Sunday, 30 March 2008

Steampunk Photoshop Contest

This week's Worth1000 contest is steampunk mixes! Yay. Photoshop + Steampunk. What is not to love?

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Photoshop Disasters

This is a great site. A catalogue of (you guessed it!) Photoshop Disasters collected under the strapline "Save the Pixels".

I chose this high production value gem from the Daily Mail to illustrate the quality of submissions, however there were so many more pictures in the running...

Thursday, 27 March 2008

How to destroy the Earth

Some useful hints and tips here.

"Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.

You've seen the action movies where the bad guy threatens to destroy the Earth. You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.

Fools.

The Earth is built to last."

Iron Man

This trailer has got me all hot and bothered. Fingers crossed that the film lives up to it!

Charlie Bit Me!

Does it make me a bad person that I laughed a lot at this one?

Enid Blyton's Famous Five...

Oh. My. Word.

Best quote: "In further proof that there is not a single original concept left in the universe, another dusty retro classic is to be reheated in various media for today's ungrateful slack-jawed youth."

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

The Evolution of Websites

A look at ten popular websites and their evolution throughout the last few years.

Advertising v. Reality

"A German website, Pundo3000.com, has conducted a study of 100 different products by comparing the look of the products as shown by the packaging with the actual contents inside the boxes. Quoting the website, which is in German: “All products were purchased, the packaging photographed and the contents prepared and photographed too. All products were then eaten up.” and also: “The purpose of the project is not to discredit any brands or products but to critically compare the packaging advertising with the inside contents." (via)

Ele-Vision

Film-maker John Downer attached cameras to four different elephants during the filming of a documentary about tigers. The elephants moved so steadily that the images are pin-sharp and their footage was supplemented by other disguised cameras left on the forest floor. "So we became, effectively, invisible - filming one of the world's most beautiful creatures in a way no one has ever done before."The Daily Mail has more photos and the BBC has videos of baby tigers!

Monday, 24 March 2008

Holding the Sun

A collection of photos where people are erm... holding the sun. Except they are only pretending!

Tech Support

Caller: Hey, can you help me? My computer has locked up, and no matter how many times I type eleven, it won’t unfreeze.

Agent: What do you mean, “type eleven?”

Caller: The message on my screen says, “Error Type 11!”

Click here for more!

40 Movie References From The Simpsons

A picture is worth...


Some ideas in a pretty mind map format. I have chosen to substitute my children and trumping allocation for flying.

500 Years of Female Portraits

Click here for a gorgeous three-minute video created by EggMan that consists of morphed images from 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

Nate Wragg

Nate Wragg is a Californian artist whose style of work I really, really like. Sadly the gallery only has prints left.

Playmobil Security Checkpoint

I'm not entirely sure what to make of this Playmobil "city life airport security check in" set...

"Every single smuggler is caught at the security check-in. With a modern X-ray machine every item not allowed on board is detected. At the same time, the passengers have to pass the passenger check-in under the watchful eyes of the security staff. Only then can they start in their hard-earned vacation."

(via)

Ball Throwing Machine

In our house that's me... I should invest!

Puddleblog

Puddleblog. A blog about a puddle in Brooklyn. With pictures. Also a video.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Match it for Pratchett

Edit - there's now a proper website for this appeal.

"Today, it was announced that Terry Pratchett has donated half a million pounds to Alzheimer's research. Hearing that, it occurred to me that if half a million of us all donated a pound to Alzheimer's research, we could match his donation and make it an even million. Go here and make your donation. Tell them it's in honour of Terry Pratchett."
If you head over to eBay you could also bid on a replica Luggage packed with goodies that's being auctioned off for the charity too. The bid currently stands at £2,150 so bring your wallet...

Friday, 14 March 2008

Nautilus Home Theatre

While I am on the topic of Nautilus things but not about a snail-house this time...

Here's a gorgeous steampunk home theatre themed like the galley of Captain Nemo's ship in Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It's a 900-square-foot, football-shaped room lined with portholes and artificially rusted struts. Pretty.

Nautilus House

The Nautilus House was built in 2006 in Naucalpan (Mexico). It is a piece of bioarchitecture designed by Senosiain Arquitectos and inspired by a shell:

"The open concept inside the house is dominated by smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings that makes the inhabitants feel like they're living inside a snail who swallowed the entire contents of somebody's back yard. While the house is surrounded on three sides by the bustling Mexico City, its West side (where most of its portal-style windows are located) has a breathtaking view of the mountains."

Check out other amazing examples of bioarchitecture here! (via)

Cyclist Awareness Test

London Transport is running an ad campaign to reduce the number of cyclists that are hurt on the roads, noting that only a portion of what you see actually enters your consciousness. They call it "change blindness"- people often fail to see a change in their surroundings because their attention is elsewhere. More here.

The World's 50 Best Works of Art (and how to see them)

From the Telegraph comes a list of the World's 50 best works of art as chosen by Martin Gayford. If you want to find out more info, here is a list of links to more info about each piece. (via)

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Money Celebrities

A similar idea to the sleeveface collection, here's another fad that's sweeping the nation. Or should be. People are invited to take pictures of themselves partially covered with folded banknotes. Or photoshopped images seems more popular. Link to full fun here.

Science Fair Experiments

I know it's not nice to laugh at children but sometimes... A collection of 41 "hilarious" Science Fair experiments.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Monday, 3 March 2008

Spot the Birdie...

Sadly, I can't recall where I found this...

Garfield minus Garfield

There is something very tragic about this site...she says whilst cackling gleefully.

"Who would have guessed that when you remove Garfield from the Garfield comic strips, the result is an even better comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life? Friends, meet Jon Arbuckle. Let’s laugh and learn with him on a journey deep into the tortured mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against lonliness in a quiet American suburb."

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Longmire does... Romance Novels

From Longmire ("the internet's leader in wasted pixels") a take on romance novels. I quite enjoyed some of his other projects too.

"I think a lot of us can agree that a large number of romance novel covers are pretty silly and are just asking to be ridiculed. So that's exactly what I did. I bought a few of them at the used book store and got to work on them. The artwork almost writes its own jokes."

Not made of toys

Sometimes I post links to photos of scenes that play with perception/scale by using toys like wot I did here and here.

These photos from the MiniWorld series by Phtoshop look like they are photos of models but they are not. Whoa. Hold on tight. The world's gone mad.

Billy (and) the Kid

Billy the boxer has become the constant companion of the 12-day old kid called Lilly. He sleeps with the goat, licks her clean, and protects her from any dangers at Pennywell Farm wildlife centre at Buckfastleigh, near Totnes, Devon. The pair are now inseparable.

The Daily Mail has more photos. (via)

Cool Pools

From Oobject a collection of 13 "really cool pools".