Jul 18, 2006

The most spectacular yacht ever built

Pelorus is probably THE MOST spectacular yacht ever built. It is monstrous, with 115 meters overall length, 17 meters beam and running 5 meters deep. It has the most sophisticated exterior look, that gives its cutting edge characteristics. This mega yacht is built by Lurssen Yachts and it was designed by non other than Tim Heywood, who is also the designer for the beautiful Carinthia VI and Octopus.

Pelorus is owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The yacht contains five star dining, sports centers, diving center, submarines, personal watercrafts, theatre, pool, and everything else you would imagine on a state-of-the-art luxury yacht. The distinct look of Pelorus is its battleship like lines and hull design which is in consistency with the golden ratio. This ratio does work on yacht designs, it is obvious.

Dinner in the sky

Belgian Dinner in the Sky offers event organizers a new way to make their event highly memorable: a table, with 22 seated guests, is suspended from a crane. The specially built table is surrounded by chairs of the type usually found on roller coasters, with four-point seat belts. Hoisted 50 meters (164 feet) above ground, safety is a reasonable concern.

Safely buckled up and floating mid-air, guests can enjoy a meal or meeting, with three chefs, waiters, presenters and/or entertainers standing in an open area in the centre of the table. One of the company's first events (pictured above) was a dinner for 22 chefs, hosted by San Pellegrino.

Table, crane, logistic and security staff are available for EUR 7900 for an eight hour session, which can be organized anywhere a large crane can be placed.

More info about this at official website.


An Illustration is a visualisation such as drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that stresses subject more than form. The aim of an illustration is to elucidate or decorate a story, poem or piece of textual information (such as a newspaper article), traditionally by providing a visual representation of something described in the text.

Now I invite you to admire some fantastic illustrations.

PDF Files can Talk

Did you realise that if you use Adobe Reader 6.0 or 7.0, you can have a bot talk on the contents of the pdf file? Now you can hear the document.

Open a pdf file then:

Ctrl+shift+b - to hear the entire Document
Ctrl+shift+v - to hear the page
Ctrl+shift+c - to resume
Ctrl+shift+e - to stop

Try out the hear the page if the hear the entire document doesn't seem to work because of long pdf file content.

Mini Cooper Ad

Creative ad by Mini Cooper at Zürich’s train station.

Police Hummer H2

The Hummer is a dominant sign of American military power and as if it needed a stronger image, a Texas sheriff decided to have it pimped with even more testosterone. The request was to turn his personal emergency vehicle into the world’s fastest police HUMMER represented a special challenge. Now it has a 7.0-liter engine with 700 hp (515 kW) it also has a brutal torque output which peaks at 904 Nm at 4,260 rpm and top speed of 250 km/h.

ATV & Jetski - Two in one

As you can see on the picture this Jetski is a little different than any other one, it has wheels and obviously it is capable of going on land too. In other words this is World’s First High Speed Amphibian Quadbike / ATV. It is capable of travelling up to 50 mph on land and water and makes the transition, according to the company, at the flick of a switch.

Learn Japanese

Japanese is a language spoken by over 127 million people, mainly in Japan, but also by Japanese emigrant communities around the world. It is considered an agglutinative language and is distinguished by a complex system of honorifics reflecting the hierarchical nature of Japanese society, with verb forms and particular vocabulary which indicate the relative status of speaker and listener.

The Japanese language is written with a combination of three different types of glyphs: Chinese characters (called kanji), and two syllabic scripts, hiragana and katakana. The Latin alphabet (called rōmaji) is also often used in modern Japanese, especially for things such as company names, advertising, and when inputting Japanese into a computer.

Now that we know a little about Japanese language let's learn something useful.

Top 10 Strangest Computer Mices

Techeblog have published a list of the Top 10 strangest computer mices. Computer mice come in all odd shapes and sizes so they decided to compile a list of the ten strangest that they have come across.


