Here's a nifty little gallery of items from Tokyo Design Week 2011, including the glasses shown above, which were made out of sugar crystals which were formed naturally then reproduced in plastic via 3d printer.
Art and innovation collide in these interesting items, and some may even make their way into a store near you. Others, like the tusk inspired headgear or the strange knit yellow suit with duck hat, probably won't make it out of Japan. Thank your lucky stars!
Anti-drug PSA's just got a whole lot scarier, thanks to this slick new campaign that warns against using Meth.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, of Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream fame, they all start out with a seemingly benign shot of the user. Then the camera pulls out to reveal a scene of horror meant to illustrate what you're getting yourself into if you decide to try Meth, and it ain't pretty.
So, instead of just saying "Don't Do Meth", these scary ads show you why you shouldn't mess around. No argument here! You can see them all at the DesignTAXI link below.
Ben Balistreri is a storyboard artist and character designer for Dreamworks Animation, so the energy he brings to his Marvel re-designs is fresh and full of cartoon charm.
I would love to see an animated series featuring these re-designed characters, you can see all 50 of them for yourself at Ben's site below. My faves are Taskmaster and Juggernaut, with his massive frame and little tiny face, but which ones do you like?
The Crovel, short for Crowbar Shovel, is the must have tool for survival in most any situation. It's a spade, machete, saw, crowbar, hammer, and can also be used as a grappling hook, basically an amazing wonder-tool for extreme conditions. Guaranteed to make surviving the zombie apocalypse a whole lot easier.
This year there are 45 animated shorts being considered in the Best Animated Short category at the Oscars, and while the verdict isn't out yet on which ones have qualified, the three shorts at the link below were submitted and may be among the finalists.
A man has a New York City sidewalk encounter with a chicken in A Morning Stroll, the dark and dreary world of Birdboy, and the surreal war-torn landscape of The Gloaming are all likely candidates for the Oscar, but do you have a bid for Oscar-worthy animated short?
I try to refrain from posting every cosplay gallery link I come across for obvious reasons, but I thought i'd share this one because it features obscure characters and some seriously well-made costumes.
Among the characters present: a couple of creatures from They Live, Priss Asagiri from Bubblegum Crisis anime, a scary Little Sister from Bioshock, and a strangely fitting female Rule 63 Aquaman. Which costumes did you like?
In the new Super Mario 3D Land game, Mario has special abilities when
he wears the Tanooki Suit - but think about it. Where did he get such
a suit? From a dead Tanooki, a Japanese raccoon dog, of course!
PETA, understandably, is upset over the unnecessary killing of an imaginary
videogame character and has made its displeasure known by releasing this
fun little Flash game: Mario
Kills Tanooki - Thanks Jay!
have invented a super-slippery material inspired by the carnivorous pitcher
... a new material takes a cue from one of the plant world's few
meat-eaters: the carnivorous pitcher plant Nepenthes. The plants prey
on insects, whose oily feet normally allow them to walk up walls. But
pitchers' tube-shaped leaves have microscopic bumps that hold a thin
layer of water in place. The water repels the oils, sending hapless
insects slipping straight into their gaping mouths.
"They just step on the rim, and immediately slide into the
digestive juices," Aizenberg says.
Aizenberg realized that with the right choice of lubricating liquid,
the pitcher plant's strategy could be adapted to repel virtually anything.
The researchers started with a textured substrate, which could
be almost anything that is rough on the nanoscale, Aizenberg says. One
good choice is Teflon, a fibrous material that is widely thought to
be super-slippery itself.
Their most slippery surface resulted when they added a layer of
the perfluorinated fluid 3M Fluorinert FC-70, manufactured by the firm
3M, to Teflon. The liquid oozed into all the pores in the Teflon, and
left a nanometres-thin layer of liquid at the top. The material still
feels dry to the touch, and other liquids simply hydroplane off the
surface, like a car sliding off a wet road. The team calls the material
'slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces,' or SLIPS.
"We call it SLIPS, because everything does," Aizenberg
South Korea is a densely-populated nation, and so has diminishing room for appropriate places to bury the dead. A law passed a decade ago even requires people to exhume loved ones within sixty years of burial. Cremation has thus become increasingly popular, and one company has responded to this change by offering to turn human ashes into small crystal beads:
Bonhyang founder and CEO Bae Jae-yul says the beads allow people to keep their relatives close to them, wherever they go. He also says stored ashes can rot, a claim denied by crematoriums. "Our beads are clean; they don't become moldy and don't go off and smell bad," he says.
