For some reason EDM (electronic dance music) really appeals to young children. Maybe it’s the driving beat and the catchy sounds used as hooks, or it’s the simplicity of the rhythm that appeals to their fresh young ears.
Whatever the reason little kids really like to cut loose and boogie their little butts off whenever they hear an EDM track, but the baby in this video has mastered the art of ninja dancing, waiting for the beat to drop before she comes to life and jams out with her sisters.
We've teamed up with Dailymotion and will be bringing you a new, animated Twaggies short cartoon each month. Some will feature a few tweets by one hilarious Tweeter, others will use tweets by different folks, unified around a theme.
Check out this month's premiere episode, cooked up special for all you Grammar Nazis! It features a couple tweets, one by Steve Martin!
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.
Are you starting to feel like there are just too darn many androids lurking around the big city? Maybe it's time to board a runner for a vacation in the stars, or start a new life in the Off World Colonies, or maybe you just need this Off World t-shirt by Synaptyx so you can show the world you've been there and done that without leaving your planet!
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:
Escaping certain death in the maw of a giant pit monster is worthy of a commemorative t-shirt. Luckily there's this awesome Surviving the Sarlacc t-shirt by Stationjack, so you can share your off world adventures with your sand farmer friends who never leave the homestead.
Why, hello neighbor! I'm just swingin' by to tell you about this amazing My Friendly Neighbor t-shirt by Ruwah! You'd have to be a webhead not to appreciate this colorful crossover, and it's the perfect way to spark a nerdy conversation at your next geek-stravaganza. Won't you be my friendly neighborhood neighbor?
Visit Ruwah's Facebook and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more friendly designs:
You've completed your training, you're ready to hit the battlefield in your Titan armor and blow away the competition, so celebrate your first steps onto a brave new world with this commemorative Titan Pilot Training Academy t-shirt by adho1982. Will you side with the IMC or the Militia? The choice is up to you!
You can make musical sounds with all kinds of different parts of your body, but unless you count beatboxing or blowing on a blade of grass held between your thumbs as a viable musical instrument you won’t be winning any Grammy awards using your armpit to make fart noises.
Shawn Feeney’s imaginative illustration series "Musical Anatomy" features characters with musical instruments fused with their bodies, and to the musicians in the world Shawn’s images may look like a dream come true.
Shawn's characters are playfully psychedelic and look like they fit right in as part of a Dr. Seuss production, or as the house band aboard the Yellow Submarine.
Now, thanks to the London based production company behind the opening th1ng, you can take a peek behind the scenes and see all the hand drawn awesomeness Sylvain and his team put into this incredibly stylish sequence.
This rare peek into the process will give viewers a better appreciation of the hard work many animators put into their productions, even the projects is simply a short intro sequence for a TV series.
Billboard appropriation and street art go hand in hand like Ladies Night and 2-for-1 flyers, and even though many people think street art is a relatively new trend it's actually something audacious artists have been doing for decades.
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel are two pioneering street artists who shared their colorful visions with the world via appropriated billboards from 1973 to 1989, and their works look just as fresh today as they did forty years ago.
Here's more about this dynamic art duo and their billboard appropriation project:
Beginning in 1973 and up until 1989, we worked together on open ended, allusive designs for outdoor advertising billboards, under the name Clatworthy Colorvues. The billboards were exhibited mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, where we lived, but sometimes installed in other parts of the country, the result of workshops we led with graduate students, or exhibitions on appropriation and public art. With the billboard, we wanted to reach a larger and more varied public than would ever find its way into an art institution.
The spice must flow! And for tattoo lovers out there, so must the ink! If you love Frank Herbert's novel Dune or its movieadaptations, 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 Dunemontage at the Salt Lake Tattoo Convention. It won second place in the sleeve category.
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.
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.
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.
The god of thunder ain't got nothing on this plumber dude ... and forget mystery boxes, he smashes barrels - just how many pop culture reference can NeatoShop artist c0y0te7 fit into this awesome design?
Ain't no party like a retro gamin' party! NeatoShop artist Azafran pokes a little bit of fun at the term "retro gamer" with this punny design (the guy in the monocle's cheating, by the way). Somewhere a dog is laughing at us.
It's a poopy trap! After peace has prevailed in a galaxy far far away, the mighty rebel admiral retired from military service and started his own diaper cleaning service. And he's already got a handy motto, courtesy of NeatoShop artist Matt Sinor.
Check out Matt's Facebook and Twitter pages, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more amazing designs. Not a trap, we promise:
Tonight he dines on turtle soup! NeatoShop artist Twist Media artistically reimagines our favorite fightin' turtles and their mortal enemies like you've never seen them before. Check out Twist Media's Facebook and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastic artwork:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the 8-Bit Miata. Brian Young purchased the beat up old car for $1,000 and has been modifying itinto a drift car. Young loves old video games, so he altered the ignition so that you have to insert a quarter to start the engine. Presumably 2-player mode requires another quarter in the other slot.
Since 1957, the Mexican government agency responsible for collecting income tax has permitted artists to pay their income taxes by submitting pieces of art. It's the only pay-in-kind income tax system in the world.
It began when David Alfaro Siqueiros, an influential artist, approached a senior government official on behalf of a friend who faced tax evasion charges. The government decided to permit this artist to pay his tax bill with pieces of his own artwork.
The program has been greatly expanded since that time. As a result, the government now possesses 7,000 pieces of art held in public trust. In The Atlantic, Eva Hershaw describes it:
The program is simple—donations are made according to reported sales. If an artist sells between one and five pieces of art in a given year, he or she donates one piece to the federal government. If the artist sells between six and eight pieces, he or she donates two, and so on, with an annual cap of six donations. Only painters, sculptors, and graphic artists can participate, though program administrators are currently considering whether to include performance art as an acceptable means of payment. A committee of artists and curators oversees the donations process to ensure that the art received meets certain quality standards. If the art is of a particularly high caliber, it becomes part of the “national-heritage collection,” which is displayed in a permanent exhibit in Mexico City. All other pieces are divided up and shipped across the country to fill public museums and administrative buildings. Certain pieces are also sent abroad as part of exhibitions coordinated with museums across the world. Last year alone, the program sent Pago en Especie pieces to 13 international galleries.
If you paid your taxes in your own work product, what would you send to the government?
In the near future, you can have both with the Pibal. The French carmaker Peugeot and designer Philippe Starck have developed this vehicle which can function either way. It was their submission to a contest by the city of Bordeaux to design an urban bike.
Starck sees the Pibal as ideal for this environment. In congested traffic, the user can move slowly as a scooter. When there's more room, the user can ride it as a bicycle. Bright yellow tires make it more visible and a heavy rack in the rear can be used for storage. You can see more photos of it at Dezeen.
Kirbie writes that her experimental dessert tastes "like a fried dough ball of goodness with chocolate and a melted creme center." So it would be an awesome treat for Easter. She made them by wrapping them in canned pizza dough and then deep frying them in a pan of oil. It's important to time the frying just right so that the chocolate is melted but not disintegrated.