Super Micro Paint

Super Micro Paint is a very simple, very fun, web-based version of the simple pixel-based animation and drawing toys I had as a kid. It exports animated GIFs and has one-click upload to imgur, too.


Custom Sixth Scale Rod Serling Action Figure

[Costing $55 for the unpainted head of Mr. Serling][link], I wish I had the kitbashing skills an the cash to buy this little guy and have him sit on my desk, silently judging me. This guy used the body of a Cigarette Smoking Man figure, which looks great, but a blue shirt and red tie? Rod wouldn’t have been caught dead on TV in anything but a black tie and a white shirt.

[link]: “custom Twilight Zone sixth scale Rod Serling action figure – Another Pop Culture Collectible Review by Michael Crawford, Captain Toy”


Introducing Kreskin, A Band/Album Generator

[Kreskin is an album generator][kreskin], which essentially automates the Wikipedia Band Name Game. To wit:

[kreskin]: “Kreskin”

1. Go to the [Random article page][wiki] on Wikipedia. The page it goes to is your band name.
2. Go to [Flickr’s most interesting photos for the last 7 days][flickr]. Find the third image. That is your band’s album cover.
3. Go to the quotations page and pick the last quote on the [Random Quotes page][quotes]. The last three words of this quote is the title of your album.

[wiki]: “Random Wikipedia Page”
[flickr]: “Flickr: Explore interesting photos from the last 7 days”
[quotes]: “Random Quotes”

You have likely played this game on a grey workday afternoon, but Kreskin makes the process much easier. Using the sources above, Kreskin grabs the needed information and presents you with a lovely image with a permalink that you can pass around, no manual labor needed. Kreskin also picks from a random assortment of freely-licensed web fonts to snazz up your album covers.

Kreskin is an [Extra Future 6-hour Project][6].

[6]: “Six-Hour Projects”


MagLev Toy Train

[This video of a toy MegLev train][link] does a good job of explaining how the technology works. (via [kottke][source])

[link]: “YouTube – MagLev Toy Train ENGLISH VERSION”
[source]: “Kottke’s post about the video”