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Woman Pays $50k To Clone Her Dog


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The death of a beloved pet can be a traumatizing experience, and most people love their pets as they would any other member of their family. But would you pay $50,000 to clone a new version of your beloved pet from the DNA of the deceased? The lady in this clip didn't hesitate to head over to South Korea, shell out the cash and clone her deceased dog Trouble, and she seems to have no regrets about her decision.

It seems like a huge waste of money to me, considering that the cloned pet probably isn't going to have anything in common with it's genetic original beyond physical appearance, but what do you guys think? If you had $50k to spare, and you're grieving the passing of a pet, would you choose to have them cloned?

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Site Specific Camo Lets You Hide Anywhere



You know that old joke that people love to tell you when you're wearing camo-"Oh, I didn't see you there, because you were camouflaged!" Well, that joke is about to become a reality, as a North Carolina company has begun creating custom, site specific camo gear. Here's how it works:

...because the patterns are created from photos that have been taken at different focal lengths it inhibits depth perception -- making it more challenging for the brain to see the camouflaged surfaces as a single object.


The camouflage may even receive a further upgrade, with the software firm applying for a patent on an "adaptive" material consisting of a vinyl substrate, a flexible image display that could adjust to the environment, and thermoelectric panels that could modify the soldier's heat signature.

Now no one is safe,  because someone may be blending in with the wall, or sofa, or even your front lawn! Better carry around a sharp stick just in case. On the other side-if you hold still too long you may be exposed to things you can't unsee, and therapy is very pricey these days, so please use this new camo fabric with care.

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Typography Made Out Of Ice



You may remember Stacy mentioning Nicole Dextra's ice typography series in her May article about a dress made out of yucca plants. (link). Well, now you can take a look for yourself at Nicole's bold statement-typography made out of solid ice, some letters standing over eight feet tall, spelling out thought provoking words that naturally return to the earth over time due to changing climate temperature.

Here's what Nicole has to say about the project:

The Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice placed outdoors that speak to how the viewer’s gaze frames and informs the landscape. The installations have varied from 8-foot high ice letters on the Yukon River to 18-inch high letters set in downtown Toronto. When the ice texts are installed on site, the temperature determines how long it will take for them to change state from solid to liquid. This phase of transition becomes symbolic of the interconnectedness of language and culture to the land as they are affected by time and by a constant shifting and transforming nature.

Now that's what I call environmental art!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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What Pokeballs Would Look Like In Real Life



Who knew that pokeballs, the devices used by the characters in the anime series Pokemon to capture their little critter pals, would be so beautiful in real life? Created via photo manipulation by DeviantARTist wazzy88, their elemental contents look so real, like they could burst out at any moment in a surge of bling. No wonder Pokemon don't mind being trapped inside those things for hours on end!

Link   --via Rampaged Reality

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Strange Portraits Of Couples Sealed In Plastic



These couples have been sealed in plastic to preserve freshness, to illustrate that sometimes love can be an uncomfortable feeling, and to show how smothering each other can make it really hard to breathe.

From the twisted imagination of Japanese artist Photographer Hal (yes, photographer is part of his name) comes this wacked out portrait series called Flesh Love, which are part S&M, part avant garde, and all totally mind-blowing, as you struggle to make out where one person ends and another begins.

How'd ya like to find one of these in your school lunchbag, kiddos?

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Funky Stools Which Are Organically 'Grown' With Magnets



These awesome looking stools were made by suspending giant magnets above a mixture of iron ore and molten plastic, in order to allow the hybrid substance to naturally "grow" into organic shapes and textures.

Created by Dutch designer Jolan van der Wiel, they look like just the thing to spruce up your cave when you're expecting company, or the best birthday present ever for the mineralogist in your life.

