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Artist Unveils Final Design For Edgar Allan Poe Statue

Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak was chosen out of 265 artists to create a commemorative statue of Edgar Allan Poe to go up in the Boston neighborhood where he was born, and she has just unveiled the final design of her amazing statue.

The incredibly detailed and lifelike sculpture will be used as the basis for a bronze statue to go up on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street on October 5, 2014, an area commonly referred to as "Edgar Allan Poe Square".

Here's what Stefanie has to say about her awesome statue design:

I propose to cast a life-size figure of Poe in bronze. Just off the train, the figure would be walking south towards his place of birth, where his mother and father once lived. Poe, with a trunk full of ideas—and worldwide success—is finally coming home. His expression is complex. He is determined and his stride is decisive. His face reflects a mixture of pain, anger and sadness, and from some angles, a subtle sense of hope. As he walks towards Carver Street, he openly dismisses what is behind him with his left hand; the Frogpondians to the north. Boston is not claiming Poe, Poe is claiming Boston. To punctuate this, he leaves a literal paper trail behind him. He has not only left his mark on the world, he has left it on the city of his birth. His ideas are jumping off the page and cascading out of his trunk; a heart lies just behind him, and an oversized Raven explodes to the south. The Raven, which has become symbolic of Poe’s brooding creative spirit, visually reflects Poe; his coat mimics the raven’s wing, and, like a bird, Poe is slightly pigeon-toed. They are one, heading up-wind towards their final resting place.

-Via Nerd Approved


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The Soft Sculpture Works Of Mister Finch

Mister Finch creates soft sculptures which look like they're part of an otherworldly natural history museum collection, from a dimension where the flora and fauna are all made out of fabric.

Massive insects with textile wings, fabric birds with wire talons trapped in glass display domes, and linen plants with muted color palettes are all on display in Mister Finch's imaginative tableaus, taking the viewer on a trip into a purely fabric-ated realm created by that great big sewing machine in the sky.

-Via Juxtapoz


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Nic Cage's Encounters With The Animal Kingdom

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Nicolas Cage has a reputation for being a bit of a wild man, and when he gets that smile on his face and a mad look in his eyes you know the crazed critter that lurks inside him is about to be set free. Maybe that's why Nic has so many strange encounters with animals- they see him as one of their own.

Recently Nicolas Cage went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and talked about some of the encounters he’s had over the years with wild animals, from an ankle biting bandicoot to a meeting with a great white shark.

-Via Gossip Cop

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3D Printed Stop Motion Short - Bears On Stairs

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Bears on Stairs isn't a high concept art piece, or a stop motion short that features revolutionary digital techniques or a highly detailed puppet cast. It's a simple short which showcases a simple idea that is sure to be imitated by many animators to come.

DBLG has come up with a rather ingenious way to create a stop motion short with the help of 3D modeling/animation software and a 3D printer- they created the bear character and the stairs using 3D animation software, animated the bear walking up the stairs then printed out each element frame by frame.

It may not be the most efficient way to create a stop motion short, but Bears on Stairs is a good example of how 3D printing can be integrated into a traditional artform like stop motion animation.

-Via AnimalNY


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Footage Of The First Legoland Park Opening In 1968

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LEGO was a relatively unknown company in America circa 1968, but in Billund, Denmark they were already constructing the very first Legoland, which attracted over 600,000 visitors in its first year alone.

The power of those little building blocks was put on display in the form of highly detailed scale models- miniature towns, environments and landmarks populated the ten acre theme park and showed that LEGO bricks were more than just toys.

It's interesting to see how the LEGO empire has grown over the last fifty years, and the original Legoland revealed in this vintage footage is a far cry from the chain of LEGO theme parks we know today.

-Via Topless Robot


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Stanley Kubrick's Daughter Photographs Life With Her Famous Father

Stanley Kubrick had a young lady overseeing productions such as 2001 and The Shining, but she wasn’t a producer or any real part of the production, at least not until she grew up.

The she we're speaking of is Stanley’s daughter Vivian, and her photographic documentation of life on the sets of her father’s films give us a rare glimpse behind the scenes of Kubrick's films and into his personal life.

Vivian clearly enjoyed being part of the action, so much so that she grew up to create Making "The Shining" documentary for the BBC and wrote the score for Full Metal Jacket, among her many other contributions, but the focus here is on her photography, which she has been sharing via Twitter as a tribute to her cinematic life with Stanley.

You can read more about Vivian Kubrick and the role she played in her father's films over at Dangerous Minds, and you can view a small collection of Vivian's photographs at Imgur.


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Meet Mr. Poo- India's Anti-Public Defecation Mascot

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It seems that crap is literally piling up on the streets and sidewalks of India, becoming one big, smelly mess that affects the health and hygiene of the people, so UNICEF has come up with a catchy way to remind people to deposit their waste in the proper receptacle- Mr. Poo.

He's the stinky star of an advertising campaign, a really catchy music video that urges people to "take the poo to the loo", and a video game where players flush away the villanous Mr. Poo's legion of turd minions.

Mr. Poo is someone you don't want hanging around your city streets, not to be confused with Monsieur Le Pew, who also stinks but is way more fun to be around!

(Video is NSFW due to language)

-Via Topless Robot


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The Best Songwriter You've Probably Never Heard Of

Benji Hughes is a relatively unknown songwriter who truly deserves his day in the sun, and even though you may not know his name you’ve probably heard one of his songs.

Benji has created music for many famous ad campaigns, from Captain Morgan to Cheerios, he’s worked with many famous musicians, from Kesha to Rilo Kiley to Alice Cooper, and he’s a masterful singer, songwriter and musician who is destined for great things…as soon as people hear his album.

Released in 2008, Benji’s amazing debut album A Love Extreme is described by many as a "cult classic" and "damn near perfect", yet Benji has only managed to sell around 6,000 copies of his heartfelt labor of love. Maybe people just haven't heard of Benji yet, but once the word gets out, and people hear his album and form their own opinions, he's sure to get the critical acclaim he deserves.

Read about Hughes at Vulture.


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What The "Average American" Will Look Like In 2050

It is projected that by the year 2050 the people who make up our American melting pot will reach an ultimate level of mixed ethnic heritage, resulting in the minority truly becoming anyone who is of one racial background.

National Geographic decided to explore the look of the "average American" with a little help from photographer Martin Schoeller and a bit of digital manipulation, creating a series of portraits that show what these future Americans will look like.

The projected faces are familiar rather than far fetched, and may help alleviate the fear and doubts some people still have about interracial relationships.

-Via DesignTAXI

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Baby Starts Dancing When The EDM Beat Drops

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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.

-Via Cheezburger

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Watch Two Senior Citizens Fly For The First Time

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Flying on an airplane for the first time is usually one of those milestone moments people experience before they reach adulthood, but whether out of fear or not wanting to travel some people never seem to get around to taking that first flight.

An & Ria, the subjects of this delightful video, didn’t get around to taking a flight until they were well into their senior years, and they both figured if they didn’t take to the sky soon they might not get another chance, so they agreed to take their first flight and have their reactions documented by firsts.com.

It’s equal parts hilarious and heartwarming, and maybe it will convince those of you who have yet to take their first flight that now is the time!

-Via Sploid


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Don't Be Hatin' On My Regeneratin'


They See Me Regeneratin' They Hatin' by AmdyDesign

When those robots see me rollin', regeneratin', they always get all fired up because they hatin'! Bow ties are cool, regenerating is cool, time travelling doctors are cool, haters are not. Don't be hatin' on his sonic screwdrivin' abilities, he's the lord of time doctorin' and a master of space travellin', word to your mummy.

Keep your fashion hater free with this They See Me Regeneratin' They Hatin' t-shirt by AmdyDesign, it's sure to bring some geek love your way!

