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Observe The Banana

Observe The Banana - thoughts and observations of the world around me, and some fun gadgets too

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Flying a 1938 Schulgleiter SG38 glider

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:09:20 +0000

Very cool, and just a little bit terrifying!     Found on [Sploid]

Stunning Animal Fantasy Photographs with Real Animals

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:32:18 +0000

The Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova takes incredible photographs with human models and real exotic animals. The results are stunning – like fairy tales brought to life. The potentially deadly animals are trained and photographed with the help of their handlers and the results are magical.   You can see more of her work at 500px […]

Cold Jet Uses High Speed Jet of Dry Ice to Strip Clean Materials

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:00:31 +0000

I had no idea that this was a thing. The Cold Jet machine shoots tiny pellets of dry ice at 600 to 1200 feet per second to effectively strip clean any surface it hits. When the pellets hit a surface they rapidly cool it to -109 F which causes rapid “differential thermal expansion and contraction” […]

Bell Labs Announces Communication Technology Breakthrough

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:39:26 +0000

Bell Laboratories announced today an amazing new breakthrough in hands-free texting technology. Product team leader Mr. A. Bell explained, “we saw that people were getting more and more frustrated trying to communicate through the tiny keyboards on their phone, so we stepped up to do something about it.” Their breakthrough new product allows users to […]

Chuck Norris Protects Latvians from Junk Mail

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:00:14 +0000

Sticker seen on a mailbox: It translates to: “Please! DO NOT THROW unaddressed items! Chuck Norris knows where YOU live. “ Notice how they Latvianize his name to Caks Noriss.

Wonderful 1970s Space Colony Art

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:22:42 +0000

  I just love these gorgeous imaginings of space colonies from the 1970s. These are the kinds of scenes that filled my imagination when I read Varley’s Rolling Thunder, Bova’s Saturn or Nivan’s classic Ringworld. These massive space habitat’s have so much to fuel the imagination, from the upward curve of the landscape to the […]

Confuse A Dog

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:22:37 +0000

I enjoy watching this magician confuse these poor dogs with a simple disappearing treat trick. You can see their little doggy brains struggling to make sense of what happened. It is interesting how many of them instinctively look down suddenly, expecting the treat to fall to the ground. They don’t understand slight of hand, but […]

Americans Living In Latvia

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:57:06 +0000

In mid January 2014 my wife, son and I moved to Latvia for a 6-month stay. My wife is teaching at Vidzeme University here on a Fulbright Fellowship. A number of friends and family have asked me about Latvia and our stay here, so I am writing this short article to share some things I […]

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The Lost Art of Ice Harvesting

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:36 +0000

When ever I hear about a dying industry being bailed out to “preserve a way of life” I always think of the massive ice harvesting industry that disappeared  almost overnight once modern refrigeration became common. I imagine that poor teenager apprentice trained and ready to take over the family business, when suddenly it all goes […]


Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:58:55 +0000

  Secret It told her that I knew a secret about her. She looked at me solemnly and answered quietly with a tone of hope in her voice, ” you don’t…” “I do, but it is okay”, I assured her. She stared silently with her little furrowed brow. I went on. “I met a boy. […]