Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NES-style box art for Dead Space and Gears of War

There's a large gallery of modern video games with classic NES-style cover art here.

Fake names that made it on TV

A roundup of fake names that made it on TV.

Sewing Tattoo Group at Flickr

There's a sewing-themed tattoo Flickr group. Sew or Die belongs to Katy.

Dharma Initiative advertising

An entire gallery of vintage Dharma Initiative advertising.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Solid Snake toy by Mchael Lau now on sale

You can now buy the Michael Lau Solid Snake with Crocodile Cap toy ("Gardener Square Snake").

I Love It When You Talk Retro

I Love It When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech by Ralph Keyes. You can read an interview with Keyes here.

From the interview:
I was surprised to find out that there were no "secret decoder rings." There were secret decoder pins, but no rings.

The Tin Noses Shop

Sir Harold Gillies, sculptor Kathleen Scott, artist Francis Derwent Wood and others worked together during World War to create masks for British troops disfigured during World War I. The official name for the facility was "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department." But the troops called it "The Tin Noses Shop."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Runit Dome

"Nuclear testing by the US totaling more than 30 megatons of TNT took place during the cold war; in 1977–1980, a concrete dome (the Runit Dome) was built on Runit Island to deposit radioactive soil and debris"

Deep Sea Dresser

Deep Sea Dresser by Alicia Cornwell and Tony Bevilacqua of Chroma Lab on sale at Etsy.

Friday, March 27, 2009

New toys by Sucklord

New toys unveiled by Sucklord.

Kitty Pryde art show

Kitty Pryde by Ana Galvan. It's part of a Kitty Pryde-themed show organized by Oni Press and Floating World Comics to raise money to research hemophilia. Here's another Kitty Pryde by Bryan Lee O'Malley. And here's one by Zachary Baldus.

Bible Bars, made from the seven foods highlighted in Deuteronomy

The Bible Bar by Logia Foods is a kosher food bar made from the seven species of foods that God calls "good" in the Book of Deuteronomy (wheat, barley, vines (raisins), figs, pomegranates, olive oil, and honey). Also available: "Bible Bread."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mounted Velociraptor head

Mounted Velociraptor head on sale at eBay.

Maryland's women's college basketball team has the motto "Eat Kids"

For example, if they're doing well, at halftime, one player will say, "We're halfway through the kids' body now, keep going." Or if the first half didn't go particularly well, "you already had the head, you already had the hair." It's an homage to Mike Tyson's famous line.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Porcelain Laura Palmer

Porcelain Laura Palmer in The Black Lodge by Kiersten Essenpreis.

Other Mother sculpture by Paul Pape

His webstore.

If Walt Disney made the Lord of the Rings

Desktop wallpaper sized version here.

Vampire ad with breakaway stakes

Clever ad for vampire series True Blood features breakaway stakes. More photos here.

Monday, March 23, 2009

OctoMom sculpture

OctoMom sculpture by Daniel Edwards available here for $200. You can see more of his sculptures here.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Plush Rorschach

By kittyzilla. Check out the plush Doop from X-Statix she also recently posted. And here's her Etsy shop.

Homemade Coraline boxes

My Little Mochi set up a homemade Coraline box swap. Several of the finished boxes have been posted, and they're just bursting with great stuff including homemade Coraline dolls. The Coraline box you see above is by Nani Kora.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Intellectual property donor sticker

Clever Intellectual Property Donor sticker. Download one here and place it on your driver's license to donate your intellectual property at death.

Solid Snake cosplay

Solid Snake with his crocodile cap camouflage cosplay. More photos here.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Breakable china vending machine

It's a vending machine full of china. Buy an item and watch it drop and shatter. The Yarisal and Kublitz website is full of playful furniture, including a collapsing table and chairs built on a hidden seesaw. Go here to watch those projects in action.

"a team at Google couldn’t decide between two blues, so they’re testing 41 shades between each blue to see which one performs better"

"Today is my last day at Google."

Thievery Corporation concert poster by EMEK

Thievery Corporation concert poster by EMEK.  You can see it animated here, to get a better sense of the fact that it's printed on plexiglass.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Indiana Smith"

From the 1978 Raiders of the Lost Ark story conference with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Lawrence Kasdan:
L — Do you have a name for this person?
G — I do for our leader.
S — I hate this, but go ahead.
G — Indiana Smith. It has to be unique. It's a character. Very Americana square. He was born in Indiana.
L — What does she call him? “Indy?”
G — That's what I was thinking. Or “Jones.” Then people can call him “Jones.”

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rorschach tee

Rorschach t-shirt on sale here.

Punch-Out in the real world

It's Bald Bull versus Little Mac in this video game-themed photoshop contest at Worth 1000.

"Iron Chef Cat Cora And Wife Both Pregnant"

Their four children have the same sperm donor but Cat says,” [Jennifer] carried my embryo amd [sic] I carried hers. It’s like surrogating, but obviously all of our kids are equal.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mummy, caveman, and knight puppets

Based on Scott Campbell's designs, Russ Walko created mummy, caveman, and knight puppets. More photos here.

How to knit a grumpy Godzilla

Go here for instructions on knitting a Grumpasaurus. Also available, patterns for knitting donuts and peeps.

Giant billboard for BMW with real cars attached

There's an enormous billboard in Moscow with five BMWs attached to it. At night, the cars' head and taillights are turned on.

"'ER': An oral history"

Michael Crichton’s pilot script for ER was 20 years old


We put the pilot on cable systems and recruited people to view it. If you weren’t recruited and you happened to be flipping around, you could see it that way, too. We started getting calls from ravenous people, asking, ”What was that?”

Monday, March 9, 2009

Plush Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach

Plush Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach by Jennifer. She's also created a plush zombie and The Question. Here's her Etsy shop.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Watchmen as a Saturday morning cartoon


Hand-cranked solar system

Wooden orrery by Dave Goodchild.

Shrimp vs. Octopus Japanese game show

It's Octopus vs. Shrimp in a Japanese game show. This was actually the boss fight for the shrimp. He'd already defeated a lobster and two crabs.

Angry farewell cakes

One of several angry farewell cakes on display here.