Die Hard death chart. See the whole thing here.
*Previously: Nakatomi Corporation t-shirt.
*Buy "Live Free or Die Hard (Unrated Edition)" at Amazon.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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 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.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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.
A few of the entries in a Photoshop Phriday contest featuring movie posters turned into public service announcements.
*Previously: Spider-Man learns about child molestation.
*Buy the "Vintage Dangers of Alcohol Abuse Film Collection" at Amazon.
Monday, December 29, 2008
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.
Friday's Photoshop Phriday contest at Something Awful featured parodies of the 30 Ways to Die of Electrocution images that were all over the net recently.
*Previously: Palpatine-Cheney 2008 bumper sticker.
*Find vintage signs at eBay.
Here's the trailer (very bloody):
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?
From Yer Dead Productions Inc., the makers of Hobo With A Shotgun:
*Previously: Eli Roth's "Thanksgiving."
*Buy B-Movie posters at eBay.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've created Evil Buttons, a blog about the Coraline ad campaign. Recent posts have included a Coraline key spotting in Boston, Coraline t-shirt, animated Coraline mirror ad, and another Coraline button box.
*Buy Coraline keys at eBay.
Talk about mad genius—from conception to execution, padded red cover with 3-D effect to the up-close-and-personal images inside, this anatomy book is as engrossing as any science fiction. Dr. Frankenstein, shown in a sepia photograph standing in a laboratory, gazing at a skull he holds in one hand, invites readers to join him as he creates a human being (Don't look so startled, he chides the meek). From there it's on to atoms and the skeletal system, tissues and organs, and so on, presented on visually rich spreads. The story line is sustained with brief, pun-happy journal entries (Day 11 [on eyes]: Assistant has seen the light), and the theme reinforced with remarkable design. Gothic fonts and engraved illustrations and vignettes (in red and black and also hand-colored) blend with state-of-the-art images from MEG scans, gamma scans and other advanced technology. Clear explanations broken into easily assimilable captions and text blocks encourage the reader. The only flaw: the subject most likely to interest the target group, the reproductive system, receives such timid mention as to be almost nonsensical (Male and female reproductive systems differ in structure, but both are involved in producing special cells that join up to make babies).$17 at Amazon. Via these sites.
*Previously: Lego Frankenstein.
*Buy anatomy models at Amazon.
1. Seth Godin artfully explains that you should cultivate relationships with lower level people that might be able to help you, and not dream about having a meeting with a star or ceo.
2. "[T]he worst of the crisis is hitting states that largely didn’t experience a housing bubble." Via.
3. In columnist's final story, he reveals that the people and coffee shop he frequently wrote about were imaginary. Via.
1. Gawker bloggers not happy with working conditions, and former Gawker bloggers having a hard time finding new employment. Via.
2. Pitchfork's 100 best tracks of 2008.
3. All of the gold produced worldwide in one year could just about fit in the average person's living room.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Kate Winslet is offended that anyone would describe the statutory rape featured in her new movie as "statutory rape":
I'm so sorry, "statutory rape"? I've got to tell you, I'm so offended by that. No, I really am. I genuinely am. To me, that is absolutely not this story at all. That boy knows exactly what he's doing. For a start, Hanna Schmitz thinks that he's seventeen, not fifteen, you know? She's not doing anything wrong.
1. Gawker's 10 worst media moments of 2008.
2. Seattle's politicians have interesting priorities, deciding not to use salt and chemicals to make roads safely drivable because the salt is bad for the environment. Via.
3. Police find mosquito in car, extract dna from blood found inside it, and match dna to suspected car thief. Via.
4. Harvard's endowment fund might have lost $18 billion. Via.
Friday, December 26, 2008
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.
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.
1. Death penalty conviction might be overturned because sequestered jurors and sheriff's deputies assigned to watch them were allegedly having sex. One juror said, "Acts of sex and insubordination were scandalous and unspeakable . . . " Via.
2. Washington Post comments on the havoc being caused by the new US rules about toy testing. Via.
3. Samaritan tries to hand out gift cards in front of Walmart, Walmart orders him to leave. Target invites him to visit their store. Via.
4. There was a coup attempt in Guinea.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
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
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.
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. Via.
3. New York Times published a letter from the mayor of Paris criticizing the prospect of making Caroline Kennedy a senator. Two problems. 1. It was a hoax and not written by the mayor. 2. Seriously, who cares what the mayor of Paris thinks?
4. Car that looks like a giant boom box.
*Buy vinyl toys by David Horvath at eBay.
Monday, December 22, 2008
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."
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.
1. 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.
2. California Supreme Court decides good samaritans can be sued for rendering non-medical help.
3. One of Joe Satriani's album covers features the Silver Surfer.
Download the Credit Crunch board game at The Economist. They really went all out - - pdfs of the board, money, cards, and player tokens. Via.
*Previously: Board game comes with Philip Pullman's Golden Compass prequel.