory Coast. He also said to him that the money was deposited in my name . I am only 20 years and I am a student at the university and really don´t know what to do. Now I want an account outside where it can transfer this money in, this must to that I have undergone a great amount of reverses as a result of the continuous political crisis here in the Ivory Coast and of the familiar problems that made me flee from house of my late father and hide in a local hotel for the security of my life of the evil hand of my uncle which killed my father and some other members of my familyDearest, I am in a sincere desire of its urgent attendance in this Respect. Your suggestions and ideas will be very necessary, please, allow me to say to you what I want you to do for me. 1. You will help me to negotiate lucrative and legal investment for the money when it is reversed wisely, as you know that I am only one girl and do not have investment knowledge. 2. You will help me to assure a permission permanent residence in your country, for me to come there and to continue my education, whereas you will be careful of the investment that will be created by you. Most important of all he is so that you are a good partner, when the money arrives at its country.
Thanks to be there for me.Kindly, Sandrine Nzi
Below is a photograph of the spammer as De Middel imagines her:

The project is named Poly-Spam.

More at  Petapixel and at the artist's site.

Machine Feeds Stray Dogs In Exchange For Recycled Bottles

The Turkish company Pugedon recently introduced a vending machine in Istanbul that releases food and water for the city's stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles. When bottles are deposited at the top, food is released at the bottom. The Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, and the recycled bottles cover the cost of the food.

What a clever idea!
More here

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A 1966 Camp Trailer Gets A Facelift

Alberta blogger and graphic designer Jen Eckert renovated a vintage 1966 camper that she purchased for $400. Isn't it adorable?

See the makeover at  Design*Sponge

Smallest Restaurants Around the World

Just because the square footage may be minimal, doesn’t mean a restaurant’s food can’t have big flavors. I prefer an intimate dining experience to eating in an arena type restaurant with the noise bouncing off the walls. Honest Cooking lists some dining establishments that prove you don't have to be big to be mighty.

Solo Per Due situated in the remains of a Roman villa in Vacone, Italy serves just two people at a time at their single table.

Kuappi in Iislami port, Finland is near the water and has only 25 square feet to its name. With a small terrace and full bar, the area can accommodate two individuals to dine along with a couple servers.

Moto Major Motorcycle 1949

Torinese engineer Salvatore Majorca created the revolutionary Moto Major concept motorcycle in 1949.  It was a work of art, both stylistically and mechanically.

Modular Pie-Cosahedron

Learn how to construct a pecan pie with the topology of a sphere from 20 triangular sub-pie modules attached with magnets. The pie is the easy part.

More: Instructables 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Impressions of Expo 67

This film by William Brind served as an invitation to the World's Fair that was held in Montreal in 1967. I lived in Montreal that summer and had the time of my life.

Trompe L'oeil Murals Turn Streets Of Iran Into An Optical Illusion Gallery

Iranian designer and street artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo paints murals on two-dimensional blocks of concrete  in Tehran. Ghadyanloo uses methods from op art and 3D painting to deceive the viewer’s eye.

More: Beautiful/Decay 

Thanks Bruce!

An Elaborate Corkscrew

Rob Higgs has always had a fascination with electrical and mechanical components and as a boy played with gears and old mercury tilt switches that he found in his Grandfather’s workshop. Look at this incredible steampunky corkscrew/wine pourer contraption he created.

Thanks Bruce!