Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore

Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore
The Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore keeps evil at bay and makes an attractive night light. [Image shared by Amazon]
Become the envy of your neighborhood when you show your neighbors your new Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore. Undoubtedly, this fine piece of art must be placed in a conspicuous place of honor in your home or office, where it will shine brightly when the light is turned on, making you the ore king of kings.

How Can You Get the Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore to Bring a Touch of Light to That Dark Corner of Your World?

It is actually easier than you might think. By using a gift card, a credit card from a major credit card company, or by asking Santa Claus for the Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore, you can own this unique piece of art that also serves as a lighting accent piece.

This conversation piece is appropriate for the lair of any Minecraft fanatic, and its long-lasting internal LED is powered by two AA batteries. The light has settings for low, medium, or high, and of course an off position for those times of the day when the sun provides enough protection from the denizens of the nighttime world and you don’t want to needlessly run down the batteries.

Additionally, it is officially licensed by Minecraft (accept no substitutes).

The Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore Could Prevent You from Being Murdered

So you think that your brothers, sisters, and/or friends lied about the boogie man hiding under your bed or in your bedroom closet? Are you absolutely 100% positive that the zombies aren’t lurking somewhere near you during the wee hours of the night? Why take a chance when this Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore can save the day and provide the necessary safety valve to protect you and your family? Of course, you do have other choices. You could nail a dead chicken over your bed post or you could hang a garlic rope from your bedroom lighting fixture. Then, too, lamb’s blood over the bedroom door might work, but wouldn’t just buying a Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore make your life a little easier than resorting to extremes?

Get your own Minecraft Light-Up Redstone Ore at Amazon to keep yourself — or that Minecraft fanatic you know — safe from the evils of the night!

Need An Extra $1,000? Enter The ‘Dangers of Debt Image Contest’

When I saw this contest, I ignored it completely. Not because I can’t use the $1,000 first place prize, but because I cannot draw. My least favorite game is Pictionary. Everything I draw either looks like a horse or a horse. :-)

But for those of you who have the artist flare for drawing, you may wish to take a look at the contest.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize winner will be the entry with the most online votes and will be awarded $1000

2nd Prize

Three (3) Second place winners will each receive a one year online subscription to Consumer Reports Magazine

Contest Instructions

Create your own original image (either photo, drawing, collage or any visual medium) illustrating the dangers of credit card debt faced by millions of Americans. Encourage your friends and family to vote for your submission. The entry that receives the most votes wins $1000!

Of course only original works can be submitted, so no cheating. Only residents of the U.S. may apply. Contest starts on January 10, 2010 and ends on February 9, 2010.

You may enter the contest at the Facebook link below.

Source – Consumer Union

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There should be an image here!The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.

National Geographic, the flagship magazine of the National Geographic Society, chronicles exploration and adventure, as well as changes that impact life on Earth. Editorial coverage encompasses people and places of the world, with an emphasis on human involvement in a changing universe. Major topics include culture, nature, geography, ecology, science and technology.

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Screw-In Coffin Saves Space By Burying Deceased Vertically

In what can only be described as a novel way to bury our dead, an inventor has come up with a screw-in coffin. The design permits the burying of our loved ones vertically instead of horizontally, saving space in the process. In a recent article it shows a picture and diagram of the invention that says it can be screwed into the earth either manually or by using a machine.

The article also states that:

Scruggs is currently engineering prototypes that can withstand the torsion involved without breaking and without being too heavy or expensive. For the more eccentric, he says, “you could have one made out of clear resin, with you in the middle of it, and you could practically wave goodbye to everyone as you’re being screwed into the ground. But that’s probably an option for rock stars.”

Interesting concept. But does it make more sense to bury our deceased or have them cremated?

You decide.

Comments welcome.

Source – Discoverer


There’s a lot of artistic talent out there, but without the right exposure, you may never know about it. For art lovers, the only art that they usually know about is the art that they see, but just imagine how many budding artists are sitting at home and creating works of art that others may never see because they don’t know how to get them in front of the public. The Internet has certainly helped to give exposure to more talent, but it has to be used in the right way. Whether you’re looking to buy art or sell your own, nuzart has options for you.

For buyers, acquiring something new to hang on the wall is as simple as finding the image you like, selecting the size and printing material, and making the purchase. This approach works well for artists because nuzart handles the printing and customization, which means that all they have to do is upload their art, set the price, and tell others where it can be found. Additionally, you may not be an artist, but you can still upload images and get them printed through the service, so it’s a win-win.

