No worries: he will not be permanently damaged. The Empire will compensate you if he dies. At least, until Jabba sits on him. That probably voids any warranty offered by eBay seller derbycovers, a maker of custom toilet lids. This airbrushed wood lid shows Captain Solo's full horror at the sight of you naked.
Futurama was presented to our eyeballs via image projection devices that only transmit two dimensional visuals, and even though the projected images are strictly reruns these days there is still a lot of fan love out there for the Adventures of the Galaxy Express gang.
If those image projection devices were able to transmit the show’s visual code in 3D it probably would have looked a lot like these amazing CGI Futurama visualizations by Alexy Zakharov, with lots of fine details and shiny bits.
But since the show was created by Matt Groening, a guy who appreciates the value of super flat characters, two dimensional character art was a given.
The fine humanoids who worked on the show rendered the buildings, vehicles, and some of the space effects in 3D, using a technique called Toon Shading to make the 3D models look more like 2D drawings, but their CGI looked nothing like Alexy's incredibly realistic version of Futurama!
You know how they make video ads in Thailand, so go ahead and get your hanky ready. This one won’t tear your heart out over someone’s horrible plight, though -it’s a simple vignette featuring an adorable baby and his/her parents. And even though it’s from a mobile phone company, the tag line is killer. -via Boing Boing
Matthew’s cautionary tales range from muggings and physical assaults to heartwarming bits about what kept him going as a street magician, tales that will give you a better idea of what that guy trying to guess your card on the sidewalk deals with to make a buck.
In 2014, we find ourselves celebrating the 20th, 25th, or 30th anniversary of many great movies. The 30th anniversary of The Terminator isn’t until October, but we’re already ramping up to it. Entertainment Weekly talked to James Cameron, Gale Hurd, Arnold Schwarzennegar, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and other folks behind The Terminator to get the story behind the film: how it came about, what it was like to shoot, the special effects, and the reaction to the finished product.
CAMERON Medavoy came to me and Gale and he said, “Are you sitting down? You must sit down. I want O.J. Simpson for the Terminator and Arnold Schwarzenegger for the good guy, whatever his name is.”
MIKE MEDAVOY That did come out of my mouth. At the time, O.J. Simpson had one of those commercials for Hertz where he jumped over a counter and ran to get a rental car. It was all of that athletic stuff, which I thought the Terminator should have.
CAMERON Gale and I just looked at each other and thought, “You’ve got to be f- - -ing kidding me.” Mind you, this was before O.J. was actually a killer. We might have reconsidered after he had killed his wife. [Laughs] This was when everybody loved him, and ironically that was part of the problem—he was this likable, goofy, kind of innocent guy. [Laughs] Plus, frankly I wasn’t interested in an African-American man chasing around a white girl with a knife. It just felt wrong. [In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman; a civil court later awarded a judgment against him for their wrongful deaths.]
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (The Terminator) Mike Medavoy came up to me at a screening and told me that they already had the Terminator cast with O.J. Simpson, but they would like me to play Kyle Reese. And he told me I should go meet with the guy who’s going to direct it.
As it turned out, the role of the Terminator was adjusted to fit Schwarzeneggar, which worked out well. But just imagine if he’d played Kyle Reese! Arnold could have later played the adult John Connor and totally fooled Kyle Reece into not seeing their resemblance… okay, maybe not such a great idea. There’s plenty more, which you’ll enjoy reading at Entertainment Weekly. -via Digg
The Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, home of Jesus toast, now offers "Toasted Selfies," toasters that will pop up pieces of toast with your face on them. As their website says, "This is not Photoshop fiction. It is REAL toast with your face toasted on it; and you don't have to be famous or Jesus to do it!"
Give these folks a high-resolution photo, a week of your time and seventy-five dollars and your face can be a delicious part of your breakfasts and sandwiches for years to come. Get in line to place your order. See how this magical toaster works here. Just think of the possibilities!
You won't find Lightning Rat Stew on their menu, just friendly faced food like the Pika Burger, the Pika Parfait, and the totally tasty Pika Rump Dumpling:
The Pikachu Cafe was created to promote the upcoming Pokemon the movie XY, and they'll be serving up these cute culinary critter shaped courses until August 31st, so if you're in Japan catch 'em while you can!
