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Artist Makes Self Portraits Out Of Frozen Blood



What you see here is a self portrait of the artist Marc Quinn, an incredibly lifelike and detailed cast, that he made out of his own frozen blood.

Marc has been making these portraits every five years since 1991, so it would be interesting to see them all together, progressing in age over the last twenty years.

Each piece takes over four liters of blood to construct, which is gathered over a five month period. These frozen bloody heads would make the ultimate centerpiece for the Monster's Ball!

Link  --via Gizmodo

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Now That's One Good Looking Steampunk Bike



I'm not sure if you're supposed to call this a bicycle or a tricycle, since it has two wheels in the back; regardless, it is one beautiful piece of vehicular art.

Created by Roger Wood of Klockwerks, it was made for a show involving kinetic sculptures, and it's safe to say that his Steampunk bike was the most eye-catching piece in the room.

This is what Pee Wee's bike would look like if they made a Steampunk version of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, and I wouldn't blame Francis at all for trying to swipe this sucker!

Link  --via BoingBoing

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Build Your Own Millennium Falcon Xbox Case Mod



Turning your Xbox console from bland to Dagobah! with this Instructables tutorial on creating a Millennium Falcon case mod.

Generously shared by DIYer pizonbongo of Major League Mods, all you need is an old Millennium Falcon kit, an original Xbox console, and some basic tools and you too can bring the charm of Han's smuggler ship to your gaming setup.

And this tutorial looks like it would work with other consoles, so if you've got an old console sitting around gathering dust why not give it a try?

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The Amphibious All-Terrain Vehicle Of The Future



This is the Scamander, and it's an all-terrain amphibious vehicle with futuristic good looks and a beefy engine under the hood.

A creation of the late Peter Wheeler, a visionary British car manufacturer and owner of sports car company TVR, he sadly didn't get to see his amphibious concept car become a reality, so a team of engineers helped his wife bring the Scamander to life in dedication to Peter.

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On land the Scamander can reach a top speed of 120mph, and its 300 horsepower V6 engine can push it from 0 to 60 in about eight seconds. Which is actually pretty impressive given this beast can tackle any terrain on Earth, and isn't slowed down by even the shoreline.

You can see a short video of the Scamander in action at the link below, it looks like a whole lotta fun to drive!

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A Doctor Who Mini-Sode Written By Kids


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The scifi television phenomenon known as Doctor Who has a long standing relationship with a British children's show called Blue Peter, which held a contest giving children a chance to write their own episode.

So, without further ado, here's the winning minisode, entitled Good As Gold, in all its olympic games themed glory!

--via Nerdist

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Trailer For Starship Troopers: Invasion


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In honor of Memorial Day, when we remember the real life military personnel who have given their lives in service of our country, here's a trailer with a bunch of fictional troops kicking alien butt.

Starship Troopers: Invasion is a Japanese animated film based on the American Starship Troopers movies, which are based on the scifi novel of the same name by Robert Heinlein, and it looks like an alien bug squashing good time!

Most quotable line-"C'mon you apes, do you want to live forever?!"

--via Twitch

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The Lamest Looking Aliens From Star Trek



Star Trek propelled science fiction television into the future when it debuted in 1966, but sometimes they missed the mark in terms of creative development, for example while creating some of the dozens of alien species encountered on the show.

Topless Robot has put together a list of the 20 lamest looking alien species from the various incarnations of Star Trek, creatures which looked bad even by the low standards of prosthetic makeup in the 60s.

Peruse the list and have a laugh at the expense of these poor intergalactic schlubs, who are probably completely unaware of how lame their species is perceived to be by human television viewers.

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Paintings Inspired By Digital Distortion



Jens Hesse cleverly integrates the look of digital distortion into his paintings by using corduroy as his canvas, which gives his works a uniquely streaky look and visual appeal.

This is abstract art for the digital age, representational in a way our technology obsessed minds understand, and pleasing to eyes which have been glued to a computer monitor for too long.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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UV Glow Painting Made With RC Cars


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Typically when art and advertising collide the result is annoyingly shameless, like a door to door salesman selling magazine subscriptions.

But this glowing work by Ian Cook doesn't smack of in your face advertising, and he created parts of the painting by using RC cars to apply the paint, four wheel streaks at a time.

--via Obvious Winner

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Mondo 2000 Asks - R U A Cyberpunk?



This is a page from Mondo 2000 magazine from the 1990s that asks "R U A Cyberpunk?", but should really be asking if you are a cutting edge consumer of electronics since the page looks like a giant advertisement for the latest tech.

I don't remember ever seeing anybody walking around looking like the guy in this picture, except for fans of Gothic Industrial music, but I'd be willing to bet that hackers who were also fans of William Gibson's novels or the RPG Shadowrun would have dressed this way, even if they never intended to leave their house!

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Stop Motion Crochet - Arthur Animated



This stop motion short is entitled Arthur Animated, and it documents Jo Hamilton's amazing crochet portraiture skills, as she creates a larger than life portrait of her sadly now deceased friend Arthur Cheesman.