Laser Surgery Technique Gets New Life In Art Restoration

There should be an image here!A laser technique best known for its use to remove unwanted tattoos from the skin is finding a second life in preserving great sculptures, paintings and other works of art, according to an article in ACS’ monthly journal, Accounts of Chemical Research. The technique, called laser ablation, involves removing material from a solid surface by vaporizing the material with a laser beam.

Salvatore Siano and Renzo Salimbeni point out that laser cleaning of artworks actually began about 10 years before the better known medical and industrial applications of the technique. Doctors, for example, use laser ablation in medicine to remove unwanted tattoos from the skin. In industry, the technique can remove paints, coatings and other material without damaging the underlying surface.

In the article, the scientists note that laser ablation has had an important impact in preserving the world’s cultural heritage of great works of art. They describe the latest advances in laser cleaning of stone and metal statues and wall paintings, including masterpieces like Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Porta del Paradiso and Donatello’s David. They also discuss encouraging results of laser cleaning underwater for materials that could deteriorate if exposed to air.

Michael Bernstein @ Amercian Chemical Society

[Photo above by Tom Stardust / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Have you ever wanted to write / create a children’s book? They may not contain a lot of words, but they do offer a lot of opportunities to be creative. Additionally, for parents and teachers, getting their kids and students to create children’s books can be a nice way to have them do something creative that they can call their own. Of course, instead of being forced to just scribble on paper, the Internet has come to our aid to make creating a children’s book an online experience. StoryJumper will have you creating a children’s book in no time at all.

You can build a book from scratch or use one of the provided templates to get you started. If you have your own art to use, then that’s great, but if you’re not exactly artistic or just haven’t created any drawings yet, then you can just use the artwork that’s provided by StoryJumper. Finalized stories can be viewed and shared online, but they can also be ordered as actual printed books, which is a cool thing for anyone who wants to write a real children’s book.


Since I’m not artistic by any stretch of the imagination, I find it fascinating to watch how talented artists make beautiful images appear from pretty much nothing. Some people just have a natural talent for this type of thing, but when you watch them work, you realize that knowing a few techniques can help you out dramatically in your artistic endeavors. When you’re not near an artist when they’re working, you usually don’t see how they created the work of art, but you do see the final product. Sketchfu is a site where anyone can draw and share their work with others, but the neat thing is that you can see how the pieces were drawn.

If you just want to draw, then drawing with Sketchfu is simple. It’s sort of like having a streamlined version of Paint in a browser window, and if you have a drawing tablet, you’ll be able to do an even better job. When you’re happy with your work, publish it for the community. As an observer, you can browse through individual drawings and the collections of work from site members, rate them, and see the best of the best for some real inspiration. As you watch the art gradually appear before your eyes, you’ll think you can do it too, but it’s not that easy. Trust me, I know.

Programming Interactivity

There should be an image here!Interested in using electronics and programming to create rich interactive experiences with your artwork and designs? With Programming Interactivity, you’ll explore important themes in interactive art and design: 2D and 3D graphics, sound, physical interaction, computer vision, geolocation, and much more.

You will also examine cutting-edge technologies for interaction design, and read through discussions with leading artists and designers on project and theory. With the help of this book, you will have the background and technical information you need to design, program, build, and troubleshoot your own projects. Programming Interactivity explains programming and electrical engineering basics, and introduces three freely available tools created specifically for artists and designers:

  • Processing, a Java-based programming language and environment for building projects on the desktop, Web, or mobile phones
  • Arduino, a system that integrates a microcomputer prototyping board, IDE, and programming language for creating your own hardware and controls
  • OpenFrameworks, a coding framework simplified for designers and artists, using the powerful C++ programming language

You’ll get working code samples you can use right away, along with the background and technical information you need to design, program, build, and troubleshoot your own projects. You’ll finish this book knowing how to design interaction and incorporate software and electronics into your projects.

A Top Four List Of Favorite Screensavers

Gnomie Bradley Kirwan writes:

Hi Chris,

I really like the screensaver you have here. However, I’m figuring it’s only for OS X?

Anyway, I’ve was trying to compile a ‘top five’ list of my favorite screensavers (only to come up short when I couldn’t think of a fifth one) that I hope you will enjoy!

  1. The default ‘Ribbons’ screensaver that comes with Windows Vista. I really like this and even set it to display after only a minute… but I’m always using my computer, so it’s only on the odd occasion that it’s ever shown! 
  2. Yule-Log — Really nice in the winter with its realistic image and really neat sound effects.
  3. Photos. I like my photos being displayed as my screensaver not really sure why, but I just do.
  4. The screensaver on your Dell 30″ displays are amazing!

