Wednesday, February 29, 2012

24-hour cupcake-dispensing ATM

Sprinkles in Beverly Hills:

This automatic cupcake machine dispenses freshly baked cupcakes, cupcake mixes, apparel and even cupcakes for Fido! In the heart of Beverly Hills nestled between Sprinkles Cupcakes and the brand new Sprinkles Ice Cream, 24 Hour Sprinkles will be continuously restocked day and night with a variety of freshly baked cupcake flavors.

Paranorman character design

Mitch (voiced by Casey Affleck) from Laika's Paranorman.

Illustration roundup

A glimpse at the upcoming Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. I believe the book has been specifically designed to be a hit in China. You can buy Adam's Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich for $8 at Amazon.

Cloud and rainbow by Kristin Tercek, who has art on sale here.

Batrider by Sam Wolfe Connelly, who has art on sale here.

Hilltop Hoods – I Love It feat. Sia.

Music video directed by Nash Edgerton for Hilltop HoodsI Love It featuring Sia. Good song, and an intriguing vignette about a group of adventurers.

Link roundup

1. The mock Ted Talk for Prometheus was a clever marketing stunt, but the video itself is incredibly tedious and the flying cameras look stupid. I'm also surprised that the Weyland Industries url doesn't include a sign up option.

On the other hand, I just finished and greatly enjoyed Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, which was written by Damon Lindelof. It's $13 at Amazon (athough I picked it up when it was $6 at Comixology). I mean, this is the second page in the story, and the story keeps the throttle down after that.

2. Work hard in school. Or else.

3. Freakonomics tries to explain why every team missed on Jeremy Lin:

The last team to overlook Lin was the Houston Rockets — they cut Lin back in December. At that time, the point guard the Rockets decided to keep was Jonny Flynn. Back in 2009, Flynn – after posting a 4.7 WS40 at Syracuse in 2008-09 (that is a below average mark) — was the 6th player taken in the NBA draft. As of last December, Flynn had played more than 3,300 minutes in the NBA and again posted below average numbers. Despite all this evidence that Flynn is not an above average basketball player, the Rockets kept Flynn over Lin.

What explain this “Flynnsanity”? Not only do NBA decision-makers focus on the wrong issues on the NBA draft, they also are slow to let these decisions go. A player’s draft position impacts minutes played – even after we control for performance – several years into a player’s career. So it’s not surprising that Flynn – who did not play well in college or in the NBA – was chosen by the Rockets over Lin. Flynn was supposed to be a star in college. He was supposed to be a star when he was drafted. And I am sure, people still believe Flynn may someday be a star in the NBA.
*Buy Prometheus posters at eBay.

Davy Jones on Scooby-Doo

Davy Jones sings to a frog monster on Scooby-Doo. RIP Davy.

New Avengers trailer

New trailer for The Avengers with one great moment after another. (Avengers Assemble in the UK.) Via.

Illustration roundup

T-shirt design by Blair Sayer up for vote at Threadless.

Tor unveiled the first in a series of short stories based on paintings by John Jude Palencar. Today's story is "New World Blues," by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

Toy Story by Charles Santoso.

Empire of the Binary Sun poster by Rob Wood on sale here.

Helena Wayne/Robin by Kevin Maguire.

*Buy Robin toys at eBay.

Lego Cyborg Darth Maul

Lego Cyborg Darth Maul. Via.

Plants vs. Zombies pistols

Pistols and rifles based on Plants vs. Zombies creatures by Fellipe Martins. Here's concept art he created for American McGee's Grimm.

*Previously: Plants vs. Zombies cosplay.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Link roundup

1. Penelope Trunk on why getting divorced, if you have kids, is probably a bad choice for you and your kids. Her comments reminded me of a book excerpt Robin Hanson posted a few days ago:

The alternative to the European Syndrome is to say that your life can have transcendent meaning if it is spent doing important things – raising a family, supporting yourself, being a good friend and good neighbor, learning what you can do well and then doing it as well as you possibly can. Providing the best framework for doing those things is what the American project is all about.
2. Book and art print giveaway. Via.

