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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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This Crazy Fellow Wants To Sell You Some Cubelets

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This guy may look like he owns a windowless van, and hangs out near elementary schools, but he actually has other plans for children- he wants to sell them overpriced robotic toys.

Called Cubelets, they are a set of modular robotic cubes which can be combined into simple robots, and cost a whopping $25 apiece.

All kidding aside, this is a great idea for a product but seems extremely overpriced, and they should definitely consider hiring a spokesman who doesn't look quite so creepy. Besides, who really needs these when there are so many cool motorized LEGO sets available?

--via Geekologie

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Mortal Kombat Flash Dancers Strike Again

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When the Mortal Kombat flash dancers come to your town, you'd better not get in their way, because their mad skills have been known to cause FATALITIES!

These wacky dancers are here to make New York forget all about Occupy Wall Street, and their erratic behavior brings a smile to the faces of those who happen to catch them in action, except of course for the hapless store owners, who are clearly not amused by the show.

--via Topless Robot

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Cover Version Of Daft Punk's Derezzed Performed On Floppy Drives

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Never has an instrument used to play a cover song been more appropriate than this-using five floppy drives, and a bit of software, to cover the Daft Punk hit Derezzed.

It's a crunchy, minimalist sound that's sure to make robots of all types bob their heads to the beat, which will probably put most humans on edge. Glowing helmet not included.

--via Topless Robot

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A Handy App That Identifies Fonts Used On Websites

Have you ever wanted a particular font used on a website for yourself? A new app, called Fount, is here to help you identify these fonts, and it works like a charm!

After dragging the Fount button to your bookmarks bar as instructed, it sits there waiting for you to call it to action. Click the Fount button, then use the crosshair to click and identify any font on any webpage (except for text being used as a link, for some reason). It even tells you the size, style and character weight.

Now you can complete your collection of fonts, or figure out which fonts a website is using, and gain some style points at the same time.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Mega Man's Christmas Carol 2 Arrives A Little Too Late

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The 2011 holiday season is obviously over, and I'm sure most of you have already put away your decorations and chucked out your tree, ready to start a new year full of whatever 2012 has in store. But wait, there's one more present waiting for you under the tree on the interwebs, and it's called Mega Man's Christmas Carol Part 2!

Brought to you by the good people at Sprites Inc., this fun retro styled game casts Doctor Wily as a Scroogey sort of fellow hell bent on ruining Christmas for Mega Man and his posse. And the best part is- you can download it for FREE!

So sit back, stretch your fingers, and bring that holiday cheer back one last time!

Link  --via Destructoid

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Aerodyne Art Deco Inspired Computer Case Mod

If you thought only Steampunk enthusiasts used wood in their creations guess again, and if you're a woodworker/DIYer like myself, here's the inspiration for your next project!

This gorgeous wooden modded computer tower case by Jeffrey Stephenson looks like tech from the Mad Men era, something they probably would have mistaken for an intercom or radio in the 1960s.

This case mod makes my boring old metal case look like crap, and is guaranteed to make all other computers in your house jealous of it's retro charm and sophisticated cool.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Yoda And Darth Maul Battle It Out For Lipton Brisk

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Continuing the parade of "dear god, make it stop!" inducing advertising for The Phantom Menace in 3D, a new animated commercial has emerged for Lipton Brisk Iced Tea that, I must admit, is beautifully animated and very cute.

There's even a mobile app centered around the battle between Yoda and Darth Maul, which you can check out here.  Now, why do I have the feeling that these ads are going to look a whole lot better than a 3d converted version of The Phantom Menace?

--via The Mary Sue

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Goofy Facebook Shower Curtain

This Facebook themed shower curtain isn't creepy because of the graphics or text printed on it, but rather because it assumes you'll have people spying on you while you take a shower!

And, while it may be meant for couples or roommates comfortable with sharing their shower time with others, I'm sure even in those situations it would get old quickly, prompting them to wonder "where did you put the plain old shower curtain I used to know and love?"

Link  --via Geekosystem

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The Most Comical Star Trek Parody I've Ever Seen

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 This ridiculous parody comes to us courtesy of Turkish YouTubers dokuztaneprogramla, who appear to have a knack for making cheese, and mistranslating Turkish into English. At least I hope some of those subtitles were mistranslated, or else these guys are even crazier than I thought!

Watch as Captain Hooey and his intrepid band of schmucks come face to face with the gigantic Spacekisser, who appears to have a bad case of herpes, and yet still wants to make out with the Captain. It's like the swinging 60s all over again!

--via GeeksAreSexy

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Hypnotizing Comic Book Cover GIFs

In this latest batch of animated comic book cover GIFs by Kerry Callen- Nick Fury uses some hypnotic effects to daze evil-doers, and Lois Lane shares some sugar with the boys from the Justice League, while Superman's off fighting crime and posing for promo posters.

