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Terribly Good CGI Recreations Of Pop Culture Classics

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Creating good looking CGI artwork, models, shorts, etc. requires a lot of experience, some technical know-how and a good eye for detail. But creating utterly terrible CGI works can be an art in itself, or simply an (un?)happy accident along the way to your final 3D destination.

The folks behind Really3D are trying to create “The best 3D animations of the world!”- in other words 3D shorts that are so bad they’re grrrreat!

Watch as they bring a horrible mutation of Jurassic Park to life, complete with a lumbering cantaloupe, err, I mean Brontosaurus.

Stare in amazement as classic Mickey incarnation Steamboat Willie is brought into the digital age, with just a bit of chromosomal damage along the way.

Wonder why you’re watching such deliciously bad CGI animation, then keep on watching until it looks good!

-Via Gizmodo

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Ancient Chinese City That Lies Beneath A Lake

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There’s a city in China that is sure to become the number one destination for scuba divers and adventure seekers from all over the globe, a place that’s not likely to be overrun by tourists because it lies over 30 meters below the surface of Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang, China.

The massive underwater ruins of a city dubbed “Shicheng” (“Lion City”) were discovered by archaeologists in 2001, and even though the city was built in 208 A.D. and has been underwater for over 50 years it is remarkably well preserved, with stunning examples of ancient architecture and intricately carved arches waiting to be discovered by anyone willing to throw on some scuba gear and pay the sunken city a visit.

-Via DesignTAXI

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Benedict Cumberbatch Is Everywhere - Let's Draw Sherlock

Viewers are obsessed with the latest incarnation of that most famous of detectives- Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, and since audiences can’t get enough Benedict’s face is starting to show up in all kinds of unusual places, from Sesame Street to fun photo shoots to classical works of art.

Let’s Draw Sherlock is a Tumblr site dedicated to art featuring Benedict's beloved mug, with various projects like replacing the subject of many famous works of art, like Modigliani’s “Franz Hellens” and Lempicka’s “The Blue Scarf”, with Mr. Cumberbatch's face, and drawings featuring Sherlock and Watson attending historical moments, just to name a few.

Whether Mr. Cumberbatch's fifteen minutes of fame extend ad infinitum, or he ends up shying away from the spotlight, these remixed artworks bearing his instantly recognizable face will live on.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Mellowest Park In Canada- Dude Chilling Park

There's a park in Vancouver which sports a most unusual name on its official sign- Dude Chilling Park.

The park was originally called Guelph Park, but a crafty individual named Viktor Briestensky replaced the boring original with a more appropriate sign, based on a piece of public art found in the park that looks like a dude chillaxing on the grass taking in the scene. (Previously on Neatorama)

Park officials promptly took the sign down, but due to a petition signed by 1,500 residents in favor of the sign the park has been permanently renamed Dude Chilling Park, making it the mellowest park in all of Canada!

-Via Booooooom!

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Never-Before-Seen Photos Show Decrepit State Of NYC Subway In 1981

(Images via Christopher Morris)

People are constantly complaining about the poor conditions, rude people and general discomfort experienced when they ride the subway around New York City every day, but if they could see what the NYC subway system looked like back in 1981 they’d probably stop whining and appreciate how far those railcars have come.

Photographer Christopher Morris captured the seedy nature of subway travel back in the early 80s, spending six months purposefully documenting the decrepit state of affairs found aboard New York City’s subway system.

Christopher recently discovered some photos from the series that hadn’t been published, so he shared them with TIME Lightbox in hopes that people will see how far those MTA rapid transit cars have come in the last thirty years.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Forensic Scientists Create The Face Of Crystal Skull Vodka

Forensic artists can’t come across a skull, or skull shaped decanter, without wondering what that person’s fleshy face looked like when they were among the living, and there’s no better testament to your artistic skills than creating a skull sculpture from scratch that actually looks like a human being when clay skin is added.

Some hitherto unnamed forensic scientists couldn’t help themselves when they saw a bottle of Crystal Skull Vodka sitting on the shelf at their local liquor store, they just had to see what that laughing face would look like properly skinned.

So they bought a bottle and went to work properly replacing layers of muscle and flesh until they revealed the face of a drunken fool, very appropriate for the spokesskull of a popular alcoholic beverage!

