Gamers are a proud breed, and when they meet one another in the wild and start to discuss games it immediately becomes clear that these gamers belong to the same clan. So why don't they have a royal crest to call their own? They have enough kingdoms, heroes, villains, creatures and support characters to fill ten planets, and their imagination allows them to build worlds full of wonder at will.
So it seems the gamer's lack of a royal crest is an oversight which has been remedied by talented artist and lover of game Cory Freeman Design and his Gamer Crest t-shirt design. Now gamers can declare their allegiance to gamedom and show their fellow gamers they're part of a royal kingdom where they can unite in board, tabletop and video brotherhood!
In real life he's small and relatively nice, but in his dreams he's a giant city eating monster! You may think this dream of being a bad guy makes Stitch inherently rotten, but the truth is his creator Jumba put that anger inside him. He was created using genetic material from at least six of the galaxy's deadliest predators, and given heightened strengthened and speed to make him a more efficient killer, so it's only natural that he would dream of becoming the mighty beast he was meant to be. But thanks to a little girl with a huge heart named Lilo we never need to worry about Stitch going full kaiju, because he may be a killer- but he's a lover too!
Add some kaiju awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Stitchzilla t-shirt by Harebrained Design, it's one big and bold design that's sure to get you lots of attention!
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Prisons are instituting job development programs hoping some hands-on training will help ex-cons land a job when they're released.
But these training programs rarely include creative art, which is a shame considering a criminal's unique perspective, so prisoners who want to learn art skills have to educate themselves by reading books.
Photographer Donato Di Camillo grew up on the mean streets of 70s and 80s New York, saw his "first friend die at the age of nine, right by my feet" and ultimately wound up going to prison on Federal charges in 2006.
Donato wanted to learn photography so bad he studied hard while awaiting his release, and when he got out in 2012 he continued his photographic studies, feeling street photography was "something that I felt I needed to do".
Now Donato is free to fully embrace his passion for street photography, posting his pics on his Tumblr and Instagram accounts, and his raw and powerful portraits are some of the best I've seen for quite some time.
Lilo and Stitch didn't really cause any controversy with audiences, but it sure caused problems for the crew at Disney's Hollywood Studios during the making of the film.
It seems Lilo and Stitch was originally going to be a much more violent film, with lots of sci-fi violence and a star who broke all the rules regarding good guys in animated features for kids.
So the film underwent some radical changes thanks largely to test audiences who felt certain scenes in the film were too violent.
The scene where Jumba the alien stops sneaking around and goes for a full frontal assault on Stitch, ultimately destroying Lilo's home, was the main scene in need of alteration.
So they started toning down the scene by changing Jumba's laser gun blasting into household destruction via dishware.
The production team didn't agree with the changes made to that scene, but there's one scene they all agreed to alter- the ending scene where Stitch hijacks a 747 to go after Captain Gantu.
The film was in production during 9/11, and even though they'd finished animating the scene they knew it had to go, so the 747 was replaced with Jumba's spaceship and the fight moved from the city to the mountains.
I'm glad Pokémon are pocket monsters and not pocket people. or else the franchise would be about slavery and human trafficking which is way worse than monsters battling in an arena.
Still, wouldn't it be cool to see what the creatures of the Pokémon universe look like as humanoids?
Amazingly talented illustrator tamtamdi has spent the last few years turning dozens of elusive pocket monsters such as Slowpoke, Gastly and Porygon2 into elusive and magical looking people we'd rather call friend than collect.
Tamtamdi has remained dedicated to the cause of turning Pokémon into Pokémans and Pokewomans, and the occassional Pokéhumanoid or Pokéghost, by drawing over 250 different species of Pokémon so far.
And tamtamdi's mighty character design skills ensure each and every species of Pokémon being reimagined looks completely different than the next.
Parents always remember their kid's first day of school and the graduation ceremony on the last, but they rarely have the foresight to recreate the first day photo some thirteen years later on their last day of school.
If the kindergartener was being held by their mom or dad in the first day photo it will naturally be much harder to replicate, but this strong dad powered through the last day photo shoot for the sake of posterity.
It seems like the best part about being a superhero would be the powers/abilities, the pride in knowing you've helped make the world a better place, or the fact that you get to hang out with other supers.
There was one gag that would come up often in comedies made in the latter half of the 20th century which I never fully understood- the old lady yelling “masher!” at a man and beating him about the head with her purse.
"just a plain cad. The first article in a gentleman's code is to show all respect to ladies. The masher ignores this unwritten law. He forces his attentions on women to whom he is a stranger ... A masher is a coward too, for he knows that an unescorted can only express her resentment by ignoring him."
The masher discussion is just as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago, but back then women were forced to take the matter into their own hands- by stabbing mashers with hatpins.
The term masher became synonymous with male harassers after it was used in an article describing an incident in which Leoti Blaker stabbed a masher with her hatpin on a New York City stagecoach:
Shortly after she sat down next to him, he kept inching closer to her even as she scooted away for personal space. When he curled his arm around her back, she stabbed him in the arm with her hatpin, maintaining a calm expression all the while. She did not react as the man screamed in pain, and he exited the stagecoach at the next stop.
Blaker added that a man would be "tarred and feathered for daring to insult a woman by such persistent actions" in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where she spent some of her younger years.
Now that catcalling and street harassment has become a hot button issue once again we should dust off that old chestnut of a word and start screaming "MASHER!" whenever
Tourists who get lost in the mountains while traveling abroad hope to come across a mountain rescue team or, at very least, a local who speaks their language who can help them get back to their lodgings.
