You saw our massive gallery of photographs from Comic Con this morning. Do you want to see more awesome costumes from Comic Con? Check out this video from Sneaky Zebra, which features photographs by Nick Acott. Acott also took the pictures in Geeks Are Sexy’s 2014 Comic Con galleries. See lots of photographs from Friday in part one, Saturday in part two, and Sunday in part three. Oh, and there’s a contest attached to this video. Find out more at the YouTube page, where you’ll also get a list of the identified cosplayers in the video.
This man wants to save your life, but not by getting his own hands dirty or performing surgery on you, he wants to teach you how to be your own doctor and save your own life with skills he feels we all should have learned in high school.
His name is Dr. James Hubbard, and he runs TheSurvivalDoctor.com, where he dispenses medical advice to people online so they can act as their own doctor during an emergency- or figure out when it’s actually time to call in a professional.
He has written three books on the subject of survival- Duct Tape 911, Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid and The Survival Doctor's Guides, and his advice can mean the difference between life and death when immediate medical attention isn't available.
Doctor Hubbard discussed his one man mission to help us heal ourselves with the folks at Indefinitely Wild, touching on subjects like treating snakebites, drinking urine and duct tape first aid.
What’s the worst thing you can do to a great emotion? Make it go viral! If you love someone, you are supposed to set them free, not give them internet fame -unless that’s what they want more than anything. Even then, it’s not always the great reward they may imagine. This scenario from Dinosaur Comics takes the process to its ridiculous limits. -via Boing Boing
Ripe peaches in season are wonderful, and really don’t need to be dressed up to sell. But when you are competing with other peach vendors, a little sex can make a big difference. In China, vendors are putting panties on their peaches, inspired by the upcoming Qixi Festival, which is like Valentines Day.
China News reports that these unusual peaches are called "Ripe Fruit" (蜜桃成熟時), a name evoking obvious sexual connotations. The panty peaches were first developed by a fruit vender in Nanjing, with each pair of underwear slipped on each sexy butt by hand. As SDChina reports, the peaches are from Yangshan, in Wuxi, an area that's also famous for its lingerie and garment industry.
They may be cheeky, but they aren’t cheap. A box of nine peaches will set you back the equivalent of $80. See more peachy pictures at Kotaku.
Bubble wrap is so much fun! Each delightful pop lets us feel some tiny, immediate impact on the world. But Daisuke Akiyama’s goldfish bubble wrap is designed to inhibit this desire. It’s made to give the impression that there’s a tiny fish inside each bubble. That way, Akiyama says, “I’ve made it psychologically more difficult to pop.”
Image: Philip Cornish
One of the best pieces of photography advice I've been given is "the best photo is often right behind you." You can be walking in new city and turn your head, often by chance, only to see unbelievably beautiful reflections in skyscraper windows and mirrored facades. Or in rural areas, a striking pastoral scene may be reflected in a fountain or body of water. As pictured here, even a glass of water or wine can be a blank canvas.
Yet the reflective photos shown here were not snapshots. Careful consideration is given as to the perspective from which to shoot. Sometimes the desired angle has the photographer assuming any number of uncomfortable positions to get the capture they want. In this collection of 25 photos of beauty as seen in reflective surfaces, the photographers' efforts paid off in spectacular captures.
From YouTuber Forrest Whaley, who has turned moving Legos around into a career, part of the fun is spotting all the fill-ins Whaley used for huge scenes. If you’re quick, for example, you’ll spot Mon Calamari, oddly silent on whether or not it’s a trap, in the background. Also, surprisingly, this is an official spot, according to First Showing; it appears Disney gave Whaley enthusiastic permission to put their upcoming hit into plastic.
Now I really want a Rocket Raccoon mini fig. Guardians of the Galaxy officially opens nationwide tomorrow, but there are plenty of showings tonight.
Liam Martin is a teenager from New Zealand who has a unique sense of fashion and an extremely photogenic face.
His style, however, is derived from what celebs wore during famous fashion shoots, and he often wears the outfits better than the original celeb, unless he's feeling playful and decides to dress down:
His hilariously unique recreations of celeb fashion shoots have earned him over one million followers on Instagram, followers who can't wait to see his photographic responses to memes, movie stills and (most recently) female celebrity fashion photos.
Liam puts plenty of his own personality and attitude into every photo he recreates, which is why people generally like his version better than the original, and if a teenager from New Zealand can beat these Hollywood divas at their own game there may yet be hope for us all.
Charles Marohn was a municipal engineer who maintained roads, upgraded sewer systems, kept up with state and federal building codes, and oversaw the spread of suburbs, until several events led him to realize that what he was doing was not in the best interest of communities and their futures. He started a blog, Strong Towns, to explain his views, which grew into a community of urban planners who believe there’s a better way to build communities than by expanding suburbia.