If anyone knows the name(s) of the forensic scientists behind this project please share in the comments below!

-Via Cheezburger

Update: These photos came from Crystal Head Vodka’s Facebook page. The forensic artist who did this is Nigel Cockerton.  -Thanks, kdub!

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African Ghost Town Reclaimed By The Desert

(Images via Romain Veillon)

Ghost towns are the product of a booming then bottomed out economy that causes people to abandon the town, and when the people are all gone the town has nowhere to go, it merely bides the time until it all comes tumbling down in decay, or until the earth has finished reclaiming the space for its own.

The German settlement Kolmanskop resides in Namibia, serving as a testament to the European exploitation of resources in Africa and the fleeting nature of communities based around diamond and gold mining.

Abandoned in 1954, this series of pics by photographer Romain Veillon appropriately entitled Les Sables Du Temps (the Sands of Time) shows the town sixty years later, as it's slowly devoured by the desert sand.

-Via Dangerous Minds

Previously on Neatorama- A Ghost Town Buried in the Sand

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Infinite Friends Machine - A Bot That Writes Sitcoms

Here to demonstrate that even a robot could have written scripts for the sitcom Friends is the Infinite Friends Machine, a bot programmed to write an episode of Friends and may be credited as the creator of a sequel series called Frenemies. Okay, that last bit may not be true, but the fact that a bot and a bit of coding is all it takes to write your average sitcom isn’t really earth shattering news.

 Creator of IFM Tom Armitage explains how he used a program called Plotagon to create the strangest episode of Friends ever made:

The machines does a few simple things. First, it scrapes Friends transcripts. For now, it works for most of Series 1. It then parses those scripts and chops them up into episodes, scenes, and lines attributed to individual characters. It also strips out some directions. Then, using all that, it offers ways to generate new scripts.

Is this the future of televised entertainment, with rooms full of sketch writers being replaced with server racks and script writing code? I certainly hope not...

-Via Gawker

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Photo Series Reveals The Last Meals Of Death Row Inmates

To an inmate waiting for the inevitable conclusion to their sentence, namely death by one of the five legal methods of execution, their last meal is guaranteed to be the best thing to happen to them since they were sent to death row.

Photographer Henry Hargreaves finds the whole practice of public execution to be "a remnant of an earlier era", which compelled him to recreate the last meals ordered by notorious death row inmates like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy and Timothy McVeigh, photographing the recreated meal next to a card that details info about each prisoner.

Each meal says something about the man who placed the order, and whether they used it to make a profound statement or simply wanted one last chance to chow down the meal will go down in history as part of their dark and mordid story.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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New Blog Pairs High Fashion Photos With Their Visual Influence

High fashion clothing designers create pieces of wearable art that are meant to garner the wearer attention from the public and bring a sense of wonder to an otherwise khaki colored world, and many designers draw influence for their fashion works from many diverse and surprising sources.

A new blog called WHEREISEEFASHION puts high fashion wardrobe shots next to works of art and photographs of natural elements, in a side-by-side comparison that attempts to show a possible influence for each garment.

Seeing the artistic, natural and elemental influences behind these fashion artworks clearly shows the design aesthetics and textural decisions that go into each piece, and may give you a better appreciation for fashion design.

-Via WeTheUrban

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Sesame Street Meets Street Fighter

The puppets that occupy Sesame Street all seem to get along pretty well on the show, but even furry monsters that eat cookies and sing songs all day need to blow off some steam every once in a while.

For that there's Sesame Street Fighter, a new, and of course semi-educational, game played with typing control mechanics similar to games like Typer Shark and The Typing of the Dead. As you type out words your Street Fighter inspired character throws balls of fuzzy fire or lays a cookie fueled smackdown on the opposition, all to a sweet chiptune version of the Sesame Street theme song.

So get yourself a cookie, give your knuckles a good cracking and prepare for the typing fight of your puppet life, which you can play at Flavourmachine.

-Via Gamma Squad

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Textural Sculptures Made From Strands Of Clay

The colorful works of Joseph Barbaccia have a delightfully textile quality about, looking like they’re made out of yarn with a texture similar to macramé,  but surprisingly these totally tubular sculptures are made out of polymer clay.

