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The Artist Who Literally Paints Herself Into A Corner



Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes takes anonymity to a whole new level-by painting herself into the background.

She cleverly matches the background patterns and paints them onto her canvas naked body in order to "blend in", although she purposefully retains part of her human form, like her hair and the edge of her silhouette, as if to say "No matter how hard I try, I will never fully fit in". What do these works say to you?

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames


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Superstar rapper, actor and all around fly individual Ice Cube has come a long way from his days in the gangsta rap group N.W.A., or has he?

Turns out this boy from tha hood once studied Architectural Drafting, to perhaps design his own hood some day, and he found inspiration in the husband and wife design team Charles and Ray Eames.

The Eames' have created everything from furniture to toys to architecture, and Ice Cube has chosen to celebrate the style and simplicity of the Eames House as part of the series PacificStandardTime: Art In L.A. 1945-1980 .

He's got a lotta love for the Eames' and the City of Angels, so haters need not apply.

--via BoingBoing


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Some Of The Most Blatant Rip-Offs In Video Game History



Movies aren't the only entertainment medium fond of ripping off ideas, video games have been ripping each other off from day one. The games on this list compiled by Dorkly are made up of familiar games with a slightly different look, proving that imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but it generally doesn't help you sell your product.

From Super Mario Bros. to Street Fighter, to (relatively) newer games like Team Fortress and Grand Theft Auto, no popular game is safe from copycats, yet sometimes a rip-off game takes on a life of its own and makes it big. So, should we hate on imitators, or enjoy the way they lampoon the big names in the industry?

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Resident Evil 6 Trailer Finds The Series Returning To Its Roots


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If you're tired of the zombie-less, cinematic cutscene instead of visceral gameplay direction that the Resident Evil video game series has been heading in over the years, then you're in for a treat when the newest incarnation (#6) is released in spring 2012.

Taking the series back to it's roots promises to be a horrifying experience, full of zombies, giant genetic monstrosities and hardcore combat. Personally, I blame the movies for the direction that the games have been going in since their release, and this trailer shows that the game designers aren't content with letting their zombified series turn into schlocky Hollywood drivel without a bloody battle.

I can't wait to get my hands on this one and start splitting some heads, even if that split head grows fangs and bites back!

--via Topless Robot


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Apocalypse Later, Surf Now - A Not So Endless Summer


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 YouTuber keef70 decided to use 3d and visual effects software to spice up his surf videos, and in my opinion he did a great job! Here's what led to making this ambitious short:

I wanted to learn more about digital filming, formats, and editing and since I surfed, the GoPro seemed like a natural place to start. I figured after filming and editing a few vids I could move up to something like a Canon 7d, 5d, or the Nikon equivalent.

I got the idea for this after looking through all my footage and I've always been curious how effects artists match CG with filmed footage...

So I decided to figure out what software I needed and do it. That's why it took me a year to do, because I was learning the software as I was doing it.

I could see this becoming a new trend in extreme sports videos, because nothing says extreme like explosions in the sky!

--via Geeks Are Sexy


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Feline Version Of The Eleven Doctors

This is what the eleven incarnations of Doctor Who would look like if they came from a feline alternate reality. My, those little kittehs sure are sharp dressers! This purrrfect illustration brought to you courtesy of science illustrator Jenny Parks, who obviously has much love for both the most well known alien doctor ever, and for all things furry. Link  --via i09


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Peanuts Street Art Version Of Abbey Road





This optical illusion street art was placed on the road outside of Universal Studios: Japan to promote their new Flying Snoopy ride. The characters can only be seen properly crossing the road from the right perspective and then voila! Peanuts-Abbey Road parody! What a creative and cute way to advertise a new ride!

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An Engagement Ring Fit For Indiana Jones



Want to show your future wife that your life together will be full of excitement and adventure? Then give her an Indiana Jones themed engagement ring! Here's what Redditor Homerliwag decided to do when the time came to propose to his beloved:

It was about 2 or 3 days before November, 11, 2011 (11.11.11). My girlfriend Aimee was wanting to do something special that day. So, I decided to look for an engagement ring. 11.11.11 happened and I had no ring. What should I do?! Being that Aimee is an avid Indiana Jones fan, I decided to surprise her with a ring box. When she opened the box, inside wasn’t an engagement ring – Just a bag of sand! I told her, Indiana Jones must have swooped in and stolen the “treasure” and left her with a bag of sand (just like the movie).

