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Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech Turned Into A Comic



Neil Gaiman recently delivered a commencement speech for Philadelphia's University of the Arts which people found so heartwarming and inspiring that someone decided to turn it into a comic.

The someone in question is Australian illustrator Gavin Aung Than, and he did a great job of making the speech even easier to digest, with whimsical imagery and lots of brightly colored panels.

Hit the link below if you want to see the rest of Gavin's equally heartwarming take on Neil Gaiman's graduation speech, then print that sucker out and pin it to your wall for a dose of daily inspiration.

Link  --via BuzzFeed

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Fantastic Four Radio Show From 1975 Featuring Bill Murray


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This fantastic retro find features a young Bill Murray reading the role of Human Torch alongside Stan Lee in a 1975 radio version of the Fantastic Four comics.

The radio show ran for thirteen episodes and featured the Fantastic Four squaring off against classic foes such as- Super Skrull, Moleman and the Latvian Iron Man himself Doctor Doom.

It's fun way to listen to a video on YouTube, and may even appeal to Millenials who aren't used to using their imaginations to picture the scene!

--via Comics Alliance

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A Cute And Clumsy Baby Elephant Playing With A Soccer Ball


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Well, I think the title says it all on this one folks! This cute, clumsy baby elephant kicks the ball around for a bit, falling down here and there and amusing every human in attendance.

And now that the video has been shared on the interwebs it can amuse people across the globe with it's clumsy critter antics. Yay!

Why are baby elephants so darn cute regardless of what they're doing? Because they're baby animals, that's why!

--via Best Week Ever

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Highly Detailed Paper Cities By Yumiko Matsui



Yumiko creates spectacular paper cityscapes rich with detail and an imbued sense of life in the big city.

It's as if the little cars really do have somewhere to be in a hurry, and the people who populate this city live their lives blissfully unaware that they could be squashed by a falling peanut or errant pebble at any moment.

Top it all off with the fact that the billboards will light up once night has fallen on this mini metropolis and you've got a papercraft city where a bug wearing a tie and top hat would feel right at home.

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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Skyrim Finally Gets An Expansion Pack


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Have you finally re-adjusted to life in the real world after spending thousands of hours completing the epic fantasy video game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim?

Well, I have some terrible news for you-Bethesda is about to release an awesome looking expansion pack called Dawnguard, and it looks good enough to envelop you in its dark embrace once again, making you forget that you were once a productive member of society.

So call in sick when the expansion pack is released and get back to doing what you do best- playing Skyrim like a boss!

--via Topless Robot

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Tip Toland's Hyper Realistic Ceramic Sculptures



The subjects in Tip Toland's sculptures can best be described as ManChildren- men who clearly haven't outgrown their adolescence and appear to be on a journey of self discovery.

They're unnervingly realistic in detail and form, and Tip has captured these familiar human expressions and feelings so perfectly that they appear ready to spring to life at any moment.

Take a gander at the rest of Tip's disturbing ceramic sculptures at the links below, because creepy can also be fun!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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A Mushroom That Eats Plastic



Researchers from Yale University recently discovered a mushroom in the jungles of Ecuador that is most magical indeed, for this little fungus dines on polyurethane, a very common type of plastic.

Here's more on this amazing fungus:
The fungi, called “Pestalotiopsis microspore”, is able to survive on eating plastic alone—while without the need for air or light.

Students Jonathan Russell and Pria Anand have written in the journal ‘Applied and Environmental Microbiology’, that the enzyme the fungus uses to decompose plastic has been isolated.

Scientists hope to use the extracted chemical to solve the plastic trash and help bioremediation projects.

Now that's a creative way to help solve our global waste problem, unless it turns into an ever bigger problem when the fungus develops a taste for human flesh!

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The Horrifying Truth Behind Pixar's Cars Universe



I posted a funny comic yesterday about the truth behind the animated series Adventure Time, and readers were quick to point out that the series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where Finn might be the last living human.

Well, here's round 2 in our speculations about the unknown back stories behind cartoons seemingly meant for kids, and this time we're talking about Pixar's Cars franchise.

It seems that some professors of geekology have posted their speculations about the series on the interwebs, theories which tie in to Wall-E and the end of human life as we know it.

Intrigued? Hit the link and read on about the post-apocalyptic theory behind Cars, it's an entertaining notion even if you're not a fan of the films.

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Papercraft War Machine Statue



It seems like paper sculptures are getting bigger, better and more complicated every day.

Take this 1:6 scale War Machine sculpture for example, built complete with LED chest light and fiber optic lights in the eyes and palms.

This little guy is so meticulously detailed, and perfectly painted, that you probably can't even tell that it's made of paper unless you look at it up close.

Check out the step-by-step photos of how the template for the War Machine papercraft sculpture was created at the link below, it might inspire you to create your own heroic works of paper art.