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Geek Warrior Seeks Revenge, Finds Epic Failure



What you see before you is a man who fancied himself a warrior, but turned out to be nothing but a loser seeking revenge for something that happened to him when he was seven years old. Here's the scoop:

This is the astonishing moment a crazed attacker stormed into a supermarket armed with an arsenal of knives including a hockey stick with a blade on the end as oblivious punters carried on their shopping.
Described as looking like a 'warrior', Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how David Millington, 37, went into Morrisons in a suburb of Wolverhampton last March wearing a tool belt containing five kitchen knives and a makeshift shield.

Millington then chased security guard Andrew Osbourne, who he lived close to as a youngster and reportedly has a 30-year grudge against, through the store before being tackled to the ground by brave manager Michael Walsh.

Nothing about fifty years of therapy won't cure, am I right?

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Self Portraits Of Photographer Bathing In Awkward Places



This series of self portraits by Japanese photographer Mariko Sakaguchi finds her bathing in some most unusual, and quite awkward, places such as: a restaurant, cluttered apartments, a deserted concert hall and a crowded classroom.

This photo series is decidedly Japanese, right down to the fact that the people around her are too polite to react to her presence, and I think the photos not only say a lot about Japanese culture, they also show how easy it is to juxtapose social awkwardness into normally mundane situations by adding even the hint of skin to the scene.

I would love to see her do a series which revolves around her taking a bath on various modes of public transportation-subway trains, crowded school buses, in the back of a limo. Time to take the awkwardness on the road Mariko!

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Watch The Trailer For Wes Anderson's New Movie Moonrise Kingdom


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I've been a fan of Wes Anderson's movies ever since Rushmore brought his simplistically surreal form of storytelling, and endearing characters, to life on the big screen.

In his latest film Moonrise Kingdom he brings another cast of quirky yet relatable characters to the stage, and my heart swells just thinking about the strange situations these characters are about to find themselves in, and the hilarious moments which will be replaying over and over again in my head as I leave the theater.

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Incredible Works Of Art Made Out Of Junk



This time-lapse GIF shows a portrait piece being created by artist Tom Deininger, who specializes in making amazing sculptural works of art out of found junk and garbage.

The use of found objects gives each piece a unique color scheme, and the elements that make up each piece are recognizable, as if the pieces may be lurking around in your trash bin somewhere, waiting to be released. His use of objects as texture also brings the subjects to life with their own power and personality, and they're all eco-friendly to boot!

Tom has been featured on Neatorama before (link), and in the time since he has created a ton of new artworks, which are now featured on his website. Take a look, and see if you find Tom's trashy artworks a-peeling. *wink*

Link  --via Beautiful Decay

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Cool Retro Styled VHS Tape Notebooks



These VHS tape inspired notebooks ooze retro charm, and will probably get shoved into the nearest VCR by a curious senior citizen if you're not careful.

Created by Peleg Design, they even come with a plastic slipcover and adhesive labels, to complete the old school cool. Label them as something sick like Faces Of Death or Snuff Film and you have a journal even your nosiest family members won't want to crack open.

Link  --via JazJaz

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The Dressing Room Of The Future



This seems like the kind of invention we've needed for a long time now-a virtual dressing room that allows you to try on clothes without all that nudity and pointless human interaction.

There are no salespeople to hard sell you into buying that ill fitting garment, you simply try it on for size via touch screen and see what you think for yourself. Here's how it works:

The ‘Swivel’ system works by using motion-sensing technology of Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, and a live video feed as ‘mirror images’.

When users stand in front of the system, the webcam would project an image of the user on the connected screen, along with shopping categories, such as clothing, jewelry and handbags.

To try on items, users wave their hands to select categories and items. Items would be digitally overlayed on the live image of the users.

When users turn to their sides, the items would also move along with their bodies.

Swivel takes into account the body types, and would make the items appear as it realistically would. The system also gives users recommendations with their outfits.

Users may also layer items, or change backgrounds to “put the look into context”, and send an image of the final look to friends and family for approval.

The Jetsons had this technology way back in the 1960s, so why has it taken us so long to integrate this technology into our modern shopping routine?

