Pikachewie is one of Kody Koala's latest sculptures. It brings the best of Star Wars and Pokémon together:
I used a Jakks 2007 Electronic Pikachu and I covered him in Apoxy sculpt and made him look hairy. Their wasn’t a whole lot of material involved, just a lot of time to groove all of it. It probably took a good 10 hours to make the hair look perfect.
In 1970, Bob Russell's '67 Austin Healey 3000 disappeared after a date with the woman he'd eventually marry. But he never gave up on her and kept searching for the beauty for 42 years. Suspecting that the rare collectible car would be sold multiple times, he scoured online auctions for it. Finally, one morning, he saw his car for sale on eBay.
That was only the beginning of Russell's struggle. Next, he had to convince the dealer that it was indeed his Austin Healey and that the dealer had to give it back to him:
Russell said the car's vehicle identification number matched that of his Healey. In addition, he still had the original key and car title, as well as signed affidavits from friends, including the original owner, indicating that Russell had never sold the auto.
But one legal roadblock remained: He didn't have a copy of the stolen-car report he filed back in 1970. [...]
Turns out the original stolen-car report he filed in Philadelphia wasn't showing up at the National Crime Information Center because one VIN letter was entered incorrectly into the FBI's computerized index of crimes.
But thanks to persistent detectives in Philadelphia, Russell said, the report finally was located.
Once he got his hands on a copy of the report, Philadelphia police were able to reactivate the file. That enabled the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to impound the car.
Russell and his wife, Cynthia, drove to LA on June 16 and took possession of the car two days later after paying roughly $600 in impoundment fees.
Dawn Xiana Moon's dance troupe Raks Geek blends an assortment of geeky and dancing source material, including Doctor Who and Star Wars, belly dancing and fire spinning. If you're in Chicago on August 3 and 4, you can watch it perform at the Viaduct Theater.
Your town lacks space for a library? Try this virtual solution by Project Ingeborg in Klagenfurt, Austria:
An initiative called Project Ingeborg has placed 70 stickers equipped with QR codes and NFC chips in various locations around the town, Engadget reports. When you hold your smartphone up to one, it sends your browser to a website where you can download a free literary classic via Project Gutenberg or a similar public-domain service.
Here's the cool part: In many cases, the book is relevant to the location where you can download it. So, according to the Project Ingeborg website, you can download a famous play about a man's quest for salvation near the Cathedral, or a short story called "The Murderer" near the police station. And there are plans to expand the project beyond books, to include reference information, music, and works of art.
Logan rides into battle on a pony (probably Blossom) in this tattoo by Chris Yoakum of Urban Body in Davis, California. He inked it for a man who wanted to remember his sister while she studied abroad for a year. Presumably that means that she is into Marvel.
Steve Love is so good that he could dub over the dialogue from Game of Thrones and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Watch him impersonate Ned Stark, Robert Baratheon, Jon Snow, Varys, Littlefinger, Pycelle, Davos and Jorah Mormont.
I don't remember all of the lines from the Jorah Mormont portion. Especially the last one. Maybe I stepped away from the screen at the wrong time.
Content warning: foul language. No nude scenes or gore, though.
This culinary wonder isn't spaghetti, but an ice cream sundae made to look like it. Spaghetti eis is a German creation dating back to the 60s. It consists of vanilla ice cream formed into noodles and topped with strawberry syrup.
Starring Bea Arthur as Batman, Betty White as Aquaman, Rue McClanahan as Superman and Estelle Getty as Robin. Kevin Bapp proposes that Cartoon Network pick up this show inspired by The Golden Girls. Four elderly superheroes retire to a home in Miami. It's perfect. Mr. Bapp, you are a genius. I award you two Internets.
The words of Nineteenth Century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard flow seamlessly into the tweets of model Kim Kardashian in this joke Twitter account. Can you tell where one drops off and another begins?
Among the finalists at Microsoft's Imagine Cup, a student technology competition, is EnableTalk. These gloves, built by students in Ukraine, assess what the wearer is expressing in sign language and then communicates it through sound:
The few existing projects that come close to what EnableTalk is proposing generally cost around $1,200 and usually have fewer sensors, use wired connections and don’t come with an integrated software solution. EnableTalk, on the other hand, says that the hardware for its prototypes costs somewhere around $75 per device.
