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Cool and Striking Mad Men Jewelry



The premiere of Mad Men was last night, but for those of you who can't get enough of Don Draper, Aaron Saucier offers a great series of jewelry based on the show. For the ladies, there are necklaces, for the gents, the cufflinks and tie clips are quite classy.

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If Pixar Made Iron Man



Artist Victor Hugo is a big fan of Iron Man and Pixar, which is why it made perfect sense for him to create this delightful mash up of the two. Now wouldn't that be a fun, whimsical movie?

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Otters That Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch



Otters are known for their amazing powers of deduction...no wait, that's Sherlock. It's hard to tell because they look so darn similar.

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SXSW Wants to Turn People Into Machines



First, Zeon told us about the homeless people serving as wifi hotspots, now there are reports that FedEx hired people to serve as power chargers. Sure it's convenient for festival attendees, but to me, it sounds like another piece of evidence that the machines are trying to take over humans.

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Watch Out for That Zombie Kitteh!



Resident Evil Revelations looks kinda tame compared to the last games...but maybe I'm just desensitized to zombie cat violence by now.

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When Adventure Time Goes Skyrim



I would love to see this crossover and the best part is that it seems like something Adventure Time would even consider taking on at some point.

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She Must Really Love Tacos



I don't know where this taco proposal actually comes from, but you have to wonder if she actually was into the idea or was turned off by the idea of a romantic gesture based on something available at Taco Bell.

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Now That's One Sneaky Otter


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Break in, play, then run away where your playmate can't reach you. What a brat.

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35 Great Costumes From WonderCon

This was the first year that the WonderCon (Comic-Con's little sister) was held in Anaheim instead of San Francisco, unfortunately, that didn't mean that the weather was any better. In fact, it was pouring the better part of the weekend. While the poor weather and smaller size of the convention meant there were far fewer cosplayers than at Comic-Con, the diversity and quality of the costumes was definitely impressive. Here are a few of the best costumes as photographed by Zeon and myself. There are always a lot of Batman costumes at any convention, but with The Dark Knight Rises coming out this summer, there were even more than usual -including this sexy group of cosplayers. There was also a matching Harley Quinn, but I didn't get a good picture of her. Sorry boys. Cat Women and Riddlers were particularly popular at the convention. Harley Quinn was also a pretty popular costume, which is interesting since they still haven't put her character into a movie yet. Nolan, maybe you should take note of that fact. Cross-play was also a pretty big trend and this adorable Robin and Green Arrow did a great job at adapting their costumes accordingly.

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Great Geek Purses



I don't know about you ladies, but I could sure use a great purse like this Boba Fett one by Catherine Penfold-Waxman. Don't like Star Wars? Well, she's got a few great Doctor Who designs as well.

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Gorgeous Photos From the Inside of Instruments



That's one heck of a way to advertise your local orchestra. The creations were created by art director Bjoern Ewers to show the true beauty of the instruments lies on the inside.

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When Hipsters Redo Corporate Logos



 

Hipster Branding is one artist's re-envisioning of some of the world's most famous logos.  While a few of the designs aren't bad, some of them are just plain obnoxious.

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7 Weird Ways to Decrease Your Chance of Divorce -Statistically

Divorces are a messy business, which is why it never hurts to work to divorce-proof your marriage. Going by the statistics, there are a number of simple things you can do to help reduce your risk of having your marriage ending. Unsurprisingly, not smoking can help, but strangely, so can being an optometrist and having sons instead of daughters.

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This Cheetah Has A Big Mouth


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Fortunately, the sounds that come out of it are ridiculously adorable. Squee!!!

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20 Fantabulous Hunger Games Arts & Crafts

If you haven’t already heard, thanks to all the non-stop commercials and serious internet buzz, The Hunger Games just hit theaters today. In honor of what is already the biggest book/movie series since Harry Potter, here are some fun and fantastic arts and crafts based on the series.

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Catching Fire Poster




I have to admit that my favorite fan art creations were those created by Etsy seller PurpleCowPosters. Just look at the simplistic design and the great use of texture on this poster and it’s easy to see why.

