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December 30, 2008
December 26, 2008
Behold the Devil's armchair. Michael-Anne Rauback has been on a quest for weird chairs this week and this is the third fave find. The 1960s chair above, by Anthony Redmile, is made from malachite, bone, horn, and wood. If I ruled, this would be my throne. Anthony Redmile carved armchair
December 22, 2008
Collection of creative gadgets and designs inspired by bacon. Mmmmm, bacon!
Bacon iPhone Case [link]
Put some hip into your hip pocket with a whimsical Bacon Wallet. [link]
Ahhhh, bacon!! Nothing says holiday like a pretty piece of bacon to hang on your tree! [link]
Whimsical pig-shaped press keeps bacon flat during frying. [link]
Magnetic Bacon Strip
Behold! The wonder that is magnetic Bacon for your fridge, work, home, car or spaceship. [link]
These placemats look like they are made of hot and sizzling strips of fried bacon. [link]
Unique, hand-made, limited production item that is a must-have for the bacon lover in your life. Bacon throw pillows. [link]
Learn how to make bacon soap, from actual bacon. [link]
If you are what you eat and like to wear it on your sleeve (or in this case around your neck), the bacon scarf makes a fitting accessory for metaphor-mixing bacon lovers. [link]
Bacon Christmas Ornaments
Bacon ornaments have been glittered and embellished with a creamy white bow. [link]
Bacon USB Flash Disk [link]
What could be better than a piece of crispy bacon? How about two pieces, one for each ear! [link]
Bacon Metal Lunch Box
This classic Dome Lunchbox is entirely covered with images of gloriously greasy strips of fried bacon. [link]
Bacon Alarm Clock
An alarm clock that wakes you up with the smell and sizzle of cooking bacon. [link]
Bacon Strips Bandages
Treat your minor cuts, scrapes and scratches with the incredible healing power of a designer bacon strips bandage. [link]
Bacon Microwave Cooker
Enjoy the delicious taste of freshly broiled bacon every time. [link]
Unsettlingly real-looking felted bacon scarf. [link]
Bacon Air Freshener
This unlikely Bacon Air Freshener is the perfect way to brighten any carnivore’s day. [link]
Bacon Briefcase [link]
December 17, 2008
CAIRO (Reuters) –
An Egyptian man said on Wednesday he was offering his 20-year-old daughter in marriage to Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush in Baghdad on Sunday,
The daughter, Amal Saad Gumaa, said she agreed with the idea. "This is something that would honor me. I would like to live in Iraq, especially if I were attached to this hero," she told Reuters by telephone.
Her father, Saad Gumaa, said he had called Dergham, Zaidi's brother, to tell him of the offer. "I find nothing more valuable than my daughter to offer to him, and I am prepared to provide her with everything needed for marriage," he added.
Zaidi's gesture has struck a chord across the Arab world, where President Bush is widely despised for invading Iraq in 2003 and for his support for Israel.
Amal is a student in the media faculty at Minya University in central Egypt.
Zaidi's response to the proposal was not immediately clear.
(Reporting by Mohamed Abdellah, Writing by Jonathan Wright)
[T]he nightmare corpse-city of R'lyeh ... was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults . . . until the end.
—H.P.Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"
3D short film, France 2003.
Director: Mikael Genachte-Le Bail, Gaetan Boutet
Music: Cédric Genachte-Le Bail
http://ryleh. free. fr/
Cedric Genachte-Le Bail's Myspace:
December 11, 2008
Blogger: Jon Stewart 'slays the homophobic Huckabee'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane, RAW Story
Published: Wednesday December 10, 2008
When former Arkansas governor and conservative Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appeared on The Daily Show on Tuesday, Jon Stewart pressed him hard on the issue of gay marriage, knocking down one false argument after another.
As blogger Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend commented appreciatively, "Jon Stewart asked serious questions any hard-hitting progressive journalist or political commentator with a talk show is perfectly capable of asking. He made Huckabee explain his positions on LGBT rights and connects it to the messages in his new book about the merits of social conservatism that he's hawking.
"Please watch the whole interview," Spaulding adds.
"It literally made me weep because Stewart gets it.
This is a human rights issue.
