It always seems like a shame to throw out avocado pits, especially given how easy it is to grow an avocado tree from a pit, and yet if you eat avocados like I do then you're bound to end up buried in pits if you save them all.
But now that I've seen the amazing avocado pit sculptures created by Jan Campbell I'm thinking it's time to whip out the old carving knives and sculpt those "stones" into scary monster faces.
Jan is an Irish artisan with a healthy love of Celtic mythology, so she doesn't carve the stones (what she calls the pits) to look like scary monsters- she turns them into figurines of forest spirits, mythic beings and the occasional Venus of Willendorf.
An ice jam is when a river freezes, then warms up just enough to break up the ice into chunks. The chunks flow downriver until they crash into solid ice, or a bridge, or come to a narrowing of the river. There, the ice builds up and causes flooding. Melting snow and ice from surrounding areas also feed into the flooding. Recent winter weather has caused ice jams all over the eastern US. The home above was flooded by Pine Kill Stream in Sullivan County, New York. The residents were evacuated safely.
He'd been a big fan of comic books in his younger years, but as he got older Doug found himself digging those sci-fi flicks about a war in the stars and an evil Empire hell bent on crushing the Rebellion. So instead of playing Quailman he started pretending to be Quail Solo - intergalactic smuggler turned Rebel hero, a really cool character with a badass furry alien friend named Chewie. Solo made superheroes look silly, and he got to play kissyface with a Princess named Leia, so Doug ditched his Quailman cape and trunks and never looked back!
Add some imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this The Quail Awakens t-shirt by Blueswade, it's a great way to show love for the toon you loved as a kid and the sci-fi series you will love for the rest of your life!
In the beginning we believed video games would someday have such great graphics we would actually feel like we're in the game, and with these improvements would come cheaper home console gaming and deeper, more engaging games.
Well, we have the cool graphics that are almost totally realistic, and we have lots of deeper, more engaging games, but we also have mobile games that should be amazing but really aren't.
Because, as this Clueless Hero comic shows, even though mobile games are usually free to download and play they suck in one particular way- all the cool bonus content costs a bundle to unlock!
Kieran Murray is an aspiring Australian filmmaker now living in Los Angeles. When he travels, he takes pictures and leaves room for his toy Godzilla figurine named Ryan Godzilling. Then he Photoshops the monster into the images later. The monster appears in different sizes, depending on whether he's helping Murray with the laundry or getting ready to wreck city buildings. Or just enjoying the scenery.
Rick Moranis was almost always typecast as a nerdy character in the movies and TV shows he starred in, but when it came to comedy the Second City TV alum was super cool, like swanky lounge singer cool.
Check out the cool side of Rick Moranis as he sings a swingin' version of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors in this classic clip from SCTV. It's ring-a-ding-ding for the New Wave generation, dollface.
Doc Cornman is the school superintendent in Hillsboro, Missouri. It's his job to determine whether school will be held during winter weather. His students are not above bribery to get a day off, as evidenced by this Tweet.
The first round of "Please Call School Off Tomorrow" candy has arrived. Students in my neighborhood really want a Snow Day!!! They remembered my favorite! pic.twitter.com/QQGjBF1tDb
This isn't the first time Cornman has received candy when the snow starts falling. Last year someone dropped off some Hershey bars. He tweets, "This is the second time over the past year the mysterious candy has appeared. They never ring the doorbell, never knock, it's just placed on the front porch for me to see when I walk out to check the weather. Local Girl Scouts have offered to bring by my favorite cookies as well."
Cornman let his students know that he prefers Reese's Cups to Hershey bars, and they remembered. He wasn't the only target of a bribery attempt. Dr. Link Luttrell, the superintendent of Festus, Missouri, schools, got this.
The Death Star is the most iconic space stations in the history of sci-fi and one of the most recognizable symbols of Star Wars, and yet Luke and the Rebel Alliance figured out how to destroy it with two well-placed proton torpedoes.
