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Rusty Paint - Rust without the rot!
"Rusty paint contains iron powder which is suspended in a specialised carrier. Only the top surface of iron powder that's exposed rusts so the rest is sealed in the carrier."
paint  metal 
january 2013 by kevan
America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones
"In a 2000 paper (PDF) he concluded that if you add a lag time of 23 years, lead emissions from automobiles explain 90 percent of the variation in violent crime in America. Toddlers who ingested high levels of lead in the '40s and '50s really were more likely to become violent criminals in the '60s, '70s, and '80s."
crime  metal  science  poison 
january 2013 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: War Sand
"On Normandy beaches where D-Day landings took place, you will find sand-sized fragments of steel [...] an artificial landscape of eroded machines still detectable, albeit with specialty instruments, in the coastal dunes."
history  stone  metal  war  via:linkmachinego 
august 2012 by kevan
Legal Affairs - An Odd Bird
"One [Brancusi] work in particular left them dumbfounded: a thin, 4 1/4-foot-tall piece of shiny yellow bronze with a gently tapering bulge called Bird in Space. It didn't look like a bird to the officials, so they refused to exempt it from customs duties as a work of art. They imposed the standard tariff for manufactured objects of metal: 40 percent of the sale price, or $240."
art  law  metal  birds 
july 2012 by kevan
Metal theft raid yields major haul - Metropolitan Police Service
"Hundreds of memorial plaques from churches and crematoriums, a statue of Christ and entire intact cross, a giant ornamental Oriental dragon statue and copper cabling were among a major haul of items seized by [police]."
metal  crime 
may 2012 by kevan
Fitzwilliam Museum - Compound Roman Utensil
"Eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife."
cutlery  history  metal  technology  via:zarba 
november 2010 by kevan
Binder Clips as Cable Catchers Redux - binder clips - Lifehacker
Clamping a binder clip to the back of a desk, to hold a cable in the crook of its wire handle.
metal  computers  hacking 
april 2010 by kevan
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Locksmiths, Computer Scientists Say
"In another example, they used a five inch telephoto lens to capture images from the roof of a campus building and duplicate keys sitting on a café table more than 200 feet away. [...] The idea that one's keys are sensitive visual information is not widely appreciated in the general public."
technology  photography  secrets  metal  crime  via:antonia 
november 2008 by kevan
Royal Mint Currency Redesign - The Designer
"I found the idea that members of the public could interact with the coins the most exciting aspect of this concept. It's easy to imagine the coins pushed around a school classroom table or fumbled around with on a bar."
money  metal  design  via:tim 
april 2008 by kevan
Experiments: Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good As Monster Cables?
"After 5 tests, none could determine which was the Monster 1000 cable or the coat hanger wire. Further, when music was played through the coat hanger wire, [all] agreed that what was heard sounded excellent."
music  sound  metal  delusions  via:qwghlm 
march 2008 by kevan
Merde d'artiste: not exactly what it says on the tin | Guardian Unlimited Arts
"One of Manzoni's collaborators, Agostino Bonalumi, has now revealed that the tins are not full of faeces, but plaster."
art  metal  lies 
june 2007 by kevan
The Bug: Steampunk Computer Mouse > Jake of All Trades
"One holds the device in a manner similar to the way a wood-worker holds a sanding block. [...] Turning the wheel in the center produces an action similar to turning a page in a book, or cranking a kinetoscope."
technology  art  computers  metal  via:matthew 
april 2007 by kevan
Fed economist proposes revaluing coins before they're melted down | Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee
"History shows that when coins are worth melting, they disappear. [...] Rebasing the penny would debase the five-cent piece and put it safely away from its melting point."
money  metal 
april 2007 by kevan
Now That a Penny Isn't Worth Much, It's Time to Make It Worth 5 Cents - New York Times
"With about 140 billion pennies in circulation [this] rebalance would make them worth $7 billion. [...] Plus, the money would go disproportionately to the poor, more than offsetting any 'rounding tax' from eliminating the penny."
money  hacking  metal  history  politics  via:freakonomics 
february 2007 by kevan
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
A trivial bullion heist with some fun setup, a weird chase scene apparently parodying new-fangled in-car police radios, and perhaps the best ending a heist film can have.
filmlog  3stars  crime  money  metal  london  paris 
december 2006 by kevan
Fallen Astronaut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Fallen Astronaut is an 8.5cm (slightly over 3'') aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit. It is the only piece of art on the Moon."
art  space  metal  via:lmg 
august 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » Spooks on the Airways
"The list of objects that have suddenly become radio receivers would amaze you. The record shows there have been musical furnaces, talking bedsprings and water faucets and barnyard wells that have suddenly developed conversational abilities."
radio  metal  coincidences 
july 2006 by kevan
BIOONE Online Journals - The nest architecture of the Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius
Plaster-casts of ant nests. A horribly apocalyptic-sounding idea. "The sandy soils of the Florida coastal plains allow the plaster slurry to displace the air within the chambers, filling them completely."
