Hukulou Coffee in Osaka has several owls, but Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are the star attractions, as they have become very good friends.
The posts below have some very cute recent videos.
出勤前のふたり その1 Shall we enjoy a view from a window of the workshop for a while? pic.twitter.com/04LmOoe4WN— hukuloucoffee@OSAKA (@hukuloucoffee) July 9, 2015
にゃー ほー オープン！ pic.twitter.com/645aFBoN6Z— hukuloucoffee@OSAKA (@hukuloucoffee) July 5, 2015
Lots of great fan art on their Twitter feed, too.
• Hukulou Coffee (Twitter)
#13 says it all...
Kanye West is a phenomenally talented entertainer and loved by millions. Charles Manson is a failed wanna-be pop star and infamous murderer who we hope will remain locked up for the rest of his life. The two can't possibly be more different, other than sharing a propensity for spouting near-nonsensical egomaniacal quotes. Take a look at the examples below. Can you tell which quotes were uttered by Kanye and which ones came from Manson?
Answers – 1: Kanye, 2: Manson, 3: Kanye, 4: Manson, 5: Kanye, 6: Kanye, 7: Manson, 8: Kanye, 9: Manson, 10: Kanye, 11: Manson, 12: Kanye, 13: Kanye
Photobomber scares the wits out of a TV reporter in downtown Los Angeles.
Sex sells Big Iron. Attractive women wearing as little clothing as the decency of the day allows--this tool has been a constant one in the history of advertising, although hemlines over those same years have been anything but constant.
The notion that sex sells tech was exploited to grotesque ends in the sixties and seventies. During these decades, workplace computers were large as the proverbial New York City apartment, and the people who operated those machines could afford to live in a New York city apartment, but this blog post is not about real estate and I digress.
We present to you here an assortment of scanned images from magazines and newspapers of those bygone decades, shared around the internet on various blogs over time. Oh, and we included some '80s babes too, because come on. Big computers and bad '80s babes.
It's tough to track down attribution or context for the originals, but I'll update the post as I can--and would welcome any tips in the BBS discussion. I also welcome photos of your mom. Or old snapshots of your grandma, or your aunt, or you, in a miniskirt, with a giant computer.
Enjoy ogling these broads' gams, and get a load of those ginormous mainframes.
Cats, ruining things since the beginning of time.
We've all had those days: no matter what happens, there's just nothing in the world that could make you care about what's happening around you. You've given up. It's over
Well, this owl is definitely having one of those days. Even while it's under attack by a group of annoying and pesky birds, it barely even flinches.
Don't worry bud, the weekend is on its way.
The results are as visually appealing as they are mathematically sound.
scratches his head
Quick: tell me what you see!
Lindstrom Rugs’ latest collection takes inspiration from the psychological world’s beloved testing method we’ve all come across that aims to give insight into our personality and emotional well-being. The Rorschach test’s infamous inkblots exhibited almost perfect bilateral symmetry and eye-catching patterns that are completely unforgettable. Designed by Erik Lindstrom, founder of the company, the Inkblot Collection evokes similar feelings of nostalgia with their own graphic, black, gray, and white rug patterns.
Each inkblot pattern was created by hand beginning with the concept all the way through production, from the original ink and water on paper to the artisan weavers in Nepal.
We quickly fell in love with Schönstaub’s space and geometric rugs and were pleased to see they’ve expanded their collection to include printed beach towels. The Zurich, Switzerland based company has a way with prints, and the new towels fall right in line with their majestic, photorealistic, space-like images.
One of life's simple pleasures is watching your kitties get blissed out on catnip. Most store-bought catnip is ditchweed, though. If you really want your cat to pretend to love you, give her 100% organic Meowijuana Catnip Buds available on Amazon.
French graphic designer and illustrator PEZ has released part two of Distroy, an ongoing series of creepy graphite drawings portraying popular cartoon characters. The entire collection of sketches are available to view on Behance and Facebook. We previously wrote about part one of PEZ’s the series.
images via PEZ Artwork
Architect Joe Chikamori of 07BEACH Design recently redesigned his friend’s Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam home in only 49 days, putting in beautiful modern touches throughout the house. Also included in the redesign is a separate staircase specifically sized for the friend’s small dogs. Chikamori stated that he wanted the house to be comfortable and fun for the entire family.