Being a designer and artist, I felt I had to do something special. Since Aimee is a very enthusiastic Indiana Jones fan, the thought of a coiled whip as the ring seemed perfect. I did a few quick drawings and found a custom jeweler in Las Vegas. The “bag of sand” bought me some time to have the ring custom made. And with her favorite color yellow, I selected a fancy yellow diamond which also represents “The Idol”.

Man, Homerliwag has set the bar way too high for the rest of us, and any future wives reading this are going to be sorely disappointed when their significant other merely bends a knee and opens up a ring box. Thanks alot, overachiever!

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When Film Colorization Goes Wrong


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First motion pictures went talkie, then everybody got on board the color train, leaving those black and white gems to gather dust because later generations found the lack of color "uncool".

This video shows a side-by-side comparison of the black and white original versus the colorized version of "Smile Darn Ya, Smile" Here's how this Merry Melodies short got it's color:

...in 1992, Ted Turner paid to colorized a batch of black and white Merrie Melodies from 1931-33. This was back before computers were employed to add colors, so the cartoons were shipped to South Korea, traced frame-by-frame (well, almost), new cels were inked and painted and shot under the camera – creating a “color” cartoon from a “worthless” black & white print.

I can't believe they would go through so much trouble just to add color, and the end result looks a bit too wonky to me. But what do you guys think-with digital colorization available now, should we colorize black and white films or not?

--via Cartoon Brew


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How Long Will A Bike Last On The Streets Of New York?


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Hudson Urban Bicycles decided to try out something interesting in New York's SoHo neighborhood-chain up a bike, take a picture of it every day and see how long it takes to disappear, piece by piece.

The findings were surprising at first (it took nearly six months for the first piece to be stolen), then slipped rapidly into familiar territory (only took another 30 days or so for the bike to disappear completely).

Hey, at least the thief (or thieves) waited almost six months before snatching the bike up piece by piece, that has to be a world record!

--via Geekosystem


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Cosplayer Shares A Personal Account Of What The Hobby Means To Her


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If you've ever found yourself wondering "What's the deal with cosplayers?" (hopefully in an internal voice that sounds like Jerry Seinfeld), then you should find this video informative and enlightening.

And, while the girl featured in the video can only speak out of personal experience, the sentiments expressed seem to be echoed by her fellow cosplayers, at least according to their comments and posts across the Interwebs.

So, did this video give you a better understanding of cosplay culture, or simply make you dislike the whole thing even more?

--via Geeks Are Sexy


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Heavy Metal God In The Form Of An 8 Year Old Girl


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This 8 year old girl is about to change the world of heavy metal forever, by bringing some refreshingly new subject matter to the scene-household pets.

Watch as Juliet gets hardcore singing about how much she loves her goldfish, and her dog, don't even think about messing with her dog, or she'll jump off the trampoline and stomp you out! Warning- this video is seriously cute!

--via Geekologie

 

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The Wine That Tastes About 4 Billion Years Old



Meteorito is the wine with the taste of outer space right in the bottle! That's because it's made using a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, that was found in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, to help enhance the flavor with the taste of Uranus. Betcha saw that one coming, didn't ya?

All kidding aside, this wine is the result of astronomer Ian Hutcheon's quest to bring his two loves-space and wine, together in a way that can be enjoyed by all. But, if you want to taste this meteoric wine for yourself, you'll have to make the trip down to his observatory in Chile to get your hands on a bottle.

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My Litttle Pony Dragon Mod Invades Skyrim


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Man, the dragons in the video game Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim sure are colorful these days! With the recent invasion of a Macho Man Randy Savage dragon, and now these scaly beasts that look suspiciously like characters from My Little Pony, I don't know whether to shoot the buggers down, or open my arms wide and wait for a big old hug!

--via Topless Robot

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What Happens To Your Body After Death? Ask A Mortician!


