Happy Derpy Day, everyone! Celebrate Derpy Day by eating muffins, wearing gray, making derpy eyes and checking out this excellent 15 Great Derpy Hooves Crafts post by John.
Or mark Derpy Day with this neat Derpy Dash reversible backpack from the NeatoShop. It's like two backpacks in one. It features Derpy Hooves on one side and Rainbow Dash on another. Two sided backpack? How does it work? Let's just say backpack is magic.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite super heroes looked like as children? Since we can’t just ask the comic artists for each one, using pictures of the actors who portrayed them in movies is close enough. They were all pretty cute -even J.A.R.V.I.S.! We don’t know who originally put this together, but it was found at Geeks Girls. -via Neatorama’s Facebook page
Ze Frank explains the nature of trust over a demonstration by Alya Titarenko and Gael Ouisse of Cirque Du Soleil. You can’t do what they do (even if you had the strength and grace to do it) without complete trust in each other, and in each other’s strength and grace. Trust of any kind is difficult to achieve, especially after you’ve been disappointed. But when you find someone you can rest your trust on, like resting your tush on a sturdy chair, you can relax and focus on other things. -via Digg
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Happy Derpy Day, everypony! Today is Derpy Day, an annual brony holiday about Derpy Hooves--the My Little Pony character created by fans and adopted by the show.
Traditionally, bronies celebrate Derpy Day by baking muffins and giving them to people in order to share the magic of friendship. Yesterday, I told my library co-workers about Derpy Day and gave them homemade banana muffins.
Today, I'm baking muffins and drawing pictures of Derpy with my daughters. My 5-year old has expressed skepticism that Derpy Day is a legitimate holiday, but that won't stop us from having fun.
To mark the occasion, I've rounded up some of the best crafts featuring the lovable and ditzy Derpy Hooves. At the top, you can find renegadecow's masterful flying Derpy automaton.
Of all brony crafters, renegadecow is my favorite. He is a master artisan in a complex craft. Here's his other Derpy automaton. This one, as you can see, shows her dozing on a cloud.
Many bronies have made plushes. I like this one by picklz especially well because it shows Derpy in her Nightmare Night (Halloween) costume, which consisted of paper bags.
We share muffins on Derpy Day because according to brony lore, Derpy loooooves muffins. A lot. This hoodie by Lisa Lou Who shows Derpy's colors, cutie mark, wings and a muffin.
In case you’re just waking up, today is March the first. It’s still winter, officially, but February is behind us, which is a relief in itself. The Academy Awards will be bestowed tomorrow night, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Lent begins Wednesday, and we are only a week away from the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. The NCAA March Madness tournament begins on the 18th of this month -and doesn’t end until April 7th. While most of our traditional holidays remain fixed, annual cultural events such as the Oscars, Superbowl Sunday, and March Madness seem to creep a little every year. The Oscars are getting earlier: for decades, they were awarded in April. Sports events creep later, to make the seasons more profitable. In the next few years, they’ll have to rename the basketball tournament April something. Submit your suggestions now! Anyway, let’s take a short look back at what we’ve done this past week at Neatorama.
In this week’s What Is It? game, the pictured object is a lid from a mason jar mouse trap, patent number 1,077,104. Mmm, mouse in a jar! A lot of people got the answer right, or close to it, even when they were trying to be funny. Lucas Gentry wins a t-shirt for the genius idea of a pickle-jar lid, in which a pickle is speared for easy retrieval every time the lid is put on. Someone should make that! The other winner is pascals_force, who said “It's a cleverly modified lid for those that just HATE dropping the lid and having it land on the wrong side.” That’s nonsensical enough to win a t-shirt! Thanks to everyone who played this week. See the answers to all this week’s mystery items at the What Is It? blog.
The Whodunit by Hy Conrad this week was A Suicidal Murder. Since we have a What Is It? and a Whodunit every week, we really should come up with a When Was That? or a Where Is It? puzzle, too. I’ll work on that when I get caught up on everything else, so don’t hold your breath.
The most popular image at the Neatorama Pinterest boards was this panda cat. There’s a lot to check out over there, and you can sort the vast information by your interests: cute animals, history, fashion, geeky news, funny pics, food, and other categories.
Sometimes in relationships, you have to do this "talking" thing--like conversations and such. That can take a lot of time and energy.
We humans rose from the dirt and squalor of the caves because we used tools. The long journey from stone axes has brought us to this: BroApp. This app available for Android phones takes all of the work out of back-and-forth texting conversations with your significant other.
Once you download BroApp, write a bunch of sweet-sounding text messages. I know--it's a chore. But you'll only have to do it once!* It sends messages periodically according to your input as well as its computations about the optimal times to send the messages.
Here's one clever feature: BroApp asks you to enter your girlfriend's WiFi network information. You don't want for the app to send a message while you're with her at her house. That would totally blow your cover. So the message queue pauses when your phone detects her wireless network.
