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I’m a huge fan of both Naruto and The Simpsons, so this drawing (I don’t know who the artist is, but I’d love to give credit!) is worth about +30 geeknesses. Click thru the pic for a full size version. Many more comic style mashups here. Enjoy!

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I’m hooked as anything on Broken Picture Telephone, which takes the idea of Broken Telephone to new limits of insanity; so naturally, it’s the perfect kind of topic for this blog. To play, all you do is either draw the description that’s given, or describe the picture given, and then wait for the game to end. It’s crazy stuff, and so totally addictive. If you want to add me as a friend there, look for the user TyrannicalDuck.

[Link: BrokenPictureTelephone]

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I’ve never heard of Goon Tower, which is forgivable since I tend to inhabit Fark-land more than SomethingAwful-land, but it’s a brilliant piece of geek creativity. Members of the SA forums got together and built the goon tower, a piece of artwork that references everything and anything. The references spread the realm of computer games (Zelda and Half-life, for instance), movies (Ghostbusters and The Matrix), popular Internet memes (tubgirl and peanut-butter-jelly-time), comics (X-men and Calvin and Hobbes), really OLD games (Knight Lore), books (Dune), history (ancient Rome and Hitler), art (Salvador DalĂ­ and MC Escher), toys (Lego and Rubik’s Cube), news (Madeline McCann), and, well, pretty much everything inbetween. See how many references you can spot. Any favorite bits in there that you particularly like?

Me? I like the Rogue reference.

[Link: Goon Tower]

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I figure you’re going to need a little help with this one, so here’s your clue; a music video from geek artists Lemon Demon (one of my favorite geek artists! I’ve blogged about him before, if you can recall that far back!) called “Ode To Crayola”. Not much of a clue, I admit, but it’s still something! Yep, it’s another quiz, since I figured y’all enjoyed the last one so much. This one is to do with Crayola crayons. Can you name all the Crayola colors? Bear in that the names of the colors have gotten a little wilder over the years, so the full complement of 120 crayons is a tall order–hence the clue to give you an idea of how the color names have changed. Still, you might do better than you think. I only scored a measly 46, so I figure you can probably do better than that.

[Link: Sporcle – Can you name the current Crayola crayon colors?]

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DIY your floor with a permanent marker

So you’ve decided that your floor sucks. According to designer Olle Hemmendorff, the best temporary replacement? Draw yourself a new one!

Hemmendorff did not care for his own kitchen floor, but he didn’t want to remove it; the floor is wood, and he knew it would be of value when he decided to sell his apartment. So Hemmendorff picked up some self-adhesive plastic shelf liner and “papered” his floor!

Funky idea! I think it’s time our house had some cosmetic changes done to it!

[Link: InventorSpot – Need a new floor? Doodle it yourself]

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Kinda makes you go “What. The. Frak.” doesn’t it? Every now and again a photo gets vomited up from the Internet without any context attached, and sometimes it’s just sheer luck if you manage to figure out what the heck is going on and why. Difficult one, isn’t it? It could be something staged. But the sheer randomness of what’s going on isn’t helping you make sense of the photo. Trust me, I’ve tried. And although I’ve seen this photo a couple of times, it’s the weird kind of image that either stays with you and haunts you, or despite your best efforts to make sense of it, you can’t so you forget. What IS that thing, anyhow?? It’s not a deformed human or anything, is it??

Ok, I’ll put you out of your misery. Personally, I never understood artists in this day and age, and Charlie White is no exception. I’m a man of words, not images, which explains why I’m a writer, not a photographer. In any event, the above photo is from a set called “Understanding Joshua”:

Understanding Joshua is a series of photos of a puppet meant to represent “complete fragility manifest in a body,” placed in various situations related to human relationships.

Another article states:
 

Using a humanoid puppet he calls “complete fragility manifest in a
body,” White presents human frailty through a fictional character, much
as a novelist might. […] (H)is puppet, called Joshua, helps him to explore the themes of male
self-image and self-loathing. White places Joshua in a series of
vulnerable situations — at a cocktail party or a lover’s house — and
photographs the scene.

What this actually means is anybody’s guess, but the entire photoset (some NSFW) is bizarre. Which is, I suppose, what modern artists aim for.

So, does anyone want to explain to me what Mr White is trying to communicate with these photos?

[Link: Wikipedia – Charlie White (artist)]
[Link: NPR – Understanding Joshua]
[Link: Charlie White – Understanding Joshua] (warning, some of these images are not safe for work (16+ for partial nudity))

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Statuesque

I stumbled across this cool blog on not-your-average-statue-from-around-the-world.

I enjoy the creativity and admire the ability to create these statues!

The statue of the guy bashing his head against a brick wall resonated with me … mainly ‘cos that’s how I feel at work right now!

The statue is supposed to be in front of the Ernst & Young building, Los Angeles, US … so, just a thought: is this representative of how the banks suck your soul from your body, after taking all your cash? Or is this the inevitable position one assumes after dealing with one of these institutions?

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