Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pokemon characters re-imagined and inspired by Tim Burton

This is what you get when you combine Pokemon and Tim Burton! Vaughn Pinpin, a Visual Communication student at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, re-imagines Pokemon characters, heavily inspired by the art and work of all things Tim Burton. For his Burton X PKMN Project, he plans to do all of the original 151 characters from the first generation of Pokemon.

Foam Titan Sword is the mother of all cosplay swords

With the Foam Titan Sword, you can now proudly say: "My cosplay sword is bigger than yours!" and be the envy of all cosplayers. The cosplay sword is over five feet long with a whopping 45-inch blade. It comes with blue LED lights on the blade and pommel to give you the added cool look. Sword splits into two pieces for easy packing and transport.

How to make a Cardboard Electric Guitar

Trained as a mechanical engineer and also a classical cellist, Bwrussel has to be the perfect guy to go to if you wanna make your own electric guitar out of carboard. Go learn from him! He writes: "The cardboard you use shouldn't be just any cardboard. Try to find heaviest gauge corrugated cardboard that has not already been bent that you can."

Batman Backpack is the perfect companion to the Batman motorcycle suit

From the guys who made the kick-ass Batman motorcycle suits, comes this perfect companion, the Batman Backpack which was first used by Batman on the rooftop of the Hong Kong skyscraper in The Dark Knight. Made of leather, it holds up to 4 individual 500mL water bottles, some clothing or even your smart phones and tablets.

Spray paint your cakes with Food Finish

Here's a good reason to play with food! Food Finish is a spray can that will chrome-plate and gold-coat any food. And with two new colours, you’ll have your food blushing red and moody blue in a jiffy. Food Finish is completely neutral in taste and harmless to eat. Like with real paint, it’s best to apply several thin layers for that perfect finish.

Inhuman Anatomy lets you see what's really inside Mickie Mouse and friends

Check out Alessandro Conti's Inhuman Anatomy series. Minnie Mouse's anatomy above. Not really that pretty now eh. Here are Mickie, Pikachu, Pluto and Goofy.

How to build a complete home gym using PVC

Todd teaches us how you can build muscles at home using your very own complete home gym made of PVC! He writes: "I am going to lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own PVC home gym. And it will cost you less than $150. Also at the end of the article I will give you a full 3-month routine that you can follow on your new PVC home gym."

Dude made turn-based RPG in Microsoft Excel

Arena.Xlsm is a turn-based role playing game made entirely in Microsoft Excel. The game's developer, Cary Walkin is an accountant with a life-long passion for video games. And yes, he has a fondness for spreadsheets. Arena.Xlsm has an interesting story with 4 different endings and over 2000 possible enemies with different AI abilities.

The Movie Set Museum will be a movie fan's dream come true

Linus Edwards wants to build a museum that consists entirely of sets from famous movies. He writes: "I imagine a person walking from set to set, at one moment in a 40s noir movie, and the next in an 80s comedy. It would be a surreal place to visit, as you would enter into these various worlds you’ve spent your entire life watching."

EA celebrates Easter with massive Mobile Games sale

More than 55 of EA’s mobile games for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be available for just $0.99 or for free as EA Mobile celebrates Easter with special deals on some of their hottest mobile titles such as FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Monopoly.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to spot Comet PanSTARRS in Singapore

Despite being a naked eye object, Comet PanSTARRS is a challenging comet to spot for us in Singapore. Officially it's around magnitude 1 to 2 now, pretty bright for a comet, but it is near to the horizon so you need the help of a pair of binoculars to spot it. The comet will look like a fuzzy point of light. You don't get to see its short tail unless you use a telescope or via astrophotography.

Another way to spot Comet PanSTARRS is to use your digital camera. Point it to the western horizon, set your ISO to about 400 or more, use a 50mm lens and snap a pic of about 4 to 5 secs long. Remember to use a tripod and you need an unobstructed view of the western horizon. The comet, if it is not covered by the smog/haze/clouds, should appear in your photograph.

You can use the map above as a guide. The map is for Singapore observers facing the western sky at 7.45pm. The crescent moon on the map is for March 14. The moon will be higher in the sky after each day. The comet will be visible for about 15 minutes before it sets and you have until maybe 18th March to spot it before it gets too low for us in Singapore. Good luck and clear skies.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Disasters that will cause the extinction of the female human species

We now know the world didn't end in 2012 but that doesn't mean we cannot enjoy this Axe commercial that demonstrates what will happen to our female species when the world ends. Enjoy!

Couple marries as Shrek and Princess Fiona

Paul Bellas married his wife Heidi Coxshall dressed as Shrek and Princess Fiona. Their Shrek themed wedding was inspired by their four-year-old son Leo's love of the film. Guests at their wedding also turned up as fairytale characters such as Snow White, Cinderella and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

Star Wars X-Wing Bunk Bed is a dream to sleep on

I want this Star Wars X-Wing bunk bed! Below is a normal bed to sleep on but above it is a X-Wing fighter that you can hop on and watch DVDs of Star Wars movies with R2D2 behind you for company. The X-Wing bed also has adjustable wings just like the real X-Wing.

Jim will paint what you want using Microsoft Paint

You name it and Jim will paint it on Microsoft Paint! He says: "I am here to make your wildest dreams a reality using nothing but Microsoft Paint (no tablets, no touch ups). Ask me to paint anything you wish and I will try no matter how specific or surreal your demands."