Sony VN-CX1 Mouse Phone

1. Foot Mouse

Put simply, the Foot Mouse is the strangest we’ve seen. One pedal controls movement while the other is for the clicks. Pedals are made from an injection molded plastic shell and feature a “360-degree, pressure sensitive mechanism”.

2. CP-1 USB Spy Mouse

Keep a close ear on your computer with the CP-1. Hidden inside this otherwise normal looking mouse is a condenser microphone - capable of picking up on any nearby conversations. It measures 53 x 95 x 35 mm and weighs just 75g.

3. Powerglove Mouse

Zerosign managed to convert an old Nintendo Powerglove into a fully functioning computer mouse after countless hours of wiring and hacking.

4. AMG Helmet Optical Mouse

SolidAlliance Japan presents an innovative new wireless optical mouse with a design inspired by Jean Alesi’s AMG-Mercedes Helmet.

5. NES Controller Optical Mouse

Most optical mice are boring, not this one. To make your own, you’ll need an NES controller, optical mouse, dremel tool, lots of glue, soldering gun, and four-five hours.

6. Mouse Phone

This nifty device combines both telephone and mouse into a very uncomfortable looking design. Who really wants to rest their palm on a keypad when surfing the web?

7. Mus2 Cursor Mouse

Breaking completely from the typical design for computer mice, Art. Lebedev’s Mus2 is unique to say the least. This cursor-shaped optical mouse has 800 dpi optical sensor resolution, up to 2300 fps frame speed, and is compatible with all Windows/Mac OS X systems.

8. Mario Bros Computer Mice

Available in either Mario or Goomba characters, these mice feature a 400dpi mechanical ball, USB support, and are compatible with Windows/Mac systems.

9. Street Mouse

Available in a candy red color, this BMW-styled “Street Mouse” features always on headlights and tailights that illuminate with movement. Other perks include chrome wheels, tinted windows, and 800dpi optical tracking.

10. Zero Tension Mouse

Looking more like a joystick, this USB mouse features the basic functions (scroll wheel, right/left mouse buttons), digital optical tracking, and comes in medium/large sizes. It measures 4.5 x 3.4 x 5.6 in. and is compatible with MAC/PC computers.

Coffins From Ghana

A cigarette-shaped coffin is carried in a funeral procession in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. Relatives wanted to honor the dead man's love of smoking and his cigarette business.

A coffin designed for a seamstress is decorated with a sewing machine. It can take up to a month to make the coffins, which are kept at the carpenter's until the funeral day. It's considered bad luck to bring the coffins home ahead of time.

Pineapple Coffin: Sweet death?

Benz Coffin: Affordable when dead: For about 30 years Ghana has earned a special reputation for the world's most colorful and imaginative coffins for their dead.

"Air Jordan" Coffin: MJ, do you want one of these?

Shoe Coffin: Prizes for an imaginative coffin vary between five and six million Cedis (about 500 to 600 US dollars).

Fish Coffin: Young carpenters carry a coffin shaped in the form of a fish over the main road in Teshie.

Beer Coffin:It's not unusual that fatalities are kept in the fridge of the morgue for almost three weeks until the carpenters have finished their shaped coffins to show mourners the profession or the individuality of the casual.

Coca Cola Coffin: Young carpenters open a coffin shaped in the form of a Coca Cola bottle in Teshie, a suburb of Accra January 22, 2004.

For the Ga tribe in coastal Ghana, funerals are a time of mourning, but also of celebration. The Ga people believe that when their loved ones die, they move on into another life and the Ga make sure they do so in style. They honor their dead with brightly colored coffins that celebrate the way they lived.

The coffins are designed to represent an aspect of the dead person's life. Such as a car if they were a driver, a fish if their livelihood was the sea or a sewing machine for a seamstress. They might also symbolize a vice such as a bottle of beer or a cigarette.

Ablade Glover, an artist who works with the carpenters, says the coffin acts as a home in the afterlife, so it must be beautiful. But he laments that after putting so much time into creating the coffin, it gets hidden underground.

"By the end of the day, they are going to bury this thing, which has taken so much time, so much energy…" he says.

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