Head over to Boing Boing if you want to watch Jo's masterpiece grow, strand by strand, right before your eyes.

Link  --via Boing Boing

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Geeky Artwork Created With Mario Paint


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Most kids that received the Super Nintendo "game" Mario Paint as a gift probably felt like their day was ruined by this unwanted visitor.

The guy in this video, nicknamed RuiZinen, dedicated time and energy to showing the world just what Mario Paint can do, if you train to become a master of Mario mouse control.

I bow to your skills, RuiZinen. Next stop MS Paint!

--via Destructoid

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Awkward Vintage Photos From Dance Classes



These aspiring dancing machines have been immortalized at the most awkward stage in their lives-adolescence.

You can almost see the acne forming, hear their voices cracking and smell the overactive hormones in the air when you look through these awesomely awkward photos.

These photos are a good example of what kids are talking about when they accuse their parents of ruining their lives, and you can thank a site called These Americans for letting these childhood skeletons out of the closet. Jazz hands!

Link  --via Flavorwire

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Portraits Of America By Jamie Trueblood



Perusing through Jamie Trueblood's photographs is like taking a long, strange trip across America, watching the kitsch and color fly by the window of your Cadillac car.

These are moments frozen in time, subjects captured in sometimes awkward situations, seemingly unaware of being photographed on life's grand old stage.

They're voyeuristic, but not in a creepy sex offender kind of way, and Jamie's unfiltered view of America goes down smooth without all those empty calories.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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This Lawyer Is A Cowboy, Patriot And Champion Of Freedom


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Adam Reposa is a self-proclaimed champion of freedom, patriot and one badass lawyer.

Watch him wheel his monstrous truck around town, looking to smash those who oppose his right to cowboy up and punch freedom haters in the face.

According to Adam, when you're a lawyer you can smash up people's cars on the road without retribution, and kick in their windows for going to trial against his clients.

He's bringing a sense of Wild West justice back to lawyering, one car driving coward at a time. Yeehaw!

--via Best Week Ever

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A Movie Made From Getty Images Stock Photos


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This strobing short is sponsored by Getty Images, who hired BBDO Brazil to put over 800 of their stock images together in this neat, seizure inducing package entitled From Love To Bingo.

It moves along so quickly that you'll miss sections if you blink, and if you feel a full body trembling seizure coming on look away from the screen!

--via Boing Boing

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Fun Music Video - Zeroes And Ones


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This quirky music video is for the Baby Seal Club song Zeroes and Ones, and it features a bunch of chickens wreaking havoc on the beet headed employees at an Apple store. It's poultry flavored mayhem at its finest, and the song ain't half bad neither!

--via Laughing Squid

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Some Of The Most Ridiculous Comic Book Characters From The 1990s



The comic book boom of the 1990s brought with it many new trends-more anti-hero main characters, mature and intelligent storylines and, to the dismay of readers worldwide, a wave of really cheesy super villains that sent readers looking for a refund!

It's as if the creators were tired of creating suitable foes for our favorite superfolks so they decided to phone a few in, with no intention of longevity or charisma behind these baddies.

i09 has put together a short list of some of the worst offenders, and as a rabid comic book reader I can safely say that this list should really be at least twice as long!

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Super Sculptures By Mauro Perrucchetti



It's safe to say that sculptor Mauro Perrucchetti enjoys making a bold statement and a strong impression with his works, which range from hand carved marble to resin casts of iconic figures such as: Jesus, Batman, Superman and Barack Obama.

Mauro's sculptures are classically styled, tongue in cheek statements wrapped up in a bright toylike finish, like pop culture museum candy.

And the chuckle worthy images sticks with you, even if the intended statement eludes you, notably buff Jesus tearing himself off the cross and Obama as a Pez dispenser.

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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The Dark Knight - Just The Joker


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Tired of all that Batman with your Joker? Then feast your eyes on this Joker supercut from The Dark Knight, it's all killer clown no filler!

It's a tribute to Heath Ledger's amazing performance, and even though this isn't the finest example of video editing ever uploaded to YouTube, it's fun for your eyeballs nonetheless.

No likey? Why so serious?!

--via Geek Tyrant

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A 36 Foot Tall Tornado Made From Plastic Bottles



Chinese artist Wang Zhiyuan has an interesting way of showing disdain for the state of garbage pollution in his hometown-he created this neat 36 foot tall tornado made out of recyclable plastic bottles and containers.

The piece is entitled Thrown To The Wind, with the funnel shape flipped over to appear as if the cloud of bottles is taking off into the sky.

You know there aren't enough recycling programs in your town when a tornado tears through which is made almost entirely out of trash!

Link  --via JazJaz

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Elders React To Nyan Cat


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Elders React To... is an adorable new web series by The Fine Brothers that shows senior citizens commenting and reacting to viral videos.

