Firefly Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets

I think that Captain Mal Reynolds is more likely to be chaotic good, or possible chaotic neutral (he did kick a guy into a running engine). But I agree that you shouldn't cross him when he's equipped with his pretty floral bonnet.

Geek and Sundry, which previously created Dungeons & Dragons character sheets for Harry Potter characters, now brings Firefly into the Dungeons & Dragons universe. Here you can find stats for Jayne, Inara, and Kaylee. 

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Homemade Hoverbike

Inventor and crazy man Colin Furze has built himself a dual-rotor hovercraft out of two gas engines and a couple of fans. It has no seat, no steering, and no brakes, but it flies! Do I have to add that you shouldn’t try this at home?

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Why doesn’t it have those things? They couldn’t add an ounce more weight, or it wouldn’t have been able to take off. You can see his plans in this video and some of the early tests in this one. -via Digg


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Traveler Shares Photos Of North Korea's Rarely Seen Pyongyang Metro

A few different sets of photos taken in North Korea have been shared online lately, and these rare pics are shaping the way we see life in that mysterious country we know so little about.

And even though we're inclined to believe photos taken in North Korea will be full of horror and suffering the pics show a country functioning much like any other.

Pyongyang even has a metro system which Kim Jong-Un will occasionally talk about with pride, an underground railway which few foreigners have ever seen until Elliott Davies shared his photos online.

Elliott begins his photographic tour of the Pyongyang metro with this video showing what it's like to enter the station and ride the 110 meter long escalator down into the nuclear bunker/subway station.

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Bald Lamb Given Fluffy Sweater

A lamb born without fleece at a farm in Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire, UK, was rejected by his mother. It was just too odd. Farmhand Sally-Ann Fisher says they named the lamb Skippy because he looks like a kangaroo. He’s now being hand-raised by humans.

Ms Fisher, who farms with her partner near Ramsbury, said the lamb had been born 10 days ago but they were "not aware" that its lack of wool was a condition or a "health problem".

"He's just unlucky, but he's doing great," she said.

They don’t yet know whether Skippy will be hairless for life, but he’s already got the next best thing -a coat made out of a fluffy old white sweater. It will not only keep him warm, but may make him look more like the other sheep on the farm. -via Arbroath

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Ten Things You Should Know About The Reptilian Elite Conspiracy

Conspiracy theories don't come much more cold blooded than the Reptilian Elite theory, which states that members of an ancient reptilian bloodline secretly rule the world.

The theory was posited and popularized by former BBC sports writer turned “son of God” David Icke back in 1999, and now an estimated twelve million Americans believe lizard people are pulling the strings.

Believers don't agree on where the Reptilian Elite came from (some say a distant planet, others say they've been on Earth since before mankind), but they all agree the Reptilian Elite are the scaly bastards behind the New World Order.

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Rotating Bookcase Made from Recycled Sinks

There’s a lot going on here. This is the Sink-Wall, a pivoting room divider (also called a “door”) made from 20 stainless steel kitchen sinks. Each sink also serves as a storage her display unit for books or other objects. Lot-ek Architects designed and built two of these units for Edizioni Press in Chelsea, New York City. The users no doubt learned that you can’t pivot a bookcase quickly, or you’ll have to pick up books from the floor. This is just one example of recycling odd castaways into new furniture. See more of them in the post Five Incredible Pieces of Furniture Made from Recycled Parts.


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Everyday Objects Look Virtually Unrecognizable In Macro Photos

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It's funny to think that all we have to do to render something we see every day unrecognizable is zoom in real close to the object with a macro lens.

We're not used to seeing foods, toiletries and other things hanging around our house from a bug's point of view, but when you see that everyday object from way too close it becomes an awesome alien world.

Experimental artist Pyanek has been exploring the worlds we can only see with the help of a macro lens in his series Amazing Worlds Within Our World, see if you can guess which everyday items are featured in the video.

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The Pork Awakens - A Fleece Force For Good


The Pork Awakens by Kenny Durkin

The rest of the gang were a bit hesitant about the merger, but Miss Piggy was really looking forward to linking up with the big D for one reason and one reason only- the opportunity to star in her favorite sci-fi movie series. She'd been doing Pigs In Space on the Muppet Show for years, but the premises were never about wars or powerful women with psychic powers so she felt like her acting abilities were being underused. But when Kermit came to her all worried about the new corporate merger Piggy got stars in her eyes and forced Kermit to sign the paperwork immediately!

Show the world the fleecy side of the SW universe with this The Pork Awakens t-shirt by Kenny Durkin, it's spicier than a kissing scene with Link Hogthrob and sure to earn you more than a few fans!

