It’s safe to say illustrator Mike Holmes really loves his cat Ella, so much so that he has been drawing cartoons about their relationship in his series Mikenesses since 2011.
Mike captures moments between he and Ella which are both awkward and adorable, and occasionally involve paranormal activity, then renders them in the style of famous animators and cartoonists such as Berkeley Breathed, Chuck Jones and Gary Larson.
Some panels are text free, some feature moments of comedic gold like the Nicholas Gurewitch inspired strip where doctors tell Mike they had to put down his pig, and he replies “she was a cat”. Don't worry- it's only a comic strip, and no real harm could ever come to Ella while she's busy inspiring Mike to draw silly cartoons!
Santa Claus uses only locally sourced coal, but it still takes a lot of work to extract it. He has to keep up with demand and considering how you've behaved this year, that's demand for a lot of coal. 300% may be an optimistic projection, despite the claims of this Berkeley Mews cartoon.
P.S. Really, Santa: coal? Let's try to be a bit more eco-friendly next year. Instead of giving naughty children lumps of coal, give them lumps of hydroelectric dam.
Apologies if I got the chorus of a certain hit Youtube song in your head, but let's be honest, the same premise of that song certainly applies to koalas. After all, you probably never heard one of them make noise before.
But now that you've seen this video, you might better understand why we never hear koalas speak -because they are embarassed by their shockingly deep voices. If you looked like that and sounded more like a pig than a cute fluffly bear, you'd probably be shy about your noises too.
Inspired by water balloons inflating under a faucet, Torafu Architects designed these lampsand displayed them at the IFFT interior design show in Tokyo last month. Strictly speaking, they're not light bulbs, though they do have that shape. Each glass bulb is backlit by an LED. The light highlights the bubbles and curves in the glass.
Bob Welsh spent 29 years as an Ohio State Trooper, and now is a professional storyteller. He has a spoken word poem about working on Christmas Eve. You might think it schmaltzy, but you'll still get those feels by the time it's over. -via Bits and Pieces
Are you still searching for the purr-fect present for your favorite Hello Kitty fan? Get them the Hello Kitty Herringbone Handbag from the NeatoShop. This adorable bag features herringbone pattern design with embroidered details. The bag has a shoulder strap for easy toting. This bag is the cat's meow.
Wee King Joffrey is the character everyone loves to hate in the HBO show Game Of Thrones, and our hatred for the boy King is the inspiration behind a hilarious Twitter campaign called #RoastJoffrey which was put on by the show's social media team.
People who had some scathing, and often hilarious, remarks to make about Joffrey were encouraged to send them out via tweets using the hashtag #RoastJoffrey, and as you would expect some of the tweets were R rated- as in ridiculously funny!
The two day knee slapper even spilled over onto YouTube in video form, as some of the show's cast shared their impressions of Good King Joffrey. Overall consensus- off with his head!
The following article is from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by I. Tolstoy1, P. Tolstoy2, M.M. Tolstoy3, A. Tolstoy4, I. Tolstoy5, E. Tolstoy6, and M. Tolstoy7
1. Knockvennie, Castle Douglas, Scotland, U.K. 2. Département d'anthropologie, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada 3. Faculty of Theology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K. 4. A. Tolstoy Sciences, Inc, McLean, Virginia, U.S.A. 5. Dept. of Art History, Columbia University, New York, New York, U.S.A. 6. Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen University, Groningen, the Netherlands 7. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University of Columbia University, Palisades, New York, U.S.A.
The thoughts sketched in this paper are preliminary and, while we expect our readers, if any, to approach the subject matter in a properly guarded and skeptical, i.e., scientific spirit, we trust they will also be guided by the respectful and generous mindset so characteristic of our colleagues.
A photo showing several of the authors. From left to right, E. Tolstoy, K. Vaughn [not an author], P. Tolstoy, I. Tolstoy, M. Biggar [not an author], M. Tolstoy, M.M. Tolstoy. Photo credit: Filippo Fraternali (partner of E. Tolstoy).
A fundamental question facing 21st-century science is this: can there be such a thing as a truly all-embracing theory of everything i.e., a theory of absolutely everything? Or is this a futile fantasy, a dream of fathoming the unfathomable, of embracing the unembraceable? Examination of current, woefully inadequate, efforts at creating theories of everything has led us to examine this important issue.
Today's high regard for interdisciplinary thinking makes such an examination especially timely. The pressing nature of the question is further highlighted by a remarkable convergence of notably tangential areas of research pursued by this group of authors (see listings below).
Can we actually conceive a general field theoretic approach unifying such seemingly distinct domains as Plate Tectonics and Art History, Astronomy and Theology, Anthropology and Wave Theory? In an effort to address that question, we embarked some years ago on a privately funded program of research.