(Thanks Chris W)

Play dress up with Lady Gaga and friends Paper Dolls

These paper dolls by Mel Simone Elliot are the best dress up fun you'll ever have with a pair of scissors. Mel has made paper dolls of Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and other stars. Each paper doll book contains two cut-out paper doll figures, along with many fabulous outfits for the doll to wear.

(Thanks Stu)

400,000 bricks Lego Hotwarts is Lego building magic

Alice Finch used 400,000 Lego bricks to construct this amazing Lego Hotwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the fictional wizard school in Harry Potter. The Lego Hotwarts took 12 months to build. It is architecturally accurate and completely playable. Interview with Alice on how she build this masterpiece here.

Computers made from carboard, rope and rubber bands

Niklas Roy asked the design students he was teaching if they could build computers out of cardboard: "How do computers work on their fundamental levels? Can we build communication networks from scratch – with rubber bands, rope and cardboard?" The students took up the challenge.

Solar System Candy Lollipops let you lick all the 9 planets

VintageConfections is selling its Solar System candy lollipops featuring all the nine planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and the sun. The backs of these lollipops are black flecked with silver edible glitter to simulate stars.

(Thanks Johnny Q)

Sandwich Bag Art guaranteed to make your kids eat your sandwiches

David Laferriere has a unique way of making his kids eat the sandwiches he packs for them every morning. He draws on the sandwich bags. He writes: "Since May 2008 I have been drawing on my kids' sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker. Each drawing is done just after I make the sandwich. My kids don't see the drawing until it is lunchtime."

Saturday, March 02, 2013

North Korean giant monster film inspired by Godzilla

Pulgasari is a North Korean feature film produced in 1985. It is a giant-monster film similar to the Japanese Godzilla series. It was produced by South Korean director Shin Sang-ok, who was kidnapped in 1978 by North Korean intelligence on the orders of Kim Jong-il, son of the then-ruling Kim Il-sung. The creators of Godzilla were involved in Pulgasai's special effects and the stunt performer who played Godzilla from 1984 to 1995 played the Pulgasari character.

Lost Documentary: Michael Parbot's The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

In 1980, Michel Parbot was given unprecedented access to the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back set, stars and filmmakers to film a documentary about the making of The Empire Strikes Back. For unknown reasons, his documentary was never commercially released. You can watch excerpts from his documentary, The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the video above which has more than 26 minutes of Star Wars gem!

A Cat-Hater’s Handbook for people who hate cats

Author William Cole's The Cat-Hater's Handbook which he originally wrote in 1963 but it was only published in 1982: "What’s so cute about an animal that loves absolutely nothing, makes your house smell terrible, and has a brain the size of an under-developed kidney bean? At last, a book that dares to answer these and other feline questions."

How to make a Tampon Shooter Blowgun

Tampon Crafts teaches you how to make things out of tampons like this cool Tampon Shooter, an air-powered gun that fires tampons bullets up to 20 feet! Warning: Do not use tampons that have been worn. According to the site, this is unhygienic and the expanded tampons will clog the gun barrel.

Bear In Space kids book shows how Bear fakes moon landing

This bizarre 1970 Russian children's book titled Bear In Space is about a bear who faked his flight to the Moon with his animal friends. The book's illustrations reveal how he does it with camera special effects. More pics of the book here.

 (Thanks JC)

Ghostbusters HQ in Lego has everything, even the Ecto 1!

Orion Pax is a toy designer who specialises in Lego. One of his latest creations is this impressive Lego Ghostbusters Headquarters which took him 2 months to build. To get the plan for the building right, he spent hours watching the Ghostbusters movie, the animated series and even played the Ghostbusters video game.

A visit to the Icelandic Phallological Museum

Dude visits Iceland's infamous penis museum which has the world's largest collection of penises and related artifacts! He writes: "We were surrounded. Penises and testicles claimed every available surface - sprouting from the floor, crowding shelves, hanging from the ceiling."

How to make a hanging gutter garden

Here's how to make your own hanging gutter garden which is a great way to take advantage of the vertical spaces around your home to grow plants. You need a PVC rain gutter, steel cables, a hack saw and a drill set.

 (Thanks Shy)

Hot Tub Boat lets you and friends enjoy a hot tub in the sea

The Hot Tub Boat is an electric boat with a hot tub built into its deck. It has a maximum load of 2,100 lbs. of water and six adult bathers and comes with an integrated diesel-powered boiler with an adjustable thermostat and a waterproof stereo system that plays music through two flush-mounted 50-watt speakers that pop-up from the deck.

Personalized Pez candy dispenser with real human heads

The folks from Hot Pop Factory were tasked by their client to design a fun 3D printed holiday gift for each of their employees. They decided to secretly 3D scan and digitize each of the employees and then make personalized Pez candy dispensers featuring their own heads!

Ghostbusters Proton Backpack replica looks like the real thing

VikingProps is selling a replica of the Proton Backpack used in the Ghostbusters movies: "This proton pack replica is constructed from metal, wood, and plastic. Everything from the tiny toggle switches, to the A.L.I.C.E. pack frame were carefully selected to match those of the original packs."

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