Wilhelm Rodriguez is an artist who can fill your belly with awesome art. He's a chef at Papa's Pizza in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. He can create highly realistic portraits of people both real and imaginary. I love this one of Steve Jobs inside the Apple logo! You can view more of Rodriguez's work here.
It will probably come as no surprise that the moustachioed plumber Mario, who is known for busting blocks, kicking turtles and dramatically altering his DNA with drugs, is not fully housebroken.
He’s used to hanging around in the sewer all day and hasn't spent much time indoors since the princess was kidnapped for the first time, and when filmmaker John Huffnagle invited him in he discovered to his horror “Mario Is Destroying My House!”
John used his skills as a 3d animator and filmmaker to bring Mario’s home wrecking ways to life, and it looks like little Mario now owes Mr. Huffnagle a few hundred gold coins!
Where's the Ark when you need it? The film Noah just got a tad too real for moviegoers at the Vue Cinema in Exeter, England.
According to Exeter's Express & Echo, the theater was supposed to show the latest Hollywood blockbuster Noah, starring Russel Crowe as the biblical patriarch, when staff arriving in the morning discovered that the building flooded because of a broken ice machine. They had to cancel the first screening of the movie.
It was unclear whether this was divine intervention or a simple mechanical failure -Heaven works in mysterious ways - but the irony wasn't lost on moviegoers, one of whom tweeted "#Irony The day Noah was released, Exeter Vue was flooded overnight because of a burst pipe!"
Game of Thrones is back and bloody as ever, but we’re not here to post spoilers. Instead we’re going to take a look back at all the bloodshed, mayhem, murder and deadly deception from the last three seasons courtesy of this supercut from Digg that shows all 5,179 on-screen deaths from Game of Thrones in under three minutes.
That’s like twenty nine deaths per second, how do they manage to find time to build such a compelling storyline with all that head chopping going on?
This video features tons of spoilers if you haven't seen the first three seasons of the show, and a whole cartload of violence which may be considered NSFW
The High Roller, a new Ferris wheel in Las Vegas, is 550 feet tall- the tallest “observation wheel” in the world! The wheel is 520 feet in diameter, and each of its 28 cabins can hold 40 passengers for a half-hour trip around the wheel. The huge wheel gives a new feature to the Las Vegas skyline, one that will make it immensely recognizable in the years to come. Read about the specs of the new Ferris wheel, and see plenty of pictures at Kuriositas. -via the Presurfer
A few months ago, gastronomical explorer Nick Chipman of Dude Foods created the McEverything: a combination of all 43 sandwiches available at his local McDonald's. More recently, he created a sandwich that has 26 fillings, one for each letter of the English alphabet. Here's what he placed between 2 slices of bread:
Seven years ago NBC created a pilot for the American TV version of The IT Crowd, the hit British comedy produced by C4 that taught us the internet is a little black box and most computer problems can be solved by turning it off and on again.
They tried to make it work, casting Joel McHale in a lead role alongside hilarious star of the original series Richard Ayoade, but their remake proved that some shows just shouldn’t be remade, some shows are perfect just the way they are.
The worst thing about the remake is the fact that they tried to match the original show shot for shot, as you can see in the side-by-side comparison video, and the American show is missing a few more key components- namely Matt Berry, Chris O'Dowd, Katherine Parkinson and Noel Fielding, in other words virtually the entire cast of the original show! Richard Ayoade is an amazing comedy talent, but even he can't carry a show like The IT Crowd all by himself.
The sitcom ALF (Alien Life Form) ran from 1986 to 1990. You might think that a primetime TV series starring a puppet interacting with regular actors seems ridiculous and would never go over today, but that’s exactly what everyone thought in 1986, too! The show relied more on humor than relatability, and folks, especially kids, loved it. You're probably be quite familiar with Gordon Shumway from the planet Melmac and his appetite for cats, but there was a lot going on behind the scenes that you didn’t know. For instance,
2. The show’s finale was crafted as cliffhanger to entice the network to bring the show back for a new season. The ruse didn’t work, and the show was indeed cancelled before it could resolve its ending, though a bunch of loose ends were tied up six years later, with the release of TV movie Project: ALF.