Stewart began the interview by suggesting to Huckabee that there's "one thing I guess I don't understand about social conservatives. ... You write that marriage is the bedrock of our society.
Why would you not want couples to buy into the stability of marriage?"
"Marriage still means one man, one woman, life relationship," Huckabee replied. "The only way we can create the next generation is through a male-female relationship. In 5000 years of recorded human history, that's what marriage has meant.
However, Stewart wouldn't let Huckabee get away with that assertion. He pointed out that Huckabee was taking things "back to the Old Testament -- where polygamy was the norm. ... Marriage has evolved greatly over those 5000 years from a property arrangement, polygamy. We've redefined it constantly.
"It seems like a fundamental human right," Stewart said of marriage. "You write in your book that all people are created equal, and yet for gay people you believe that it is corrosive to society to allow them to have the privileges that all humans enjoy.
Stewart then increasingly backed Huckabee into a corner, where in his attempts to avoid admitting that marriage is a fundamental right, Huckabee was left arguing that it is merely a legal arrangement that the government can define as it sees fit. He concluded weakly that "those who support the idea of same-sex marriage have a lot of work to do to convince the rest of us.
"It's a travesty that people have forced someone who is gay to have to make their case that they deserve the same basic rights," was Stewart's response.
This video is from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast Dec. 9, 2008.
NAPLES (Reuters) –
Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are appearing in Italian nativity scenes this year, alongside the baby Jesus and wise men, according to Naples craftsmen selling figurines in the run-up to Christmas. The production of handmade figurines for nativity scenes is big business in this southern Italian city and has been for centuries. But beyond the thousands of angel, sheep, Mary and Joseph figures filling market stalls before Christmas, craftsmen say Obama has become a top seller. "The ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America's new president, along with his wife Michelle," said craftsman Genny Di Virgilio. Tradition requires that the nativity scene be built up over time until Christmas Eve, when baby Jesus is put in the manger as the very last element of the display. As always, figurine-makers provide a chance to choose a more light-hearted approach for the scene providing replicas of personalities who have made the news during the last year. Beyond Obama, they are also selling figurines of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni. While cherished by many, some people say the arrival of celebrity figurines spoils the traditional sense of Christmas. One nun, Angelica, scoffed at what she called a "cartoon version of a nativity scene." Grandfather Pasquale Oliva, looking into a shop window in Naples agreed with her. "Something as beautiful as the traditional nativity scene shouldn't be spoiled by these figurines of personalities and I don't think children like them." However, his young grandson Francesco was quick to disagree, snapping "yes" when asked if he liked the modern twist on tradition.
I'm a big fan of Noah Scalin's ambitious Skull-a-Day project, through which he crafts and posts a skull using a different medium every day. So I was delighted to get a review copy of SKULLS, the book adaptation of his website, which lavishly reproduces his expert photographs of his widely varied projects. Every one of these skulls is an artistic success, though some are better than others (I'm a big fan of the food-skulls like those shown below -- even the simple Soy-Sauce Skull is admirably well-executed given the volatility of the medium). It's always tricky to turn a website into a book, but this is a good one: in addition to the skulls and the brief artist's notes, there's a couple of appendices, one of which will teach to you make skulls from a variety of household objects, the other shows off some of the best fan-skulls Scalin inspired.
Buy The Book!
December 08, 2008
Artists Amy Rawson and Brian East made this felted Santa Cthulhu (a towering 12 inches of wool and madness) and have posted it to eBay for your bidding pleasure.
E-bay Link to Felted Santa Cthulhu Figure AHA Art Doll
December 04, 2008
November 27, 2008
Now here's a festive holiday crochet project: a hat shaped like a scrumptious pie! They will see you in the street and they will shout, "Delicious head!" but you will only smile and think to yourself, "Yes, and the zombies love me too, for my brains are wrapped in a tasty layer of pie."
November 16, 2008
'Meh': Apathetic expression enters dictionary:
LONDON – At least someone is excited about "meh." The expression of indifference or boredom has gained a place in the Collins English Dictionary after generating a surprising amount of enthusiasm among lexicographers. Publisher HarperCollins announced Monday the word had been chosen from terms suggested by the public for inclusion in the dictionary's 30th anniversary edition, to be published next year. The origins of "meh" are murky, but the term grew in popularity after being used in a 2001 episode of "The Simpsons" in which Homer suggests a day trip to his children Bart and Lisa. "They both just reply 'meh' and keep watching TV," said Cormac McKeown, head of content at Collins Dictionaries.
