These gorgeous journals by Aniko Koleshnikova of Mandarin Duck are created with polymer clay, imagination, and a great deal of talent. They tell a story all by themselves.
See more of her amazing work after the break.
Makes lovely things and teaches others how to make them as well. I like it.
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On off days from shooting down rebel scum, this AT-AT Walker transforms into the AT-BT (All Terrain Beats Transport) Boombox. Etsy shop owner CalebPaullus knows that the dark side has got “phat beats” so he hand makes each boom box to order with tons of customization options.
“Every AT-BT is unique and built to order, you can pick a color, add a bluetooth module and even some LED accent lightning.”
The standard AT-BT comes with 4 speakers, rechargeable lithium battery (lasts 6 to 8 hours), A/C Adapter, AUX 3.5mm input, and 20watt output on AC, 5 on DC.
I think this boom box paired with the R2-D2 Pinball Coffee Table would complete the ultimate Star Wars super-fan living room. It will also totally wipe out your savings, but it might be worth it!
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I’m always on the lookout for cool dog-themed clothing and one of these tees from Alison Rose is definitely on my wishlist! The “Dog Love” pattern is available in a unisex t-shirt, slouchy women’s pullover, and even a baby onesie. Heck, the whole family can show off their dog-loving pride.
See more on www.alisonrose.com.
ThinkGeek has created a nifty set of brain specimen coasters. The 10-coaster set features brain prints that make them each appear like one section of a full brain like those that might be created by a microtome. Each section is labeled, so it shouldn’t be hard to recreate the brain.
In your cerebral cortex right now, there are billions of neurons working like crazy so you exist. And the neat thing about these neurons is how we’ve hijacked a bunch of them into reading these words. Think of all the areas of your brain we are commandeering right now! Poop. We just made you read the word poop. We might also have caused memories and images of poop to plop through your brain. Whew, such power. To celebrate the power of our headiest of organs, we bring you these awesome Brain Specimen Coasters.
images via ThinkGeek
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom 3.0 Panel. Opinions are those of the author.
So, if I showed you a picture of a dog, you may be able to tell me a little about him or her.
You would often be able to make some generalizations about temperament-
Or adult size-
But what about when it’s not entirely obvious, as is the case with my friend Karen’s adorable dog Ramone?
He’s been labelled everything from shar-pei to Bernese Mountain Dog to pit bull. Karen doesn’t care, because she evaluated him on an individual basis before deciding he was just perfect, which is what groups with extensive adoption experience like the ASPCA recommend anyway.
On the other hand, there are some good reasons to know the genetic history of a dog beyond the simple novelty of it all. Shelters who have used DNA testing such as the Wisdom panel have found potential adopters really like having a bit of extra information in front of them. For example, my friend adopted a pup about a year ago with a projected weight of 30 pounds who looked pretty similar to these guys:
As of his first birthday, he just topped 50 strapping pounds and still growing.
Or what if you have a dog who might be part Australian shepherd but you’re not sure and he has Demodex? It would be nice to know if he has the MDR1 mutation before taking your chances on a course of ivermectin treatment.
When Mars Veterinary Wisdom panels first came out a while back, people (myself included) had mixed reactions. What started out as a novelty has grown to have some real use. As our knowledge of the canine genome has evolved, so too has the role of DNA testing in dogs, everything from keeping dogs in homes when a misinformed landlord says, “but he LOOKS like a pit bull!” to increasing shelter adoption rates to helping HOAs bust the person who isn’t picking up after their dog’s business in the common area.
The latest version, Wisdom Panel 3.0, has the added benefit of screening for the MDR1 mutation, a test licensed for home use for the first time to Mars Veterinary by Washington State University. The MDR1 mutation is known to affect particular breeds and results in some very specific drug sensitivities.
Over the next six months, the Wisdom Panel Swab-a-thon Tour will be partnering with communities and shelters to swab the DNA of a number of their dogs, with the reports showcased to help match the pets to compatible homes. (I am really excited about the way this is helping shelter pets!) They will also be offering the product to consumers at the events.