14. The show’s set was built on a platform that was four feet above the ground, so that Fusco could puppet ALF anywhere on the stage. Fusco used a series of trapdoors to puppet ALF around, and they sometimes needed to be reset in the middle of a scene.
23. Every episode of ALF was titled after or alluded to a song, and each title had something to do with the show’s actual content.
Goats are pretty cute, in a wall eyed, scruffy chinned kinda way, but baby goats, aka kids, are the absolute cutest!
They like to prance around, butting heads and ramming into things, and once they start playing with a ball or kicking a can around the adorability of it all will make you want to squeal with delight.
Crazy Funny Stuff, or CFS if you're in a hurry, has put together this "Cute Baby Goats Compilation" for your squealing pleasure, and even the gruffest old goat will feel like a kid again when they watch this adorable video.
Ah, love! At the top, you see the process of courtship when a couple sneaks a kiss on the cheek as soon as Mother falls asleep. Skip ahead to the happiest day of their lives, as you can tell from their facial expressions. This complete sequence starts with the first date and ends with the first baby.
A set of tinted stereographs from the late 19th-century was less an educational tool than it is entertainment. Before moving pictures, it was state-of-the-art entertainment, too! Alas, we only get to see 24 of the stages, as one card is missing from the the Harper Stereograph Collection of the Boston Public Library. You can see the 24 we have at The Public Domain Review. -via Everlasting Blort
Now these are the designs to kill for! NeatoShop artist SilverBax reimagined our favorite horror villains as part of a killer winning hand. A royal flush, of course. Now that's a design that'll surely take the pot.
Redditor HasNoPotato is a high school football referee. He posted this photo and wrote "this is what I have to deal with."
It's the field of the former football stadium of Taylor High School in North Bend, Ohio. When the stadium was built, it was wedged into an area just a smidgen too small. One corner of the field goes up a hill. When the stadium was demolished last year, WCPO reported on the quirky field:
School officials said more than one long field goal ended up on somebody’s front porch over the years. And the field's unusual end zone that curves uphill has put more than a couple players’ backsides on the turf.
When the community built the school in the mid-1920s, the field was wedged next door and they didn't have enough room to make the field without the awkward end zone obstacle.
The novelty elements earned the field nicknames like, "The Big Surprise," "The Terrace" and "The Secret Weapon."
Probably the most colorful moniker used over the years was “Gotcha.”
More than one Taylor touchdown connection developed because a Yellowjacket knew the oddly placed hill was there and the defendant didn’t. Gotcha.
#AfterSex selfies are the latest rage in hashtagged, instagrammed TMI pics posted online, and they’re every bit as smoldering as you’d expect from the title. Even the dogs have joined in on the fun, and the look of horror on their faces almost makes you forget about the nasty underlying concept of these far too freely shared self portraits.
The internet is home to way too many selfies, so why oh why did somebody feel the need to start a new trend in selfies, one that not only shows you’re self obsessed but that you just finished getting it on? Your guess is as good as mine…
If you were expecting a somewhat clumsy but friendly cook preparing you food while saying variations of the word "bork," then you're in for a surprise. The Swedish chef at Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time gets really excited/angry about making food. You can follow his equally incomprehensible instructions to make lasagna.
You will need a battle axe. But if you're a serious chef, then you already own one.
While the Boy Scouts are in the news a lot these days for certain conservative policies, their basic values are noble -sustainability, education and respect for example. And their new Sustainability Treehouse in the Summit Betchel Reserve of West Virginia reinforces these important ideals by placing an emphasis on sustainability.
The building's stunning location not only emphasizes just what is at risk if we don't change our polluting ways, but the premise is also an example of just how well sustainability works -leaving basically no footprint between its solar and wind turbine generated power and rain cistern and water cleansing system.
Do you like ugly mugs? Jean Cotton is here to provide them. She makes pottery of human faces that are often silly, funny, or terrifying. We featured her work last month. She's kindly agreed to an interview.
Jean is a native of Boston. She attended the Massachusetts College of Art in that city before settling down in Exeter, Rhode Island.
Tell us how you got started as an artist.
I studied Illustration way back when and worked as a freelance artist for years. I discovered pottery aprox 20 years ago when I took a beginner class. Throughout the years, I'd work with clay off and on since I got busy with other things -such is life. Several years ago, I sort of fell back into working with clay again.