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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The Surreal Sculptures Of Roger Reutimann



Roger Reutimann is a man who has worn many hats as an artist-painter, classical pianist, craftsman and, more recently, as a sculptor.

In some ways Roger's works embody a classical style, like the use of naturalistic human forms and themes of mortality, while qualities like choice of finish and the use of surreal elements imbue his sculptures with a decidedly modern appeal.

There are a few pieces featured at the Creep Machine link below, and if you like what you see there you should take a look at Roger's site for his full collection, including works which some may consider NSFW (artistic nudes).

Link  --via Creep Machine

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Awesome Full Sized Final Fantasy VIII Replica Gunblade



This is one beautiful cosplay accessory-a replica Gunblade from the video game Final Fantasy VIII that doesn't look like a cardboard blade covered in gobs of paint.

The guy who built this screen worthy replica made it for a college course in prop making, using MDF, balsa wood an a Pringles can to get the job done right.

From the look of this amazing Gunblade, this guy should have no problem getting a job in Hollywood as a prop builder.

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Animated Music Video - Rivers And Homes


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This creative music video is for the song Rivers and Homes by the Brooklyn based band J.viewz, who asked fans to send them self portraits which they incorporated into the video as a unique form of stop motion animation.

It's a rare combination in a music video-good music and compelling visuals, with an interesting short storyline put into the mix to round the whole thing out.

--via Laughing Squid

 

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Unintentionally Artistic Space Suit Test Photos



It's too bad NASA decided to fake the moon landing, because these space suit test photos would have come in mighty handy when preparing for such an epic excursion.

I'm kidding, of course, they're actually photos taken at NASA's first acid test, where they donned the suits and let the vibes flow freely through them to the beat of a bongo drum.

Okay, these photos were actually taken in order to test and demonstrate the range of motion and mobility offered by their space suits, but it's good to let your imagination run wild once in a while.

Link  --via AnimalNY

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Cool Character Design Tutorial Video


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This handy dandy little tutorial video comes to you courtesy of ex-WETA Workshop designer Tim Gibson, who is more than happy to share some tips and tricks on character designing with aspiring illustrators.

Tim will help you take your characters from Meh to Me Gusta! in this info packed five minute video, so get out your pencils and drawing pad (or your Wacom tablet) and whip your character sketches into shape!

--via Drawn

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Relive The Horror Of Childhood In Among The Sleep


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Among The Sleep is an upcoming video game that looks unique and imaginative despite the terribly unimaginative title.

You play as a two year old, who battles their imagination as well as strange forces at work in their home, which is one of the most unique premises for a video game I've ever heard.

Then the trailer reveals that the game will be very atmospheric and spooky, and the manufacturer's blurb claims "surreal creatures and diverse environments will present you with both physical and mental obstacles that challenge your creativity".

Okay, I'm officially excited about playing as a baby character in a video game!

--via Super Punch

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The Iron Man Clothes Iron



This wacky concept design for an Iron Man clothes iron makes me wonder if Tony Stark is narcissistic enough to fill his home with tools and appliances shaped like his superpowered suit of armor?

Or maybe he's just looking for a way to make a few billion bucks by releasing officially licensed Iron Man household appliances and gadgets, so that the comic book fans can surround themselves with his signature red and gold robotic designs.

And does this unit come with a voice box, so it can tell you when your steam setting is ready for use?

Link  --via Geekologie

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The Self Stirring Pot


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Are you tired of having to stir while cooking dinner, but you don't want your food to burn? Wouldn't you like to let those pesky stirring muscles wither and degenerate?

Well, then you need the Kuru-Kuru Nabe, a self stirring pot designed by a Japanese dentist to ease your suffering in the kitchen. Watch as it magically stirs your food for you, without you having to lift a muscle.

Now you can sit back and foster that beer buzz while this self stirring pot does all the work for you. Thanks Kuru-Kuru Nabe!

--via Buzzfeed

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The Terrible Truth Behind Adventure Time



Poor Finn, looks like all those fantastic adventures he's been going on with his stretchy doggy pal Jake have all taken place within his imagination after all.

I hope they don't pull the plug before we get to watch a couple more seasons of Adventure Time, 'cause it's one of my favs!

What's that you say? You haven't watched Adventure Time? Are you a lover of animated mayhem and fantastically colorful fun? Then you owe it to yourself to check out this show, it's the bees knees!

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Soccer Goal Celebrations With Dazzling Special FX


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Soccer players are a lively bunch, and their celebrations of a scored goal can be quite theatrical.

So, what could possibly make these celebrations even more extreme? Why, the addition of dazzling special effects, of course!

Watch as players burn up the field, set the opposition on fire and knock out a T-Rex all for the love of the game.

--via Obvious Winner

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Artist Recreates Magazines From Blade Runner



 

These visions of a strange future where magazines are still in print were created by a Blade Runner superfan known only as Kevin, who may know more about the android revolution than he's letting on.

