The Video Notebook: A Retro Design

Don’t go sticking this in your VCR (providing you’re perpetually trapped in the ‘80s). Behold the Video Notebook, a 260-page writing pad ingeniously designed to mimic the appearance of a VHS cassette tape, a recording device now considered primitive in the modern age of the Blu-ray. Such a strikingly retro design will allow for diarists and casual scribblers the world over to indulge in sweet nostalgia, of which the makers of this conceptually brilliant product were fully aware: “For most of us, the VHS is just a nostalgic memory, but we thought it was an object worth revisiting, in the form of this very nice Video Notebook.”

A must-have for any self-respecting film fan of a certain age, the Video Notebook comes with a protective sleeve and a sheet of sticky labels for writing on, just like the actual tapes of yesteryear. The manufacturing company has apparently (and unsurprisingly) sold out of the product, although you can find it on Amazon for a measly $29.99. Oh, a little advice: if you do buy the Video Notebook (and who could blame you?), try and make sure you don’t get it mixed up with your VHS copy of “The Notebook” – y’know, if you’re a complete doofus.

The images above were taken by filmmaker BenDavid Grabinski, a proud purchaser of the Video Notebook, and the images below are official marketing stills. [Read more...]

Comical Close-Ups of Ping Pong Players Mid-Match

Well, the 2012 Olympics are well underway in London, England. I’m sure you’ve all been glued to your sofas, watching the world’s greatest athletes swim and cycle and sprint and ride and row and shoot and punch and murder (okay, maybe not murder), breaking world records hither and thither, all in the name of bagging a gold, silver or bronze medal for their home country. But hey, how about a bit of a lighthearted break from the heart-racing tension of it all, courtesy of London-based arts site It’s Nice That?

The site, which specialises in showcasing artwork and photography, has published several close-up images of professional ping pong players’ faces mid-match. As you’ll see below, the players display an ever-so-comical expression on their faces that draws a fine line between fierce competitiveness and feckless bewilderment. It’s Nice That is unaware of the origin of the photos, but whoever took them, if you’re out there somewhere, thank you for sharing these with us. [Read more...]

JetLev: the Closest We Can Get To Being Mr. Jetson

JetLev Aqua Jet-pack 

 

If you haven’t already seen this video, get your wallets out ( Hopefully you have enough dough!). Check out the JetLev, the answer to a boring weekend on the lake. Sick of laying on the beach, or riding jet-ski’s, or simply boating? Pop this sweet jetpack on and have a real blast out on the water this weekend. The JetLev uses water pressure to power its patented aqua rocket, so you can only go as high as the hose allows, while still being able to suck up water. We’re fully expecting military prototypes to be rolling out soon to secure our coasts, or one with a shopping cart in the front for family’s in Venice. Either way this video will blow your mind.

The Cost of Being Batman [Infographic]

I don’t care how old you are, what gender you belong to, where you come from or what flavour of ice cream is your favourite (chocolate, obvs): at one point or another, you’ve dreamed about being Batman. All those cool gadgets, the Batmobile, the costume, an elderly butler waiting on you hand and foot – you’d have it all as Gotham’s caped crusader! Well, except parents. They kinda died in front of your eyes when you were 8 years old, which led to long-lasting psychological problems, which is probably why you dress up as a giant bat at night and go about beating the crap out of people. But hey, look, a utility belt!

However, after reading this new infographic from MoneySupermarket.com, which painstakingly picks apart the true cost of being Batman, your dreams may be shattered in an instant (yay!). It seems that any real-life Batman adventures would in fact consist of popping on a balaclava, stapling a beach towel to your shoulders, driving around town in a rusty rental and thwacking troublemaking teens over the head with a baseball bat (maybe that’s why they call you Batman). All I can say is this: that Bruce Wayne, he’s lucky he’s a multi-billionaire. [Read more...]

What You’re Saying with Your Choice of Drink

What does your choice of drink say about you? According to CollegeHumor, a choice of drink can say a whole lot, and can completely change another person’s perception of you. One particular drink will make you look chilled, another desperate, and another like a sissy girl. In a new post, the comedy site comically guides us through the different social stigmas attached to a whole fridge-ful of different alcoholic beverages, and some non-alcoholic ones too – so, dear reader, what does your choice of drink say about you? [Read more...]