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Scottish Batman Wears the Batsuit "Regimental Style"

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They say that no true Scotsman wears underwear beneath his kilt. To do so would be indecent. But the truth is that it is not the underwear (or lack thereof) that defines the Scotsman. It is what he does while wearing his kilt that makes him a Scotsman.


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Dr. Seuss Peeps

Peeps are in season and there’s no bag limit, so eat as many as you can. 2 years ago, to mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Michelle Clausen of Sugar Swings made these Peeps decorated with characters from his books.

-via Between the Pages

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Add Some Burliness to Your Office Work with This Wheelbarrow Chair

Two German designers, Sascha Urban and Dorothea Wirwall, developed this chair. They call it the “Loungebarrow.” It’s a wheelbarrow with a plywood cover. A comfortable padded chair and laptop computer desk fold out. I can imagine it serving as portable seating in a creative agency’s meeting space.

Now if only we had a proper wheelbarrow, that would be something!

-via Dornob


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Cadbury Creme Egg Toad-in-a-Hole

Fry an egg inside a hole cut into a slice of bread. The result looks something like this. Some people call this dish an “egg in a basket,” a “one-eyed jack,” or a “bird in a nest.” But I was raised in the South, where we learn to speak English properly, so I call it a “toad-in-a-hole.”

Here’s a great variation for Easter. Jessie Oleson Moore made this sweet version by chilling a Cadbury Creme Egg, then frying it in a slice of pound cake. What a brilliant idea!

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Ramen Chicken Wings


(Photo: Hot Sauce and Panko)

Hot Sauce and Panko, an eatery in the Richmond district of San Francisco, has a menu that doesn’t make any sense but also makes total sense.

(Note that the menu link above is NSFW for nudity, which is something that I never thought that I’d have to say about a restaurant menu page. IHOP certainly does not have this problem.)

At Hot Sauce and Panko, you can eat chicken wings in a variety of flavors, such as Kentucky bourbon/sorghum teriyaki and sriracha caramel. There are several different waffle sandwiches, including macaroni and cheese with Black Forest ham and chili cheese fries.

But the grand prize for culinary originality must go to the ramen-coated chicken wings. I have no information to offer about them, except that I really want to eat some.

-via Foodiggity

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Corrupted Coloring Book Pages

Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but alsoinvites you to submit your own.

Content warning: some of the drawings are disturbing. And I mean more so than the examples that you see here.


-via Pleated Jeans


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Librarian Job Posting Has Specific Harry Potter Requirements


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The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Principal Librarian. From the job description that sounds like a library director position. Most of the requirements are fairly typical, such as at least 5 years of supervisory experience. But one could be a potential disqualifier. You can't be like Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series:

This job has nothing to do with being that severe authority figure wandering the hallways of your elementary school.  We don't want Madam Pince of Harry Potter's library at Hogwarts; what we want is someone more like Harry himself.

Don't get too excited, Harry. You don't have an MLS degree, so you don't qualify.

What is Madam Pince like? I don't know for myself. I have read only the first book--skimmed it in 3 hours, actually, for a library school assignment. But this extensively-footnoted wiki page describes her:

She was greatly disliked by the students for being very strict and unhelpful in finding books for them.

Well, that's a shame.

An example of her strictness was the fact that she would not allow food in the library, for fear that the books would be damaged,[4] and also disallowed talking, laughing, whispering, sneezing, scurrying, or any other behaviour that might seem at all suspicious in any way.

She keeps an orderly library where students can study and this is the thanks that she gets?

So Ms. Pince is out of the running at the Boulder Public Library. But if you can be a Harry Potter (with an MLS and 5+ years supervisory experience), then give it a shot.

