Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Toycutter updates

Over at my action figure and miniature customizing blog, recent posts include King Leonidas, Darth Maul, and Flying Monkey Munnys, tips on choosing the right glue and sculpting hands, and an Alex Ross-style Wolverine action figure.

Plush Jack Sparrow

Ebay. Via.

Cheeseburger in a can

Buy. Via these fine sites.

Rice vs. Clinton book cover

Found here.

Nissan, Toyota papercraft

Lots of designs. Nissan. Toyota. Via.

Tentacles Desktop Wallpaper

High res image here.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lego: Steampunk Jedi


NY Giant claims to have castrated lambs with his teeth

Castrating a lamb with your teeth is a pretty simple procedure, really. Grey Ruegamer knows. "You grab the forelegs and pin them to the ground, and then you grab the back legs and throw them on their back," Ruegamer said. And when the, uh, target area is exposed, "away you go. It's the way the Basques do it." Link. You can read a bit more about the practice (if you're interested in that kind of thing) here.

Naked mole rats are hideously ugly...and immune to certain kinds of pain

"As vulnerable as naked mole rats seem, researchers now find the hairless, bucktoothed rodents are invulnerable to the pain of acid and the sting of chili peppers." Link.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Japanese company offers "heartache" leave

"Not everyone needs to take maternity leave but with heartbreak, everyone needs time off, just like when you get sick," says CEO Miki Hiradate, of Tokyo-based Hime & Company. The company gives "older" staff (over 29) more time off, under the theory that break-ups are more serious when you're older.

You can read the rest of the article here. Via Tokyomango

Photo: Field of abandoned Bob's Big Boy statues


Video: 222 pound cheeseburger

It takes 4 people to position the bun. Video link. Via.

Coca-Cola commercial: Drink Coca-Cola, gain a bionic arm

*Buy Six Million Dollar Man toys at eBay.

Video of lightning striking the John Hancock building in Chicago over and over

Lightning Strikes on the John Hancock Building from cshimala on Vimeo.


Plush: Charming two-headed, three-legged dolls

Buy. Via.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Interesting: BP plays a major part in the new version of SimCity

BP and EA have partnered to create SimCity Societies, the city-building game that deals with the causes and consequences of global warming. The game presents options for city power generation through various high- or low-carbon means, making available solar power, wind power, hydrogen power, natural gas and biofuels — the same alternative, cleaner forms of energy BP is working with leading researchers, scientists and engineers to provide.

Official site.

Lego: Big Dadddy and Little Sister from Bioshock


Mecha Naga Buddha T-Shirt Design

Vote for it here.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Fan Created Star Wars/Disney Mashup Art and Action Figure Concepts

Star Tours Calendar Back Page by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

Emperor Mickey by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

Darth Valice in Wonderland by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

Snow White n 7 Stormtroopers by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

Goof Maul by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

Boba Ducks Trophy by *Thumper-001 on deviantART

See the rest in the series in this gallery.

*Buy toys from Disneyland at eBay.

New Disney Photos by Annie Leibovitz

Gisele Bundchen as Wendy Darling, Mikhail Baryshnikov as Peter Pan, Tina Fey as Tinker Bell.

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin.

Whoopi Goldberg as the Genie from Aladdin.

Jessica Biel as Pocahontas.

I've posted the previous photos in the series here.

Funny: Fortune Magazine Named Enron "Most Innovative Company In America" Six Times In A Row


Friday, January 25, 2008

Video: Meredith Vieira licks MacBook Air on Today show

It happens 1:55 in.

Plush Love Devil

Buy. Price includes custom text on his tail.

A handy list of responses to "hippie" causes

Hippie tech: It's a miracle plant that's been banned due to pressure from America's powerful tobacco lobby.
Reality check: The European Union and China subsidize hemp growers. Canada, the UK and Germany, which had banned hemp production, have allowed its commercial growth and sale since the 1990s. The result? Dude, check the people's encyclopedia: "British production is mostly used as bedding for horses; other uses are under development. The largest outlet for German fibre is composite automotive panels." And that's the propaganda in Wikipedia. Sorry, Sparkle Bunny, hemp just ain't the new soybean.

Read the rest.

Now THESE are the oldest tricks in the book

Tap neighbor on left shoulder. When he turns to look, club his wife and drag her to your cave.

Kill mammoth. Crawl into mammoth carcass. When saber-toothed tiger comes to feast, explode from mammoth with spear.

Read the whole list by Neil Reynolds for McSweeney's.

