It has been amazing to witness the leaps and bounds street art has come over the course of the last 20 years. What started as something that was shunned and misunderstood has completely evolved into a respetable and appreciated art style (by most), with more and more street artists reachng superstar status. One of those street artists is Shepard Fairey, who most know best from his Obama, two-toned HOPE poster, though he has been doing this for most of his life.
A recent new piece sprung up on the Lower East Side of Manhatten that was created by Shep. It bodly states: We Own The Future, and seems to harken back to his OBEY days (old schoolers will understand that his Obey pieces are what initially made him known).
In my opinion, all that does is make the city more beautiful. It adds splashes of color and ecourages free thought. What is better than that?
If you're filming a scifi show any time soon, you might want to head to Korra's website and check out this cool K-1083 tub. With translucent, blue acrylic fitted inside a white plastic base all fitted with chrome fixtures, the entire tub looks like something from the future.
But this tub isn't all about looks. It is also all about wonderful massage-powers and comfort, making it entirely comfortable and great for soaking sore bodies.
Borders, fences, fortifications, demarcations- whatever you call them, there are a lot of dividing lines in history. Here are some of the most famous.
1. HADRIAN’S WALL
Milecastle 39 on Hadrian’s Wall near Steel Rigg. (Image credit: Adam Cuerden)
In AD 122, the Roman Empire was near the height of its power, but in the far-flung imperial province of Britannia, the empire was having some trouble near its northern border. To control that line in the heath, Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of what became the most heavily-fortified border in the Western world at the time: a 73-mile wall of limestone and turf, with small forts roughly every Roman mile occupied by a few dozen troops. Additionally, larger forts were also constructed. The Romans built the wall well enough that it survived the Roman Empire, and what remains of it became a World Heritage Site in 1987.
There’s a reason that the citizens of Brazil speak Portuguese while nearly all of the rest of South America speaks Spanish: that reason is the Tordesillas Meridian. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI offered a papal edict saying that Spain (Alexander VI’s native country) would control any land west of a meridian (a line stretching from pole to pole) that lay 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, which were off the coast of Africa. This meant that the pope was giving the Americas to Spain, which did not sit well with the Portuguese, who thought they were entitled to it.
In 1494, the Spanish and Portuguese signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which nudges that papal line further west -giving Portugal the eastern “bump” of the South American continent that would become Brazil.
When is a line not just a line? When it is “the Pale” -an area on the eastern shore of Ireland that was directly under the control of the English crown during the Middle Ages. It derived its name from the Latin word palus, which literally meant a stake, but figuratively meant a fence or line, the lands beyond which one does not have control (and indeed, the Pale had a border fence, or some say a line of dikes). This is what people are referring to when they use the expression “beyond the pale.”
An undead plague swept through the Mushroom Kingdom like a boo through a brick, and the toadstools were the first to suffer from the ill effects of the virus. They seemed normal at first, but when they started devouring turtles and goombas all over town Peach knew something was wrong. She called in Mario to handle the infection, and he came in swinging and punching like a madman, but the infected needed to be cleansed with fire...
Scare up some grins from your fellow gamers with this Undead Mushroom t-shirt by Mike Pacheco, and make sure your mushrooms don't bite back!
With the advent of budget-friendly, tiny cameras such as GoPro, animal videos have changed from hit-or-miss action to immediate or animal's-eye view perspective. The footage is only limited by the imagination of the person who captures it. Examples abound in GoPro's Best of Animals 2014 compilation video. This is part two. See part one here. Via The Presurfer.
Maybe you’ve noticed a trend lately of people posting long strings of emojis as translated text. Those are a real pain for someone like me, who has neither the time not the inclination to parse them out. But then here comes Slate with a quiz about some short, familiar phrases. These twelve strings of pictures are well-known first lines of classic novels that you know, rendered in emoji. Can you figure them out? I can’t say I did well, but I was proud to figure out a few. And your first impressions can be hilarious: for #3, I read "Here's an idea you're going to love! Let's cook eggplant!" When you’ve strained your brain enough, you can check the answers at Slate. -via mental_floss
This brilliantly conceived chair would be perfect for the home of any boxing fan. Ornald Balyko, an artist in Lithuania, designed it to look like an old-fashioned boxing glove. The leather chair is about 3 feet tall and can be filled with polystyrene balls like a beanbag chair.
Alex Burkovskiy taped a laser pointer to his cat’s head. Usually, just a piece of tape on a cat will cause the animal to go bonkers trying to get it off, but this cat was too fascinated with the red dot to notice he had something taped to him! He chased the dot for over an hour. That’s about as long as a piece of tape stuck to fast-moving fur can possibly last. -via Tastefully Offensive
Pictured above is eight-year old Jesse-Cole Shaver and his hero, a pit bull named Hades. Last Tuesday, Jesse-Cole and his friends were playing in the woods near his home in Oregon City, Oregon. One child stepped through a log, breaking into a beehive. The bees swarmed and attacked the children.