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Firefighters 1, Police 0

A group of Kansas City, Missouri, police officers found themselves stuck in an elevator. We can only speculate how long they sat there discussing their situation before they broke down and called emergency services. The Kansas City Fire Department responded, and couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the rescue. This picture will no doubt be on the wall of every firehouse in the midwest. If Kansas City puts out a fireman’s calendar, it will be on that, too. -via reddit


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Pop Culture Characters Looking Right At Home In The Real World

When pop culture characters become a part of our lives we wish they were real so we can hang out with them, knowing full well they'll never make the leap into our real 3D world.

But imagination is what brought these characters to life, so perhaps a bit of imaginative thinking is all it takes to bring them out of the land of 2D, well, that and a little digital image compositing.

A bunch of Russian artists have been contributing amazing composite images to a community page called 2D Among Us, and their creations are nothing short of spectacular.

Their shared images run the full gamut of fandom, including live action movies, video games and, of course, classic 2D animation, all of which looks right at home in the real world.

Stuck In The Real World: Characters From Cartoons And Movies Placed In The Real World


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Desert Critters

A desert fox only wants to devote his time looking for something to eat, like most wild creatures do, but this annoying young fennec fox kit named Nibbles wants to be buddies or something. What’s a fox to do?

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The story is simple and classic, the desert animation is lovely, and the foxes are cute. Enjoy CalArts student Li Wen Toh’s latest film. -via Digg


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Laura Keeble's Stained Glass Pop Art

Laura Keeble, a British artist, takes stained glass from old churches and turns it into everyday objects. This McDonald's Happy Meal becomes a symbol of the Eucharist titled The Glass Supper. In other pieces, memorial church glass becomes a security camera and a phone booth becomes a confessional.

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Making Your Bed is a Total Waste of Time

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.

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Making your bed every morning is the most dumb, useless waste of five minutes ever created. You should stop right now because you’re wasting your time.

It’s one of the most annoying possible tasks out there—a chore with limited value that gets undone every single night. Unlike tying your shoes, making your bed doesn’t protect you or significantly improve your life. It’s an aesthetic task at best. Yet, for some reason, we as a society value this form of busywork way too freaking much. There are people who swear by folding their blanket over two sets of sheets, perfectly creasing the top sheet under the mattress, but I’m not one of those people. And by the end of this piece, I hope that you too will leave your comforter lumped in a pile on top of your bed, just as disorganized as you left it the night before. I’m like the Howard Beale of bedding over here.

Who Needs a Bed?

“I realize it might seem crazy for a thirty-year-old to exist without a bed, but I just can’t get myself to buy one; it never seems worth it, because all I would use it for is sleeping (and once I’m unconscious, what do I care where I’m lying?). I get by fine with my ‘Sleeping Machine,’ sort of a self-styled nest in the corner of my bedroom.”

— Author Chuck Klosterman, discussing his sleeping habits at the time of the writing of his breakout book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Klosterman’s rebellious screed against sleeping in traditional beds came up in a section of the book where he highlighted the requirement that, in The Sims, the characters must own a bed. Klosterman eventually admitted that he changed his sleeping habits, telling a Redditor in a 2014 IAmA session, “I have a bed now. You can’t be married while still sleeping in a sleep machine.”

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6 Oddly Perverted Easter Eggs Hidden In Famous Video Games

When gamers discover Easter Eggs hidden in their favorite video games they expect to find homages to pop culture, self referential jokes the game's developers put in for hardcore fans to find and perhaps a punny joke or two.

However, finding perverted Easter Eggs just doesn't seem possible in a game like Pokemon or Legend Of Zelda, you know, games that are almost always rated E for everyone.

But some game designers try sneak naughty stuff into any game they can, which is why they made young trainers battle the Pokemon equivalent of human genitalia in HeartGold And SoulSilver and included hippo boobs in the Japanese and European versions of LOZ: Link's Awakening.

Of course, including dirty content in a game rated T for teen doesn't make it any less wrong as Final Fantasy VII proved with a scene that finds Cloud stuck in a bathhouse dressed like a woman and surrounded by perverts.

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Read 6 Oddly Sexual Easter Eggs You Missed In Famous Video Games here (contains NSFW language)


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Blind Taste Test... With A Real Blind Person!

The way to know it’s a real blind taste test is to use a blind person. Tommy Edison is the man for the job. Can he distinguish the name brand food items from the store brand items?

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I really don’t know how fair these tests are. They used Kroger store brands, which are usually better than the name brands. Not all stores have that going for them. -via Tastefully Offensive 


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Dead Woman's Bank Account Overdrawn by $99 Billion


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My guess is that the bank is not going to get the money.

