Geordi La Forge was born blind and yet he can see better than anyone else on the Enterprise thanks to his signature visor.
It may look like a hair clip, and clash with everything in his wardrobe, but as this comic by Caldwell Tanner shows Geordi's visor gives him the extraordinary ability to see what his fellow crewmates wish to remain hidden. And Captain Picard has some 'splainin' to do about that tattoo!
Portland Anarchist Road Care has the tools, the tar and the moxy to do what the city council refuses to do- repair potholes in a timely and efficient manner.
The PARC also has a well written manifesto:
Because we believe in building community solutions to the issues we face, outside of the state.
Because society portrays anarchists as only breaking windows and blocking roads.
Because when faced with anarchism as a political theory, statest often ask "But who will fix the roads."
Because the city of Portland refuses to adequately repair roads in a timely manner. We are Portland Anarchist Road Care. We believe in community oriented direct action. We believe the state cares more about funding a militarized police force to suppress free speech than caring for and repairing the roads.
The city of Portland has shown gross negligence in its inadequate preventative care through this winter's storms, and through its slow repair of potholes as weather has improved. Daily, this negligence is an active danger to cyclists and causes damage to people's automobiles, and an increased risk of collision and bodily injury.
Portland Anarchist Road Care aims to mobilize crews throughout our city, in our neighborhoods, to patch our streets, build community, and continue to find solutions to community problems outside of the state.
Daniel and Lincoln from the What's Inside? channel dissected a rattlesnake's tail to see how it rattles, and even though Lincoln was totally grossed out he learned one thing- there ain't no balls in there!
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That is, unless they're the gorgeous blooms being produced by Forever Roses, a luxury flower company selling roses they claim will last for three years without sunlight or water- or "forever" (20+ years) when kept under a glass dome.
Flowers are powerful even though they look like a stiff breeze would uproot them, but when the Hippies started using the slogan "Flower Power" as part of their anti-violence protests flowers began to look weak.
But as you can see in this Mr. Lovenstein comic many flowers are surprisingly pro-violence and anti-pansy, and I don't mean that metaphorically- all plants hate pansies for some reason. And that's one to grow on!
It usually takes a wrecking ball or dynamite to bring down a building, but when it's as old and decrepit as the brick building in this video all it takes is a littly prying and a few well placed pokes to bring the whole place down.
Historical reenactors are typically people who have fallen in love with a particular era of history, so they dress up in historically accurate wardrobe and reenact important battles with their fellow history fans.
These past-minded people take historical reenactments very seriously, so they'd like to clear up some misconceptions, starting with the "kit" they wear.
Reenactors consider it somewhat insulting when people refer to their wardrobe as a costume, because they put a lot of time, effort and money into making sure their "kit" is accurate in every way.
They also don't like it when people assume they're a bunch of cosplayers goofing around outside, because they're actually historians trying to get a feel for life in their favorite era.
Many reenactors train in historical skills that enhance the experience for all in attendance:
Albert Roberts, a reenactor who portrays physicians in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, jokes that when he began he didn’t have any practical 18th century skills at all. “I couldn’t hunt, I couldn’t fish, I couldn’t soldier, I couldn’t ride horses, I couldn’t blacksmith, I couldn’t carpenter, I couldn’t birth babies,” he says, “so I had no value.” But after assisting, and then taking over, for the doctor at historic Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, he now has a deep knowledge of old medical techniques.
Bartgis, in addition to mastering Colonial penmanship and bookbinding for his 18th century persona, also has a basic grasp of sailing skills for his work with Ship’s Company, a living history organization dedicated to preserving late 18th and early 19th century maritime history.
Plus, many reenactors also have significant craft skills. Garrett notes that his group crafts most of their Viking gear, aside from speciality items like helmets. They even created their own Viking treasure hoard by molding and casting ancient coins.
