Thursday, April 30, 2009

Grand Theft Auto: Spider-Man




Grand Theft Auto: Spider-Man and GTA: Dark Knight. See also GTA: Tarzan.

"Spider 'Resurrections' Take Scientists by Surprise"

NatGeo:

Scientists at the University of Rennes in France collected three species of wolf spider—two from salt marshes, one from a forest. The team immersed 120 females of each species in seawater, jostling the spiders with brushes every two hours to see if they responded.

As expected, all the forest wolf spiders (Pardosa lugubris) apparently died after 24 hours. The two salt marsh-dwelling species took longer—28 hours for Pardosa purbeckensis and 36 hours for Arctosa fulvolineata.

After the "drownings," the researchers, hoping to weigh the spiders later, left them out to dry. That's when things began to get weird.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Criterion Collection-Style Video Game Box Art



Many more on display here and here.

Blanka sculpture





Blanka sculpture by Duzty.

"H.G. Wells' 'War of the Worlds' was an allegory about the injustice of European imperial rule of Africa, China and India."

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book about vintage mascots



Ad Boy: Vintage Advertising with Character features images of roughly 500 largely-obscure, abandoned, and forgotten mascots from 20th Century ads, including:




Monday, April 27, 2009

"The Girl and the Robot" by Royksopp and Robyn



Here's a live performance:

Inspector Gadget toy



More photos here.

High class insult cards





These and more on sale at Etsy.

Satyr Stilt Legs



By Kim Graham.



More at her site, including this treeman:

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Plush Shockwave (Transformers)

Plush Shockwave made as a commission by GlassCamel:


Needle-Felted Shockwave by ~GlassCamel on deviantART

*Previously: Shockwave Mighty Muggs.

*Buy Shockwave toys at eBay.

Lego Mega Man (link roundup)



Lego Mega Man
by Cade Roster.

And a few more links:

1. Last week's edition of Layer Tennis was excellent.

2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith has apparently signed a $500K contract to write about the life of Abraham Lincoln, vampire hunter. Via.

3. Design for a piranha plant in a pipe pen. Via.

4. Anime kid with a guitar desktop wallpaper.

*Previously: How to make Meg Man's Mega Buster.

*Buy Mega Man toys at eBay.

An onslaught of cupids



It's an onslaught of cupids in this ad by Leo Burnett, Paris, France for Love Condoms. There are far stranger (and repulsive) ads on display at the Love Condoms official site - - penises wearing condoms and dressed up to look like celebrities. One of the ads (and I'm only showing the top right here):



features the line: "With Love Condom, every night is a little Pearl Harbor. Banzai." Via.

*Previously: Orangina - - the beverage of perversion.

*Buy plushy cupids at eBay.

Alice in Wonderland nesting dolls



Alice in Wonderland nesting dolls on sale at Etsy.

*Previously: Chador-wearing nesting dolls.

*Buy nesting dolls at eBay.

Preorder James Jean's Process Recess 3



James Jean announced that his newest art collection, Process Recess 3, is now available for preorder. Process Recess 2 is one of my alltime favorite purchases, but unlike that book, which consisted of prints suitable for removal and framing (and I have the space age version of Little Red Riding Hood hanging in my office), this one seems to be a more straightforward (and longer) collection of sketches. You can preorder the limited edition for $200 here, and preorder the mundane version for 33% off at Amazon.

Process Recess 2 is listed as temporarily out of stock, but you can order it for $20 at Amazon.

*Previously: Thumbs down for James Jean's postcard collection.

*Buy "Fables Covers: The Art of James Jean Vol. 1" at Amazon.

Minotaur and Medusa desktop wallpapers

Little Big Planet's Sackboy as Medusa and a Minotaur from God of War. I took the liberty of turning them into fullscreen and widescreen desktop wallpapers:






*Previously: Valentine-themed Little Big Planet desktop wallpapers.

*Order Sackboy figures at The Big Bad Toy Store.

Hypnocat T-shirt




Today's $11 (plus shipping) Tee Fury t-shirt features a many-eyed cat by Dirtdirt.

*Previously: R2-D2 and C-3PO as Coppertone spokesbots by Dirtdirt.

*The "LOLcat Colleckshun" is 20% off at Amazon.

Watch as Lindsay Soto tries to cover up her cleavage on live tv (link roundup)



It's tough being a girl. In the middle of trying to interview a hockey player, Lindsay Soto is apparently told she's showing way too much cleavage and spends the rest of the interview trying various techniques to cover up. Via.

And a few more links:

1. The fear was that allowing antiquities to be sold on eBay would encourage looters to redouble their efforts. But what actually happened was the looters decided it was far easier to sell fakes on eBay. Via.

