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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Shoe Invaders

If you like oh my god totally loved Space Invaders and played it waaaay before anyone else because at six years old you were just that cool then you might be interested in the R_Invader, a Space Invaders shoe that you can wear to prove your coolness to the world. The best part about the shoe? Colour the sole with that magic marker you keep handy in your pocket and voila! Instant street graffiti! Now you're just too cool. The sole stamps also work in snow and mud and cement.

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Orange You An Artist?

Jeu d'oranges is a French website devoted to the art of orange peeling. The site accepts submissions of orange peel art to be voted on by the general public, the only stipulation being that the better part of the orange peel must be in one piece. It is also important to note that the site does not discriminate against any type of citrus fruit. Any entries that include lemon, lime and/or grapefruit peel are more than welcome, although I suspect that orange peels are easier to work with.

Note: If you are partial to banana art, check out The Tattooed Banana.

Via Bibi's Box.

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Shoe Polish

If you're the creative type who loves fashion then you just might be pretentious enough to believe you could actually design your own shoe. And if you're one of those people who can colour inside the lines without screwing up, then you're just showing off. If you're all of those things (or none of those things for that matter), check out the Adidas Adicolor. They've got this whole fancy website going complete with the backstory of Adicolor (originally released in 1983 don't ya know) and a whole lotta nonsense about "Kustom Kulture" in the 60s and the punk movement of the 70s and the hip-hop kids of the 80s and the skaters of the 90s. I suppose they're somehow trying to align themselves with all those movements/cultural phenomena in order to sell white sneakers that comes with markers so you can draw on them to wannabe posers like you and me. Sold!

Via Cool Hunting.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Paris, Je Can't Wait For This Film

If you haven't heard about the upcoming film Paris je t'aime, well, then I'm going to tell you about it. I've been trying to keep up with news about this film since I first heard about it but unfortunately I've found that news is hard to come by. Don't know if the lack of information is intentional but here's what I know so far. The film will be split into twenty parts, one for each arrondissement (district) in Paris. Each part will be about five minutes long and will have a different director and different actors. Here is part of the official word from the film's producers from The Latest at Coenesque:

Each director has been given five minutes of freedom, and we, as producers, carry the responsibility of weaving a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments...They will be fused together by transitional interstitial sequences, and also via the introduction and epilogue sequences of the feature film. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film...
There are some pretty big names - both actors and directors - attached to this film. Here is a list from the IMDb but it was posted in the comments section so I'm not sure how complete or accurate this list actually is, but as a blogger it's not really my job to be accurate, just entertaining. I'm very excited for this movie and I wanted to share that excitement with you, my dear readers. So without further ado, here's the list:
1st Arrondissement
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Cast: Julie Bataille, Steve Buscemi and Axel Kiener.

2nd Arrondissement
Directed by Nobuhiro Suwa (Winner of the Golden Leopard at The Locarno Film Festival for “Un Couple Parfait” – 2005)
Cast: Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe

3rd Arrondissement
Directed by Olivier Assayas (“Clean”, “Demonlover”)

4th Arrondissement
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Cast: Marianne Faithfull, Elias McConnell and Gaspard Ulliel

5th Arrondissement
Directed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend it like Beckham”, “Bride and Prejudice”)

6th Arrondissement
Directed by Frédéric Auburtin (First assistant director in “Germinal”, “Lucie Aubrac” and “The Man in the Iron Mask”) and Gérard Depardieu (Directed “Le Tartuffe” and “Un pont entre deux rives”)
Cast: Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands

7th Arrondissement
Directed by Sylvain Chomet (“Les Triplettes de Belleville”)
Cast: Yolande Moreau and Paul Putner

8th Arrondissement
Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Directed the horror film “Cube” 1997 and the sci-fi Cypher” 2002)
Cast: Olga Kurylenko

9th Arrondissement
Directed by Richard LaGravenese (“Living Out Loud” 1998 and “A Decade Under the Influence” 2003)
Cast: Fanny Ardant and Bob Hoskins

10th Arrondissement
Directed by Tom Tykwer (“Run Lola Run” and “Heaven”)
Cast: Melchior Beslon and Natalie Portman