Zachary Auburn's hilarious spoof scored high ratings from both gun nuts and cat nuts:
Promising review: “I decided to order this because my cat was out of control; promiscuous, a gun nut, and using the internet unsafely. I read her this book over the course of a month, and did some activities. I now have a well adjusted, polite, safe cat who enjoys life the way it was meant to be. Thank you.” —Amazon Customer
How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack is another must read book if you live in an area heavily populated by garden gnomes, because knowledge is power and power is safety...or something like that.
But enough with the comedy, let's get serious about the mental benefits of reading books- books teach us stuff, and this knowledge can help us master new skills and even start a new career.
Or you can buy How To Be A Drug Dealer by author 673126 and learn how to start a career in crime from a very reputable and proud source who has a knack for encouraging people to commit felonies.
Giving your seat up to pregnant women, the disabled and the elderly is the decent thing for an able bodied individual to do when riding on the subway, but these days common decency is often left at the station.
However, there are still plenty of respectful and caring people out there who will do the right thing and give up their seat- and production designer/mom Yvonne Lin thinks they deserve an award.
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Yvonne created this really cool statue to give to the first guy who gave up his seat on the subway to her, and the lucky winner was father of two Ricky Barksdale:
“He was staring at his phone,” Lin said. “He looked up and looked around and was like, ‘Holy crap, you’re pregnant! You need to have a seat.’”
Ricky was proud to receive the award but also had this to say to guys who don't give up their seats:
“It was a nice gesture of her, but it’s also sad for my male counterparts to allow something like this to happen,” he said, adding, “If you clearly see a visible pregnant woman, you’re okay to stand up. She needs that more than you.”
“I just hope that this story motivates others to do the right thing,” he said. “Whether they’re pregnant, disabled, elderly, just do the right thing and be a decent human being.”
Famous faces starring in some of the most memorable roles in pop culture are popular subjects in the world of fan art, but few artists are able to capture both the personality of the actor and the character they're playing.
This leaves their artwork lacking life, but the digital art portraits created by Russian artist Aleksei Vinogradov are full of colorful life with personality to spare.
Aleksei's portraits star famous actors playing equally famous roles, and many also include strange little critters serving as the characters' pets, as if the portraits themselves weren't appealing enough already!
The incredible music that came out in the 80s was a huge part of what made it the most radical decade of the 20th century, and in the 80s it wasn't uncommon to see musicians trying their hand at acting.
In fact, some musicians were so good at acting their appearances became the stuff of TV legend, like the time Phil Collins played crooked game show host Phil the Shill on Miami Vice.
It's weird how good Phil Collins is in this role, but you know what's just plain strange in every way? The fact that the B-52s appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light back in 1982. What was that all about?!
Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends always seemed a bit creepy to me, especially when you consider those talking trains will someday rise up against their human oppressors and make a bloody mess on the tracks.
So why on Earth would a human want to enhance Thomas by giving him robo-legs and a frickin' flamethrower?
Because the human in question is mad model builder Peter Sripol, and he loves to play with deadly toys...as long as he's holding the remote control!
It's no surprise that home decorators, builders and crafters love IKEA, because the stuff they sell is easy to modify, paint and link together so the possibilities are endless.
But if you're not a builder, home furnishings fan or Imgur user fantafano's wife then IKEA can feel like one megabore of a megastore and a giant trap, one that provides food so you never have to leave.
Fantafano's wife was extremely enthustiastic about their trip to IKEA even though she apparently had no idea what she needed to buy from the store that never ends.
But the longer they're in the store the more of a minefield IKEA becomes for poor fantafano...
People who went to themed eateries like Showbiz Pizza Palace as a kid have fond memories of watching the robot band The Rock-afire Explosion while eating crappy pizza and trying to win enough tickets for a big prize.
So when all Showbiz Pizza Place locations either closed or changed into Chuck E. Cheese's in 1992 fans of the Explosion were in shock, since part of their childhood had just beeen scrapped.
But 38-year-old Damon Breland wasn't ready to let those fond memories go, so he started buying up all the animatronics, interior decor and costumes he could find from the good old days of ShowBiz and Chuck E. Cheese's.
Now Damon's collection resides in an old abandoned gas station in Sandy Hook, Mississippi he renamed Smitty's Super Service Station, where lucky fans can go to see the Rock-afire perform like they did decades ago.