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Retro Video Game Cover Art From Very Weird Games



The good folks over at Comics Alliance have put together a gallery of unusual retro video game covers, and I've gotta say most of them are hilarious, because I think they sound like a ridiculous concept, yet I am strangely compelled to find and download the ROMs so I can play these crazy games!

From Ninja Golf to Skateboard Joust, these games were probably left on the shelf for the most part, and now we can look back with a laugh and ask ourselves "What were they thinking when they made these games?"

My only meh is the fact that Renegade and Two Crude Dudes are on the list, because I played the hell outta these games as a youngster, and still have fond memories of them both in the arcade and on the old consoles. Do any of these video game covers bring back fond memories of your childhood?

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Watch This Japanese Man Jam With A Celery Flute


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If you're fed up with simply eating celery, then why not take a note from this guy's playbook and turn it into a musical instrument!

Watch as he sticks a custom made celery flute up his nose, then plays some sweet tunes for your enjoyment, tunes that can only be played via vegetable, or recorder, or any other toy flute ever made.

But hey, he's obviously after style points with this one, and I'm sure he'll get invited to lots of dinner parties once everyone sees his amazing talent.

Thankfully, he doesn't eat his instrument when he's finished playing. And, if you thought the celery flute was the extent of his power over vegetables, check out his other YouTube videos and be amazed at his homegrown musical skills!

--via Geekosystem


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Play The Retro Styled Game Abobo's Big Adventure For Free



Retro gaming enthusiasts will remember the big bald baddie known as Abobo from his appearance in the Double Dragon games from the 80s and 90s. He's large, moustachioed, packs a mean punch, and now stars in his own online game, which is really fun and  totally free to play!

So hit the link, and get ready to game like the good old days, in Abobo's Big Adventure!

Link  --via GeeksAreSexy

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e-Urinal Tests Your Urine And Reports Health Issues



A while back I posted an article about a urinal which doubles as a video game, and this invention was actually well received, even though I still don't understand the allure.

But this concept design for an e-Urinal really makes sense to me--a unit which is able to scan your urine and report possible health issues to you while you wait. And, while this particular model may still be in the conceptual stage of development, I can see this kind of thing catching on and changing the way our health issues are diagnosed.

Let's just hope you don't have to show proof of  health insurance in order to use this urinal, or I predict a lot of wet floors surrounding these things!

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Razer Unleashes A Tablet Hybrid Gaming PC



The future of portable gaming looks pretty sweet, thanks to Razer's newest innovation Project Fiona, which looks like a tablet but has a gaming PC worth of power under the hood.

With Intel's Core i7 processors, both game controllers and a touch screen, and no issues with compatibility when running PC games (it will come with Windows 8 installed), this isn't just a tablet-it's a way to take your favorite PC games with you wherever you go, and have them look as good as they do on your monitor at home.

Now, the fact that the projected launch price is "under $1,000" may make this unit too pricey for all but the wealthiest and most diehard gamers, but to me it's all about what this unit represents-the future of portable gaming, and it's looking good!

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Get Your Drink On With These Geeky Cocktails



It doesn't take a lot of talent or imagination to come up with a new cocktail, especially if you like to sip on the strong stuff on a regular basis. Drinkers know what tastes good, what goes well together, and how to make your drink turn a pretty color in the glass, all without ever needing to crack open a Bartender's Bible.

These recipes aren't going to win any awards for being the most creative concoctions, but that's not the point-the point is they are all based on geek culture, and actually apply quite well to the characters from which they draw inspiration.

So, let the Drunken Moogle pour you a delicious sounding Dirt Block (Minecraft), or blow fireballs with a Charizard (Pokemon), all while drinking in moderation, of course.

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The Hobbit Trailer Gets The Sweded Treatment


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It seems like every movie trailer with any trace of geek interest gets sweded by fans then put on YouTube, so why should the trailer for the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit be left out?