While watching Antiques Roadshow I became interested in those primitive 19th C southern style face jugs. My work has evolved from that into a more realistic style with as many different expressions as I can come up with for the mugs I'm now making. My sculpting improved over time time, though I'm still learning new things everyday. It's all a learning process like everything else.
Clay combines the best of both worlds for me. The process includes drawing out my concepts beforehand and then going to the next stage, throwing the piece on the wheel - and my favorite, sculpting and painting each piece. Sometimes it's fun to simply work things out as I go along without that initial sketch.
I belong to a local art association and began selling my pieces at their holiday sale over the past couple of years. When my mugs sold out at each show, I decided that I'd also try Etsy as a means of selling my work. See www.etsy.com/shop/makingfacespottery
I'm busy most days, working at my pottery wheel, making even more mugs. They are made of stoneware with porcelain eyes and teeth - just like those primitive style face jugs that I first started out with. I can't tell you just how lucky I am to discover clay since it's what I really love to work with.
Tell us about the Southern style face jugs and how they inspired your "aesthetically challenged" pottery.
I was inspired by the history of 19th C southern style face jugs and the fact that there is somewhat of a mystery around them. There have been a number of theories as to the origins of these early pieces. Some speculate that they were created with somewhat frightening faces to keep children from getting into the whiskey that they contained. Others believe that they might have been made by slaves working on plantations and were used as grave markers.
The process of creating these early face jugs is interesting since broken shards of porcelain plates and cups were used for the eyes and teeth. Their expressions were whimsical and a bit downright scary.
I first began by using the jug shape form and then, onto mugs - either way, both of these forms are perfect for applying the face to. The features on my pieces became more sculptural over time as I focused on creating as many varied expressions as I could. The early face jugs, with their primitive expressions, resonated over to the work I now do by evoking a reaction from people when they see them. Some folks enjoy the more humorous pieces and others prefer the somewhat scary devils and zombies.
Here’s how a nerdy engineer became the most famous man on Earth. And how engineering holds the key to progress in the 21st century. This “Engineering Manifesto” was delivered to the National Press Club by Neil Armstrong in February, 2000, and animated by Jorge Cham of PHD Comics. -via Geeks Are Sexy
You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought.
Before you object to the builders' choice of vehicle, remember that the series takes place not in the future, but "a long time ago." Bill Deacon built this interstellar transport out of a 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic. It's shown here at Star Wars Celebration IV in 2007.
See that cockpit mounted on passenger-side mirror? It has little action figures of Han Solo and Chewbacca inside. Other photos show this car with a TIE fighter hood ornament. I like that, but it's likely to get you pulled over by Imperial forces.
Quick, how many beer brands from movies and TV can you name? There are more than you might think. Since beer companies pay millions of dollars in advertising, no show is going to use real beer as a prop without getting paid. But using a fake beer also frees up the characters to make sport of it. This list has twenty of them. Remember these?
8. Heisler Beer,Bionic Woman, Bones, Burn Notice, CSI, Desperate Housewives, Dollhouse,Happy Endings, Heroes, How I Met Your Mother, My Name Is Earl, New Girl, Superbad, The Shield, Training Day, Weeds, Workaholics
Next to having a can that just says “beer” Heisler seems to be the most popular brand in TV land. It’s basically the Budweiser of movies and television and shows up everywhere from the card games of L.A. gangbangers (Training Day) to telemarketing stoners (Workaholics).
18. Schraderbrau, Breaking Bad
Marie never appreciated Hank’s custom garage brew and the meticulous process that he went through to achieve its “silky perfection.” Probably the most potent stuff in Albuquerque after the crystal blue meth.
It takes about three seconds for the automatic paper airplane folder (for lack of a better term) to convert a plain sheet of paper into a fully functional, flying paper airplane. The machine-precision extends even to the flying: every airplane flies along the same flight path into a cardboard box a few feet away.
Paperless office would have to wait for a few more years thanks to this bit of office fun!
What's Cathoven's favorite symphony? Why, it's Symphony NO 9, of course. Stephanie Jayne mashed up one of our beloved classical composers with today's cutest pop culture cat to bring us this Cathoven design.
