This is the skull and crossbones hair bun cover crafted by Kyle Wyatt of Etsy shop Wyre Art. As far as hair bun covers go, this might be the first time I've ever been made aware of their existence. And what an introduction -- I love skulls and crossbones! *suddenly wearing eyepatch* I guess that's just the pirate in me talking. What's that -- I should make all these scallawags walk the plank? But what did they do to us? *whispering to self* Talked shit behind our back?! Let's chum the water for sharks first.
These are some vintage promo shots for the 1986 release of Aliens featuring Sigourney Weaver and the USCSS Nostromo's resident space-cat, Jones (aka "you little shithead"). Man, I bet the stories that cat could tell! "I eat Fancy Feast and lick my own ass." Admittedly, I was hoping for more of an on-set, behind-the-scenes story. "That was." Okay then.
Keep going for three more shots of Jones quickly losing interest in having his photo taken.
This is a video of legendary Nintendo video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto performing the Super Mario Bros theme with The Roots on The Tonight Show. Me? I don't watch The Tonight Show because it's way past my bedtime (7PM), so I watch day shows. Mostly The Price Is Right and soap operas. Did you know soap operas are called soap operas because they were historically sponsored by soap companies? That's true. I'm hoping a sex toy company sponsors my opera. That'll get all the old ladies in assisted living communities excited. Back me up, Golden Girls! Golden Girls? Oh right, they're all dead. "Betty White is still alive." Man she must have witch's blood in her or something.
This is a shot of the 99-million year old feathered dinosaur tail that was found preserved in amber in Myanmar (formally Burma). The piece was actually found by paleontologists at a market after the piece had already been shaped to become a pendant. Obviously, I am going to buy that pendant and clone dinosaurs. You watch -- the next Jurassic Park is going to be a reality show.
The semitranslucent mid-Cretaceous amber sample, roughly the size and shape of a dried apricot, captures one of the earliest moments of differentiation between the feathers of birds of flight and the feathers of dinosaurs.
Inside the lump of resin is a 1.4-inch appendage covered in delicate feathers, described as chestnut brown with a pale or white underside.
CT scans and microscopic analysis of the sample revealed eight vertebrae from the middle or end of a long, thin tail that may have been originally made up of more than 25 vertebrae.
Based on the structure of the tail, researchers believe it belongs to a juvenile coelurosaur, part of a group of theropod dinosaurs that includes everything from tyrannosaurs to modern birds.
I remember after reading Jurassic Park for the first time I would beg my parents to take me to gem and mineral shows so I could scour the booths for pieces of amber with insects inside. They would always cost a fortune though, so I never got any and usually went home with a couple pieces of tiger's eye instead. SPOILER: My attempts at cloning sabertooth tigers failed, presumably because tiger's eye isn't fossilized tiger's eyes. You'd think my parents would have told me.
This is a video of Russian man Deita Meira playing the Star Wars Imperial March on a plastic coffee stirrer. I know that's probably the most exhilarating thing you've ever read, but he actually does a surprisingly good job. Me? I only like those coffee stirrers that are actually little straws, that way I can use them to blow bubbles in my chocolate milk. "I told you to stop doing that." Mom! "Do you want dessert or not?" Depends, what is dessert? "There actually isn't any, you know the doctor told us we have to watch your weight." Great, now even my make-believe life sucks.
Keep going for the video while I tap out Free Bird on a little shellfish fork.
This is Churroduo, two interlocking churro pyramids created by Dominique Ansel (of cronut and blooming marshmallow flowers fame). The Churroduo is currently only available at Ansel's Tokyo bakery, but he's considering selling them in New York and London if there's enough interest. Finally, another expensive pastry thing to wait in a long line for! Still, the best thing about the Churroduo is that you don't have to feel bad about eating the whole thing, because you only ordered ONE of something, you can't help that it's actually like twelve churros stuck together. You know I just invented a new pastry too -- it's a donut...with two holes. "Like side by side?" No, like one on one side, and one on the other. "That's the same hole." Clearly you don't understand space-time. "Huh?" There's also raspberry jelly in the ring.
Keep going for one more shot while I write Dominique and complain there is no way that is enough dipping sauce for so much churro.
These are the limited edition Gremlin tiki mugs being released by Mondo as part of their Tee-Kis line of drinkware (UPDATE: already sold out). They're also working on an Alien mug, as well as The Iron Giant (concept pictures below). Those gremlin designs really work well as tiki mugs though, and I should know because I'm a tiki bar enthusiast and mug collector. Fine, I've been to one tiki bar and have one mug. Whatever, every journey begins with a single step. Hopefully onto a rocketship.
This is a video of Devin Supertramp and his friends (whose jobs as far as I can tell are to constantly have a bitchin' time) using Jetovator water-powered bikes they modded into Star Wars landspeeders to have a rebels vs Stormtroopers battle on the River of Endor. Man, I wish I had cool friends that did cool things like this. My friends are all lame. You know what they do? "Don't exist?" Yeah....it still hurts to hear though.