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Edible giant ants

In Read, View on March 14, 2011 at 7:16 am

Ants are great, but this is gross:

Nutty Bacon-like Taste!
Nutty Bacon-like Taste!

Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants hold two secrets. One, they are very high in protein and low in saturated fat. Two, they have a very unique taste. And C, they are commonly called (by those in the know): “hormigas culonas.” That roughly translates into “big ass ants” – so named for the size of their abdomen, but also appropriate for today’s slang. Giant Toasted Leafcutter Ants – get ’em now, while the gettin’ is good.

Via:  The Presurfer

Screens under a microscope update

In Read, View on March 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

Last August, Keith Peters took a look at the Kindle and iPad screens under a microscope.  I’m only getting to it now, but a month later when the Kindle 3 came out he gave it the same treatment:


Kindle 2.  Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 2. Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 3.  Photo by Keith Peters.
Kindle 3. Photo by Keith Peters.

“Pretty easy to see that the K3 is darker and crisper. But to the naked eye, I feel the effect is even more stunning. The screensaver photos themselves are rendered beautifully. I’d still like some new ones, but even as bored as I am with the, the first few times I saw them, I had to stare a while.”

My friend Ryan loves his Kindle, but he found a drawback on a recent plane flight:

“sir please turn off your book for take off.” Never thought I’d hear that. The only downside of a Kindle.

Ant farm update

In View on February 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I got the ants for my Christmas ant farm in the mail last week.  Here’s their first week’s progress:

Ant farm.  Week 1.

Ant farm. Week 1.

The blue-green stuff is gel that serves as both their food source and their habitat.  Sort of like a gingerbread house.  I made the three starter holes, and they’ve begun expanding the right one.

It took them a while to get cranking, mostly because the temperature has been sub-optimal.  If it’s too cold they get lethargic.

Hot air balloon pilot

In View on February 25, 2011 at 7:08 am

This is sort of like Goodyear Blimp pilots, but on a smaller scale.  Brooke Owen is a chief hot air balloon pilot for Rainbow Ryders, a balloon company in New Mexico.


Brooke Owen with his gear.  Photo by Popular Mechanics.

Brooke Owen with his gear. Photo by Popular Mechanics.

What Owen enjoys most are the tranquility and unpredictability of the journey. “Wherever the wind blows, that’s where you’re going,” he says.

Click through for the info on the gear shown in the picture, including a good ol’ Garmin GPS that Owen uses to help with navigation.

Macro photos of insects

In View on February 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

Macro photography is ultra-close-up photography of things that are very small.  Here are some macro photos of insects by Dutch photographer Leon Baas:

Ladybug.  Photo by Leon Baas.

Ladybug. Photo by Leon Baas.

Ant. Photo by Leon Baas.

Ant. Photo by Leon Baas.

Telegraph has a gallery of more images, as well as descriptions and some comments from Baas.  “The shot of the flying ladybug [above] was a once in a lifetime photograph,” he says.  “I am very happy with it and do not think it will ever happen again.”

You can also see more at Baas’s personal website.

Snowflakes under a microscope

In View on February 11, 2011 at 7:11 am

Here are pictures of snowflakes under a microscope:

Many more at the link.

Via:  Make:Online

Typewriter art

In View on February 10, 2011 at 7:12 am

Last week we looked at typewriter repairmen, and this week on Flavorwire we have a woman who would use their services.  Keira Rathbone uses an old manual typewriter to create works of art:

Keira Rathbone's typewriter art.

Keira Rathbone's typewriter art.

“It’s an enjoyable process and a unique way of creating imagery.  I often go around London and just sit there with a typewriter drawing what I can see or doing portraits.”

You can read more about her at and see more of her work at her personal website:  The Art of Keira Rathbone.

Single-pixel scanner photos

In View on February 9, 2011 at 7:30 am

Jason Kottke highlights photographer Adam Magyar, who takes photos using the same technology as finish-line cameras at racetracks:

Photo by Adam Magyar.

Photo by Adam Magyar.

As Kottke points out, it’s hard to describe what’s going on here.  The description he quotes is from the site Walking As One (via a story on Magyar from the blog lens culture):

Adam uses the same technologies as the finish line cameras at the Olympic Games, which take thousands of images a second and record through a 1 pixel wide slit. The time and space slices are then placed next to one another to generate an image without perspective. This method is capable of recording movement only, with static objects and buildings appearing as stripes and lines.

Here’s Magyar’s website with more of these photos (in “Urban Flow”).

Typewriter repairmen

In Read, View on February 4, 2011 at 7:01 am

Wired Raw highlights a unique profession in today’s modern age:

Despite these inefficiencies, there are a few places where typewriters still clack away. New York City police stations, the desks of a few stubborn hangers-on, and, increasingly, the apartments of hip young people who have a fetish for the retro. Mechanical devices with a lot of moving parts, typewriters require maintenance by technicians with specialized knowledge and years of experience. A surprising number of people still make their living meeting that demand.


Berkeley Typewriter co-owner Jesse Banuelos.  Photo by Jon Snyder/

Berkeley Typewriter co-owner Jesse Banuelos. Photo by Jon Snyder/

The piece takes a look at three unique shops located in the San Francisco Bay area.  I know I’ve passed Berkeley Typewriter, which is right down the street from where I’ve stayed with friends at Cal.

Matchstick shipbuilder

In View on February 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

An English modeler named Phillip Warren has created replicas of every ship afloat in the Royal Navy out of matchsticks.

Phillip Warren with his ships.  Photo by Daniel Rushall.

Phillip Warren with his ships. Photo by Daniel Rushall.

From a write-up in the Daily Mail:

The patient hobbyist began assembling his collection in 1948, using simple tools of a razor blade, tweezers and sandpaper to carve the matches and boxes and pieces them together using PVA and balsa wood glue.

More than 650,000 matches have been used to create  every class of ship in the Royal Navy in incredible detail on a scale model of 1:300. And he has even crafted 1,200 model aircraft out of matches to make his scale-model carrier ships look even more realistic.

The link has more photos, including one of Warren at work from 55 years ago.

Via: Oddity Central

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