Windows Bluescreen Tattoo

Filed Under Art, Body Modification, Funny | 2007-07-26, 18:50

windows blue screen error tattoo

We recently posted some geeky video game tattoos, but in the world of geek tattoos, this one definitely ranks pretty high up there. A guy named Paul got this homage to the part of Windows 98 that we all curse to this day done by Sam Rulz of Two Hands Tattoo in New Zealand. Wow….

via ModBlog


Nintendo Tattoos

Filed Under Art, Body Modification, Video Games | 2007-07-25, 15:11

nintendo controller tattooSuper Nintendo Tattoo
Bad Game boy tattoo

More “Gamer Ink” at

via BehindTheInk. Picture source:

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Power outage takes out major sites

Filed Under News, Second Life, SF Bay Area | 2007-07-24, 15:17

power outage takes out internet sites

A series of power outages in San Francisco has taken a couple of pretty large sites out of commission. Those affected include:
some SecondLife servers
LiveJournal, Vox, TypePad (and the rest of SixApart)
Some CurrentTV servers
Some ZDNet blogs

and the NSFW is also down…

All of these sites are hosted by 365 Main and I’m sure there are several other sites that are down because of this. Don’t these people have reliable backup generators? sheesh.. where am I going to get my Internet fix from today? The best part is this press release went up shortly before the sites started going down.

SecondLife is also experiencing trouble due to the power outages and has disabled logins until it is back up fully.

Second Life offline

And for us locals, it looks like the afternoon commute might be a bit crazy if this isn’t resolved soon.

UPDATE from SFGate:

At least 30,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers in San Francisco and the northern Peninsula lost power this afternoon after an explosion under a manhole cover on Mission Street, the utility said.

Witnesses said they heard an explosion at about 1:50 p.m., then saw flames coming from the manhole.
Actor Torino Von Jones, 32, said he was filming a Fruit of the Loom commercial down the block at the time.
“We were standing over there waiting for the camera cue when we heard a big explosion,” he said. “Flames came up taller than I am, and I’m 6-foot-2.”
“Naturally, when you hear an explosion, you think the worst,” said Von Jones, who nevertheless hurried back to work. “We’re Fruit of the Loom — we’ve got to make this commercial.”


Lego Salt and Pepper Shakers

Filed Under Art, Gadgets & Hardware, Lifehacks | 2007-07-20, 17:25

salt and pepper shaker made out of legos
Finally, mom will let me bring my Legos to the dinner table! In a neat use of a childhood toy near and dear to my heart, designer Joel Hesselgren has put together a simple yet ingenous salt and pepper shaker made out of legos. Rather than create separate shakers, he combines them into one. By moving the top lego piece you can control the amount of each flavor enhancer.
lego salt and pepper shaker
lego salt and paper shaker

Source: Yanko design via

salt and pepper shaker made out of legos


Octapult – a kinetic sculpture

Filed Under Art, Gadgets & Hardware, Video | 2007-07-19, 20:23

We stumbled upone this video and were strangely mesmerized. Something about the rhythmic movement and the sounds that it made were entrancing. The engineering behind it is beautiful and the resulting product is great.

Here’s what the artist has to say:
The “Octapult” is a kinetic sculpture designed and built on commission by Bradley N. Litwin of Philadelphia, PA. With 8 synchronized catapults, 160 plastic balls per minute are launched, caught, and recirculated. Made mostly of wood, the work is ~36 inches in diameter. On permanent display in the lobby of Lower Merion Elementary School, Merion Station, PA. Also a performing jazz musician, more of Litwin’s work may be seen and heard at

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Dali Elephant Cutting

Filed Under Body Modification | 2007-07-19, 20:15

dali temptation of st anthony cutting

Like many of my body modification posts, this may not be for those that are squeamish and following any links in this post may lead you to NSFW material. This content is not for everyone. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

ModBlog brings us yet another incredible cutting. This time it’s an elephant in the style of Salvador Dali running down the side of a man with a high threshold for pain. Technically it was an ink rubbing, but the picture posted was prior to any ink. To save the more queasy of our readers I won’t post the image, you’ll have to hit up ModBlog for that.


The First Cell Phone Commercial

Filed Under Gadgets & Hardware, Video | 2007-07-19, 19:17

Almost 20 years old, here’s the first commercial for the Centel cell phone/car phone from 1989!

via GeekSugar


Nintendo Light Zapper + Wiimote

Filed Under Hacks and Mods, Video Games | 2007-07-08, 16:17

nintendo nes light zapper wii gun

I told you how the old school Nintendo Light Zapper works, but now cyberpyrot over at AcidMods shows you how to modify one for use with the Nintendo Wii. Pretty simple, yet slick and a nice merging of old school with new school.

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The Graffiti Project on Kelburn Castle

Filed Under Art, Video | 2007-07-08, 14:10

graffiti castle Kelburn
Kelburn Castle, one of the oldest castles in Scotland to have been inhabited by the same family, got nailed with spray-paint. This pre-1200s castle is now the canvas for Brazilian graffiti by some of the top artists in the world. The aim of the project is to create great art “whilst challenging the public’s understanding of both urban graffiti art and the British institution the building represents.” The idea stemmed from members of the family who inhabit the castle wondering if they could convince the world-famous Banksy to create a piece on the wall of the castle. The idea soon evolved into recruiting graffiti artists from Brazil to fly out to Scotland, spend a month in the castle and paint the walls and turret along with the help of some local artists.

Before you start questioning whether or not this is disrespectful and whatnot, there’s a few facts. This is supported by the Historic Scotland and of course the owners of the castle. Only two walls and a turret will be covered. This ‘canvas’ was chosen because the concrete currently on the walls is causing damage and will need to be removed in 2 years anyways. So the graffiti will only be displayed for 2 years, so book your flights now if you want to take a look at it. Or you can check out photos of the completed work over on their site. There is also a really neat time lapse video of it being created as well:

The Graffiti Project: Kelburn Castle via

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How to Tie Your Shoes in a Different Way

Filed Under Education, Lifehacks, Websites | 2007-07-07, 16:13

checkerboard shoe lacing
Bored of the tried and true method of lacing and tying your shoes? Ian’s got the cure for that boredom at his shoelace site. He has tons of new and interesting ways to lace and tie your shoes.