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IGN: Capcom Wields Talisman
A console version of the terrible 1980s Games Workshop board game, insanely. "...utilizing a virtual board with 3D characters and environments. Up to four players can play online and off and take advantage of the game's 25 characters from the franchise."
games  board  nostalgia  lunacy 
april 2007 by kevan
frameshift .:. unweaving the rainbow .:. progrock records
A Dawkins-inspired prog rock album. "This is what this album is about. Understanding where we come from, who we are related to and how this vast, complex gene machine works does not make us less human or special."
dawkins  music  lunacy  genetics  evolution  science  education 
december 2006 by kevan
badscience » Maths Professor Divides By Zero, Say BBC
"Schoolchildren in Caversham have become the first in the country to learn about a new number - ‘nullity’ - which solves maths problems neither Newton nor Pythagoras could conquer."
maths  lunacy  education  programming  pointless 
december 2006 by kevan
The Humanist Hymnal Index
Appalling atheist filk. "O, tidings of knowledge and truth, knowledge and truth. O, tidings of knowledge and truth."
music  religion  lunacy  mutation  dawkins  via:holly 
november 2006 by kevan
Techcrunch » Blog Archive » AOL Proudly Releases Massive Amounts of Private Data
AOL cheerfully release the search terms used by 650,000 users - their identities are replaced with ID numbers, but these can be easily cross-referenced and identified, where anyone's ever searched for their own name, or domain, or worse.
web  surveillance  lunacy 
august 2006 by kevan
ABC News: New Monopoly Game Uses Debit Card, No Cash
"We started looking at what Monopoly would look like if we designed it today." Interface design rather than game design; still worlds away from the progress of German family-games, but now discouraging mental arithmetic and being sponsored by Visa.
games  board  money  design  lunacy  business 
august 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix >> Proposes Orientable Roof-Top Airports For Cities
"Proposed as a solution to the problem of locating an airport in the heart of any big city, a design for a long orientable runway, which would be mounted on circular tracks atop tall buildings, as sketched above, has been conceived by a French engineer."
architecture  transport  lunacy 
may 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The rise and rise of convenience food
"Britain's most popular convenience food [is] about to get even more convenient. 'Instant' baked beans on toast, a frozen, fused sandwich that goes in the toaster, is to be tested by Heinz in New Zealand and if successful, launched in the UK."
food  time  lunacy 
may 2006 by kevan
The Observer | Focus | The last throw of the dice
"'They basically said people were angry with [Blair] because they love him so much, and are angry because they think he might go,' reports one aide, who goes on to describe the analysis as 'verging on the deranged'."
politics  delusions  lunacy  via:qwghlm 
may 2006 by kevan
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Some fun Chan scenes connected by tickbox cliche and enraging anachronism. I don't think I've ever felt *angrily* homesick before.
filmlog  2stars  london  lunacy  weapons  china 
april 2006 by kevan
Pimp My Snack - Giant Creme Egg
"1. Standard size easter egg from a well known manufacturer. 2. Box of 48 creme eggs (same brand)."
food  lunacy  via:mcios 
april 2006 by kevan
Million Dollar Experiment
"The goal of this experiment is to attempt to use the power of intention to manifest $1 million for each person who chooses to participate." Generating money through screensaver reminders and sheer force of will.
money  delusions  lunacy  via:erik 
march 2006 by kevan
Extracts of nonsense from second-hand bookshops: "Brainwashing is a Cinch!", "What To Talk About", "Stories in Revelation for Tots to Teens", "The Leftist ESP Conspiracy"
books  history  lunacy  via:holly 
february 2006 by kevan
The 3-Day Novel Contest
"The 3-Day Novel Contest is a writing challenge that has happened every Labour Day Weekend since 1977. Entrants pre-register and then grit their teeth, lock their doors and try to produce a literary masterwork in 72 hours."
writing  lunacy  via:leonard 
february 2006 by kevan
HeatedDriveway.Com - Stop Shoveling! Stop Snowblowing! Stop Plowing!