A Japanese festival called "Shukatsu Festa" has been increasing in popularity in the past several years, this year attracting 5,000 people. "Shukatsu," English translation being "preparing for one's end," is the main idea of the festival, during which people select coffins. Participants try out the coffins of their choice, complete with funeral attire, flowers and optional makeup simulating the skin tone of a corpse. At that point, these death adventurers are photographed, so they have an idea of how they may appear at their funeral. Some choose to have the coffin lid lowered while they lie inside, to seal the deal.
What, no gory scar makeup? Read more here. Image Credit: Miako Ichikawa/Asahi.
The bird keeper in Guilin, China, blows his whistle. To the delight of the gathered spectators, peacocks fly down from the trees and hills, obediently landing at his feet. As they brake before landing, they spread their wings out widely, showing everyone their beautiful plumage.
When you fart, are you spraying microbes all over? Should we fear the effects of flatulence in a crowd? Science is on the question!
“It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki told listeners to his science phone-in show on the Triple J radio station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was contaminating the operating theatre she worked in by quietly farting in the sterile environment during operations, and I realised that I didn’t know. But I was determined to find out.”
Rovio Entertainment, the company which produces the Angry Birds series of video games, plans to release a new game which features Angry Birds characters as Transformers. Embedded above is a clever trailer for the game. It takes visual cues from the 80s Transformers cartoon, especially the opening sequence.
The new game suggests a pattern for Rovio. The company has already produced a Star Wars-themed game, as well as a sequel to it. Perhaps Rovio will continue to create mashup games like these. A Downton Abbey Angry Birds game would surely be fun. What other Angry Birds mashup games would you like to see?
It can't be easy being a super hero. Generally, as much as we may think their cool, they often have to go through hell to become the heroic person we eventually see them as. Parental deaths and losing loves and children and not being able to save people every single time would have to weigh on someone. Safe to say that these heroes are not sleeping well at night, put it that way. But what about those moments when the superheroes who are normally really cheerful and optimistic finally snap and turn dark? As you can tell from the above pic, it happens.
Topless Robot put together a list of some comic stories where the good guys went a little bezerk and it ends up being a very intereting read. From Spiderman going all Wolverine on someone, to a Green Lantern plot twist that would be more at home on The Wire than in a comic book. It is bleak stuff, but also shows us in a flash (see what I did there?) that not all comics are aimed at kids, and even the good guys snap sometimes.
You'd think people would have more love for that hairy forest dweller nowadays, what with all the TV shows and media coverage about his kind, but Bigfoot still gets a bad rap. He's seen as a food stealing, tree toppling, camera shy beast who loves to howl at the top of his lungs as he lopes through the forest, but Bigfoot is a lot deeper than all that. He's a poet, a farmer, and one heck of a dancer, and if you
Take your love for the world's most famous sasquatch everywhere you go with this I Heart Bigfoot t-shirt by Nathan Mazur,
You don't have to like Pokemon and you don't have to like celebrities for the following list to be awesome. That above photo should just about sum up how great this concept is. Seems some crafty thinkers found some great photos of celebs that look just like Pokemon and made an awesome article about it.
It is two great tastes that you think just wouldn't taste that great together, and boy, would you be wrong. I have perused the list many times myself and cannot quite figure out which one is my favorite. The Justin Bieber one is pretty solid, but I might have to go with Tom Cruise. Trust me, just look at it for yourself. You'll see. Lists like this are exactly why the internet exists. Pure gold.
John McCormick of Baytown, Texas was mowing his lawn when he had a heart attack. His family summoned emergency responders. A fire truck followed the ambulance, which took him to the hospital. The firefighters could do nothing to immediately contribute to McCormick's health. But they could finish what they started. So the firefighters quietly mowed the lawn, locked the mower away in the garage, then left the key in the mailbox.
The firefighters also left a note expressing their sympathy. It's pictured above. Sadly, McCormick did not survive. But the firefighters' simple act of kindness meant a lot to the family:
"I just couldn't believe it," said Patsy McCormick of the firefighter's gesture. "I just couldn't believe they took the time to do that."
"It just speaks to their character," said son-in-law Dan Blackford. "They say honor is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. That's a fact," he said of the firefighters who didn't know someone captured their gesture on camera. "They were very honorable."
"This just shows just exactly how special they really are," said Jeana Blackford who, despite the grief over losing her father wanted to publicly thank the men of Station 4 for showing everyone the impact a single random act of kindness can have. And for showing everyone that going above and beyond the call of duty, whether a firefighter or a civilian in everyday life, often just takes a few more steps.
"I think we all need to do random acts of kindness every day, every day," she said.
