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Skeletal gown with dragon's tail/train

Update: We've got it identified. It's a gown that Taiwanese singer Mei wore to a New Japan Philharmonic Performance by Joe Hisaishi. Well done to Jasonjayr for sleuthing this one out!
Here's one of those frustratingly amazing, but impossible to identify Tumblr finds: a gown with a long train, decorated with the skeleton of a mighty dragon with a barbed tail. My Tineye and Google Image reverse searches just turned up a bunch of people saying, "Hey, that's great, who made it?" and NO ANSWERS.

Do you know? Post in the comments.

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Bad at tumbler shirt

Now in the Diesel Sweeties store, a magnificent net.tee: "bad at tumbler." That R. Stevens sure knows how to nail the zeitgeist in t-shirt form.

Haunted Mansion theme, chiptunes edition

Happy Hallowe'en, y'all!

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Girl's Life v Boy's Life: "Do you Know When to Shut Up" vs "Jokes to impress"

Whtbout2ndbrkfst's comparison of the covers of Girl's Life and Boy's Life magazines is awfully trenchant and sad. It'd be interesting to do this as a monthly series, and gauge how recurrant this phenomenon is.

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You Chose Wrong: a choose-your-own-adventure failblog

You Chose Wrong is a Tumblr devoted to scans of the unhappy termini of Choose Your Own Adventure books, those pages you'd be instructed to turn to if you made the wrong choice. It's a delightful failblog, cataloging all the ways that CYOA authors toyed with our emotions and gloated over our errors.

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'Miley Twerking On Things We Should Talk About," a tumblog of greatness


Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" reenacted with librarians

From the New York Public Library's Tumblr, a great remake of the video for the Beastie Boys' classic "Sabotage," featuring librarians on high-speed chases through the shelves.

Sometimes we just feel compelled to share something awesome. A video combining the Beastie Boys and Librarians = Awesome. (Thanks, Tim!)

Ikea catalog made from found hardcore porn footage

A tumblr called just another ikea catalog [VERY NSFW] consists of clips from hardcore pornography in which Ikea furniture appears, converted to animated GIFs with catalog-style product names and pricing superimposed as appropriate.

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Califone's music video auto-generated from Tumblrs


Califone Stitches 608x608The new video for Califone's "Stitches," the title track from their forthcoming album, generates itself from images and Gifs culled from a selection of Tumblrs. The band is a collaboration with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau. The new album, Stitches, will be released September 3.

Watch the video here: Califone. Stitches.

Background about its creation is available at their record label Dead Oceans' blog.

Alice on a ladder, reaching for a book tattoo

No idea where this Tennielesque back tattoo featuring Alice on a ladder confronting a higgeldy-piggeldy tower of books came from (do you know?) but it's magnelephant.

ink (via That Book Smell)

Overgrown, abandoned rollercoaster

From the Abandoned Geography Tumblr: an overgrown and abandoned rollercoaster in Hubei Province, China.

Abandoned roller coaster in Hubei Province, China

London retail innovation, 1900

The smallest shop in London - a shoe salesman with a 1.2 square meter shoe store, 1900. (via Kadrey)

Bookstore in a train-car

Here's a mouth-watering set of photos from La caverne aux livres, a bookshop in Auvers-Sur-Oise, north of Paris. The store is in a converted train-car, and appears to be a magical wonderland. The pics were taken by the Gallifreyan Detective, and the whole set is wonderful.

An old train transformed into a book shop in Auvers-sur-Oise (via That Book Smell)

Thumbs and Ammo, a tumblog of greatness

Star Wars, now with more positive reinforcement. Guns in promotional posters or stills from popular movies are replaced with thumbs.

Nice jacket

This jacket is a wonderful mystery to me; found upon the tumblrs, and seemingly sprung from the ether. Do you know where it came from?

Update: Aha! It's from Junker Designs -- their Blade Runner jacket

I do not fear the apocalypse because I already have my jacket packed…. (via M1k3y)

Bookstore porthole

This wonderful porthole-made-of-books is part of the design for the John W. Doull Bookseller store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and warrants a side-trip all on its own.

John W. Doull Bookseller (via That Book Smell)

(Photo: Celia Moase Photography)

Book-lined staircase

A mysterious and magnificent book-lined staircase, provenance unknown. Do you know where this is?

Update: Thanks to sleuthy commenters, who suggest that the photo depicts this staircase, at Australia's Deakin University Library, possibly taken by RuthC and for sale here.

