Today I saw, among other things, links to the user manual for the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. This got me thinking of the stereotypical user manual for crazy large government-scale objects, and how they always seem to begin with “Congratulations on your purchase of a Large Hadron Collider!” They continue with prattle about how you’ll become the envy of your friends and other small governments, how over a thousand scientists in lab coats labored for years to produce this fine product for your use in taking over the world, or whatever. Then, I did a quick google search for Congratulations on your purchase of, and was amused by how many products actually begin their manuals like that.
Anyway, onto the links.
- Scientists have worked out a way to capture an estimation of 3-D textures using two still pictures, one with and one without a flash — cue the 3D home photography!
- This sink doesn’t have a conventional drain.
- This artist designed cameras to give the maximum amount of redeye. (via OOBJECT)
- Rocks — a cute movie about the lives of rocks. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
- An amusing redo of the X-men as Victorian-era paranormal investigators. (via SuperPunch)
- I think I just hit my amusement quota for the week. I pity the fool who doesn’t use Hitachi Data Systems Virtualization! (via Stupid Storage
- This one’s also an ad, but it’s a funny ad. Funny because, unfortunately, it’s true. The elegy of Steve the server (via Stupid Storage