Sheila Henderson of Chicago Heights, Illinois recently examined the bank account of her mother, who died last month. Was there any money in it that she could use to pay for funeral expenses? No, not at all. In fact, the bank informed her, the account was greatly in arrears. ABC 7 News reports:

"Your checking account has a balance of $99,999,999,545.90," an automated message can be heard saying.

When Henderson heard that mind-boggling number Wednesday, she said she almost had a heart attack.

"I was in shocked. I couldn't even speak. I called it again," Henderson said. […]

"I called my brother to listen to it and the first thing he said, 'You have been hiding all this money from me. Why did you do this? Come on. Let's go.' I was like, 'No, it says it is a negative amount on it," Henderson said.

Chase Bank says that it is investigating the issue.

-via VA Viper


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Cat Escapes from Polygon

We know how to trap a cat. But have you ever thought about the anxiety you cause for a cat trapped in such an awful way?

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This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing

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What Happens When You Combine a Paddleboard with a Stairclimber?

You get the Hobie Mirage Eclipse. The premise for this product by the Hobie Cat Company (which makes watercraft, not cats) is that paddleboarding can be a vigorous form of exercise when users pedal stairs that flap fins on the bottom to provide locomotion. You steer it by squeezing handlebar-mounted levers, which control the rudder. It comes with an optional crate that straps onto the back end for storing snacks or fishing gear.

Unlike a conventional stairclimber, the Mirage Eclipse offers more adventure than a stationary device inside a gym.

-via The Contemporist


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OK Hero - I Just Smash Giant Monsters With One Punch, No Big Deal


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He's the most incredible force for good on the planet, a diminutive looking man who can take down the biggest and baddest with but one punch. But ask him what kind of hero he is and he'll reply "An OK one" because he never gets the chance to really live out his heroic dreams. Life in City Z was boring before the creatures came in to tear the place down and destroy any semblance of normalcy, and somehow Saitama thought the boringness would end when the fighting began. He punched and prayed for an exciting new phase to come, but all the killing of kaiju with just one punch proved is that he's doomed to be bored with life until he dies....probably due to boredom...

Keep calm and bring home this OK Hero t-shirt by Yiannis, it's the understated way to show love for your new favorite anime series and might just make your life feel a bit more heroic.

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The Universe is Cold and Heartless

You know what’s even more cold and heartless than the universe? Someone trying to correct you when you express your sadness and need. She could have just told him to quit whining. That way, he’d just be depressed and angry, instead of depressed, angry, and baffled. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Sketchy Lifehack: How to Fix a Tire When You Have None of the Proper Equipment

Need to patch a flat tire? This mechanic in the Philippines does not have a modern shop by the standards of a developed nation. But he will get you on the road again.


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After pulling out the nail, the mechanic builds a fire in a can. Then he puts a piece of rubber beneath the can and mashes the can inside the tire with a clamp. The heat melts the rubber enough so that it seals the hole.

Now it's time to refill the tire. I'm not sure what the truck tire is for. Perhaps he's siphoning it for compressed air. In either event, he's able to refill the tire and get the van moving again.

-via Jalopnik


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Baywatch Blunder

In case you didn’t know, there’s a new Baywatch movie now in production, starring the Rock and Zac Efron. You might have seen some well-staged publicity stills, but Zac Efron posted an outtake as well. It seems he was messing up the less-to-more-clothing progression, and tripped while trying to quickly get in the right spot. I think the second picture would easily bring more people to the movie, but this scene probably didn’t end up in the movie this way. -via reddit

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Machine That Simulates a High Five

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Recently, in the office, while passing by a co-worker, I held up my hand for the purpose of exchanging a high five. He ignored me and kept walking.

This was a dark and traumatic moment.

And it's one that I could have escaped if only I had Albert Cohen's patented apparatus for simulating a high five. It is made specifically for solitary people in need of some high five action. Cohen writes in his 1993 patent paperwork that his machine is designed for sporting events, but it's clearly applicable in all of the other many high five events that constitute the typical adult's day.

-via Simone Giertz


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An Electrifying Explanation Of How 3D Printing Works

3D printing is slowly but surely being integrated into our tech heavy lives, and it's easy to imagine everyone having a 3D printer or three in their homes to help them do all sorts of fun and useful stuff.

But before the 3D printer can become like every other printer in our home we should take a few minutes to learn how they work with this fun demonstration video by ElectroBOOM engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar.

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Note to Mehdi- buy some work gloves you wild man!

