Saturday, November 08, 2008

Spiker is Australian for robot

Actually, SPIKER stands for Special Purpose IED Killer Experimental Robot. I think Spiker is a cool name (especially when said with an Aussie accent) but does the Ministry of Defense really want the words "Killer Experimental Robot" in their robot's name? Click on the post title to read more.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Yet more Geeky Cake

No matter where I go on the web I can't seem to stay away from cakes (I have the same problem in real life!). WEburbanist has a round-up of 20 geeky cakes. Click on the post title to go there.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

War of the worlds flash Game!

Inspired by Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation of "War of the Worlds", This flash game is like a steampunk version of Missile Command! The little victorian humans have rocket launchers, how cool is that!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Confused about CERN's new Large Hadron Collider? Click on the video above and watch in awe as Alpinekat drops rythmes and knowledge..... Word!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Follow in Neil and Buzz's footsteps without leaving Earth (or the Bay Area)

Want to follow in the footsteps of the first men on the moon but can't afford your own space program or even a ticket to Florida or Houston? Never fear,
the Bay Area has its very own piece of Apollo history right in the city of Alameda (Yes, the same Alameda the Enterprise crew trekked to in search of "nuclear wessels" but that's another story).
The aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet served as the recovery ship for both Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. The ship is now open as a floating history museum and holds several NASA related exhibits on its spacious hanger deck including an Apollo Command Module and an Airstream trailer which served as an isolation housing unit for the astronauts after their return to Earth.
For more information about the U.S.S. Hornet, click on this post's title for a link to the ship's website.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Mmmmm.... more Cake!

Over on the B-side blog there's a story about an amazing R2-D2 cake one really cool dad ordered for his 4 year old's birthday Click one the title to go to the posting. Scroll down to the bottom of the article for an update which include photos of the cake at the party!
Wow, I've seen R2 cakes before but this is the best one I've seen. and before you go "Shouldn't it be Blue?", read the second post where the red color is explained. While I think that maybe the whole "extreme cake" trend has gone too far (and for that I blame the Food Network) I do love robots and cake so it's all good!
Did I mention my birhtday is next month?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Belated Maker Faire post

I'm finally getting around to post the pics I took at maker faire. If youv'e never been imagine a craft show, science fair, robot combat meet, renfair with bits of burning man and steampunks madness thrown in.It's the only place I know you can see fighting robots, fighting r/c battleships, story-telling blacksmiths,and a life-size game of Mouse-trap all in the same day.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Iron man in Spaaaaccee !!!! reports that one of the astronauts on the international space station will get to watch the Iron Man movie IN ORBIT! Lucky him. hopefully it will help distract him from the fact that the station's only toilet is broken. click on the post title for a link to Marvel's press releas- oops, news story.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Real life powered armor

With all the hype surrounding the Iron Man movie there have been alot of stories about real life attempts to make powered armor. While a flying red and gold suit with repulsor gauntlets is still a ways off, there does seem to be progress on the exoskeleton front. Hack-a-day has a pretty good survey of the history of exosuits.
Click on the title to go to their post.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Lego

By request, here's an oldie but goodie!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Mmmmm.... Cake!

Nearly everyone loves cake and apparently there's a lot of people out there making geeky cakes.
Science has compiled the slide show above and you can view their post about it by clicking on the title.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Three Words

Giant Flying Robot.
I'm not sure if hulu is ever going to rival Youtube but where else are you going to find "Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot? There's also the old Irwin Allen shows such as "Lost in Space", "Time Tunnel" and "Land of the Giants". Ever curious about "Firefly?? It's here as well as all three flavors of Galactica (current, classic and the dreaded "1980"). Missed the live action version of "The Tick"? The whole series is here.
Maybe this will all crash and burn but in the meantime you can probably find something interesting to watch.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

The box is locked the lights are on ...could it be robot fighting time again?

Like alot of people my first exposure to fighting robots was through the Comedy Central series "Battle Bots". Popular Mechanics reports that battlebots will return this time on ESPN.(Click on the title to go to the article). Plans are for both a college and a pro event to be held this November. Watch this space for more details as they become available.

Friday, March 07, 2008

New iron man poster posted this version of the Iron Man movie poster. Click on the post title to go to their article. The more I see about this movie the more I want to see it. Only time will tell if the actual movie is any good but the trailers have been excellent.No gimmicks, no viral marketing, no references to nonexistant slushy beverages just interesting clips,some good throway lines and a bit of Ozzy to top things off!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Npr discovers Steampunk!

All things Considered did a brief story on the "new" asthetic known as took them long enough.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Popular mechanics rates the Terminators

Were you wondering which Terminator was the strongest, fastest and smartest? Me either but someone over at PM has given the matter a lot of thought. I've watched thr first few episodes of the Sarah Conor Chronicles but unless it gets better soon I'm out.Anyway, in Califonia Synet has already won. After manipulating the California electricity market and triggering a recall election, Skynet has placed a T-800 in the Governor's mansion!