Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Slices of the world

Made by Studio Psyho for a travel agency called Madagascar.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Redesigned Iron Man Armor

Project Rooftop announced the winners of its Iron Man: Invincible Upgrade art contest. This entry by Ming Doyle came in third. Click through to see the other top entries.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Mosaic tile wallpaper

At Target:

• Create the look of an ornate mosaic tile wall without ever lifting a trowel using this flashy trompe l’oeil wallpaper
• Not like the stuff grandma put under the chair rail in the dining room, this wallpaper adds a new dimension to home decorating
• From Graham & Brown, a company with 60 years of heritage in home enhancement and wallpaper design and production
• Part of the Kitchen and Bath series; can be hung dry from wall for easy installation
• Paper-backed vinyl wallpaper wipes clean with damp cloth; width: 20.5" length: 11 yards

Friday, April 18, 2008

Star Wars Rocks 2: Jedi Boogaloo

From an almost 10-year old issue of Star Wars Insider.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Funny thing my trash truck-obsessed three-year-old son said while watching The Empire Strikes Back

Me: (Pointing to Star Destroyer) That's a very big spaceship.

Him: Does it have a backup alarm?

Photoshop: Vintage ad from the world of Fahrenheit 451

An entry in this contest. Via.

Movie Poster: Blindness

Official site. Information about the movie. Via.

Spiders are into all types of kinky sex

The male European crab spider... approaches tentatively but, when close to the female, grabs one of her legs. Initially she struggles but later calms down as he moves over her body trailing silk threads, which bind her to the ground. He then lifts her abdomen, crawls under and inserts his palps [the organs that carry his sperm]. However, this bondage appears to be purely ritualistic because it is not difficult for the female to break free: it is likely that it helps to pacify her.

Just one example of spiders' unusual mating practices described in Paul Hillyard's book The Private Life of Spiders. You can find more factoids from the book here.

Did you know Ghostbusters was actually about America's struggle with obesity

This video explains:

Part of an ad campaign for Volkswagen called "See Films Differently."

Toy Story is a meditation on the trials of puberty and sexuality (NSFW):

*Buy Ghostbusters toys at eBay.

Boots "Moment of Truth" Ad

Yesterday was 100 degrees in LA and I spent the day at the beach. Seemed like a good time to post this ad. A woman starts to take off her shirt at a crowded beach and realizes everyone has stopped to watch:

Pay-off: "Get beach gorgeous. Trust Boots."

Which one's a stalagmite?

Stalagmite vs Stalagtite - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Veer's Very Secret Order

Veer has a neat little website called The Very Secret Order Of Creatives Understanding to promote its products. If you weren't lucky enough to get a hard copy of the order's booklet (complete with membership card), you can download a pdf here. Other neat stuff at the website includes some desktop wallpapers and a codename generator. To unlock the desktop wallpapers, including one featuring the seal you see above, you'll have to answer some riddles.

Photo: X-Wing sliding off an aircraft carrier

Found amongst a whole bunch of Star Wars oddities here.

Creepy paintings by Fred Einaudi

Larger sized images here. And if you ask nice, he might sell you a print. Via.

Alien Fetus Statuette (from Alien)

Certainly a conversation piece. Buy it as Etsy. Via.

The Burger King as a futuristic robot

An advertisement for the "breakfast of tomorrow." Surprisingly, not an Iron Man tie in. Maybe if the ads popular enough, they'll make a toy version.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Identity Theft Bot papercraft

To promote a new product, Norton has made available some swell robot papercraft - - Identity Theft Bot and Extortion Bot. Go here to download the templates.

Here's the creator's official site, and here's the Flickr link for the image you see above.

Plush Leia as Boushh

Link. You can see more plush Star Wars creations from GeekCentral here.

*Buy Polish Star Wars posters at eBay.

Defaced Money: Lincoln as Tron

Another defaced bill by Joe D!.

T-Shirt Design: The real Spiderman and Dr. Octopus

Spider Flu - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Winnie the Pooh Lego

Just one of several great animal designs in this gallery. Via.

Genius: Steering wheels should rumble when someone's in your blind spot

More steering wheel ideas here. Via.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vintage photo of a boy and his Superman balloon

Found here. And supposedly originating here. Somewhere.

Very creepy new McFarlane Human Flood action figure

From Halo. More photos here.

Windwaker Link Toy (plus more)

A couple of nice toy photos by Brandroid.



Gorillaz vinyl toy set for $20

The whole set's $20 at Kidrobot. Via.

Make a plush pig

Tutorial here.

Michael Chabon's full script for Spider-Man 2

You can download a pdf of the whole thing here. McSweeney's posted it to promote Chabon's new book Maps and Legends.

Video: Kobe Bryant jumps over an Aston Martin

(well, pretends to) It's an ad for his new Nikes.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Clever business card for couples therapist

By Frederick Samuel for Marisa Schmidt Silva. Via.

Plot Idea of the Day #2: Man receives heart transplant, kills self in same way as donor

The AP: A man who received a heart transplant 12 years ago and later married the donor's widow died the same way the donor did, authorities said: of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


Plot Idea of the Day: Man's home has been hit by meteorites five times

A Bosnian man whose home has been hit an incredible five times by meteorites believes he is being targeted by aliens.

Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that all the rocks Radivoje Lajic has handed over were meteorites.