-Via Laughing Squid


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14 Things You Might Not Know About Aliens

The 1979 movie Alien launched a franchise that now has five movies and another on the way, and that’s not even counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies. Why so many sequels? Because the second movie, Aliens, was so good that it rivaled, or even eclipsed, the first one. James Cameron directed the 1986 sequel, which brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, who has to battle the xenomorph once again. None of the later movies could compare. Let’s learn what went on behind the scenes of Aliens.  

1. CONAN THE DESTROYER HELPED IT GET MADE.

The movie, not the guy. Based on the strength of his script for The Terminator (then in pre-production), James Cameron was approached by 20th Century Fox to write an Alien sequel. But the outline he came up with for Alien II got a lukewarm reaction at Fox, and the idea was put on hold for the time being. Then, as luck would have it, the start date for The Terminator was pushed back nine months so that Arnold Schwarzenegger could make Conan the Destroyer, the sequel to his 1982 hit (in which Conan had been merely a Barbarian). This extra three-quarters of a year gave Cameron time to write three-quarters of a full screenplay for Alien II, not just an outline. (He also co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II during this time, by the way.) The Fox bosses liked what they read. Cameron was told that if The Terminator proved successful, he could write and direct the Alien sequel.

6. THE SET WHERE THE ALIEN NEST IS FOUND SHOWED UP IN TIM BURTON’S BATMAN.

It was a defunct power station, called Acton Lane, and it had the right atmosphere for Aliens. It later appeared as Axis Chemicals, which is where Jack Napier falls into some acid and becomes Joker-fied in 1989's Batman. Parts of the alien hive were still there when Burton and his crew came in, which must have freaked them out a little.

There’s more that you don’t already know about Aliens at mental_floss.


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The Bomb: A New Way to Eat Pizza

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The Place, an Italian restaurant in Seoul, South Korea, has invented an entirely new way to cook, serve, and eat pizza. It's called The Bomb.


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The Bomb consists of the uncooked (or at least partially uncooked) pizza ingredients inside a bubble of dough. The server pours oil over the top and lights it on fire. The dough burns. When the fire goes out, the server cuts open the bubble with a pair of scissors and slices the bottom half.

-via First We Feast

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Five Incredible Eco-City Projects You Never Knew Existed

Cities are looking for ways to make themselves cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. So cities here and there are trying out pilot projects and even have permanent installations that other cities should seriously look at, like installing solar panels in places you wouldn’t think of otherwise.

Cycling is a popular hobby in the Netherlands.  As such several companies combined forces for the installation of bike pathways that can collect harvest solar power to go back into the grid. The project consists of concrete panels topped with glass; there are silicon solar cells between the glass and concrete designed to trap energy of over fifty kilowatts annually per square meter. Although it doesn’t appear to be much, eventually the paths could cover over a hundred and thirty seven kilometers of the pathway.

Other projects include solar-powered markets that can set up anywhere, architectural designs that employ passive cooling and water collection, wind farms, and capturing storm water. Read about all of them at Housely.


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The 7 Funniest Colonoscopy Videos


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Here's Peter Yarrow of the 60s folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. What does he want? The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend: he wants you to get a colonoscopy. His was a very positive experience, for his "colon took first prize," as he recounts in this funny song.

This is 1 of 7 funny colonoscopy videos rounded up by VA Viper. It includes tales by Dave Barry, Damon Wayans, and Homer Simpson.

Question: why is there no Oscar category for colonoscopy video?


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Illustrated Chart Shows 40 Different Types Of Pizza

No matter how you like you're pizza pie you've got to agree on one thing- it's all about the toppings.

With the addition of toppings the pizza becomes our own personal slice of heaven, custom created to suit our tastes no matter how mundane or strange.

We're familiar with the pizza standards such as the Hawaiian, White, and Meat Lovers, and even specialty pies such as Barbecue Chicken and Bacon Ranch have become more mainstream.

But I don't think most pizza lovers will ever come to terms with the idea of covering a pizza in tuna and corn or *gasp* SALAD?!

The ever hungry foodies at Food Republic created an illustrated chart that poses the question “Have You Tried These 40 Types Of Pizza?” and the short answer is no, you probably haven't.

But now you'll be inspired to go out and try them all, and if you actually have tried them all you deserve the title “Pizza Master”, or “Pizza Wizard” if you prefer.

See full sized chart here

-Via Nerdist

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36 Facts About Tea

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Tea is the most popular beverage in the world -besides water. It sure is at my house! My husband goes through about a gallon of sweet tea a day, and I drink hot tea all afternoon and evening after one pot of coffee these days. It’s like that all over the world. Brew some leaves, have a nice drink. Or, if you're in the US, make it hot to brew it, put ice in to make it cold, then put in sugar to make it sweet, and lemon to make it sour -while the rest of the world shakes their heads. John Green gives us a lot more trivia about tea in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.   


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