Marohn primarily takes issue with the ﬁnancial structure of the suburbs. The amount of tax revenue their low-density setup generates, he says, doesn’t come close to paying for the cost of maintaining the vast and costly infrastructure systems, so the only way to keep the machine going is to keep adding and growing. “The public yield from the suburban development pattern is ridiculously low,” he says. One of the most popular articles on the Strong Towns Web site is a ﬁve-part series Marohn wrote likening American suburban development to a giant Ponzi scheme.
Here’s what he means. The way suburban development usually works is that a town lays the pipes, plumbing, and infrastructure for housing development—often getting big loans from the government to do so—and soon after a developer appears and offers to build homes on it. Developers usually fund most of the cost of the infrastructure because they make their money back from the sale of the homes. The short-term cost to the city or town, therefore, is very low: it gets a cash infusion from whichever entity fronted the costs, and the city gets to keep all the revenue from property taxes. The thinking is that either taxes will cover the maintenance costs, or the city will keep growing and generate enough future cash ﬂow to cover the obligations. But the tax revenue at low suburban densities isn’t nearly enough to pay the bills; in Marohn’s estimation, property taxes at suburban densities bring in anywhere from 4 cents to 65 cents for every dollar of liability. Most suburban municipalities, he says, are therefore unable to pay the maintenance costs of their infrastructure, let alone replace things when they inevitably wear out after twenty to twenty-ﬁve years. The only way to survive is to keep growing or take on more debt, or both. “It is a ridiculously unproductive system,” he says.
Infrastructure is more than just water and sewer lines. Low-density suburbs need more fire stations, longer school bus routes, more road maintenance, and more miles patrolled by police. Time tells Marohn’s story in an excerpt from the new book The End of the Suburbs by Leigh Gallagher. -via Digg
(Image credit: Flickr user La Citta Vita)
Upworthy has been taking a ribbing for a while now. In that vein, Cracked presents "Every Upworthy Video Ever." Watch it, because it will change your life as you know it, and you can afford to make time for life-altering videos... unless you're an 88-year-old, one-legged female volunteer firefighter and yoga teacher rushing to a potentially deadly situation at your hot yoga class for terminally ill kittens. Via Viral Viral Videos.
Buzzfeed posted the stories of six military dogs who displayed bravery, loyalty, and intelligence in the face of danger to our service members. For example, Sgt. Rex was paired with Corporal Megan Leavey for his second and third deployment to the Middle East.
In 2006, the pair was on patrol when Sgt. Rex discovered a slew of planted explosives. As they continued their search, one of the explosives was detonated. Both Leavey and Sgt. Rex sustained severe injuries, but they remained at the scene and continued to work together.
Leavey’s military career came to end due to the injuries she sustained during the attack, but Sgt. Rex recovered so he went back to work.
Upon his retirement, Leavey started a campaign for his adoption. Sgt. Rex was reunited with Leavey and lived out the last eight months of his life with her, swimming, snuggling and playing in the snow for the first time.
That’s a good dog. Read the rest of the stories in An Ode To Military Working Dogs.
Maybe they also do senior citizen or group discounts, but you can never be sure which television or movie character to impersonate until you show up at Not a Burger Stand and look at the chalkboard. This family-style restaurant in Burbank, California will take off a percentage if you use the right voice or wear the right costume. You can even eat free if you’re Patrick Stewart or arrive in a TARDIS.
No matter how much space you have for your kitty, the CatsPlay Modular Playground is a perfect fit for your little furball. That's because this cat-friendly creation is modular by the true definition of the word, allowing you unlimited options as to the layout of the design.
There are a number of different sets you can buy to start out with and from there, you can buy a number of extra parts to really customize your kitty's playground. This is also beneficial as it means you can replace any worn out parts your feline friend has shredded up too much.
See more pictures of the creation over at Homes and Hues: A Modular Cat Playground That Looks Great
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming movie that has both superhero flick fans and comic book readers foaming at the mouth, our heads spinning from all the possibilities.
Will Batman and Superman physically battle it out in the movie, or is the versus meant to indicate a difference of opinion about how to deal with an impending problem of superheroic proportions?
Dorkly artist Andy Kluth has an idea about how the whole situation will play out, and his comic offers up the easiest solution to the situation- the good ol' Superman flying so fast that he actually travels back in time trope.
Geez, Supes- you're a real jerk! Now I really hope Batman wins in the upcoming movie!
If you've been on the internet at all over the last week, you know the San Diego Comic Con was last weekend. If you are a regular Neatorama reader, then you know that Zeon and I go to Comic Con every year to collect the greatest cosplay we can find at the convention. This year was no exception, and despite losing my badge on Saturday night, I am happy to bring you some of my favorite cosplay photos from the convention.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this crazy street display wasn't cosplay -but there was, in fact, someone inside this massive suit, operating it almost like a puppet. It even had conversations with the giant crowd surrounding it!
