To mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of Batman, the Mexican division of Warner Home Entertainment and the Mexican Museum of Design gave plain white plastic busts of Batman to 30 Mexican artists. They encouraged the artists to do whatever they wanted with them.
Thanos sees the universe as his personal property, full of people and planets to do with whatever he pleases, but he didn't count on the power of one lord of time and his sonic screwdriver. When a blue police box passed through a sector of the galaxy currently under attack by Thanos' forces the titan had to have it for his own. It was just his bad luck that The Doctor hadn't ever heard any tales about Thanos' might, so he didn't know better than to bring the fight to that big, ugly brute...
When you wear this The Titan's Blue Box t-shirt by Fmm3 you're sharing a tale of intergalactic adventure with the world, and you'll probably inspire people to write some far out fan fiction!
Okay, adults, back to school time, and you will be timed on this. A year before the movie Star Trek III: The Search for Spock came out, he was featured in a math problem in a 1983 issue of the journal Mathematics Teacher. Students were instructed to use a compass and a straightedge to solve the puzzle. Can you find Spock? Students were given 50 minutes to complete the task. No, you won’t see him in the image, but you might find it a challenge to figure it out. The ten steps of instructions are at at io9. Will he Bonus: Can you find the glaring anachronism in the image? -via Digg
Most home Halloween decorations go the spooky route, but if you can dress up like Frodo, John Travolta or Spock, then why can't your house dress up as something little different too? This year, let your home reflect your geeky interests by covering your porch light up with these fun Star Wars light covers.
The Darth and storm trooper designs are only $9 a pop and can fit on any light up to 17".
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Let's hear some pirate stories, courtesy of mental_floss magazine.
1. Pirate Panache
Legendary and ruthless sea-raider "Black Bart" may win the award for the most prolific pirate, with more than 400 ships reportedly falling to his sword in the early 18th century. But Bart was much more civilized than history would have you believe. The Welsh-born Bartholomew Roberts (sound less tough now, doesn't he?) always wore a damask waistcoat, snappy breeches, and a dashing red feather in his cap. The refined Bart also drank only tea and water, commanded lights-out by 8 p.m., and had musicians play hymns for him on Sundays.
2. Yo-Ho-Ho and an Epidural
Grace O'Malley (born Gráinne O'Malley) was the Irish Sea Queen of the 16th century. Earning her sea legs as a kid on voyages with her father, O'Malley went on to lead a crew of 200 sailors as part of her Celtic Sea "protection service." Her specialty? Intercepting merchant ships to negotiate their safe passage to Galway and ruthlessly pillaging any "uninterested customers." Infamous for being lewd, gambling too much, and cussing like—well—a sailor, O'Malley truly proved her mettle when she gave birth mid-voyage. Soon after the delivery, Turkish pirates attacked the ship, and when the flailing crew came running to O'Malley, she reportedly snapped, "May you be seven times worse off this day 12 months from now, you who cannot do without me for one day!" When the postpartum hell-raiser finally emerged on deck waving her gun, the attackers quickly remembered they had other engagements.
One thing about school is, it can a little tiring at times. You trot from class to class, and over the course of the day, it is hard to keep that fire burning inside. But what if, every time you entered one of the classrooms, there were staggering works of art drawn on the board to inspire the class? Do you feel like that would make a difference? Well, mystery art collective, DangerDust, do just that. Descibed as "two anonymous artist who love chalk dust", they are like the Banksy of the chalk art movement.
The Awesome Daily assembled this brilliant gallery of their work to show people just how mind-blowing something simple as chalk on a blackboard could be. Just the way in which they blend amazing quotes with art that, at times, looks as if it is coming in three dimensions of the board itself, will leave you in awe.
Also, this makes you think. The next time you see a kid doubled over some chalk, doodling away in his driveway, stop and take a moment to realize where that could potentially lead one day.
So what's going on in the world? Let's turn on the news, shall we?
No, that's too depressing. Spoiler alert: everything is awful.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some good news? And only good news--even if it's for just a single day? Well, late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is here to help. He asked NBC news readers from around the country to show us good news stories. None of them are real, of course. But we can imagine that they are.
Rumors have been going around about a Zoolander sequel lately, thirteen years after the original. Hard to say what Hansel, Mugatu, Derek and the gang could be up to these days. But for now, a blast from the past -- eight facts about Zoolander.