Grab these and spruce up your desktop, or attach them to an email and share the fun!

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Retrode Lets You Play Real SNES And Sega Genesis Games

If you love playing old school games via emulators, yet you have a stack of Sega Genesis and/or Super Nintendo cartridges just sitting around gathering dust, then you might want to look into purchasing a Retrode-a USB device that allows you to play your cartridge games through any emulator, and has ports for all your old controllers.

So, you get that old school "blow on the cartridge before you slot it in" feeling, without fretting over how jacked up your old console has become over the years. Retro gamer completists rejoice!

Link  --via Joystiq

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Let's Play Ancient Greek Punishment

Ever wondered what it would have been like to endure a raven pecking out your liver, or pushing a rock up a hill and never reaching the top, like a punishment fit for a Greek from the age of myth?

Well, here's your chance to get in on the fun, with these simple, cleverly designed pixel art video games by artist Pippin Barr. Choose from: Sisyphus, Tantalus, Prometheus, Danaids or Zeno, and prepare to be entertained for a few moments by the sheer hilarity of it all.

The games look like they're straight from the Atari 2600, full of charm, strange shaped figures and jagged edges, and believe you me pushing two buttons over and over again can be quite exhausting!

Link  --via AnimalNY

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You Can Really Taste The Dark Side In This Vader Burger

In what is sure to be the wackiest food marketing campaign yet, the French fast food chain Quick have released their Force burgers, to promote the release of The Phantom Menace in 3d.

This bold, and absolutely disgusting looking, burger features a bun that is dyed black, ensuring that only a true Sith Lord will want to have anything to do with it!

What do you think-would you eat a burger with a black bun, or is the color enough to put you off the Vader deluxe?


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Coast Guard Discovers Body, Which Turns Out To Be E.T.

The Coast Guard received a distress call about a body spotted floating off the coast of Old Portsmouth, Hants, and when they arrived they found that it was a creature from another planet!

What they had actually discovered was a life-sized replica of everybody's favorite turtle-esque alien E.T., which had been stolen from the home of Margaret Wells over a year ago.

The replica was custom made by Margaret's daughter, and what the person who stole E.T. intended to do with him is anybody's guess. But since he washed up on the shore we can only assume that he owed money to some very bad people. Margaret's response:

“He has lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up. But he has a smile on his face,” she said. “I always knew E.T. would come home.”


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The Retro Video Game That Starred Mikhail Gorbachev

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I think the Cold War may have kept this game from arriving in America, either that or the manufacturer didn't feel like the reference to Mikhail Gorbachev would help sell copies in the U.S.

Whatever the reason, Gorby's Pipeline never made its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and that's too bad because it looks like it would have given Tetris and Dr. Mario a run for their money! Anyone remember the old school video game Pipe Dream?

--via Kotaku

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Custom Made Portal Heel Springs

These custom made heel springs, like the ones worn by the protagonist Chell in the Portal video game franchise, don't seem like a very useful creation in real life, but who needs function when the form is so cool, and they're an integral part of a wicked Chell costume? Scifi femme fatale prisoner cosplay FTW!

If only they actually allowed you to survive a long fall, like they do in the game, the creator Harrison Krix would become a very rich man indeed!

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Strangers Have A Jam Session On The Subway

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New York is the kind of place where anything can happen at any moment, and although that comes with plenty of bad, this video shows that there are also many instances of spontaneous goodness going down, even on public transit.

These strangers on a train, who both happen to have their instruments with them, break out in a soulful song,  much to the delight of their fellow riders.

Whether this chance meeting was truly by chance or not ceases to be an issue once you watch them play, and feel that energy that seems to be in the air that New Yorkers breathe.

--via AnimalNY

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Lion King Meets The Dark Knight Rises Trailer

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Anticipation for the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises has spawned so many parodies and mashups that it seems like a new one is springing up every week. This one's all about the Lion King, though, and that makes it stand out from the rest in my opinion.

Watch as Simba's fate takes a turn for the worse, and laugh as voices from the movie trailer are cleverly synced to the mouth shapes of animated animals!

--via Topless Robot

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Hyperion Battlecruiser From Starcraft 2 Built Out Of LEGO

This amazing LEGO sculpture of a Hyperion Battlecruiser from the video game Starcraft 2 was made by Sven Jungo, who used over 15000 LEGO bricks to build the highly detailed starship and must throw his back out every time he tries to move this thing!

And where does he display this behemoth in his house? I hope Sven doesn't let any bratty little kids around this thing, because they might try to take it apart when no one's looking.

You can see more pics of this incredible LEGO masterpiece at the link below, including artwork from the game as a point of reference. LEGO builders-Sven has already set the bar high for 2012!