-via Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium

Want more neat stuff? Check out Twaggies' first animated clip:


Grammar Nazi's Rock? Twaggies by twaggies


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Dog Summoned to Jury Duty

Pictured above is IV Griner, a German Shepherd in New Jersey. Recently, her human, Barrett Griner IV, found a jury duty summons in his mail. It wasn't for him, but the dog

(Photos: Barrett Griner IV)

An official with the Cumberland County court system said that this was the result of a computer error. Given the similarity between the names of the dog and human, it's an understandable one. The computer probably snatched up Griner's name and enumeration from available records, then reversed them. 

Will IV have to serve on a jury? That's unclear, but Griner (the human) suggests that his dog would be a good pick to serve on a cat burglary case.

Maybe. This cat, who was summoned for jury duty and not excused for being a cat may also be a good pick.

-via Dave Barry

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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How It Should Have Ended: Frozen


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The comedy writers at HISHE have produced their best parody video yet.

Obviously Frozen could have had few complications if only Anna and Elsa's parents had demonstrated basic parenting sense. But HISHE goes even further, suggesting a crossover movie that we all want to see.

I won't say any more, lest I spoil it for you.

-via Tor


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Sergio Garcia’s Silly Tricycles

They could be very hard to use, but perhaps Sergio Garcia’s tricycles could stimulate creative thinking in the children who try to ride them. These are sculptures that he contributed to a recent solo show at White Walls, a gallery in San Francisco. They’re on display there until May 3.


-via NotCot


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If George R.R. Martin Wrote Mad Men

Joy of Tech imagines a great re-telling of Mad Men that would make the characters more treacherous.

Pete Campbell as Joffrey? That seems unfair to Pete, though I’m far, far behind on Mad Men, so I don’t know what’s he’s been up to lately.


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Should I Call off Work Today?

I like the general idea that Doghouse Diaries proposes. But that’s more math than I want to do first thing in the morning.

Maybe someone could write a computer program that would run this calculation, then switch the alarm clock off if the answer is below a certain result.


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George R.R. Martin, Wedding Planner


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In addition to writing horrifying novels that will convince you to never emotionally bond with any fictional character, George R.R. Martin plans weddings and funerals. Would you like a Game of Thrones-themed wedding? Sign up now and avoid any future divorce expenses.

Warning: I think that there’s a spoiler in this video for last Sunday’s episode. I’m not sure, as I haven’t seen it yet. But I plan to solve that problem tonight.

Also: foul language.


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Stewardess Gives Hilarious Stand-Up Comedy Routine as Safety Instructions


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If the stewardess really wants the audience--I mean passengers--to pay attention while she presents safety instructions, she found the perfect way to do it. The perfected routine of this unknown jokester is packed with zingers like this:

To properly fasten your seat belt slide the belt into the buckle. To release, pull up on the buckle. Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips like my grandmother wears her support bra.

-via 22 Words


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Robin Ayers's Button Globes

Robin Ayers is an artist in Dallas, Texas. She works with a variety of physical media, including unusual mosaics (such as a baseball bat covered with pool balls). I especially like a series of globes that she has created. She marks out continents by sewing on buttons. Perhaps they're not useful for navigation, but the would look nice in a casual office setting.

-via Lustik


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Not a Ship in a Bottle, But a Hyperrealistic 1/48 Scale Kitchen in a Bottle

Kirin, a Japanese beverage company, released a new ad line in which you can see tiny but incredibly realistic versions of kitchens inside plastic drink bottles. One of them is pictured above. The stove lights up like it's heating. The refrigerator opens and closes. Every item looks just like a tiny version of the real thing. Here's a video showing one of the models:


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Kirin has also released Vine videos of the models, which is an excellent use of this emerging medium.

You can see more photos and videos at Rocket News 24.


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Take a Bite out of These Shark Pancakes

It's several months until Shark Week, but that hasn't stopped master pancake artist Nathan Shields from dishing up this meaty breakfast for his kids. I'm especially impressed with his shading on the Hammerhead and the Great White. They look quite realistic.