They knew about the Death Star's built-in flaw thanks to some stolen plans, but we never got to see how the massive space station was built in the movies.
But now thanks to the hard work of two geeky and talented brothers named Benjamin and Isaac Botkin we can see how hard it would be, and how many pieces it would take, for the Empire to build a Death Star.
And with Benjamin's epic score accompanying the complex timelapse animation it's a mesmerizing look at the making of a legend.
Oh, if one person only had the power to do this! But alas, cultural shifts take a critical number of people cooperating, and we don't even know what that number is, much less know how to get them to cooperate, especially on something that's not critical. But you never know what will catch on. Language is always evolving. Speculating on what a society in the far future will think about the artifacts we leave behind can be amusing, and it's purely optimistic to think that there will even be a society in the far future. This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Check out the hovertext and push the red button for more at the comic page.
When Luca Iaconi-Stewart thinks of a paper airplane, it's not the kind you fold up and toss, hoping it will glide. He's thinking about his intricate sculpture of a Boeing 777. The one he's been building for years, in excruciating detail, all from paper.
It's not a toy; it's art. He's recreating all the details of a real airliner, from the wing struts down to the rows of passenger seats. The doors swing on their own hinges, the landing gear retracts, and you know that eventually, he'll have a little paper pilot. He even keeps the "plane crashes," the discarded parts that didn't quite work. Now, that's dedication! -via Digg
At the NeatoShop our love of the old school will never die, and whether you're in to radical retro looks from the 80s and 90s, funky and groovy graphics from the 70s or something fun from way, way back the NeatoShop has what you're looking for!
And until January 14th all shirts in the NeatoShop are on sale up to 20% off, including longsleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and even the shirts for kids and babies are on sale through Sunday!
It's not a crime to love the looks from a different decade
Languages are different, and use sounds that are different from each other. But people who learn a new language often retain an accent from their original language. How does that happen? Folks tend to retain bits and pieces of their original language when operating in a new one. This happens at such an elemental level that we don't even realize it. You don't see it in people who learned two or more languages in their early childhood, because they are both his "native language."
This picture was taken by Staff Sergeant Martin Riley of the Marine Corps in Korea. The image of a Marine feeding a two-week-old kitten with an eyedropper offered a tender moment in a brutal war, and was published in over 1,700 newspapers in 1953.
In the middle of the Korean War, this kitten found herself an orphan. Luckily, she found her way into the hands of Marine Sergeant Frank Praytor. He adopted the two-week-old kitten and gave her the name “Miss Hap” because, he explained, “she was born at the wrong place at the wrong time”.
When you trace the roots of certain alien creatures you might be surprised by what you find on their family tree, and you may discover their distant relatives aren't so far out after all. Take the Porgs for instance- they look like a cross between a guinea pig and a penguin and that's exactly what they are, but between the cross-breeding of such different species and their harsh life on the coast of Ahch-To the Porgs have become a bit of a pest. And if you're ever looking to clear a Porg's nest from your starship give Chewie a call and he'll light up the barbecue for you!
Share some knowledge about sci-fi critters by wearing this Porg Fusion t-shirt by NemiMakeit, it's a fun way to show love for your favorite new space creatures and may result in people going "squee!" at the sight of your awesome new shirt.
The live shot from KTVU's camera overlooking a neighborhood of San Francisco was definitely live yesterday, because an unexpected visitor showed up during the mere half-minute that the weather report used it. The result was not unlike a 1950s monster movie.
The curious crow took all the attention away from the actual forecast, but meteorologist Mark Tamayo took it in stride. A viewer is a viewer, even when it's a crow looking in from the other side of the camera! -via Digg
Romy McCloskey raises butterflies. She's also a costume designer. One of a crop of ten butterflies emerged with a torn wing, caused by her cat playing with the chrysalis. She knew it would never fly on its own. So McCloskey got her tools together and repaired the wing, using a wing from another butterfly that had died. A wing transplant, so to speak. It sounds really risky, but without a new wing, the butterfly's chances of flying, or even surviving, were zero.