Thinking it'd be an amusing idea, and it actually existing; concrete with embedded hot-water pipes, for thousands of dollars. "Imagine, no shoveling, no loud snow plow, no recruiting neighbor kids to work on a cold day."
ice  weather  fire  transport  construction  lunacy 
december 2005 by kevan - houses decorated with Christmas lights
" is a free showcase for those amazing people who decorate (well, overdecorate) the exteriors of their houses at Christmas with lights."
light  electricity  lunacy  architecture  via:qwghlm 
november 2005 by kevan
Eccky Weblog: WTF is Eccky!?!
"Eccky is the name of a game where two parents can make, name and raise a virtual child [which] will be added to their MSN Messenger contact list, just like a regular buddy. [...] The game will end in 6 days when Eccky will celebrate its 18th birthday."
children  lunacy  via:foe  simulation 
november 2005 by kevan
MOSNEWS: Russian Physicist Invents Love Meter
"One of the subjects should touch the right column, the other the left one. Their handshake, kiss, or embrace then closes the circuit." [...] "A good compatibility for a couple should be about 100 amperes."
love  technology  electricity  lunacy  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
gameman:play it
"The GameMan is a fully functional 6.5 times scale GameBoy, complete with working cartridges. It is over 3 feet tall, and weighs just over 100 lbs. with a cartridge."
games  lunacy  technology  via:arbroath 
september 2005 by kevan
c-jump: computer programming board game
Awful-looking game that "eliminates intimidation of many kids and their parents, bored by the mention of 'computer programming', often associated with visions of geeky guys glued to their computers. c-jump reveals simple programming terms in a cool way!"
board  games  programming  children  education  pointless  lunacy 
september 2005 by kevan
Space Invader Crop Circle at Telegraph Hill
Great photos of a 20-point space invader cut into a crop circle, with auto-generated-sounding lunatic commentary.
plants  aliens  games  art  lunacy  via:wonderland 
september 2005 by kevan | Guggenheim architect tones down Hove blueprint
The infinite-improbability flatblocks are approaching reality. "Gehry still claims they are a reference to 'Victorian women in flowing dresses promenading along the seafront'."
brighton  architecture  lunacy  design 
september 2005 by kevan
Ben Goldacre's Bad Science
A searchable, categorised weblog of his Guardian columns, interspersed with occasional tangents.
science  lunacy  delusions  via:holly 
august 2005 by kevan
China Daily: A novel without a word telling a love story?
"Although the novel consists of only 14 Chinese punctuations, he insisted that it tells a touching love story, with ups and downs and a complete outline, which he spent a whole year on the novel."
china  love  books  puzzles  mysteries  lunacy  via:quin 
july 2005 by kevan
UK Audiences wanted > Vorderman's Su Doku Live
"We need contestants for an exciting live national TV event for the first ever Su Doku game show - the logic puzzle that has swept the nation." Nine team of nine is quite amusing, but Armando Iannucci got there first.
television  puzzles  lunacy  via:mcios 
june 2005 by kevan
An Introduction to Cluster Ballooning
"The pilot takes off with more balloons than needed to lift his or her weight, and carries ballast (water or sand) to balance out most of this excess lift. To level out or descend, the pilot releases or bursts balloons."
air  transport  lunacy  via:quin 
may 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Driver fined for 'having a face like a moron'
"A Romanian traffic cop has been demoted after he fined a driver for 'having a face like a moron and being a big monkey'." In a built up area.
police  lunacy  monkeys 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | 'Howard is a Cancerian metal snake'
The Guardian asks the psychics and divinators. "I asked the spirit guides and then used automatic writing. The polls are flawed. Blair will be voted out. The Labour party will lose and a May miracle will occur."
politics  magic  lunacy  future  via:quin 
may 2005 by kevan
Journal of Non-lethal Combat: The First Earth Battalion
Full text and some artwork from Jim Channon's 1979 new-age military blueprint. "Meanwhile inside our armored personnel carriers is rhythmic positive pulsing organizing music." It reads a lot like a bad roleplaying system.
war  religion  lunacy  magic  technology  music  ninja  sound  weapons  ronson 
april 2005 by kevan
Popular Philosophy - Absolute Intelligence
A duller, less-ranting, published pretender to the Time Cube. "Things that appear different are actually the same. There is a singular, circular intelligence that pervades all time, space, form, substance; it is us and we are it."
