Archive for January, 2012

Awesome Dad and Great Kids Cover Depeche Mode

Check out these great videos below. They feature Dicken Schraden and his kids, Mila and Korben covering Depeche Mode songs. Dad is awesome and talented. The kids are adorable and amazing. One comment I read on YouTube sums it up for me, "wait till these kids grow older and finally realize just? how cool their dad was."


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Making a bracelet

20120129-151819.jpg Shains bracelet at gift fair in New York.

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Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Quantum Levitation Racetrack (if it were real)

wipeout levitation video

The Wipeout track

There’s a video that caused some uproar online which appeared around Christmas of a very cool racetrack with two levitating cars racing around it. The cars, according to the inventors, are modeled after the vehicles in the video game WipeOut.

There was much discussion on whether or not it was real. It was not.

There are some clues in the video. For one, the inventors claim to be from the Japan Institute of Science and Technology, which doesn’t exists. At 1:15 the smoke trailing from the car overlays the walls of the track (very sloppy). They are never very clear on how they are controlling the cars. They use the name "Wipeout" at the end. And lastly, the credits say "(C) Copyright! All rights reserved belong to Sony Entertainment and SCE Studio Liverpool."

It turns out that the video was a viral ad for the new Sony videogame wipEout 2048.

Of course many folks felt deceived and cheated by the video. Presumably, they were planning on buying it. Not sure where they were planning on getting the liquid nitrogen.

But this video reminded me of an actual video that is in some ways more amazing than the fake one. This one is by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and it features a real quantum levitation track.

Below is the fake game video followed by the real quantum levitation video.





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