Did you spend the last two weeks playing Mass Effect 3 only to find nothing but bitter disappointment and frustration at the end of the game?
Well, hope is at hand when you strap this laser cut Omni Tool replica/cosplay accessory on your arm and create your own Mass Effect themed adventures all over town! A Laser resistant shield is not included, but at least you won't be accepting Commander Shepard's fate lying down.
The animated short "Ruin" by Wes Ball and Oddball Animation is merely a sample segment from a full length feature they'd like to produce, but it works just as well in this abbreviated yet action packed form, so strap your eyes on and enjoy the ride.
This is the photo that proves just how cool Shark Diving magazine editor Eli Martinez really is. He's so cool, in fact, that sharks come from miles around just to give him a high fin five. Either that, or this particular shark likes to play with his food before he eats.
These animated cuties are part of the DC Nation animation block on Cartoon Network, and by the look of them they should be hanging out with the Powerpuff Girls, busting heads and batting their lashes. The DC Nation block airs Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network, check it out and get your weekly animated superfolks fix.
In the first episode of Machinima's new geek-tacular webseries Super Power Beat Down, the original TV Batmobile from the 60s TV show is set against the 1989 Tim Burton version in a drag race with some rather surprising results.
If you want to skip the chatter and get straight to the racing, jump ahead to around 7:45 and start your engines!
This innovative new vehicle is called The Iguana-a sea and land vehicle that will not only make boating a blast but also much more convenient. Here's more about this amphibious yacht:
The Iguana is a seaworthy boat even in rough seas, a fast boat (40 knots), a high quality good looking boat, a boat capable of traveling short distances on dry land across unstable land, at a low speed, but without the necessity to drive on roads, in the end, a boat easy to live with, both with family and friends.
The Iguana looks like a fun way to go from sea to land in a flash, just watch where you're going if you hit the beach during spring break, or you might make a bloody mess of some drunken co-eds.
It's safe to say that this is one of the most epic pieces of cosplay gear I've ever seen: a custom made Bone Hunter Primal Elder Predator helmet, complete with built-in tri-dot laser sight and a bad attitude.
This incredibly detailed helmet was made by Mike Loh, and if you can scrape up a mere $1050 this one-of-a-kind creation can be yours and yours alone, matching costume and alien dreadlocks not included.
If you've ever wondered what a LEGO person looks like when it's cut in half, then check out this stop motion short "The Duel", which reveals what toys are up to when we're not around to stop all the plastic-on-plastic violence. Can't our toys just get along?
Digital artist Vinicius Costa creates some spectacularly colorful art works with his computer, hallucinogenic snapshots of worlds which are full of vibrant life and impossible landscapes.
The digital worlds that Vinicius creates are meant to be whimsical fairytale wonderlands, not reproductions of reality, and the brilliant color palette he has chosen perfectly suits the surreal nature of these worlds. Take your eyes on a tour of Vinicius' virtual worlds at the link below, they're well worth the trip.
This is the first concept art released for Brian Henson's latest movie project "The Happytime Murders", a noir thriller with a partially puppet cast and an adult edge. Here's the blurb:
In a world where puppets co-exist with humans as second class citizens, puppet private eye and disgraced ex-cop, Phil Phillips, is hot on the trail of the serial killer who murdered his brother and is now targeting the cast members of the famous 80s television show, "The Happytime Gang." As the killings continue, Phil's former flame, Jenny, is next on the list. It's up to Phil and his ex-partner, Detective Edwards, to find the culprit, but as bad blood and old resentments resurface the clues start pointing to the only viable suspect, Phil himself. Now he's on the run with only his wits and hard headed determination, as he tries to solve, "The Happytime Murders."
As you may know, Brian and Cheryl Henson have been carrying on in their father's footsteps, creating projects full of puppet magic that have become a bit more adult in terms of subject matter over the years.
"The Happytime Murders" project has been seen as impossible to produce by some critics because of it's adult subject matter, but I think condemning the project because "puppets are for kids" is simply restricting an art form which has proven it can appeal to adults as well as children. The film is currently in the pre-production stage, so no word yet on when it will be released.
Who says wearing a bow tie means looking all stuffy and boring? With one of these whimsical creations strapped to your neck you'll be the life of any party, gala or soiree without compromising your individual sense of style for the sake of a formal dress code.