science  lunacy 
march 2005 by kevan
ABC News Online: Divers Scrabble for a Guinness Record
Deep-sea Scrabble. "We had to make sure the board wasn't going to get washed away or dissolve under water, so I had to get a metal board made up." Remember the gnomes.
scrabble  board  games  water  lunacy 
february 2005 by kevan The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)
Following on from the last entry, a dissection of Jahn's work in the 70s. "These data should remind us that statistical significance does not imply importance."
random  lunacy  science  hoaxes 
february 2005 by kevan
RedNova News - Can This Black Box See Into the Future?
Burbling random-number generators that suddenly register "huge deviations from the norm" during (or slightly before) significant world events. Doubtful.
random  future  technology  lunacy  maths  mysteries 
february 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Man sends text message in his sleep
Ludicrous story about a man sending coherent text messages whilst dreaming ("Help, I'm in trouble, someone's chasing me."). Includes names that standard predictive text wouldn't recognise, so eh, unlikely.
sleep  phones  lunacy  dreams  lies 
february 2005 by kevan
Addison - Permanent Collection
Includes a picture of Tom Fruin's "Discard" framed found-playing-card collection.
cards  litter  lunacy  art 
february 2005 by kevan
Interview with Tom Fruin
Mention of an eight-year attempt to build a deck of found cards. "The 7 of spades was folded and in the center of a sidewalk on a deserted street... I knew it was the final card before I touched it."
cards  litter  lunacy  interviews 
february 2005 by kevan
Deck O' Junk
A collaboratively assembled deck of found playing cards. "It's got a bee on the card, even though the company has nothing to do with Bee Playing Cards?"
cards  litter  lunacy  bees 
february 2005 by kevan
The Last Page - Crazy? No, Just One Card Shy of a Full Deck
"It was the beginning of my year-long hunt for one full deck of found playing cards. I created the rules. I had to find the cards on the sidewalks or streets of the city of New York, any borough. I could take no more than three cards at a time."
cards  litter  lunacy 
february 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > When the Sous-Chef Is an Inkjet
A nemesis for Heston Blumenthal? Flavoured rice-paper printouts, class-IV-laser cookery and "[Cantu] is testing a hand-held ion-particle gun, which he said is for levitating food."
food  science  lunacy  paper  technology 
february 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | 'I don't like Monday 24 January'
"Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year." Quite probably.
future  lunacy  depression  psychology  time  todo 
january 2005 by kevan
Daily Mail online | BBC to show Opera despite 5,500 complaints
Brilliant opera-chorus-swearing logic from the Mail: "The total number of obscenities [3,168] is calculated by multiplying the number of swear-words by the number of people singing them."
lunacy  music  television  theatre  maths 
january 2005 by kevan
Xtreme Ant Farm at 24Hours7Days
"Xtreme Ants features highly detailed Xtreme Sports Park with trick towers, vertical ramps, gravity loops, climbing wall, bungee ravine, street luge speedway, and BMX biking arena."
ants  cities  lunacy  sport 
december 2004 by kevan
KJC Games - It's A Crime - Rulebook
PBMs still exist in the 21st century, absurdly. £1.65 per turn, even if you email your orders in.
games  lunacy  money  paper  web 
november 2004 by kevan -> New experiments, new directions
More loony Blumenthal inventions, on some forum: "Other recent stuff that we have been looking at is injecting a raw egg through the shell with an essential oil of smoked bacon and boiling it. The result is bacon and egg inside a boiled egg."
food  lunacy  science 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Chess: the new rook'n'roll?