Er, okay. I'll put away Santa Claus Conquers the Martiansand will not force the entire family to sit through it again. But it could have been a great family tradition! Pablo Stanley, AKA Stanley Colors, made a lengthy cartoon illustrating geeky and nerdy (these are distinct concepts that are too often conflated) ways to celebrate Christmas. You can view the rest of it here.
If you're feeling particularly bitter this Christmas due to the recent collapse of a promising relationship, how do you celebrate? Make cookies! Jolly Christmas cookies to mask the smell of desperation and loneliness, flavored with the bitterness of your tears and a generous splash of resentment. But that's okay, right, 'cause you're over it, right? Contains some badly-censored NSFW language. After you watch this, and bake your cookies, you'll probably want to see more videos from Smoothiefreak. -via Metafilter
Like many designers, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges pull inspiration from the strangest places. For example, in their Bloom bookshelf, the team combined the style of a loom with the functionality of a bookshelf. Users adjust black rubber stoppers on each of the vertical cords to adjust the height of the books put on display. The books look like they are floating on a wire, bringing attention to the individual titles rather than the bookshelf itself.
You can read more about the bookshelf and see more cool pictures of it in use over at Homes and Hues. If you like this bookcase, you'll love some of these other home furnishings we've covered:
On December 8th, Metallica became the first band ever to perform on all seven continents in a single year. The occasion that completed that quest was a one-hour long concert at the Carlini Station in Antarctica. That's an Argentine outpost on King George Island, one of the South Shetland Islands. The scientists stationed there were present, of course, plus a few Metallica fans who won a contest with a trip to Antarctica as the prize. To keep from disturbing wildlife, all attendees wore headphones, to which the music was beamed. The 10-song concert is available on YouTube. See videos and pictures of the event at Laughing Squid.
Robots are built to serve mankind, so what possible use could a robotic telemarketer have but to annoy and frustrate? We all thought the robotic revolution was going to take place on the battlefields, with ray guns and cybernetically enhanced mega-tigers, but it turns out the robots plan on winning by slowly driving us mad via unsolicited calls and cagey conversations.
Reporters from TIME magazine had a rather interesting conversation with a robomarketer which refused to acknowledge that it was a robot, insisting “I am a real person!” and seeming to have hurt feelings over a question humans would answer quite easily.
Each puzzle consists of a grid containing colored clues in various places. Every clue, except for the 1’s, is half of a pair. The object is to reveal a hidden picture by linking the pairs and painting the paths so that the number of squares (including the squares at the ends) and the color of the path is the same as the value and the color of the clues being linked together. Paths may follow horizontal or vertical directions and are not allowed to cross other paths. There is only one unique solution for each puzzle.
Game Instructions: Link-a-Pix Light is played by creating links in a grid according to the rules. To create a link, click mouse on a clue and drag to a square with the same clue so that the length of the path equals the value of the clues. Links with length 1 are created with a single click. To edit, click one of the link’s ends and drag mouse to redraw the path. To delete, double click mouse anywhere on the partial link’s path.
Google has released their annual video highlighting what people searched for the most in the past year. They also have an interactive site in which you can explore the top searches of the year. It's somwhat confusing, as it is all image-based, and what does "View #my2013 Gallery" mean, anyway? I did not search for any of those things! At least, I don't think so, as most of them aren't labeled.
The "trends globe" is kind of interesting. You can check 150 cities of the world to see what their residents searched for the most by date. And yes, it's a little creepy how they start with the city you are closest to right now. (It took me to Cincinnati, which just shows you how far out in the sticks I am -the nearest big city is not even in my state!) Don't spin the globe too fast, or we'll all get dizzy!
It must be something about the ugly Christmas sweaters, fruitcake and white elephant gifts that just makes people want to lose all their class during the holiday season. But while most of us are content to don a trashy sweater and drink a little too much eggnog, some people like to go all out and let their hair express their tacky holiday message for them.
Christmas is almost here. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the caffeine addict on your list? Get them the Wake Up! Mug from the NeatoShop. This great heat-sensitive mug starts off with drowsy eyes. Add a hot liquid and watch the eyes on the mug start to perk up.
Owen Weber and Roger Weber wrote new lyrics for the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Star the Fire" using the celebrity news stories of 2013. Here it is, sung by Kevin Leblanc in a rapid-fire video looking back at the past year. Now, if you are like me and keep up with fewer celebrities each year, you'll still recognize some of them, and this goes so fast that "some of them" is enough to keep you following this dizzying video. -Thanks, Owen!
The dad's fault? Why, he should be proud! His son has avoided the tempting dark side of the Force and taken up the Jedi cause. Some children choose poorly.Lunarbaboon should take his son's behavior as a sign of excellent parenting.
