They say that if you love sausage or law, you shouldn't watch either being made. Maybe they should say the same for CGI filmmaking. Disney gives us a look at how Dan Stevens acted out the part of the Beast in the recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, he's a handsome man, but wearing a motion capture suit with beast prosthetics while Emma Watson was perfectly dressed in a ball gown -well, it just looks ridiculous.
To truly understand animals you have to see what lies beneath their skin both literally and figuratively, so you can better understand how they think, how they behave and how their bodies help them survive in the wild kingdom.
Inside most animals is a skeleton, which forms a support structure and keeps their bodies from becoming a blob of organs, and this skeleton can be used to identify an animal long after its flesh has been stripped from its bones.
If you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on animal anatomy then identifying the skull at the top as that of a deer should have been fairly easy, and identifying the boar skull above even easier. But is this the skull of a gorilla or a chimpanzee?
William Hamilton Page made wood type, but he really made a name for himself for his unique way of selling his blocks that made beautiful color print. In 1874, he set them into a sample book, a sales catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c. Modern type nerds have called it "the most beautiful book in the world," although the original published run is down to just a few copies. The text is nothing to write home about, but the type, colors, and even the borders are something special.
In the context of wood type, “chromatic” is the SAT word for “highly colored.” To be sure, in the 1870s, it was hardly unheard of for fonts to show off their serifs, shoulders, and arms in rainbows hues, but black-on-white was the rule. Not so in the Page catalog, whose title page is composed of no fewer than nine different colors, which means each sheet took nine trips to the letterpress to achieve its effect. (Incredibly, despite this repetition, no one caught the typo in the word “Type” in the center of the page.)
Throughout the rest of Specimens, individual letters—offered for sale at a nickel to 80 cents each, depending mostly on their size—show off their capabilities in two and three colors. In fact, color was so important to Page’s products that just about every page of his company’s catalog features a plug for Wade Inks, which supplied ink to none other than the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Wade Inks, particularly its “transparent” inks, were key to the printed appearance of type cut by Page—transparent inks remain a staple of rock-poster screenprinters today. In the context of printing, the word “transparent” means that when one color was printed on top of another, the color below would affect the appearance of the color printed on top of it, creating a third color where the two overlapped. To help ensure that the registration between the two pieces was as precise as possible, blank pieces of maple destined for pairing were cut with a router at the same time. Then, voids would be carved out and outlining “shadows” would be cut away. When the finished pieces of type were subsequently swapped in the press, the colors would align, differentiate, and overlap cleanly.
Fashion designers, and the fashion industry as a whole, have always had a healthy respect for the avant-garde, and couture houses in particular never stray far from their surreal muse when they design a new line.
But when it comes to models the fashion industry did away with diversity a long time ago, claiming "tall and super skinny, preferably with big shoulders" is the ideal look for fashion.
Thankfully the rules of fashion are changing once again, and modeling agencies are replacing the superclones of the past with interesting looking people of all sizes and from all walks of life.
The Anti-Agency is one of the forward thinking agencies who are doing away with this conformist attitude towards models, and when the UK-based agency opened their NYC branch they doubled their efforts to recruit fresh faces.
Now it's only a matter of time before other agencies see the Anti-Agency making a splash with their super diverse roster and follow suit, infusing the modeling industry with some much needed new blood.
As part of the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) Botanical Garden planted their Canada 150 Celebration Tulip Garden. The bulbs were planted last fall to bloom this spring, and included white tulips, red tulips, and the special Canada 150 tulip, developed to resemble the flag of Canada. As the tulips were about to bloom, a moose came through and ate them.
The moose munched on the entire red and white tulip display - Canada's 150th maple leaf design and all! Our garden staff survey the damage and will begin to clear the leftovers. While the moose completely ruined the display, how bloomin' Canadian is that, than to have moose 'garden experience'?!
The display won't be what they had planned, but considering how much he ate, the moose must have loved his dinner. -via Atlas Obscura
We've been told for decades the best way to treat a jellyfish sting is to have somebody pee on the site, which will somehow stop the pain and help counteract the jellyfish venom.
