Friday, March 28, 2008

Musical Magic

Top Men are simply amazed at this video. Granted it's not a finished product yet, and there are bound to be some limitations, but this is one of those tools that Top Men would not have believed possible.

It just further reinforces the strange fact that the most important musical instrument any band needs is a computer.

Web site is here.

(Via Tinselman!)


Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'll Tak' The Low Road

Oh, ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland (or Spain) afore ye;

'Cause ye'll be dead!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008


What happens when whiz kids who play with Legos and Tinker Toys grow up and become Top People? They invent M-Trans.

The ability of the individual blocks to connect, disconnect, and transform is entrancing to watch - like watching the first stages of an evolving robotic life form.

Suddenly Top Women feel a chill run up their spine.

Spec Sheet


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Huygens Again

Top Men promise this is the last Huygens descent post. It's been over three years since the thing landed on Titan, but we just stumbled across a large version of a movie we posted almost two years ago. This is an all the bells-and-whistles visualization (and auralization) of just about all the data fit to print. Geeks rejoice!

Here is the movie.
Here is a detailed explanation.



Who knew that icebergs could come with stripes. The scoop is that blue stripes are frozen water, greenish stripes are colored by algae, and brown/black stripes are rock/stone/dirt. Top Women love how the world we live in never ceases to amaze.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Over the Line (Rider)

Before you watch the videos below, you should go play with Line Rider for a few minutes - then you'll appreciate the INSANE amount of INSANE work by some INSANE guy.

Monumental - 35,000 lines, 5 minutes in length
Transcendental - 126,000 lines, 4 months to make

If those give you trouble the YouTube versions are here.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Physics Phun

So many fun physics simulations - so little time! Here are two more...

- Phun - Downloadable physics sandbox. (Windows only for now.)

- Sketch - Simple stick physics.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Top Snow

With winter ending tomorrow, Top Women thought it would be appropriate to send off the final flakes of frozen precipitation with a flurry (ahem) of awesome snow sculpture videos!


Monday, March 17, 2008

A Bigger Tigger

At 100 times the size of a housecat (almost twice the size of a lion or tiger), this liger is what Top Women need to collect our many runaway lab rats. The catch is Top Men have to clean the litter box.

And we'd prefer a breed of liger without the skills in magic.


Sunday, March 16, 2008


We interupt our normally scheduled post for this amazing optical brain-hack illusion. It takes a minute, but the effect is bizzare.


Friday, March 14, 2008

πday Friday

Pi was calculated to 1,241,100,000,000 decimals in 2002.

Reciting those digits at four digits per second would take almost 10,000 years.

Makes Top Men feel like celebrating.


Thursday, March 13, 2008

Easy Glider

Kind of a Fred Flinstone meets George Jetson thing going here.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Particle Man

It's been a couple years since we posted the World of Sand particle simulation. For any aficionados - take a look at this newer, crazy adaptation. Powder, magma, seeds, water, fire, fireworks, wind, superballs, explosives, and more.

For some quick fun - add plenty of water, a good helping of nitro, and finally a good swoosh of magma. Oh and set the BG to various settings for some amazing effects! Such power at our fingertips.

We're not sure what it is about crazy 2D particle simulations that intrigue Top Men, but we think it has something to do with watching how the universe might work - on a very small, but still unpredictable scale.


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Very Cross Winds

Top Women expect that not everyone on this E Ticket ride had their hands raised in the air.

The Lufthansa Airbus A320 was landing a week and a half ago in Hamburg Germany in 50 mph crosswinds, and was being flown by a young co-pilot. After this aborted landing the pilot took over for a successful landing the second time around. The plane evidently escaped with only minor wing damage and was flying again in short order.


Monday, March 10, 2008

Shuttle Jumper

With Endeavour on the pad and ready to launch tomorrow, Top Men thought we would give the teeming masses a chance to set their alarms to watch the 2:28 am (EDT) launch live. It's one of the rare launches in darkness - there's only been one other night launch in the last five years.

And BTW, Top Men managed to scratch a line off of their bucket list last month