Spider-Man has battled every baddie from the Green Goblin to the Juggernaut, and he seems to have no problem dispatching the baddies as long as he’s using his lightning quick reflexes, web blasters and his own two hands.
But what is Spidey to do when the foe he faces is unseen, using his emotions against him to bring him to his knees? Watch as Aunt May sends Spidey on a mission that threatens his very sanity, with an emotional ending that will make you stand up and cheer “Wait, what the heck did I just watch?”.
Daven Hiskey and the other authors of the blog of Today I Found Out are proud to present The Wise Book of Whys. The book answers 100 fascinating questions in detail; things you'll be glad to know -or give as a gift! Today Neatorama is happy to present a timely excerpt from The Wise Book of Whys.
This tradition is mostly thanks to Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. While their work is largely unknown to those born in the last few decades, the band has sold over 300 million records to date. Guy Lombardo himself has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he was once the “Dick Clark” of New Years before Clark and his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” attempting to appeal to younger audiences, started supplanting “Mr. New Year’s Eve,” Guy Lombardo.
It was in 1929 that Guy Lombardo and his band took the stage at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on New Year’s Eve. Their performance that night was being broadcast on the radio, before midnight Eastern-time on CBS, then after on NBC radio.
At midnight, as a transition between the broadcasts, the song they chose to play was an old Scottish folk song Lombardo had first heard from Scottish immigrants in Ontario. The song was Auld Lang Syne.
The Giant Horse Conch (Triplofusus giganteus) can grow up to 24 inches across. It's most commonly found off the Atlantic coast of Florida at depths of 43 to 223 feet. If you go scuba diving there, the Giant Horse Conch is waiting for you. And it's hungry.
Sculptor Deborah Simon has such a deep seated reverence for the world’s bear population that she wanted to share her love of all things bear by giving us a glimpse at what lies beneath all the fur.
Deborah’s sculptures are extremely realistic looking in both pose and facial expression, and the anatomical sections inject a sort of teddy bear feel into the whole thing that kinda makes me want to reach out and hug these big galoots! Oh, and did I mention that they're only about two feet tall?
This may be the best ad of the year- it has astronauts, an alien monster, violence, and humor! The strange thing is that it's not an ad for Haynes Baked Beans, which does not exist, but for Cinesite, the special effects company that produced it. I mean, you have to admit the effects are awesome. Too bad you would never get a real food company to take this kind of memorable approach in a TV ad. -via Warming Glow
Well, don't look so surprised! Yes, sometimes we bronies date, marry and even reproduce.* Jason, a metalsmith who specializes in My Little Pony-themed jewelry, made these rings for Samantha J. Stroh and her fiance.
Jason designed them with 3Design CAD CAM software and formed them with a milling machine. The woman's ring bears the cutie mark of Princess Cadence and the men's ring has that of Shining Armor. Those ponies were married in a grand spectacle in the episode "A Canterlot Wedding."
*My wife's response upon reading this line: "You don't really count because you did all of those things before becoming a brony. Otherwise...."
Well f- me gently with a chainsaw, this might just be the most nauseating thing I've heard all week; Heathers, the raunchy, over-the-top teen murder movie of the 80s is officially going to be made into a Broadway musical. Apparently it has already been running in Los Angeles and supposedly it's not all that bad. In fact, it even has some of the people behind Legally Blonde, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical and Desperate Housewives.
Even so, I don't know that I'd trust a Heathers without Winnona, Christian and Shannen in it. What about you guys?
This cat is named Waffles the Terrible, and videographer YakStudios insists he's not fat -just furry. He's only seven months old, which means he is just now encountering snow, ice, and slippery surfaces for the first time, so his clumsiness must be forgiven. Still, we can't help but giggle at the thoroughly planned but ultimately doomed jump. Let's watch that lovely takeoff again in slow motion.
A bottle of wine, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Enterprise Wine Stopper from the NeatoShop. Its mission: to explore strange new beverages, to prevent leftover wines from losing their zing, to boldly go where an ordinary cork went before.
Kirk Wine Stopper and Spock Wine Stopper also available. Buy them all and make it a fascinating set.
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Here is Eduoard Manet's Le Déjeune sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), a painting rejected for the presitigious Salon exhibition of 1863. Classical nudity was respectable in Academic art at the time, but the presence of fully clothed gentlemen indicated that this was a contemporary and therefore scandalous scene.
It didn't help Santa's reputation at the time, either.
Okay, the original did not have Santa Claus. Over the past 25 years, photographer Ed Wheeler has taken self-portraits while dressed as Santa. He often digitally inserts himself into famous paintings. You can view more in the series here.