This myth has given "helpful" people license to urinate on the unfortunate souls who tangled with a jellyfish, and yet it's fairly common knowledge that urine doesn't do much more than stink up a jellyfish sting.
..the amount of acid you’re looking for just isn’t in urine. While your pee IS acidic, usually with a pH of around 6, it isn’t acidic enough to denature porins and prevent them from hole-punching your cells. And the same goes for rinsing with fresh water. …Your best bet is to find a safe, jelly-free area in the same body of water where you were stung and rinse the affected area with salt water.
On May 25, 1977, forty years ago today, a new movie named Star Wars opened at 42 theaters. No one knew it would become an unstoppable juggernaut, spawning seven sequels and prequels with another opening this year, plus video games, TV shows, million of toys, and even a theme park. In 1977, the idea of a "franchise" in filmmaking had been put on the back burner after the cheaply-made Saturday morning serials of the 1930-'50s. If Star Wars hadn't been such a moneymaker, there never would have been The Empire Strikes Back or any other sequel. And what would that have been like?
If no Star Wars sequels would have changed Lucas, think of how it would have changed Star Wars. Darth Vader is never Luke Skywalker’s father. We never meet Yoda. (Which has to affect Frank Oz’s career somehow, no? Do we still get What About Bob?) There’s no Jabba the Hutt, or Lando Calrissian, or Han Solo frozen in carbonite, or Ewoks. (Some of these changes, admittedly, would be greater losses than others.)
We would have never known which hero gets the girl! And while there might still be the "special editions," even they would have been different. Read more about this fantasy at Screen Crush.
And since it is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, here are some more articles paying tribute to Luke, Darth, and the galaxy far, far away.
Seeing unicorns in your dreams, on your TV or in your favorite fantasy games and novels is fine, but as soon as you start seeing unicorns in your daily life that's when you know you've got a problem. Be it because of drugs, alcohol or a slow gas leak in your home, a unicorn sighting is a fun thing to imagine but the reality means something scary is going on in your mind...
Inform people that it's not normal to see magical creatures in the real world with this Have You Seen This Awesome Unicorn? t-shirt by Bomdesignz, it's the hilarious way to become a walking PSA!
It's funny how many "raw food" fanatics out there don't actually know what their favorite natural foods look like in their raw form, and thereby would probably walk right past dates or artichokes if they were out foraging.
Many of the "organic" foods you buy in stores go through quite a bit of processing before being sold, which totally makes sense from a consumer standpoint- considering this is what rice looks like before it's harvested.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, is a police comedy that's just finished its fourth and best season yet. Since the show started out well and has only improved, it may stick around for a while. But besides a great cast and talented writers, what makes it so funny?
Not all teenagers find their parents' work totally lame and boring, some teens actually admire their parents' career choice and pay attention when their folks talk about work at the dinner table.
Sixteen-year-old Ben Wald must have been listening to his cardiologist father David when he went with him to Bart's Heart Centre on work experience- because Ben came up with a brilliant code to help reduce heart surgery risks.
Ben's code involves orienting the wires used to hold the sternum together after heart surgery so they tell the surgeons what kind of bypass graft the patient has, so surgeons know what they're dealing with:
Ben’s idea was designed to tackle the problem of surgeons not always having access to patient records, increasing the risks of repeat surgeries. At Barts around one in 10 patients have previously had a cardiac graft. That’s a part of heart bypass surgery where a vein or artery is grafted on to the heart to reroute around a blockage. Knowing whether and where grafts are already present makes future operations considerably safer.
The problem is that it’s not always easy to find such grafts through X-rays before opening up the patient, leaving surgeons relying on medical notes. However, with around one in six of the Barts patients who had a graft, the notes weren’t available. This can be because the original operation was overseas, carried out too long ago, or simply that there’s a problem retrieving the notes in a situation where there’s no room for delay.
Heart surgery involves breaking open the sternum to access the heart. After surgery, a series of relatively sturdy wire loops holds the sternum back together so it can fuse back naturally; unlike with stitches, the loops remain in place permanently. Ben’s idea was to use these wires – which do show up easily in X-rays – as a code.
