This week we learned that our government lacks the tech chops to make a functional health-care web site — but has the tech chops to monitor the phone calls of heads of state. Reconciling those ideas is precisely the sort of enterprise we avoid at the Procrastinaut Tumblr ,where @gilbertjasono, @danielwbean, and I gather intel on the best diversionary wonders and amusements in the virtual world, all week long. Here are this week’s highlights, plus a few bonus items. Enjoy. (Oh, and follow the Tumblr here).
1. Hot Stuff
Here’s a fire-breather captured with a 24-camera GoPro array. Don’t try this at home. But maybe try it at work? Anyway, if you missed our story about the rise of GoPro, it’s here.
2. Who Said That?
3. Connect The Dots
5. No, Seriously, What The Hell Is In Your Wallet?
Completely ridiculous money-saving concept: A wallet that creeps away when you reach for it — and cries out for help if you catch it. And if you do catch it, it will automatically call your mother's phone as a last resort.
6. Super Cut, Analog-Style
7. Safe For Work
8. Mayor Bloomberg: Do Something About This Visual Blight!
9. Dream Products
Steven M. Johnson’s “whimsical/strange invention-cartoon” design fictions have received heaps of praise (here’s a particularly good overview), so we’re excited to learn that he’s published Public Therapy Buses, Information Specialty Bums, Solar Cook-A-Mats and Other Visions of the 21st Century: Second Edition, Unabridged, with around 100 additional illustrations that weren’t in the original.
10. Get Moving
And finally: Don’t even worry about your boss catching you watching Raquel Welch’s Space-Girl Dance. You’ll get a raise.
Follow Procrastinaut.Tumblr.com for breaking news of the weirdest and the coolest collisions of technology with design, art, robots, hacks, science, games, music, pop culture, animation, current events, illustration, lulz, space-girl dances, and other stuff I can’t think of right now. Every day.