Monday, January 31, 2011

Lobster monster truck

Crushtation, the Monstah Lobstah.

Knave of Hearts

Knave of Hearts concept art by Michael Kutsche for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Spartan Golf Club logo

Guillermo del Toro's childhood

The New Yorker has long profile of Guillermo del Toro. His childhood is a fairy tale itself:
In 1971, Guillermo del Toro, the film director, was a seven-year-old misfit in Guadalajara, Mexico. He liked to troll the city sewers and dissolve slugs with salt. One day, in the magazine aisle of a supermarket, he came upon a copy of Famous Monsters of Filmland. He bought it, and was so determined to decode Ackerman’s pun-strewed prose—the letters section was called Fang Mail—that he quickly became bilingual.

Del Toro was a playfully morbid child. One of his first toys, which he still owns, was a plush werewolf that he sewed together with the help of a great-aunt. In a tape recording made when he was five, he can be heard requesting a Christmas present of a mandrake root, for the purpose of black magic. His mother, Guadalupe, an amateur poet who read tarot cards, was charmed; his father, Federico, a businessman whom del Toro describes, fondly, as “the most unimaginative person on earth,” was confounded. Confounding his father became a lifelong project.

Before del Toro started school, his father won the Mexican national lottery. Federico built a Chrysler-dealership empire with the money, and moved the family into a white modernist mansion. Little Guillermo haunted it. He raised a gothic menagerie: hundreds of snakes, a crow, and white rats that he sometimes snuggled with in bed. Del Toro has kept a family photograph of him and his sister, Susana, both under ten and forced into polyester finery. Guillermo, then broomstick-thin, has added to his ensemble plastic vampire fangs, and his chin is goateed with fake blood. Susana’s neck has a dreadful gash, courtesy of makeup applied by her brother. He still remembers his old tricks. “Collodion is material used to make scars,” he told me. “You put a line on your face, and it contracts and pulls the skin. As a kid, I’d buy collodion in theatrical shops, and I’d scar my face and scare the nanny.”

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Inception poster

"The Confessions Of A Former Adolescent Puck Tease"

Article by Katie Baker about the time she spent pretending to be an older woman on message boards:
Then it catches your eye — a black hat pulled down low on the head of a guy sitting offset from everyone else near the top of the stands. His posture is furtive, with none of the easy languor of the rest of the crowd. That, and the hat. A black Flyers hat. Him. Au Revoire. He is here, at your game, in the room, in the stands, in your life, in your real life, in the life that you haven't made up. He is sitting 3 feet from your babbling friends and about 15 from your parents, who smile and wave at you, their daughter, their athletic and whipsmart and promising daughter. They can tell that you're looking their way by the tilt of your helmet, but they can't see past it to the red in your face and the fear in your eyes.

I'd been careful, I thought. How had he possibly tracked me right down to the opening minutes of a high school hockey game? I assumed it was via the sleuthing of two women on the newsgroup, the ones going by Nastyflyersgirl and Starr.

Using Wall-E to advertise Windows computers

Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Objects in mirror are losing"

Available at Etsy.

Decaying Lego Mansion by Mike Doyle

By Mike Doyle.

A puff of smoke appears

From this collection of scans from The Fantastic Four in the House of Horrors (A Big Little Book).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tennis ball island

New miniature sculpture by Slinkachu.

New Dancers Among Us photographs

Jordan Matter posted several new Dancers Among Us photographs.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hot Wheels Video Racer

Hot Wheels Video Racer with a video camera in the front and screen in the belly. It can connect to a computer through USB and also comes with a protective case so it can be mounted to a helmet or bicycle as a small video camera. $60 and available this fall.

Black Mamba

By Joe Alterio:

Movie poster for The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three

Movie poster by Sean Hartter for The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

DiGiorno Pizza AND cookies

DiGiorno Pizza AND cookies in the same box.

Batman by Farel Dalrymple

By Farel Dalrymple on sale at Etsy.

Disney's World War II mascots

This site features a few dozen of Disney's World War II mascots.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"The popular Arab sport of camel racing has been thrown into disrepute by the revelation that the animals have been artificially whipped with electric stun-guns to make them run faster"

Dubai police have confirmed they uncovered a gang of dealers who were selling electric stun gun kits, for up to £5,000, across the region.

These were then being fitted inside the robot jockeys, which cost between £130-£200, that in recent years have largely replaced child jockeys, traditionally used in camel racing, due to humanitarian concerns.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Surfing a giant wave at night

Mark Visser surfed at night while wearing a vest covered in LEDs. You can see more here and here.


Blackmail sign from Susannah Breslin's NSFW Flickr gallery.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Improved flyers

Cardon Webb spruces up flyer advertisements:

You can see more at his site.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Photos from a Secret Cinema screening of Alien

Secret Cinema posted a great gallery of photos from a screening of Alien in Berlin.