Created by New York based artist Nicholas Tee Ruiz, these fun incarnations of the bow tie come in 11 different styles to suit nearly any occasion. So don't be afraid of what your bow tie says about you, because these kooky little numbers say FUN!
This slick, action packed animated short by Philippe Gamer and Space Patrol Studio is called "The Chase", and it will keep your eyes glued to the screen until the very end, when the whole thing makes a U-turn into the realm of the comically surreal.
What's the easiest way to score a free pizza in Hyannis, Massachusetts? Why, by getting a vasectomy, of course!
The old "free pizza can sell anything" routine has finally hit rock bottom, thanks to the Urology Associates of Cape Cod, who are offering up a snip and a slice which are ready whenever you've given up all hope of ever having kids or dieting.
To add further insult to injury, they suggest that the topping of choice should be meatballs. Low blow doc, low blow.
These paintings by Aurelie Montfrond are like visualizations of what goes on inside a child's mind as they play with their LEGO sets, the figures embarking on a grand adventure both simple in scope and brilliantly colored.
Terrain is simplified, elements are distorted, and yet there is a clarity of focus which showcases the figures, and the props they're interacting with, as the most important part of each scene.
They're so delightfully minimal that you can't help but feel like a kid again as you peruse the images, reminiscing about playtimes past.
Here we see the true inventor of the ebook reader-Tom Hanks, or more precisely the character Josh Baskin that Mr. Hanks plays in the movie Big, holding up his proposal for the invention that was way ahead of its time.
Too bad Josh went back to being a little kid before he could see a profit from his invention. I wonder if any Apple or Amazon execs sat in on that pitch meeting?
It looks like the Mortal Kombat Flash Mob Dancers have some stiff competition, in the form of Super Street Fighter Dance Squad! (I just made up that Street Fighter name, but it sounds like an appropriate name for a video game themed dance mob so let's go with it.)
Poor little Sub-Zero gets picked on in the park, so the entire Mortal Kombat crew brings the heat down on Ken and Ryu's posse-through the power of dance.
What will stop this video game street dancing carnage once and for all? Friendship, that's what, and a mutual love of costumed flash mobbing doesn't hurt either.
Destructoid has put together a collection of the top ten video game bars just in time for St. Patrick's Day, all of which sound like a great place for a pixelated character to catch a buzz .
If you want to chat with a bunch of people you don't know, but don't feel like braving the sea of drunkards clad in green, why not let one of these classic video game characters tie one on instead? You'll feel a sense of accomplishment without spending all your hard earned dough, and the best part? No STDs or criminal charges! Yay virtual life!
This reading of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book Where The Wild Things Are by Christopher Walken isn't meant to amuse kids, but rather to make us grown folks chuckle while we imbibe our bubbly adult beverages. And whether this is Walken or an impersonator doesn't really matter, because the narrator's descriptions of what's going on in the illustrations are comedy gold.
Illustrator Caldwell Tanner has created some colorful travel posters for locations familiar to lazy people. So, now you can feel like you do all kinds of traveling every day, even though you rarely leave your house!
Who needs fresh air and sunshine when you've got the arctic chill of the refrigerator and the rainbow waterfall of infinite pages that is the glorious interwebs?
I recently posted an article about the baked potato advertising campaign that uses scented bus stop posters to sell their spuds to hungry riders (link).
Well, fellow UK company Mr Kipling didn't want to merely use scented posters to advertise their tasty cakes, so they're also giving away free samples.
They've installed 19 free cake dispensing posters at bus stops across London to give the people their first taste for free, and they exude a cake smell which will taunt you if the dispensing poster is tapped out.
Mmmmmm.....free bus stop cakes! Free bus stop cakes! Link
GIFs are a fun little party for your desktop, and as a digital medium they are officially 25 years old! This seven minute documentary, from Off Book by PBS Arts, takes us on a tour of this multi-framed wonder. Despite the overuse of annoying host close-up shots, it's a fun and informative way to celebrate the GIF.
Remember when you used to be king and/or queen of the playground, conquering the monkey bars like you're part simian or hitting the slide so fast you flew off the end of the chute like a rocket ship?