Here's a fun one: bizarro novelest Brett Easton Ellis (whose Twitter feed alone could probably get him committed for a 72-hour psych eval.) sued Ben Stiller, claiming he stole the Zoolander concept from Ellis'1998 novel, Glamorama. The book's plotline involved a model who turned terrorist. The case never made it to court, as the two camps reached a settlement. Somehow I think Stiller got ripped off in that exchange.
College Humor brings us a parody of “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, this time going down much deeper where the sun does not penetrate, where sea creatures grow larger, uglier, and more dangerous than anything Sebastian is used to. We’ve featured a lot of these critters before, but seeing them all together is fairly terrifying. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
Vans have a partcicular reputation in our society. One could also go so far as to say vans have a pretty sordid reputation in our society. There are two kinds of vans, really. The creepy vans with old men who want to give you candy, and the vans soccer Moms and Dads drive. But now, thanks to German car designer Klessen, the van game is all about to change. Not even sure if there is a "van game", but now there is, because now, vans have game (finally).
Whilst outside, it may look like a regular (albeit nice van), wait until you see what it looks like from the inside.
Pogo (Nick Bertke) has a new Disney remix featuring clips from Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Dumbo. It’s just as hypnotic as his other remixes, but this one contains words that you can understand. -via Tastefully Offensive http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/
He's the little guy that became a legendary hero, the greatest warrior Hyrule has ever seen and large despite his physical size. He's the link to the past, the ocarina playing swordsman with lots of heart (containers) who isn't afraid to fight the biggest and the baddest on his quest to gather the triforce and save the love of his lives...
Share your love of classic video game adventure with this Hero of Time t-shirt by Bocaci, featuring a timeless design as bold as Link's adventures!
Warning: here be spoilers. Univision’s series Metástasis follows the adventures of Walter Blanco, a mild-mannered family man who turns to manufacturing drugs when he is diagnosed with cancer. Yes, it’s Breaking Bad all over again, with a few differences. Mainly, it’s in Spanish. But while we waited for six years to find out what happens, Univision showed an episode of their version every weeknight, starting in June, and the final episode aired tonight. That’s almost like binge-watching! See some comparisons between Metástasis and Breaking Bad scenes at the A.V. Club, and see more scenes of Metástasisat YouTube. -via mental_floss
Dominic Wilcox is one of our favorite artists. You can see why: he's always coming up with a way to make life more fun, more cool, and perhaps slightly practical.
Driverless cars work on an experimental basis. Perhaps it's only a matter of time before the majority of cars on the road are self-driving.
What would you do if you didn't have to pay attention to the road? Wilcox proposes that you take a nap, which is always a great idea. His design concept for a car is a stained glass shell wrapped around a bed.
Do you like the idea? Wilcox is just getting warmed up. Click on Continue reading to view his car concept that is even wilder.
To start this post off right, I will say you need to know about the fox piano. This was a piano painted and put in Ontario as an art project by artist Katriona Dean. It is there to inspire, to incite, and to encourage anyone to sit down and make beautiful music at any point. She sometimes goes by her project with a camera to see what she can catch on film. On this particular occasion, she found Michael Anthony McNamara playing the A Great Big World/ Christina Aguilera duet solo, "Say Something."
Though already a beautiful and heart-wrenching song, this man's voice and sense of wisdom just brings something else to the song completely. It is very sad still, though. I will warn you. It almost feels sadder when a man sings it who is later in the years.
I will say this: the fly that seems to stay on his shoulder the whole time, as if it is listening to the song, makes it all the more surreal an helps keep you from completely breaking down and bawling at the beauty of it.
Children’s books are full of large, illustrated pages oozing with visual appeal, and fun stories crafted to captivate young minds, and when we're all grown up we look back fondly on the times when our parents read our favorite books to us before bed.
So what could have possibly made those beloved children's books even more memorable?
How about gritty covers, with catchy titles like Mummy's Breaking Point, The Futility of Existence, or that all-time classic Lassie Gets Even:
Photoshop funster Bag of Delights created these delightfully dark children's book covers, adding madcap titles to the original artwork to ensure that these twisted tales leave their mark on impressionable young minds.
These twisted cover creations aren't going to make their way onto store shelves anytime soon, but the idea of a kid reading a book about Episcopalian pirates or Death Cults is a bit of a knee slapper!
The Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis has a new song about tying a knot. No, not tying “the” knot, but a real rope knot. It’s kind of like, “Let’s make a nice little song about the first thing that comes to mind, as long as it’s random.” And it’s a decent tune, if a little odd. Then suddenly, the song changes into a dance instructional, and that’s really weird. Does this song have something to do with another part of their TV show, maybe something about knots? Or are they trying to see if they can start a new dance craze? -via Laughing Squid
Although I'm not generally a fan of skull designs just for the sake of skull designs, even I think this armchair is pretty cool. Better yet, it's specifically built for comfort, not just for aesthetic impact. Designer Harold Sangouard used a steel base covered with resin, finished with glossy black paint, and a padded seat covered in velvet. Visit Sangouard’s website to learn more and obtain pricing information. Via Lost at E Minor.
Abandoned buildings are interesting: we’ve posted about abandoned mansions, schools, hospitals, and even entire villages. But who would’ve ever thought there was this many abandoned international airports? Well, it’s true that some airports outgrow their locations and are rebuilt in larger areas, and others were just a bad idea from the start. While unused airports are often demolished or repurposed, it can take quite some time before that happens. Meanwhile, there are diverse stories surrounding these erstwhile facilities, like the notorious Kai Tak airport in Hong Kong.
No list of abandoned international airports (or non-abandoned ones, for that matter) would be complete without Hong Kong’s notorious Kai Tak, which from 1925 until 1998 scared the living daylights out of nervous flyers as their planes descended through the island’s mountains and skyscrapers. Ranked as the sixth most dangerous airport in the world by the History Channel, landing on the famous Runway 13 involved passing over the densely populated area of Western Kowloon then a sharp, 47 degree turn at a checkerboard marker on in the hills above the airport. If all went according to plan, airliners would level out at just 140 feet before touching down, in a manoeuver known to pilots as the “Hong Kong Turn” and to passengers as the “Kai Tak Heart Attack”.
John C. Wright is a commercially successful science fiction novelist. That is an enormously difficult accomplishment. There are many great writers who struggle to get published and then to get published widely enough to earn a living at it.
Wright counsels struggling writers not to despair. Even if they never become widely-read, a writer can transform one person's life. In a moving and beautiful post, Wright explains that your rarely-read book can be one reader's book of gold:
If you only write one book in your whole life, and only sell 600 copies or less, nonetheless, I assure you, I solemnly assure you, that this book will be someone’s absolutely favorite book of all time, and it will come to him on some dark day and give him sunlight, and open his eyes and fill his heart and make him see things in life even you never suspected, and will be his most precious tale, and it will live in his heart like the Book of Gold.
Let me give you three examples to support my point: VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay had perhaps more effect and influence on me in my youth than any other book aside from WORLD OF NULL-A by A.E. van Vogt. To be fair, I misinterpreted both books, and took them to be preaching a resolute form of scientific Stoicism, an absolute devotion to sanity and truth which I doubt either author would recognize. I never wrote Mr. van Vogt a fan letter, despite that my whole life was influenced by him (but I did write a novel to honor him). Had it not been for his books, I never would have studied philosophy in High School, never would have gone to Saint John’s in Annapolis, never would have read the Great Books. I never would have met my wife.
As for Mr. Lindsay, he sold less than 600 copies of his book, and died in poverty, ignored and forgotten, of an abscess in a tooth any competent dentist could have pulled. And this is a book luminaries such as Colin Wilson, C.S. Lewis, and Harold Bloom regard as seminal. Mr. Wilson called it the greatest novel of the Twentieth Century.
Wright says that he has already received heartfelt appreciation for his work. He doesn't always understand why:
People have written me to say that this tale inspired dreams and nightmares, inspired new resolve, inspired hope, and at least one woman who was in the midst of her most wretched hour of despair, said she found strength just from the one description of a star appearing through the darkest clouds. What these readers see in my work is far beyond what I have the power to put down on the page: the hand of heaven touched that work, and those readers who express awe are seeing not the author’s hand, but the hand of the Creator who is author of us all, who guided the work without my knowledge.
