Saturday, February 28, 2009

Buzz Lightyear Statues



A few days ago, Pixar employees who had been with the company for 10 years or more received a bronze Buzz Lightyear sculpted by Jerome Ranft, and employees with more than 20 years also received a Woody.

The full Quest for G movie



The ad is by TBWA/Chiat/Day and was directed by Tarsem.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Cartoon Network vinyl toys



You can see lots of closeups of these Ben 10 and other Cartoon Network character vinyl toys, called "Noods," here. Much better shape than the Mighty Muggs.

*Previously: Ben 10 poster.

*Buy Ben 10 toys at eBay.

Video of the fish with the see-through head



This is the Pacific barreleye fish (Macropinna microstoma), and as you can see, it has a see-through head. Read about it here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Own Rasputin's severed hand



Alex CF's latest creation is Rasputin's severed hand:

The case contains the severed tattooed hand of Grigori Rasputin, and the second tattooed symbol of a star that sat over his heart. these fleshy totems are the catalyst for their work. The marking painted on the glass can be moved to suit the acquired code of the weaving. The vials above this contain the many poisons inflicted upon Rasputin. The two blue green glass vials contain the liquid esheridadae compound; injected into the heart and brain tissue. The aged illustrations of “esher chakra” - the gelling of Ernesto’s work and the ancient lore of words. This is research that made Rasputin not only legend, but more god than man...
Contact Alex CF to purchase or place a commission.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Retro Star Wars Poster



60's style Star Wars poster by Russel Walks on sale for $30.

Origami Manticore (link roundup)



Origami Manticore by Chad Killeen.

Superman's Justice Jogger with Power Stepping Action!





This is apparently Superman's "Justice Jogger," also known as the "Overland Villain Chaser," and featuring "Power Stepping Action." There's a few on sale at eBay.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A 700-pound alleged drug dealer had to be transported to a New York court in a U-Haul trailer to be charged with various crimes

Syr:

It was an unusual setting for a court proceeding: a 10-foot box truck backed up to the loading dock in the rear of the Historic Post Office in Auburn. Leone and a dozen other court personnel stood in the swirling snow for the 15-minute proceeding.

...

"I don't know what outcome our office will ultimately approve of, but gross obesity in and of itself is no defense," Valdina said after the arraignment.

Iron tree bannister



Via.

Rainbow shredder



By Chrissie Macdonald for Creative Review.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Toys from Pixar's Up



Here's photos of some of the upcoming toys based on Pixar's Up. You can see high-res shots here. The toys are by Jun Planning.

Papercraft Werewolf



Download this werewolf paper toy by Craig Mackay here.

Twister sheets



Viagra ad by Ogilvy & Mather.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cthulhu mask



Cthulhu mask by Bob Basset on sale at eBay.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Sports Illustrated 'airbrushed' Danica Patrick's tattoo, removing it from the small of her back for pictures in their recent Swimsuit Issue"

"The Swimsuit Issue emphasizes natural beauty," the spokesman told CNBC. "The freckles are left on and, in this case, the tattoos came off."

Friday, February 20, 2009

Darwin merchandise



By Mike Rosulek and are on sale on t-shirts and various other merchandise at Zazzle.

Photos from the Pixar 20 Years of Animation Exhibition



Photo gallery.

Watchmen Doomsday Clock



Watchmen Doomsday Clock on sale at Entertainment Earth.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lightning Bolt letter opener




Lightning Bolt letter opener and Demigod pot coaster by Greece Is For Lovers.

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon


A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve "the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century:" What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

In 1925 Fawcett ventured into the Amazon to find an ancient civilization, hoping to make one of the most important discoveries in history. For centuries Europeans believed the world’s largest jungle concealed the glittering kingdom of El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, leaving many scientists convinced that the Amazon was truly inimical to humankind. But Fawcett, whose daring expeditions helped inspire Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, had spent years building his scientific case. Captivating the imagination of millions around the globe, Fawcett embarked with his twenty-one-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed “Z”--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished.

Fawcett’s fate--and the tantalizing clues he left behind about “Z”--became an obsession for hundreds who followed him into the uncharted wilderness. For decades scientists and adventurers have searched for evidence of Fawcett’s party and the lost City of Z. Countless have perished, been captured by tribes, or gone mad. As David Grann delved ever deeper into the mystery surrounding Fawcett’s quest, and the greater mystery of what lies within the Amazon, he found himself, like the generations who preceded him, being irresistibly drawn into the jungle’s “green hell.” His quest for the truth and his stunning discoveries about Fawcett’s fate and “Z” form the heart of this complex, enthralling narrative.
34% off at Amazon.

Obituary for Ben Blank, "Innovator of Graphics for TV News"

"When the launch of the first Sputnik satellite took Americans by surprise, in 1957, Mr. Blank created what is believed to be the first electronic animation by repeating camera shots of a rotating golf ball, which represented Sputnik, on the end of some coat-hanger wire; the wire was attached to a small rotating globe. For added effect he glued glittering stars to the black background."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Eaten By A Bear sleeping bag



Eaten By A Bear sleeping bag by Eiko Ishizawa.

Food Chain Friends




Food Chain Friends plush monster set on sale for $50 here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Skynet Research mystery password, package



If you hover your mouse over the "P" in Products at Skynet Research, you'll reveal a password entry slot. At least per this Reddit discussion, no one's figured out a password.

In other Skynet news, /Film received a . . . futuristic light stick?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Burning Book Bookmark



Burning Book Bookmark on sale for $6 here.

