Chinese artist Wang Zhiyuan has an interesting way of showing disdain for the state of garbage pollution in his hometown-he created this neat 36 foot tall tornado made out of recyclable plastic bottles and containers.
The piece is entitled Thrown To The Wind, with the funnel shape flipped over to appear as if the cloud of bottles is taking off into the sky.
You know there aren't enough recycling programs in your town when a tornado tears through which is made almost entirely out of trash!
Elders React To... is an adorable new web series by The Fine Brothers that shows senior citizens commenting and reacting to viral videos.
This is one hip trip to the old folks home, and these seniors don't hold back when asked how they feel about Nyan Cat, or how much grass people must have to smoke in order to watch that repetitive little pop tart shaped kitty in the sky.
It's a laugh riot, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next episode!
Any child of the 80s knows that the original Transformers TV show was pretty freakin' awesome.
It (arguably) sparked a wave of interest in robots, and spawned some decidedly lackluster imitators (GoBots, Convertors and Zybots, just to name a few) that in no way diminished our childhood fascination with all things robotic.
But even a show as awesome as Transformers had to miss the mark on occasion, as Topless Robot's list of the ten worst episodes of Transformers proves. Check it out for yourself and see-is there more than meets the eye, or are these ten episodes just plain ugly?
A new report in the Journal of Ornithology reports that cedar waxwings are flying drunkenly to their deaths at an alarming rate due to their habit of gorging on berries.
Here's more on this drunken mayhem:
Cedar waxwings have evolved to live on a diet that averages 84 per cent fruit. But those evolutionary innovations backfired on several occasions between 2005 and 2007 when flocks of them died after crashing into windows and fences in broad daylight in the Los Angeles area.
Now Kinde and colleagues report that the downfall of the flocks came from eating too many berries. Lacking a crop – the expandable pouch near the throat used to store food – waxwings stow meals in a distensible oesophagus. "When the fruit stays in the oesophagus, it ferments and produces ethanol," says Kinde.
The waxwings had ingested so many berries that their large livers "could not keep up with the alcohol produced by the fermentation", with ethanol concentration as high as 1000 parts per million. By the time they finished stuffing themselves with berries, they were too drunk to fly safely.
It appears that no species is safe from the effects of alcohol abuse. Time to develop some little birdie breathalizers to make sure they're flying straight!
With the emergence of ridiculous "named after but not really based on the board game" movies like Battleship, it's only a matter of time before they move from board games to puzzle video games looking for inspiration.
That's where Tetris: The Movie comes in, because Tetris is sure to be one of the first game titles they secure due to the overwhelming popularity of the game.
I would love to see a Dr. Mario movie about a drug peddling plumber, and if Candyland involved psychedelic induced hallucinations and candy colored strippers I would plunk down my ten dollars in a heartbeat!
Everyone knows that the animation industry is full of rip off artists and people trying to capitalize on the success of films made by other studios, but this cheap imitation of the hit film franchise Madagascar is just plain rotten.
Kids will know better than to think that this stinker comes anywhere near comparing to their beloved Madagascar films, and the studio responsible for this film is shameless in their pursuit of profit.
But hey, at least the trailer is worth watching for a cheap laugh!
It's hard for me to imagine a time when people didn't find ventriloquist dummies to be downright terrifying, and these pictures prove they were the stuff of nightmares well before Rod Serling turned them into cold blooded killers on the Twilight Zone.
These old timey portraits of ventriloquists and their dummies come from the Vintage Ventriloquism Flickr group, who are dedicated to sharing and preserving these unnerving portraits with the world.
Thanks guys, now I'm gonna need a cocktail and a sleeping pill just to get to sleep tonight!
These character re-designs show what the X-Men might look like if they're drawn in the style of Disney animation.
They're pretty cool despite the lack of edge, and might make for a fun afternoon series for the kiddies to watch, but overall they look a little too cuddly for my taste.
They were re-envisioned by artist Matthew Humphreys, who went for that old school look with the brown and yellow uniform for Wolvie and the classic mohawk look for Storm. *sigh* Those were the good old days!
No true fan of the Vulcan mastermind known as Spock will be able to live without this amazing painting hanging in their quarters.
Created by Etsy seller Ruth Marcus, this acrylic painting captures Spock in a rare moment of emotional bliss, seated with his favorite kitty Mr. Scrambles on his lap, memories of Vulcan's wars fading away along with the stress of the current stardate.
And if you're not a big fan of Spock don't worry- Ruth will make a custom painting of your favorite celebrity seated with your pet.