The regular test runs $84.99, but the Swab-a-thons will offer discounts to pet owners during the events. On April 10, 11, & 12th Wisdom Panel will be hosting the first Swab-a-thon at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, California. Visitors to the Wisdom Panel booth can take home a discounted kit for $49.99. 3 weeks later, you get a report and the results of the MDR1 test for you to discuss with your vet.
Happy sleuthing! Isn’t science neat?
I don’t think there was a doubt in anyone’s mind that an Indiegogo campaign for a webseries featuring Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion would be successful.
They’ve already quadrupled their funding goal with 28 days left to go.
Yes, Browncoats are the best—and these guys know it. As thank you to their fans, Alan and Nathan unveiled a teaser for Con Man. I think you’ll agree that this is money well spent.
Check out the video after the break…
Here’s a refresher on what Con Man is all about:
“It’s about the convention world,” says Tudyk, who is also the show’s creator, writer, and director. “My character, Wray Nerely, was on a science fiction show called Spectrum, that was canceled too soon, and now he goes to conventions, to sign head shots, and meet fans, and do panels. Nathan’s character, Jack Moore, who was the captain of the spaceship on Spectrum, has gone on to incredible action-hero stardom, like Matt Damon. My character is frustrated with his situation and frustrated by Jack’s stardom. We follow Wray’s story as he goes to the conventions and does video game voiceovers and we are going to populate it with sci-fi actors and people that you will find at conventions. Zany hi-jinks ensue!”
They cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.
Divers Florian Fischer and Patricio Garcés have captured gorgeous GoPro footage of friendly Galápagos sea lions in their natural environment as they swam together, played around, teased each other, and lolled about lazily on the white sand beaches of South Plaza Island.
In his fantastic mural art, Austrian artist Nychos depicts animals, pop culture figures, and people in cartoonish yet gruesome exploded diagrams. We’ve previously posted about his murals–most recently in 2014. In the intervening months he has produced a wondrous array of new works, and Ufunk.net has posted a sizable gallery of Nychos’ recent work.
photos via Ufunk.net
With something like a hurdle technique. Pretty incredible.
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via Vadim Golub.
My Retro Game Box is a monthly subscription service by Katy and Stu in Scotland that sends out a random assortment of retro video games to subscribers. Games are chosen based on cost and which consoles subscribers have, but the process is a little more complicated than that.
We have developed a system with full, emotional artificial intelligence, and named it Katy.* She will strike up a conversation with you via email after you subscribe, to find out what consoles you have, what games you already have in your collection, and what kind of games you detest. We want you to help us make good choices for you, but we draw the line at giving us a wish-list, otherwise it just isn’t a surprise.
image via Retro Game Box
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During a recent shareholders meeting at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that Rogue One will be the title for a new Star Wars standalone film directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Monsters) and written by Chris Weitz (American Pie, Cinderella). Actress Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) has already been cast for the unique adventure film. According to the Star Wars blog, Rogue One will begin shooting this summer in London and is due to release on December 16, 2016.
‘Rogue One’ is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core ‘Star Wars’ saga. The idea for the story of ‘Rogue One’ came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
Iger also stated that Rian Johnson, the talented filmmaker who directed Looper as well as a few episodes of Breaking Bad, will be writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which is currently set to release on May 26, 2017, will continue the events that take place during Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
images via Star Wars
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The newest trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron is here and giving us a lot more information on just how Ultron came to be and what that means for the team. There is also a hint at romance between Bruce and Natasha, and your first look at Paul Bettany as Vision.
Check it out after the break.
The madman behind this incredible LEGO TARDIS interior is Thorsten Bonsch. To commemorate Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, he built a replica of the TARDIS interior as it existed for most of the 11th Doctor’s run.
The project was so ambitious it took him nearly 3 years to complete. And none of the LEGO pieces have been modified, save for parts that are “officially” meant to be cut—like hoses and strings.
The level of detail is just incredible. You can check out more jaw dropping views after the break.
Bonsch also has other Doctor Who related builds including the interior of the ninth Doctor’s TARDIS.
I mean, just look at this little LEGO Dalek. This definitely needs to be a part of the upcoming officially licensed LEGO Doctor Who sets.
