Konopizza

This is a rather ingenious foodstuff – a conical pizza. a number of conical pizza bases are prepared, then have tomato paste spread on the inside and then filled with a number of pizza toppings and cheese. Then you cook it and eat like an ice cream. It’s very original and comes in lots of flavours. The official site is here.

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The Darth Side: Memoirs Of A Monster

This is a rather intresting and sad blog on the more human side of Darth Vader. Written brilliantly, This blog has recieved almost unanimous praise for it’s wonderful narrative. The blog is avadible as a traditional blog or in a downloadable PDF format. It can be found at http://darthside.blogspot.com/

GigaPan

A site called www.gigapan.com hosts some very interesting pictures indeed. These are huge gigapixel panoramas taken from up to a hundred pictures digitally stitched together to form hi-resolution vies of a certain area. There are panoramas of Obama’s inaugaration ceremony, Singapore, Boston, beaches and loads more. Here is the pic of Obama’s inaugaration, which led me to the site.

VGH Bogen AutoFabrik

A group of German students who run a robotics club at VGH Bogen have created three amazing and complex contraptions for some sort of competition. It’s hard to know exactly what the details are, because the site is in German and Google can’t translate most of it. But videos of these giant construction machines are available on YouTube, and are therefore embedded below. Enjoy.

Panexa

This is another discovery from the people at NewScientist, more specifically the Feedback section whose oddities of language and logic brighten my day.
This particular nugget is Panexa, a wonder-drug for the treatment of metabolism, binocular vision and digestion among other things. The side effects include “really geeky laughs, inability to distinguish the colors ‘taupe’ and ‘putty’ and the compulsion to address everyone nearby as Cap’n”. Hmmm.
Closer inspection reveals that this is not real and is a hoax prepetrated by some sort of satirical publication called ‘Stay Free’. Thank goodness. Here is the website.

Shockwave Traffic Jam

Today while crossing the road I witnessed a rather uncommon road event known as a ‘shockwave traffic jam’. This occours when one car slows down for whatever reason, slowing the car behind it, slowing the car behind the second car and the car behind that one and so on and so forth. This eventually spawns this mass of stopped cars that moves backwards along the road at about 20kph. It moves like a shockwave hence it’s name. This is really well shown in an experiment set up by Japanese scientists below.

Micronations

Just discovered this intresting little nation of Sealand. Apparently it’s founded on an abandoned WW2 anti-air platform, in international waters off the south-east coast of England. The single family that runs the place is headed by Prince Roy Bates and his wife Princess Joan: Also their son is Prince Reagent. Currently it is maintained by representitive caretakers and His Majesty currently lives in Essex. Sealand has it’s own stamps, flag and coinage; and through a visit from a german lawyer/diplomat who tried to say “now look, you can’t go around making your own country” they now have grounds that they really are a country. More info at http://brianakira.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/sealanders-struggle-for-freedom/.