Well, those days are over, you're all grown up now, so stop messing around or the playground will find a way to get you. Learn by this poor schmuck's example-don't try to squeeze in to where you don't belong. The playgrounds are hungry, my friends, and they prefer to dine on the slow witted...
Somehow I doubt that Arnold Schwarzenegger's singing voice sounds as good as the guy singing in this comedic spoof, but then again I can barely understand Arnold when he's actually trying to enunciate every word, so I guess a vocal stand-in was necessary.
Batman and Robin- The Musical definitely would have been a bigger hit than Spider Man-The Musical for sure, if only because of this one line-- "Batman-You Son Of A B***H!". (Warning-NSFW due to foul language).
Treading a thin line between totally unethical/wrong and gainful temporary employment, companies at SXSW Music Festival are hiring homeless people to act as WiFi hotspots. Here's how it works:
If you’re a SXSW attendee and want access, all you have to do is make a donation of your choosing to the homeless hotspot you wish to “use” and you’ll receive unlimited access, suggested donation $2 per 15 minutes. When all is said and done, each “Hotspot Manager,” as they are called, gets to keep all the donations made in order to gain access to his particular hotspot.
And here's what people are saying about this marketing scheme/temp job:
While having roaming hotspots may be very useful for SXSW attendees who want better access to network connectivity considering that Wi-Fi is lacking, the concept of taking the homeless and “turning them into” infrastructure has some implications that don’t go over well with everyone. “The shirt doesn’t say, ‘I have a 4G hotspot.’ It says, ‘I am a 4G hotspot,’” Jon Mitchell of Read Write Web points out.
Front Steps, based in Austin and responsible for finding the Hotspot Managers, all of whom were selected after a fairly detailed application process, says that the project fits with the organization’s goals of ”empowerment, education, and encouragement of the client to earn an income while saving the majority of those earnings with a goal of moving to safe and stable housing.”
Personally, I don't agree with treating homeless people like objects rather than human beings, but I like that they get to interact with the public and make some money at the same time. But what do you think-is this gainful employment, or a way to exploit the homeless?
Artist Amanda Dockery shows us what Mario and Princess Peach would look like if they were preparing to guest star on the TV show The Walking Dead.
Now, instead of clearing drains, Mario will be clogging them up with piles of his own rotting flesh, and yet Princess Peach is still the rotten apple of his eye, even though you can see right through her thanks to the massive holes in her head.
Amanda has a lot of amazing artworks for you to admire and adore at her blog, yay art!
These strange sculptures by Vally Nomidou would make great props for the Silent Hill video game franchise, or as freaky figural works made by a deranged serial killer in a horror flick.
Or maybe they look ethereal and absolutely gorgeous, so delicate that the people setting them up for display hold their breath out of fear that they'll crumble to dust in their hands.
They're made out of paper so that fear is valid, but their anatomy is firmly planted in our world, so humanistic that they can't help but make the viewer feel something, even if that feeling is sheer terror. Hit the link and check out the rest of Vally's amazing paper works, if you dare...
This extended clip from the upcoming movie The FP shows what the post-apocalyptic world will be like if tribes have to prove their warrior skills via competitive dance video games like Dance Dance Revolution, only with a violent edge. And you thought DDR players looked silly before the bombs dropped! (NSFW due to language)
Japanese electronics manufacturing giant Toshiba has developed a supermarket scanner that can identify food and price it without a barcode. Here's how it works:
Instead of barcodes, the scanner uses a camera to identify objects—so fresh fruits and vegetables that don’t usually have barcodes can be automatically identified and input by staff more easily.
Only objects put in front of the ‘Object Recognition Scanner’ (ORS) are ‘illuminated’ on screen and seen by the camera, so that noise in the background of the object does not interfere and confuse the scanner.
The scanner can recognize objects while they’re moving, the difference between different types of similar objects (such as, a Fuji apple, a Jonagold, and a Matsu apple), and even beer cans and coupons.
To differentiate similar objects, the camera recognizes the subtle different patterns in color and pattern.
Whether this new innovation in supermarket technology will speed up our checkout times or result in some cashiers becoming even lazier is anybody's guess, but one thing's for sure-if this machine can tell the difference between types of produce it should help prevent overcharging at the checkout counter.