Glass Wings Blog: January 2007

German tourist confuses Sidney, Montana with Sydney, Australia

Tue, 02 Jan 2007 23:27:56 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) -- A 21-year-old German tourist who wanted to
visit his girlfriend in the Australian metropolis Sydney landed 13,000
kilometers (8,077 miles) away near Sidney, Montana, after mistyping his
destination on a flight booking Web site.

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Nuclear Water Wonderland

Wed, 03 Jan 2007 20:37:48 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
The Fast Breeder nuclear reactor SNR-300 was built near the town of
Kalkar, Germany located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
It was completed but never taken online. It is known as one of the
biggest government spending boondoggles in Germany. SNR-300 was to
output 327 megawatts. The project ended up costing about 7 billion

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Laserium

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 21:06:13 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
If there’s a slight mad-scientist atmosphere at Laser Images Inc., it’s
at its strongest inside the equipment room, where the greenish-white
beam of the Coherent Sabre PLD argon/krypton laser casts its suggestive
glow in the darkness. “See the beam splitting?” Dryer asked as we
stepped closer. “Part of it goes to another room to power the projector

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Duct Tape roses

Sat, 06 Jan 2007 12:18:57 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
This instructable will teach you how to make Duct Tape roses, They are
pretty good for Valentine's day and other events like fund raisers.

http://www.instructables.com/id/EYOSKQRKE0EVYDW0CQ/?ALLSTEPS

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David Hasselhof

Sun, 7 Jan 2007 00:40:20 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
DH seems to be giving Donny Osmond a run for his money in the white and nerdy
stakes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwcLdCT3IsI&NR
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfL8jJGz4_M

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The 5 top robots of 2006

Sat, 06 Jan 2007 22:32:38 +0000

campbell_hewston [at] ekit.com

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Rated here

http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/top_5_robots_of_2006.php

The wall climer uses a similar setup to Adams rig on Mythbusters.

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Fwd: Celebrity Patents

Mon, 8 Jan 2007 09:57:06 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Date: Saturday 06 January 2007 12:05
From: Andrew Pam <xanni@glasswings.com.au>

So, inspired by Google’s new easy-to-use patent search, I decided to dig
up some of the celebrity patents that have been issued over the years.

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Celebrity Patents

Mon, 8 Jan 2007 11:09:43 +1100

Amanda Penrose <amanda [at] dd.com.au>

Amanda Penrose
The Heddy Lamarr invention is amazing!
AJ

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Commemorative T-shirts for Fictional Events

Mon, 8 Jan 2007 10:40:50 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
From Ironic Sans

A friend of mine recently went to a convention for ventriloquists, and he
brought me back a t-shirt from the event. It’s a nice enough shirt, but I
feel weird about wearing it. I feel like I’m lying to everyone who sees me

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Talking Tapes

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 11:56:41 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog/info_14.html

"A long thin plastic strip, about 60cm long. It doesn't look like much,
but it talks! Along the length of the strip is a pattern of fine ridges
or lines. Run your thumb nail along the ridges, and the tape speaks.

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$BJV(B: The 5 top robots of 2006

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 23:30:09 +0000

campbell_hewston [at] ekit.com

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Having a Tachikoma would be so cool.

One that looks like that would cast a lot of Yen though, love the
movement.

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Computer Gaming Neko

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 11:20:01 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Our friend Jon sent us the link to this adorable Maneki Neko:

On Tue, 2007-01-09 at 09:24 +1100, drjon@pacific.net.au wrote:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5004625

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Fish habitrail

Wed, 10 Jan 2007 21:00:32 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://knuttz.net/hosted_pages/Home-Aquarium-20061031

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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Cool Scifi & Fantasy Art

Sun, 14 Jan 2007 08:46:46 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
I thought people might enjoy cruising some scifi and fantasy art.

This is the straightforward stuff:

http://speculativevision.com/art/

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THE BIRTH OF Homeless Dance Company

Sun, 14 Jan 2007 20:22:19 +0900

"Yukihiko YOSHIDA" <yukihiko [at] s6.dion.ne.jp>

Yukihiko YOSHIDA
Here is news from Tokyo,
I added their website to the message.

Yukihiko Yoshida

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Sculpture around the world

Sun, 14 Jan 2007 22:02:42 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
Including three from Melbourne!  I've seen a few of these in person:

http://haha.nu/funny/strange-statues-around-the-world

The Mazinger Z and Optimus Prime are particularly amusing...

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When steam rules the world

Sun, 14 Jan 2007 12:02:08 +0000

campbell_hewston [at] ekit.com

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Steam RC

http://www.crabfu.com/steamtoys/rc_steamipede/

I swear this wasn't in the Meccano box when I last looked.

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Kinetic Sculpture

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 21:51:45 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
I've been a great fan of kinetic art since as a child my parents took me to a
1960s pop kinetic art exhibition. Here are some more recent additions to the
cool world of art that jumps out at you.

