Fans of the Bioshock video game series (like me!) are getting mighty excited about the upcoming release of Bioshock: Infinite later this year, so it's no wonder we watch everything related to Bioshock that comes out on the interwebs in order to get our Rapture fix.
To tide us over until the new game is released, here's an entertaining Bioshock themed short film, which deals with the events that took place in Rapture before the first game on that fateful New Years Eve, 1958.
Jessica Lloyd Jones creates rather unique representations of vital organs out of blown glass, then she adds neon to each piece to add a glow of life energy. Here's what Jessica has to say about her works:
Blown glass human organs encapsulate inert gases displaying different colours under the influence of an electric current. The human anatomy is a complex, biological system in which energy plays a vital role. Brain Wave conveys neurological processing activity as a kinetic and sensory, physical phenomena through its display of moving electric plasma. Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifying the movement and the intensity of light. Heart is a representation of the human heart illuminated by still red neon gas. Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.
If you haven't visited the Tumblr site known as Awkward Stock Photos, you're missing out on a daily dose of hilarious photography which embodies the elusive WTF factor.
Occasionally there are NSFW images included, but since they're supposed to be stock photos usable for advertising, videos, etc. they're mostly just ridiculously strange, which makes it hard to figure out what the photographers were thinking when they took these oddball pics.
Take a gander at the site, and if it tickles your funny bone I guarantee you'll be checking back to see what sort of strange new images have been posted.
The works of Agnes-Cecile (aka Silvia Pelissero) are not only hauntingly beautiful, they have that messy perfection I love to see in paintings and watercolor works.
Recently, Agnes-Cecile has contributed to the 1000 Drawings charity event in Amsterdam, raising money to “support FairPen, which helps children in Uganda to run an editorial office with their peers, investigate issues, think critically, and publish handwritten, hand-drawn newspapers to each other and to their local communities.”
You can watch Agnes-Cecile in action at the Creep Machine link below, where you'll find a short video showing her create the piece pictured above from beginning to end. It's rather cool to see her hand at work, and may inspire you to try your hand at some watercolor works of your own.
What's better than watching a cheesy B movie made decades ago? Watching the whole thing in just over three minutes, which some of you might still find to be a bit too long.
Thanks to the purveyors of fine retro cheese known as Everything Is Terrible you can get your fill of Can It Be Love? without wanting to blow your brains out. And the big buff guy doing a terrible impression of Ahnold in Terminator comes free with the price of admission!
(NSFW for one bad word) --thanks to Chew for letting me know that the original flick is actually from 1992! Title edit away!
Five high school students from Marin County and San Francisco have teamed up to build their own Viper starship simulator for Maker Faire 2012, so they can play Battlestar Galactica like a real boss.
Their goal is to build a Viper frame with 360 degree motion and simulator screens so you can really feel the space in your face. It's interesting to see how they went from LEGO model to 3d model before actually building the simulator frame, the whole process looks like it was a lot of fun to put together!
Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that avoids the cliches and delivers a dark little tale told mostly via silhouettes. Created by Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot, with music composed by Manuel Borda, Red is a stylish adult fairy tale that's bloody good fun to watch.
Serious art lovers living in, or visiting, New York City are going to love this new app, which shows the location of all artworks contained in the subway stations across the city.
Created by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Arts for Transit app makes finding your favorite piece of public art a snap, so you won't have to miss your train to admire works from the likes of Lichtenstein and Sol Lewit, just to name a few.
There are hundreds of works throughout New York City's subway system, so having an app at your fingertips that shows you the location of each individual piece is quite convenient, and may make for a fun day of public art viewing.
If you encounter one of these amazing 3d murals by John Pugh painted on the side of a building, you might feel like you're peering into a tear in the space-time continuum. Don't worry, they're just incredible works of art, no need to call The Doctor.
Pugh describes his work as "monumental mural art", and he masterfully utilizes the trompe l'oiel technique to give the illusion of depth in works which are epic both in scale and lifelike detail.
If a roadrunner ever seems to run straight into one of these murals, don't race after him or you might end up as flat as a pancake!
It's not surprising that the Disney writers and animators came up with a plethora of dwarf names to choose from while working on Snow White.
What is surprising is that they were left with a whopping 47 unused names, and some of the names on the list are just plain awful. Names like Biggo-Ego, Flabby, and Thrifty certainly don't conjure up mental images of dwarfs heroic enough to help save the fair maiden, but I would love to see what a dwarf named Neurtsy looks like!
This public service announcement was brought to you by Star Wars, where things almost went horribly wrong between siblings Luke and Leia.
If you'd like to further explore this incestual possibility check out Splinter Of The Mind's Eye, a novel by Alan Dean Foster which was published in 1978 and takes place between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
What would your father Annakin/Darth think of what you two are about to do?!
It has to be a great feeling to see your father return home from military duty overseas, but when he comes home dressed as Captain America it elevates him to superhero status.
That is, if you're a little kid, with eyes full of wonder and a streak of innocence which allows you to believe, even for a moment, that your dad might be Captain America after all. Welcome home, super soldier!
Gundlach Bundschu Winery would like to share their take on the modern history of Merlot with you, and they've chosen to do so via comedy video. Bold move Gundlach, but the end result is a rather cheesy video that's laughably bad at times.
Still, it's an entertaining way to advertise your role in the expanding Merlot market, and I guess if you're a few bottles deep it might be the most hilarious video you've watched all day.
Judith Schaechter is bringing an antiquated art form into the 21st century with her fantastically imaginative stained glass artwork, like the piece pictured above entitled "The Battle of Carnival and Lent", which is on display at the Eastern State Penitentiary art installation program.
Judith's works are constructed using traditional methods and materials, incorporating glass painting techniques in order to tell a story which Judith describes as “addressing in a non-religious way the psychological border territory between ‘spiritual aspiration’ and human suffering.”
You can see detail photos from this amazing piece, along with some rather interesting process shots that show it all coming together, at the Creep Machine link below. And be sure to check out her website for more stunning works in stained glass.
Having to endure the mind numbing monotony of duplicating manuscripts by hand every day of their cloistered lives, medieval monks vented their frustration by adding cartoons and statements in the margins.
Surprisingly, many of the statements are obscene and quite blasphemous, especially considering their source. What's not surprising is that historians are finding these unedited remarks quite illuminating, giving them a rare glimpse into the daily lives of the original office workers.
Hit the links for a sample of the comedy stylings of medieval monks, courtesy of Colin Dickey and the Lapham Quarterly.
A man dressed as Batman was pulled over by the Montgomery County police department in Maryland for not having plates on his Batmobile Lamborghini, and what appeared to be nothing more than a silly photo op actually had a pretty heartwarming story behind it.
The Batman in question is an anonymous rich fellow who dresses up and visits sick children in the hospital to cheer them up, and he was heading home when he got pulled over, to the delight of the officers involved.
He explained that the suit's really hard to take off, and he was waiting until he got home to change back in to his rich guy clothes. However, he offered no explanation for why he drives a car worth a quarter of a million dollars, yet can't be bothered to slap some license plates on the back.
Bruce Wayne would have known better, Mr. Rich Guy.
These delightfully square versions of Hellboy and Abe Sapien look so cool that I'm sure they were a big hit at whatever Con they were attending when these pictures were taken.
From the comic book inspired detail lines, to the bold colors and painstaking attention to detail, these guys really stand out, and when they're done with the costumes they can use them to store all their old junk!
The artistic duo known as Littlewhitehead have some strange thoughts behind the sculptures in their collections. Their unique view of the world is darkly comical, which only adds to the disturbing nature of what each piece has to say to the viewer.
I've subtitled the above image "I've fallen and I can't reach my juice box", but the piece is actually called "We're all going to lose", which is kind of like a kick to the face of any whimsical ideas you may have had about the piece.
You can check out more of Littlewhitehead's sculptural oddities at the Beautiful/Decay link below, along with a rather insightful video where the duo discuss "various pieces and their creative process". I'm just glad they don't use real people in any of their works.
Childhood of a Circle is a whimsical animated short that will take you back to the wonder years of childhood. Created by French animator Kadavre Exquis, who also had a hand in creating the original soundtrack, Childhood of a Circle is a rare gem among modern animated shorts. With a soothing narrator, painterly backgrounds and a simplistic animation style, it's timeless fun for kids and grown folks alike.
Video games are finally being recognized as an art form, and the Smithsonian is celebrating with their Art of Video Games exhibit, featuring a staggering assortment of games both arcade and console, classic and cutting edge.
The exhibit will be featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum until September 30th, when it will begin a 10-stop nationwide tour. If the exhibit comes to my town I might actually have a reason to leave the house, yaay!
The seemingly radical idea of building a skyscraper out of wood is not so strange after all, as architect Michael Green is quick to point out, because of two main advantages wood has over concrete and steel-it's eco-friendly and cost effective. Here's more on Vancouver's Tallwood project:
‘Tallwood’ would be made of large panels of ‘laminated strand lumber’—a composite made by gluing together strands of wood.
Trees are a renewable resource, and they help to reduce air pollution. Sourcing from sustainably-managed forests could be deemed more environmentally sensitive, according to CNN.
Unlike concrete—which produces about 6-9kg of carbon dioxide for every 10kg of concrete—wood sucks carbon out of the atmosphere.
And contrary to popular belief, wood actually is quite fire-resistant.
“It may sound counter-intuitive, but performing well in a fire is something inherent in large pieces of wood, that’s why in forest fires the trees that survive are the largest ones,” Green said.
I don't know why, but the preliminary photos of this project remind me of the tabletop game Jenga...
This video shows Bollywood's take on the Assassin's Creed video game franchise, and the assassin in this version is unstealthy and a bit clumsy, until he remembers that he's a badass and starts kicking some tail.
If you discover that this vid floats your boat, check out the rest of the four part series, they're bloody good!
The Free Universal Construction Kit is an innovative new product that lets you combine pieces of building toys such as LEGO, K'Nex, Tinkertoys, Zoob, Duplo, etc., thereby allowing your creative mind to run free.
Even better than the rock solid design of the adapters is the fact that the Universal Construction Kit is free to download and print via 3d printer. I'm not sure how much 3d printing costs, but the pieces are pretty tiny so it shouldn't be too expensive, right? *sheepish grin*