Do I need to say more than “solar-powered, dancing baby Groot bobblehead” for you to immediately want this?
Y’know how the newer VW Beetles have a vase? I really think people who own a Beetle or a Mini Copper who don’t get this and put it in their cars are really missing the boat.
It’s scheduled to arrive in June, but you can pre-order now.
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Sometimes, you just have to stop and appreciate really amazing art, so take a minute and soak in these pieces by Orlando Arocena.
Arocena’s Vector Art Alien tribute poster was part of a recent collection celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film. It’s nice to see his take on some of our other favorite movies.
Head after the break to see some of his incredible work.
Can Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck be far behind? We hope not.
Major nostalgia alert for people in their thirties. Disney XD is bringing back DuckTales for a 2017 launch! From Deadline:
The new series will follow Scrooge McDuck, his curious and mischief-making grandnephews — Huey, Dewey and Louie — and the optimistic yet temperamental Donald Duck as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. Other beloved characters slated to be in the new stories are: Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell & Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.
New Orleans, you beast. You wild, unpredictable, crazy fun, wholly overwhelming place. New Orleans isn’t just a city… it’s a spirit and culture. It’s a lady and a trouble-maker. It’s palpable and irresistible, and will not be ignored. New Orleans, you excite me. New Orleans, I’m hungry. New Orleans, I love you.
I’ve lived for the past year as a new New Orleanian. Fresh in this world. Wide eyes. Lost in the streets. Enamored by the sights and sounds. And sometimes… well, I’m a little overwhelmed by new city. There’s a lot for this California girl to learn about the Deep South. A lot to learn about Southern hospitality, being a neighborly neighbor, oyster eating, and brunch. Those are all the easy things to learn.
I’ve spent the past year living smack-dab in the middle of the French Quarter. It’s been nutty: filled with music and art and always new tourist friends. I’m saying goodbye to the French Quarter and moving my kitchen, all my cookbooks, and TronCat… Uptown. Let’s go cook in a new kitchen! I can’t wait to share my new space with you. It’s quaint and you’re invited over for cookies, always.
Here are a few things I’ve learned so far in New Orleans:
• When passing strangers on the street: Say hello / Say good morning / Say good day / Nod and smile / Smile and wave. Always acknowledge. There’s no such thing as ignoring a stranger. They will not be a stranger for long.
• The summer months are hotter than blue blazes. If you’ve don’t know how hop blue blazes are, ask my mom… she gave me that expression. Also steamy. So incredibly steamy. Keep telling yourself it’s good for your skin.
• The ladies at (the grocery store) Rouses don’t play. Come correct or don’t come. They do not play.
• Wear a bike helmet. People drive crazy for real and the cracks and bumps in the road can jump up and bite you. Whomever it was in Los Angeles that told you bike helmets are uncool doesn’t respect their own head and brain.
• Don’t wear headphones. Listen to the music and feel the pulse. It’s everywhere.
• It’s important to find your people. Moving to a new city is hard and, for me, finding my footing is linked to finding my people. Because New Orleans is the South… amazingly enough, your people will find you, email you, invite you over for coffee and pie… and because you’re in the South, you say yes to coffee and pie with strangers and you make new friends. It’s very good.
• Drink a lot of water because you never know when one glass of champagne at happy hour will turn into one bottle of champagne.. on a Tuesday. There’s always a reason to celebrate.
• In New Orleans you can be who you are… and why not throw on a wig while you’re at it.
• It’s important to know the best:
More of my New Orleans suggestions here!
Come visit wouldya? I’ve got more to learn and a house full of cookies.
As part of the fascinating MeDesign program at the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at the Rochester Intitute of Technology, a group of MFA Graphic Design students were presented with this challenge,
design a book section (4 to 6 pages on a part of the human body); conduct research, write content and design largely non-verbal visual explanations through highly stylized graphic diagrammatic components.
Through a 10-week process, the students collaborated and tackled different parts of the body and design. Their goal was to clearly communicate and illustrate medical topics to the general public. The group’s effort resulted in the MeDesign Human Health Book, a stunning 64-page atlas with simple anatomical diagrams, iconography, and Bodoni and Neutraface typefaces.