Although this isn't a traditional swede, and the filmmakers from MonkeyTheater take some liberties with the lines,  it's still hilarious and entertaining to watch. My fav scene-when Bilbo is introduced to the dwarves. Haha, classic!

--via The Mary Sue


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Miss Piggy Meets Her New Beau In Outer Space



This unlikely romance actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it-they're both prone to violent fits of rage, he is more swine-like than Kermit will ever be, and they both enjoy spending time touring the stars in spaceships.

This adorable fan made illustration comes to us courtesy of DeviantArtitst Loopydave, and I think it would make a great poster for all the fans who love both the Muppets and Star Wars.

Link  --via The Mary Sue

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Amazing Toy Mod Sculptures By Stephen Ives



These awesome sculptures are obviously inspired by toys, yet their style and subject matter would be lost on children. From a Kim Jong-Il potato head to a Virgin Mary shaped jet, Stephen Ives celebrates childhood in a decidedly adult manner.

Some look like toy mods, others are sculptures which are styled after plastic toys, and all have a unique style that is playful with serious undertones.

The only thing I don't like about these sculptures is the fact that they haven't been made into vinyl toy versions, because I want them all for my collection!

Link  --via Super Punch

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You Can Help Develop Dungeons And Dragons 5th Edition



What do old school tabletop gamers, people who have recently discovered pen and paper roleplaying games, and those who are sick of paying a monthly fee for their MMO and/or want to actually see their fellow players sitting across from them have in common? Wizards of the Coast want you to help them develop the fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons.

Straight from the dragon's mouth:

Liz Schuh, head of publishing and licensing for Dungeons & Dragons spoke with the New York Times about their new venture. The game “is a unique entertainment experience because it’s crafted by the players at the table, and every gaming session is different,’ said Schuh. “We want to take that idea of the players crafting that experience to the next level and say: ‘Help us craft the rules. Help us craft how this game is played.’”

I am an avid tabletop gamer, and I've been playing games like Dungeons and Dragons since the eighties, so I can see how player input could be invaluable to the process of creating a new edition of their game. But is it really necessary to keep updating the game, when preexisting rules can be adapted? What do you guys think -- is this a necessary update, or a Kraken sized advertising campaign?

Link  --via The Mary Sue

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Totally Trippy Retro Animatic For The Hobbit


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Way before Peter Jackson turned the works of Tolkien into an epic series of movies, before Rankin Bass presented us with an awesome animated version of the books, there was another animated version in the works.

And by the looks of this animatic for The Hobbit, which was created by animator Gene Dietch in 1966, it was going to be one tripped out ride. The style reminds me of Mary Blair (Disney's Small World) or Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle), but what do you think? Would you have enjoyed watching The Hobbit animated if it were produced in this style?

--via ComicsAlliance


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Too Lazy To Walk? Then Get Some Motorized Shoes!



In today's fast paced world, sometimes we aren't walking fast enough to keep up with everyone else, or we simply don't have to energy to walk but still have places to go.

That's where the spnKiX come in-they're motorized shoes which are operated via remote control, and can race along at speeds up to 10 mph. And, all kidding aside, they look like a lot of fun to roll around in, if your bones mend easily and/or you have really good health insurance.

They're like Heelys 2.0, but the first batch is sorely lacking in many ways-way too expensive (over $600/pr.), battery that can only go about 3 miles before it needs to be recharged for a whopping 3 hours, and a design that can only support up to 180 lbs.

But think of the effect motorized shoes will have on the future-drunks being wheeled home via remote control, dance crews wheeling about the city streets battling until their batteries run out, and roving packs of tweens trying not to get beat up by skateboarders while still looking cooler than rollerbladers.

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This Guy Wants To Bring The Science Of Sexy Back



This one's for all you science studs, because we all know that the sexiest organ in the human body is the brain.

And, while keeping your eyes glued to a textbook doesn't help your body get into shape, it will work wonders for your self esteem, and someday your pocketbook, if you're lucky!

So, put on your space themed tie and some blue jeans and show the world how sexy science can be.