I'm thinking a painting of Dom DeLuise with one of my chinchillas sitting on his head might make a pretty swanky portrait to hang over my bed. Get those brushes ready Ruth!
You may say "meh" at the idea of a Star Wars: A New Hope radio play, but when that play is read by voice actors playing the classic animated characters they're best known for voicing, "meh" quickly becomes "eh?!" and eventually turns to "eeeeee!" in a squeal of delight.
This video from the Emerald City Comicon contains over an hour of voice acting magic, as if the roles in Star Wars were being played by Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (Rob Paulsen), Jake from Adventure Time (John DiMaggio), and Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls (Tara Strong) just to name a few.
The bright and shiny monsters in Adam Wallacavage's latest series of works would look right at home in any haunted mansion, tomb or spooky kook's swanky pad, and they really know how to light up a room!
Created with a sense of whimsy, and a ghoulishly delightful interior design aesthetic, these sculptural delights have an added bonus built in-they fill the room with tentacled shadows, sure to frighten and delight once the sun goes down!
This is one awesome sculpture, and it's hard to tell that it started out as an ordinary wooden bowling pin!
Created by artist Peter Nordstrom, it's heavy on the Aliens and HR Giger influences, without being too obviously derived from either source.
Intricately carved, and more than a bit scary in places, this beautiful work of art transcends geekdom and belongs on display behind glass in an art museum, so everyone can take a closer look at Peter's work.
These stunningly realistic wooden figures by Bruno Walpoth represent human beings in their rawest form, soft skin carved out of hard wood, every wrinkle and detail carved in while evidence of tool work remains when they're inspected up close.
If I came across one of these figures standing alone in a dark room I would probably jump right out of my skin, because they look like they might come to life at any moment, and not in a cute Pinocchio kind of way.
And what's more terrifying than a skinny, pasty skinned guy standing around in a dark room without a shirt or shoes on? NOTHING.
Every superhero has to start somewhere, and childhood dreams turned into the real thing for these famous figures from comic book lore.
This series of illustrations by Andy Fairhurst is called When I Grow Up I Wanna Be..., and they depict the silhouettes of kids at play to show what some superfolks were doing before they gained all that power and life saving responsibility.
This rarely seen short was directed by Steve Moore, and he's been trying to get it out of the Disney vaults for the last 15 years so he can show his work to the world.
Redux Riding Hood was nominated for an academy award in 1997, and there's still no clear reason given why the house that Mickey built wanted to keep it under wraps. Enjoy this cute, but crappy quality video transfer, retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, it's a real hoot!
This fun and interesting home electronics kit is called The MaKey MaKey, and it can turn anything into a keyboard or game controller by linking objects to the circuit board via alligator clips.
Here's more on this fascinating kit:
How Does it Work? Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple.
When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.
What materials work with MaKey Makey?
Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn't already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape). Here are some materials people have used in our workshops including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc.
Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more...
It's a fun way to learn about how keyboards and game controllers work without destroying your own equipment, and since their recent Kickstarter campaign far exceeded their original monetary goal, it should be hitting the store shelves soon.
The average Brit knows as much about the NBA as the average American knows about Arsenal and FIFA, which is why it's hilarious to hear one of the Queen's own announce a game between "the Clappers" (sic) and the Spurs.
And, although the game isn't real therefore the announcer isn't currently employed by ESPN to add commentary to NBA games, it's fun to hear someone adding some much needed color and dry wit to a pro basketball dribble fest.
Good show, old chap! (NSFW due to some off color humor)
Geek overlord Joss Whedon has made no attempt to hide his nerdy side from the entertainment world, and he loves to place easter eggs in his productions that make fans drool at their discovery.
This particular easter egg comes from the pilot episode of Firefly:
In the opening sequence of Firefly‘s pilot episode, “Serenity,” Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds is fighting the Battle of Serenity Valley. And losing. But before he’s forced to lay down his guns, he hops behind a giant anti-aircraft cannon to shoot down an Alliance fighter. And when he powers up the gun, the heads-up-display reveals a very familiar logo in the top part of the screen
The logo in question is the Weyland-Yutani Corporation logo, from the Aliens film franchise. Now that would be one amazing crossover-the crew of the Serenity vs. a horde of bloodthirsty xenomorphs!
The untimely death of Adam Yauch (MCA of the seminal rap group The Beastie Boys) sparked a wave of fan tributes that hit the internet like a tsunami.
Check out these really cool MCA/Beastie Boys inspired paintings by artists who were clearly sippin' on some Brass Monkey while they were seated at the easel- Chris B. Murray, Dave MacDowell, Dan Santat, and Ken Garduno.