From my long experience with cats, I can assure you they will detect milk at a distance of about a half-mile, unless it's hidden in the refrigerator. This young cat wants her share, and she doesn’t want to wait for it! Watch her drink like a human baby, and when it’s gone, she has a hard time believing there is no more. The commentary is in Portuguese, I think, so I don’t know if there is any NSFW language. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Etsy seller Neal Sasser of La Grange, North Carolina made this impressive model of the Enterprise using 70 Natural Light brand 24-ounce beer cans. He describes it as his masterpiece and the flagship of his crafting operation. What are its dimensions? Sasser says, "Specs = AWESOMENESS." That really does tell you all that you need to know.
I'm especially impressed with Sasser's realistic depiction of the shuttlecraft bay doors.
Artist and photographer Henry Hargreaves made a “moving portrait” of cake maker Amirah Kassem from Flour Shop. He wanted to incorporate cake frosting into the scene in a big way. Hargreaves (previously at Neatorama) had the idea to recreate the iconic moon landing scene from the 1902 special-effects film Le Voyage Dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) by Georges Méliès. Continue reading to see how he did it.
Kirk McGuire is an artist in San Francisco. He works extensively in bronze. Although he creates a variety of animal images, it's his stunning sea animal tables that caught my attention. They look vibrant, as though they're moving toward you for the kill, ready to drag you under to your death in the abyss.
This one is subtle. I didn't catch the subject matter right away. It's a pair of moray eels nibbling at your knees.
What at first appears to be a couple of Japanese schoolgirls horsing around quickly becomes something much more -a ninja parkour sequence! A lot of this video of a freerunner’s point of view, so it may cause dizziness. The “punch line” reveals that it is an ad for soda pop. -via Viral Viral Videos
When the band of pirates came across their second ship they named it the Thousand Sunny, in honor of their future adventures under the leadership of one straw hat wearing troublemaker named Monkey. They decided on a lion figurehead for the front of the ship, but to the crew's dismay the mighty lion kept getting mistaken for a sunflower, which really didn't help their rough and tumble image as pirates!
Show your love of swashbuckling anime adventure with this Thousand Sunny t-shirt by Hawkness, it's the one piece no otaku's wardrobe should be without!
Contrary to popular belief, not every young girl is obsessed with Disney princesses, some have moved on to more mature interests, like fine dining and world travel, and these girls simply aren’t impressed by Disney royalty.
She was appalled when the Prince and Princess insisted on a photo, mortified when the waiter tried to hand her a kid’s menu full of chicken nugget level fare, and downright irate when her dinner arrived “cold and relatively tasteless”.
And here’s how she felt about the clientele and staff:
"Let it be said that the entire time we spent there, [there] were little children running around screaming and yelling, chasing the princesses, and hitting each other with the little plastic wands."
"the experience was not what was expected and was a complete madhouse with a lackluster staff. Save your money and go to basically anywhere else in WDW."
Don't get on that little girl's bad side Disney, or Mickey Mouse is next!
The proper etiquette after a tennis match is for the two players to greet each other, shake hands, or hug. During the Claro Open Colombia tennis tournament in Bogotá, Colombia, Croatian player Ivo Karlovic, who is 6’ 11”, defeated Israeli Dudi Sela, who is 5’ 9”. Sela found the perfect workaround for this situation. The fact that they are dressed just alike was a coincidence. -via Tastefully Offensive
Tolga Girgin works as an electrical engineer at a company in his home town of Eskişehir, Turkey. But Girgin also has a way with "calligraffiti," an art form that blends traditional calligraphy with graffiti art, pioneered and named by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman.
On Instagram and Behance, Girgin presents numerous examples of the work pictured here. Fairly conventional calligraphy lettering seems to leap off the page in quite a modern way. Visit Girgin's Behance and Instragramsites to see more or request a commissioned piece. Via Colossal.
Until recently, this Amazon.com listing described this ring as being inscribed with the Lord's Prayer in Arabic. It is not not Arabic, but Elvish. It may have be an Elvish translation of the words from the Gospel of Matthew for all I know. Alas, I must confess my ingorance of that language.
But the customer reviews indicate that it is most likely the One Ring from The Lord of the Rings:
Zoos find themselves in the strange position of buying animals for other animals. In this case, the Philadelphia Zoo got a shipment of live crickets for the Black-footed Cat kittens to play with. You remember when they were little. They’ve grown a lot, and now are almost as big as their mother! Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are three months old now.