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Massive Model Of Starship Serenity Discovered In Warehouse



This amazingly large, and incredibly detailed, production model of the starship Serenity from the scifi tv show Firefly was recently unearthed in a Universal Archives warehouse.

Like many models used in production, it was resigned to a shadowy fate once the show wrapped up production, and many thought it ended up in a trash bin somewhere.

Here's more info on why this was such a significant find:
About three months ago, while getting a very rare tour of the Universal archives, we came across something tucked into a corner and covered in plastic that made our hearts skip a beat: a highly-detailed 12-foot-long filming model of the Reaverized Serenity. We could hardly believe what we were seeing!

As many Browncoats know, there has been a rumor around for years that a filming miniature used for the crash scene on Mr. Universe's planet. But that rumor was either denied as either being totally false, or that the miniature used was a simple styrofoam model. As you can see from the picture below, it does exist and is about as far from a "simple" model as you could imagine.

With such high production quality standards, it's no wonder Firefly still looks fresh to this day. If only the fan appreciation factor was enough to put Firefly back on the air.... *sigh*

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An Amazing 3D Animation Short Called Electro Shock


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This incredibly well made cartoon is the product of some talented students from the ESMA School of the Arts in France, and packs a full length feature worth of content into an eight minute long short.

With an endearing storyline, cute cartoony style and some sweet visual effects, it's so slick that I can hardly believe that it was made by student animators! Check it out and see if Electro Shock changes the way you think about superheroes.

--via Cartoon Brew

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These Retro Cosplay Pics Are Gnarly To The Max



Back in the good old days of convention cosplay, before the overuse of silicone and foam latex made for fierce competition and bare skin became an acceptable substitute for creativity, people had simpler tastes in costuming, and anime had yet to become the darling of the convention floors.

Now, that's not to say that these costumes aren't cool (for the most part, anyway) and well made, but the incredible production quality of modern costumes would date the cosplayers in this gallery, even if the quality of the photographs hadn't already made it obvious that they're from long ago.

The photos in this gallery come to you courtesy of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society from the Westercon convention of 1980, and they are full of warmth and charm, cosplay enthusiasts who aren't used to posing for hundreds of pictures, and only one scantily clad supergal. *gasp*

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This Is One Tough Little Corgi



You're looking at a true survivor, a tough little Corgi named Ole that survived a massive avalanche, which took the life of one of his owners, then spent four grueling days making his way back home. Here's the scoop:

Ole’s owner Dave Gaillard was out skiing with his wife Kerry along Hayden Creek with their diminutive dog this past Saturday. Dave happened to spot the avalanche which broke in the mountains above, and shouted to Kerry that she should “Retreat to the trees.” These would be his last words. Dave was buried under some 14 feet of snow. Kerry, heading his warning, survived by clinging to a tree. Ole was nowhere in sight.

Four days later, to everyone’s surprise, the little orange and white dog appeared at the Alpine Motel — some four miles away from where the Gaillards had been. He was dazed, hungry, and scared, but Bill Whittle says the little dog responded to his calls and ate and drank happily. During his journey, Ole had to endure bitterly cold temperatures and deep snow. Despite this, he appeared to be healthy aside from his hunger...

This sad yet heartwarming story makes me want to go out and adopt a puppy! Dogs, and their resiliency, never cease to amaze me.

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Snap Into A Macho Man Skyrim Mod


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When hacks and mods are created for video games, they are typically created to enhance the gaming experience, and nothing says "experience enhanced" like giant pink dragons wearing Macho Man style gear and facial hair.

This wacky mod by FancyPantz brings the pain to the fantasy world of the video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, all while fondly remembering the pro wrestler/Slim Jim spokesman/fashion pioneer Macho Man Randy Savage.

If you're playing Skyrim on a PC, you can download this crazy mod here and add some showmanship to y0ur game! Guaranteed to make you say "Ooooooooh Yeah!" during your next epic gaming session.

--via Geekosystem

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