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Digital Dozen, for your viewing pleasure.

Hello once again for your sort-of weekly link distraction.

These miniature street dioramas are almost hard to believe. So detailed and tiny. And gritty!

I am seriously considering dropping some money on a galaxy bedding set, because – why wouldn’t you want space all over you while you sleep? Exactly.

These flipbooks are hypnotic and amazing. I’m not sure I could pay this much for them, but they’re seriously cool.

I’m a sucker for gorgeous, colourful and neatly ordered photos. So this is like candy to me. The artist’s Tumblr is full of beautiful images too.

Imagine how lovely city streets would  be with manhole covers like these, from Japan.

Although Think Geek are a little overpriced & annoying with their email marketing, they have cool stuff. Like these. I want ’em for my desk at work.

And of course, I can never stop at one Adventure Time mention. Look at this great gallery of tattoos!

Would it be weird to have lots of clocks? Because I want lots of these ones. SO many. Especially this one, even if it is super-new TMNT.

Hey Toronto. You’re lookin’ good.

These are such wonderful, sometimes subtle, photoshops of Star Wars in the real world.

I am quite fond of this artist’s work, making tongue-in-cheek museum labels for the outside world.

This is in the realm of “I don’t even understand how this can be a thing” art. The detail is amazing.

Hello again, Digital Dozen!

Well, I figure if I’m going to start going ahead with the Digital Dozen links posts, then hump day is as good a day as any to get on with it. Let’s start with something whimsical.

Umbrellas canopy over a small street.

When a beagle knows they messed up, they make up for it. Best ever.

Look at these incredibly dreamy pieces of art/jewelry! Like little bits of galaxy all trapped up in some glass.

Earth and moon pendants

Have you ever watched a video of hamsters and a hedgehog eating cake and thought “I bet that’s what I look like when I scoff cake..”? Well, now you can experience what I have gone through.

Absurd and character-based street art are my favourite kinds! I love these captures of some from artist Filthy Luker.

When the Eisners (the Oscars of gaming) announced their digital media nominations, some people felt like there were webcomics that were looked over. io9 decided to compile a list of 51 awesome webcomics and it’s basically a bloody great list of all the great webcomics going on out there. Check it out, especially if you’ve had just a passing interest in comics published online. Many of my faves (Nimona, Girls with Slingshots, Lucky Penny) are on there!

Terrific posters from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s “Know the Line” campaign which aims to prevent and reduce the harm of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. I love how basic the graphics of them is, but they hit home nicely. For instance:

That dress was made for you | and your 36DD's

This artist took kids drawings and turned them into finished products. I love it 😀

Child's drawing of a snail turned into a real piece of digital art

I don’t know that I have a multitude of metal objects needing something to be stored in/on, but I would sure try and find more if it meant I could store them on this:

I may have lost it when it got to sound bagels. “Better Names For Things

Some terrifically smarty pants design on this “Resum-ale” package. Chuckle.

And I will leave you with just about my favourite thing I found on the internet this past week. Honestly happy to just watch this over and over cackling to myself.

Welcome to this week’s Digital Dozen

I want you to look closely at this GIF and notice the amazingness going on. A little kid is running back and forth playing Space Invaders. Imagine fitness classes that incorporated this for cardio. Hell yeah.

A 3 year old decided to get her hair cut and donate it to the Canadian Cancer Society. This kid is so much better than so many of us grown-ups.

I’m feeling a bit badly drawn dolphin today. You?

Back in 2004 these people attempted a world record for the largest game of Carcassonne ever. MADNESS. LOOK AT IT. Over 5000 tiles. I am having shivers imagining the breakdown of that once they were done.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a wonderfully wacky kind of guy. The kind of guy that recreates the ‘David After Dentist’ YouTube video perfectly. Amaze.

How can I somehow adopt this guy as my Dad for long enough that he’ll paint a badass Doctor Who/Adventure Time mashup mural in MY room? His art site is here.

The feminism I believe in says “Hey girl – have the whole pie.” Yep. Read the first panel below, and find the rest here.

This time lapse of Aurora Borealis is just stunning. I want to see the lights so bad! Oh man.

This ‘Femme Fatale Ring Gun‘ is pretty badass, right? I gotta hand it to whoever dreamt this up in the 1870s.

This Seinfeld parody in a Mario theme is surprisingly chuckle-worthy! I think they hit the tone so well, and I love their Mario-fied Seinfeld theme song.

Placeholder text gone wrong. Oops.. I guess you shouldn’t trust people to notice the big mistakes, eh? There are many more than this example, click through to see & laugh!