Blah blah blah! This sled dog is mocking those around him who can’t shut up, but he has the same problem! Now, tell me this doesn’t remind you of the adults who appear off-camera in the Peanuts specials. This video is from Kiruna, Sweden. -via Arbroath
Ah! Aaahhh! That last one! Of all the eight types of Star Wars fans, that would be the hardest to understand. I was in college in 1978, and had no idea there was ever a Star Wars Holiday Special until just a few years ago. I have yet to run into such a fan. Which one of these eight types of Star Wars fans, illustrated by Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman at Dorkly, are you?
Here’s a musical fushion that I’ve never heard before! It’s a combination of Japanese surf rock and classical western European music. Terauchi Takeshi is the musical mind responsible. He formed the eponymous Terauchi Takeshi & the Bunnys in 1966 in Yokohama. Takeshi experimented with other genres, borrowing heavily from classical music. Here’s his mix of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
You can hear more classical tracks at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog, including selections from Brahams, Schubert and Tchaikovsky.
Illustrator and photographer Kim Kelley-Wagner of Words Written in Crayon adopted two daughters from China, and noticed that people sometimes say certain things to her daughters.
Kelly-Wagner tried to explain to her daughters that "people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance." So she decided to embark on a photography project "Things said to or about my adopted daughters" to show how words can hurt. As Kelly-Wagner said, "Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."
Coffee artist Michael Breach can recreate just about any image in a coffee cup -even the drinker’s face! He is in the process of “painting” the Academy Awards nominees for Best Picture. So far, he’s done Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street, which you can see at Uproxx. Shown here is Gravity, just in case you aren’t familiar with the movie. Like anyone wouldn’t recognize that. See more of Breach’s latte art on Instagram.
You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of WiFi. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of cell signal. Your next stop, the Twilight Zone!
If action figures existed in the mythical era depicted in George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire they would have looked like these awesome wooden action figures created by Mick Minogue.
The Hound and Jamie Lannister action figures were created for a Song of Ice & Fire inspired art show at LTD Gallery in Seattle, Washington, which Mr. Martin himself will be attending, and each hand painted, highly detailed wooden figures features battle damage features, a blister card and an age approval of 4+ with the note "Suitable for Wildlings".
Capture that debonair Leprechaun look with the Leprechaun Facial Fur set from the NeatoShop. This stylish kit includes 2 eyebrows, 2 sideburns, and 1 goatee in striking orange fur. The set is self adhesive so you can get that suave Leprechaun look in just seconds.
Simon Belmont first began his battle against Count Dracula and the forces of darkness when the game Castlevania was released for the Japanese console Family Computer Disc System in 1986, with a NES cartridge release to follow in 1987.
Since then it has gone on to become (arguably) the most remade video game ever, with a new volume Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 coming out soon, but did you know that nobody is really sure who created the original Castlevania? Or how about the fact that parts of the original Castlevania castle show up in nearly every 2D version of the game?
How will humans survive if the surface of the planet becomes uninhabitable, and what will we do for fresh food? According to Growing Underground we’ll move the farms below the surface, and that’s just what they're doing in abandoned tunnels underneath London.
Richard Ballard and Steve Dring from Growing Underground have come up with a method of growing "energy efficient, water efficient, pesticide free, totally organic, totally adorable produce they plan to sell to London restaurants and retailers", and their future plan for underground farming could be the best way for grocers and restaurants to stay supplied with fresh produce with a minimal carbon footprint and no outsourcing.
Charlene Datan and Choi Elegado were married in Quezon City, Philippines, with a wedding themed around the video game series Final Fantasy. However, members of the wedding party and guests who weren’t familiar with FF were encouraged to dress as their favorite pop culture icon, whoever it is. Their processional was the introductory music to Final Fantasy 8. Read more about the wedding here. Even if you’re not the type to cosplay on your wedding day, you have to admit that the wedding turned out to be lovely. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Photographer Brian Finke is an American bystander, someone who is there to see the Heartland go about their daily business and catalog the key moments via camera.
Frinke’s America is simple and technologically unadorned, caught in a moment by a suburbanite with the eye of a street photographer. The only problem with this theory is the fact that Brian Finke is from Brooklyn, so he's about as middle America as a slice of New York cheesecake.
His vision of cheerleaders, construction workers, flight attendants and football players is from an outsider's perspective with total access to the scene, giving each image a feeling of uninterrupted life and human energy.
A pickup truck came very close to plunging into the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday. The truck, belonging to a man identified only as Scott, was parked on a hill. While Scott was inside a house, his two dogs Luna and Roscoe were left in the truck.
"I got around to the front of the house where the truck was, and it's like not there," he said. "And I was like 'did I get towed?' and I just thought no it didn't."
One of the dogs put the car into gear and they took off.
"Approximately three blocks down a hill," Tulsa firefighter Clay Ayers said.
The dogs missed drivers on Riverside Drive, runners on the trail and narrowly missed landing in the Arkansas River.