2. Trish Van Pilsum, a reporter for a Fox affiliate in Minnesota, apparently planned on driving around a school trying to ask young children for directions to see how easy it was to kidnap them. I'm not clear whether it happened, or she came to her senses before scaring kids for the sake of journalism. (One Halloween, a creepy van followed me and my friends around until we spotted a security patrol, who scared the guy off.)

3. I'm still on the fence as to whether I think this a sweet story:

Katie Kirkpatrick, 21, held off cancer to celebrate the happiest day of her life. Katie had chased away cancer once, only to have it return - to clog her lungs and grab hold of her heart. Breathing was difficult now, she had to use oxygen. The pain in her back was so intense it broke through the morphine that was supposed to act as a shield. Her organs were shutting down but it would not stop her from marrying Nick Godwin, 23, who was in love with Katie since 11th grade. Five days later, Katie died.
Photo gallery. Via these sites.

4. Old Honeywell ad shows once upon a time, email was terrifying. (Heck, neither of my parents use it.)

*Previously: Katamari Damacy wedding cake.

*Choose from thousands of cake toppers at eBay.

Fringe and Dreamscape

Reading Annalee Newitz's excellent description of this week's episode of Fringe (which you can watch below) reminded me of one of my favorite movies - - Dreamscape.



I was just trying to verify that the movie really was called "Dreamscape" when I stumbled upon the poster, which I'd never seen before:



It looks so much like the Indiana Jones posters, I thought someone had made a mistake. But no, that's the poster for Dreamscape. Was the plan to trick people into thinking they were seeing another Indiana Jones movie?

*Previously: If Indiana Jones had a podracer.

*Buy the Dreamscape poster at eBay.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

History of the DC Universe Series 03



Aquaman's half-brother (and all around jerk) Ocean Master, Plastic Man, Brainiac, and Superman action figures based on George Perez's art. Available for preorder as a set at The Big Bad Toy Store.

Also available for preorder:




Transforming Ravage flash drive and Dinobot mouse.

*Previously: Special Yahoo ninja flash drive.

*Buy mimobots at eBay.

Logo for Catholic Church features child performing oral sex? (link roundup)



Supposedly, this is the circa 1973 design for the Catholic Church's Archdiocesan Youth Commission. I have a hard time accepting it. And if it is true, I have a hard time accepting the artist didn't set out to depict a child performing oral sex on a priest. Via these sites.

And a few more links:

1. Some accurate comments about why it's hard to make anything more than spare change blogging. Probably the most important point is that the best paying opportunities go to people who are already established journalists.

2. King Kong really loves that skyscraper.

3. Creepiest headline that's apparently not a big deal: "Plague found in squirrels at San Diego County camp site."

4. Neil Gaiman wrote up an absolutely tremendous recommendation for the book Who Killed Amanda Palmer (it's a collection of her posing as if she's died in various bizarre manners, coupled with short stories he wrote based on the photos).

*Previously: Top ten worst realtor photos.

*Buy King Kong posters at eBay.

Tara McPherson's Gamma Mutant Space Friends






I almost never buy blind box toys, but I think I'll make an exception for Tara McPherson's Gamma Mutant Space Friends, which go on sale tomorrow at Kidrobot. Even the worst figures are still pretty charming.

*Previously: Erin Gray vamps it up as a space vampire on Buck Rogers.

*Buy Tara McPherson art at eBay.

Plush Fox



Plush Fox on sale at Etsy.

*Previously: Watch Fox News reporter Jane Skinner repeatedly say "top cock" instead of "top cop".

*Buy Disney stuffed animals at eBay.

Donnie Darko Lego (link roundup)



Donnie Darko Lego by Lino M.

And a few more links:

1. Rich Johnston asks whether the move to digital comics will end the need for comic book cover artists.

2. Some Where the Wild Things Are fan art.

3. Los Angeles has a soon to be completed new police headquarters, but the question is what to name it. The current headquarters is named after William Parker who is credited with professionalizing the force, but many oppose reusing his name in light of some racist comments he made. His champion? African-American former police chief, Bernard Parks.

4. Susan Boyle's YouTube celebrity has apparently started a surge in Le Miserable sales.

*Previously: John Lasseter's Where the Wild Things Are.

*Buy Where the Wild Things Are posters at eBay.

Adventure Time desktop wallpapers




You can download some Adventure Time press art, suitable as desktop wallpapers here.

*Previously: Adventure Time paper toy.

*Buy unicorns at eBay.

Paintings and felt creatures by Matte Stephens

Lots of felt animals on sale in Matte Stephens Etsy shop. I especially like the rooster steed.




He also has quite a few prints on sale:




Via.

*Previously: Swell rooster t-shirt.

*Buy plush lions at eBay.