Westeros lacks anything remotely resembling the 24/7 news infortainment media of our world.* But Tom Phillips of BuzzFeed has a vision of the Game of Thrones universe if our news media was present there. He shows the stories that you might see on MSBNC, the Daily Mail, The Guardian, Fox News, and more. You can view them all here.
*If it did, would that make Westoros a better or worse place to live?
While here in the South we are seeing some signs of spring, Canada has weeks to go before a normal winter is over, much less this latest “endless winter.” We feel for you buried under the snow there in Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Free Press posted this song by Bartley Kives (his last name rhymes with “Beavis”) written to the tune of “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel. -via Metafilter
It's a large gaming group. But, thankfully, most of them are paying close attention to the action. And Snow White, an experienced Dungeon Master, knows how to keep everyone interested and focused.
Belle, as you might expect, is the resident rules lawyer. Strictly speaking, Snow White should ask everyone to make a perception check at this point. But for the sake of narrative flow, she's dispensing with that formality. Be flexible, Belle.
Alexandra V. Mihai composed this fun image of the Disney princesses playing the best game ever invented.
Did you watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones last night? If you had to go fetch your child from Grandma’s, or fell asleep, or for some reason missed it, you may have a hard time avoiding spoilers online. What to do? The obvious answer is to stop everything and watch the quickest replay available (I don’t know how HBO does that), but Dorkly has made a game out of the situation. The comic today follows a “Choose Your Own Adventure” format, in that you can explore your options. This being Dorkly, none of them work out as well as you hope. Choose wisely.
Being a movie fanatic, Etsy seller MRQ19 has quite a bit of old VHS tapes - one day, he noticed that white plastic spools at the bottom fo the VHS cassettes look just like the dots in the arcade game Pac-Man. And thus the Pac-Man VHS Tape Coffee Table was born!
May Gosling (@GoodTickleBrain on Twitter) is a librarian, cartoonist, and Shakespeare fan. She runs the webcomic Good Tickle-Brain, which is is mostly composed of Shakespearean humor. One section of her site is dedicated to condensing Shakespeare’s plays into three-panel comics, called Three-Panel Plays. Warning: they contain spoilers.
There are 38 Three Panel Plays so far, and also other comics about the Bard’s works, including some that humorously put Shakespeare’s characters into the modern world. Check them all out!
In her artwork series emoji-nation, Natasya Ptichek mashed up classical works of art with modern elements we are familiar with. The Ukrainian artist overlaid Windows-style dialog boxes and social media notifications and icons over paintings to create ironic commentaries.
Bran Ferren has a lifetime of tech behind him. He’s designed stages for rock stars, theme park rides for Disney, and special effects for movies, among other things. He became a father for the first time at the age of 55, and decided to build a vehicle from which to show his daughter the world. Four years and millions of dollars later, the KiraVan is the ultimate in traveling tech. The KiraVan is 52 feet long, and 12 feet high to the top of Kira’s penthouse room. That doesn’t count the telescoping masts, which provide communications, sensing technology, and light, and can deploy drones to scout the road ahead.
Like his MaxiMog, the KiraVan is adapted from a Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Ferren and his team have gutted most of the original equipment, leaving only the steering wheel and a few smaller components. Among their numerous additions are a series of custom-made, overhead- and dash-mounted touchscreen cockpit displays, which monitor the vehicle’s health and navigational progress; a joystick-operated situational-awareness system, which allows passengers to see the view from any one of the vehicles’ 22 cameras and provides infrared thermal imagery of the road’s temperature; and an emergency-beacon locator-transmitter, which goes off automatically in case of an accident—if, say, the vehicle flips over. (With his radio direction-finder subsystem, Ferren can also track nearby vehicles that might be in trouble.)
There’s more: A joystick for the truck’s hydro-drive system, for switching from four-wheel drive to six-wheel drive. Passenger-side display units that allow riders to monitor everything from tire air pressure to battery problems. And a communications system that turns the vehicle into a mobile command base and allows Ferren to communicate and coordinate with nearby aircraft. “It’s basically as if we’re an airplane, just stuck to the ground,” he says. Every form of communication imaginable is on the truck—from walkie-talkies to UHF radios to high-powered GPS systems. “I always want to know where I am,” Ferren says. The KiraVan can send emails from under a triple-canopy rain forest.