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.
[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]: http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_112108a.htm “custom Twilight Zone sixth scale Rod Serling action figure – Another Pop Culture Collectible Review by Michael Crawford, Captain Toy”
[Kreskin is an album generator][kreskin], which essentially automates the Wikipedia Band Name Game. To wit:
[kreskin]: http://kreskin.extrafuture.com “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]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random “Random Wikipedia Page”
[flickr]: http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/ “Flickr: Explore interesting photos from the last 7 days”
[quotes]: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3 “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].
: http://extrafuture.com/tag/6-hour-projects “Six-Hour Projects”
[This video of a toy MegLev train][link] does a good job of explaining how the technology works. (via [kottke][source])
[link]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5el1A5B-h3Q “YouTube – MagLev Toy Train ENGLISH VERSION”
[source]: http://www.kottke.org/09/06/maglev-toy-train “Kottke’s post about the video”