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Zorki Rangefinder Converted to Digital

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On May - 13 - 2010

Someone stuck a Sony DSC-WX1 10.2 MP digital camera inside a Russian Zorki rangefinder (a Leica II copy) – a melding of a 1950’s classic film camera with a modern digital camera.

The original site is in Japanese. (English Google translation) There are detailed build photos; the body was re-covered and even the rangefinder’s shutter release works the digital camera’s shutter. It is a beautiful hack. I wish I had the patience to do something like this.

via Hack a Day

Dragonfly DF1 Personal Rocket Powered Helicopter

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On March - 16 - 2010

Moon Jellies

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On February - 5 - 2010

Moon Jellies


Moon Jellies, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

These alien-looking creatures are named for their translucent, moonlike circular bells. Instead of long, trailing tentacles, moon jellies have a short, fine fringe (cilia) that sweeps food toward the mucous layer on the edges of the bells. Prey is stored in pouches until the oral arms pick it up and begin to digest it.

Nikon D70, 18-55 f3.5-f5.6, 18mm, f5.6, 1/4 sec, ISO 400. 2-25-10, 3:17:19 PM PDT.

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On May - 7 - 2009

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable'

The Onion reports, “Star Trek fans are decrying the latest film in the long running series, as a fun and watchable, action packed, thrill-ride.

‘Yes, it was exciting. But where was the heavy-handed message about tolerance, where was the stiff acting?’



Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On April - 13 - 2009


My first issue of Mine. came today. It’s Time Inc’s experiment at a personalized magazine.

I had a choice of five titles out of the available eight: Travel & Leisure, Golf, InStyle, Money, Real Simple, Time, Sports Illustrated and Food & Wine.

After I chose Time, Sports Illustrated and Food & Wine, I had to think about my last two choices. I realized I’d be reading them online if I were interested in them.

Time Inc and Lexus got marketing information from me. That Lexus is involved, immediately moves me out of the target audience. I’m old and Mine looks to me to be an old person’s idea. A handful of stories every two weeks? Have they seen RSS?

In my first 36 page issue, I got a helpful article from t+l Journal, “How to Look Out an Airplane Window”. Step number 1, “Choose a Window Seat.”

My RSS feeds are not in danger of being unread. My Google Reader Trends:

From your 91 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 16,414 items, starred 44 items, shared 79 items, and emailed 6 items.

World’s Top 15 Race Courses, As Seen By Google Earth

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On March - 1 - 2009

Laguna Seca

netgeek06 over at digg writes, “As we stand waiting at the starter tree of the 2009 motorsports season, we’ve let our minds wander across the infinite expanses of Google Earth, finding these shots of the world’s top 15 race courses.

Number 7 is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, near my house.

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Move Over Roz Chast – Eugene L. Madsen’s Cartoons

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On December - 9 - 2008

Parade of Unconventional Voices: Cartoons of art, humor, and philosophy, by Eugene L. Madsen

When your professional life involves the study of microorganisms – microbiology – at some point the more creative thinker may start wondering what kind of conversations are going on in these teeny populations.

Expand that examination to the conversations of bakery rolls, shifting desert sand grains, bowling balls, underwear, ogres, hooligans, philologists, armpits, clocks and mountaineers and you will arrive at Parade of Unconventional Voices: Cartoons of art, humor, and philosophy, a 30 year collection of the hitherto unknown thoughts of what we once considered inanimate objects.

While Antonie van Leeuwenhoek‘s lenses magnified before unseen microorganisms, Eugene L. Madsen‘s pen and ink cartoons extend our vision to a humorous, more thoughtful world. We may need to be reminded of Dr. Madsen’s characters’ humanity and sense of humor -maybe that’s why he sends them out every year around the holidays.

Welcome to the International Convention of Clocks, by Eugene L. Madsen

At the International Convention of Mosaic Tiles: “So fellow mosaics, I think you will agree that violent clashes occur only when designs force hard edges where they do not fit. Rigid edges and myopic designs are the sources of strife; while soft edges and flexible designs are the cure. By blending with one another, we create new designs. Remember, mosaics of the world, fitness is really measured by readiness for peace, not war. Fitness is gauged by the tolerance of our edges, not by muscle tone and cholesterol readings. Your patterns are bold, your beauty is alive. Enjoy the NEW YEAR.

900-Pound Giant Squid Joins Cast Of “The View”

Posted by Mr. Leslie Wong On October - 14 - 2008

New squid co-host on The View

msaleem, over at, notes this story at “The View, a daytime talk show featuring a panel of women who discuss current events and topical issues, has found its newest co-host – a 53-foot-long giant squid.

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