The dictionary defines "meh" as an expression of indifference or boredom, or an adjective meaning mediocre or boring. Examples given by the dictionary include "the Canadian election was so meh.
The dictionary's compilers said the word originated in North America, spread through the Internet and was now entering British spoken English.
"This is a new interjection from the U.S. that seems to have inveigled its way into common speech over here," McKeown said. "Internet forums and e-mail are playing a big part in formalizing the spellings of vocal interjections like these. A couple of other examples would be 'hmm' and 'heh.
"Meh" was selected by Collins after it asked people to submit words they use in conversation that are not in the dictionary. Other suggestions included jargonaut, a fan of jargon; frenemy, an enemy disguised as a friend; and huggles, a hybrid of hugs and snuggles.
November 15, 2008
1. The SPAM® Museum
If the on-site “wall of SPAM” is any indication, a tour through the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota, is guaranteed fun for the whole canned-pork-loving family. SPAM’s parent company, Hormel Foods, opened the establishment in 2001 to the tune of almost 5,000 cans of SPAM. One of the main attractions is a scale model of a SPAM plant, where visitors can don white coats and hairnets while pretending to produce America’s favorite tinned meat.
2. National Museum of Funeral History
It’s pretty hard to argue with the motto “Any Day Above Ground is a Good One.” So goes the backhanded optimism of the National Museum of Funeral History, a Houston facility that opened in 1992. Visitors are treated to exhibits that include a Civil War embalming display and a replica of a turn-of-the-century casket factory. In addition, the museum boasts an exhibit of “fantasy coffins” designed by Ghanaian artist Kane Quaye. These moribund masterpieces include a casket shaped like a chicken, a Mercedes-Benz, a shallot, and an outboard motor. According to Quaye, his creations are based on the dreams and last wishes of his clients, which—let’s be honest—really makes you wonder about the guy buried in the shallot.
3. The Hobo Museum
If you’re bumming around but looking for a good time, be sure to take a load off in Britt, Iowa, at The Hobo Museum, which details the history and culture of tramps. Bear in mind, though, that the museum kind of, well, slacks on hours and is only open to the public during the annual Hobo Convention. Luckily, tours can be arranged by appointment any time of year. Of course, if you’re interested in the Hobo Convention, lodging is available all over the area, but it’s a safe bet that most of your compatriots will be resting their floppy hats at the “hobo jungle,” located by the railroad tracks. Both the event and the museum are operated by the Hobo Foundation, which—incidentally—also oversees the nearby Hobo Cemetery, where those who have “caught the westbound” are laid to rest.
4. Cook’s Natural Science Museum
What began as a training facility for Cook’s Pest Control exterminators blossomed into one of the few museums in the country willing to tell the tale of the pest. At Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur, Alabama, visitors can learn everything they ever wanted to know about rats, cockroaches, mice, spiders, and termites … all for free. And while most people would rather step on the live specimens than learn about them, museum exhibits such as the crowd-pleasing Pest of the Month keep reeling in patrons.
5. Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia
On the West Coast lies the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia, home of the World’s Largest PEZ dispenser and a whole bunch more. Most everyone is familiar with PEZ, a pretty ubiquitous pop culture touchstone, but did you know that PEZ was originally marketed as an adult mint for people trying to quit smoking?
6. The Barbed Wire Museum
The Barbed Wire Museum in McLean, Texas, comes complete with a reading list for those who want to know more about the history of this apparently fascinating fencing. Also known as the “Devil’s Rope,” it came into being by way of a mutated coffee bean grinder (which made the barbs) and a hand-cranked grindstone device (that twisted the wires together). Just like Mama used to make, right?