Visit AmdyDesign's official Website, Facebook and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more neat designs:

Time and Space - Colour Geronimo Bigger on the Inside The Doctor's Tomb

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You Win Or You Die


You Win or You Die by Tom Trager

War may seem like a game, with knights and pawns taking to the battlefield to wage war for the throne, but in this game there are no winners, only survivors. Four noble houses will battle it out for the fate of the kingdom, who will come out on top in this fantasy war?

You will if you're wearing this You Win or You Die t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's a bold way to declare your allegiance both on and off the battlefield.

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Classy Quotes Justice Obey The Mother of Dragons Bending Legend

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Hermit In A Half Shell - Dragon Power


Master of Turtles by Theduc

Have you ever wondered who trained the kung fu fighting rat that trained those mutant turtles in the art of ninja combat? It was that kooky old hermit with the turtle shell on his back, a collector of dragon power and master of martial arts. He's a hermit in a half shell, full of dragon power!

This Master of Turtles t-shirt by Theduc features a cartoon combat crossover sure to take your geeky wardrobe from A to Z.

Visit Theduc's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more masterful designs:

Triangle DB art Yellow Power Toto-Beach

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Why Fly When You Can Ride?


Between Trees by Michael Renouf

Why flap your wings all day when you've got a sweet set of wheels sitting in your tree stump garage? The clever bird on this Between Trees t-shirt by Michael Renouf doesn't need to fly south for the winter, she can simply ride it out on her bicycle built for two.

Visit Michael's official website and Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more neat designs:

Dogs in Vases: Basset Signal to Noise Ode to Joy Pessimystic

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One Precious Peanut To Rule Them All


Security Trinket by Adam Koford

Little round-headed cartoon characters are usually pretty darn cute, but add just a hint of morbidity and a fall from grace backstory beloved by fantasy fic fans and the once cutesy character becomes something far more sinister.

Can't decide between your favorite bubble headed cartoon characters and your precious fantasy creatures? You can have them both with this Security Trinket t-shirt by Adam Koford, it's one shirt which will rule them all!

Vist Adam Koford's official website then head on over to his NeatoShop for more fantastic designs:

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Elements Of Sci-Fi - Stone Wars


Stone Wars by Punksthetic

The fourth element of style is timelessness, but what's the fifth element of fashion? Why, wearing this Stone Wars t-shirt by Punksthetic, of course! With a timelessly modern sci-fi style, and a glorious twist on the old war in the stars poster art, folks from Dallas to Mars will appreciate your taste in far out films.

Visit Punksthetic's official website and Facebook, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more awesome designs:

Vigorbumps Plasmidbumps Ghostbumps Meth City

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Let's Go To The Off World Colonies


Off World by Synaptyx

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!

Visit Synaptyx's official website and Facebook, then let's go to his NeatoShop for more adventurous shirt designs. A new T-shirt awaits you there!

Myaah! Pikamitey More Human Than Human Nevilled Up

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I Survived The Pit Monster


Surviving the Sarlacc by Stationjack

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.

Visit Stationjack's official website and Facebook page, then check out his NeatoShop for more amazing designs:

Rigellian Coffee Robokitty Scum & Villainy Walker Grimes

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My Web Slinging Neighbor


My Friendly Neighbor by Ruwah

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:

Powerpuff Goddesses Turks Fiction Succession of Witches Nightmare

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Titan Pilots Training...Complete!


Titan Pilot Training by adho1982

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!

Visit adho1982's Facebook page then head over to his NeatoShop for more awesome designs:

Animatronics Turtle Recall Hardboiled Professor Swordfish Service and Repair Manual

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Photos Of Hilariously Derpy Animals

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Acting derpy comes quite naturally to critters of all shapes and sizes, and they’re blissfully unaware of how those derpy expressions on their faces drive humans wild with laughter and happiness.