Joseph captures the likenesses of Charles Bukowski, a Poe inspired raven and everyone’s favorite neighbor Totoro with thin strands of colored clay, which he meticulously rolls out by hand then lays out in various colors to form sculptural 2D images infused with a sense of motion and writhing, squiggling life.

We previously featured a crayon self portrait created by Joseph here on Neatorama, and although he has shifted his style up quite a bit since then his new works are every bit as colorful as his crayon point portrait.

-Via My Modern Met

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Famous Movie Scenes Depicted In The Style Of The Ottoman Empire

Turkish artist Murat Palta blends the art style of his native land with pop culture scenes from his modern geek heritage, creating art prints that look like they would fit right in during the Ottoman Empire or a geeky fandom convention.

Each piece is rendered in Miniature Style of the Ottoman Empire, and Murat’s choice to keep the characters simple, with an aged and weathered aesthetic, really adds to the charm of pieces depicting iconic scenes from geek friendly films such as A Clockwork Orange, Star Wars, Alien, The Shining and Scarface, just to name a few.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Artist Creates A Different Kind Of Selfie

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When Spanish artist Eloy Morales wants to create a selfie, capturing a moment in time when he finds himself covered in various colors of paint, he doesn’t pull out his digital camera or cell phone- he grabs tubes of paint and some brushes and gets to work on a hyper realistic selfie painting.

His attention to details, warmth of contour lines, rendering of natural light and the colorful paint splattered across his face give each piece a hyper realism that fools people into believing they’re actually looking at a photograph, but Eloy’s selfies are so much cooler than some smartphone snapshot.

And if you think Eloy's incredibly realistic renderings are created using Photoshop watch the included video showing the master portrait artist at work.

-Via Bored Panda

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GIFs Compare NES Game Screens To Original Film Source

Gamers were blown away by the surprisingly detailed pixel art graphics created for the intros and cutscenes used in Nintendo Entertainment System games, especially the adaptations of movies and TV shows.

Players weren’t staring at an abstractly arranged pile of pixels, they got high quality 8 bit art with their updated console gameplay, and the crowds went wild. But how close were those pixel art masterpieces to the actual movie footage?

Technologically advanced duo Brother Brain and Low Interest have created some scintillating morphing image GIFs as a futuristic form of side-by-side comparison.

The conclusion- game artists in 1985 were really good at replicating the original source with a limited color palette and a handful of pixels, and these morphing images would make totally rad wall art pieces.

You can see ten of these amazing morphing NES screen GIFs here.

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Epic Legend Of Zelda Cross Stitch Map

It’s a good thing Link didn’t have to wait for a map of Hyrule to be cross stitched while on one of his epic journeys, or he would have been waiting so long he probably would have given up the whole adventuring biz!

A dedicated geek, and meticulous crafter, who goes by the name tibtibs on Reddit spent nine long months of her life bringing this amazing cross stitched map from Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past to full term, spending around 500 hours working on this incredible piece based on a pattern free to download online here.

If you don't have anything to do for the next nine months, and need a new map of Hyrule for your guild lodge, then you should follow in tibtibs footsteps, but beware- creating this map is an epic adventure in itself.

-Via Nerd Approved

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Bringing The Monster Manual To Life Using ZBrush

When a newly initiated Dungeons and Dragons player cracks open a copy of the original Monster Manual and sees all the wild creatures that reside inside their mind begins to race with the gaming possibilities.

But those original drawings are sorely in need of an update, and although the creature designs have been re-drawn multiple times there’s nothing like the look of a good ol’ fashioned D&D dungeon dweller created in the shiny new(ish) digital sculpting program ZBrush.

Level 18 Paladin and epic level artist Patrick Farley has been working through the original Monster Manual in ZBrush, bringing the iconic creatures like the Beholder and the Gnoll, and the more obscure/oddball creatures like the Xorn, to life with his incredibly detailed 3D models.

The most amazing part of Patrick's series- he has only been working in ZBrush for a little over a month and has already created five creature models. At this rate he'll be on to the Fiend Folio by the end of the year!

-Via Boing Boing

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The Badass Motorcycle Girl Gangs Of Morocco

Morocco is known for amazing architecture, rich historical roots, and diverse cultural heritage, but I’ve never heard mention of the colorful gangs of motorcycle riding girls who roam the streets in awesome outfits and decked out bikes.

