Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Die Hard death chart



Die Hard death chart. See the whole thing here.

*Previously: Nakatomi Corporation t-shirt.

*Buy "Live Free or Die Hard (Unrated Edition)" at Amazon.

The AccoLade: Saudi Arabia's all-girl rock band



Now here's what should be on MTV - - The AccoLade, and all-girl rock band in Saudi Arabia that has to keep its performances a secret:

Dina and Dareen wear their hair teased into thick manes and have pierced eyebrows. During an interview at a Starbucks here, they wore black abayas — the flowing gown that is standard attire for women — but the gowns were open, showing their jeans and T-shirts, and their hair and faces were uncovered.
Read more here, and visit their MySpace page. Via.

*Previously: Saudi Arabia calls off camel beauty contest.

*Buy "Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature" at Amazon.

Steampunk medallion



Steampunk medallion by Molly Michelle Friedrich. The product description says:

Another great find from the Unholy Maelstrom. This is a medal used by the para-military counter-intelligence agency known as The Invisible Fist. This particular medal is awarded to the most accomplished individual at lockpicking and escape tactics.
Along with more jewelry, on sale at Etsy.

*Previously: Steampunk Jabba and his retinue.

*Buy steampunk creations at eBay.

Gummi Army Men




Gummi Army Men, available at Amazon.

*Previously: Website devoted to plastic army men.

*Buy army men at eBay.

Animals That Will Kill Yo A$$ 2009 Wall Calendar



Still looking for a calendar? How about Animals That Will Kill Yo A$$.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Far Side Reenactments photo pool



Far Side Reenactments photo pool. Via.

*Previously: The Far Side desktop icons.

*Buy Gary Larson's The Far Side at Amazon.

"Jesus Didn't Tap"

There's a brand of clothing for MMA enthusiasts called Jesus Didn't Tap.

Scholarly journal accidentally puts Chinese brothel ad on cover



The Max Planck Institute's latest journal focuses on China, and the editors wanted the cover to feature something from a classical Chinese text. But they somehow ended up printing text from a handbill for a Macau strip club. Among other things, it said "Hot Housewives in action!"

*Previously: Hot tub ads targeted at swingers.

*Buy "Chinese For Dummies" at Amazon.

Link roundup

1. Astronaut releases a balloon on the moon.

2. Best names of NCAA basketball players (including Lex Mongo, Chief Kickingstallionsims, and Pawel Kielbasa.)

3. Phrases drunk people can't say.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Venture Bros. Dunny



Recent posts at my action figure, miniature, and vinyl toy customizing blog include:

1. Venture Bros. Dunny.

2. Darth Revan Munny.

3. Chewbacca My Little Pony.

4. Cybernetic Barbie.

*Buy completed build-a-figures at eBay.

Lego Clown Tank





Lego Clown Tank by Angus MacLane.

*Previously: Zombie clown promotes 28 Weeks Later.

*Buy Lego minifigs at eBay.

Speak & Spell emulator



Play around with a Speak & Spell emulator. Via.

*Previously: Cadaver Calculator.

*Buy Speak & spells at eBay.

Turn a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone into a real phone



Go here for step by step instructions on turning a Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone int a real phone. There are several Chatter phones on sale at eBay.

*Previously: Make a paper business card with working gears.

Treevenge: The Movie




Here's the synopsis:


Treevenge details the experiences and horrifying reality of the lives of Christmas trees. Clearly, for trees, Christmas isn’t the exciting “peace on earth” that is experienced by most. After being hacked down, and shipped away from their homes, they quickly become strung up, screwed into an upright position for all to see, exposed in a humiliation of garish decorations. But this Christmas will be different, this Christmas the trees have had enough, this Christmas the trees will fight back. Treevenge could be a short film about the end of days for Christmas trees, or perhaps, the end of humanity?
Here's the trailer (very bloody):



From Yer Dead Productions Inc., the makers of Hobo With A Shotgun:



Via.

*Previously: Eli Roth's "Thanksgiving."

*Buy B-Movie posters at eBay.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

"all of the gold produced worldwide in one year could just about fit in the average person's living room"

"the world produces a cube of gold that is about 4.3 meters (about 14 feet) on each side every year"

Friday, December 26, 2008

McDonald's hired 1,000 actors to lineup in front of its Tokyo store



Back in November, McDonald's new minimalist store in Tokyo got a huge amount of attention on the web. I suggested at the time that the whole thing was some "elaborate prank." Indeed, it turns out McDonald's hired 1,000 actors to stand in line. Via.