District 12 Poster




In fact, I couldn’t just pick one design from PurpleCowPosters, so I thought I’d include this design for District 12 just to show off the serious skills used in their creations. In fact, even if you don’t really dig The Hunger Games, I highly recommend visiting their store where there are over 100 cool posters for a variety of movies and TV shows available for sale.

SNOW




What happens if you mix the Obama campaign posters by Shepard Fairey with The Hunger Games? You get this fantastic Snow poster by Tumblr user Pixhunter.

Gary Ross’s The Hunger Games




With the subtle tree imagery in the background and the shockingly bright mockingjay front and center, this poster, by Bart Van Ackooij is as beautiful as it is striking.

Hunger Games Poster




Yes, it might look like a manga cover than a poster for the upcoming film, but regardless of what the design actually looks like, there’s little debate as to the quality of art in this great piece by RatGirlStudios.

Show Them How Good You Are

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The Chicks Dig This Cat


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This little chick has the hardest time staying awake when laying on something as comfortable as Oscar's back.

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Watch the Me Gusta Latte As It is Created


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I know I already showed an image of the Me Gusta Latte, but for those of you who wanted to make your own...or at least give it the old college try, here's how.

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Amanda McCavour's Cool & Bizarre Thread Drawings



Sure it looks like a nicely decorated home, or at least pen drawings scribbled over a picture over  a blank room, but the strings from the ceiling reveal a much more interesting story -the furniture and paintings are all actually made out of colored thread.

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Don't You Hate It When You're Mugged By Critters?

A man in England was walking home with his groceries when he was accosted by what might be the world's cutest mugger. The suspect, a typical red fox, circled around the man while nipping at him and his groceries. Eventually, the victim gave in and sacrificed a loaf of garlic bread to the bandit, who happily ran away with his prize.

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Viewer Notes From Videodrome Screeners



Sure it's a considered horror classic nowadays, but that tends to be among those who are already into that sort of thing. When you show Videodrome to a group of randomly selected audience members, your reviews will likely read like those of the original screening audience of the movie. Read more funny reviews at the link.

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Because Your Love Is Bigger On the Inside



Now this is the ultimate ring for any Doctor Who fans -a TARDIS ring created by Tumblr user Pathetic Paripatetic. I don't know about you other geek ladies, but I want one of these when I get engaged -Zeon, take note.

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This Just In: Seal Pups Are Adorable


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File under the most obvious headlines ever...but just look at how cute these little buggers are.

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Great Letterheads From The Creator of Batman



Na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batpaper! Check out another letterhead used by Bob Kane at the link.

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Cocktail Popsicles Are A Great Way To Stay Cool This Summer


If you love frozen cocktails like pina coladas and margaritas, then you'll love SnoBar Cocktails. The new line of alcoholic treats come in a variety of flavors and are offered as both popsicle and ice cream forms. Right now they're only available in Arizona, but they'll be offered in Las Vegas soon and hopefully they'll be spreading to more markets after that.

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You Can Own A Piece of Movie Magic



If you are a big fan of the Captain America movie, then you just might recognize the rebirth pod where Steve Rogers is transformed into a superhero. Want to own it? You can for approximately $4,000 as it and a bunch of other Captain America props are going up for auction at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 14.  Captain's shield and hero costume will also be up for grabs.

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Let’s Have a Shatnerpalooza!



Whether you love Star Trek, T.J. Hooker, Comedy Central’s Roasts or have just happened to watch any program over the last decade that was interrupted with a Priceline commercial, chances are, you just can’t get away from William Alan Shatner. In honor of one of the entertainment industry’s most pervasive characters let’s celebrate one of the world’s greatest over-actor’s 81st birthday with some fun facts about his successes (and failures).

And don't forget, March 22 is also Talk. Like. Shatner. Day. in honor of his birthday!