(translated) The method to design for this house IS pretty simple. I thought of it as the most Important How the house SHOULD BE. A comfortable for life with your family. I imagined your daily Life through your personality which I got to know well. Hoping that the space will not only be comfortable, but your daily life will also be more fun than usual. Though the image I Have about you is just Words, it’s Deep affection for your Family. I designed so that your house CAN Represent your affection for your wife and Two Dogs, and I Designed it with the image That this house will be like a gift to your family.
photos by Decon Photo Studio
Tabtags are a creative series of removable and reusable glowing stickers, made by a skilled group of Vienna, Austria-based designers, that use the illuminated Apple logo on a MacBook lid as a light source. Tabtags were funded through Kickstarter, thanks to all of their generous backers. The collection of stickers are available to purchase online from the Tabtag website.
images via tabtag
Thanks Shelby DeNike!
Three fantastic illustrations designed for the Museum of Architecture in Paris by Havas. In a parallel universe genius turmites with opposable thumbs have actually built these… I hope.
Credit & References:
Title : Wood / Stone / Brick
Client (Advertiser) : Architecture Museum Paris
Product : Architecture Museum Paris
Agency : Havas Worldwide Paris, France
Creative Director : Coffre Christophe
Art Director : Nicolas Harlamoff
Copywriter : Alain Picard
CGI: ILLUSION, Bangkok
Photographer : Surachai Puthikulangkura
Illustrator : Surachai Puthikulangkura / Supachai U-Rairat
Representative by La Manufacture Paris
Follow your heart.
Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz (previously) brings textures and patterns reminiscent of traditional engraving techniques to his murals of phantasmagorical creatures using only a paintbrush. Twisting tentacles, strange fusions of anatomy, beings wrapped in plants, all rendered atop colorful gradients create an unmistakable style Diaz has become famous for. You can see much more of his work here. (via Cross Connect)
Over the weekend, my 12-year-old daughter and I used our Plugable USB Handheld Digital Microscope to get a close-up look some of the stuff around the house. It's an excellent microscope, especially considering the low price ($35). Another other great thing about a USB microscope is that you don't have to take turns looking at the specimen - everyone in the room can see it on the computer display at the same time. That makes it so much more fun. And you can easily take photos and movie to share with other people. The image above is a rubber clown nose.
I like this microscope so much that I talked to the folks at Plugable and asked them to become a sponsor of our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza (WoW) on September 18-20 in Southern California. The kindly agreed, and now everyone who attends is going to get one of these super cool scopes, courtesy of Plugable! We will have a gross-out contest at WoW with these scopes, so start thinking about the yuckiest thing we can look at.
Here are a few of the things we looked at:
Ball point pen (250X)
Ball point pen (50X)
Sharpie dot on paper
Comic book cover
White stuff on a tree leaf
Tiny scab on Jane's leg
Levi's denim jean fabric
Paul Cadden’s work is astoundingly realistic.
If you think straining over Photoshop for hours on end sweating out the nuances of that latest rendering of a project is time-consuming, Paul Cadden voluntarily spends his time drawing photo-realistic versions of photographs with pencil. Only pencil. According to the artist's website, "Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc., the idea is to go beyond the photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted. The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo." The results, which frequently incorporate cityscapes, are worth a look:
Here’s how one of the best restaurants in the world, Eleven Madison Park, opens a bottle of wine when the wine is especially old and the cork is possibly all crumbly: they use burning hot metal tongs to heat up bottle so it can be ‘magically’ opened from the neck, avoiding the cork.
Says Sploid, “This is so much cooler than seeing something poof and disappear away because we get to watch it slowly disintegrate into nothing.
“It’s like seeing decay of a hundred years over a few seconds. Each peeled back layer exposes something new in the engine only to get vaporized to give way to another part.”
[video link, thanks Jesus Diaz!]
ThinkGeek has made a fantastic Executive Knight Pen Holder that is designed to make you feel like royalty. As author Edward Bulwer-Lytton mentioned in his 1839 play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” The honorable pen holder is currently available to purchase online.
The Executive Knight Pen Holder is a bowing knight, hands raised to hold your modern quill. Your pen is held aloft, so you never have to figure out which stack of TPS reports it’s buried under. The Executive Knight Pen Holder comes with a pen, but he’s just as happy to hold any other pen (pencil, letter opener, spork, etc.) you own. The Executive Knight Pen Holder will make sure your pen is always at the ready for whatever words need to flow from it.
images via ThinkGeek
John Lee Phillips, an artist living in Narberth (Arberth), Wales, has set out to illustrate every object in his late grandfather’s toolshed. Phillips has estimated that the shed holds over 100,000 tools and this wonderful project will take him approximately 4 or 5 years.
I am currently cataloguing the entire contents of my late grandfather’s tool shed. I estimate the project to take around 5 years and will involve me illustrating in excess of 100,000 items.
images via John Lee Phillips