Fans across the world were saddened by the news that Studio Ghibli would soon be closing their doors and its grand creator Hayao Miyazaki retiring, except now it seems they're just taking a break and Miyazaki may not retire after all.
However, the mere thought of Studio Ghibli closing has inspired artists and animators to pay tribute to the influence Ghibli has had on their artistic lives.
Here is a perfect ad placement in what I would guess is the Gazette-Mail, a newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia. A recent Associated Press story informs us that dog meat has fallen out of fashion in South Korea. Eating dogs has been a tradition in that land dating back at least several centuries. But younger people increasingly tend to see dogs as pets.
I think in many ways, a lot of us were affected by Robin William's suicide. The man just hid those tears and fears so well, none of us knew he has struggling and hurting. That, in turn, made the news even more shocking. Seems YouTube artist Heather Rooney took some time to sit down and do a rather breathtaking and photo-realistic portrait of the sad star, and she captured the whole thing on time lapse so we can see it slowly breathe to life. In the wake of the news, there is something rather haunting about this. But you cannot deny the girl has some real talent.
Anytime someone can do a photo realistic piece of art it always blows my mind, but the subject here is what makes it so poignant. It is like we watch him come to life on the paper, only to be reminded that we will never again see that manic, brilliant performer shining. It's odd, but by the end of the video, you have a tear in your eye.
Naturally, such a superhero has inspired a fine work of cosplay. Andy of Tropic Hunt snapped the above photo of Florida Man at DragonCon in Atlanta. He is appropriately equipped with the magic elixir which grants him his powers.
Question: if Hollywood ever produces a superhero movie about Florida Man, who should play the lead role?
It may come as no surprise that 3D renders and digital artwork are being used in place of photos in catalogs and magazines nowadays, because using 3D software to create an interior scene is generally cheaper and easier than setting up an actual photo shoot.
Companies like IKEA want to ensure the images in their catalogs look just right, without having to put together an entire interior space every time they need a photo, and this convenience has led to IKEA slowly but surely replacing the real photos in their catalogs with 3D renders.
Just For Laughs planted a dog puppet in a park. Real dogs may have never noticed it, if it didn’t have a nice, meaty bone! But the bone attracts the dogs, and the puppet defends his treasure. These poor confused dogs don’t know what’s real and what’s not anymore! -via Viral Viral Videos
Video games have never been bigger business than they are right now. In some cases, even beating the film industry for the amount of money they bring in on the first day, it is clear games are not just for kids anymore. But what about games that are so weird, so strange, so surreal, no one knows what to make of them?
Well, thankfully, Oddee put together a rather impressive list of nine bizarre games (some of which you can play right now, a few of which are board games) that sort of defy all expectation. From a game you cannot win, to a game your computer can't figure out how to beat you at, the list is nothing if not different. There are definitely worse things to do on a Saturday than fart around and play some insane games that make no sense, so have some fun. If you can actually call it that. Some of these are so weird it's hard to tell.
The wall had kept the criminal scum out of his city for years, lulling every Gothamite into a false sense of security, but the Bat knew it was only a matter of time before one of his old enemies found their way over the wall. The unmistakable sound of laugher rang out across the city, and people were once again afraid to leave their houses, but Bruce stayed vigilant, ready to stop the flow of crime back into his city...
Defend the sanctity of your geeky wardrobe with this Attack On Gotham t-shirt by Mitch Ludwig, featuring a super powered mashup sure to make your geeky friends grin with glee!
For those who wish to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations in pop culture and science fiction, the Star Trek universe can be intimidating. Yes, there are plenty of people who haven’t watched Star Trek for one reason or another, but might if they knew where to start.
Star Trek is more than pop culture; it’s 20th century mythology with its own complicated mythos. “Beam me up” and “live long and prosper” may have invaded the cultural lexicon, but Star Trek is particularly intimidating for the uninitiated. Where to start and what to skip are up for debate even among the most hardcore Trekkies and Trekkers (the fandom can’t even decide on a name for itself). One thing is clear: It all begins with Gene Roddenberry, the visionary who created the original show in the 1960s and presided over the franchise until his death in 1991. The WWII fighter pilot turned TV writer would have turned 93 this August. He’s survived by a franchise that encompasses five live action TV shows, one animated series, and 12 films. Given that Star Trek will celebrate its 50th anniversary in just two short years, this the perfect time for new fans to jump on Roddenberry’s “Wagon Train to the stars.”
The A.V. Club has stepped up to the plate with a guide for Star Trek newbies, which includes a brief history and description of each series and recommends standout episodes to introduce the viewer. There are also recaps of the movies and miscellaneous information to make tackling Star Trek both easy and fun for a beginner. Baby steps. For the established Star Trek fan, it’s a walk down memory lane (or more likely, Memory Alpha), with plenty to argue about, which you’d expect.