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Fame Came Easy to the Budding Actor


You may have already heard, but William Shatner was actually trained as a classical Shakespearean actor and even started his acting career at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, playing in a variety of classic plays. His first movie role was in 1951, in the Canadian film The Butler’s Night Off and in 1954 he was cast as Ranger Bob on The Canadian Howdy Doody Show. Only two years later, he made his debut on Broadway. In another two years, he was cast in his first Hollywood film in 1958’s The Brothers Karamazov where he played the youngest of the Karamazov brothers alongside Yul Brynner. He was cast to star in his first TV show only a year later, but CBS canned the show after shooting the pilot and a few episodes. In 1961, he starred in another Broadway play, this time alongside Walter Matthau and Julie Harris.

While Shatner was considered a talented actor and was gaining quite a bit of popularity, he was more focused on getting work than getting good roles and his willingness to take any role likely held back his career. Even so, he forged on with the motto “work equals work,” a slogan he seems to stay true to in modern times. Through the early sixties, he starred in a number of forgettable and non-descript TV and movie roles, including a Roger Corman film and a few episodes of The Twilight Zone. He did get the lead in a critically acclaimed legal drama called For the People in 1965, but the show was a flop and was cancelled after only one season. On the upside, Shatner wouldn’t have been available to be in Star Trek if the show did succeed.

Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before




Shatner was also lucky that the first pilot for Star Trek was a complete bomb. While NBC like the idea of the show, they thought the first pilot was way too cerebral . Leonard Nimoy was the only actor who retained his role from the first pilot, everyone else was recast and that's when William was hired as Captain James T. Kirk.

One of the things that made Star Trek so popular was the way it took on current events with a sci-fi setting. The show dealt with race issues, the Cold War, and more and in an incredibly progressive manner. In fact, Shatner secured his place in television history by being a part of the first interracial kiss on U.S. television. Interestingly, the kiss was actually supposed to be between Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy), but when William got a hold of the script, he insisted that if anyone got to kiss Nichelle, it would be him.



While the staff was a little worried about the impact of the kiss, the country was apparently quite ready for that moment. In fact, one of the most negative letters the show received read, “I don't believe in the integration of races and the fraternization of the races, but anytime a red-blooded American boy like Captain Kirk gets a girl in his arms that looks like Lieutenant Uhura, he ain't gonna fight it.” As for positive responses, Nichols was told by Martin Luther King Jr. himself that his family watched the show and that Uhura was a role model and hero to his children.

The show was a hit with fans but had terrible ratings. Even after a successful letter writing campaign and protests around the country managed to save the show from cancellation after its second season, the show’s supporters couldn’t convince the network to sign on for a fourth season.

The End of an Era


While young William Shatner never had trouble finding work, post-Star Trek Shatner did. After his wife left him the same year the show was cancelled, his life quickly fell apart. Shatner eventually started living out of a camper shell on the back of his pick up truck. He took any job he could find, no matter how small, including another Roger Corman flick, a few terrible horror movies, a slew of commercials and guest appearances on The $20,000 Pyramid, Hollywood Squares and Beat the Clock.

While the actor was considered quite egotistical and somewhat difficult to work with during his reign on Star Trek, this point of his life was quite humbling. To this day, he still refers to the slump as “that period.”

Fortunately, the same thing that left him a typecast washout also helped revive his career a few years later. In 1973, Shatner did the voice for Captain Kirk in the animated version of the show and he soon started attending the many fan conventions that were held throughout the country. Syndicated reruns of Star Trek received higher ratings than the show did when it was originally on the air and Captain Kirk started to become a household name.
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Kitty Versus Humidifier


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"If I just keep at it, surely I can best this darn smoke monster." I don't know that your efforts will pay off, but I certainly am impressed by your determination.

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Tiny & Adorable Planters



Just look at these tiny little planters. Little plants don't only serve as great bike accessories, but they can also spruce up your wardrobe when put in small planter earrings. Would you ladies want to wear a living plant?

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Motorhead Releases Their Own Line of Booze



Wanna drink like Lemmy? Well then, grab some whiskey. On the other hand, if you want to drink something sold by Lemmy then grab a bottle of Motorhead wine or vodka. Somehow I'd trust Motorhead bourbon a bit more. What about you guys?

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24 Seriously Cool Bus Ads



From bus shelters that keep passengers warm to designs that actually interact with those waiting, WebUrbanist has collected some of the coolest bus stop ads ever created.

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