If you love Shields' work as much as we do, be sure to check out his recent video interview about his work.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Egg Rolls

You had my curiosity at "peanut butter." But you got my full attention at "chocolate chip cookie dough." Melanie of Melanie Makes fried these sweet confections. She made them by wrapping balls of cookie dough in wonton wrappers, then deep frying them. She sprinkled them with powdered sugar and served them with a chocolate ganache. Melanie also recommends ice cream, which is always a great idea.

-via Tasteologie

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Attribution Needed

(Image: Drew/Toothpaste for Dinner)

It's a common complaint by webcomic artists. Yesterday, Zach Weinersmith trolled a redditor who objected to a comic being posted with attribution. Forgetting to attribute an artist is a simple laziness. But taking the effort to remove the artist's signature? That mentality I'll never understand.


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11 Stunning Dune Tattoos

The spice must flow! And for tattoo lovers out there, so must the ink! If you love Frank Herbert's novel Dune or its movie adaptations, then you'll love these tattoos that mark out fans like stained lips show Mentats.

This one pictured above was inked by Joey of Bombshell Tattoo in Houston, Texas on the arm of Clint. It shows a sandworm rising up from the Arrakeen desert.

Dana picked up this beautiful Dune montage at the Salt Lake Tattoo Convention. It won second place in the sleeve category.

This beautiful body of text was inked by Matty Nox, an artist that we've featured previously. It shows the famous Litany against Fear:

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

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My Little Pony Frozen Plush

This My Little Pony plush stands out because it really does look like Elsa from Frozen. The eyes and hair in particular are spot-on correct. The cutie mark is also perfect. You can see more close-up photos here. Hannah, the crafter responsible, used an airbrush to get the snowflake cutie mark looking just right.

(Image: Disney)

-via Equestria Daily


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The Glorious Reboot of Ninja High School

To my enormous delight, this comic book arrived in my mailbox on Friday. It's the first issue in the relaunch of Ninja High School, a classic American manga.

Ben Dunn, the creator of the series, first published the series in 1987. Although intended as a one-shot, three-part mini series, Ninja High School was immensely popular--at least by the standards of independent comic book publishing back in those days. Dunn, along with other artists and writers, continued it until 2009.

The story was set in a small town in American Midwest called Quagmire. It featured anthropomorphic skunk aliens, mad scientists, mecha, witches, time travelers, and, as the title suggests, ninjas. Both the art and the story were havily influenced by anime and manga.

It's a great story. When I was a teenager, it was one that I connected to. Ninja High School was, for reasons I find difficult to understand, let alone explain, deeply meaningful to me. Later struggles prevented me buying and reading it--money was just too tight.

It was only 2 years ago that I was ready to return to Ninja High School. I dragged out my long box of issues, read them, then began purchasing the rest of the series on eBay. It's been a joyful experience--like returning home after a long absence.

So I was delighted to learn that Ben Dunn planned to reboot the series through a Kickstarter project. Dunn acquired more than 3 times the money that he asked for. I happily threw in a contribution, of course. As a result, I acquired this copy of issue #176, the first issue in the reboot.

Readers of Ninja High School will recognize old, familiar faces. But #176 is clearly written in such a way that new readers could join in without needing to study the old comics. Just as people unfamiliar with the long-running Doctor Who fanchise could pick up the series fresh in 2005, so can people get started on Ninja High School from issue #176.

You can find more art from the issue here.


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Terrible News: The Creepy, Gigantic Model of David Hasselhoff Will Not Be Auctioned

2 weeks ago, we welcomed the joyful news that a 14-foot long realistic model of actor David Hasselhoff would be auctioned. It was the greatest prize within the personal collection of movie memorabilia that Hasselhoff was offering for sale. Pre-auction bidding for the model had already reached $28,000.

But now there is nothing for us but wailing and gnashing of teeth, for Hasselhoff changed his mind. He called the auction house and asked for the model back. The artificial Hoff will return to the treasury of the real Hoff.