11th Arrondissement
Directed by Raphaël Nadjari

12th Arrondissement
Directed by Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me” 2003)
Cast: Javier Cámara and Leonor Watling

13th Arrondissement
Directed by Christopher Doyle (Cinematofrapher for “Hero”, “2046” and “The White Countess”)

14th Arrondissement
Directed by Alexander Payne

15th Arrondissement
Directed by Christoffer Boe (Danish director who won The Golden Camera” for “Reconstruction” 2003 at The Cannes Film Festival)
Cast: Camille Japy

16th Arrondissement
Directed by Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries”, “Dark Water”, “Central Station and “Foreign Land”) and Daniela Thomas (“Foreign Land”)
Cast: Catalina Sandino Moreno (not credited here)

17th Arrondissement
Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Nick Nolte and Ludivine Sagnier

18th Arrondissement
Directed by Bruno Podalydès (Won the César Award of Best Firs Work for “Dieu seul me voit / Only God Sees Me” 1998)

19th Arrondissement
Directed by Oliver Schmitz (German TV Film Director)
Cast: Seydou Boro and Aïssa Maïga

20th Arrondissement
Directed by Wes Craven

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Saturday, February 25, 2006

This Is Your Life

Watch as Ilias Sounas tells your life story in a surprisingly touching three-minute long black, white and cyan flash animation called The Circle of Life.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Interpretive Art

Blogarians is a blog put together by a group of artists who create pictures based on their interpretation of a weekly theme. Past themes have included "dreams", "fear" and "samurai" (below). It's really neat to see how much the interpretations vary from one artist to the next.

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I can't even begin to imagine how much planning it took for Desiree Palmen to make one of these camouflage pictures. I mean, did she have to decide on a place before hand and then go home and paint some clothes to match the location exactly or did she make her subject stand in the location while she painted their clothes on the spot? Or am I just dumb and she made these pictures in Photoshop? Yeah, I just thought of that right now.

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Monday, February 20, 2006

Manga Park

Here's a collection of South Park characters drawn in anime style. I know, I know, just what you were looking for.

Via The Primate Journal.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

Yup, More LEGO

I really hope you're not all LEGOed out because apparently with LEGO the possibilities are endless. This time Andy L. brings us The Story of Andy's Computer. Apparently it was built by cheeky little LEGO men and R2D2. Nice.

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Friday, February 17, 2006

Superhuman Stupidity

WARNING: Some content on the following site is definitely NSFW and kind of disturbing. You've been warned.

Human Upgrades is a super creepy DNA clinic in Europe that offers various surgical modifications and implants for the body. These "upgrades" fall under four categories: Simplicity, Lust, Hi Tech and Victory and include such options as webbed fingers/toes, ear reshaping (to decrease ear wax), a cooling system implanted in the back of your head that controls body temperature, an additional thumb to make you "the master of masters" and various genital modifications that make me queesy. I'm having a bit of trouble believing that this is even legal, but there it is, all laid out in a pretty website. I think I just puked a little.

Update: Looks like I've been had. As an annonymous reader kindly pointed out, this site has registered on the radar of the Museum of Hoaxes. And when I went back to have another looksee, it does indeed look pretty fake. How gullible I am! Anyone else think this was real? Anyone? Damn.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006


If you're vain and bored - a dangerous combination - check out The LED Sign. A real LED sign somewhere in Canada posting your message in real time. Really. Try it. Because you can.

Via Farpas & Bitaites.

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The Beastle Bunch

No one enjoys a good mash-up more than me, so it is with great pleasure that I present you with djBC's The Beastles. In the spirit of Danger Mouse's The Gray Album, the brilliant mash-up album Let It Beast combines the rap vocals of the Beastie Boys with the pop melodies of the Beatles. Who would have thought they'd make a perfect match? Well djBC did. And the result is a mash-up masterpiece. Do yourself a favor and grab Let It Beast of djBC's website before the RIAA shuts it down. Hurry!