Chilling description of vampire bats

Here's how Bill Schutt's article about vampire bats for Natural History Magazine starts:

It was on one of the first of those special feeding days that I noticed two of the white-winged vampires doing something incredible. They crawled across the floor of their feeding enclosure like a pair of spiders, and then one of the bats made a bold approach to a rather large hen. The bird cocked her head to one side, eyeing the bats. Her beak could have severely injured or even killed them, so I got ready to intervene. Sharing my concern, perhaps, one of the vampires stopped a couple of inches beyond pecking distance. The other bat, however, crept even closer, and then, amazingly, it nuzzled against the hen’s feathery breast. Instead of becoming alarmed or aggressive, the bird seemed to relax. The vampire responded by pushing itself even deeper into what I would later learn was a sensitive section of skin called the brood patch: a feather-free region, densely packed with surface blood vessels, where body heat is efficiently transferred to the hen’s eggs or to her chicks. As I watched, the hen reacted to the bat by fluffing her feathers, hunkering down—and closing her eyes.

My God, I thought, these bats have learned to mimic chicks!
Click through to read the whole thing. It's illustrated.

Relatedly, here's the website for Bill's book about real-life blood-sucking creatures, Dark Banquet.



It's currently 34% off at at Amazon.

Also, here's a rather disturbing video of a vampire bat in action.

And finally, here's a photo of vampire bat medicine:



Coraline's doll available for preorder



Coraline's Doll.

Toothy Monster



Toothy Monster sculpture by Eva Funderburgh on sale, along with various other creations, here.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Download a Batman mask



Courtesy of Katie Cook, download a Batman mask here.

Faux-mineral deposit ring



Ring by Eric Sæter, looks like mineral deposits, but is actually made of brass. More on display at Flickr, although I saw no purchasing information.

Plush rainstorm



"Stormie" the sad raincloud by Candace Filip.

Mario and coin box automata



Paper Mario and coin box automata. Download it here.

How to cheat Disneyland's Fast Pass system

Tips.

Friday, February 13, 2009

823KEYPROJECT



The plan is to sell 823 vintage skeleton key/necklaces and then use the proceeds to fund an artist. And then start selling another 823 and so on until 26 artists have received grants. You can buy a key here. Or go here to find out how to apply for a grant.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Redesigned Harry Potter book covers



M. S. Corley redesigned the covers for each of the Harry Potter novels.

Starship Troopers child abuse PSA

Video of a real life Warhammer 40K Rhino rolling over cars



THQ-Games teamed up with Games Workshop and the UK-based Tanks-A-Lot to create the world's first real life, fully-working, Blood Raven Space Marine Rhino. You can see it in action, crushing a couple of cars in this video:



New t-shirts at Last Exit to Nowhere




New t-shirts at Last Exit to Nowhere include "Han's Martial Arts Tournament" (Enter the Dragon) and "Montana Management Co." (Scarface).

Found item monster



Found item monster made by Das Mo out of a modem, gel caps, film canister and other rubbish for a contest at Custom Vibe.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NBA star to play GEICO instead of HORSE at All-Star weekend

USAT:

Sports are often made for TV. And TV is made for advertisers.

So it shouldn't surprise — especially as all sports are scrambling to find new places to hang "for sale" signs given the current economy — that the NBA's first H-O-R-S-E contest won't use those letters.

As that contest joins dunking and three-point shooting contests as part of TNT's NBA All-Star Weekend coverage, the as-yet unnamed three contestants — who'll be overseen by an NBA ref — will play G-E-I-C-O.

Devastator from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen



This is apparently how Devastator (assembled Constructicons) will look in Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Homemade Midna's Helmet (Twilight Princess)




Harrison Krix, the maker of the Portal gun and Master Sword, has created Midna's helmet from Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. He's posted detailed work-in-progress photos here.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Real Creature of the Black Lagoon



"Humans are among us" ad for the Sci Fi Channel.

Changes to Armed Forces Radio

SP:

A U.S. military tradition is about to be killed off by the iPod. Since World War II, the U.S. Armed Forces Radio (AFR) has broadcast to the troops, no matter where they are, using local transmitters and troops as announcers. But declining ratings, caused by iPods and changing tastes, has resulted in massive changes in what will be heard. Surveys and focus groups were conducted among the military audience, and it was found that a lot of the current programming was not well liked, or listened to. Troops would tune in for the news, and then go back to their MP3 players for music and podcasts. Another change that has sort of crept up on everyone is the fact that over half the troops are married, and most have kids. There are more families overseas, who are also AFR listeners, and they have different preferences than the troops..

Three years ago, troop surveys indicated that talk radio and country music should be cut back.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lawyer to receive payment in gift cards

MN:

Under a settlement, arrived at with the assistance of a mediator, it was agreed that Fineman was entitled to a $125,000 fee for his legal services. However, customers who were subjected to the proscribed practice won’t receive any cash under the accord...only a $10 gift card. In an order signed Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brett Klein likewise provided that Fineman will be paid off in the form of such cards: “12,500 ten-dollar Windsor Fashions gift cards.”

Chinese elementary school in a cave



There's an official elementary school in China that's located inside a cave. Built in 1984, it's called "mid-cave primary school" because it sits in one of three caves inside a mountain. Lots of photos here.

Caterpillar Pancakes



Caterpillar made out of silver dollar pancakes and strawberries. Inspired by these pancakes and one of several irresistible looking food ideas found here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nurikabe paper toy




Nurikabe paper toy by Christopher Bonnette. Available with or without pattern here (scroll horizontally through the designs at the top of the page).