3. Outside magazine:
California’s San Quentin State Prison is home to a ball field where you can take your cuts against convicted felons. This I had to try.
4. Read about the Batman: Year One movie that never was - - directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Clint Eastwood:
the script strips Bruce Wayne of his status as heir apparent to the Wayne Industries billions, proposing instead that the young Bruce is found in the street after his parents’ murder, and taken in by ‘Big Al’, who runs an auto repair shop with his son, ‘Little Al’. Driven by a desire for vengeance towards a manifest destiny of which he is only dimly aware, young Bruce (of deliberately indeterminate age) toils day and night in the shop, watching the comings and goings of hookers, johns, pimps and corrupt cops at a sleazy East End cathouse across the street
A perfect idea for my just announced art contest.

Illustration roundup

Dreams and Fantasies by Daniel Krall for GQ.

Upcoming Kristen Stewart-themed art show at Meltdown.

Dean Trippe's excellent Avengers illustration is now up for vote as a t-shirt design.

Baby Avengers vs. Baby X-Men by Skottie Young.

I received an email from Lemony Snicket consisting of this image and the subject "Why would anyone want to steal this statue?"

Concert poster by Becky Cloonan.

Deathlok commission by Ulises Farinas.

Enlightenment and Destiny's Song by Crystal Chan for an upcoming show at Last Rites.

*Buy Marvel Legends figures at Amazon.

Batgirl, Beetlejuice, and Twilight dolls

New Tonner and Barbie preorders at the BBTS: Batgirl, Beetlejuice, and Twilight.

Link roundup

1. Banksy in a graffiti battle.

2. Gabe Delahaye's latest Walking Dead episode summary.

3. Custom business card giveaway.

4. The Old Republic is a Gold Box deal right now at Amazon, down to $40.

5. Board game designer Kim Vandenbroucke looks at board games trends from Toy Fair 2012:

Hasbro’s lineup of children’s game and been gender-ized! (yes, I made that word up) Classic games like Candy Land, Twister, Clue and Connect 4 have been redesigned to appeal to one gender. Connect 4 is no longer yellow and blue, now it’s black, gold and red with very masculine packaging. The Connect 4 line extension, Connect 4 Dunk, will have a basketball themed commercial that will target boys. Obviously, with the Battleship movie on the horizon, we all know that Battleship is solidly in the boy’s group of game and that will continue, and Clue will join the ranks of boy’s products with this year’s into Clue Eliminiation. On the other end of the spectrum, Candy Land and Twister are going to be girls’ products. Candy Land Princesses and a new version of Twister Dance featuring Britney Spears were featured in the Hasbro showroom.

I’ll admit that I’m sad to see Connect 4 go to the boys, but I think it will be interesting to see how gender-izing previously gender neutral games will go.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Playing Metroid with a homemade arm cannon

Samus's arm cannon made by a Reddit user.

Aliens on the Commodore 64

Aliens on the Commodore 64. Via.

*Buy Prometheus posters at eBay.

Madcap commercials by Wes Anderson for the Hyundai Azera

Flying cars and kids dressed as super heroes star in these charming commercials by Wes Anderson for the Hyundai Azera. Via.

*Buy The Life Aquatic posters at eBay.

Illustration roundup

Submission by Ron Guyatt for the Star Wars Day Toronto 2012 poster contest. You can vote for it at the link, and Ron has other posters on sale here.

T-shirt design by Victor Calahan up for vote at Threadless.

One of Dustin Harbin's recent $10 commissions.

Suspicious by Frank Stockton for Ebony Magazine.

Batgirl by Erika Taguchi-Newton, who has art on sale here.

*Buy Batgirl toys at eBay.

New Spam mascot by Laika

Sir Can-A-Lot by BBDO and Laika for Spam. The official site is worth a visit - - I can't remember visiting a site that scrolled up.

Hidden item game starring Darth Nihilus?

Apparently, this is a character in hidden item game Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers.

Nihilus is one of the main villains in Knights of the Old Republic 2:

New illustrations by Byron Eggenschwiler

Byron Eggenschwiler posted several new illustrations.