*Previously: Fake crowds at Beijing Olympics.

*Find Happy Meal and cereal toys at eBay.

Photos of the puppets from Laika's Mac ad



It seems like an absurd missed opportunity that Apple hasn't put on sale toy versions of the adorable Justin Long and John Hodgman puppets from Laika's Mac ads. But there's a few photos of the puppets in this Flickr gallery.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Neil Gaiman's Coraline Box



Neil Gaiman received a Coraline box that included a Coraline puppet used in the movie. He posted lots of photos here.

*Previously: Coraline keys found on abandoned building.

*Preorder Coraline toys at Entertainment Earth.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Inflatable Ben Wallace



This is the Ben Wallace "Inflatable Defender." It was included here as a bad sports-related Christmas gift, but who wouldn't be pleased to receive this?



The seller is even hosting a photo contest, with the best photo winning a signed jersey.



(Hopefully an actual NBA jersey.)

*Previously: Inflatable crime scene.

*Buy inflatable stuff at eBay.

Quake papercraft



Download these Quake paper toys here. Via Gery, who has completed an impressive number of paper toys.

*Previously: Video of the Simpsons Quake level.

*Buy the Doom board game at eBay.

Coraline keys found on an abandoned building in Chicago




Artisan boxes
, button boxes, alphabet posters, and now Coraline keys stuck to buildings. Via.




There's already one on sale at eBay. (The coraline.com url is written on the key.)

Link roundup

1. David Horvath's mother was a toy designer. She worked at Mattel, but was largely required to keep her job a secret. "The only way [he] knew she still worked there was through catalogs and purple 'He-Man' errors she brought home." Learned from this interview.

2. Want to make money online? Michael Buckley makes over $100,000 on advertising and product placements in his his homemade YouTube videos. He spent "40 hours a week on YouTube for over a year" before making any money.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Twilight Edward Body Shimmer



Twilight Edward Body Shimmer: "Add subtle shimmer to your body with this iridescent powder. It includes a small application brush and comes in a clear container with an image of Twilight's Edward."

Coraline Button Box



Wow, the advertising campaign for Coraline is endless. Now the Other Mother is sending out button boxes to bloggers. You can see the contents at Laughing Squid.

Relatedly, you can hear the MeFi community's thoughts on the advertising campaign here.

*Previously: 50 Coraline Boxes.

*Buy the Coraline Graphic Novel at Amazon.

Rings



Seven piece stainless steel Ring A Day.



Acrylic Diamond Ring.

El Monte city council votes to ban anyone from being at the city hall after 11pm

Because they're convinced the mayor is living in her office.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Drew Carey seemingly unfazed by perfect bid on Showcase Showdown



Some are claiming Carey reacted this way because the contestant was not abiding by the spirit of the rules.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Matrioshka Russian dolls for Vogue Russia



To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Vogue Russia hired 31 artists to customize Russian dolls. You can see the full gallery here.

Order figurines of your Spore creations



You can now order figurines of your Spore creations for $50 each at Spore Sculptor.

Giant Tetris Blocks



As part of an art show called "Live Lanes - By George!," Gaffa Gallery has filled a street in Australia with giant falling Tetris pieces. More photos here.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Coraline Box #3

The creators of Coraline sent out 50 handmade boxes to some of their favorite bloggers. Each box is unique and includes items from the movie. Box #3 belongs to Stainless Steel Droppings:



You can see the rest of the boxes I've found to date here.

*Preorder Coraline toys at Entertainment Earth.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The logo on Columbia socks looks like a swastika



They've been memorialized at YTMND.

Friday, December 12, 2008

African poster for Ewoks: The Battle For Endor



Per Wikipedia, Ewoks: The Battle For Endor was a made for tv movie that came out in 1985. Above is an African poster for the movie that sold for $200 at eBay

Giant Big Wheels




Photos of giant Big Wheels, found here, here, and here.

And if you live in San Francisco, you should check out the Bring Your Own Big Wheel downhill race this Easter:



BYOBW also has a cool t-shirt on sale:



*Previously: Wheelchair with flamethrower.

*Buy "Art Cars: the cars, the artists, the obsession, the craft" at Amazon.