Monday, December 17, 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Fine Art of Italian Hand Gestures

Old Neapolitan gestures, from left to right: money, past times, affirmation, stupid, good, wait a moment, to walk backward, to steal, horns, to ask for.

Another illustrated page of the book of Canon Andrea de Jorio. 

Meaning of the gestures: silence, no, beauty, hunger, to mock, weariness, stupid, squint, to deceive, cunning.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chat-up Lines: You are the biggest thing in my Life!

"Of course you are the biggest thing in my Life!"

Chat-up Lines: Pretty As a Picture?

When is not a good time to use this famous chat-up line?

Always best to check around your your location before using some of these throw-away lines.

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Robotic Car To Quiet His Annoying Parrot

The car (called the BirdBuggy) is electric, with the forward wheels powered and casters at the rear.

The parrot has a perch, and controls the car with a four-way joystick that moves the car forward and backward, and turns it left and right.

In addition to the beak-operated stick, the car can be placed in a robotic mode to seek out its charging station via camera-based computer vision.

Also, the car has bump sensors and an infrared collision avoidance system, since birds aren't exactly terrific drivers.

One huge innovation I think will eventually find its way into mainstream vehicles is a special holder below the perch for newspaper, to allow for more hygienic shitting while driving. Who wouldn't love a feature like that in your own car? You'd save a fortune on floor mats.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sinterklas Day in Holland - 6 to 8 Black men

David Sedaris' essay entitled "Six to Eight Black Men" from the album 'Live at Carnegie Hall'. It was originally published in Esquire Magazine.

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