Sunday, August 30, 2009

Han Solo Adventures




Stacy Davidson is roughly 25% done on her SCUMM engine-style game Han Solo Adventures.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Brutal Legend-themed soapbox derby racer




Visit Brutal Bus Build to follow the progress made on the Brutal Bus soapbox derby racer.

Clinging Spider-Man backpack




Spider-Man seemingly clings to your back in this backpack that's on sale for $45.

"On the Fox Kids Spider-Man show of the 1990s, the Sinister Six was re-named the Insidious Six because of executive interference"

"there was worry that the name “sinister” was too harsh/too scary/too something."

Friday, August 28, 2009

Vader's Apprentice

Vader's Secret Apprentice from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed disguised as a Sandperson:





The screenshots are from new downloadable content of the game:

The mission begins at the end of the story of The Force Unleashed and re-imagines the Star Wars Saga as if the Secret Apprentice had killed Darth Vader and taken his place at the Emperor's side, becoming the most powerful Sith Lord in the universe. The story picks up as the Emperor sends his new apprentice to the planet Tatooine to dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi -- who has been hiding on the planet ever since the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. During their hunt for the reclusive Jedi, players will also explore the depths of Jabba the Hutt's palace and encounter notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The goofy initial version of Jaws



The first edition of Peter Benchley's Jaws, available at eBay.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

H.R. Giger's ads for Pioneer




Circa the early 80's, H.R. Giger's ads for Pioneer.

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Just because your fantasy team's quarterback is broken doesn't mean your hope for a payout has to be, thanks to fantasy sports insurance"

WSJ:

two Long Island insurance brokers have developed a way for the fantasy owner to experience the bittersweet taste of an insurance payout when their superstar goes down with a season-ending injury.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Microsoft sent salesmen slabs of concrete



The notes to this ad campaign by Y&R for Microsoft say:

We wanted to show software sales staff that Windows breaks down the walls in customers lives. So we showed them what that felt like by putting our letter in a concrete envelope, complete with a hammer to smash it open. The letter invited them to join a sales promotion where they could win a trip to where the Berlin Wall used to be.

Friday, August 21, 2009

How the actor Rain got so lean for Ninja Assassin

EW:

The star worked out eight hours a day for eight months and ate strictly chicken breasts and vegetables. ”Actually, I threw up every day,” he admits. ”I was so ashamed.”

Ambient Ad Roundup


Potatoes invade Chicago’s Jackson Tunnel in this ad by Juniper Park for Lay's.




Pimple climbing rock wall by Y&R Interactive for Clearex.




Radar gun/speed warning for the Elm Grove Police by Cramer-Krasselt. Here's another sign in the campaign.




Leaking Orbit Juicy Gum by BBDO.




Daunting spills and giant rolls of Bounty were placed in New York and Santa Monica in these ads by Publicis.




Giant tube of Alteco Super Glue stuck to a bridge. Ad by DDB.




Upside down stickers placed next to ashtrays adhere to smokers' feet and read "Get rid of this stick and dirty habit."




Rear view mirror for your computer monitor helps you visit porn site Sexy Clube without getting caught. Ad by DM9DDB.




Pool of blood towels to promote "Weekend Murders" on tv. Ad by DraftFCB.




Mechanical bull set up in Texas to promote The Economist. Ad by BBDO.

Groo-themed sketchbook

Matthew Brady has a Groo-themed sketchbook. Here are two standouts:


Groo by Ryan Kelly



Groo by Tom Neely

*Previously: Groo Minimate.

*Buy sketch cards at eBay.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Laser-etched, beef jerky business card



Laser-etched, beef jerky business card by Rethink Communications for BC Adventure.

Annie Leibovitz's "debts now total a staggering $24 million"

NYMag:

If she can’t meet that deadline, she may lose her homes and the rights to her life’s body of work.

Friends say Leibovitz has begun to think of herself less as a celebrity artist leading a charmed life and more as a single mother of three fighting to keep a roof over her head and food on her family’s table. It isn’t surprising, then, that she bristled at a lifetime-achievement award. The fear of no longer working is terrifying to her. She has to work. What remains mystifying is the simple question on everyone’s mind that night: How on earth could something like this have happened to Annie Leibovitz?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed concept art



There's a nice gallery of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed concept art at Amy Beth Christenson's site.

Indiana Jones and the Mystery of Mount Sinai



Available at Amazon.



Seunghan Song's Window Phone





Seunghan Song's "Window Phone" concept features a display that mimics different weather conditions, including frost and rain. More photos here.

Mindstyle's Godfather Classic vinyl toy



Mindstyle's Godfather Classic vinyl toy.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Brazil TV host turned politician 'ordered killings to boost ratings'"

"suspected of commissioning at least five murders to prove his claim that the region is awash with violent crime."

Monday, August 17, 2009

Autism awareness advertisement



Ad for autism site talkaboutautism by CHI & Partners.

"Spectacular Distractions Are the Perks of Judgeship"

NYT:

Also distracting is the local wildlife, which periodically shows up on the courthouse steps. “We often have a bear come through,” said Ray Kern, who works security at the court. “And coyote. Bobcats, too, on a regular basis. They come up to the front door. But we don’t let them in.”

"Choose Your Own Adventure – Most Likely You’ll Die"

A flowchart.

Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Merchandise Event



September 9 is the Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary Merchandise Event at Disneyland. Among the special items for sale is the $250 Haunted Mansion Tabletop Clock by Walt Disney Imagineer, John Mauvezin

*Previously: Blueprints and patents for Disney's The Haunted Mansion.

*Buy toys from Disneyland at eBay.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Vessel Ideation's temperature change tea kettle

Vessel Ideation won a tea kettle design contest with the "ONE Teakettle." As the kettle heats up, a beautiful pattern appears:







An alternative design features Space Invaders:

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Papercraft Giant Robo



Download the Giant Robot paper toy by Harlancore here.

Downloadable Tekken 6 posters




Over at the absurdly slowly loading Tekken 6 website, you can download posters and other high-res images of Yoshimitsu, Roger Jr., and other fighters.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Young Darth Malak



The cover of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #47. The cover's by Benjamin Carre.

Baboons take apart some luggage






Apparently real, video of a bunch of baboons in Knowsley Safari Park taking apart the luggage on top of a car.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kodinhi is a village in India known for twins

Wikipedia:

The village is noted for having a high twinning rate although India has one of the lowest twinning rates in the world

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Despite several studies being conducted, the exact cause of this phenomenon is yet to be ascertained. Women from Kodinhi married off to far away places are also known to give birth to twins

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This phenomenon of a large number of twin births is not unique to Kodinhi, and has also been observed in the town of Igbo-Ora in Nigeria

Monday, August 10, 2009

Burger King jersey for Getafe

You probably saw photos of this flip-over zombie t-shirt for Resident Evil all over the web a few weeks ago:




Well, Burger King sponsors a Spanish soccer team called Getafe, and the team's jersey features a similar design:




That's right, when a player pulls the jersey over his head, he displays the King: