The Degree Confluence Project


What is it you ask?

The goal of the project is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures, along with a narrative describing the adventures it took to get there are then posted on this web site. This creates an organized sampling of the world.

Another goal is to document the changes at these locations over time. Although we initially want to visit as many different locations as possible, don’t hesitate to revisit a confluence if you’re in the area.

What a cool idea.
(via Eyebeam reBlog)

1930s-1960s Home Science Experiments


This site is a museum of classic home science experiments, mainly from the 1930’s-1960’s. You can search the site either by the categorical listing of projects, or by the alphabetical index .

Pictured above is a hurricane machine of course!!
(via Waving at Myself. Looks like this is a new blog. I forget how I found it but it has some good links there. Gotta update the blogroll again I guess)

Revolving House for Sale


I like this idea in theory. It is only about 2 million dollars.

Here is an article about it:

“Then one day, he announced he had figured it out – the solution was to build a round house on a support column. As for the views, well, he’d make the house rotate so you could have any view in any room any time you wanted it. Once he came up with that design, there was no question; we both loved it.”

The result is a stationary core around which the house can turn – in either direction at ten different speeds. The quickest revolution takes about 50 minutes; the slowest speed completes two revolutions in a day. Guests who express concerns about motion sickness are generally surprised to learn the house had been moving.

(via GirlHacker’s Random Log)

Coca Cola and the Nazis


I stumbled upon a pretty good article (complete with a bibliography) about Coca Cola’s relationship with Nazi Germany. A very interesting read.

Sometimes during one of the many reversal of fortune so characteristic for the North African theater of war, German troops on the offensive stumbled across a cache of Coca-Cola left behind by retreating Allied troops. But the welcome find came with a snag and thirsty throats stayed dry despite the heat: The enemy had forgotten to leave some ice as well, and since every German soldier knew that a bottle of Coca-Cola had to be consumed eiskalt, the booty remained worthless unless somebody came up with another method of refrigeration under the scorching African sun.

Luftwaffe-pilots stationed nearby eventually provided an ingenious answer to this let-down by wrapping wet towels around the bottles and tying them to the wings of their Messerschmidts 109F before take off. Once the fighters were airborne, evaporation and the lower temperature of higher altitudes cooled the precious load down. The subsequent scene upon the pilots’ return to base must have been irresistible: The pilots hopped out of their planes, plucked ice- cold Coca-Colas from the wings, opened them and then let the brown juice run down their throats to celebrate the thirsty return from another successful mission.

So much for the commercial potential of this image. Once the vision wears off, however, another question demands an answer. Would anybody have suspected that this harmless war-anecdote exemplifies the Coca-Cola Company’s dual roles during the Second World War? Leaving aside the accidental aspect of this incident in the North African desert, it is still a fact that the soft drinks giant from Atlanta, Georgia collaborated with the Nazi-regime throughout its reign from 1933 to 1945 and sold countless millions of bottled beverages to Hitler’s Germany…

Turns out there is a Coca-Cola Nazi Advertising Challenge where you can attempt to recreate the adverts Coke had in the Nazi era.

There are a number of written descriptions of Coke’s work and there are places on the web that show the type of ads they used. So using the resources we gather and our imaginations we can try and create the ads Coke used.

Secondly, to use photomontage to try and create Coke’s images in Nazi Germany. Basically instead of recreating ads we are looking at placing those ads in situ.