Modern Day Fossils

July 26, 2009 at 7:48 pm (art, interesting) (, , , , , , )

This is an interesting idea, from artist Christopher Locke – create a false fossil, but using items of (fairly) modern technology – see the website here.  They look really good!  See this picture of the ‘fossil’ of a PlayStation games controller for an example.  I also liked the walkman and rotary (bakalite) telephone.

For an interesting twist, the artist has added latinesque descriptions to them too (I’m now off to see if Google can translate from Latin), for example:

Ludustatarium temperosony- Commonly referred to as (“Playstation controller” or “Dual Shock”)

Well, made me smile anyway (as did one of the sites that featured this chaps work – – the official movement to bring ‘sexy’ back to archaeology apparently – see their facebook group here).


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July 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm (internet) (, , , )

If you follow Internet technology, like I do, then you may be aware that the basic ‘telephone number of the internet’ the IP address, is running out.  By around 2012, all the public IP addresses will have been allocated, and if the world hasn’t moved to a new version of IP addres, (IPv6), by then, people won’t be able to connect to the Internet.  Its a bit like the switch from the old area 4-digit phone codes to the 01xxx codes, but unfortunately, with the Internet, you can’t ask everyone to switch over at the same time, as they did with PhONE Day in 1995!

Anyway, found an interesting gadget that does a geeky count-down.  Not quite sure what happens with it gets to zero mind … will everything all just stop?  Maybe that will be the end of the Internet

Wanted to embedded the gadget here to show off all its geeky glory, but it wouldn’t let me, so you’ll have to settle for a picture or visit the main site here for it instead.


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Paper craft and a half

July 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm (interesting) (, , , )

Here’s something for all you arty types out there.  If you like building from paper, this takes a bit of beating!  See it here.

Its a paper sculpture called ‘A Castle on the Ocean’ and its on display in Tokyo.

Simply amazing.


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Rain on the Choir …

July 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm (music) (, , , , )

This choir are just fantastic.   They are performing ‘Africa’ (the Toto hit), but at the start, they use their hands and jumping to simulate the sound of rain and thunder.  Any it is amazingly well done.

The performance of the song is very good too – don’t think there is any accompaniment – sounds a capella to me – but the tuning is very good.

All in all, a very good performance, and a joy to watch.


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History of Video Games Poster

July 1, 2009 at 8:11 pm (computers, interesting, odds) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Below is a pixel poster, from the Edge magazine, with elements from the whole history of video games.  I’ve been staring at it for a while now, and have spotted pong, space invaders, pacman, a spectrum computer, mario, what looks like a vetrex machine, a gameboy, tetris, the list keeps going!

See what you can spot from your past.


Edge Magazine Video Games pixel poster

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