We’re not gonna lie — the dude who took the first selfie was kind of hot. Or maybe it’s the camera’s 19th-century-technology filter. Either way, most people would probably rather look at the first selfie ever than copious pictures of everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner and that weird computerized wig on your head. Although, we will take a swig out of your Nintendo cartridge. Yep, you’ve entered the Blog Log.
“In 1839, a young Philadelphia chemist named Robert Cornelius stepped out of his family’s store and took a photograph of himself.” — Ilia Blinderman at openculture.com describes the first “selfie,” in the wake of it being named “Word of the Year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. Instead of the bathroom-mirror variety that’s popular today, though, the first selfie involved removing the lens cap of the camera, running in to the frame and standing still for a minute, then running back to the camera to cover the lens, according to Public Domain Review.
“When your grandmother asks what’s going on, tell her you’re cooking the turkey with new portable hand held heaters.” — Ben Leventhal at blog.kitchensurfing.com announces a Thanksgiving photo contest and gives some tips about the best ways to Instagram your turkey. One tip, about proper lighting, involves shining multiple iPhone flashlight apps on the bird while another person snaps the photo. As far as fighting with your relatives about who does what, that’s on you.
“I dunno … for some reason, the idea of wearing a computer on my head wigs me out a bit.” — commenter kaploy9 at kotaku.com cracks a joke about a patent filed this past May by Sony that became public late last week. The patent describes a hairpiece with a computer in it. Many believe this is meant to compete with Google Glass, which is computerized eyewear. This begs the question … what if one were to wear both at the same time?
“We can’t wait to deliver to you the best (and only!) concealable gaming flask in the world!” — Matt Cornell at kickstarter.com peddles his latest invention — a flask disguised as an original Nintendo gaming cartridge. The crowd-funding campaign ended Saturday, with 1,344 people backing the project with $39,905. The original goal was $12,000.