The idea is that the top wire (nearest the clavicle) would be placed pointing upwards – which is not usual practice – to indicate that the code was in use. The wires below would point to the left or right to indicate the number of grafts, with the direction showing if a graft started from the subclavian artery or aorta. A wire pointing straight down would show the code had ended and that any wires further down were not part of the code.
The latest comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal explains why the old trope of tying a damsel to the railroad tracks will no longer work the way it used to. Since this is an image, the button going to information about artist Zach Weinersmith's book won't work, but you can find it here. You'll have to go to the comic page to see the bonus hover text punch line.
Mac DeMarco is one of the most chill dudes in the indie music scene, and that's saying a lot considering how totally chilled out soft rock-inspired lo-fi bands can be.
Mac's latest album This Old Dog dropped on May 5th, which means summer 2017 is going to be one laid back and dreamy season of warmth, but can Mac maintain his chill while eating the spiciest wings on the planet?
Mac appeared on First We Feast's Hot Ones to chat with Sean Evans about his dope new album and see if he can keep his cool while the wings keep getting hotter and hotter.
Biologists Young-Hui Chang and Lena Ting had an epiphany while studying a dead flamingo. There was nothing about their anatomy that gave them the extraordinary ability to balance on one leg for hours at a time. He picked up the dead bird by its leg and, bizarrely, the leg stood upright just as if it were alive.
Standing on one leg “is a challenging yoga posture, and a test of coordination that people use,” says Ting. To maintain our balance, we constantly use our muscles to make tiny adjustments to our posture. Flamingos have no such problem. When they raise a leg, their body weight shifts in a way that naturally stabilizes the joints of their standing limb, so they can remain upright without any muscular activity. They can sleep like that. And as Chang and Ting found, they can even keep balanced when dead. You can pose a flamingo cadaver on one leg, and leave it there.
To understand how a bird can balance on one leg, you have to know that bird legs are not how we humans normally think of them. The upright part that supports the flamingo are analogous to our shins and feet. The thigh and knee are hidden under the feathers, and provide a platform of sorts for the flamingo to sit on. The explanation is at The Atlantic, where Ed Yong helpfully draws on a photograph to make it clear.
Look up in New York City and you’ll no doubt see a wooden water tower topping a roof. Resembling rustic grain silos, the towers are an iconic part of the cityscape and quietly keep millions of people alive. (Normal pipes can’t pump water more than six stories, and these barrels help hydrate higher floors.) The whole industry is run by just three families, but the Rosenwachs reign supreme. They made their first barrel in 1894 and have built more than 10,000 since. The technology hasn’t changed much: Each tank lasts 30 to 35 years, at which point it will be replaced … likely by a Rosenwach.
An uninhabited 240-acre slab Keats once called an “ocean-pyramid,” Ailsa Craig in Scotland is the only known source of common green and blue hone granite, the crucial ingredients for Olympic curling stones. The granites’ molecular structure sits in a Goldilocks zone: Water can’t soak in, but a hint of elasticity stops the stones from cracking when they bump on the rink. Thanks to a 200-year-old agreement, the Kay family has exclusive rights to quarry these magical rocks, making them the world’s largest—and nearly only—supplier of curling stones.
Steve Urkel was designed to be a peripheral character to the Winslow family on the sitcom Family Matters, just to provide some comic relief. But as portrayed by Jaleel White, the over-the-top craziness of Urkel upstaged the rest ofhte cast and became an icon. He was bad to the bone -at least in his own mind.
Melodysheep (previously at Neatorama) went through about ten years of clips from Family Matters, edited them down, and added some autotune to made this tribute to one of the strangest "crazy neighbor" characters in all of television. -via Tastefully Offensive
It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all. -via reddit
Awww, those terrifying screen stars don't look so bad when they're pint sized and smiling, and even though they're responsible for thousands of human deaths between them all they look kinda cute and cuddly this way. But it is possible that this cute-ification is just some trick they're using to lure people in so they can grow back to giant size and gobble all those poor people up at once...Nah, they're just cute and tiny now because they know they would make great pets!