This Ice King costume was also massive. It was so big, I'm pretty sure he never even set foot on the convention floor that day.
Young Marceline here, on the other hand, had only her large prop to worry about.
There were a lot of great costumes this year, especially from Adventure Time, but of all the hundreds of cosplay characters I saw this year, I think this warrior Fionna was by far my favorite.
As far as bad-assed, yet adorable cosplays go, there were a surprisingly large number of them. This Rocket Raccoon costume was a particularly good example. Oddly, with all the buzz about Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I only saw two cosplays based on the franchise.
Two costume trends I did see plenty of were Harley Quinn and Deadpool. This tutued Harley and Avengers Deadpool at least put a fun spin on the costumes.
This punk rock Harley Quinn was a delightfully unique twist on the character.
Some gamers find PC gaming a bit daunting, what with all the hardware needed to support high end games, extra software needed to run the games properly, and the myriad of settings you don’t need to worry about while gaming on a console.
Terms like anti-aliasing, tessellation and vsync boggle the mind when you’re trying to make sure you're maximizing your PC's performance while you play your favorite games.
Don’t have time to watch videos? Then check out A Beginner’s Guide to Graphics Settings at Lifehacker and read all about it!
(Photo: China Daily)
11-year old Liang Yaoyi of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, died on June 6 of a brain cancer. He wanted to become a doctor when he grew up. He will not get the chance, but Yaoyi will get to heal the sick. Before he died, he asked that his organs be donated to people who need transplants. Within eight hours of his death, his kidneys and liver were transplanted.
After they were removed from his body, the doctors from the operating room bowed to honor him.
Wasteland Weekend is “The World’s Largest Post-Apocalyptic Festival”, and since the official debut in 2010 the event has grown from a few hundred attendees to an apocalyptic mob large enough to initiate their own revolution against civilized society.
What began as a spin-off of Mad Max themed festivals, which were held in Australia and Japan as far back as the late 1970s, has become the place for fans of apocalyptic genre movies, video games and those who’d rather LARP in the radioactive wastelands than in a fantasy forest.
This year the organizers are expecting their largest turnout yet, and with a little help from the horde of wasteland ambassadors who attended San Diego Comic-Con 2014 they’re sure to get plenty of fresh meat heading out to the desert this September.
Whitlands Engineering is an Australian company that manufactures wood splitters, firewood processors, and awesomeness. In order to advance their dominance of the latter field, the company built a chainsaw powered by a 4.2-liter car engine extracted from a 1985 Holdren WB Ute.
Sadly, the company has no intentions of mass-producing this excellent design. It’s just a one-off marketing tool. That’s a pity because I could really use it to--well, nothing around the house, I suppose. But if I owned something this cool, I would find a good use for it.
The HBO Series The Leftovers is an incredibly dramatic show based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name.
The Leftovers is a unique take on the idea of the Rapture, where two percent of all people on Earth disappear overnight.
In the show the survivors, aka the "leftovers", deal with the loss of their loved ones while trying to keep their lives together during this strange time.
It's a dark, brooding, and extremely humanistic story that focuses on the survivors rather than the Rapture itself, and the creators decided to advertise their show with realistic Loved Ones dolls outside San Diego Comic-Con which left people with lots of unanswered questions.
Some people thought the whole thing was some kind of inside joke, or advertising for a Real Doll style silicone mannequin for sick fetishists, but those who watch the show understood the reference and yet were still totally creeped out by these realistic looking figures:
Apparently the show's creators wanted to get under our skin with their morbid exhibit, but I doubt this strange form of advertising will work in their favor considering most people who saw the exhibit had no idea what the heck they were looking at!
Move over Grumpy Cat. Like you, this Guinea Pig's standard answer is in the negative. And he actually makes noise. He might not have his Grump Face perfected, as it's still in Cute Face mode, but he's working on it. Better plan your retirement and put some of that money away for your Grumpy Grandkitties' college funds. Via Unique Daily.
How would you handle this scenario?
You're playing Mario Kart on a first date, but there's one problem: your date is doing AWFUL. They clearly have no idea what they're doing - so now it's decision time: do you handicap yourself to spare their feelings, or do you be true to yourself and play like you always do?
How about it: would you play to win, or would you scale it back to let your date win? Select an option at Dorkly and see where your adventure leads!
The Last of Us: One Night Live was an event based on an alternate musical ending to the game that was “thrown together by the cast on the soundstage as they worked on the game"- it was a celebration of the game's storyline, soundtrack and the impact this darkly humanistic world has on gamers.
WARNING- If you haven't played the game yet there are spoilers contained within the performance, and some subject matter considered NSFW.
Naughty Dog studio brought the game to life at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, California, with "a performance of the score by Gustavo Santaolalla, plus a "live read" of key scenes featuring the principal actors, as directed by Neil Druckmann."
