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18 Steampunk Decor Flourishes That Will Make Any Room Cooler

If your home is looking a little basic, steampunk is exactly what you need to kick it up a gear.

1. This Edison wall lamp made of pipes.

This Edison wall lamp made of pipes.

Because you can never go wrong with a rusted patina pipe lamp with an über-cool pressure gauge.

2. This aviation table.

This aviation table.

This pointy table has GEARS for its base and a patchwork galvanized steel top. And would you look at that rivet work? Great for coffee and laying out large, vintage maps.

3. This stained glass kaleidoscope.

This stained glass kaleidoscope.

This neat, mechanical kaleidoscope is made out of stained glass and vintage clock parts. Turn a handle to operate it for entertainment during long periods of isolation.

4. This vault door.

This vault door.

Jake von Slatt (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 16307058@N00

Um, who doesn’t want to spin a giant wheel to open a door?

5. These copper pipe candlestick holders.

These copper pipe candlestick holders.

Let there be light and ~style~.

6. This laser light.

This laser light.

Jonathan Drury (CC0 http://1.0) / Via Flickr: 98129567@N04

It’s your weapon against darkness and boring lamps.

7. This old-school thermostat and clock combo.

This old-school thermostat and clock combo.

Jake von Slatt (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 16307058@N00

Because nothing is more steampunk than gadgets on gadgets on gadgets.

8. This geared-out video game controller.

This geared-out video game controller.

William Thompson (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 92292736@N06

Even during recreation, you cannot forget about le steampunk.

9. This vintage computer setup.

This vintage computer setup.

Floor (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: f7oor

You desperately need this perfect melding of the vintage and the futuristic to read your work emails and stay updated on the decline of the world.

10. This clock made almost solely of gears.

This clock made almost solely of gears.

You need this.

11. This apothecary-inspired counter.

This apothecary-inspired counter.

Jake von Slatt (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: 16307058@N00

That’s where you can keep all your tinctures and takeout ketchup packets.

12. This intricate USB flash drive.

This intricate USB flash drive.

brett jordan (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: x1brett

This is how flash drives work. Did you not know that?

13. This pipe-fitted sewing machine.

This pipe-fitted sewing machine.

Becky Stern (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: bekathwia

An elegant decoration for any home. Plus, those corsets aren’t going to sew themselves.

14. This birdcage window.

This birdcage window.

Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: wiredwitch

This is the perfect place to look out upon the post-apocalyptic landscape while keeping safe.

15. This overhead steel pulley lamp.

This overhead steel pulley lamp.

Try to get a cooler lamp. I dare you.

16. This coffee table made of gears.

This coffee table made of gears.

It’s made of 35 industrial gears and your wildest dreams.

17. This varnished wooden box.

This varnished wooden box.

Store your treasures, keepsakes, and black-and-white photos of your beau here.

18. This copper pipe bookshelf.

This copper pipe bookshelf.

Made from brass fittings, copper pipes, wood, and pressure gauges, you’ll never have a more badass place to keep your tomes.

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Cosplay for Wheelchairs, Walkers and Strollers

A special edition of cosplayers and cosplay by those who have overcome challenges for their cosplay.

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The Scorpion, Glasses and Osteonecrosis…

So this happened…

Laying on the couch with my doggies, watching TV, trying to chill out…  Off the ceiling or the back of the couch a bark scorpion falls onto my glasses – which I am wearing…

Things look bigger when they are seen through your eye from a quarter inch away, and a scorpion, waving its tail in anger is no different.  Now I’m generally not one to panic unless it involves a spider; however; imminent sting by bark scorpion on the eyeball apparently is now added to the list.

In panic I swatted away the scorpion, along with my glasses.  I have 20/600 vision, so things 20 feet away appear 600 feet away.  Basically, without my glasses all I see are colors.  A much more impressionist view of the world than even Monet when he was going blind in his later years.