When you're looking to put on a happy face there's no easier way than by looking at a bunch of pics featuring animals making derpy faces seemingly for your amusement, and we have yet to find a dark day that cannot be brightened by hilarious animal pics, they're like Prozac for your eyeballs!

Take a look at this collection of 22 Hilariously Derpy Animals from the furry folks at Bored Panda and you too will believe in the healing power of funny animal photos.

EDIT: Thanks to John S. for sharing this critter- The Potoo, aka Derpyness incarnate!

(Image Via Barnorama)

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Musical Anatomy Illustration Series By Shawn Feeney

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.

-Via Hi-Fructose


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Behind The Scenes Look At Sylvain Chomet's Simpsons Couch Gag

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We recently shared a post about the amazing couch gag Sylvain Chomet created for The Simpsons, and though to some it may not have been obvious a whole lotta work went into this short intro sequence.

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.

-Via Cartoon Brew


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Drake Goes Undercover To Find Out What People Think About Drake

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Hearing the name Drake may conjure up images of a university in Iowa, a hotel in Chicago or a fire breathing lizard from long ago, but unless you’re a fan you probably don’t like associating the name Drake with the kid TV star turned “rapper”.

Drake discovered firsthand that he’s not particularly liked by some people when he put on a disguise and went undercover to find out what people think about Drake in a segment for Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Despite his best efforts to add silliness to the whole bit Drake only seems to succeed in proving that people will believe anything about a celebrity...especially if they don't like him very much!

-Via Gawker


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Bad Screenshots From Otherwise Good Looking Video Games

Game designers put their heart and soul into making video games an enjoyable, and extremely good looking, experience for the often highly critical gaming community.

However, there are always moments contained within the production as a whole that, when taken out of context, make the whole thing look like amateur hour.

Here is a collection of screenshots from a thread on NeoGAF that make otherwise good looking video games look really bad. Fan favorites like Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XIII and Uncharted are all represented by a screenshot taken at just the wrong moment, capturing those WTF moments all gamers have experienced while playing an otherwise great game.

-Via Cheezburger


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The Appropriated Billboard Art Of Larry Sultan And Mike Mandel

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.

-Via Juxtapoz


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Old Folks Reprise Portraits From Their Younger Days

Nothing serves as a reminder of our past quite like a photograph- we can see the past come to life in those photographic images we collect in books and desktop folders, and taking a look back can sometimes make you feel quite nostalgiac.

Photographer Ana Oliveira has taken the concept of passing time to a unique place in a series of portraits she calls "Identities," which features older folks posing for updated versions of photos from their younger days.

It's an interesting way to see how the subject's physical appearance and fashion sense have changed over the years, and the images celebrate their lives while embracing the inevitable passage of time.


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The Infamous Atari E.T. Landfill Will Be Unearthed By Microsoft

Most gamers have heard the legend of the New Mexico landfill where Atari supposedly buried thousands of unsold copies of the E.T. video game for the Atari 2600 console.

Apparently they were so embarrassed by the release, and its poor sales, that they took every remaining copy and buried them in a landfill in Alamogordo hoping they’d never again see the light of day.

The facts behind the “coverup” were never fully revealed, but come April 26, 2014 the truth will be told when Microsoft and Fuel Entertainment dig up whatever lies beneath the dirt in that Alamogordo landfill, and they want people to come and watch them dig up a piece of video game history.

Will they find thousands of unopened copies of E.T., or something far more sinister? Stay tuned and find out!

-Via Kotaku


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Amazing Photo Series Features Subjects Posing With Wild Animals

Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova is an admirer of the natural world, a lover of animals and wilderness who decided to cast both alongside the human subject in her latest photo series.

The photos may look photoshopped, but they’re not- the animals are able to take part in these shoots thanks to on-location animal trainers who help keep them calm while the shot is taken, resulting in a very casual and stress free environment for the animals.

Katerina’s series is full of mysteriously beautiful moments where model and creature meet for the first time, both gentle members of the natural world meeting without fear of harm.

-Via LifeBuzz

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