7. The Conspiracy Museum
There’s more than one theory about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, so why not have more than one museum devoted to it as well? Most JFK buffs are familiar with the Sixth Floor Museum housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, which recounts all those boring “mainstream” details of the late president’s life leading up to his death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald. But just down the street, the Conspiracy Museum offers fodder for those less apt to buy into The Man’s propaganda. For the most part, the museum specializes in showings of the Zapruder film and explanations of contrary assassination theories, including other gunmen on the grassy knoll and possible mafia involvement.
8. The Museum of Bad Art
Founded in 1993, The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) in Boston is “a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.” The art featured on the site is not of the middle-school drivel variety; rather, the pieces seem to be the product of people who think that if they light candles and play Mozart loudly, the talent will come. It doesn’t, but the results are fun.
9. The Mütter Museum
Originally, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia erected the Mütter Museum as a creative way to inform medical students and practicing physicians about some of the more unusual medical phenomena. (You know, babies with two heads, that sort of thing.) But today, it primarily serves as a popular spot for anyone interested in the grotesque. There, you’ll find the world’s largest colon, removed from a man who died—not surprisingly—of constipation. Also on display: an OB-GYN instrument collection, thousands of fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens, and a large wall dedicated entirely to swallowed objects.
10. The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
Take two trips to the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices and call us when you’ve lost all faith in the medical profession. Thanks to curator Bob McCoy (who has donated the collection to the Science Museum of Minnesota), those in search of history’s quack science can find what they’re looking for in the St. Paul tourist attraction, whether it’s a collection of 19th-century phrenology machines or some 1970s breast enlargers. If you make the trip, be sure to check out the 1930s McGregor Rejuvenator. This clever device required patrons to enclose their bodies, sans head, in a large tube where they were pounded with magnetic and radio waves in attempts to reverse the aging process.
11. Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum
So, what do you get when you combine the loneliness of a pet cemetery with the creepy flair of vaudeville? The Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, of course—where dummies go to die. The Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, museum was the brainchild of the late William Shakespeare Berger, who founded the site as a home for retired wooden puppets. In fact, he collected figures from some of the country’s most famous ventriloquist acts. And with more than 700 dummies stacked from floor to ceiling, you’re bound to feel like you’re stuck inside a 1970s horror flick—albeit a really good one. But sadly, when Berger gave the tour, you could totally tell his mouth was moving. [Image courtesy of Vic.]
12. The Trash Museum
Mom wasn’t kidding when she said one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. At the Trash Museum in Hartford, the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA) turns garbage into 6,500 square feet of pure recycling entertainment! Tour the Temple of Trash or visit the old-fashioned town dump. And for your recycler-in-training, head down the street to the Children’s Garbage Museum, where you can take an educational stroll through the giant compost pile, get a glimpse of the 1-ton Trash-o-saurus, or enjoy the company of resident compost worms.
November 12, 2008
If there's something every Sith Lord knows how to do it's make a balanced breakfast. While the Jedi have to live off of Jawa juice and fried nerfsteak, the Dark Lord of the Sith prefers to have a reminder of his fiery Mustafar defeat at his breakfast table. Every morning he burns that moment into a slice of bread with the Darth Vader Toaster. This black, ominous kitchen appliance easily leaves the mark of Vader's helmet in every yummy piece of toast. Force power not required to operate toaster.
Make your own tasty Star Wars inspired breakfast treats with these easy-to-make recipes below. Set your Darth Vader Toaster between 5 and 6 to get the best results.
- White bread
- Raspberry or strawberry jam
Relive the epic battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi as they duel on the lava planet Mustafar. The raspberry jam will serve as your red lava!
- White bread
- Peanut Butter
- Cinnamon sugar
Pay tribute to Darth Vader's home planet of Tatooine with this toasty treat. All you need to do is cover your toast with peanut butter and cinnamon sugar which looks a lot like sand, only it tastes better.
DARK SIDE OF THE TOAST
- White bread
Going to the dark side never tasted better thanks to the hazelnut spread Nutella. Toast your bread slice and slather on the Sithy darkness.
November 10, 2008
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October 29, 2008
Big Vinyl Yeti
"Produced in collaboration with Ningyoushi in an edition of 1000, this imposing vinyl figure is one sweet Yeti. A commanding 9.5" high, it features posable arms, a menacing scowl, removable light-up torch, and comes packaged in a stellar peek-through ice cave box."