The truck was stopped by a concrete culvert along the river. The vehicle was badly damaged. Roscoe and Luna were uninjured, and were let go with a warning.
When the entertainment industry needs a far out creature puppet created they turn to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, who have been in the business of bringing fantastic puppets to life since 1979. Their signature style and dedication to quality makes their screen worthy creations sought after for TV shows, movies and commercials by companies worldwide.
Here's their current commercial reel, showing all the awesome puppets and far out creatures they've created for TV ads such as the Snuggle Bear, the Jack in the Box puppet and that little green guy who keeps talking about how easy it is to get a loan from home.
I recently ran across 2 interesting blog posts about how science fiction and fantasy often shove people into fixed categories because of species. First, Salem MacGourley wrote about why he prefers to play humans in role-playing games:
I'm really kind of a fan of humans. This translates into my gaming habits, as there's many games out there that let you pick not only male or female, but species as well. I always roll human. Sure, Dwarves might be stronger, Krogans might be more resilient, Asari might live a thousand years longer, and Elves might be bastards, but give me a human any day. Us humans, we can do anything. I can't, for the life of me, remember the source of the quote, nor can I the quote itself, but on Star Trek, probably Deep Space Nine, there was a quote about humans that's stuck with me. You take 10 Klingons, you've got 10 fierce warriors. 10 Ferengi, you've got 10 shrewd businessmen. 10 Romulans, 10 expert spies. But you take 10 humans, you don't know *what* you're dealing with. They could be anything. You can't plan for humans.
What you get is ten bigots. Because, see, humans, specifically the humans that wrote that script, look at ourselves as "people" and the other people, the ones with the pointy ears or the furry feet or the bony ridges on their foreheads, as "archetypes".
All Klingons are honor-loving warriors. All dwarves are beer-swilling Lawful Good blacksmiths with, for some reason, bad fake Scottish accents. All elves are ethereal granola-munching bunny-hugging archers. But humans are people and therefore can be good or evil, horticulturalists or mechanical engineers, priests or physicists, saints or monsters.
In Dungeons & Dragons, dwarves can't be rangers and halflings can't be magic users, but humans can be any character class. In Star Trek, the United Federation of Planets is a galaxy-spanning polyspecies polity, but the officer's mess on any Starfleet vessel looks more like a board meeting at Augusta National than it does the cantina in Star Wars. The most homogenous, conformist technological society on planet Earth has everything from tattooed yakuza to sumo wrestlers to lolita cosplayers, but you could title a documentary on Klingons Fifty Shades of Worf.
This tendency has long struck me as a weakness of Star Trek. You could have a Klingon society dominated by warriors, but only if it was a constantly expanding empire with a booty-based economy, such as Fifteenth Century Spain. Ferenginar could exist as a mercantile city-state similar to Seventeenth Century Venice. But the entire populations couldn't consist of warriors or merchants. At minimum, someone would have to build and run the machines.
Occasionally Star Trek's writers addressed the discrepancy. Nog once commented that his father Rom would have made a great engineer if only he hadn't been pressured to go into business. It just would have been nice if the series had kept going and given even more sociological depth to alien cultures that were easily stereotyped.
Capture a snapshot of the Russian Empire circa 1910 and you’d expect to see images of turmoil, chaos and an empire on the verge of bloody revolution, but these color portraits by photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii are full of a sense of serenity and peace.
Sergey used an early tri-color photo process that involved shooting the subject through three different filters-red, green and blue. These three color images were then projected through the same color filters onto a screen and superimposed, creating the realistically colored final image.
Sergey's amazing and rare color photographs come from negatives purchased by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1948, and now they're available to view online here.
One of the heartbreaks of Alzheimer’s disease is that we often deprive patients of their happiness and freedom in order to keep them safe. In the Netherlands, there’s an innovative facility for dementia sufferers called De Hogeweyk, which means Dementia Village. Inside, there are apartments, stores, cafes, recreational facilities, and common areas. Everything is within walking distance, so there are no dangerous vehicles. The outside of the village is ringed with security walls, regulating who goes in and out. The idea is to keep residents safe while making their lives as normal as possible.
For example, one common symptom is the urge to roam, often without warning, which had led most "memory units" and dementia care centers to institute a strict lock-down policy. In one German town, an Alzheimer's care center event set up a fake bus stop to foil wandering residents. At Hogeweyk, the interior of the security perimeter is its own little village—which means that patients can move about as they wish without being in danger.
Each apartment hosts six to eight people, including caretakers—who wear street clothes—and the relationship between the two is unique. Residents help with everything from cooking to cleaning. They can buy whatever they want from the grocery. They can get their hair done or go to a restaurant. It's those basic routines and rituals that can help residents maintain a better quality of living.
Children’s television used to be a pretty far out adventure, full of psychedelic animated shorts and music by bands enjoyed by both the kids and their parents, but ever since music went bubblegum pop, and kids shows lost their cool, it’s easy to forget how hip children's television used to be.