Frozen/Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery mashup

Its creator, DJ Clulow, promises to start selling prints of it in his Etsy store ASAP.

Frozen Haunted Mansion [Instagram/DJ Clulow]

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Just look at these boneless bananas.

Just look at them. Read the rest

Young man with ALS does ice bucket challenge, talks about life with the disease

This Ice Bucket Challenge video is a reminder of what the viral campaign is all about. A slow killer for which there is no treatment.

Headboard made from books

Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place. Read the rest

True weird tale of a real-life forest hermit

GQ's Michael Finkel tells the story of a hermit who lived in the woods for 30 years, coming out periodically to freak out locals and steal stuff.

Best Dune Tumblrs

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Ferguson: behind police lines helmet-cam video of tactical team teargassing protesters

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published GoPro video footage by staff photographer David Carson "during his embed with the St. Louis County Police tactical team on Monday night." At about 2:45 in, police "come under fire and respond with tear gas."

It's really weird to see the term "embed," which we often use to describe reporters accompanying soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan war zones, being used in the context of local police action within the United States. Read the rest

Firefighters give mouth-to-mouth emergency aid to koala named Sir Chompsalot

In Melbourne, Australia, emergency crews received a call Thursday night about an injured koala in a tree, who dropped about 10 meters to the ground.

Firefighters at the site caught him in a blanket as he fell some 10 meters to the ground. The Country Fire Authority named him Sir Chompsalot. Read the rest

Cuissential SlickFroth: Fast milk frother

I often mix stuff into my coffee: cream, coconut oil, medium chain triglycerides, taurine, even some resistant starches like inulin as part of my low carb life. Previoius to getting the slickfroth, I had to choose between a small hand blender or a spoon. I did not expect much (you know, a battery powered small toy) but I have found that this device works much better than I expected as a mini-handblender for liquids and powders. While it will not chop up the contents of thick smoothies, it will mix liquids together or powders into liquids very well. It offers a very useful tool in-between a hand blender (over-kill for many situations) and just mixing with a spoon (often not adequate). -- Dale Simpson

Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 ($18) Read the rest

Because American Spectator editor likes scotch, weed must remain illegal

Bob Tyrrell, founder and editor-in-chief of The American Spectator (the stupid person's idea of a smart magazine) enjoys scotch, which is sufficient reason to lock up everyone who doesn't share his taste in recreational drugs.

Both drinking and pot smoking are "coping mechanisms," he concedes, but alcohol is clearly more "civilized" because people can enjoy the taste, drink while reading or conversing, and imbibe without getting "blitzed." All this is either impossible or quite rare among cannabis consumers, Tyrrell asserts with the confidence of someone who has no idea what he's talking about.

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Battle of the butt-in-the-air arachnid superheroes

This recent Milo Manara cover painting for a variant issue of Spider-Woman #1 has generated a lot of comments on comic book enthusiast fora.

Poor J. Scott Campbell didn't get nearly the same amount of attention for his 1999 cover of Spiderman in a similar pose:

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David Rees teaches you how to do the things you think you already know how to do

As host of Going Deep with David Rees on the National Geographic Channel, David teaches viewers how to master often-overlooked skills, like tying your shoes, shaking hands, lighting matches, and making a good first impression.

No-one pays attention during conference calls

A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%). Read the rest

The Dystopia Chronicles, book two of the Atopia series by Matthew Mather

I've been eagerly awaiting Matthew Mather's second Atopia novel, The Dystopia Chronicles. His incredible, and eerily too believable future gets darker!

I really enjoyed the Atopia Chronicles. Mather builds a world that you can sadly visualize occurring within our lifetime. A privileged class of humans, hunkered down on an idyllic floating island, wanting for nothing while the rest of the planet struggles. Relying on a careful blend of virtual reality and science to keep their island happy, some believe their technology can save the world while others seek to get only richer!

Straying away from Atopia's format as a collection of six short stories, Dystopia is a single flowing novel that takes the story off the floating paradise. Mather also weaves in a plot line about religion in an age of science and technology, I found it kinda interesting. Clearly he is building to a very large third novel.

The Dystopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 2) Read the rest

Ikea may not kill Ikeahackers fan-site after all

Ikeahackers -- a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea's newly launched, empty "online community" -- were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction. Read the rest

My friend and I play with octopi

Shot off of Bird Rock, Catalina Island, California on a recent trip with Bamboo Reef! Read the rest

Newspapers are, pretty much, dead.

Clay Shirky has some some truths: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really." Read the rest

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