"Tesco has announced that sales of chess sets are booming and that its new own-brand set is selling at double the rate forecast. It attributes the sales spurt to the fact that celebrities such as Madonna play, and makes a startling claim: chess is trendy.
board  chess  games  lunacy 
november 2004 by kevan
Magic the Gathering : Unhinged Card List
Stupid Magic cards; a sequel to Unglued, with some good stuff. "At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control permanents with names that include all twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, you win the game."
cards  games  humour  lunacy  mtg 
november 2004 by kevan - Kicking the hobbit habit
Surreal: "I was invited on to Richard and Judy, a daytime TV talk show popular in Britain, to discuss LB1, and I shared the comfy sofa with Dawkins, who made a plea that the find should not be called a hobbit."
bones  dawkins  genetics  lunacy  memetics  monsters  television 
november 2004 by kevan
Lewes Bonfire Council
Bonfire night tonight. "Whatever the reason, the surviving Sussex celebrations degenerated into disorganised and drunken revelry, with houses being (accidentally or deliberately) burnt down."
events  fire  lewes  lunacy 
november 2004 by kevan
"End of the World" predictions in our near future
Apocalypse watch. We survived October the 17th (a date computed from size of Noah's Ark) and should be okay until 2006, if we're not hit by an asteroid this winter.
apocalypse  future  lunacy  maths  religion 
november 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | The road to Abu Ghraib
"General Stubblebine rifles through his bag and produces, with a flourish, bent cutlery." Jon Ronson on loony post-Vietnam psychic warfare (the subject of his new book), and how it became darkly repurposed at Abu Ghraib.
goats  lunacy  music  prison  psychology  sound  war  weapons  ronson  cutlery 
october 2004 by kevan
Ananova - Swearing can make men impotent
Appalling and incoherent mediaeval pseudoscience. "Research was based on the popular belief that water has a type of "memory" that can be influenced by positive and negative forces."
lies  lunacy  science  sex  water 
october 2004 by kevan
British Gas : Formula that proves that 'Sod's Law'
Scientists wave their hands in front of obvious selective reporting, to make a comedy press release. Annoying.
lies  lunacy  psychology  science 
october 2004 by kevan | Big Brother builds 'Truman Show' village
Grim. "We hope couples will get pregnant and family groups will interact with all the usual family frictions."
lunacy  society  surveillance  television 
october 2004 by kevan
Inefficient sort algorithms
"Test every possible ordering. This alone brings sorting to O(n!), but I knew worse was possible."
lunacy  programming 
october 2004 by kevan
Smartie Museum: UK Smartie Lids Page
In the style of Simon Quinlank. "Whilst many [...] collect lids without any particular reference to the letters printed on them or the colour of the lid itself, other collectors like to collect the whole alphabet in each colour, in each cap series."
food  lunacy  plastic 
october 2004 by kevan
ST(O) : If all stories were written like science fiction stories
"The driver conducted his car unit into the city; though he drove only at 100 km/hr, it felt much faster since they were only a meter from the concrete road surface."
humour  lunacy  writing 
september 2004 by kevan
New Siemens CX70 EMOTY
"The sensors identify the intensity of the users' moods and in turn, the EMOTY character responds at the same level. Together with a text, the conveyed emotion can then be sent as an animation via MMS."
biofeedback  lunacy  phones 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Politics | Howard accused of telling 'urban myths'
Michael Howard's recent "political correctness gone mad" speech was riddled with unresearched urban legends.
lunacy  politics 
august 2004 by kevan
Conceptual Artist to Genetically Engineer God in Laboratory
Annoying concept-art evolution of algae into God. "I prepared four petri dishes, and then, for seven days and nights, exposed three of them to pre-recorded prayer."
art  evolution  lunacy  religion  science 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Turkmen leader orders ice palace
"President Niyazov of Turkmenistan has ordered the construction of a palace made of ice in the heart of his desert country, one of the hottest on earth."
architecture  ice  lunacy  politics 
august 2004 by kevan
Mark Gottlieb: Head Trip
Some insane Magic combos, including a Shahrazad copier using Darksteel nonsense:- "In response to your declaring attackers, I start a subgame."
games  lunacy  mtg 
august 2004 by kevan
Cheboygan Tribune: Give kids names that work in crossword puzzles
Facetious gibberish: "What is going to become of the crossword puzzle industry when parents stop giving their children names such as Otto?"
crosswords  language  lunacy 
august 2004 by kevan
Spiricom - An Electromagnetic-Etheric Systems Approach to Communications (1982)
Scanned-in construction manual for a radio that can communicate with the dead. Or, you know, amplify random noise.
death  illusions  lunacy  radio 
august 2004 by kevan
ZEN-STYLE | Fool's World Map
Drawing a map on the instructions of idiots. "Since Aussie seems not to know the exact shape of their country, the shape of Australia has been changed to the shape of Shikoku (prefecture in Japan)."
australia  lunacy  maps  world 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | To make these Connections [...]