Can you let me know what that screensaver in your ‘Home Office Tour 2009’ video is? Thank you!

New Dell Blog Called 'Your Blog'

Dell has a new blog site being manned by Dell employees who are sharing some of their experiences and advice. In one article I read they were showing off the new laptops which included some nice art work and which they state are ready for sale. These new laptops add a touch of elegance to the boring gray/black colors of the past. On the blog it stated:

We are truly living in an age of self-expression. And when it comes to personal technology, from smart phones to laptops, we love to personalize. What we carry often defines us. It can tell others who we are, who we aspire to be and how we live our lives.

Since the beginning of Dell, we’ve taken pride in how we’ve enabled you to custom-create PCs that offer just the right functionality. But functionality is just a piece of what’s important – many of us want our PCs to reflect our individuality or a youthful style.

We think many computer aficionados will like how we’ve combined artist Mike Ming’s work with the compact Inspiron 1525 laptop. Inspired by the movement and abstract momentary communication from surfing, movement of water and the world around him, Ming’s work is vivid, empowering and playful.

It does appear that Dell is upping the ante on laptop systems. The company has previously mentioned they are targeting laptops system for added revenue.

Comments welcome.

Dells site is here.

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I’m one of the least qualified people around to give anyone advice on painting since I have no experience or artistic ability to speak of, but on the Internet, I can pretend that I know what I’m doing. There are plenty of services that provide people like me with the tools that we need to become digital artists of sorts, and what’s really cool is that you can sometimes collaborate with people online and learn from what they do while they do it. WebCanvas may be more of an area for graffiti than anything else, but this collaborative painting is open to artists that are both skilled and unskilled.

Anyone can go on WebCanvas, specify a location, and start using the tools to create art. Like I alluded to, saying that a lot of what is on here is art is a bit of a stretch, but at the same time, if you’re willing to find them, some people have created some incredible works of art. The service is live, so if others are painting near you, you’ll see their work and they’ll see yours. As much as you may want to, just try not to erase what others have created. No, seriously. WebCanvas is like a worldwide art project, and you’re invited.


I’m not a huge fan of art, but I know a lot of people enjoy creating and displaying collages. Instead of just seeing one picture or item, you’ll actually see a variety of elements thrown together in a way that can either be pleasing to the eye or nauseating. My wife and I need to get some art to place on the walls in our house, and I’m sure we’ll probably use a collage or two, but aside from where you live, what are you doing to decorate your desktop and your online profiles? Sometimes we forget about making these aspects of our digital lives more appealing, but Collagr will help us to use what we already have access to in order to create collages.

I have an assortment of pictures that I enjoy, and Collagr enables me to use them in a new way. Assuming that the photos that you want to use are posted on Flickr or Photobucket, all you have to do is provide a URL for where they’re located and let Collagr do the rest. If you’re not satisfied with that lack of control, then you can customize some of the settings and generate collages that you’ll be happy to display on your desktop, online profiles, or anywhere else for that matter.


Have you ever been to an art gallery? I’ve been to a few, and while I’m not a a huge fan of art, I can appreciate it from time to time. In an art gallery, the presentation of the work can be very important, and it can even turn a so-so piece of art into a masterpiece, at least to some extent. There’s definitely an ambience that goes along with art galleries, and since it can help the work to stand out, wouldn’t it be great if you could bring this atmosphere to your photo galleries? These galleries may be online instead of at a physical location, but the presentation can still be impressive. DPHOTO enables you to create slick picture galleries with your photos.

There are three account types that you can choose from on DPHOTO, but thankfully, even the free version doesn’t contain ads. Photo importing and management is dead simple, and instead of receiving some complicated URL for your gallery to share with your friends, you’ll get a simple and personalized address. When you move up the account chain, you’ll gain access to features such as storage and backup of your original photos and extended file format support.

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As an artist, one of your foremost dreams is to have your work included in an art show at a gallery that you admire and respect. It’s always nice to receive recognition for something that you’ve created, and to be a part of an art show that’s even just partially about your creations is quite a pat on the back. For many up-and-coming artists, the reality of having their work on display in front of a crowd at a respected gallery may still be just a dream, but Artgonia will help you to display your artistic creations on the Internet for the world to see.

The galleries are free to create, and this is important because some artists may not even have two pennies to rub together. After all, they suffer for their work, right? The presentation of the galleries themselves could be improved, but I do like the way each image is displayed once you click on it. If you’re someone who appreciates independent art, then you can find out more about the specifics of each masterpiece and possibly even purchase it if the price is right.

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