Odds + Ends
Up House © Cea. The city of Herriman, a suburban of Salt Lake City, has seen a surge in tourists since its replica of the house in the Pixar movie “Up” opened to the public. The multi-colored house is belongs to Beangerter Homes, and since it opened this summer, an estimated 27,000 visitors have come [...]
Videographer Tom Giulmette recently flew to Las Vegas to film a ping pong tournament, which requires a specialized camera to adequately capture the action. While trapped in his hotel room with nothing but a Phantom Flex ultra-high speed video camera (capable of recording at 2,564 frames per second!) and way too much time on his [...]
Axis Maps has release a new mapping/art project called Typographic Maps. Created as a labor of love, these unique maps accurately depict the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of the city using nothing but type. Only by manually weaving together thousands upon thousands of carefully placed words does the full picture [...]
December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse on Vimeo on Vimeo
What happens when a plane flies through a Google Maps satellite photo? TheAtlantic.com has the answer: See for yourself. Geekosystem.com notes that “the rainbow effect could have been caused by a satellite imaging process that consisted of “several colored exposures [taken] over a few seconds and then combined”; failing that, unicorn magic.”
A Bear About Town © Lisa Omarali From the “Does this even require comment?” file, comes this interesting news story. A retired French man is offering to show your teddy bears and other stuffed loved ones a night on the town in Paris for the low, low price of just $140: Here’s how it works: [...]
I think we can all agree that the illustrations on airline safety cards could benefit from a bit of sarcasm in the form of snarky one-liners (a la Mystery Science Theater 3000). Airtoons.com seeks to remedy that: Check out dozens more at Airtoons.com.
Tumblr blog BAD POSTCARDS catalogs, you guessed it, some of the worst postcards ever created. There doesn’t seem to be any shortage of fantastically horrid examples. A few of my favorite gems: … and my personal favorite: Whoo-boy. Check out more fine examples at BAD POSTCARDS.
A 100-year old tree on the outskirts of Brussels is likely (could there be a contender?) the world’s most talkative, most socially networked tree. All thanks to EOS magazine, who decided to hook it up to: … a fine dust meter, ozone meter, light meter, weatherstation, webcam and microphone. This equipment constantly measures the tree’s [...]
Turner Wright discusses why, with all our modern conveniences, merely living out our daily lives has become antithetical to the vagabond mindset.
It’s been more than 18 months in the making. After thousands of man hours and nearly a quarter million dollars in venture capital, it’s finally here. Today, we’re announcing the launch of our boldest, most audacious venture to date. Introducing BackpackersGoneWild.com: the world first and only site dedicated exclusively to hot, sexy backpacker-only action. With [...]
This 8-minute clip from Brian Regan’s I Walked on the Moon is absolutely hilarious. You can check out the whole video at Brian’s store. Trust me, it’s worth every penny of the $15 price tag.
We’ve launched our most ambitious Twitter giveaway ever. Introducing the Reswizzle My Travel Blog! contest. The contest is open now and crazy simple to enter: Follow @Vagabondish on Twitter Retweet: “Just entered to win an amazing redesign of my #travel blog! Follow @Vagabondish and RT to win http://bit.ly/reswizzle“ That’s it! If you’re tired of blog [...]
© NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response via BBC As you may or may not have heard, the UK has reverted to the Ice Age. No kidding. Nature has gone so far as to re-evolve woolly mammoths and unleash them across London, just so something will wander around outdoors. That’s a fact. You can look it up. [...]
© Scott Ableman / Flickr This post has been percolating for a while. But every time we started writing we got that numb feeling in our arms, the one that our therapist calls “Count To 10 Time.” Since it only takes 7 seconds for a double shot of vodka to hit the brain, by “10″ [...]
© Alan Pennington / Wiki Commons We’ve got a ton of stuff to clean out from the break – wait until you hear about the Chinese solution to stereotypical-but-not-really woman drivers – but in the meantime we’ve reached the end of another week. That means it’s time for your weekly injection of self-esteem, where the [...]
© Via Mashable We push Augmented Reality stories on you for the same reason we periodically post soccer stories. There are certain things that are so important – or will become so important – that it’s veritably our responsibility to keep you abreast on developments. When it comes to updates on The Beautiful Game, it’s [...]
© Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Last time it was alcohol distilled into a pill. That was pretty neat – better than pretty neat, actually – but it still left the possibility of taking one or two or seven too many pills and waking up with a vicious hangover. Ostensibly the pill was supposed to help drinkers [...]
© Carpetblogger As we ease our way into the holiday season – after this post we won’t see each other again until 2010 – we thought it’d be appropriate to leave you with some cheery Christmas-related optimism. Unfortunately we read “stories” about “other people,” and so all we’ve got to offer is gnawing depression interrupted [...]
© NontrivialMatt / Flickr There are occasions when what’s called for is a careful explication of different argumentative angles, whether they be multiculturalism vs. individual values or public health vs. private rights or something similarly intractable. Those are in the context of controversies without easy solutions – the best we can hope for by the [...]