29 October, 2012 (via That Book Smell)

Backstage at the Haunted Mansion

A new tumblr, Haunted Mansion Backstage, consists of rare photos of the backstage areas of the Disney parks' Haunted Mansion rides not normally visible from the "Doom Buggy" ride vehicles. For me, this stuff is the real magic -- seeing how somewhat dated robotics technology can be used to create such a wonderful, seamless illusion from the foreground.

Haunted Mansion Backstage

Photos from #OccupyGezi

In case you've forgotten it amidst the Prism and Greek broadcaster shut-down stories, here's a reminder that the police are still engaged in a brutal crackdown on protesters across Turkey, courtesy of the Occupy Gezi Pics Tumblr:

"Taksim rainbow, Tuesday evening."

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Tumblog of Greatness: F*ck Yeah, Female Astronauts

Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space, launch date June 16, 1963.

A wonderful website: [new expletive-free URL]

Only 10% of people in space have been women, and on tumblr that seemed even less. so here it is for your inspiration. Fuck yeah! Female Astronauts!

(via s.e. smith)

Scenes from #OccupyGezi

Three photos picked from the OccupyGeziPics Tumblr, chosen for their vivid incongruities, and also to remind us all that Turkey still fights for the right to protest:

Another photo of the woman in red surfaces.

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Haunted Mansion ballroom ghosts

Here's a rare look at the robots used to create the reflective "Pepper's Ghost" effect in the ballroom of Disney's Haunted Mansion. They're never directly visible during the ride, and can normally only be seen reflected in a transparent sheet of glass that invisibly bisects the Mansion's ballroom.

Closeup study of ballroom ghost couples, from WDW’s Haunted Mansion. These ghosts were all made using the “Pepper’s Ghost” Illusion. Bright colors are needed to help pull off the illusion. (via Mouse in Mansion)

Arms folded: a study in local reportage

Local People, Arms Crossed: exactly what it sounds like. A Tumblr full of hometown heroes, posed by unimaginative newsies with their arms crossed for extra competence. (via Waxy)

Screenshots of Despair: computers making humans sad

Screenshots of Despair: a Tumblr that features shots of computers interacting with humans in ways that seem calculated to make them sad and angry. As Bruce Sterling notes, "Somebody could teach a pretty good interaction-design course with this handy resource. Maybe somebody already is."

Screenshots of Despair (via Beyond the Beyond)

Beautiful vintage jetpack-futurist car

On Super Punch, set of photos of a beautiful, enbubbled, betailfinned Los Angeles land yacht spotted on the 101. Hoo-ah.

Saw a this on the 101 in Los Angeles today. It was caravanning with a bunch of classic cars.

Heartwarming: man leaves $1K tip to help waitress realize dream of visiting Italy

On the Casual Cynic Tumblr, a heart-warming story about a waitress who got a $1,000 tip from a diner she'd met for the first time that night, who wanted to help her realize her dream of visiting Italy, whence her family hailed.

So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now. She had been waitressing years before, but this is recently. Anyway, about… 15 minutes ago this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she’s never been. She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress job. It’s pretty… Sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn’t had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she’s not from.

This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.

…you know. Just when I start to lose faith in humanity….Hm.

So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now (via Consumerist)

Spacegoing Earth: a painting by Angus McKie

When I first saw this Angus McKie illustration, I had a moment when I thought it depicted the Earth being encased in a huge, space-going shell and I flashed back to Damon Knight's spectacular novel Why Do Birds?, a straight-faced yet comic novel about a man who puts the whole human race in a box. Then I realized that the picture depicted a hollow, space-going sphere being fitted with an armored cover and my mind spun into a deep future from which it hasn't entirely returned. Beautiful work. Here's the official McKie site, but it appears to be down.

Angus McKie

Supplies for all your punk and punk-related needs

An undated ad for a punk store in Newcastle offers batty punk tees for a mere £4.50 -- mid-1980s punk revival?


Gritty crayon colors

Rawr & Stuff's alternate crayon colors are pretty much shovel-ready -- you could clean up by selling these on Etsy. I'm very fond of "Moral Ambiguity Gray," myself.

Crayons (via Kadrey)

The journal of horrifying science

Science Horrors is a tumblr blog that compiles stories about the discomfiting, disturbing, and just plain terrifying parts of science. From 13th-century bioterrorism to the killer carbon dioxide gas bubbles of central Africa, there's plenty here to amaze you and freak you the frack out.