Thursday, September 30, 2010

Lady Sif as a frog

The Enchantress and Lady Sif as a frog commission by Evan Shaner.

*Buy Frog Thor toys at eBay.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Origami Dracula


"The tall, sleek, curving Vdara Hotel at CityCenter on the Strip is a thing of beauty. But"

the south-facing tower is also a collector and bouncer of sun rays, which — if you’re at the hotel’s swimming pool at the wrong time of day and season — can singe your hair and melt your plastic drink cups and shopping bags.

Hotel pool employees call the phenomenon the “Vdara death ray.”

"In the latest in a series of unusual efforts to make Paris green, the city is now offering residents free sparkling water"

to try to wean Parisians not from red wine, but from overconsumption of plastic bottles.

Inaugurated on Tuesday by Eau de Paris, the public water company, “la p√©tillante” — “the bubbly” — is a water fountain installed in a wooden hut of the Jardin de Reuilly, in eastern Paris, that delivers sparkling water.

“We chill the water between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius,” said Philippe Burgui√®re, the spokesman for Eau de Paris, “and then we inject carbon dioxide into regular tap water to make the bubbles thin and tasty.”

"The District [of Columbia] makes it illegal for anyone to work as a 'sightseeing guide' without first passing a test and obtaining a special government license"

New regulations promulgated in July make clear what that means: It is illegal to “describe ... any place or point of interest in the District to any person” on a tour without a license. Scofflaws who engage in unauthorized description can be thrown in jail for up to three months.

"A British businessman who bought the Segway company less than a year ago died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his Yorkshire estate"

"A Segway was recovered from the scene."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

When The Thing was a kid with a magic ring

Once upon a time, The Thing was a kid named Benjy Grimm with magic rings. He would bang em together and yell "Thing Ring, do your Thing." Orange rocks would fly out of nowhere, stick to him, and turn him into The Thing. The show was part of a block with Fred and Barney from The Flintstones.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lions and tourists

Tourists in a cage surrounded by lionesses. Via.

*Buy plush lions at Amazon.

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Zuckerberg, 'The Social Network' And The Rise Of The Terror Nerd"

The Cold War spawned a spate of Russian movie villains, and then we had Arabic stereotypes post 9-11, and now The Social Network marks an entry point in a new era, where the Internet is the enemy and people who understand how to code and build websites have power; We are scared of those who inexplicably understand the mechanics of our social lives and are almost inhumanely driven by the formidable pain of never fitting in.

Inflatable giant in Tokyo

Panasonic put up a giant inflatable Haruka Ayase to promote its new camera.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Street art by Slinkachu

Slinkachu placed tiny sculptures around Italy:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Netflix apologizes for using actors to meet press at Canadian launch"

As a news conference was kicking off to announce Netflix's service - which uses the Internet to stream unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV shows for $7.99 a month - extras were asked to spill into the street and encouraged to "play types, for example, mothers, film buffs, tech geeks, couch potatoes etc."

"Extras are to behave as members of the public, out and about enjoying their day-to-day life, who happen upon a street event for Netflix and stop by to check it out," reads an information sheet handed out to extras.

"Extras are to look really excited, particularly if asked by media to do any interviews about the prospect of Netflix in Canada."

Help fund the building of a giant, steampunk drilling machine

Peter Montgomery has built some incredible Halloween displays in the past, including a pirate ship and crashed locomotive:

About a year ago, Paul Lasaine designed this Victorian drilling machine based on Journey to the Center of the Earth:

Peter wants to build it, but needs funds. You can go to Kickstarter to contribute some money and earn swell gifts as a thank you.

"British intelligence services experimented with using semen as an invisible ink to write top-secret letters"

In June 1915, Walter Kirke, deputy head of military intelligence at GHQ France, wrote in his diary that Mansfield Cumming, the first chief (or C) of the SIS was "making enquiries for invisible inks at the London University".

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Four people willingly got buried in coffins to watch Ryan Reynolds' new movie

To promote Ryan Reynolds' new film Buried, the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow invited four lucky people to get buried in coffins. The winners got to watch the movie on LCD screens in the coffins. Via.

*Buy Alamo Drafthouse posters at eBay.

"Google has revealed that aerial fibre links to its data centre in Oregon were 'regularly' shot down by hunters, forcing the company to put its cables underground"

Gill said that on one occasion, a snowstorm and avalanche prevented Google from transporting repairers and gear into the area of the cut.

It usually used a helicopter or a Caterpillar D9 tractor for transport. It improvised by sending three technicians on skis to "repair the fibre that got shot down".

"These guys had to cross country ski for three days," Gill said.

Let Me In poster by Olly Moss

Let Me In poster by Olly Moss for Fantastic Fest:

UPDATE: Austin says: "the dot dashes on the Let Me In Poster (-.- .. ... ...) is K I S S."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Using barnacles to warn about Global Warming

To help the David Suzuki Foundation warn about global warming, Spring Advertising wrapped telephone poles with shells and barnacles.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

All the edits made to the Iraq War Wikipedia entry

12-volume set of the edits made to the Wikipedia entry for the Iraq War. Via these sites.

"Restaurant Makes Best Out of ‘B’ Grade"

They modified the sign to say "Best."

"Incest kisses"

Incest kisses - - just one fun food idea for an Empire Strikes Back-themed party.