By JB Sanders

April showers!

Invisible Car
No, really! And it’s being used to help drivers navigate their giant-assed SUV’s, not avoid those bad-guy spies. Check out Land Rover’s video of their prototype. Watch the hood of the car vanish, and show you the road beneath the car. You know, so you don’t run over any bunnies or peasants. Unintentionally.

Glow-in-the-Dark Roads Now Here
The Netherlands has painted the first road with special glow-in-the-dark paint, eliminating the need for streetlights, and supposedly greatly enhancing driver safety. Bet it looks cool, too.

Giant Pyramids in the Middle of Nowhere – Modern Edition
The US military, paragons of strange architecture in the middle of the wilderness, built a strange pyramid building in the 1960’s as part of the antiballistic missile system. It’s weird looking.

European Towns Recreated in China
It’s weird, but it also seems like someone should be making travel plans and taking photos in “Europe”, to fake out all their friends. I’m waiting for someone to shout “challenge accepted!” Anytime…

Babbage’s Great Calculating Engine
Is it just me, or does the plan (in the link) of Babbage’s Calculating Engine look kinda … fractal?

How to Build Your Own Secret Bookcase Door
Yup, step-by-step instructions and photos included. It looks fairly easy. You’ll need your own bookcase, nook, tools, and DIY skills, though.

Acoustically Perfect Below-Ground Theater Unused for 70 Years
Right below a piano store in Boston, the theater closed in 1942 and never re-opened. For a cool $6 million you can probably get it back up and running.

Warhol Works Recovered from 30-year-old Amiga Disks
Did you know that Commodore Computers commissioned Andy Warhol to produce works for the release of the Amiga 1000? Yeah, neither did I. Handy folks have recovered copies of the work from 30-year-old disks, in what is apparently an “obscure format”. Probably something like AmigaPaint files (or whatever that program was called).

Behind the Scenes: 2001, a Space Odyssey
See Kubrick smoking at an acute angle (rotating set), guys in monkey suits (the ape kind), an obelisk, a moonscape set, and more!

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
His Blog:

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