It's a clever way to celebrate a game that redefined multiple video game genres, and it truly showcases all the hard work and dedication that goes into making such an amazing game.
Spotify crunched the numbers on 120,000 playlists that people made and labeled as “Guilty Pleasures.” Supposedly, these are songs that people like to listen to, but have a hard time admitting it to their peers (but Spotify knows all). On those lists, here are the top ten songs.
1. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham!
3. My Sharona – The Knack
4. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
5. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive
7. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men
8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
9. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
10. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
I like “My Sharona,” because it was really big the summer I graduated from college. And I was once an avid Journey fan, but “Don’t Stop Believin’” is one of their weaker songs. And I’m not ashamed of liking anything by MC Hammer. I like some rather weird songs (that aren’t on this list), but I don’t feel guilty about them. What’s your “guilty pleasure” song? -via Uproxx
(Photo: Sam Bompas)
Hank Hill is right: clean-burning propane is the best way to taste the meat, not the heat. But in the absence of God's gas, lava is an acceptable substitute. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr give a demonstration in this video embedded below.
The artistic duo is known for its creative food installations, such as architectural Jell-O and a punchbowl so big you can row across it. For this project, they worked with Robert Wysock, an art professor at Syracuse University who is an expert at producing and controlling man-made lava.
They heated an industrial bronze furnace to 2,100ºF, placed a grill over the lava stream, and cooked two 10-ounce ribeye steaks and 2 ears of corn. You can see more photos at Designboom.
If this is the lifestyle that you prefer, go for it. But I think that this trend in desk design is going in the wrong direction. The ideal position is not standing upright, but lying supine. The wise Sir Winston Churchill explained its value when asked for the secret to his success in life:
Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.
Precisely! Therefore this desk on sale in Japan is perfect for work and napping performance. You can save energy by skipping wasteful activities, such as sitting up in bed. The panel can rotate 360º and lock into six positions.
The super talented weaponsmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword, collectively known on YouTube as MAN AT ARMS, are back with a new series called REFORGED, where they step up their weapon forging game by constructing hybrid weapons based on our favorite geeky franchises.
In this episode they came up with a rather creative way to combine all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s weapons into one freakin’ crazy weapon they should call the Cowabunga Choppah.
You'd think a katana blade mounted on the end of a bo staff would be enough, but this is REFORGED, and MAN AT ARMS is going all out to create weapons we've only seen in our geeky dreams, so of course they had to work in Raphael's sai and Mikey's nunchakus.
However, seeing how they work the sai and nunchaku in to the overall build will surprise you...What will these creative weapon masters come up with next?!
Some glassware collectors take a handheld black light along with them when they shop in order to test Vaseline glass, also known as canary glass or uranium glass. Real uranium glass will glow green under a black light. Glassmakers began using uranium as a coloring agent in the late 1700s, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that we knew how dangerous radioactivity is. Still, Vaseline glass continued to be made, with the exception of the World War II years, up to the present day. That’s because the tiny amounts of radiation emitting from Vaseline glass are smaller than radiation emitted from many other things we encounter in our everyday lives. So why does it glow?
Even if radioactivity is the thing that makes Vaseline glass cool, it’s not what makes Vaseline glass glow, says Barrie Skelcher, who’s written two Vaseline glass books of his own. That may come as a surprise to many Vaseline glass collectors, who assume that radioactivity is the reason why Vaseline glass glows under ultraviolet light, confusing the cartoon depiction of radioactivity for the science.
“It’s the chemistry of uranium that makes Vaseline glass glow, not radioactivity,” Skelcher says by phone from England, where he lives with his wife, Shirley, and 500 or so pieces of Vaseline glass in a collection that once numbered more than 1,000. “It wouldn’t make any difference whether the glass contained depleted uranium with the 235 isotope removed or natural uranium; the chemistry is identical. Uranium fluoresces under UV light.”
In other words, glass containing uranium will glow under UV light even after all the radiation has, er, radiated. The danger associated with uranium glass pales in comparison with glass that contain lead, arsenic, cobalt, or a number of other colorants and additives. And you’ll receive more dangerous radiation from the black light than from the glass. Still, the story of Vaseline glass is fascinating. I was surprised to learn that the name “Vaseline” was given to uranium glass because that’s the color Vaseline used to be! (Eww.) You can read plenty more about Vaseline glass at Collectors Weekly.
(Image credit: Dave Peterson at Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc.)
Asap SCIENCE's latest video takes a look at sleep and how much of it allows for us to be productive, or even merely functional. I'm sure nobody is surprised that the news isn't good for people with a newborn in their house. The concept of sleep debt is also discussed. This morning I feel like my sleep debt has accumulated to the point that, soon, someone's Uncle Vito is going to whack me.