They are now investigating local magnetic fields to try and work out what makes the property so attractive to the heavenly bodies.

Link. Via.

Toycutter Updates

Recent posts at my action figure, vinyl toy, and miniature customizing blog include Steampunk Star Wars action figures, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as members of Starfleet, and Superman Madman Hullabaloo action figures by yours truly.

Joe Queenan wonders what the worst movie ever made is

The release of the Paris Hilton vehicle The Hottie and the Nottie has revived the debate as to which is the worst motion picture ever made. Because the film logged in with some of the worst receipts in history - $250 per screen on opening weekend - there is a temptation to accord it the mythical status of such universally ridiculed motion pictures as Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or Plan 9 From Outer Space, to welcome it into the dark, Bizarro World pantheon inhabited by phantasmagoric disasters such as Showgirls, Ishtar, Heaven's Gate, Battlefield Earth, The Postman and, most recently, Gigli and Swept Away.

That is not fair. It is not fair to Kevin Costner, it is not fair to Jennifer Lopez, and it is certainly not fair to Madonna. Though it is a natural impulse to believe that the excruciating film one is watching today is on a par with the excruciating films of yesterday, this is a slight to those who have worked long and hard to make movies so moronic that the public will still be talking about them decades later.

Read on to see his criteria and choice for worst movie ever. I think the worst I've ever seen is Blue Crush. I walked out on that one even though I love surfing movies.

Umbrella Academy Mug

I've been looking for a new mug since I broke my old one. It's available for preorder here.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The evolution of the Starbucks logo

Pretty cool. Starbucks has probably my favorite corporate logo.

Photoshop: New ideas for the U.S. Air Force's logo

More at Fark.

Video: The opening to Lost, if it had been an 80's tv show

Watch it here. The theme song will get stuck in your head.

Bruce Schneier is holding a threat contest

This one by "Alan" is my favorite so far:

Bugs are everywhere! Do you know where they go when you are sleep? Where they lay their eggs? Where they feed?

It has been reported in some magazines and TV programs that bugs enter the ears and mouth of people who are sleeping almost every day. Bugs are always looking for a dark place to lay their eggs and nurture their young. Are you safe from their gnawing mandibles? The ear or sinus cavity are a perfect place for a voracious bug to lay their eggs. For $49.95 you can buy "Bug Shield". Blocks out flesh eating insects while you sleep.

There's many many more.

Wal-Mart's former video company is showing off 30 years of candid video

Gary McWiiliams of the WSJ:

For nearly 30 years, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employed a video-production company here to capture footage of its top executives, sometimes in unguarded moments. Two years ago, the retailing giant stopped using the tiny company.

At first, the decision threw Flagler Productions Inc. into a panic. Now it's Wal-Mart that's squirming.

In recent months, Flagler has opened its trove of some 15,000 Wal-Mart tapes to the outside world, with an eye toward selling clips. The material is proving irresistible to everyone from business historians and documentary filmmakers to plaintiffs lawyers and union organizers.

Read on.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Geico dancing caveman screensaver

I like the Geico caveman ads, but how do ads like these actually encourage people to purchase insurance from Geico? I actually dismiss them as an option because of all their clownish ads.

Papercraft: Hunter Rose (Grendel)

Download it here.

Poster for the Tokyoplastic King of the Monsters! show

More photos and information here.

Neat, functional barcodes (from Japan)

Many more here. Via.

GameSetWatch catches GamePro plagiarizing its site

Hm, faithful GameSetWatch readers, it's time to admit something rather naughty. We played a little practical joke on IDG's, because we noticed them 'borrowing' some data from us without crediting.

The following is a cautionary tale about plagiarism and factchecking. If you are a professional journalist, please avert your eyes. If you're at all tickled by 'things game journos do to amuse themselves', please continue reading, forthwith.

Read on. Via.

Sheapshearing can pay as much as $80 an hour

And according to Kirk Johnson of the NY Times, it's artistic too: There is poetry in watching any physical task done well. But shearing is more like ballet. The sheep and the shearer must move as one. Each shift of the shearer’s feet into a new position for the next set of strokes also shifts the sheep’s posture and weight, presenting a new flank or angle for the blade’s pass.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Facebank - - the most horrifying piggy bank ever

PC World says: "Wave a coin in front of the bank's eyes (actually light sensors), and it opens wide to swallow your loose change." It's on sale here.

Rob Lowe says his family's former nanny is blackmailing him

A former employee is demanding my wife Sheryl and I pay her $1.5 million by the end of the week or she will accuse us both of a vicious laundry list of false terribles. It is an attempt to damage and humiliate not only my wife and me, but our two young sons as well. My family is devastated at this betrayal; this woman worked in our home and traveled with us off and on for seven years, without complaint. In fact, she left other jobs to return to work for us three different times. Several weeks ago she quit abruptly, leaving us without a replacement. Within days we received these texts from her explaining her sudden departure:

Read on for the rest. Via.

Cute little gnome figurines

By Aimee Ray. On sale here.

Weird: Ewok prototype action figures

One of several prints of vintage Star Wars toys available here.

Defaced Money: Andrew Jackson as Daredevil, a Spartan



*Previously: Emo Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln as the Green Lantern.

Blog dedicated to animated gifs

This one would go well with my site.

With slight tweaking, the WWF logo makes a great WWE tag team logo

Found here.