As a designer by day, I appreciate the blending of anatomy and design—there’s not enough of it out there. The clean lines, simplification of form, and use of grid draw clear inspiration from Swiss design. Actually, it reminds me a lot of the incredible mid-20th century designs from Swiss chemical company, Geigy.
View the entire MeDesign Human Health e-Book at Flipsnack!
Learn more about the project and the designers behind it at the The Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT.
Treehouses are generally things reserved for kids. They’re also usually small and not very fancy, but this one in Hertfordshire, England is cooler than the average house (mansion even). It’s got a game room and a kitchen and a bathroom and there are even separate treehouses for the adults and kids. According to builder Blue Forest:
The fairytale children’s tree house features a secret trapdoor leading to a games room. Inside, the room is fully equipped, complete with a plasma television and games console, meaning that the complex is also a great place for the kids to hang out and relax with their friends… and not that bad for the ‘adults’ either!
The adults’ treehouse is fully furnished to be a spectacular venue for treetop dinner parties and a large and comfortable living area for entertaining. The adults’ retreat also features a kitchen and a toilet, giving the owners the ability to host their guests from start to finish in their impressive treetop venue.
The two treehouses are connected by a dramatic canopy walkway which takes the form of several interconnecting rope bridges that weave between the trees and look out over the beautiful surrounding scenery.
As well as gazing out over the dramatic vistas of the garden, the decks also lead to a raised assault course. An eighty-yard zip wire descends from a crow’s nest that sits above a balcony and leads down to an exciting adventure trail.
No word on how much this cost, but I’m sure it was worth it.
See more pictures after the break.
Client: “This is not what we requested at all. This [document] looks exactly the same as we provided a week ago. The deadline is tomorrow, we need this ASAP! When can you apply the edits?”
Me: “[Client], there seems to be a misunderstanding. I click the link and see the entirely new document. Have you checked this [link]?”
Client: “Found it. This should have been sent sooner.”
Me: “There were three versions sent earlier during the week to your email. Did you not receive them? Just to show, I’ve attached screenshots of the timestamps and emails sent.”
Client: “I did not scroll down to see the emails in Gmail. Please notify us earlier if I haven’t seemed to have noticed the link in your opinion.”
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Thank George Thomas for the link. As he says, you can’t unsee it.
We’ve been following the stunning sculptures of Hedi Xandt since last year when we posted an overview of his work. His latest sculpture, titled “Bodilisk II – Acheron,” is an écorché style creature clutching a gold heart. Hedi states that his classical sculptures, “show the dark side of a beauty that is considered perfect and divine, literally set in stone.”
Hedi is a self-taught conceptual artist and professional graphic/multimedia designer. His work is dark, well crafted, and carries with it a deadly boldness that we absolutely love.
Has Hedi Xandt’s work piqued your interest? View more of his incredible sculptures and design at hedixandt.com!
Hello, my name is Meghan and I am… a chocoholic.
Some of you may already be aware of my chocolate addiction, particularly if you follow me on Pinterest because I have a whole board dedicated to it, for goodness sake. A piece of chocolate a day makes me a sane woman, that’s all I can say (there was a little rhyme there, huh? I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! You can stop rolling your eyes at me now…).
Chocolate is so dreamy (oh let’s just say – it’s SEXY) when it’s spilling off a spoon like this isn’t it? Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor…
Hot fudge sauce is one of the rare chocolate indulgences I give into. Usually it’s a piece of chocolate or a small brownie that ties me over. But when I really want chocolate, like reallllllllly want it, I go for a hot fudge smothered sundae.
This hot fudge sauce is even more sinful with dark chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream. The best way to describe it is a glorious combination of chocolate and booze, which will have you swooning. GAH it’s sooooooo good!
The consistency is what wins me over with this sauce, even more so than the flavor. It’s thick, rich, and once it’s poured onto ice cream it starts to thicken even more. It’s the happy medium between Hershey’s chocolate syrup and that magic shell stuff that only tasted good if you got the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup flavor (remember that?!).
Ready for dessert yet?