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  1. German Hotel Looks Like That Scene From Inception

    This hotel in Berlin is not falling over (or folding). It's actually built like that on purpose. Billed as the first hotel in Europe specifically designed for musicians, the Nhow Hotel features state-of-the-art recording studios and guitars. The interior design, by Karim Rashid, has been described as "an amusement park for lovers of glossy, hyper design." (via Jetsetta via Neatorama)

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  2. “Entrepreneur” Finds Tasmanian Tiger Pelt at Garage Sale

    Bill Warren made one of the better yard sale deals we've seen when he purchased what looks a lot like a Tasmanian tiger pelt for $5. The Tasmanian tiger, despite its colloquial name, was a marsupial that looked more like a dog than anything else. It was discovered by Western science around the year 1800, and the last known member of the species died in captivity in 1936. The last real thylacine pelt sold at auction for $68,000. Unfortunately for Warren, he is unable to sell the pelt out of state, due to a kink in US endangered species laws.

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  3. An Extra Daylight Savings Warning for iProduct Users

    If you don't happen to own an iPhone or iPod touch that you depend on for alarms, please disregard the rest of this message and enjoy the above video of the most boring dads in the world telling you to turn your clocks back with a parody of We Are The World. If you do happen to use recurring alarms on iPhone or iPod, you should know that there's a glitch that will, unless you do a couple of simple things, fail to take into account daylight savings and may make you late. If you live in an area that doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time, I guess you can just disregard this entire post.

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  4. Your Worst Waking Nightmare: Remote-Controlled Flying Sharks

    No, we're not talking about something from Axe Cop. Or Dr. McNinja. This is an honest-to-god RC airplane that looks like a shark. We can just see a gaggle of them chasing Adam West across a theme park. Also in our nightmares. We see them in our nightmares. (via Neatorama.)

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  5. Geekolinks: 10/24

    Life Size Monopoly House (Neatorama) Terrifying My Little Pony Zombie (eponyart) The Fastest Way Around the Bases Is Actually Almost a Circle (ScienceNews) Marty McFly Imitator for BttF Game Is Amazing (Kotaku) Photoshop Arms Onto Birds (Something Awful) Wikileaks Vs. The Pentagon Papers (Death and Taxes) Today is Wonder Woman Day (Wonder Woman Museum) (pic via Kotaku.)

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  6. World of Steampunk Rejoice: Somebody Might Build Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine

    John Graham-Cumming is currently collecting funds to use Charles Babbage's original blueprints to finally build his unfinished masterpiece: an entirely clockwork programmable computer that was conceived in 1837. Charles Babbage was a visionary thinker of the 1800's who had a lot of great ideas (like calculating mathematics by mechanical means)... but no funding. He never managed to get a completed prototype of any of his computers made during his lifetime. Since his death, there have been at least two working Difference Engines constructed. However, the Difference Engine was basically a normal calculator, and could perform only basic mathematical functions. Graham-Cumming is looking to make a working model of Babbage's Analytical Engine, which was actually a programmable computer. The graphic calculator version of the Difference Engine, if you will.

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  7. This Robot Won’t Crush Your Skull, Just Lightly Pincher It

    Remember that robot that folded laundry? Well, it's at it again, earnestly trying to please it's human overlords with mundane household tasks. On the docket today? Fine motor control and tactile cues. Or, in other words, when to let go of an item when someone tries to take it from them, understanding when to stop its movement because it might damage something, and not crushing things with its terrifying robot strength. Even as a PHD student repeatedly tries to mess with it. Laundry folding robot just wants to be your friend. (via Neatorama.)

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  8. Geekolinks: 9/9

    Real Dragon*Con Missed Connections (Creative Loafing) Film Industry Hiring Software Firms to DDoS Filesharers? (Sydney Morning Herald) A Dozen Facts About Lost In Space (Neatorama) Blizzard Accedentally Implements Draconian StarCraft 2 DRM, Promises Patch (Rock, Paper, Shotgun) Best Unfounded Rumor We've Heard All Week: Dr. Strange by Pixar (ScreenRant) PlayStation Fans Infographic(Joystiq) Robo Copolean On A Unicorn (You Heard Me!) (Fashionably Geek) (pic by avid, via Geeks Are Sexy)

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  9. Tractor Beams Are Real, Won’t Work In Space

    Australian scientists have successfully used beams of light to move some particles of glass four and a half feet. From Inside Science:
    The device works by shining a hollow laser beam around tiny glass particles. The air surrounding the particle heats up, while the dark center of the beam stays cool. When the particle starts to drift out of the middle and into the bright laser beam, the force of heated air molecules bouncing around and hitting the particle's surface is enough to nudge it back to the center.