Add some monstrous visual appeal to your geeky wardrobe with this Scary Lil Giants t-shirt by Prime Premne, it's the fun way to show the world that Godzilla, Jaws and King Kong are actually cute little lovers at heart.
Salma Hayek is the most successful Mexican actress of all time, and the Coatzacoalcos-born star has maintained a successful career in Hollywood without whitewashing her image or losing touch with her Mexican roots.
So when Vanity Fair needed a celeb to teach Mexican slang terms in their video they naturally turned to Salma- because Salma knows Mexican slang and she makes learning fun!
If you've been itching to see the next Star Wars movie, you'll have to wait until December. But that doesn't mean there's no Star Wars now. Vanity Fair talked to the cast and crew about The Last Jedi, as well as writer and director Rian Johnson. There's a lot of information here, ranging from the overall moviemaking system to specifics about The Last Jedi.
Part of what makes Lucasfilm’s new system work is that [producer Kathleen] Kennedy has set up a formidable support structure for her filmmakers. Upon her arrival, she put together a story department at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters, overseen by Kiri Hart, a development executive and former screenwriter she has long worked with. The story group, which numbers 11 people, maintains the narrative continuity and integrity of all the Star Wars properties that exist across various platforms: animation, video games, novels, comic books, and, most important, movies. “The whole team reads each draft of the screenplay as it evolves,” Hart explained to me, “and we try, as much as we can, to smooth out anything that isn’t connecting.”
What the story group does not do, Hart said, is impose plot-point mandates on the filmmakers. Johnson told me he was surprised at how much leeway he was given to cook up the action of Episode VIII from scratch. “The pre-set was Episode VII, and that was kind of it,” he said. If anything, Johnson wanted more give-and-take with the Lucasfilm team, so he moved up to San Francisco for about six weeks during his writing process, taking an office two doors down from Hart’s and meeting with the full group twice a week.
Among Johnson’s inventions for The Last Jedi are three significant new figures: a “shady character” of unclear allegiances, played by Benicio Del Toro, who goes unnamed in the film but is called DJ by the filmmakers (“You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ,” Johnson said); a prominent officer in the Resistance named Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern; and a maintenance worker for the Resistance named Rose Tico, who is played by a young actress named Kelly Marie Tran (and who is the sister of Paige, the character I witnessed in the scene with Poe Dameron). Tran’s is the largest new part, and her plotline involves a mission behind enemy lines with Boyega’s Finn, the stormtrooper turned Resistance warrior.
We also learn about Carrie Fisher's expanded role in the new movie, and the how her death affected the rest of the cast. The article is accompanied by gorgeous photographs by Annie Leibowitz. See it all at Vanity Fair. -via Digg
When I think back on the 90s I recall all the cringeworthy things my friends and I thought were so so sick during that decade between the radical 80s and blah 00s.
Trends like JNCO jeans, frosted tips, hemp bracelets, Big Johnson t-shirts and bowl cuts parted right down the middle didn't age well, so they'll forever be thought of as 90s throwbacks.
But aside from these horrible fashion trends the 90s gave us some pretty great stuff too, like Pokemon, Super Soakers and Rice Krispies Treats Cereal, which were sold to kids via these totally slammin' commercials!
Evan Kowalski of Wyandotte, Michigan, saw the 1993 Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire with his family and loved it. He thought it was a the funniest thing ever. Months later, when his mother asked what theme he wanted for his 4th birthday party, Evan immediately said Mrs. Doubtfire. You can buy party supplies from a lot of movies, but Mrs. Doubtfire is not one of them, so Evan's mother Laura Kowalski went to work to make it happen.
“I was thrown for such a loop when Evan said he wanted a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ party, so I quickly posted on a local Facebook page, Downriver and Friends looking for a baker. That’s how I found Angie Claxon (Cakes by Sweetypants), who made the amazing cake.”
Evan loved every minute of the party, but his favorite part was definitely the cake, which featured several elements from the movie ― including the infamous face cream scene. “It met ALL of his expectations,” the mom said. Evan’s 7-year-old sister, Allison, and 12-year-old brother, Ethan were also big fans.