Wall Street Journal says star architects can work "without restraints" in autocracies...

but are unfairly limited in democracies. Anyone actually believe "Star architects Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel" have "the ability to work without restraints on their plans for a cultural center in Abu Dhabi." Link.

Funny: Hamas stages scenes of darkness for media photo opportunities

On at least two occasions this week, Hamas staged scenes of darkness as part of its campaign to end the political and economic sanctions against the Gaza Strip, Palestinian journalists said Wednesday.

In the first case, journalists who were invited to cover the Hamas government meeting were surprised to see Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and his ministers sitting around a table with burning candles.


But some of the journalists noticed that there was actually no need for the candles because both meetings were being held in daylight.


He said that when he saw that the curtains had been closed to prevent the light from entering, he realized that Hamas was trying to manipulate the media for political gain.


List of everything that made Bruce Banner turn into the Hulk (tv series)

For example:

3. Thinking about either of his wives.

Via Fark. The second comment at the link features a great Hulk animated gif.

Video: Dolphins blowing and playing with bubbles

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Toycutter Updates

Recent posts at my action figure/miniature customizing site include a Big Daddy Munny, Sith Trooper action figure, and tips on making fairy wings.

Toy: Baby-Eating Crocodile by Amanda Visell

Part of the new StrangeCo Vivisect Playset.

Lego: Mini Batmobile


Why didn't this catch on? Fire alarm that locked up your arm

Link. Via.

Video: Fascinating talk on the secret history of Silicon Valley

Specifically, Silicon Valley's military ties. Lots of interesting factoids. For example, in WW2, 3/4 of aluminum foil "disappeared." The populace didn't know that the US had figured out how to use aluminum to foil German radar.

Church promotes "Puresex" on billboard

"At first, I thought it was a porn site thing," said one passerby. Photo link.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Don Solomono, the Jewish Indian Chief

From the earliest contact between North American Indians and white European settlers, the Europeans held the upper hand. Almost unremittingly, the Europeans imposed their idea of private ownership of land on the Native Americans, obtaining it from them by purchase, stealth and war. Virtually every Indian tribe in North America found its contacts with white settlers painful, if not fatal, and few Indians trusted or respected, much less loved, the white men and women they knew.

One exception to this generalization was Solomon Bibo, a white trader who won the trust and affection of the Acoma Pueblo Indians of New Mexico. In 1888, "Don Solomono," as he was known to the Acomas, became governor of the Acoma Pueblo, the equivalent of chief of the tribe. Remarkably, the Acomas asked the United States to recognize Bibo as their leader. Even more remarkable is that Bibo was a Jew.

Keep reading.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Toycutter Updates

Recent posts on my toy customizing blog include customized Star Wars Lego Minifigs, how to paint camouflage, and how to install LED eyes.

Poster: Bigger, Stronger, Faster*

More posters for the documentary here.

Photo: Primitive Spy Tech

Found here.

Adorable Cthulhu Sculpture

"Original Cthulhu sculpture, sculpted and painted completely by hand by contemporary uk artist Biscuitboy. The piece is sculpted in fired earthenware clay, the base sculpted out of thermalite, both are finished in artist’s acrylics. It comes signed at the bottom, atop it’s own removable base." Buy. And here's "BiscuitBoy's" DeviantArt Gallery.

Video: Funny homemade optical illusion ad for Wonderbra

Follow directions and stare at the spiral. Funny payoff.


Vinyl Crocodile, Plush Robot

The crocodile is by Amanda Visell and is from Peter Pan. It's pricey. Read about it here or here.

The robot is by Michelle Valigura and is far more attainable.

Their shared blog is here.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Funny screenshot from Jumper

I love this screenshot from the upcoming movie Jumper, showing the main character teleporting an enemy into a shark's path. Found here.

Creepy image from Mars seems to show small humanoid

It's in the lower left of this high-res image of the Mars Explorer Spirit.

Creepy-looking rock, right? Although, I've never seen a rock on Earth with an arm... Via.

*See also:

-NASA sent a spider into space...and lost it.

-If Steamboat Willie was impregnated by a Facehugger, their child would look like this.

Finally Own A Tentacle Arm Of Your Very Own

"For the first time, you can have tentacles of your very own. Equipped with suction cups and plenty of creepy greenness." Buy. Via.

Johnny Deppy recently visited a children's hospital dressed as Jack Sparrow

Link. Via.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

"Mommy, why is there a server in the house?"

Apparently a Microsoft giveaway at CES. See more images from the booklet here. Via.