This guy is my favourite, especially his "Singin' in the Rain" sculpture.

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Do It Yourself Kinetic Art

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 21:58:04 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Here's a company that sells paper automata kits. Fold it and watch it move!

http://www.ceracera.com/

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Tour Downunder

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 16:24:55 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
We've just had the Tour Downunder come through and finish stage two in
Hahndorf today. It's weird having a major bicycling event happen literally at
the end of our street.

Tour Downunder is the Australian equivalent of Tour de France. We had people

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More cute plushies!

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 23:05:04 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
You may recall these Godzilla plushies we linked to in May:
http://www.glasswings.com.au/blog/2006-05/17-225140.html

How about Toyvault's adorable Cthulhu plushies!
http://www.toyvault.com/cthulhu/

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Sci-Fi themed home theatres

Thu, 18 Jan 2007 23:17:50 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
Gary Reighn designed and built a Star Trek themed home theatre.  There
are lots of cool photos elsewhere on his site, but here are his links to
other similar ideas (Stargate, Star Wars, Jules Verne, etc.):
http://www.reighn.com/theaterconcept.html

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Made With Molecules

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:16:55 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
Gifts inspired by science:
http://www.madewithmolecules.com/

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***

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The personal blimp

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 09:33:11 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.personalblimp.com/

The best thing about flying in a small airplane is the view. The worst
thing is the noise. What I want is to be able to enjoy the view without
having to put up with the noise.

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Dutch lion-tailed pants in wacky Chinese game

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 23:25:16 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
Thanks to Scary Toy Clown and Marc van der Chijs' Shanghaied Weblog:

short pants, long story
http://www.scarytoyclown.com/?p=207

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The Avenging Unicorn play set

Sun, 21 Jan 2007 23:31:47 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://www.shakespearesden.com/11554.html

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and summon a unicorn. If you believe
in the magic of unicorns with all your heart and soul they will answer
your call.

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Swoon!

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 20:13:59 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Why just talk like a pirate, when you can look like one as well.

The site design is a little wonky, but the outfits are to die for. SCRAWRK!
Pieces of eight!

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real moewe: opensky 2.0

Sat, 27 Jan 2007 00:31:51 +0900

"Yukihiko YOSHIDA" <yukihiko [at] s6.dion.ne.jp>

Yukihiko YOSHIDA
At ICC Gallery, Tokyo, real Moewe is displayed:
http://www.ntticc.or.jp/Exhibition/2006/OpenSky/index.html

(Moewe from
 "Nausicaa in Valley of Wind"by Hayao Miyazaki

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Fantasy Art

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 22:33:35 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
A friend sent me this link because she is wanting to use some of the artwork
on her Web site. Wall's artwork is lush and detailed, just stunning stuff.
Especially interesting are the sections where she demonstrates how she
develops a painting:

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Mike Smyth's Walking Robots

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:41:17 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
http://home.ctlnet.com/~robotguy67/Homepage.htm

Walking robots, LEGO robots, compressed air engines, and more - be sure
to check out "Top Ten signs your child will grow up to be an engineer".

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Cat videos

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 00:21:08 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
A selection of my favourite cat videos from YouTube.

"Gizmo the cat's toilet obsessions explored:"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WofFb_eOxxA

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List of Internet phenomena

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 02:13:36 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
If you've missed out on any of these, here's your chance to catch up on
the new global popular culture:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_phenomenon

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Sci-Fi talent quest

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 11:03:46 +1100

Amanda Penrose <amanda [at] dd.com.au>

Amanda Penrose
I LOVE this!!!

"finally a talent quest has arrived that I can support. America's Sci- Fi
channel is currently holding auditions for season two of its outrageously nerdy
talent quest - Who Wants to be a Superhero?

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Samurai Versus

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 22:47:38 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Wanna see Samurai using all sorts of strange technology to duke it out? How
about a bunch of Samurai up against Godzilla?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRq_YRngjx8

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Fwd: Fw: dentheren sent you a video!

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 20:47:42 -0800

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
bdaul wants to share a video with you

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyyCcjbrWOM>
Video Description

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Fwd: College Saga - Episode 1 FUNNY video on YouTube

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 20:48:56 -0800

Bill Daul <bdaul [at] pacbell.net>

Bill Daul
Gamers should really appreciate this...  --bill


Great real life video game item...

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Music for one apartment and six drummers

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 00:05:13 +1030

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
While we're on the subject of YouTube, I really enjoyed one of today's
"featured videos":

Music for one apartment and six drummers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7h8qkMBE_E

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Photos Tour Downunder

Thu, 1 Feb 2007 08:04:11 +1030

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
Finally I have the photos for the Tour Downunder up.

http://www.glasswings.com.au/photos/tourdownunder/

The main race concluded in Hahndorf around 2pm, but bicyclists were whizzing

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