Family members made decorations and treat bags. Mrs. Doubtfire touches were added to the food and games. And Evan was delighted. The internet was delighted with the pictures, which you can see at HuffPo. -via The Daily Dot
When gaming consoles were introduced in the early 1980s they were so expensive many kids couldn't afford them, so the lucky kids who could were forced to share their rad new console with their friends and family.
It took decades for game companies to realize price is everything in the world of gaming consoles, and yet EA founder Trip Hawkins didn't think about price when he left EA to create the 3DO, so it bombed hard.
Released in 1993 at a staggering $700, the 3DO was supposedly HDTV compatible with graphics that blew away the competition, but the 3DO simply couldn't compare to the mighty $90 Nintendo Entertainment System.
Nintendo has made their fair share of mistakes too, like the Virtual Boy or the more recent Wii U, but their biggest failure was also one of their biggest leaps forward in terms of tech- the 64DD.
The 64DD was released as a magnetic disk drive peripheral for the Nintendo 64, but console gamers couldn't wrap their minds around all the 64DD's high tech features:
"DD" is short for "dynamic drive". Plugging into the extension port on the underside of the console, it allows the Nintendo 64 to use proprietary 64 MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Furthermore, the 64DD's software titles and hardware accessories let the user create movies, characters, and animations to be used within various games and shared online. The system could connect to the Internet through a now-defunct dedicated online service called Randnet for e-commerce, online gaming, and media sharing.
Only 10 games were ever released for the 64DD, and Nintendo sold about 15,000 units worldwide, making it one of the worst console failures of all time.
All over the world, you'll find buildings that are one-of-a-kind, often designed and built by people who aren't architects. John Green points out many of those buildings and the stories behind them, fascinating even when doled out in tidbits of trivia. Unique architecture is the topic on this week's episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
Leather is a durable, embossable and paintable material, but it's also extremely rigid and doesn't make for the most user friendly sculpting medium.
But those artisans who choose leather as their medium of choice have figured out ways to crease, bend, and otherwise shape leather in a sculptural way, creating spectacular and wearable works of skin art.
The German-born craftsman and "travelling science artist" had this to say about his works:
My objects sometimes take hundreds of hours to create due to fact that I use hand tools only. No machinery takes part in the process, every stitch is done by hand and there are thousands of it in every project.
Due to the fact that I am a traveller I focused on crafting leather items, because I don’t need to carry too many tools on my one-year journey. My leather items are all 100% hand-made, means: I use awl, needle and rivets instead of a sewing machine.
With a background of having studied Biology I find my inspiration in nature where I have fallen in love with organic shapes and structures.
The character design consists of my leather work combined with bodypainting, costume, props, basically whatever tells the story.
Remember the ten kittens who were supposed to pose for a portrait? They belong to Natalya and Evgeny Mishukovi, who are busy enriching their lives with things to play with. Here, they shower the kittens with a bunch of paper scraps to create a indoor pile of wonderfulness.
If you believe a burger is made up of a ground beef patty and two buns, then you might just consider these burger monstrosities pure blasphemy. But if you like extreme food creations you might consider these to be right up your alley. Some of these are pretty simple concepts that most people might be open to -like the Hawaiian burger with pineapple and ham on it, but others ask the diner to keep a very open mind -like the bogan burger that features steak, chicken schnitzel, a potato cake, bacon, egg, cheese, onion and even a slice of beet. No matter how brave you are though, I somehow doubt you'll be willing to try the beyond outrageous garbage burger that has over 20 ingredients, including five cheeses, peanut butter, peppers, marinara sauce, ice cream hot fudge and a cherry on top (read all the 20 ridiculous ingredients here).
Danger is Darkwing Duck's middle name, but his last name is Duck so when he wandered into a wet area where hunters were trying to bag winged game he should have ducked to avoid catching a tail full of buckshot. But a blasted dog kept laughing at him, which made him act all macho in an effort to show up that canine cut-up, so he marched straight out into the marshes with the ordinary ducks and got his lid blown off...
Warn cartoon ducks about the dangers posed by firearms with this Darkwing Hunt t-shirt by Dann Matthews, it oozes old school cool and is sure to make your fellow gamers grin wherever you go!