Monday, August 31, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hip Hop Genghis Khan


So I was pondering what historical figures would look like if they were born in this era... to kick start off this I give you my rendition of Hip Hop Genghis Khan

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tactical Charcoal Storage in the NSX sparetire compartment

Guns and Ammo + Car Dealerships








So I heard about this Hummer Dealership in St. Louis that started selling firearms and ammo. So like all those who are awesome... I decided to investigate. My friend Tim G. and I trekked down there and noticed a Fox news van sitting in the parking lot, with the camera rolling apparently, but no one was around. Anyhow, we walked in and were greeted in a friendly manner. The level of courtesy was what you would expect from a high end car dealership. They had a decent amount of ammo (considering most places in STL are really short on hand gun ammo at the moment - see my zombies vs ammo post). There was a wall full of semi-automatic rifles such as AR-15's and AK-47's. I was particularly impressed by the 50 caliber Sniper Rifle they had on display as well as the Saiga 12 Semi-Auto Kalashnikov style Shotgun. They also had a nice P90 there as well. All in all, if you are around the area, its worth checking out I think. If anything just to see the interesting juxtaposition of firearms, bullets, and really expensive vehicles.

Of Fireflies and Tobacco: Glow in the dark plants


Image taken from National Geographic website.


















So I stumbled upon this interesting bit of research that was covered by TIME MAGAZINE, concerning the genetic engineering of a tobacco plant with firefly dna.

The result being a plant that totally glows in the dark on its own.

From the article:

It sounds like a child's riddle: What do you get when you cross a firefly with a tobacco plant? Answer: tobacco that lights itself. That is essentially what a team of scientists at the University of California at San Diego has done. By outfitting a fragment of a plant virus with the gene that tells firefly cells to produce a protein central to generating light, the researchers have created a plant that literally glows in the dark.


Additionally, here is a National Geographic article that shows some more crazy glow in the dark animals and plants.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The REAL reason for the Ammo demand shock!


So I was messing about with Google trends and came up with this hilarious combo... Ammo vs Zombies. The results should speak for themselves. LOL

So perhaps the real reason behind the demand shock in ammo (ammo is pretty scarce these days) is not related to people's fears about possible firearm legislation.... PERHAPS! It has more to do with the fear of a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE =)

Notice how the search for ammo dropped yet the zombie searches increased... people are now in the locked and loaded phase =)

Moving Paper - Just like in Harry Potter


So I saw this blog post on Boingboing.net about how an Entertainment weekly ad embedded a video in the pages and just had to share it....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pistol Gunblade - For Real!


So did you always want a real gunblade, but didn't think it was practical? Now you can!
With this product form LaserLyte - I give you the LaserLyte PISTOL BAYONETE

yes... I said.. PISTOL BAYONET... LOL check it out below

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NSX Submarine!


So my friend Kyle sent me this, and I couldn't believe what I saw.. what blasphemy.. wtf.... LOL...and no that isn't my car you jokers.... mine has a totally more aero(hydro)dynamic wing on it =)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Inglorious Plumber Bastards



Saw this on metafilter... pretty sweet =p

Saturday, August 15, 2009

WHEN ZOMBIES ATTACK!: MATHEMATICAL MODELLING OF AN OUTBREAK OF ZOMBIE INFECTION


So I saw someone post this on metafilter and I thought I would share.

So here is a fun mathematical/statistical paper about zombie plague scenarios from a University in Canada. The paper goes through the mathematical model of outbreak with the additional caveat of "The key difference between the models presented here and other models of infectious disease is that the dead can come back to life. Clearly, this is an unlikely scenario if literally, but possible real-life applications may include allegiance to political parties, diseases with a dormant infection."

What I think is great is that they go through the unchecked rampant scenario, the quarantine scenario, the cure scenario, and finally my favorite... the Impulsive Eradication Scenario (Think Left 4 Dead).

Friday, August 14, 2009

Street Fighter Special Move Sound Cellphone Strap



So my friend Ian M. sent me this morning via Joystiq

You can order these Street Fighter cellphone straps HERE!

Basically if you dial in a Dwn+Dwn-Fwd+Fwd + the punch button you'll get a Hadoken or Yoga Fire (depending on the character you got) LOL....

Facial Action Coding System: Major Expressions









Here are some 3d Models I made using FACEGEN. I morphed the faces to show the listed facial expressions and I put arrows to give an intuitive sense for what direction the muscle units are acting. The muscle units in question can be determined from my Scribd article found here. FACEGEN is a 3d face modeling tool that can be found here I was going to use the default emotion set, but a few of them weren't quite right in my opinion so I manually morphed a majority of them.

Update!


and the iOS and Android App



Party Planner Extraordinare





LOLLLLLLL

This kid threw a house party that netted 500 people, the police, the news, and the dog squad. What is ACTUALLY funny is the way he totally pwn3d the interviewer.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Taleb: The Stock Market is deceptive for determining current state of the economy













So I saw this post on Zero Hedge
Tyler Durden from Zero Hedge seems to agree with Taleb's assertion about the impact of the Marginal Buyer.

What I found interesting was his example of how a set of trades totaling $50 Billion dollar trade could drop the entire market by like 12%.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

3d Model Madness+ Facial Action Coding System:Megan Fox Edition

So after researching the whole FACS system, I decided to come up with a tutorial for those interested in learning the 'fringe' basics, but not paying $250 for the Official System. Perhaps you may look at this and decide that the system suits your needs and you can then go to HERE and purchase the 'REAL' system. This 'REAL' system was developed by Paul Ekman, Wallace V. Friesen, and Joseph C. Hager.

