Recipe - Kalashnikov (AK47) cocktail

The “Kalashnikov” (AK47) cocktail recipe

  • Vodka
  • Cointreau (or Triple-sec)
  • Lemon (Sliced)
  • Sugar

  1. Prepare a shooter glass (tiny glass) full of Vodka, next add half a slice of Lemon, lying flat on the lip of the glass.
  2. Pour the sugar on the slice, it will also help keeping the Cointreau, then add a splash of Orange liqueur (Cointreau or Triple-Sec) on the sugar.
  3. Set the glass on fire for a few seconds, take the slice in one hand, drink the glass quickly with the other, then bite the now cointreau-aromatized lemon …

Hmmm, that’s surprinsingly good and appealing! Barman, another one !

One day, we tried with friend some kind of variation on that theme, as there wasn’t any vodka left in the house. We basically replaced the vodka with whisky and named it M16. We were wrong, that was wrong. Good concept, but bad idea, useless to say…


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I love this guy! :)

The only debate on Intelligent Design that is worthy of its subject

Here’s a short piece, if you haven’t yet clicked the link above.

Moderator: We’re here today to debate the hot new topic, evolution versus Intelligent Des—
(Scientist pulls out baseball bat.)
Moderator: Hey, what are you doing?
(Scientist breaks Intelligent Design advocate’s kneecap.)
Scientist: Perhaps it only appears that I broke your kneecap. Certainly, all the evidence points to the hypothesis I broke your kneecap.[…]

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WWW - Nicholas Felton 2005 annual report

Nicholas Feltron is a graphic designer who’s simply telling you with a few sheets what was his last year and how he spent it (days overseas, miles on plane, best readings, etc…).
Neat idea ideed! And now, ladies en gentleman, I’m struggling with my new guy-in-vacation apathy to do my own report and copy the concept for my own good. ;)

Nicholas Felton 2005 annual report


WWW - Grande Reportagem “Flags” campaign

Grande Reportagem is a Portuguese news magazine that is recognised for its investigative reports and excellent photo-journalism. [… ]This led the creative team to the concept “Meet the world” and to the idea of using flags of different nations as vehicles to transmit it. In each case, the colours that appear on various national flags were used to symbolise a social or political issue that is specific to the country in question.

Grande Reportagem “Flags” campaign (Programmerstools).


WWW - Atomic Bomb detonation by Harold Edgerton

Here are incredible pictures of an atomic explosion, taken at of a second credited to Harold Edgerton (Wikipedia too). Unfortunnately, the site hosting the pictures doesn’t seem to have many working links (original site here : nevadasurveyor)
Quote from the site: Automatic Camera situated 7 miles from blast with 10 foot lens. Shutter speed equaled 1/1000,000,000 of-a-second exposure

You’ll find the original pictures (bigger size) in extended here.

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WWW - Toshio Iwai (TENORI-ON) @ Artfutura05 - Electroplankton

Excellent performance by Toshio Iwai at Artfutura05. He is the guy who released electroplankton for the DS. In this video, he plays the Tenori-On, some kind of sensitive and interactive LED keyboard, generating sounds and samples, as well as simple but still cool looking light effects. Passed the first 30 second warm-up, the demonstration becomes amazing.

Artfutura05 demo - Tenori-On - Yamaha


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Woa, that’s a nice one! Especially when it comes to the discovery of all the precomped layers, for all the shots, before watching the ad assembled.

That’s lovely crafted and very well directed (David Fincher). Some of the shots were certainly very tricky to do (fluid and cracks involved), even if the overall impression is (falsely) simplicity.
I loved the early shots on earth, with the smoke slowly fading in the oxygen deprivated atmosphere, or the rain pouring along that rough asteroid rock…

Digital Domain - Making of Motorola Pebl


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Well, I’m ashamed. It’s not even a tip as the whole trick will take you less than 10 minutes to perform (assuming you already have the files handy). VMWare did an astonishing job with their freeware player. It basically lets you run simply any virtual machine build with their workstation application. By virtual machine, read “Another OS”. To make things understandable, imagine running a linux OS in a window on your windows XP desktop.

Nothing new here, but their application is so neat, running flawlessly, that it’s becoming user friendly enough for your grandma. In a nutshell, it means launching Ubuntu (”Linux for human beings”, based on Debian) while running your Windows XP in the background, as usual. No sweat.

  • Here’s the link to their page where to find the free VM player to install : VMware player page (Choice for Win32 or Linux).
  • And here’s the link to their Ubuntu prebuilt virtual machine (Easily modifiable using the password “ubuntu” when sumo is invoqued… : Ubuntu virtual machine
  • Here you go. Launch the first. Load the second… Here comes the hard on… :)

You’ll also find pretty virtual machines to launch, like Mandrake, Debian, Fedora or even the Damn small linux 2.0 (50Mb zipped) VM distros (I’ve got a DSL ready on my USB dongle now). Have fun !

Note that it’s possible to create virtual machines (.vmx files) running Windows 95, MSdos or Tiger MacOSX, but you have to own both the VMware workstation and the specific OS licences.


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A guide that is worth reading for sure. Rating all the brands, from premium, recommanded, to budget (watch for the “made in Japan tag” on the verbatim packages) and even the “landfill” one, we are used to see everywhere… DVD buying guide on CDRzone.


Tips & tricks - Stop the engine from outside your car

The engine is running, the keys are inside, the door are locked and you’re outside… Bad morning huh ? You’d just like to shut the engine while waiting for a guy who will pry your door open (Try to open your door with some wire by the way, it’s worth the try or the eventual slight wear). Use an old wet rag, and clog the exhaust with it. The engine will stuff itself in a few seconds, then shut down with a harm (assuming you’re not driving a 8 cylinders truck). Beware though, that’s dirty, there are hot gases involved, that’s an engine anyway, not a poney… So process carefully. I used to do that as a prank when I was 12…


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