But chances are they wouldn't see a cat as a rescuer, that is, until they hear about the cat Redditor sc4s2cg met in Switzerland.
Sc4s2cg claims he went hiking in the mountains near his hostel and got lost, eventually coming across an abandoned town.
According to his map the only official trail back to his hostel was closed, but then a helpful little kitty guide came up to him and showed him another trail down the mountain.
Video game developers should note karhall's research and start holding focus groups full of moms who have never played the game, because their thoughts about the characters could help shape the final design.
But if they do these brave developers should expect lots of cute...
According to Rick Harrison working in a pawn shop means never knowing what's gonna come through that door, and as anyone who has watched Pawn Stars knows people try to sell him some pretty strange stuff.
Now that's not to say these pop culture icons aren't worthy of a full length bio, but the internet prefers nuggets of information rather than the whole turkey so six words to describe famous folks it is!
Procrastination is a really hard habit to break, and for some seems like an inherent trait rather than a habit, but there are pros to being a procrastinator too.
You're generally more relaxed about deadlines, you know the minimum amount of time needed to finish a project, and it all began when you learned how to be a homework ninja and get reports done the day they were due.
So what are the cons? We'll come up with those later... (Barely NSFW due to language)
As kids head back to school parents are reminded of all the teachers they've loved and hated in their lifetime, remembering what it was like to sit in their classes and deal with the school day dramedy.
Teachers leave a lasting impression on kids, whether good or bad, but educators who go the extra mile to make sure their students learn their lessons while actually wanting to go to class deserve a medal.
A marine ecology department team from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada conducted a research dive to study starfish off the coast of Bamfield when students Tella Osler and Beau Doherty came across something interesting.
It was a digital camera covered in algae and other sea life, with two brittle stars and a sea cucumber setting up shop inside the camera.
After asking around online, and pinning the man's picture up on a local bulletin board, Côté and Gray discovered the camera belonged to Paul Burgoyne, who had been rescued from a shipwreck by the Coast Guard back in 2012.
Burgoyne was thrilled to have his pictures back, and the research group learned that sea cucumbers and starfish don't mind using our cameras as condos after we're done with them.
People tend to forget that Japan isn't called Japan in Japanese (it's called Nihon) or that Germany is actually the Budesrepublik Deutschland to the Germans, but these endonyms are an important part of a country's identity.
An endonym is the name for a place, site or location in the language of the people who live there. These names may be officially designated by the local government or they may simply be widely used.
And yet the average map doesn't include these endonyms, so people are left wondering what a suomen tasavalta or rzeczpospolita polska is when they see it written somewhere.
At Endonym Map you can see what all the countries of the world call themselves in their official or national language, on a large, nice looking map which the site is constantly striving to improve:
The vast majority of names come from the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographic Names and the U.N.'s database of country names. Other sources include the CIA World Fact Book, Wikipedia and various government websites.
One big change I am exploring is the inclusion of minority language endonyms in some fashion. I would love to put all three official languages for Belgium on the map, or both Ireland and Éire for that matter. But with the limited space on a fixed map, there's just not room to do it fairly for all countries. And it bugs me to no end that places like South Africa and India have a dozen or so recognized languages, but there's only room on the map for one. But I am working on it and hopefully will come to a solution soon.
It's safe to say our gorgeous National Parks are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, and in accordance with the American dream they're best experienced while on a road trip.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, University of Penn researcher Dr. Randal Olson created the ultimate road trip map for vacationers looking to hit every national park in the U.S.
Using Dr. Olson's map you can maximize your National Parks experience by hitting all 47 of the National Parks in the lower 48 while taking the shortest road trip possible:
“In total, this road trip spans 14,498 miles (23,333 km) of road and will take roughly 2 months to fully enjoy, depending on your pace. I’ve designed this road trip to form a circle around the U.S., so you can hop on at any point and proceed whatever direction you like. Just make sure to follow the agenda from that point on if you want to follow the optimal route!”
Batman is a lot more than just a cape, a cowl and a scowl- he's a deep and interesting dude who is so multi-faceted his writers virtually never run out of new material.
But for every good story arc or issue there's another which completely misses the mark, making readers wonder “WTF?!”
Like the time Batman dyed his Batsuits different colors so goons wouldn't figure out Robin's secret identity, featuring Batman wearing a rainbow Batsuit while saying the line “they’ll find no gold at the end of this rainbow… only prison.”
And then there was the time Batman agreed to sing Christmas carols with officers from the Gotham PD- and no crimes were committed that night in Gotham, seemingly thanks to the songs sung by Batsy and the boys.
Think Batman singing is weird? Not as weird as the Caped Crusader laughing with the Joker, impregnating Batgirl or wetting himself during a mission.
Fast food restaurants love to employ the burger drop in commercials nowadays, showing us each layer of the burger and how fresh and bouncy it is to entice us into heading for the drive-thru.
It may surprise you to know the burger used in the drop is often CGI, modeled and animated for the perfect mouth-watering look, but not all ad directors agree with using CGI in a burger commercial.
In fact, one practical effects crazy photographer/director named Steve Giralt wanted a real burger drop so bad he built an entire machine to make it happen.
He calls it the “Precision Arduino Timing Relay Imaging Controller”, or P.A.T.R.I.C. For short, and it not only makes the burger drop a breeze- it kicks buns at making ketchup and mustard collide in mid-air.
Here's a short video showing what it was like behind the scenes while shooting this burger ad: