monopoly redesigned

“Monopoly, in spite being the classiest of all board games,
unfortunately is packaged just as boringly and uncreatively
as every other garbage board game on the shelves. So, I
decided to repackage it… turning the class up to 11”.

Andy Mangold is a down to earth designer who takes design
and art seriously. We here at admit one think this redesigned
Monopoly game looks terrific. He does very nice work. I like
his style. Take a look.


antikythera mechanism

This is a photograph of all the last known remaining fragments of the
Antikythera Mechanism. As part of the Antikythera Reasarch Project
high resolution photographs were taken of all the Fragments. The
photos along with x-ray photos helped piece together the mystery
of the Antikythera mechanism.

The original 81 shards of the Antikythera were recovered from under the
sea (near the Greek island of Antikythera) in 1902, rusted and clumped
together in a nearly indecipherable mass. Scientists dated it to 150 B.C.
Such craftsmanship wouldn’t be seen for another 1,000 years — but its
purpose was a mystery for decades. Mystery solved… A British museum
curator has built a working replica of a 2,000-year-old Greek machine
that has been called the world’s first computer.


hollow spy coins

Now this is cool… a bit pricey but still cool. I love stuff
like this. My problem would be I’d probably accidentally
spend the darn thing. Check em out.

Here is a fascinating story centering on hollowed out coins
and trick containers used for the purpous of spying on the
United States and how they were found and the investigation
that followed. Good stuff.


what’s up with that?

We here at admit-one are beginning to wonder if this blog
is really worth it or not. I can just about count the number
of comments left here in the month of November on two
hands. There are a very select few people that comment
on some of the posts with sporatic regularity while there
are around 1500 hits on this blog on a good day. Perhaps
this type of random entry blog is basically obsolete in this
day and age. I don’t know, you tell me. I’m willing to bet
that this post gets only two comments not counting any
replys that I make.

Update: Jan 8, 2009

Boy, was I wrong! Thanks to everyone for your support.

I really appreciate it.


matchbook museum

If you are twenty years old or older, you probably remember
that matchbooks were a lot more prevalent when you grew up
than they are now. And the reason? Well, it’s obvious, many
more people smoked then than they do now. There is also the
assault on cigarette smokers now that there wasn’t then either.
Business owners stopped buying matches for customers because
it’s illegal to smoke in buildings now in many states. The Bic
lighter also took a bite out of matchbook sales too. Regardless
of the reason, you just don’t see matchbooks around much anymore.

Take a walk into the museum of matchbook history and see what
once was a thriving advertising business. Back to a time when just
about everyone had a book of matches in their shirt pocket or
purse. There is some really cool match book fiction to read here too.