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Redesigning Breakout

Breakout is an arcade classic that was first introduced in 1976, and pretty is boring and dated these days. But not any more.

Yoshio Ishii, of Nekogames, has reinvented the classic in his latest game, Redesigning Breakout. It uses the same basic form of Breakout gameplay, but every time the ball hits the paddle, it’s sent off at super-fast speeds, and will return to a slower velocity if you let it hit the bottom.

Gather up your reflexes, and eliminate the blocks before the clock runs out! Play it below or go to NEKOGAMES – via Random Good Stuff.

Awesomeness Mindlessness

Bizarre Christmas Tree Ornaments

Always leaving things til the last moment, I just finished my Christmas shopping today. I’ve still got to put up the freaking tree. It could have been so unique with a couple of these “interesting” decorations.

Unborn Baby Trooper – From womb to war, hang 12-week-old fetuses (with commando gear) for that extra touch of bizarre this Christmas.

Christmas with the Bin Ladens – add some festive grenades to the tree.

The Yule Doo – for when you’re having a shitty Christmas.

Christmas Pornaments – Frosty gets busy this holiday season.

See more strange Christmas ornaments at Web Urbanist.


Papercraft Millenium Falcon – Build It Yourself

Paper engineer Shunichi Makino has made an incredible papercraft recreation of Han Solo’s Millenium Falcon.

If you have absolutely no desire in the opposite sex, this might be a worthwile project to fill your time. The patterns and instructions are available on Makino’s website.

Awesomeness Entertainment History Lists Photoworthy

The Year 2008 in Photographs

2008 has been an eventful year and has compiled a set of photos to show what life has been like over the past 12 months.

Here are a couple I lifted off the article (click the pictures to see in a larger resolution):

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Namdaemun gate, one of South Korea’s most historic sites, in central Seoul, on February 11, 2008. An arsonist started the fire, destroying the gate – the oldest wooden structure in Seoul, first constructed in 1398 and rebuilt in 1447. (Kim Jae-hwan/AFP/Getty Images.

An Afghan refugee child hides from a dust storm behind a tent at a refugee camp in Kabul, Afghanistan on October 7, 2008. Over a quarter million Afghans have returned home this year from Pakistan and Iran, many of them reportedly due to economic and security uncertainties faced in exile, the United Nations said. (MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images.

A polar bear shakes his body to remove water at the St-Felicien Wildlife Zoo in St-Felicien, Quebec on March 6, 2008. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger).

Samuel Peter from Nigeria receives a punch from Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine during their WBC heavyweight boxing world championship fight in Berlin, Germany on Oct.11, 2008. Klitschko won the fight after round nine due to technical knock out. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski).

Drummers perform during the Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics at the National Stadium on August 8, 2008 in Beijing. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images.

See the amazing 3-part photo narrative at – Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.

Awesomeness Lists Photoworthy Science & Technology

Best Photomicrographs from Nikon Small World

A photomicrograph (or micrograph, or microphotograph) is an image taken through a microscope, and Nikon have been sponsoring the International Small World Competition since 1974, as a means to recognize the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. The competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the microscope, professionals and hobbyists alike.

Here are some shots from the 2008 competition.

1st Place – Michael Stringer, Pleurosigma (marine diatoms)

Nikon Small World Competition Winner 2008

This image was one of a series Mr. Stringer created to illustrate a talk to a camera club on “Photography through the microscope.” His objective was to display diatoms in a modern way using super contrast and careful application of color. Rather than showing all the details, or warts and wrinkles as Mr. Stringer likes to call them, he dressed up the diatoms by manipulating the image and creating this beautiful photomicrograph.

2nd Place – Paul Marshall,  Carbon nanotubes

Nikon Small World Competition 2008 - 2nd Place

Marshall’s image was taken as part of the study of an atypical Carbon Nanotube growth run. Carbon Nanotubes are the latest material of interest and show great promise for the next generation of devices in the field of optical, medical and electronic research. He chose to submit this image to convey the hidden microscopic beauty of science and technology.

The image was created using a Nikon CoolPix E995 and a Nikon SMZ-10 Stereo Microscope. Marshall used this image as the cover of a Christmas card to his students.

3rd Place – Albert Tousson, Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

Nikon Small World Competition 2008 - 3rd Place

Tousson has been involved in photomicrography for 25 years. As a cell biologist, Tousson works to understand the complex processes that allow cells to metabolize and perpetuate.

Tousson chose to submit this image showing the plant’s tissue organization because the red cell walls and green and yellow starch granules were striking. This image was acquired using laser confocal microscopy with 3D projection as part of a test of a confocal imaging system for optical sectioning and 3D rendering. Tousson hoped the result of the test would be of a quality for submission to the Nikon Small World Competition.

See more spectacular photomicrographs at Nikon Small World.

Awesomeness Science & Technology Video Clips

Every Flight on Earth in 72 Seconds

The sex-starved boffins from the the Zurich School of Applied Sciences have compiled a 72-second video simulation showing the flight path of every commercial flight in the world over a 24-hour period. Compiling the data was surprisingly simple as it was readily available on the Internet.

See the video below or go to Youtube.


See more videos and read how the simulation was created at the Wired Blog.