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This entertaining and insightful web series by mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the questions we are afraid to ask, or never really wanted to know, in case the answers make us even more afraid of death.

In episode 5 she answers what happens to our bodies in space, if cremating a larger person creates a grease fire, and how often people ask for parts of their loved ones before they're cremated. It's a ghastly good time, even if the subject matter makes you feel a bit queasy...

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Creepy Chinese Gundam Seed Knockoff


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In China, copyright violations and giant robots go hand in hand, and apparently one of the best birthday gifts you can receive is a starring role in this creepy knockoff of the anime series Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

With the cast from Monsters Vs. Aliens cast as the villains, and the creepy birthday boy piloting the giant Gundam mechanized armor, it's so cheesy that the MPAA are likely to turn a blind eye to their unlawful use of these character likenesses *cough**yeah right**cough*

--via Kotaku

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Unhealthy Food Spawned By Video Games


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We should all thank our lucky stars that video games aren't considered to be "just for kids" anymore, because we don't have to deal with an endless slew of inedible junk food products based on video game characters!

Now you'd be more likely to find video game themed alcoholic beverages and energy drinks, which are a far cry from Pac Man Pasta and Donkey Kong Cereal, although I'll be the first to admit that this gamer marketing angle definitely worked on me as a kid in the 80s.

--via Topless Robot

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The Strange Stories Told By Mexican Novela Cover Art



Judging by the artwork from Mexican Novelas, pulp novels that Latin America eats up like literary junk food, these stories are as terrifying as they are hilarious. Full of masked wrestlers, shadowy demonic forces, Frankenbirds and Yetis, these stories would make a person suffering from paranoid schizophrenia feel sane in comparison.

The only thing you're missing out on by not being able to read these stories for yourself is the story behind each panel, so head to the i09 link below and read the clever descriptions Cyriaque Lamar has come up for them all, or make some up for yourself and write your own SuperNovela.

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Beautifully Inaccurate 19th Century Astronomy Illustrations



These are the kind of astronomical illustrations that led to what we now know as space porn, beautiful views of space that really get those juices flowing, scientifically speaking of course.

This set of illustrations by French illustrator/astronomer Etienne Leopold Trouvelot is part stargazer's perspective, part wishful thinking, with a dash of psychedelics thrown in to enhance the vision. They're beautiful despite their lack of scientific accuracy, and they're available for viewing via the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

Link  --via i09

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Jim Henson's Lost Screenplay, Now In Graphic Novel Form!



Jim Henson's career wasn't just The Muppets. He and writing partner Jerry Juhl worked on a project on and off over the years. The story Tale of Sand was adapted by Ramón Pérez and is now available in graphic novel form! Read a review of it at mental_floss. Link

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What A 130-mph Car Crash Looks Like From The Inside


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Watching this cool kit-car Cobra get turned into a pile of scrap metal probably would have looked a lot cooler from the outside, but at least you get to see how crazy a crash like this is from the drivers perspective! Here's how he describes the incident:

On the front straight doing 130mph, something breaks. The cobra veers hard right and off track. The car leaves a 6O foot gash in the asphalt as it veered before leaving the track and continued for an additional 500 feet off track to its resting point. I received only minor injuries to my left knee and bruised ribs.

Why he records himself driving around the track is anyone's guess, but I bet he was happy the camera was rolling the day he almost died!

--via Geekologie


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A Compilation Of Animals Playing With Tablet Devices


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This adorable compilation video features all kinds of little critters getting their game on with tablet devices. Is this the future of gaming, or just a neat way to occupy your otherwise rambunctious pet?

Either way this vid will warm your heart, and may result in scratched screens and expensive electronic devices being destroyed by puppy slobber.

--via TDW

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Wacky Flyer Featuring Guard From Skyrim



Apparently you've been caught sneaking about Skyrim, pilfering gold and soul gems and such, and now you must choose your fate- go to jail, resist arrest or pay your fine. Sheesh, if only getting arrested in real life was as easy to resolve as it is in Skyrim!

These wacky flyers have been sighted in a city that features red double decker buses (anybody wanna wager a guess from this pic?), and it appears someone has already chosen to Go To Jail. Remember-the guards are always watching, as long as you're in their line of sight, and you don't have an invisibility potion in your bag.

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Play As Your Favorite Nintendo Characters In Super Mario Crossover



The team at Exploding Rabbit have a gift for any fan of classic Nintendo games, and/or those looking to kill some time online with a really fun retro side scroller- Super Mario Crossover, a custom Super Mario Bros. game that allows you to play through as one of eight playable characters!

You can play as Link from The Legend Of Zelda, Samus from Metroid, Bill Rizer from Contra, Mega Man, even Simon from Castlevania, just to name a few.

Just think how fun it will be to smack Koopas around with a whip, or shoot Bowser in the face when he least expects it, all the while taking in the classic video game soundtrack slightly re-imagined. It's like the NES threw a party, and you're invited!

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Don't Poke Your Eye Out With These Bloodrayne Arm Blades



Usually video game themed weapons look like shiny plastic, perfect for cosplay but not likely to put fear in the hearts of all who oppose you. But these arm blades, inspired by the video game Bloodrayne, look like they can do some serious damage.

From their stainless steel construction, to the rubber pistol grip handle that ensures you don't lose your grip when the red stuff starts flowing by the gallon, this is the perfect backup weapon when you're surrounded by Nazi zombies and need to make a big hole real fast.

(note: you should read the hilarious review left for this item on Amazon, which has been included in the Super Punch article)

Link  --via Super Punch

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TSA-Compliant Cupcakes Help Your Desserts Arrive At Their Destination



Worried about some pastry scarfing TSA agent "confiscating" your cupcakes for further analysis in their belly? Then get your hands on these TSA-compliant cupcakes from Silver Spoon Bakery, featuring posts with Richard Nixon saying "I am NOT a gel!", and let them make a statement for you.

Let those hungry TSA agents know you're wise to their cupcake stealing ways, or put a smile on their normally stoic faces when they get a load of what Tricky Dick has to say about it!

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Silent Hill Apparently Takes Place In School From Kindergarten Cop



This side-by-side comparison of scenes from Kindergarten Cop and the video game Silent Hill shows an eerie similarity between the two seemingly disparate stories, but are they really that different?

Both revolve around the main character searching for someone, both required translation before being released to english speaking countries, and both are quite horrifying to behold, albeit for vastly different reasons. I see some great crossover potential here, get Arnie on the phone and see if he's on board. And tell him to bring his flashlight!

Actually, the crew behind Silent Hill obviously found this school, which is actually in Astoria, Oregon, spooky enough to serve as the setting for their creeped out game. They even included posters from the movie, as a nod to the source of their inspiration.

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Impressive Papercraft Gears Of War Pistol



You may not want to use this bad boy in the rain, because as wicked as it looks it's made entirely of paper!

Crafted by Leo Firebrand, this paper replica of the Snub Pistol carried by the super soldiers in the Gears of War video game franchise looks badass, but you'd better have a backup weapon when Boomers start crawling out of emergence holes.

Check out Leo's site for more of his epic papercraft creations, they're super cool, and can be used as a grocery list when the war is over.

Link  --via Kotaku

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Video Game Themed Restaurant Will Serve Delicious Brain Cakes



This is not the sort of place you'll want to take your grandma for lunch, this is the Capcom Bar, a themed restaurant which will feature food and desserts styled after video games. Video games and food-two great things that go great together!

So, there's Resident Evil brain cakes, Monster Hunter well done meat, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney make-it-black-and-white seafood cream pasta, all of which can be enjoyed while playing an assortment of Capcom's video games and enjoying the festive atmosphere of Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward.

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An Epic Level Performance Of Musical Nerdery


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Musical nerdery doesn't get much more epic than this performance by Bit Brigade, where they play the soundtrack to Mega Man II while the entire game is being played on a screen behind them.

And when I say the entire game I mean THE ENTIRE GAME, this video weighs in at an impressive 44 minutes and, to top it all off, they're actually a really good band, so the show isn't all gimmick and flash, it totally rocks!

--via Topless Robot


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