Blade Runner fans will probably recognize these magazine covers from the movie, while everyone else wonders when these wondrous new mags are going to hit their store shelves.

If you happen to see a magazine with a tagline "Dorgon Invasion!" then you'll know that the future is now, and the electric sheep aren't far behind.

Link  --via The Atlantic

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Revenge Of The Sandpeople



I wish this was a poster for an actual Star Wars spinoff in the works, instead of just a really cool poster designed by Sublevel Studios!

Imagine the terror on young Luke's face as the Tusken Raiders emerge from the dunes and surround him, their breath stinking of motor oil and Bantha milk, Luke's force abilities too weak to help him escape his fate.

I guess we'll just have to settle for the what-ifs created by cool fan art, like this poster inspired by horror movie posters from the 60s and 70s.

Link  --via Geek Tyrant

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The Art Of Motion Capture


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Have you ever wondered how animators go about making your favorite characters in films and video games move in such a realistic manner?

Well, this video should clear things up a bit. It's the second installment in a series called Good Job, and this episode deals with the art of motion capture animation, specifically as it relates to creating the video game character Eddy Gordo from the fighting game series Tekken.

It's as demystifying and informative as it is fun to watch, and it should inspire those budding animators out there to keep reaching for your dream job!

--via Laughing Squid

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Animated Short - Mongrel & The Wrath Of The Ape King


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This awesome animated fantasy is called Mongrel & The Wrath Of The Ape King, and it took creator Morgan King over six months to animate this two and a half minute long short.

He created it mostly as a way to teach himself how to create rotoscope animation, in an old school Ralph Bakshi inspired style, and from the look of this short he's got a handle on the whole process now!

I'm a huge fan of Bakshi, and the Heavy Metal animated movie, and I think Morgan has really tapped into the same vein with this fantastic short.

--via Cartoon Brew

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A View Of London Reflected In Puddles



Now this is an interesting way to see London-reflected on the surface of a puddle, melding with the street  and distorted by ripples in the water.

Photographed by native Londoner Gavin Hammond, these beautiful pics are like glimpses into another dimension, revealed after a rainy day has washed the grime off the streets.

I would love to have prints of these pics framed and hanging on my wall, they are truly breathtaking!

Link  --via Flavorwire

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Space Out On These Trippy GIFs



Do you have a day to spare, staring at your computer screen as GIFs threaten to suck your mind into a space warp? Then you'll love this gallery of 50 tripped out GIFs which are guaranteed to blow your mind.

They might make you feel a bit uncomfortable in your own skin after a while, so keep reminding yoursel-f-they are only animated GIFs, your computer has not been taken over by a digital entity. Or has it?! (cue dramatic music)

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Leveson Inquiry Cakepops



This series of Leveson Inquiry cake pops are the ultimate in baked geekery, created by Miss Insomnia Tulip to commemorate Lord Justice Leveson's investigation into the UK newspaper industry conspiracy.

Hacking in to phone lines? Taking part in an international conspiracy scheme? Let them eat cake!

Link  --via Boing Boing

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Cantaloupe The Kleptomaniac Greyhound


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Meet Cantaloupe, the kleptomaniac Greyhound who can't keep her paws off other people's stuff!

Her thieving antics have been captured on video by her owners, who intend to press charges against this dastardly dog.

Will she do hard time for her crimes, or can a dog named Cantaloupe become reformed and carry on a normal doggy life? Only time will tell...

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Anatomical Diagram Of The Incredible Hulk's Skull



This anatomical diagram by Glendon Mellow attempts to put scientific data behind Bruce Banner's superheroic transformation from man to Hulk.

However, this chart raises further questions, like does Bruce's skull actually transform? And does this new research illustrate that the Incredible Hulk is actually some sort of modern incarnation of Paranthropus robustus?

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Monkeys + Synthesizers = One Cool Ad


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Leave a synthesizer unguarded around a bunch of monkeys, lemurs, marmosets, suricates, baboons and a sloth and you might be surprised by their musical talent.

Then again, they might just trash their instruments instead of using them to make slick electronic music!

This is actually just a fun, animal filled ad for the Volt Festival 2012, an electronic music festival taking place on June 9th in Sweden.

Oh well, the critters in this commercial sure are cute!

--via Best Week Ever

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Vintage Photos From Atomic Bomb Testing Site



This is what ground zero looks like when you're a testing mannequin in the 1950s. These rare photographs were taken by Loomis Dean at an atomic bomb test site in Nevada around 1955, an eerie documentation of the strangeness that went on during the Atomic Age.

Photo caption--"Scorched, male mannequin in suit of dark fabric indicates a human would be burned but alive."

Check out the rest of these photos, and read all about Loomis' documentation of the testing site, at the link to Life Magazine Online below, they're kookier than Kookie Burns!

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