Ta-da! He's finished! You can see that the black lines in is upper right wing don't match up 100%, and if you look at his lower right wing is missing the black dot that indicates male gender. Oh, and the white on his wing is the talc used to make sure any stray glue doesn't make the wings stick together.
Natasha's account is a sweet look at the friendly canine faces she sees at work every day, and since she hooks them up with a free doggie bagel they've stopped wanting to go for a walk and now want to go for a ride in the car- straight to the drive-thru!
If you had an email address in the late 1990s, you probably received a video file titled “badday.mpg” at least once. It was big- 5MB, and took a while to download, if you were lucky enough to have a video player on your computer. The 26-second video was worth it, though, as we saw a man sitting in his office cubicle losing his temper at a computer. He picks up his keyboard and whacks the monitor so hard it falls off the desk! It was one of the earliest examples of a viral video, and it made Vinny Licciardi a star. Twenty years later, the video is still shared.
That the clip still resonates is a testament to our broader cultural feelings about technology, especially vis-a-vis the workplace. “I’m kind of amazed it’s still going around as much as it is, but I think everyone can relate to that moment,” Licciardi says. “They’re so ticked off because their software is not working, or there’s some glitch, and everybody’s wanted to do that at one point in their life.”
At least one sneaker containing a human foot washes ashore in the Pacific Northwest every year, and while this sounds like the premise of a murder mystery it's actually a fairly normal occurrence and not the result of foul play.
In December, 2017 human Mike Jonz and his dog Taz discovered a left foot wearing a white sock inside a black sneaker with a Velcro closure on a beach in British Columbia, the tibia and fibula still attached. So more of a leg than just a foot but a creepy find nonetheless, the kind which is so common on these coastlines there's a Salish Sea Human Foot Discoveries Wikipedia page.
So where are all these feet coming from:
“The BC [British Columbia] Coroners Service has been able to identify eight of the previous 12 feet, belonging to six individuals,” the agency said in a statement. “In none of the cases was any foul play involved.”
For starters, there are simply a lot of corpses in these waters. Kathy Taylor, a forensic anthropologist at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which has jurisdiction along the Seattle-Tacoma coast of Puget Sound, explained that this is a consequence of having a densely populated area on the coast.
Suicides and drownings are somewhat regular events around any body of water, and sometimes people who die of natural causes on the shoreline also get swept into the ocean.
Why do they wash up so often in this particular area?:
As for why body parts so often end up on the shore in the Salish Sea and not around other metro areas bordering water, like the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City, Parker MacCready, an oceanography professor at the University of Washington, said the story is simple. “Things that float at the ocean surface move with the currents, but also are pushed a bit by the wind, and this can be significant in getting them to shore,” he wrote in an email. “The prevailing winds here [around the Salish Sea] are west to east, and so floating stuff in this part of the Pacific gets blown to the coast effectively.”
Entertainment took some strange forms before movie theaters and television. There were circuses, sing-alongs, and running down to the morgue to see the dead bodies. At least they did that in France in the 19th century, when the Paris Morgue had picture windows set up for the public to peer through.
The Morgue may have existed so that friends and family of the dead could identify anonymous bodies, but few visitors came with any intention of looking for a missing person. They had a single goal: to see the dead up-close. The more gruesome or mysterious a person’s death, the more tourists showed up to see their body.
As USC history professor Vanessa R. Schwartz writes, “The Morgue served as a visual auxiliary to the newspaper, staging the recently dead who had been sensationally detailed by the printed word.” Whenever newspapers reported on an unknown decapitated person or a bloodied trunk on display, tens of thousands of people flocked to the Morgue to see it.
Not only did the visitors augment the news stories with a visual inspection that photography would later fill, but they imagined themselves as amateur sleuths, speculating on the cause of death. Read about the crowds who flocked to the Paris Morgue, and some spectacular cases they witnessed, at Atlas Obscura.
