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Category Archives: Unusual

Let’s… Cancel Google, Shall We?

cancel google

By David Ponce

Here’s a little bit of geek fun. If you Google the term “Cancel Google”, the first result brings you to the page of Kevin Cheng, and Tom Chi. The website is called “OK/Cancel”, and on September 26th, 2004, Kevin wrote a post titled “Google Answers HCI PhD Program”. And just like that, their site has become the #1 destination of morons worldwide who’d like to cancel The Google.

They’re leaving comments by the droves, asking to… well, cancel Google. Damn, people are stupid! It’s a wonder they managed not to confuse their PC mouse with the foot pedal of their grandma’s sewing machine. Here’s a sampler:


– “Google is stopping me from shopping at my oLancome site with your pop up blocker.!! Would you quit it!!!”

– “Google is the front door of my conscience. I am regretting the Google. Am Google me it? For wanting no Google, simply Google “no Google”.”

And it just goes on, and on. Keving initially deleted the comments, but later decided to leave them. They’re damn funny, that’s why.

Check it out.

[ Cancel Teh Googlez ] VIA [ Gadgetopia ]

iJesus Frightens And Dismays

By Ryan Nill

Chinavision, a wholesale electronics dealer famous for its startlingly worthless products (Skype Mouse-Phone, Handheld USB Paper Shredder, Laptop Cooling Pad), has decided to bring us a wonderful cross-shaped digital music player. Boasting 1, 2 or 4GBs of internal memory, a two-color LCD, a built-in speaker, a FM tuner, an integrated mic, seven equalizer modes and a multi-language menus, the crucifixion inspired MP3 is promised to make a “fashion statement.” Oddly enough, it was apparently designed to be given away at youth groups or while on a mission. It costs between $22.47 to $48.14, but you can save (zing!) even more by buying in bulk.

[ Chinavision ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Polyethylene Bottle Myrmidon

By Ryan Nill

Plastic bottles, at this point, are a urban worldwide constant; no matter what city your in, no matter what harbor, you see these ugly little bottles floating around. Luckily for us, they have applications that are vaguely entertaining.

This battlesuit, by Kosuke Tsumura, the designer for the Final Home, a brand of urban survival clothing and accessories, was made at the behest of a large cola company. Made entirely of plastic bottles and nylon thread, it is obviously the armor of the future. While it looks nifty, it probably won’t stop a sword. Or a bullet. Luckily for me, I do believe that I have found my Halloween costume. It speaks to me.


[ Kosuke Tsumura and Final Home ] VIA [ Pink Tentacle ]

Ice Tray Freezes Tiny Fish Skeletons

By Ryan Nill

Something Fishy is a silicon ice cube tray that freezes little fish skeletons. Both adorable and vaguely creepy!

Available now for about 10$ US, the broken English merely a bonus.

[ I’vegot2haveone ] VIA [ Popgadget ]

Cuckoo Clock Is A Little Too Crazy

Cuckoo Clock

By Evan Ackerman

From the Artist Taking Things Too Literally department comes this cuckoo clock, which consists of a real (dead) cuckoo crucified to a wall with a digital clock hung around its neck on a chain, by Michael Sans. Okay, statement made. This piece of art (or whatever) isn’t for sale, and if you’re thinking that this would make some sort of darkly interesting DIY project, I would like to draw your attention to the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which protects birds like the cuckoo. Under the act, killing (or even possessing a piece of) a migratory bird can get you six months in jail and a $15,000 fine (this particular cuckoo died from natural causes in 1958).

[ Designer’s Website ] VIA [ productdose ]

Zygote, The Glowing Amusment Ball

By Ryan Nill

Zygote is the name of a giant rubber ball filled with helium and some sort of vague LED contraption. Hit it and it shifts through various color spectrums. Add drugs and party-people and you have yourself a heavily sedated crowd, all intently staring at a glowing beachball. Only hilarity can ensue. Created by Alex Beim (and numerous other people) of the Interactive Collective Tangible, the Zygote is being touted as a way to “transform the divorcement into a multi-sensorial, interactive playground, actively engaging the crowd.” Right. The touch sensitive LEDs on the inside of the helium-filled beachball can also be programed to synchronize with music, set to flicker through colors or a variety of other complex interactions.

The creator is looking for publicity and intends to join forces with musicians to bring these fabulous glowing beachballs to a concert near you.

[ Interactive Collective Tangible ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Hyper-Intelligent Coconuts Demand Quiet


By Evan Ackerman

MIT Media Lab researcher Tad Hirsh has designed electronic coconuts to be deployed as noise sensors in San Jose, California, an area which is subject to aircraft from San Jose International Airport, Oakland International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport. The coconuts are hung from trees, and when they hear excessive noise from low-flying aircraft, they use integrated cellphones to leave messages at the San Jose airport complaint hotline on behalf of the people, animals and trees of San Jose.

Here’s a sample complaint:

“Uh… Hey. Um, yeah. So… Um, this is…. Yeah, no, like, I’m… Shut up, no, I’m talking. Okay, so, yeah. So, all these planes, man… It’s crazy. It’s like a roooaarrrrr. Dude, I need a pizza… Could you send me a pepperoni pizza? Dude, that would be great. Wait wait wait wait wait, put some mushrooms on that. Yeah, mushrooms. Sweet.”

Check out the original audio files on Tad’s website; they’re exactly how you’d think a hyper-intelligent (and maybe stoned) coconut would sound.

[ Tripwire ] VIA [ Guerrilla Innovation ]

Pneumatic Insect Vacuum (Also) Sucks

w_01.jpg By Ryan Nill

Insects are one of the foundations of our biosystem yet the poor suckers don’t get any respect. Of course being important doesn’t mean they’re not gross and we’d rather have them on the outside of our dwellings. Enter the Insect Vacuum. It’s a gun-like device that works with compressed air. Stick it next to the insect in need of eviction and pull the trigger. A sudden suction of air will propel the chitinous fella into a receptacle for later (humane?) disposal.

This is just the kind of thing you find on the streets of Akihabara, and will set you back a cool 2,389 Yen (or about $25). Not sure if the company delivers overseas, though you can try to figure it out through the comically translated product page below. Oh, and be sure to check out the video.

[ Netprice ] VIA [ Plastic Bamboo ]

This Is Cool

escape button

By David Ponce

Yeah, we’re just geeks being geeks. But this picture kicks some ass.

VIA [ Digg ]