Besides the cost, though, another feature that makes this project so interesting is that users can teach the system new gestures and modify those that the team plans to ship in a library of standard gestures.
The sultan will give you an offer that you can't refuse. Murat Palta, an artist in Istanbul, made illustrations of famous movies in the classical Ottoman miniature style. Among those featured are The Godfather, A Clockwork Orange, Terminator 2, Alien and Kill Bill. Link -via Flavorwire
Is Clark Kent, AKA Superman, a nice guy? Not if you're his employer. Ed Yong argues that Kent has serious ethical problems:
When it comes to journalistic ethics, Mr Kent is not so super after all. He regularly reports about himself without disclosing as much. He deceives his employers by moonlighting during working hours as a doer of derring, leaping his contractual obligations in a single bound. Worst of all, he uses the privileged inside information that he gleans as a journalist for his own personal gain during his extracurricular activities. Here is a man who is faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, and about as transparent as either of those.
And that's just the beginning. Read about the nefarious activities of Lois Lane, Peter Parker and other alleged "heroes" at the link.
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It would be Knightfall for Batman to actually try to glide using his cape. Physics students at the University of Leicester have calculated that he wouldn't be able to survive the aerial maneuvers displayed in the movie Batman Begins:
Due to the high speeds he would be travelling, his impact with the ground would be equivalent to him being struck by a car travelling at 50 miles per hour.
David Marshall, Tom Hands, Ian Griffiths and Gareth Douglas found that the wingspan of Batman's cape -- at 4.7 metres -- is around half that used by a hang glider.
If Batman jumped from a building 150 metres high, he could glide a distance of around 350 metres -- but the problem arises as Batman's velocity increases during his descent.
His velocity would initially rise to around 68 miles per hour, before reaching a steady 50 miles per hour as he gets down to ground level -- a speed too fast for him to land safely.
With this medical tricorder, Type 2 hand phaser and communicator by LEGO artist Tommy Williamson, you're ready for the landing party. Also, put on this red shirt. Yes, I know that you work in navigation. But for just this mission, put it on.
[caption id="attachment_70365" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Photo: China Smack"][/caption] Oh, bouncing is indeed what Tiggers do best. But you can bounce only so many times before the law catches up with you. This Tigger was caught while playing an escaped tiger at a zoo in China during an emergency drill:
June 2nd, Sichuan Chengdu Zoo, a tranquilized “tiger” being carried away by workers, as a caged Chinese tiger watches through the glass. That day, the Chengdu Zoo conducted a escaped dangerous animal training drill/exercise. The training exercise simulated 2 Siberian Tigers escaping from their cages, with zoo workers working together with forestry police conducting an emergency response.
Tattoo artist Joshua Couchenour has some excellent ideas for your next tat. They combine popular tattoo patterns and symbols with content that will excite any Star Wars fan. Come'on, let's head to the studio.
Family Fun magazine has a great idea for an entertaining sandwich. You'll need a croissant, sandwich filling of any kind, baby carrots, a black olive, a radish, a red bell pepper, cream cheese and toothpicks. You can find the recipe at the link.
Some of you sissies are still shaving with sharpened shovels. But Mike Cook does it old school--as in using Stone Age technology. Watch him knap a slice of obsidian off a block and then shave his face with it.
Cook refers to obsidian as "the sharpest substance known to science." I don't know if that's true, but at the link, you can see electron micrographs of a surgical scalpel and an obsidian blade. The obsidian appears to have a sharper edge.
The Swiss-made RaXibo Hand-Tret-Velo comes with a pedaling system built into the handlebars so that you can use the strength in your arms as well as your legs. The only downside that I can see is that it would make texting while riding much harder.
I weep that I went through my teenage years with nothing remotely like this technological marvel:
The character chosen to show off this augmented reality girlfriend tech is [Hatsune Miku], a voice synthesizer personified as a doll-eyed anime avatar. [Miku] is an immensely popular character in Japan, with thousands of people going to her concerts, so choosing her for this augmented reality girlfriend project was an obvious choice.
The build details for this hack are a little sparse, confounded by the horrible Google Translate results of the blog linked in the YouTube description. From what we can gather from the video and this twitter account, the build is based on an ASUS Xtion Kinect clone and a nice pair of video goggles.
Of course, from the way this guy treats Miku, it's no wonder that he lacks a human girlfriend.