Most of us have an image of our ideal selves cemented in our minds, an image we can see clear as day in our heads but can't seem to properly render or describe so that others can see how we'd really like to look.
Chasserot took simple and unadorned head shots of his volunteers, then by using an editing software, he made dozens of altered versions based on the “scientifically established canons of beauty.”
By presenting the edited photos to the volunteers while they wore EEG headsets, Chasserot was able to analyze their brain waves and identify which version they preferred the most based on positive neural reactions. The preferred photo was then labeled as their “ideal” appearance.
“What do we find instinctively beautiful in the human face and how does this translate to self-image? What assumptions would we make about another person if we could see their ideal self-image? Original Ideal combines portrait photography and neuroscience to isolate the subjects’ ideal self image, a cerebrally sincere preference obtained by circumventing conscious thought.”
There's always an answer to your health questions. Not necessarily the right answer, but an answer anyway. Some are from tried-and-true adages handed down from generation to generation, while others are from experts with diplomas. Then there's WebMD, a modern phenomenon that will convince you that you have cancer or some horrible condition you've never heard of. There's always one of those conditions that will match your symptoms, even if you probably just have a cold. This comic is from Alarmingly Bad. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Finding out humans are the real monsters is one of the saddest discoveries we make as we grow up, well, that and the fact that monsters of myth, legend and the movies aren't real, because at least then they'd even the score.
Instead we are faced with humans who hide behind masks, pretending they have our best interest at heart when all the while they're just trying to imprison us and drain us dry.
No Monsters is a scary little animated short by David James Armsby of Dead Sound, a sequel of sorts to Armsby's previous Autodale short Being Pretty. They aren't exactly what you'd call feel good animation!
Your friendly local weather forecaster has a unique job. They are scientists and TV personalities at the same time. They get criticized for being wrong about the weather, but also about being boring or even how they style their hair. And then you have to learn how to interact with a map that's not even there. It ain't easy.
5. THERE’S NO SCRIPT.
Your local TV weather forecaster is ad-libbing from start to finish. “Our scripts are the graphics we create,” says Jacob Wycoff, a meteorologist with Western Mass News. “Generally speaking we’re using the graphics to talk through our stories, but everything we say is ad-libbed. Sometimes you can fumble the words you want to say, and sometimes you may miss a beat, but I think what that allows you to do is have a little off-the-cuff moment, which I think the viewers enjoy.”
6. MOM’S THE AUDIENCE.
Part of a meteorologist’s job is to break down very complicated scientific terminology and phenomena into something the general public can not only stomach, but crave. “The trick is … to approach the weather as if you're telling a story: Who are the main actors? Where is the conflict? What happens next?” explains Bob Henson, a Weather Underground meteorologist. “Along the way, you have the opportunity to do a bit of teaching. Weathercasters are often the only scientists that a member of the public will encounter on a regular basis on TV.”
Wycoff’s method for keeping it simple is to pretend like he’s having a conversation with his mom. “I’d pretend like I was giving her the forecast,” he says. “If my mom could understand it, I felt confident the general audience could as well. Part of that is also not using completely science-y terms that go over your audience’s head.”
Sydney the sloth was born with a sense of style, and he had a classy upbringing thanks to his stepdad Percy the penguin, so to him it was either dapper or death. And even though it took him about three days to get dressed up in his suit he liked wearing it because it made him feel fancy, which was a good feeling considering he hardly ever left his tree. But being a treebody is no excuse for being a sloppy dresser, and Sydney knew that if he ever found himself stuck on the ground like a common warthog he would be left alone because the other animals would think he's a VIP!
Add a touch of critter class to your geeky wardrobe with this Just A Dapper Sloth t-shirt by Aaron Morales, featuring an adorable design that's sure to make you a shoe-in with the society of sloth admirers.
