9 posts tagged Clever
9 posts tagged Clever
As fans of awesome tattoos (and temporary tattoos) this playful forearm piece caught our eye and made us do a double-take. It depicts a character named Monkey D. Luffy from the anime/manga series One Piece using one of his special powers. This is this Gear Third state, in which Luffy “uses air inflated into his bone structure to attack with massive limbs and strength…” The clever use of the tattoo bearer’s actual hand is awesome.
Colombian designer Rodrigo Torres created this incredibly awesome chrome-plated, beaver-shaped pencil sharper and paperweight as part of Maison et Objet 2013 for Alessi. It is quite possibly the most elegant little silver beaver we’ve ever seen. He gnaws on your pencils, sharpening them so you might use them whilst feeding his own endless chewing habit. Cute and wonderfully functional. We love it and hope they’ll be available for purchase very soon.
The Wizard Of Oz On The Streets Of Verona, Italy
[via Wooster Collective]
Is this man relaxing or his he trapped in some sort of backyard “chair of torture” inspired by A Clockwork Orange? The answer is neither. It’s actually a serious piece of astronomical hardware. This device is a motorized stargazing chair:
“It has a shelf that places a set of high-power binoculars directly in the user’s line of sight. The elevation is easy to adjust. And a power drill lets you take the whole thing for a spin.
The base has been outfitted with cogs and a chain from an old bicycle. The gear reduction lets a power drill rotate the platform. This worked well enough but [Gary] found that making fine adjustments was rather difficult and more often than not he ended up moving the binoculars to avoid overshooting when adjusting the platform with the drill. Luckily he didn’t give up on the idea. On the eighth and final page of his build log he refines the rotating setup with the help of an ice cream maker. It’s gear box is used as a speed reducer so that a very slow drill speed results in an extremely small heading correction. Now he can view the stars in peace, freed from frustration by a well-refined hack.”
[via Hack a Day]
This awesome Christmas tree can be found right here in Seattle. A clever and clearly quite playful gentleman named Patrick Kruger cut the top of his Christmas Tree and attached it to his roof, effectively creating the illusion that his tree had broken through the ceiling and roof of his home.
“I built the prop using a quarter sheet of plywood, sheathing and spare roofing tile,” said Kruger. “I then bought a 14-foot tree and cut the top 6 feet off and mounted it to the prop. The first attempt was blown off the roof, so I bolted it down with the help of my buddy, Scott Douglas.”
Patrick Kruger, the Geyser of Awesome salutes you!
What if real birds could tweet on Twitter? Voldemars Dudums, Latvian conceptual artist and creative director, decided to find out bu creating an awesomely clever bird feeder using an old keyboard and irresistible cube of delicious bacon fat.
“When the birds would fly down to snack their inadvertent key presses were fed to an api that parsed each little tap into a bonafide tweet on the @hungry_birds Twitter account (fyi, these particular feathered friends became political during the U.S. elections, so there’s that). The birds, mostly tomtits, would tweet roughly 100 times each day and could even be watched live over on Birds on Twitter.”
Meet Oscar, a handsome and clearly quite clever Devon Rex kitty who figured out how to open his family’s freezer in order to gain access to irresistible fish fingers. After discovering what Oscar was up to, his family installed a safety lock on the freezer door. But we hear he can open other sorts of closed doors as well, so it’s probably just a matter of time until Oscar works out how to unfasten locks too.
“No One Here But Us Plants”
During recent research into how cuttlefish adopt camouflage positions, a common cuttlefish (left) raises two of its eight arms in apparent mimicry of artificial algae placed in its tank. The animal reacted similarly when shown a photo of green algae, said biologist Roger Hanlon.
It’s been known that many cuttlefish—and their squid and octopus cousins—adjust their postures and rapidly change color to resemble nearby objects, a strategy to evade predators. But the recent lab experiments are the first to confirm that cuttlefish use visual information to determine those gestures, according to Hanlon, of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Photograph courtesy of Justine Allen, Marine Biological Laboratory
[via National Geographic]
We already thought cuttlefish were awesome, we even sell little squirting cuttlefish at the Archie McPhee store, but this just takes the cake.