Herey herey here

Let’s end on the adorable: tiny, adventurous Lego photographer. Perfection.

Digital Dozen – your snow day/hump day edition.

It’s a constant fluffy snowfall out there in Toronto today, but I’m still slogging away midweek at work. Here’s some links to keep you entertained if you’re in a similar position.

  • Considering how chilly it is where I am now, I am really dying to have these amazing USB heated slippers that look like adorable anthropomorphic Smores! YESSS!!

  • While we’re talking comfortable and warm, what about these hooded onesies? I think between this and the smores slippers I’d never want to leave the house in winter. Or try to wear the Hoodsie to work..
  • These illustrations/animations of Twin Peaks characters are so striking. I don’t think I’ve seen a style of presentation like this before for images like this.
  • I love seeing visualizations of maps that are out of the ordinary, like these country lay-overs. It’s so surprising to visually compare places like this:
  • And while we’re at it, check out the GIF of maps of the known world from 2348 BC to AD 1828!

  • Have you ever wondered about the strange differences in dialect around the USA? It’s kinda fascinating. (The NYT did a US dialect quiz too, which is hilarious to take if you’re from outside the US, especially from quite far away like Australia. It told me I was from around New York/Bostonish, if I recall..)
  • Learn about the delicious science of chocolate
  • Did you know some groups of ants can act as a solid or a liquid? Looks at the amazing GIFs at this page, or check out the physics of how ants move in the video below. Insects are so frackin’ awesome.
  • Speaking of how awesome animals can be, did you know that some young dolphins are chewing puffer fish to get high? Kids these days!
  • Holy MOLY this is awesome. A book sculpture of Smaug emerging from a copy of the Hobbit. Yes. So good.
  • Interlocking chopsticks – these need to be everywhere, and stat.
  • Look at these beautiful polar bears enjoying an Alaskan sunset. Way better than seeing them trapped in a zoo enclosure.


Lazy, late-ish Digital Dozen.

This is later than I usually get around to posting my link wrap-up for the day! So if you’re browsing through over a night cap, or you’ve found this to peruse over your morning cuppa, enjoy!

  • Great Showdowns are always wonderful, but these recent ones pushed special buttons for me: The Goonies & Serenity.
  • Straw sculptures: they’re a thing, and they’re more awesome than sand sculptures. See? (This one especially great due to dog cameo.)
  • Sometimes it’s hard to remember, but small victories can matter. Keep it in mind when it’s a struggle to have people understand where you’re coming from, like fighting to have people understand stuff like rape culture is shitty.
  • Bad lip reading is pretty fun at the best of times, but they outdid themselves with the Game of Thrones “MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD” trailer:
  • Oreos are like drugs! The more you know.
  • The patterns of how people name is so interesting to see! Check out this shifting look at lady name trends in the USA:
  • And in more demographic statistical mapping that is possibly not really real but great anyhow..
  • Some folks can really be truly deluded in ridiculous things, like that homosexuality can be cured. Stephen Fry interviewed one of them.
  • Urge to somehow own a home just so I can wallpaper it with awesome prints, for instance:
  • And maybe some pretty awesome glow in the dark sheets to complete the magical wonder of decor?
  • I am extraordinarily fond of these newly suggested additions to the German language. Plauschplage, always.
  • Long exposures have always been a favourite photographic technique of mine, but I don’t get a chance to take advantage of it often (especially due to lack of tripod & SLR). These are hauntingly beautiful long exposures of couples sleeping that look so ethereal.

The Digital Dozen – August 3!

Once again it is time for me to drop by and bestow links for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy! And for those of you here in Ontario, enjoy your long weekend 🙂

  • Do you enjoy Justin Timberlake? It doesn’t matter, You’ll enjoy this genre-shifting short-form cover of ‘My Love’!
  • XKCD recently finished up an epic 3000-something frame long story within one frame – Geekwagon have put it together in a big sequence which you can have autoplay, or you can scroll through. It’s like a mega-GIF of a story. Wonderful!
  • This series of Adventure Time wallets are all terrific, but I’m particularly fond of this one:

    Peskimo Wallet 3

  • Do you read Sinfest? If not, get on that! It’s consistently one of my fave comic strips. Even when there’s no dialogue.
  • Summer life hacks! I am IN LOVE WITH the chip bag suggestion.
  • Nothing will make you smile more than seeing a bear hoedown – or some veritable bear pole dancing – this Saturday!
  • It seems like to do one of these would take a fair amount of time. But a whole Tumblr full? Someone’s got some awesome free time on their hands: Beer Labels in Motion.
  • I love the concept & execution of these gorgeous woodblock prints of (mostly) video game heroes. I am especially desperate for this one:

    Trouble Afoot


  • More collectible TMNT goodness – a couple bought a house (sight unseen which is a bit weird, but maybe it was a foreclosure or deceased estate?) and it has a motherload of TMNT stuff in there. I kinda dig the weapon display!
  • Look at these beautiful story books from McSweeney’s! I love the look of Lost Sloth. I feel the need to buy these for all my friends with kids right now.
  • I’ve seen some interesting ways to promo TV shows before, but I think this might take the cake – a giant dragon skull on a British beach to promote Game of Thrones season 3. Amazing.
  • When design is smart and totally practical, i’m in love. I want ALL JARS to be like these. (I love how angry the guy gets trying to get peanut butter out of that jar!) How is it 2013 and we don’t have jars like this? Gosh.

The Digital Dozen, late edition.

A Sunday special this weekend, as I was a busy bee yesterday. Enjoy!

  • A long time ago (we used to be friends), Veronica Mars took hold of a special place in my heart. I don’t have the disposable income to say I contributed to the movie Kickstarter, but I’m sure glad 90-something thousand other people did so it is being shot right now. (I’ll be sure to spend at the box office.) Thanks to San Diego Comic Con, I was just flailing at all the familiar marshmallows in this sneak preview. Awww. (There’s also some snippets from the panel over on Bleeding Cool.)
  • I went to a fantastic vegan BBQ last weekend, which i’ve been remiss in not writing about – it was fantastic though! Since then it’s been too hot to think about any kind of BBQ other than this Watermelon Grill. Who wants to hand deliver me one?
  • These creepy organisms really do look like living rocks. They’re pretty fascinating. But why on earth someone would look at this and decide to eat is is way beyond me.

  • Back when I was studying at the University of Queensland, I’d every so often go by the Physics Museum on campus (one of many museums at UQ), and also stroll past the nearby display of the pitch drop experiment. It dripped in my first year there, but nobody caught it on video or at all! Now finally someone’s caught a pitch drop on camera but it wasn’t the UQ one – maybe next time.. in a long time, I guess. The Trinity College one took 69 years.. SCIENCE!
  • This series of photos – ‘Paradise Parking‘ – is a beautiful mix of nature and modern decay. They look unreal! But they’re for real.
  • Adventure Time time! They’re putting out an Adventure Time encyclopaedia which looks pretty sweet. I wish they’d release the Enchiridion.
  • There’s no question that even if you didn’t see the headline you’d know these photos were all from the 90s. So much steeped in big hair and baggy pants. Oh, yeah:
  • One of my favourite podcasts is Good Job Brain, a general trivia and quiz podcast. It’s great fun, full of interesting little nuggets, and the hosts are enthusiastic and jovial. I encourage you to take a listen! I started way back at the board game episode, #22 – but take a look through the archive and see what takes your fancy.
  • Combine street murals and an awesome use of an unusual ‘found’ material to create them, and I’m a fan. These moss murals are so amazingly precise it’s hard to believe they’re created with a pressure washer. So cool.
  • Have you ever seen the Discovery Channel show How It’s Made(Visit the discovery.ca page if you’re in Canada). Back when I lived in a house with cable TV, I’d often find myself sucked in to watching clip after clip as they showed marathons of them. It’s hard to stop watching. Start here (U-locks; teepees; croissants; rolling luggage) and see how much of a hole you fall down.
  • Speaking of the Discovery Channel – there’s going to be a Breaking Bad special of the Mythbusters! Marvelous. While you’re at it, watch this 9 minute recap of everything that’s happened in Breaking Bad til now, in anticipation of the upcoming wrap-up of the series.
  • Allow yourself to be filled with joy while you watch this video of a firefighter saving an unconscious kitten from dying of smoke inhalation. My heart burst. There’s a short clip of an interview with him here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to trawl the internet for delicious bits of SDCC news/clips/etc!

Digital Dozen, July 6!

Time for a delightful mess of internet to paw at.

  • This week’s dose of Adventure Time: totally badass kid’s bedroom all tricked out in Land of Oo wonderment. I’d love to have Gunter looking down on me as I slept.
  • I love public art installations that are surreal and outstanding in the landscape. This great big cardboard box dude is just that. I love this aerial shot of it so much!