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11 New Animal Species Discovered In 2011

When it comes to "discovering" new species of animals, I think it's more about having found where they've been hiding themselves from humanity and less about discovering brand new species.

I mean, most of the animals in this gallery look like the result of genetic evolution and adaptation, not some brand spanking new little critter.

But they are cute, and great fun to read about, considering that they're so rare to see in nature. So take a look at this gallery and see what the animal guides were missing up until last year.

Link  image credit: Indraneil Das

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A Preview Of Animated Features Being Released In 2012

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With the start of a new calendar year, movie studios have started rolling out teasers and previews for their upcoming features, to ensure that ticket sales are high.

Personally, I don't really care about the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and I prefer my features, and actors, to be animated. That's why this list of animated features being released in 2012 had me so excited, and most of them look like great fun!

But you don't have to take my word for it, peruse the titles for yourself at the link below, and sound off about which ones you're looking forward to watching on the big screen.


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The Most Delightful Tumblrs Of 2011

Interwebs enthusiasts are no doubt familiar with the phenomenon that is Tumblr. This once miniscule network now has their sites plundered and pored over daily by thousands of sites netwide, and for a good reason- many Tumblr blogs are full of great content!

Sure, there's some junk thrown in with the rest, but the gems are surprisingly good, and fun to explore. Flavorwire has just put together a collection of their favorite Tumblr blogs from 2011, so take a gander and be entertained as we say hello to 2012.


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Beautiful Skyrim Cover Performed On Violin

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The soundtrack music for the video game Skyrim is quite beautiful already, but when Jason Yang and his violin play the songs they become a thing of ethereal beauty.

We've been seeing a lot of this type of video game and orchestral/classical music crossover (Final Fantasy orchestra, Legend of Zelda orchestra, etc.), and I'm sure that game soundtracks will continue to inspire musicians of all kinds to perform their own interpretations of these songs.

--via GeeksAreSexy

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Raiders Of The Lost Archives-A Comparison

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This eye opening, and beautifully edited, video shows a shot-by-shot comparison of Raiders of the Lost Ark and 31 other films made between 1919 and 1973.

To say that there are a few similarities would be an understatement, so obviously this is due to Spielberg doing his homework, right? *wink*

If you've seen this before, good for you! Enjoy it again, why don't you?

--via Super Punch

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Mineways Lets You Print Out Your Minecraft Projects

Ever wished you could make the structures and items you build in Minecraft into something real? Well, a new program called Mineways is going to revolutionize gaming/building by allowing you to render, or print via 3d printer, all of your lovely Minecraft creations!

Now you can show people why you've spent so many hours building stuff in Minecraft, and prove that it was time well spent!

Link to Mineways page  --via Reddit

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Over 300 Pounds Of Caviar Found In Russian Morgue

Russian authorities made a fishy discovery this week, when a whopping 385 pounds of caviar was found stashed in a hospital morgue refrigerator.

The employees who were arrested for stashing the stuff claim that it was being reserved for a staff New Years party. Here's why the St. Petersburg police were after the caviar:

Most of the red caviar was from salmon, but 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of the stash was black caviar from sturgeon, an endangered fish. Amid heavy restrictions on sturgeon fishing, black caviar is increasingly produced and sold illegally.

A day after the morgue discovery, St. Petersburg police said they seized an additional 100 kilograms (220 pounds) intended for illegal sale at local markets.

On Friday, the Interfax news agency reported that border guards in the eastern Ukraine city of Kharkiv confiscated 249 cans of caviar worth almost $22,000 that was allegedly being smuggled from Russia to Ukraine.

In the far eastern region of Khabarovsk, a vehicle inspection turned up 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of caviar, leading police on a weeklong investigation, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. They raided a village home on Friday and found another 26 kilograms (57 pounds).

At two different spots along the Amur River basin, police found 47 sturgeon carcasses and 2.5 tons of live sturgeon. Sturgeon fishing in the Amur basin is prohibited.

Apparently, the war on drugs in Russia includes battling the sale of illegal caviar. I wonder if they have dogs trained to sniff out the fishy stuff?


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SwapNote Is Turned Into An Old School RPG

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One of the great things about this hi-tech world we live in is the fact that most software applications have a multitude of other uses that have yet to be discovered, and even the programmers that created the software don't know the full extent of what their software can do.

Case in point-this mod of SwapNote, a Nintendo 3DS chatting program that was modded by game design student Ben Gray and turned into a fully customizable text based roleplaying game.

Ben's hacked version is so cool that each session can be custom created, and Ben even created a Dungeon Master template, to help with encounters and map creation. Dungeons and Dragons for the portable gaming crowd, now that's an innovation I can get behind!

--via Destructoid

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