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So, I tried to feel around for my glasses blindly, hoping I did not put my hand on the scorpion.  I found my glasses as I fell over the coffee table, making the fake portion of my leg and hip bend backwards against the real part of my bone.  (I have osteonecrosis from asthma meds, so I’m an android now, a topic for later…).  This hurt.  By hurt, I mean pain on a scale of 10 of 10, yelling out screaming, can’t put any weight on my left leg.

Crawling now in pain, desperately looking for the scorpion now that I’m re-equipped with glasses for vision, I can’t find it.  20 to 30 minutes, still can’t find it after moving everything in my living room.  I have removed all clothing except my underwear and combed my hair several times and looked in the mirror to make sure it is not still crawling on me.  Finally, I decided to crawl myself, up to a chair and sit down.

5 minutes later, I see a scorpion.  I’m not really sure if it’s the same one, but I hope it is.  In my haste to swat it off my eyeball, I failed to remark any distinguishing features.  I stagger across the floor, yelling in pain, grab the flyswatter, reach the offending arachnid and swat it as hard as I can.  It’s on carpet of course, and I hit it so hard, if flies away to God knows where.  I repeat my early search and hair combing.  Nothing.

I decided to go to bed at some point, not knowing for sure.  I woke up unable to walk.  Percocet here we come – prescription of course.  It took several to stand even with my cane.  I planned on skipping work, but events kept me from it.  Letting the dogs out, I look around and see a dead scorpion on its back on a dog toy.  I pick up the toy, dust the carcass into the trash and hope it’s all been the same scorpion.

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Thank God for modern pain killers. Seriously, Percocet, Oxycontin, Morphine and Dilaudid make bone death bearable.

My day at work was painful.  Sadly, an understatement.  Midway through I began to wonder if I had just aggravated my bones or actually broke something.  Driving home I forced myself to concentrate on the road, not the pain, which was harder than I thought it would be.

The good news is my leg is finally feeling better and there were no more visitations by the little sting tail demons tonight.

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Cute Dog Pics for Your Monday Blues!

Cute dogs to cheer you up.

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This Crystal Clear Solar Cell Could Turn Every Window into a Power Source

Sep 2, 2014

Luminescent solar concentrators (LSC) produce electricity by focusing sunlight on a small area, which works in a similar way as setting fire to dry leaves using a magnifying glass.

However, the problem is that they are quite large and not so attractive, as they have the function, but lack beauty. There have been attempts to integrate solar concentrators with windows, but, as a result, they altered the color and transparency of the glass.

Now, material engineers at Michigan State University have designed totally transparent solar concentrators, which could be built into windows without blocking the light and disturbing the view, or even used on smartphone screens.

No one wants to sit behind colored glass,” said the lead researcher of the study Richard Lunt in a press release. “It makes for a very colorful environment, like working in a disco. We take an approach where we actually make the luminescent active layer itself transparent.”

The researchers achieved this by developing a system that diverts wavelengths invisible to the human eye. In particular, the concentrator absorbs light in the ultraviolet and near infrared spectrum and then transmits it in the infrared.

After this, the light is directed to the photovoltaic cells, which generate electricity. Since we are not able to perceive the ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, the material remains transparent and looks to the human eye like ordinary glass.

The new technology is very promising but needs some improvements in terms of efficiency. The solar concentrator developed by the scientists of Michigan State University reaches only about 1% of solar conversion efficiency. However, they hope to increase it to 5%, as there are some non-transparent luminescent solar concentrators that are operating at an efficiency of about 7%.

Of course, there are other solar technologies that are far more effective, such as conventional solar panels that are typically installed on the roofs of the buildings, which absorb a wider range of wavelengths and thus reach 15-40% of solar conversion efficiency.

At the same time, the transparent technology has the potential to be used in a variety of applications, including commercial and industrial use.

As Lunt said, “It opens a lot of area to deploy solar energy in a non-intrusive way. It can be used on tall buildings with lots of windows or any kind of mobile device that demands high aesthetic quality like a phone or e-reader. Ultimately we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there.”

Image credits: Yimu Zhao

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Saturday!

Cosplayers and cosplay for you to enjoy!

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