    Box by artist Pablo Curutchet

  • Speaking of surreal and outstanding, these 3D architectural illustrations are just that. I especially enjoy the ‘zippered’ buildings, and the bendy tower towards the end of the images at the bottom of the article. This one, too, delights me:

    Stitched Panorama, Victor Enrich

  • Many of these are terrifically creative and some are downright laugh out loud hilarious. My fave is the rapping goldfish. Enjoy this compilation of funny & creative Vine videos.
  • Etsy user Akinobu Izumi makes all these wonderful things in tiny tiny bottles (her day job is making architectural models, so her skills are mad). All of them are so whimsical and awesome, but I love all the dinosaur skeleton ones! It’s like some giant dude decided to start collecting bones in jars – imagine how big you’d be to have jars scaled this miniature to you! I love this:

    Dinos in bottles by ‘tinywordinabottle’

  • Why stick with a regular old Millenium Falcon beanbag chair when you can have a whole dang Millenium Falcon bed? Yeah, exactly!
  • The next Wright/Pegg/Frost join, The World’s End [trailer], is coming up soon – completing the ‘Cornetto’ trilogy – and i’m really looking forward to it. One nice gentleman has done these lovely old-timey posters for each of the three movies with a different Cornetto. A slice of fried gold.
  • Want to see how a key opens a lock? This animated GIF is so simple and awesome at showing the magic inside the lock! So cool.
  • ‘Primates’ is a graphic novel about Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey & Biruté Galdikas (all primate researchers and students of Louis Leakey) and you can read an excerpt over at Boing Boing.

    Primates by Jim Ottaviani

  • More on primates: chimpanzees & dealing with death. Non-human primates are incredibly complex and their emotions and behaviour have always fascinated me. The issue of mortality is a huge one, especially when examining chimpanzees. Very interesting essay.
  • Remember the ‘Homer’ car? Someone MADE ONE! Oh gosh.
  • And I’ll leave you today with a video of a sloth ‘playing’ piano. Oh, internet – never change!

Digital Dozen – the weekly link roundup!

Happy weekend! Once it’s done, so will the first half of the year be. I’m very much looking forward to July onward. It’s gonna be great! But before all that, here’s my random linkage for this week.

  • You know in the movies when someone ends up in another person’s body (or something like that) & they look in a mirror and kinda wave their hand slowly to figure out it’s them? I feel like that’s what this cat is doing.
  • Subtle Lunacies is my friend Mary’s Etsy store. I have some amazing Dia De Los Muertos-ish earrings and an awesome labyrinth pendant she made, and she’s rocking through some gorgeous stuff right now I’m especially loving the pendants – my favourite:

    Anatomical heart pendant, by Mary.

  • This photoset of ‘Hoarder Barbie’s Trashed Dreamhouse‘ is a fascinating & detailed model. I can’t even imagine the patience it’d take to make this. And even though it’s not a real crazy hoarder house it still gives me ‘I’m-too-tidy’ chills. Uuuugh.

    “The Teenager’s Bedroom” – Carrie M. Becker

  • Hey, did you know that prairie dogs chat? Like, for real – scientists have decoded what they’re saying to each other! “They’re able to describe the colour of clothes the humans are wearing, they’re able to describe the size and shape of humans, even, amazingly, whether a human once appeared with a gun,” Slobodchikoff said. … “In one 10th of a second, they say ‘Tall thin human wearing blue shirt walking slowly across the colony.'” Not only cute but also smart!
  • In the very first entry on this blog, I posted an image – which just happened to be the board game Terra Mystica, which I have a great fondness for. Although I haven’t gotten it to the table in over a month (sadness!), I can reinvigorate my wish to do so by watching this review by the lads over at Shut Up & Sit Down. I encourage you to check it out. Purple Power!
  • For your weekly dose of Adventure Timethis Ice King (Simon) & Marceline cosplay is so incredibly amazing! If you’ve seen the episodes with Simon & Marceline at all you’ll be super mega impressed.
  • Although tulip season has pretty much passed up here, you can enjoy these aerial photos of the tulip fields in North Holland. How can this even be real? It looks like paint samples have been dropped.