Check out the parody FACS:Megan Fox Edition below. The document is published on my Scribd account

Facial Action Coding System - Megan Fox Edition

In addition to this, I'm planning on a followup document with the most common facial expressions which I learned from reading Paul Ekman's works. As a test run I thought it would be funny to make a 3d model of myself using FACEGEN.



Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hot Waitress Index is a Leading Economic Indicator





So my friend Kyle sent me this gem. Apparently an interesting economic indicator is the relative hotness of the waitress

LOL

Excerpt from the article:
In New York, we have our own economic indicators, often based on the degree to which people are being thwarted by the lack of opportunity. An old standby is the Overeducated Cabbie Index. The Squeegee Man Apparition Index is another good one. There’s also the Speed at Which Contractors Return Calls Index: within 24 hours, you’re in a recession; if they call you without prompting, that’s a depression.

The indicator I prefer is the Hot Waitress Index: The hotter the waitresses, the weaker the economy. In flush times, there is a robust market for hotness. Selling everything from condos to premium vodka is enhanced by proximity to pretty young people (of both sexes) who get paid for providing this service. That leaves more-punishing work, like waiting tables, to those with less striking genetic gifts. But not anymore.

Shake Weight meet your opponent, the Fist Massager


So my friend Allen C. sent me this... bit of comedy gold.. From the land of the Shake Weight and other unintentional LOLZ, I present the Fist Massager

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Auto-Beautification Killer Application

Ok so speaking of the 'auto beautification' software showcased in this posting. Imagine if you could take this software tool and apply it to a movie, frame by frame. So for instance, imagine finding a bunch of skilled actors who are not attractive, but have amazing acting ability... then filming them... then running the 'auto-beautification' filter on them... BAM!!!!!

Make awkward home movies of your kids into Boticelli masterpieces...! LOL

Mike H. said
"it'll have to be a DVD setup option "Beautify Movie"" LOL

Monday, August 3, 2009

When Average is Awesome



So I found this nifty website where you can take pictures and generate an average face. The reason this is interesting is, there is a theory that human beauty has some universal roots.. that the more average your features are to (the distance between such things as your nose, eyes etc...) the more attractive you are perceived to be. Here is a link to the Face Averaging program that I used above As you can see in the picture above, I selected all the female samples and hit the 'View Average' button. This generates a composite image based on the average facial features of all of the selected subjects.



Additionally, there is a demo where you can take different faces and transform them into another. Check out the Transform Demo here

The idea behind this can be somewhat explained through evolutionary biology. The idea that facial symmetry and clear skin are 'honest' indicators of health. So basically if you have massive asymmetry (your eye is like 1 inch lower than it should be on one side) then it perhaps implies that you have some mutation load. So the more inline with what is average in terms of facial symmetry and distance between key facial features the better. This is all theory of course but it is quite interesting.

Anyhow check out this video below for some more information about a program that automatically beautifies a picture... its kind of scary and cool at the same time.



This would be great for marketing plastic surgery, if you set things like eye socket spacing and other hard to modify things as constant. So when a client comes in, you could literally be like, well here is a possible face mod for you.

Update: Thought of the day!
It would be funny if this worked with multiple facial angles... then you could auto-magically apply this Software 'filter' to every frame of your favorite movie. This would make everyone look much better. LOL

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Big Picture Thinking from the unusual suspects


I saw this article on boingboing.net this morning and was pretty impressed. Did you get this viral wedding video (linked above) in your inbox last week?

Here is the original link on boingboing

Here is the link to the Youtube Biz Blog about this great case example of monetizing Youtube



Notice above how there is an ad overlay giving you the option to purchase the song, and also the title if you didn't already know what it was.


Here is an image from the Youtube Biz blog nothing the Youtube popularity of Chris Brown Forever over the last few days.

Well apparently Chris Brown's recording label did something interesting. Instead of pursuing legal recourse or asking them to take the video down since it was using the Chris Brown track without permission... they 1 Upped it by ADDING A LINK TO PURCHASE THE TRACK to the page. So this is a great example of the monetization of unorthodox and initially bothersome (to the recording label) situations. So basically it looks like Chris Brown's label has some big picture thinkers at the helm. Well played to both the Wedding Video couple and the label. Apparently more than 1 year after it's release the Chris Brown track has increased it's click through purchase traffic by 250% (due to the addition of the buy this song link on the Wedding Viral Video page)

Well played indeed.

This is interesting from a consumer behavior perspective because, if you look at how consumers fulfill the A and the O of the MAO (Motivation Ability Opportunity paradigm) portion of the information search. A lot of consumers start their product search from google, and they end up at the point of sale after clicking through a review or an ad. Many people they start with wanting something, they search google for more information about the product so they can have a better ability to judge product offerings, then they find the products through hyperlinks they stumbled into during their information search.

Something that you may find interesting is that more and more consumers are conducting their information search via Youtube. I find myself checking Youtube for product reviews more often than not, mainly as a 1st order check before I decide to dig deeper. This is more useful for products and services that have qualities that lend themselves to motion and sound. (Guitars, cars, iphone games).

Another interesting thing is that people actually get ACCIDENTALLY exposed to products via Youtube as well. This may seem obvious but I don't really see people taking advantage of this. When I had an Apple iPod Touch, I found most of the best applications NOT through the store, but from seeing viral Youtube videos linked from blogs and forums. For example I first learned about the Pocket Guitar application after seeing a video like this one below. This author only has 1 app in the iPhone store and it is one of the top 10 most profitable apps in the iStore.