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Digital Dozen linkfest – animal edition!

If you are an animal lover like me, you’ll enjoy this Digital Dozen of animal-related stuff. Obviously dog-heavy, because have you met me? Lots of vids and images and generally things to warm your Wednesday!

I don’t understand how, but this dog was entered in a Star Wars photo contest and did not win. How is that even possible, when these were the competition?! Outrageous.

This guy knows what’s up.

Look at these beautiful tiny animal embroideries. So delicate.

Sweet hedgehog who can accidentally play some alright improv piano jazz! His name is Marutaro and you’ll want to see more about him here, of course.

Someone in LA is fundraising on IndieGogo for a dog cafe right now! Yesssss!! Take that, cat cafes. I hope they get off the ground, especially considering the idea is to  have the dogs there up for adoption to find their forever homes 😀

This rat knows what he likes, and broccoli just is not it. Hilariously the opposite of my dog Jake who WHINES if you’re chopping it and won’t give him scraps.

Pringle is kinda the best lizard, am I right?

Can dogs see in colour, or just black and white? This is a short, informative video that says yeah, they kinda can see some colour.

Animal Problems” is a really sweet Tumblr blog of little illustrations.

Kanzi the bonobo makes a fire & roasts marshmallows, because wouldn’t you? Also, how amazing are chimpanzees? Oh man. I love the tentative nibble he gives at the freshly roasted treats.

This hamster is such a greedy guts! It’s a small clip of a hamster stuffing his cheeks, then showing an x-ray version of it which is kind of incredible!

If only we could all find our perfect chill zone like this cat – watching videos of Slayer from the couch.

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.

The Digital Dozen to peruse for your afternoon/evening/morning/whenever, time zones be damned, viewing pleasure.

Pop on the kettle, settle into the couch/sneakily browse at work and enjoy!

  • Adorably animated “may your coffee be…” video. I love these little cups!
  • Illustrator Otis Frampton has created this wonderfully nerdy ABC series of prints. I’d hang ’em up if I had childerbeasts. I’m especially fond of:
  • I’m sure there’s many of us who have wanted to have the power to change how we look. This short (about 7 mins) is an interesting look about what that could mean. Financed & filmed in Australia.
  • Australia has a number of detention centres for illegal immigrants (let’s use that term loosely, as most of them are refugees/asylum seekers). This is a powerful account of what it means to work inside one of those facilities.
  • Coolest door ever? COOLEST DOOR EVER.
  • These rugs are made of wood! They’re wild. They’re tesselated and crumple up and all. Amazing.
  • If you’re on Facebook, you’ll have seen the recent ‘look back’ videos that have been available for users. A South African comedy duo decided to create a parody one for Breaking Bad‘s Walter White and it’s quite good. (Someone did one for Darth Vader, too!)
  • I am enamoured with this wonderful Star Wars take on the Bayeux Tapestery – the Coruscant Tapestry. SO NERDY. Yesss.
  • Last time I posted I shared some mappy goodness. I have some more this week. First up is this visualization of the USA states, but with names switched so the populations are relative to state sizes. It’ll bust your mind all up.
  • Next is a layover of Google autocompletes onto US states. I kind want to do this for Canada & Australia now 😀
  • Have you ever wanted to watch an Olympic figure skater do a Big Lebowski-themed routine? You’re in luck! Thanks for making stuff happen, Jimmy Fallon.
  • Speaking of wonderful women showcasing their talents physically, this artist uses her body to create beautifully soft yet geometric pieces of art. I encourage you to watch the video.

On this week’s digital dozen..

Hello, friends! If you are here in Canada, enjoy your Thanksgiving long weekend! I’m going to be potlucking it up with my vegan posse on Monday, so I hope to write up about the deliciousness and cruelty-free awesomeness of the day soon. In the meantime, have a good weekend, however short or long it will be for you!

  • Although I don’t use Vine as much as other social media networks, I still love what I see of it. This is a creative little video on what cut and paste would be awesome at. And a lot of these are great (some are plain dumb, though):
  • Butterscotch Cummerbund er, I’m sorry, Benedict Cumberbatch did a Reddit AMA and it is truly wonderful. My favourite? Q: Do you, Matt smith, and Tom Hiddleton have cheek bone polishing parties? A: We like nothing better than buffing our Zygoma. And imagining a horny time traveling long overcoat purple scarf wearing super sleuth nordic legend fuck fantasy. Get to work on that, internet. How is he even real?
  • Some wonderful creature has gone and done one of the geekiest things. Raspberry Pi linux computer inside a Lego BMO. *head explode*
  • A guy regained his sight by having a tooth implanted in his eye. That’s a thing! A thing that science does! Oh man. Amazing.
  • Life hacks – Mental Floss looks at what works and what doesn’t.
  • Banksy’s been getting about in NYC this last week. There’s a lot of awesome stuff, but I think this one is the thing that’s grabbed me most, visually.


The last chunk of today is all animal related. It just really came up in the stuff I’d put aside this week!

  • Meredith Gran, creator of webcomic Octopus Pie, did this wonderful painting Tree of FriendsI looooove it.
  • In the harbour in Victoria, B.C., they’ve installed a webcam underwater so you can watch seals and otters and all sorts of stuff. SO COOL. It’s a bit murky for me this morning, but I hope to see some critters larking about soon.
  • Rats are so smart! Oh gosh, I love ’em.
  • Brides throwing Cats is your weekly Tumblr hilarity (because no cats are actually being thrown, but the concept is hilarious).
  • Look at this little guy catching a ride. Awww.
  • Who knew watching a red panda playing with a pumpkin would be so entertaining

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 – 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