ants  architecture  metal  photos  science 
may 2006 by kevan
Damn Interesting » Earth's Artificial Ring: Project West Ford
"In May 1963, the US Air Force launched 480 million tiny copper needles that briefly created a ring encircling the entire globe."
space  radio  technology  history  metal  via:leonard 
may 2006 by kevan
Magnum Photos - Spaceship Junkyard
"Altai, Russia - Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to toxic rocket fuel."
russia  space  litter  metal  pollution  via:haddock 
april 2006 by kevan
Grand Idea Studio - Hard Drive Coffee Table
"The Hard Drive Coffee Table is built from an original 26'' diameter hard drive platter from an early storage device, the Control Data Corporation 6603 Disk File Controller manufactured by Bryant-Excello circa 1967."
computers  furniture  metal  via:qwghlm 
january 2006 by kevan
MinimIce
Sheet-brass Icehouse pieces. "Even though these pieces weren't very useful for playing Icehouse, they're perfectly serviceable for Zarcana and other games that use the pieces symbolically instead of physically."
games  metal  via:holly 
december 2005 by kevan
Depleted Uranium Dice (ca. 1950s)
"Why, or by whom, these depleted uranium (DU) dice were made is a complete mystery. If I had to guess, I would say that they were produced as a type of memento by the Atomic Energy Commission, possible as paperweights. Nineteen fifties most likely."
dice  metal  science  via:zarba 
november 2005 by kevan
On the Effectiveness of Aluminium Foil Helmets: An Empirical Study
"The helmets amplify frequency bands that coincide with those allocated to the US government. [...] It requires no stretch of the imagination to conclude that the current helmet craze is likely to have been propagated by the Government."
radio  technology  delusions  metal  clothes  via:mindhacks 
november 2005 by kevan
The Rosetta Project
"The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible online archive of all documented human languages." Micro-etched onto a number of protected metal discs.
language  history  metal 
november 2005 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
Taipei Times - Armed for Alms
"A monk shows how he can collect alms and remain protected in a prototype 'monkmobile', developed to protect Buddhist monks in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand." The designer also provides orange bullet-proof vests.
religion  transport  metal  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
Crystal Caste: Icehouse Pyramids
Stackable Icehouse pyramids made from solid obsidian, hematite, aventurine or jasper. $120 a set. (They also sell d6s made from meteorite metals.)
games  metal  stone  dice 
october 2005 by kevan
The Tricolor Cars
Completely preposterous photos of a slice of the wreck of the Tricolor. I hadn't realised they'd got as far as cutting it up and hauling it out; I thought they'd just abandoned it, in the end.
transport  dereliction  metal 
june 2005 by kevan
Space Daily: Space Launch Scraps Providing Sustenance For Russian Villagers
"Scrap metal collectors generally will not comment on how much they collect in a year but fragmented data for 2003 alone indicated that about 20 tons of 'space metals' was collected."
space  litter  metal  pollution  russia  via:holly 
may 2005 by kevan
RSA - Our Work - The WEEE Man
"The huge 3 tonne figure stands 7 metres high and is totally composed of WEEE – from washing machines to mobile phones and electronic toys. This represents the amount of waste that a single person in the UK is likely to produce in a lifetime."
art  litter  metal  pollution  london  todo 
april 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - 3D printer to churn out copies of itself
"[Bowyer] has figured out how to print conducting materials in three dimensions without using a laser, a key step if the machine is ever to make copies of itself."
technology  apocalypse  metal 
march 2005 by kevan
Paul Kopeikin Gallery -- Current Exhibition
"I enjoy exploring [...] shipping ports and industrial junk yards, where the accumulated detritus of our consumption is exposed like eroded geological layers in the Grand Canyon. There I find evidence of a kind of slow-motion apocalypse in progress."
litter  art  plastic  phones  photos  apocalypse  metal  wood 
february 2005 by kevan
Lateral Science - The Evolution of the Zip
Beautifully backbone-organic sketch of an early zip design.
clothes  metal  technology  bones 
february 2005 by kevan
Squid Metal Sculpture
A harbourside squid, built from rusty junkyard debris. $3,500.
squid  metal  art 
february 2005 by kevan
BMEzine: The Gift of Magnetic Vision
Sensory superpowers from a magnetic fingertip piercing. "So far the furthest I have felt an oscillating field has been about two and a half or three feet. That was the security system in a video store, which uses magnetic induction."
metal  hands  technology 
january 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Plinth of the realm sought to beat the art vandals
Public-art vandalism. "Ten years ago the bronze nude was hacked off at the ankles, almost certainly stolen by professionals, leaving only a pitiful pair of feet on the plinth."
art  crime  metal  cities 
january 2005 by kevan

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