Photographer Hassan Hajjaj captured these wild girls in their native habitat in a series called Kesh Angels, and these badass bikers are sure to capture your heart with their fierce stares and colorful outfits. Each photo is framed by appropriately colored food products, with appropriated symbols present throughout to give these badass bikers some extra street cred.

Hassan's gloriously captivating photo series is being shown through March 7 at the Taymour Grahne Gallery in Manhattan.

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Graphic Designer Creates Font By Shaving Letters Into His Beard

The first graphic designers had a dilemma- how can they create typography when art supplies had yet to be invented? The answer, it turns out, was quite simple- grow some facial hair, then trim it into the shape of each letter in your custom font.

This worked for individual letters, but writing a sentence meant involving all kinds of guys with shaved beards, and since there weren’t any picture etching pterodactyls around to capture each letter individually the whole process was a total pain.

Now we have computers and digital cameras and electric razors, so graphic designer Michael Allen had no problem creating his hairy font Alphabeard Beardface, although Michael does share this thought- "Many beards have been sacrificed for this project." Sacrifice, it seems, is the key to making a successful beard based font. That, and rapid growth.

-Via Nerdcore

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Pixel Art Celebrating Iconic Punch Scenes In Movies And TV

Iconic Punch Scenes from movies and TV shows have been overshadowed for decades by their more likeable siblings the Kiss, the Heroic Monologue and the Speech That Conveniently Ties Up All Loose Ends.

Artist and designer Aled Lewis has created a pixel art series dedicated to these underrated scenes, and it’s about time those “pow, bang straight in the kisser!” moments were given their day in the sun.

The pieces in Aled's series "Pixel Punches" are reminiscent of character designs from classic beat ‘em up video games like Double Dragon and Final Fight, which is an appropriate era reference since many of the scenes are from classic movies like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, and Ace Ventura, with a Joffrey slapping scene from Game of Thrones mixed in for geek color.

-Via Pleated-Jeans

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A Super Sexy Justice League Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is the most fictional of holidays, made up to help sell greeting cards and as a way to make those who are unlucky in love feel terrible about themselves, so why not celebrate it with some fictional characters? Even better, let’s get cosplayers to dress up like their favorite fictional superfolks and pretend to be under the spell of some nefarious Valentine’s Day magic delivered via cookie.

What, Nerdist has already run with this premise? Well then, let’s share their Super Sexy Justice League Valentine’s Day video with the interwebs! It’s far cheaper than buying flowers and chocolate, way more fun than trying to go out to dinner on V-Day, and you’re guaranteed to get lucky!

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Photos Of People Hanging Out In Trimmed Trees

Viewing images of people hanging out quite comfortably in perfectly manicured trees may fill you with a sense of envy, perhaps even inspire you to seek out your own tree and prepare for a good perching.

We urge you to think twice before doing so, because dwelling in a tree may cause photographer Erwan Fichous to take your picture and include you in his series Miradors, and you don't want to be known as one of those tree dwelling weirdos, do you?

Erwan once mistook a person standing in a tree for a UFO, which prompted him to hire some gardeners, manicure some trees and encourage passers by in Mexico City to stand in them and have their picture taken. But what does it all mean? Only Erwan and the UFOs know...

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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The Music Video Inspired By The Man - The Digital Prophet

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David Shing, the guy who gets paid to be AOL’s “Digital Prophet”, is one strange little fellow who sports anti-gravity hair, painted nails and looks like he’s part vampire. David has the net all a-twitter over his mysterious messages of a future full of defriending and unfollowing, but we’re not here to discuss the enigma/New Wave popstar/digital prophet.

No, we’re here to discuss things being posted to the Net which were influenced by Mr. Shing, like this glorious music video by Jonathan Mann entitled (you guessed it!) The Digital Prophet.

Jonathan has two things in common with David Shing- he’s seen the far flung future, which is full of houses made from AOL discs and robots named Coke, and he’s a fashion forward kind of guy.

-Via BoingBoing

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Air Hockey Playing Robot Created By Hacking 3D Printer

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Do you have enough money to afford a full sized 3D printer for your home yet don’t have any friends or family members to play a game of air hockey with? Tired of playing solitaire when you own a full sized air hockey table? Will you submit willingly to the robotic overlords when the revolution begins?