The Hipster movement has been all about craft- hand crafted clothing, craft beer and finely crafted food and cocktails made with raw, locally sourced and organic ingredients.
This craft mentality means most Hipsters don't go for packaged junk food like Twinkies, Slim Jims and Fruit by the Foot, so they're missing out on the best/worst crappy food products available today.
But if artist Dan Meth's rebranding project catches on Hipsters may soon start trading in their craft fruit leather for a tin of Fruit Par La Metre!
Dan's rebranded packages appeal to the Hipster's pretentious sensibilities and their love of new stuff in old timey looking packaging, so they can finally see what the crunchberries craze is all about.
Roleplaying game players have one distinct advantage over the uninitiated- we know how to approach life's trials and tribulations as part of an epic adventure.
We improve our character by raising our stats and learning new skills, we take on side quests to raise money for new gear, and we look for any opportunity to gain experience points by exploring the map.
But, as this Draw Write Play comic shows, the RPGers greatest asset is our ability to abandon a quest and still level up!
Becoming the life of the party used to be so easy, all you had to do was toss a few back with your fellow partygoers, make 'em laugh by telling some great stories, then you slipped a lampshade on your head and whammo! You were a hit!
But today's parties are far more complex and the crowds more diverse, so you've got to update your playbook if you're gonna make a big impression on your fellow party people.
Illustrator H. Caldwell Tanner created this easy to follow guide to teach you party tricks that'll make you a hit, like the updated drunken sing-a-long now known as the lushy listen-a-long. Much better!
Living on a boat is a dream shared by very few people, since the accomodations are tight, the amenities are few and the comforts of home are lacking, but it does beat sleeping on the streets.
However, if you've always dreamed of living that boat life then it may surprise you to hear that you can actually live on a boat without leaving the city- and it may be cheaper than renting.
But before you stop homing or apartmenting and start boating you need to find out a few things, firstly whether you have access to slips or moorings or both, and whether it's legal to liveaboard in your city.
Docks are expensive but they often have electricity and water hookups, and access to bathrooms and showers and such, while moorings are cheap but leave you far from shore.
Once you figure out the legality and location of your boat life adventure you have to decide one more thing- whether to rent or buy a boat.
There are many boat owners out there who are willing to rent out their docked boats to tenants, but your new boatlord may cut your life at sea short if they choose to evict. On the other hand buying a new floating home can cost you some serious coin...
Spring cleaning is more than just a cliched yearly tradition- it's a time to remodel, repair, reduce, recycle and reorganize all of the stuff in our homes, and to me reorganizing my home is the most fun.
Finding a place to neatly store and organize all of your stuff means you can have more stuff without feeling like a hoarder, and maximizing storage potential in the limited space you have.
I love to cook, so I have an ever growing collection of pots and pans but very little space for them all, which is why this Pan Rack Organizer appeals to me.
And if you think B&Bs are the only places that can have perfectly organized tea bags think again, because this TeaStand Tea Bag Caddy brings that B&B tea tidiness to your home!
But what about those two organizers at the top of the post?
That's a Bedside Storage Pocket and an OuTera Broom and Mop Organizer. No big deal, they're just two organizers that will totally change your life...
Some musicians become really good at playing by practicing their instrument for years, if not decades, until their skills are perfectly polished, but cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born talented.
In fact, his immense talent earned him a spot playing for John F. Kennedy, among others, at The American Pageant of the Arts back in 1962- when he was just 7 years old.
Yo-Yo took the stage with his sister Yeou-Cheng Ma at the show which was emceed by Leonard Bernstein, who introduced Yo-Yo and Yeou-Cheng with this speech that makes me long for more welcoming days in America:
That double stream of art I mentioned earlier flowing into and out of America has long been the attraction of our country to foreign artists and scientists and thinkers who have come not only to visit us, but often to join us as Americans. To become citizens of what to us has historically been the land of opportunity and to others the land of freedom. And in this great tradition there has come to us this year a young man aged seven bearing the name Yo-Yo Ma.