I'm glad he got the exterior done before winter set in! From the YouTube page:
At the beginning of the video, I show a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then I flashback to the first balsam fir tree I cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin. I drag the trees into place and clear the cabin site. All summer, I cut the notches in the logs as I built the cabin up, offsite. Once I was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, I loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to my land near Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada.
Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. Once the log walls were up, I again used hand tools to shape every log, board and timber to erect the gable ends, the wood roof, the porch, the outhouse and a seemingly endless number of woodworking projects.
For the roof, I used an ancient primitive technology to waterproof and preserve the wood - shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique unique to Japan and other areas in northern climates.
Because the cabin is offgrid, I have used handtools for most of the build and without power, I have no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so I'm heating the cabin with a woodstove fire place, which I also cook on.
The cabin is made of cedar fence posts, twelve feet long and the cabin measures 10 feet x 20 feet inside with a one hundred square foot sleeping loft on the second floor. The floor is made of two inch thick pine planks, torched to help repel water and to give them a rustic barn board appearance.
If you are really interested in the details, James has plenty of other videos about the cabin at his website. -via Digg
Lumber usually goes through a few stages of refinement before it's considered worthy of being used to craft furniture, but in England there's a forest where wooden lamps and chairs aren't just growing on trees- they are the trees.
Gavin started his visionary furniture company Full Grown back in 2006 as a way to change how people think about furniture manufacturing, knowing his business would take at least a decade to get off the ground:
It might take a day to assemble enough flat-pack furniture to fill a house, but the timber cut down to make it all needs decades to grow. Even the cheapest wooden chairs require a wealth of time to create. Munro’s big idea was that he would guide trees to grow into chairs, tables, and lamps that could be harvested right out of a field. The trees, selected for their ability to grow new sprouts from their stumps, would regenerate. His forest would yield furniture the way an orchard yields apples. ...
The chairs grow upside-down, their four legs stretching up toward the sky. Lound grabs hold of one that’s almost ready for harvest. “It’s thickening up at the right level,” he says, as if describing a prized farm animal. “It’s just level and sturdy. If you do that”—he shakes the branch—“the whole tree moves.”
We’re looking at one of the most promising chairs in the field, which represents years of trial and error. According to Munro’s original plan, the first crop of chairs should have been harvested by 2016, but most of the pieces, more than 500 in all, are still in the field, including a row of squat, spiral lamps planned as a quick cash crop. “Making trees do what they don’t want to do is really bad, and see how shallow we’ve laid these branches?” says Lound, pointing at one of the lamps. “That’s not what a tree wants to do.”
This little ferret wants the dresser drawer open, and will not give up until it is! You have to wonder what's in there. Maybe it's ferret treats, but it could be something as simple as underwear to play with or a place to curl up and sleep.
The 1991 film Hangin' with the Homeboys follows a group of four guys through one night out on the town. Their various adventures, while comedic, show them that they really didn't know each other as well as they thought. The revelations strain their friendships and force each character to examine his own character and priorities. The movie was deeper than its lighthearted marketing would lead you to believe. Let's learn some more about Hangin’ With the Homeboys.
7. The film was shot in a dangerous neighborhood.
It was filmed in a part of the South Bronx that wasn’t all that safe. They had to hire extras to make sure that no one messed with the actors or the set.
6. The script was written in three days.
The director was originally going to play the part of Vinny but had to bring someone else in so as to keep the film moving.
Your social media posts form an archive of what you did, what you said, or at least the things you considered important enough to share. What happens when you lose control of that body of information? In this video, a guy dies, and his friends look through his Facebook posts to get an overview of what his life was about.
Your communications on the web can be as banal or as importannt as you wish them to be. After watching this, you might want to think about the digital legacy you leave behind when your time comes. -via Tastefully Offensive
While we're on the subject, you might want to write down your passwords and leave instructions for what to do with your online presence after you die. You can keep it with the list of bank accounts and where the keys are that you wrote up to make things easier for your survivors.