It seems weird to call them Black-foot Cat kittens, instead of just Black-footed kittens. But “Black-footed Cat” is the species. It’s like saying “Sand Cat cubs” instead of just Sand cubs. But wait- at what point do you classifying wild cats as cubs instead of kittens? Black-footed cats are smaller than domestic cats, but they are still wildcats! -via Uproxx
In 2001, an Australian man named John Keogh designed a "circular transportation facilitation device." He patented it through his nation's intellectual property register. Since that time, this marvelous invention has become popularly known as the "wheel." It's a tremendously useful implement for moving objects across horizontal distances. Engineers have often applied it in combinations, so that it is now common to see devices with not only one wheel, but often two or more wheels.
Unfortunately for Keogh, he has lost the legal protection that his patent granted him and, no doubt, the impressive royalties that he gained by licensing it. Marc Abrahams of Beta Boston reports that the Australian government has quietly revoked Keogh's patent.
Today, Redditor throwwwwaway29posted a file she says her husband sent to her email during her taxi ride to the airport to catch a flight for a ten-day business trip. The Excel spreadsheet enumerates the occasions he initiated sex with her in the past five weeks (plus one day, an added bonus). Her "verbatim" responses to said initiations are included in the record. She writes,
"Yesterday morning, while in a taxi on the way to the airport, Husband sends a message to my work email which is connected to my phone. He's never done this, we always communicate in person or by text. I open it up, and it's a sarcastic diatribe basically saying he won't miss me for the 10 days I'm gone. Attached is a SPREADSHEET of all the times he has tried to initiate sex since June 1st, with a column for my "excuses", using verbatim quotes of why I didn't feel like having sex at that very moment. According to his 'document', we've only had sex 3 times in the last 7 weeks, out of 27 "attempts" on his part."
The wife requests guidance from other Redittors, since her husband has not responded to her repeated attempts to contact him since.
There is no end to the things one could say about this situation. I guess I'll go with "at least he's well organized."
Starting in 2010, the Pioneer Balloon Company has hosted the annual World Balloon Convention. It's a celebration and competition of balloon art. This year, 800 artists from 54 nations traveled to Denver, Colorado to show off their skills. 31 instructors offered classes to visitors who wanted to learn to create amazing sculptures like these.
A new Krispy Kreme outlet in Adelaide, Australia, has proven to be a hit. Customers queued up days before the doors opened, and still wait in line for hours to get doughnuts a few days later. One doughnut fan apparently decided to skip the wait. Two teenage boys bought six boxes of doughnuts after waiting in line for two hours. Minutes later, they were confronted by a man with a knife, who demanded the Krispy Kremes.
“He was pretty much saying ‘if you don’t give me the doughnuts now I’m going to stab you’,” one of the boys told 7News.
The thief took the doughnuts but did not demand anything else.
The other victim said: “It’s pretty bad, like you think he’d like take the money or something, but he took the doughnuts.”
There's something different about that willy nilly silly old bear, he suddenly doesn't seem so cute and cuddly anymore. What happened to Winnie? Was it something the bees were putting in the honey, or did he get ahold of some of Tigger's stash? Whatever the case, the residents of that wood measuring one hundred acres had better watch out, because it looks like Pooh has a hankering for more than honey!
Your favorite childhood bear is all grown up thanks to this Fuzzy and Cuddly t-shirt by Anthony Moreno, sport this shirt around town and you'll scare the roo out of every piglet you see!
It’s almost unbearable to watch some humans shovel food into their faces, and we may even call those who make a huge mess or smack loudly while they eat "animals", but watching messy humans eat can’t even compare to the disgusting way most animals devour their prey:
Photographer Catherine Chalmers is fascinated by the different ways animals eat their prey, so she created a photo series entitled Food Chain to show us how much more disturbing meal time can be.
Here's a bit of what Catherine has to say about her delicious photo series:
The project grew out of a desire to be more engaged with the natural world. Over time, I became fascinated by the strange disconnect between what people seem to want to believe happens in nature and what actually does. Humans are incredibly efficient killers, yet we are remarkably queasy at facing, or acknowledging, what we do. I’m an omnivore. Eating a chicken running around the yard is an ecologically sustainable thing to do. But supporting the industrial feedlot system of mass produced chickens, for example, is gross and distressing. I try to eat in a way that is easy on the planet. Unfortunately, though, there is really no innocence in eating. Something dies for us to live.