Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bonsai trees by Mario Komsta

A few trees by Mario Komsta that seem to be writhing in agony.

"L.A. requires anti-graffiti materials on all new single-family homes"

"Opening a new front in the city's efforts to reduce tagging, the Los Angeles City Council today approved an ordinance requiring that new homes built in the city include some type of finish that is resistant to graffiti spray paint."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"To publicize the re-release of teen fiction series Sweet Valley High, Random House Children's Books sent a letter to journalists highlighting the changes made to the content of the 1980s paperbacks"

"just to make sure preteen and teenaged girl readers are sufficiently insecure about their bodies, the publisher made the "perfect" clothing size a couple of notches more restrictive"

Monday, September 28, 2009

When Mickey Mouse invaded Japan

Circa 1936 or so, a cartoon propaganda film featuring Mickey Mouse invading Japan with an army of machine gun-tongued snakes, only to be defeated by samurai. Felix the Cat also makes a cameo.

New to me, but you can read all about in the comments here. Via these sites.

*Previously: "Crush the Germans with your mind" propaganda poster.

*Buy World War II : The Disney Patches at Amazon.

"Threesome made Bengal's Lambeau leap possible"


Bengals wide receiver Ochocinco sent out a message on Twitter saying he wanted to do a Lambeau leap following a touchdown, a privilege normally reserved for the home team. These three Bengals fans responded by saying they'd provide a friendly welcoming committee.

He took them up on the offer, got their contact information and sent out four free front-row tickets by certified mail

Ambient Ad Roundup

Backpack with warning - - part of a campaign by Wasserman + Partners to encourage people to visit (and be safe). At the site, I found this irresistible headline: Life Jacket Saves Five Year Old From Seal Attack.

To advertise the Minigolf World Championships, Bach+Andersen set up a course using drainpipes and gutters.

Stains left in conspicuous places - - ads by BBDO for the Israel Cancer Association.

A cleverly-placed broken heel starts in this ad by Immersion Creative for Nika Shoe Repair.

Sticker beer mugs placed to promote Tyskie.

*Previously: The Platonic ideal of mini golf courses.

*Buy vintage advertising at eBay.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Chicken and Fossil Jell-O Molds

A few of the disgusting/creative molds created for a Gowanus Studio Jell-O mold competition. The fossil is by Alex Minott. The food is by Hugh Hayden and Savinien Caracostea. Via.

*Previously: Dragon fossil.

*Buy molds at Amazon.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monster dress

On sale here.

How to throw a fancy dress dinner party at Ikea

Go here for a gallery of photos from an (unauthorized) fancy dress party held at Ikea. Via.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Magog must die"

Magog #4 cover by Glenn Fabry.

Transformers 2 concept art

Go here for lots of Transformers 2 concept art by Ryan Church.

And go here
for a large gallery of Transformers 2 concept art by Ben Procter.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are pop-up shop

First, go here, here, here, and here for lots of photos of the Where the Wild Things Are pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty.

Second, go here to see photos of the five Where the Wild Things Are-inspired costumes Christian Joy made (to be sold at the shop).

Jell-O Metroid

Jell-O, strawberry, and apple Metroid. Via.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Trilobyte car

See more photos and see how it was made here.

Fringe's Selectric 251

Above is a real IBM Selectric typewriter.

The highlight of last night's season premiere of Fringe was the Selectric 251, a typewriter that allowed the episode's villain to communicate with people in another dimension via a magic mirror:

You can watch the entire episode here. And find high-res screencaps here.

*Buy Selectrics at eBay.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Indiana Jones circa 1951

whoiseyevan created a 1950's-style trailer for Indiana Jones using bits of various films. You can see more modified films in his gallery, including Ghostbusters (from 1954) and Marvel Zombies (from 1966).