This is one hip trip to the old folks home, and these seniors don't hold back when asked how they feel about Nyan Cat, or how much grass people must have to smoke in order to watch that repetitive little pop tart shaped kitty in the sky.

It's a laugh riot, and I can't wait to see what happens in the next episode!

--via Laughing Squid

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Surreal Anatomical Photo Manipulation Series



This is what you'd look like if your skin was pulled off along with your clothes, and your innards were made out of brightly colored plastic.

Created by photographer Koen Hauser, this creepy photo manipulation series called Modische Atlas der Anatomie from 2002 looks just as bright and cheerful today as it did waaaaay back then.

They'll make you squirm in your seat like they're NSFW but, aside from making your boss think you're a bit of a kook, they're safe for work and nudie free!

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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Awesome Marionettes Based On Machinarium



These mechanical marionette masterpieces are based on characters from the indie video game Machinarium, as spotted by redditor rasputin777 as he traveled through Prague.

They are beautiful and so detailed that they have controls for the eyes and mouth, along with their regular limb controls.

It makes an old puppet builder like myself all teary eyed to see the art of marionette construction hasn't died in the city of Prague.

So what's it gonna take to get people building marionettes in the U.S. again, a sequel to Team America?

Link  --via Geekosystem

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The Ten Worst Episodes Of Transformers



Any child of the 80s knows that the original Transformers TV show was pretty freakin' awesome.

It (arguably) sparked a wave of interest in robots, and spawned some decidedly lackluster imitators (GoBots, Convertors and Zybots, just to name a few) that in no way diminished our childhood fascination with all things robotic.

But even a show as awesome as Transformers had to miss the mark on occasion, as Topless Robot's list of the ten worst episodes of Transformers proves. Check it out for yourself and see-is there more than meets the eye, or are these ten episodes just plain ugly?

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The Cedar Waxwings Diet Causes Them To Fly Drunk



A new report in the Journal of Ornithology reports that cedar waxwings are flying drunkenly to their deaths at an alarming rate due to their habit of gorging on berries.

Here's more on this drunken mayhem:
Cedar waxwings have evolved to live on a diet that averages 84 per cent fruit. But those evolutionary innovations backfired on several occasions between 2005 and 2007 when flocks of them died after crashing into windows and fences in broad daylight in the Los Angeles area.

Now Kinde and colleagues report that the downfall of the flocks came from eating too many berries. Lacking a crop – the expandable pouch near the throat used to store food – waxwings stow meals in a distensible oesophagus. "When the fruit stays in the oesophagus, it ferments and produces ethanol," says Kinde.

The waxwings had ingested so many berries that their large livers "could not keep up with the alcohol produced by the fermentation", with ethanol concentration as high as 1000 parts per million. By the time they finished stuffing themselves with berries, they were too drunk to fly safely.

It appears that no species is safe from the effects of alcohol abuse. Time to develop some little birdie breathalizers to make sure they're flying straight!

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Comedy Short-Tetris: The Movie


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With the emergence of ridiculous "named after but not really based on the board game" movies like Battleship, it's only a matter of time before they move from board games to puzzle video games looking for inspiration.

That's where Tetris: The Movie comes in, because Tetris is sure to be one of the first game titles they secure due to the overwhelming popularity of the game.

I would love to see a Dr. Mario movie about a drug peddling plumber, and if Candyland involved psychedelic induced hallucinations and candy colored strippers I would plunk down my ten dollars in a heartbeat!

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Cheapest Madagascar Rip Off Ever Made


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Everyone knows that the animation industry is full of rip off artists and people trying to capitalize on the success of films made by other studios, but this cheap imitation of the hit film franchise Madagascar is just plain rotten.

Kids will know better than to think that this stinker comes anywhere near comparing to their beloved Madagascar films, and the studio responsible for this film is shameless in their pursuit of profit.

But hey, at least the trailer is worth watching for a cheap laugh!

--via Cartoon Brew

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Vintage Ventriloquist Portraits Will Give You Nightmares



It's hard for me to imagine a time when people didn't find ventriloquist dummies to be downright terrifying, and these pictures prove they were the stuff of nightmares well before Rod Serling turned them into cold blooded killers on the Twilight Zone.

These old timey portraits of ventriloquists and their dummies come from the Vintage Ventriloquism Flickr group, who are dedicated to sharing and preserving these unnerving portraits with the world.

Thanks guys, now I'm gonna need a cocktail and a sleeping pill just to get to sleep tonight!

Link  --via i09

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What The X-Men Might Look Like As A Disney Production



These character re-designs show what the X-Men might look like if they're drawn in the style of Disney animation.

They're pretty cool despite the lack of edge, and might make for a fun afternoon series for the kiddies to watch, but overall they look a little too cuddly for my taste.

They were re-envisioned by artist Matthew Humphreys, who went for that old school look with the brown and yellow uniform for Wolvie and the classic mohawk look for Storm. *sigh* Those were the good old days!

Link  --via Comics Alliance

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