Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hawaii's Haiku Stairs Illegal Hike

The Haiku Stairs is one of the most extreme and beautiful hikes in Hawaii. It's also illegal but people still make the trek up and down the steel steps that were once operated by the Coast Guard to catch a glimpse of the view at the top of Puu Keahi a Kahoe on the island of Oahu. The Honolulu Board of Water Supply has jurisdiction over the hike and requires that anyone who goes up it sign waivers and present a $1 million liability insurance policy. The photos show why this trail is also called "The Stairway To Heaven".

More: Business Insider

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Marilyn Myller: A Stop-Motion Animation

This film by Mikey Please and Dan Ojari tells a story of creation and destruction using sculpted styrofoam models and complex long-exposure lighting. It's pretty amazing.

More: Colossal

Patent Prints

I love these posters of famous patents. There are 360 items available but it would be hard to choose just a few because they're all pretty groovy. 

The Miraculous Face Transplant of Richard Norris

Richard Norris had a face too hideous to show until a doctor gave him a miracle too fantastic to believe. Two years ago Norris received the "face of a recently deceased 21-year-old man," transplanted as "one solid flap, skin, muscle, bone, nerves, blood vessels, tongue—everything as one piece." Along with the new face Richard got a new life, and a new set of burdens too strange to predict. What's it like to live with a face that wasn't yours—and that may never quite be?

The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Built between 1874 and 1895, TheRoyal Greenhouses of Laeken are a vast (2.5 hectares) complex of monumental heated greenhouses commissioned by King Leopold II and designed by Alphonse Balat. They are located in the park of the Royal Palace of Laeken in the north of Brussels.

They are open to the public during a two-week period in April–May each year, when most flowers are in full bloom.

Winged Textile Art

North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita makes lovely fibre art sculptures of moths and butterflies.

Grade 12 student devises alarm to save kids left in cars

Every summer we hear tragic stories about small children forgotten in cars. Seventeen-year-old Alissa Chavez has designed "The Hot Seat" a car-seat device that alerts parents when they've left a child in the car. The system sounds an alarm on the car, on a key fob and on an app when the parent is 10 metres away from the car but there is still a child inside.
Alissa has an Indiegogo project and will use the funds raised there to build a prototype and hopefully start manufacturing the device soon.

More: CBC Radio

Update On hitchBOT,The Hitchhiking Robot

Last month I posted the story of hitchBOT, the Canadian robot aiming to hitchhike from Halifax to Victoria. So far he has made good progress and has already made it to the Quebec border in his first 24 hours.
The robot has a rudimentary ability to understand human speech and can interact with drivers.
When they ask the inevitable “where are you going?”, for instance, the robot’s electronic voice responds. “I’m headed to Victoria BC, as far west as I can manage. Going my way?”

Should the driver ask why it is doing this, the machine is a bit more vague.“Just because. My family wants to see if it’s possible. I do hope I give them a good result,” it replies. 
If asked “what is love?”, the robot artfully dodges the question by responding “tell me what love is.

More: National Post

Monday, July 28, 2014

Inside Sun Noodle

Photo: Daniel Krieger

Over the last 33 years Sun Noodle, an Hawaiian company, has built three factories which produce 90,000 servings of ramen noodles per day. It supplies these noodles to ramenya across America, including nine of New York Times critic Pete Wells' picks for the top 10 ramen destinations in New York. But it wasn't always so.
When Hidehito Uki, founder Sun Noodle, came to Hawaii from Japan in 1981 there were few ramen shops.  Sun Noodle's commitment to the craft of noodle-making set it apart from the competition as ramen fever spread throughout America over the next three decades.

Read more: Eater National

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San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Still Made by Hand

The San Francisco Fire Department still makes its own wooden ladders by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century.

Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames.

More: Gizmodo