Are you a writer? Are you trying to create something great, but no one else can see it? Perhaps to some reader unknown to you, your work is that book of gold:
I write for that one reader I will never see, the one who needs just such a tale as I can pen, in just such a time and place, some rainy afternoon or dark hour, when providence will bring my book into his hands. And he will open it, and it will not be a book, but a casement, from which he will glimpse the needed vision his soul requires of a world larger than our own, or a star in a heaven wider and higher than ours, a star aflame with magic more majestic than any star mortal astronomers can name.
I humbly but strongly suggest you write for that unknown reader also, and not for worldly praise, or influence, or pelf, or applause. The world flatters popular authors, and the clamor of the multitude of brazen tongues is vanity. It is dust on the wind. The unknown reader will greet your work with love. It is a crown of adamant, solid and enduring.
You will never meet that one reader, not in this life. In heaven he will come to you and fall on his face and anoint your feet with tears of gratitude, and you will stand astonished and humbled, having never suspected.
What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen? Manos, the Hand of Fate? Robot Monster? The Room? Plan 9 From Outer Space? Let’s see how your worst experience in film stacks up with movies you have yet to see, in a list compiled at Flavorwire. Considering that Plan 9 came in 50th, you know there are some horrible feature films here. I’ve only seen four of the movies listed, so I can’t really argue with their choices. Still, I’ll bet you could come up with some suggestions for movies that should have made the list.
The power of imagination doesn't often save lives, but the power of transformation- now that can make a person go from zero to hero in no time. The Survey Corps were facing an uphill battle before that boy they saw as weak and powerless discovered his inner titan, transforming him into a lean mean grinning machine, ready to smash the smiles off the titan's faces...
Transform your geeky wardrobe from blah to BA-BOOM! with this The Incredible Titan t-shirt by Nicko Designs, featuring a bold and powerful design sure to wow fellow fans of that attack on anime show!
Most of Norman Rockwell's paintings are considered lighthearted and fun, rendered with an incredible degree of realism that really sets the scene in each of his artworks.
Nowadays, artists apply the Rockwell name to any artwork rendered in a similar style, or with similar character staging, even if there's nothing Norman about the piece.
The digital paintings of OnlyMilo (Ruiz Burgos) deserve to be compared to Rockwell's works, and his realistic treatments of DC Comics heroes and villains make you feel like you’re on the scene, watching something spectacular happen right before your eyes.
Warning- Fall is in the air, and it has wreaked havoc on Poison Ivy's wardrobe, so if illustrated bums offend you then don't click on the links! You've been warned, cheeky monkey...
How fun can it be to skateboard in a skatepark filled with 5001 balloons? Great fun, I’m sure, if you know what you’re doing. In my case, the fun would be in the slight possibility that those balloons might somehow cushion my fall. This video by Devin Supertramp is an ad for Banzai Skatepark in Linden, Utah. See the behind the scenes video, too. -via Viral Viral Videos
Redditor kelhans, in an amazing display of resourcefulness, transformed a storage room in the basement of this home into what looks like a deep-woods cabin retreat. The price is right as well: he says he only spent $107 on the entire project, furnishing it with his belongings and using scrap wood.
This impressive DIY project had an amusing inspiration: the man is a father of seven children and desired a place that was all his own. I can only hope his wife recruits him to build her a woman cave next, so both parents have their happy places!
People have created some pretty cool time lapse selfie videos over the years, but never has anyone shown more commitment to the bit than YouTuber dumo, who spent every day of 8 years creating the ultimate stop motion celebration of his face.
Dumo's taste in clothing changes, and his skin looks a bit weathered here and there, but one thing remains constant throughout 98% of the video- his stoic facial expression.
The most impressive segment of his selfie video (around 2:40) involves a scene from Karate Kid playing in the background, a masterful editing feat dumo admits was a pain in the neck to get just right. Wax on, wax off dumo...
Los Angeles-based artist and animator Lili Chin's personal project "Dogs of the World" features canines grouped by their areas of origin. Chin began the series in 2008 as a way to fund a local dog rescue called Boston Buddies.
Since the project's inception, its scale has expanded greatly, and its existence has proved beneficial to a number of pet rescue organizations. As Chin says,
"In the past five years, Doggie Drawings has evolved into a full-time (one-person) pet portrait and illustration business. So far, I have drawn over 800 unique pet portraits and donated a total of $13,242 to many dog rescue groups."
These dogs may hail from distinct parts of the world, but the love many humans have for them is universal. See more of Chin's dog drawings from many other regions of the world here. Via Design Taxi.