Bae uses ultrahigh temperature to melt cremated ashes until they are crystalized and can be turned into beads in a 90-minute process. The colors are mostly blue-green but sometimes pink, purple and black.
The ashes of one person can produce four to five cups of beads, Bae says, although the ashes of young people have a higher bone density that can yield up to eight cups of beads.
Sauron has high expectations of us, and this new guy isn't helping our billable hours. Yeah, he's got some innovative ideas, but he isn't a team player. It may be time to call in an outside trainer for some community-building activities. I know a guy at Greenstorm Films -- you know, the people behind the Dora the Explorer spoof -- who can help.
I've long dreamed of eating a donut stuffed with sweetened peanut butter. But this concoction by the California donut shop chain Psycho Donuts may top that. It's filled with pumpkin pie and capped with maple flavoring and crushed graham crackers.
What new donut design would you create, if given the chance?
Mike and Nancy Rogers were to be married in the main lodge at White Point Beach Resort in Nova Scotia. However, that building was on fire, so they held the ceremony in another resort building. But the happy couple took the opportunity to pose for a wedding portrait in front of the conflagration. That's one photo composition you don't see at every wedding! Read about the fire and see videos at HuffPo. Link -via Buzzfeed
Could The Dark Tower by Stephen King have been inspired by Pico Cão Grande? This "volcanic plug" is in Obo National Park in the tiny island country of São Tomé and Principe off the coast of Africa. Photographs of this tower are hard to take because the top is usually in the clouds, but you'll find some good ones at Dark Roasted Blend. Link
I've long suspected this to be true, but Kara Crabb's successful experiment has only confirmed it. "As the old saying goes, the best way to get raccoons to swarm over your body is to think like a raccoon." We know that raccoons are highly motivated by food, so she baited them with food duct-taped to her body. She was successful. And now, thanks to her work, you know that you can be, too.
We're running a fun caption contest over on our Google+ page! All you have to do is come up with a witty/funny caption. The one with the most +1s gets his/her choice of t-shirts from the neatoshop! So what are you waiting for? Get thee. (cartoon via @twaggies)
Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a million-dollar movie star in 1921, when there weren't all that many million dollar movie stars. After a Labor Day weekend party, a young actress named Virginia Rappe was hospitalized and later died. Arbuckle was the prime suspect in her death. The prosecution's evidence came from the testimony of Maude Delmont, a woman with a shady past who kept changing her story.
The newspapers never questioned Delmont’s version of events, and they kept flogging Arbuckle. His reputation was in a shambles, even after his friends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin vouched for his character.
But Arbuckle’s lawyers introduced medical evidence showing that Rappe had had a chronic bladder condition, and her autopsy concluded that there “were no marks of violence on the body, no signs that the girl had been attacked in any way.” (The defense also had witnesses with damaging information about Rappe’s past, but Arbuckle wouldn’t let them testify, he said, out of respect for the dead.) The doctor who treated Rappe at the hotel testified that she had told him Arbuckle did not try to sexually assault her, but the prosecutor got the point dismissed as hearsay.
No matter what happened in court, Arbuckle also went through "trial by newspaper." Find out what happened to Fatty Arbuckle, legally and professionally, at Past Imperfect. Link
Are you dreading the holidays? You need the Pleasant Holidays With The Family Tea from the NeatoShop. This Darjeeling with spice tea provides just the right dose of laughter to help soothe frayed nerves.
Ben Mendelsohn gives us a look at "The Physical Underbelly of the Internet."
The video is meant to remind viewers that the Internet is a physical, geographically anchored thing. It features a tour inside Telx's 9th floor Internet exchange at 60 Hudson Street in New York City, and explores how this building became one of the world's most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity.
I once referred to the candy bar as Peter Paul's Almond Joy and my kids thought I was crazy. But that's what the candy was called when I learned to love it! You'll see all kinds of sweets that were sold a half-century ago in the 1949 NWCA Candy Salesman Book. Link -via the Presurfer
The dance of death (usually represented by a skeleton) has been a recurring theme in art and literature for centuries -at least! BibliOddysey has a sampling of such illustrations from the Heinrich Hein University of Düsseldorf collection, ranging from 1736 to the 20th century. Link