Monthly Archives: November 2014

51-Foot-Long Fire-Breathing Dragon Is Declared the World’s Largest Walking Robot

 

A 51-foot-long fire-breathing robotic dragon built by Zollner Elektronik AG of Zandt, Germany was declared the World’s Largest Walking Robot by Guinness World Records. The dragon, which was first displayed in September 2012, has made appearances in plays and fairs around the country.

 

Dragon

Dragon

Dragon

images via Zollner Elektronik AG

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Cosplay Pictures for Your Weekend

Cosplayer outfits and cosplay for your enjoyment!

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Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner

 

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Piet Mondrian

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
René Magritte

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Vincent van Gogh

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Pablo Picasso

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Jackson Pollock

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Georges Seurat

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Andy Warhol

In this fun series of photos titled Thanksgiving Special, San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein imagines Thanksgiving dinners as plated by famous artists throughout history. Gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and even the plate itself is used as a medium for edible artworks in the style of Jackson Pollock, Cindy Sherman, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. To see all 10 artworks head over to Rothstein’s website. Prints of the artistic plates are available, and Rothstein is donating 10% of the profits to the SF-Marin Food Bank. (via Coudal, Quipsologies)

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Thanksgiving Sadness

As we see the city of Ferguson burn and have riots at this time most people show thanks puts a bittersweet edge on the day.  Unfortunately, those who would fan the flames of racial tension miss the greater problem of deaths in the black community.

1)  Groups are doing 28 hour protests.  That is because in the US they claim every 28 hours a black person is shot to death by police.  If that is true, that means roughly 350 per year.  Some of those are in shoot outs, some are by police that are black themselves.  Many of them are in protecting people in black neighborhoods.

2) I am sure you have heard the disproportionate amount of blacks who died in Vietnam.  During 13 years of the Vietnam War, 58,000 died, of which 13% or 7,540 were black.

However, how often do you here this:

3) In the last 13 years of records, over 100,000 blacks, mostly women and children, have been killed by other blacks in black neighborhoods?  It is over 13 times more dangerous that you as a black person will be killed by another black person in the United States than it was for you to be killed in combat roles during a War.

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4) 56 million fetuses/babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade.  Roughly 50% of them were black pregnancies.  That means that 28 million black children were not born, nor were their contributions to society felt, nor were their potential descendants.

Together, black on black murders kill 7,000 to 10,000 blacks per year, while roughly 1 million black children are aborted per year.  It is a holocaust that so outstrips the death of one man in Ferguson, and yet no one talks about it.

We need to help our black communities with education, job opportunities and safety.  Yes there are some bad officers.  However, most of those officers, of any race, are trying to protect people in those communities knowing they are in constant danger of both being hurt and killed, and of being accused of excessive force or racism.  Poor Asian communities, poor white communities, poor hispanic communities all suffer the same.  It is not a racial issue, it is an issue of ending our urban poverty zones where crime and violence run rampant.

 

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1863: Stokes Illustrated Almanac of Fashion (Middle of Civil War, includes Military and Civilian Wear)

SOURCE: US National Archives

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Deep Sea Explorers Stumble Upon A Creature They Can Hardly Believe Is Real

July 8, 2014 | by Stephen Messenger

photo credit: Nautilus Live

While there are no shortage of wacky ideas in science fiction about what creatures from other planets might look like, many weird and remarkable creatures can actually be found right here on Earth.

Recently, a team from the Nautilus Live expedition piloting a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) happened upon one of the most fascinating-looking lifeforms in the world: a rare, purple siphonophore roving through the ocean’s depths. Even the experienced deep sea explorers, well-acquainted with the marine animals, had a hard time accepting that what they were seeing was really real.

“Wow. Okay, that’s awesome,” says one ROV operator. “I can’t believe that’s a living thing.”

Amazingly, although this appears to be a single jellyfish-like animal, it is in fact a roving colony made up of thousands of individual organisms, called zooids, each contributing to the whole. However, more than just its otherworldly shape, this specimen’s purple coloring is said to be rather unusual as well.

Deep Sea News writer R.R. Helm calls it a “shocking shade”, remarking that this footage truly stands out.

“To me, the best part of science is stuff like this: seeing something that completely takes my breath away. Even after studying animals like this for the last five years, this video has me in awe. The animal captured in this footage, simply put, is stunning,” wrote Helm.

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Dog Shaming for Your Monday Blues…

As a favor for my friend Diane, this week we are focusing on dog shaming pictures.  Enjoy!

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