This Disney themed series by Rodolfo Loaiza show the dark side of animated life, placing the dainty princesses in some precarious predicaments and bringing the horror of fairy tale fame to the foreground.
They're dark but generally tongue-in-cheek, so even Disney himself wouldn't ban these goofy spoof pics, except for the one where Snow White has a drinking problem, and the one where Maleficent does drugs.....who am I kidding?! Disney would HATE Rodolfo's works!
Better check them out now, before they are eliminated from the interwebs forever....
In the world of a not-too-distant future, everyone wears augmented reality devices as contact lenses. Everyone is constantly wired, online, connected, dependent on technology. The short film Sight is the graduation project of Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. -via Metafilter
As you watch the glitzy coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, perhaps
you pine for simpler times.
Like, for instance, the bygone era of the 1904
Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, when the Olympic Games had a
dumbbell event (That's Frederick Winters who won silver with panache).
Most people don't associate the word "satelitte" with "homemade,"
but that's exactly what South Korean artist Song Hojun did. He made a
$500 homemade satellite by rummaging through back alley electronics stores.
Now, all he needs is a rocket to launch it into orbit:
There's a long history of do-it-yourself satellites being launched
by universities and scientific groups around the world, as well as amateur
radio clubs, but Song said his is the first truly personal satellite
designed and financed by an individual. [...]
The bespectacled Song spent nearly six years combing through academic
papers, shopping online at sites that specialize in components that
can be used for space projects, and rummaging through electronic stores
hidden in the back alleys of Seoul.
Do you still write "Dear so-and-so" in your correspondence?
That's what author and CNN contributor Bob Greene noticed as well:
Is "Dear" an endangered species?
It would appear to be. You may have noticed that fewer and fewer
people begin their letters and notes with "Dear." Some holdouts
-- I'm among them -- do, but this may be mostly out of lifetime habit.
Even people who grew up using the traditional salutation -- middle-of-the-road,
go-by-the-book people -- now regularly begin their notes with "Hi."
This is mostly a function of the digital-communications age. "Dear,"
which always looked fine atop a business letter, or a handwritten note,
is increasingly seen as archaic and old-fashioned on a computer screen
or on a smartphone or mobile device.
The pending disappearance of "Dear" is a sea change in
the way we write to each other -- yet when you think about it, there
are few logical reasons arguing for a longer life for that particular
word. We've always used it, just because we've always used it.
Would you miss "Dear" if it's gone forever from our daily usage?
AIDS researchers are cautious about saying the word "cure," but two fascinating cases are enough like each other to publicize what happened. Dr. Timothy Henrich and Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston searched for patients who were infected with HIV and underwent cancer treatment. They found two patients who had stem cell treatments for cancer treatment and were later found to be free of the virus. Unlike most HIV patients, they did not stop taking their retroviral drugs during their cancer treatment.
Both men had endured multiple rounds of treatment for lymphoma, both had stem cell treatments and both had stayed on their HIV drugs throughout. “They went through the transplants on therapy,” Kuritzkes said.
It turns out that was key.
“We found that immediately before the transplant and after the transplant, HIV DNA was in the cells. As the patients’ cells were replaced by the donor cells, the HIV DNA disappeared,” Kuritzkes said. The donor cells, it appears, killed off and replaced the infected cells. And the HIV drugs protected the donor cells while they did it.
One patient is HIV-free two years later, and the other is seemingly uninfected three-and-a-half years later.
“They still have no detectable HIV DNA in their T-cells,” Kuritzkes said. In fact, doctors can’t find any trace of HIV in their bodies -- not in their blood plasma, not when they grow cells in the lab dishes, not by the most sensitive tests.
The cases seem to duplicate what happened to an earlier patient, Timothy Brown, who lost all traces of HIV after a bone marrow transplant five years ago. Brown, known as the famous "Berlin patient," received cells that had a HIV-resistant mutation. He was thought to be the only patient ever cured of HIV, but this latest development gives hope for new therapies. Link -via Kottke
The hottest thing in London is the Olympic Flame. And what about the 8,000 torches that each sport 8,000 holes that 8,000 people carried 8,000 miles? What happens to those now that the cauldron has been lit? Olympic torches have always been highly collectible, but the 2012 torches are extremely coveted.
In fact, a 2012 London torch reportedly sold for $240,000 in May. The values of these torches, Perlow says, will inevitably go down. “People get very taken up in the moment when the time of the Games arrives. Right now, they’ll spend what I call crazy money for Olympic souvenirs just because they need to have that instant gratification, that ‘I’m here, experiencing it now’ memento.”
Those collectors may want to check their math. After all, one of the torches made for the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games sold for nearly $400,000 last year at auction in Paris, currently the second most expensive Olympic item ever sold, but there were only 22 made versus 8,000 in London. The more common torches, like the 17,000 torches made for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games torch, go for a couple thousand dollars online.
“Most torches are in that price range,” Perlow says. “When you’re talking a 1956 Melbourne, that’s a $15,000-20,000 torch, because there were only 400 of them. The 1960 Squaw Valley is probably around $100,000. A 1988 Calgary is probably $20,000, because I think only 150-some-odd Calgary torches were made.”
You can see some of those older, rarer torch designs from previous Olympics and read the history of how they are traded around as collectibles at Collectors Weekly. Link
Look at those moves! This walrus has earned a whole bucket of fish. The information at YouTube is in Russian, and gives no indication of where this was recorded, but if you can translate the back of one employee's t-shirt, you may be able to tell us. -via Buzzfeed
Artist Jeremy Deller built a full-size replica of Stonehenge. It's an inflatable bouncy structure! The work is called "Sacrilege," and it's part of the London 2012 Festival, which is a cultural adjunct to the Olympics running through September 9th. "Sacrilege" will tour 25 location around the UK. Link -via Metafilter
The Kennecott Mine Camp was a booming Alaskan copper mining town in the first couple of decades of the 20th century. The richest vein of copper ever is estimated to have produced $100 million in profits! But by 1939 the copper was gone and the several mines were abandoned. However, the Kennecott is in a national park and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. That's why the buildings there survived much better than the surrounding mines, and you can visit them -if not in person, then through a history and set of photographs at Kuriositas. Link -via the Presurfer
European surfboard manufacturer Pukas made some prototype surfboards embedded with LEDs and sent them out to some professional surfers for a tryout. They look awesome! See more pictures and some videos at If It's Hip, It's Here. Link -via Buzzfeed
Is criminal activity running rampant at your office? Take charge with the Mini Crime Scene Tape from the NeatoShop. This printed adhesive tape is perfect for marking off tiny crime scenes and combating shameful office activities.
This picture was posted by Megan Selig, who said watching this puppy cam feed is her cat's new favorite pastime. You can watch the litter of six golden retrievers as they grow up, too! Link -via reddit