-via Rusty Blazenhoff


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Clever Spaghetti Container Has Built-In Portion Controls

(Photos: Dan Lev)

If you want to eat enough spaghetti to feed 4 people, that's just fine. But one occasional annoyance of cooking spaghetti is getting just enough but not too much to slide out of the container. You may often struggle between acquiring more than a few strands and less than the entire amount inside the container.

Ori Saidi and Daniel Gassner of the Israeli design studio Ototo developed the Spaghetti Tower to solve that problem. It has 4 nested caps. Just select the size right for you, pop it open, then slide the spaghetti into your hand.

To promote the Spaghetti Tower, Ototo created this mildly disturbing video. It reveals the true horror of an excess of spaghetti in one's life.


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-via Swiss Miss


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Motorcyclist Parks Like a Master


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There are easier ways to park a motorcycle, but that misses the point of stunt riding. Watch this rider pull a stoppie, then neatly slide into a narrow slot.

The man in the red shirt is also pretty daring--assuming that he knew what his friend was attempting.

-via 22 Words


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Jeremy Mann's Gritty, Rainy Cityscapes

Hell's Kitchen

Times Square Lights

Market Street Steamvent

Jeremy Mann, a painter in San Francisco, works with a variety of subjects, but I'm especially taken with his paintings of city scenes in darkness and rain. They look like the settings of film noir tales.

Fine Art Conoisseur explains that Mann achieves his visual effects by applying brayers to flatten and move paint. He also applies solvents, which thin and corrode the paint.

-via Colossal


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Every Year, People Drink Enough Slurpees to Fill 12 Olympic Size Pools

(Photo: Anja Johnson)

That's about 7,290,000 gallons of slushy sugar! It's taken a long time to get this point. Zachary Crockett has written a brief history of the treat that is an icon of lazy, hot summer days in the United States. 

It all started with Omar Knedlik, a struggling businessman from humble origins. He owned a Dairy Queen in Kansas. Knedlik didn't have a soda fountain, so he kept bottles of soda in his freezer. They'd get slushy if he didn't mind them carefully, but his customers actually seemed to like the chilly drinks.

Knedlik saw an opportunity to make money, so he spent 5 years working with an air conditioning manufacturing company to develop a machine that would produce the ideal drink:

Five years of trial and error ensued, resulting in a contraption that utilized an automobile air conditioning unit to replicate a slushy consistency. The machine featured a separate spout for each flavor (only two at this point), and a “tumbler” which constantly rotated the contents to keep them from becoming a frozen block.

Knedlik's marketers dubbed the product "ICEE." His ICEE company eventually licensed its product as "Slurpee" to the 7-Eleven company. As that chain swept across the United States in the 1960s and 70s, so did Slurpees.

-via American Digest


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This Clever Hammer Design Lets You Drive a Nail One-Handed

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Picard, a German toolmaking company, developed this clever design named the Lattenhammer. It's designed for those situations when you need to drive a nail, but you can't use a second hand to steady the nail. The nail slips into a groove in the top of the hammer. It's held in place magnetically. Once you've driven the nail in, it slips right out of the hammer, as you can see in this demonstration video.


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-via Core77


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Hilarious: Pro Golfers Playing on Miniature Golf Courses


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This is the funniest video I've seen all week. Simon Connor took video footage of professional golfers attempting to sink putts and digitally added obstacles from miniature golf tournaments. Watch masters of the sport, such as Angel Cabrera and Tiger Woods, attempt to get through loops, windmills, and other hazards.

-via 22 Words


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Olaf from Frozen as the Disney Princesses

Do you enjoy life under the sea? Ariel might, but Olaf, the friendly snowman from the movie Frozen, might have a hard time unless he's in chilly waters. Still, he looks good as a Disney princess, which is why Tumblr blogger TortallMagic illustrated him as 10 Disney princesses. It's part of an ongoing project to draw Olaf called Daily Olaf.

Cinderella

Snow White

Belle

Rapunzel

-via Pleated Jeans


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