If you answered yes to all or any of these questions then you really need to check out this video by YouTuber Jose Julio showing his amazing 3D printer hack that turns parts of the printer into a champion air hockey player.

If you can't make friends the old fashioned way put one together out of spare parts and a bit of AI software, but don't be surprised if it turns your major appliances and electronics against you!

-Via Uproxx

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Shoes Are Given A Set Of Teeth In Strange Photo Series

Shoes hang out on your feet, keeping your toes warm and giving your ankles a big hug, but they most definitely do not chew on your feet because they don’t have teeth.

Photo-retouching studio POP. Postproduction felt it was a shame that shoes would never have a chance to smile, or gnaw on someone’s ankle, so they ‘shopped in some choppers and let those loafers get their grin on in a series called "Running Gag".

The type of teeth were chosen based on the owner’s personality, from gap toothed goofball to golden grill loving gangster, and the visual is so effective you’ll be staring your shoes straight in the mouth every time you go to put them on!

-Via DesignTAXI

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A Google Maps Ebook For Kerouac's On The Road

Chances are those who read On The Road as a youngster dreamed of following in Sam Paradise’s footsteps as he crossed the country like one cool cat, but up until now this dream roadtrip would have involved lots of research, investigation and location interpretation.

Now all you have to do is download an ebook by Gregor Weichbrodt called On The Road for 17, 527 Miles, which was created using Google Maps directions, and you can hit the road like Jack did. But don’t expect any Kerouac inspired passages or character development between these 45 pages, because there’s nothing but actual directions in this ebook, however Gregor has made a print copy available in case you need something to pore over at various diners and coffee shops along the way.

-Via AnimalNY

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A Collection Of Creative Print Ads With Bold Visual Appeal

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(Image Via Advertising Agency: DDB Tribal Berlin, Germany)

Ads are often created to evoke a thought or feeling from the viewer, and print ads are meant to capture the target audience’s attention with bold imagery, so when we think of ads as being creative or noteworthy it’s typically because they’ve succeeded on these levels.

The ads that make up Bored Panda’s list of “33 Powerful and Creative Print Ads” are bold, and the messages vary between serious and lighthearted, art and photography, but all are sure to get your attention and deliver their message quite effectively, even if that message is simply “wear a condom” or “get a dog so you can feed them this brand of dog food”.

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Action Packed Fan Film - Batman Evolution

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It’s hard to nail down this fan film entitled Batman Evolution, because it’s equal parts comedic and serious action, it transitions between classic TV show Batman and a sort of Dark Knight type Batdude, and it stars a guy who clearly knows a thing or two about martial arts, yet the choreography is a bit wonky at times which makes some of the fighting scenes laughably bad.

The star of the short Eric Gable studied ninjitsu in Japan years ago, and he wanted to make a film featuring Batman actually doing ninja moves, so this short has been his labor of love for years. But does it do the Batman justice? As far as fan films go it’s really well made, and fun to watch despite the occasional unintentionally comedic moment, so Batman would be proud of Eric's effort.

-Via CBM

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Proof That Cameras Really Do Capture Souls - LOT254

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Creating a good horror short is a tricky thing to do, since filmmakers are usually working with low budgets and very little time to create something that's supposed to elicit a dark response from the viewer.

There are plenty of dark atmospherics in this horror short by Toby Meakins entitled LOT 254, the story of The Camera Collector and The Phantom, but it feels more like the trailer to a full length film than an actual short. Still, if you've got three minutes to spare and like the spooky stuff this future feature length film teaser(?) is worth a viewing, and maybe if we're lucky there's actually a full length version in the works.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The True Story Of The Monuments Men

The special operations group known as the Monuments Men had a very interesting story to tell about their incredible efforts on behalf of arts and antiquity during World War II, a story that has now been made into a feature length film starring George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon.

They were tasked with recovering cultural property by the Roberts Commission during and after WWII, property that was stolen by a Nazi force known as the Kunstschutz, and after the war ended they were sent in to previously occupied territories in hopes of finding these precious works of art and historically significant treasures before they were looted by troops or destroyed. They recovered many important works of art but sadly some, like Raphael's Portrait of a Young Man, have yet to be recovered.

You can read more about the Monuments Men, and see more amazing photos, over at 607Visual.

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