Lunatic journalist observes lunatic Mensa members playing a new Reiner Knizia Mensa-tie-in game. "When a block reaches the end of the board, they cry 'Mensa!'"
board  games  lunacy 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | ATMs 'to greet customers by name'
Cashpoints to refer to customers by name, and give out share prices and sports scores. Because friendly timewasting is what people *want* from a public-use queue-fed machine.
lunacy  money  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
The New York Times > Technology > An Automobile With Feelings
Messing with insectoid traffic communication. "If the "sudden appearance of a vehicle or pedestrian causes sudden braking," the car will express surprise by having its hood lights turn orange, its eyebrows light up red, the headlights shaded [...]"
faces  lunacy  psychology  transport 
july 2004 by kevan
Subliminal Advertising
Insights into subliminal advertising, starting with some basic psychology and ending up staring insanely into ice-cubes for sharks of doom.
advertising  ice  lunacy  psychology 
july 2004 by kevan
Lego Parts Index
Terrifyingly exhaustive archive of all known Lego pieces. With photos.
lego  lunacy  photos 
july 2004 by kevan
Chocolate and Vodka :: William Shatner does something unspeakable to Pulp's Common People
A random act of horrible, horrible murder. "And in thirty... seconds'... time, she said..." (Decontamination procedure: mentally convert to "Human People" and file as Trek dialogue.)
lunacy  music  pulp 
july 2004 by kevan
What The World May Come To
"Much attention has been given to the matter in recent years, and men of science believe that the theory that best fits facts is that the earth is becoming tetrahedral in shape."
future  history  lunacy  maps  world 
july 2004 by kevan
The Globe and Mail : School bars francophone guide dog
"Now a storm has erupted at the University of New Brunswick over its iron-clad rule that no one — not even a dog — may be addressed in a language other than English."
dogs  education  language  lunacy 
july 2004 by kevan
Wired 12.06: Cracking the Code to Romance
Creepy people. "You can get the [Friendster] profiles on everyone in your local café [by sniffing WiFi traffic for email addresses], then see who their friends are, and just walk up to them and ask, 'Aren't you Tom's friend?'"
hacking  love  lunacy  psychology  society  technology  cheating 
june 2004 by kevan
Telegraph | Mathematical junk
A rant against stupid "scientists discover formula for perfect X" news stories.
lunacy  maths  news 
june 2004 by kevan
Finding Lost Objects using "Numerology"
"The moment you lost the ring, however, is stored in your subconscious. [...] Concentrate on the lost object, then enter a nine-digit number in the box below."
lunacy  maths  science 
june 2004 by kevan
The Register : The BBC, the lost tape and the 6-foot fridge
"He removed the [label] and stuck it on the fridge, intending to copy the address after lunch."
furniture  humour  lunacy  transport 
june 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Atkins-Weary Baker Pitches 'Da Vinci Diet'
Eat lots of... bread. Bizarrely, it uses a "complicated formula" that specifically invokes the Golden Ratio (as used to "build the pyramids", says Yahoo). Perhaps you have to cut your toast into perfect rectangles.
famine  food  history  lunacy  maths 
june 2004 by kevan
Artificial Synchronicity, Language Manipulation, Kundalini and the Corners of Reality
Gibbery sub-Matrix lunacy. I should try autogenerating this sort of thing.
aliens  illusions  lizards  lunacy 
june 2004 by kevan
Murano Glass Clowns
Argh: "The first CD ever produced showing nearly 45 minutes worth of these beautiful clowns with great sound bites and transitional effects."
clowns  glass  lunacy 
june 2004 by kevan
Rules of Boolean Rithmomachia
"There are five forms of operations which can be preformed in order to make such captures; AND, OR, XOR, NAND and NOR."
board  games  lunacy  maths 
may 2004 by kevan
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