    By Anna Paulowna

  • Did you know that there’s a Banksy parody artist called Hansky, who does Tom Hanks versions of some of Banksy’s more popular works? And did you know that Tom Hanks’ daughter interviewed him? How marvelous. There’s some photos in her article, they’re just wonderfully ridiculous.
  • There’s recently been a kinda creepy happening at the University of Manchester Museum (which, incidentally, is a terrific little University museum!). One of the Egyptian statues that’s been on display for years has started slowly rotating over the course of several days. I was quite chuffed that while watching the video I thought to myself “well, it must be the vibrations of visitors/movement around the case!” just like Prof Brian Cox is quoted saying. *smug* Although if it’s just now doing this after being in the same case for years, there most be another variable at play like humidity/temperature affecting the surface it’s sitting on. /nerds out.
  • I’m pretty certain that i’m going to be the kind of dog parent who will try to wake her napping pooch in this way. I’ll be the “Awwww, muuuuuum!!” kinda dog parent. Hehe.
  • Looking at a bunch of food and making the progression to create neat still life portraits out of it is awesome! I really love these images, and especially the coffee bean owl.
  • Taking old art and vamping it up with neat stuff is not a new idea, but I love the concept of these ‘Alternate Histories‘ prints. If I had a mansion with a lovely library or sitting room, I’d be hanging this stuff up all over the place.

    The Menacing of the East River Bridge – Matthew Buchholz

Digital Dozen – A Roundup of Links

Back in the day of blogs past, I used to go through my saved links in my RSS Reader (once Google Reader, now Feedly) & round up a bunch of cool stuff and post about them all in one place rather than the fleeting sharing I do on FB/Twitter when I come across stuff normally. I have stuff saved in there now from a couple of years ago still (!) so I’m going to start filtering through & cherry picking stuff from the old & new saved things to share once a week. (And oh man, I have to try and work through the dozens of recipes I’ve stowed away, whoa.) I’ll share just a dozen each time to make it feasible & also readable! So, enjoy the first ‘digital dozen’, in no particular order:

Blueberry – image by Caren Alpert

  • I originally saw this linked on Boing Boing: a study on what Canadian English is. It’s fascinating to see the examination of how the waves of settlement throughout Canada’s history have impacted on Canadian English development. And accent-wise, it brings up a point in the start that i’ve always found interesting – “The geographical proximity to the American super power is quite unique to Canadian English and contrasts it with other varieties of English, such as Australian, New Zealand, or UK varieties of English.” As someone who’s got 27 years of Australian English tinged with almost two years of English-English (not to mention all the English telly I watched as a kid), and then all mixed up with 4 years of Torontonian Canadian.. well, let’s just say it’s an interesting read from my perspective of the English language & now being settled here in Canada. It’s so fun to examine what odd remnants there are of certain terms for things, yet how the sounds of language manipulate over time.
  • The High Line is one of my favourite things about New York City. I wish there was a park like this in every city! Gosh. This is from a while back, but still awesome – street view of the High Line.
  • What can you do if you have just one more cup of coffee? Some days I truly do feel like the last one..

    Just one more cup! David Soames & Aaron Jay.

  • When I was a kid, I had a budgie (parakeet) called Sam, and he learnt to say quite a few words/phrases but.. I’ve NEVER seen a budgie with such a wide range. I mean.. the beatboxing! Oh gosh. Birds are strange and amazing.
  • Crochet is a skill I’ve re-learnt in this past year, but I’m still not sure I could quite reach the levels of amazing that would be required to make these throw rugs. Maybe I can work up to it for next winter! This Galaga one is quite fetching..

    Galaga throw by PenelopeandClyde on Etsy

  • Canadian cookbook author Dreena Burton wrote up an amazing guide to buying, storing, preparing & cooking/using greens: Eat your Greens! I have discovered a love of chard, kale & other delicious & nutritious greens thanks to being vegan, and they’re an invaluable addition to your diet, especially when you have great advice like Dreena’s to follow. Nomnom.
  • I dream about the day these Adventure Time footie PJs come back into stock so Adam & I can buy them and dress up and romp about being generally ridiculous and adorable. We already own matching Jake Tees, after all..

    Yeah, we went there.

    Yeah, we went there.

  • Sometimes I think about doing a blog series on the maddening everyday things that other people do that drive me nuts. Then I feel like a bad person for thinking about complaining about things like that. Then I see comics like this (click below) that remind me why I wanted to write the blog series in the first place.

    This is me, every day by Ross Phillips

  • It pleases me when people do ridiculous things like making squirrels look like they have giant heads.
  • Why do our brains do this to us? I am not gonna lie, this happens to me daily.

    Smartphone Cycle, Loldwell

    Smartphone Cycle, Loldwell

  • One of my favourite things to do is collect postcards – that I’ve bought somewhere I’ve been, or that someone’s sent to me. I love getting them in the mail most of all. I would totally dig having this set of 100 Pantone Postcards to send out across the globe (well, maybe after saving a few to tack up on my wall).