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  10. Instant Elements, the Tom Lehrer/Google Instant Mashup

    Now that Google search is instant, we're all having to adjust just a little bit. Some others have adjusted quite quickly, and we can just sit back and watch the fruits of their efforts. The people at Whirled Creative have illustrated Tom Lehrer's The Elements using only footage from Google Instant. Enjoy.

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  11. The Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings Eat Pirates and Shit Ninjas

    The Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings (Facebook page here, natch) have made a pasttime of dressing up like vikings and carousing their way over to wherever vikings shouldn't be. Like... a laser lights show, the Red Bull Flugtag Races, a chain of gay bars, or IKEA (although Jonathan Coulton would probably disagree). The group started with professional blacksmith and prop-maker, "occasional viking," and "the reigning 'Pirate of the Year' for Pirates Magazine," Tony Swatton; who told AOL News:
    "At some point, [a friend] and I decided it would be fun to dress up like vikings and go to restaurants and do reviews," Swatton said. "The next night, we went to Griffith Park Observatory where they were doing a laser show about the northern lights. There were 15 of us and we all had our weapons -- axes, spears, everything -- and we heckled everything."

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  12. Geekolinks: 8/28

    Final Fantasy XIV Beta Starts Tuesday (Joystiq) StarCraft II Will Get Patched Next Month (Kotaku) True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Dr. Doom? (ScreenRant) Gummy Bear Art (FlavorWire) Questionable Predator Shirt (Fashionably Geek) Walk Like The Batman (Neatorama) Walk Like the Submariner (Bleeding Cool) (image via Topless Robot.)

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  13. This Cat is A Bear, Your Argument is Invalid

    Pallas Cats are wild felines native to central Asia about the size of your average house cat, with several unique physical traits that set them apart from other members of its taxonomic family. Round pupils; rounded ears; shorter legs and denser fur creating the appearance of a rounder body. Its babies, though. All the adorable features of bear cubs with the hyperactive movements of kittens. Yes, yes, we have video.

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  14. LEGO Spinal Tap

    We began the day with some LEGOs, and we're going to end it with the same. It just goes to show that you really can do anything with minifigures and some stop motion.

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  15. Slacking Statistics [Infographic]

    Frankly, we're surprised that this infographic even got made. It was way behind schedule. We just know they spent the whole time on Scottrade, Farmville, and Techcrunch and then threw this together at the last minute. Those... those... Procrastinators.

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  16. Service Lets College Kids Place Bets on What Grades They’ll Get

    Hot on the heels of news that the amount of student loan debt in America is now higher than the amount of credit card debt, comes oddly named website (or game?) Ultrinsic, which allows college students to gamble on their own performance. From Fast Company:

    The idea came from one of the site's founders, Jeremy Gelbart, who, as a student, made a wager with his friend Steven Wolf, now CEO of Ultrinsic. If Jeremy got an A, Steven would give him $100. If he didn't, Jeremy had to hand over $20 to Steven.
    We must admit, the image of a couple of college age kids having that conversation does not inspire confidence in any business plan based thereupon.

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  17. Geekolinks: 7/24

    Hellboy Hoodie, Not Bad (Fashionably Geek)

    5 Comments Not To Make In Your Code (RepeatGeek)

    StarCraft 2 Didn't Actually Cost $100 Million (That Videogame Blog)

    How To Turn An Inkjet Printer Into A 3D Printer (Shapeways)

    Tarp Surfing Is Back (RuseEntertainment)

    LEGO Light (Neatorama)

    The Eisner Awards (Comic Book Resources)

    (picture via Marvel.)

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  18. A Bear In His Natural Habitat: A Toyota Sedan

    A Colorado family was approached by the police early yesterday morning because of reports that their car had been lying off the road in some trees with the horn honking for forty five minutes. As it turns out, it had been stolen. By a bear (not pictured above). The pieces were put together by police and the parents of the car's 17-year-old owner.
    "So this bear opened the door on his own. Somehow the door closed behind him. He panicked and started thrashing around, hit the shifter and put the car, took it out of park," Ralph said. "It rolled back, down over the hill, and down into here, and stopped. The four way flashers were on. It's like he knew what was going on, and kept hitting the horn."

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  19. The Style of Elements: Beautiful Pictures of Chemical Elements

    German Wikipedia contributor alchemist-hp is on a quest to take a beautiful picture of each element of the periodic table. So far he's only captured 35 pure samples of the 118 elements known to man, but the results are impressive.

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  20. Improvised Musical Instrument of the Day

    Here's something an iPad can't do. ...What do you mean it can?

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