Via Boing Boing.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Lucky Lucky Lemmings

Warning: The following post contains a high dose of nostalgic goodness. Side effects may include sniffling, weeping, wishing you were back in 1991 and wondering how much your Commodore 64 would be worth today if you hadn't let your mom sell it at a garage sale. Reader discretion is advised.
Aaah, Lemmings. When I saw a screencap of those little white dudes with the crazy green hair and the bright blue smocks marching unquestioningly towards their immanent death I was magically transported back to a time when I used to play this fantastic game on my brother's Commodore 64 (actually, I mostly only got to watch my brother play because I wasn't really allowed to touch the computer). It was a time when life was simpler and graphics were pixelier. It was a time when my brother told me there was a key on the computer that would make it blow up but didn't tell me which one so that I would be too afraid to touch anything. And it was a time when I believed him. And now I (and you) can relive that time whenever I (you) want with an online javascript version of the game.

Thanks for causing me mild psychological trauma, Sash. And thanks for Lemmings!

Via Old Man Musings.

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Friday, February 10, 2006

Oh. So. Shiny.




the Nintendo DS Lite.


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All Hail The Leaf

I'm always interested in knowing how the rest of the world sees our fair nation and this Worth1000 contest gives me a bit of a clue. If Canadians Ruled is a Photoshop contest of images that represent what the world would look like if, well, Canadians ruled. The answer? Apparently we would change everything to the shape of a maple leaf. Yeah, that sounds about right.

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Sitting In a Tree

I don't normally post jokes, but since my friend Alejandro begged me to and the joke is pretty amusing, I decided to make an exception. Should I start a joke of the week segment?

A monkey is sitting in a tree smoking a joint when a lizard walks past and looks up and says to the monkey, "Hey! What are you doing?" The monkey says, "Smoking a joint, come up and have some." So the lizard climbs up and sits next to the monkey and they have a few tokes together. After a while the lizard says his mouth is dry and that he's going to get a drink from the river. The lizard climbs down the tree, ditty bops on thru the jungle to the river and leans over to get his drink. The lizard is so stoned that he leans too far over and falls into the river. A crocodile sees this and swims over to the lizard and helps him to the side, then asks the lizard, "What's the matter with you?" The lizard explains to the crocodile that he was sitting in a tree smoking a joint with the monkey and got too stoned and then fell into the river while taking a drink. The crocodile says he's gotta check this hippie monkey out and walks off into the jungle where he finds the tree where the monkey is still sitting and toking on the joint. He looks up and says "hey you!" The Monkey looks down and says, "shit man, how much water did you drink?!!

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Monday, February 06, 2006

The What's Up Times

What's Up is cleverly designed news aggregator created by Jeroen Wijering. A pixelated map of the world is used to display late breaking news from various international media outlets. Little homing beacons indicate the location of the newest stories while communication bubbles pop up the display the headlines and link to the article in question. It kind of reminds me of the site 10x10 that I blogged about back in September except without pictures. And with a map. And different. Just another neat way to look at the news.

Via The Presurfer.

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Because I'm Worth It

I just bought these two t-shirts from Spreadshirt.

I just thought you should know.

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Do You See What I See?

Veer is a "provides visual elements for use in professional creative work, such as graphic design, motion design, advertising and filmmaking", so basically stock photography, font, etc. They have a very neat looking and well designed site with lots of fun goodies to keep you busy. One of these goodies is a "What does this image say to you?" survey that attempts to analyze your person based on your reaction to a select number of "ambiguous" photographs. It's a really great flash-based interface with statistics and charts and cheeky responses such as "Well well, an independent thinker. I suppose you choose your own outfits every morning, too." A great way to kill a little time.

I scored a 52% which apparently means I'm "Smack in the middle of popular and independent thought." Well duh, that's why I have a blog.

Via This is Powazek.

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Sunday, February 05, 2006


Whilst doing some research for a previous post, I found myself reading the Wikipedia page about Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame of course). Needless to say Wikipedia is an amazing repository of information that harnesses the collective knowledge of millions of interneterati but I was still amazed at the amount of information there was about this video game character. Here is a list of select facts that you may or may not know about everyone's favorite Mario:

  • Mario was originally known as Jumpman in Japan
  • Mario was named after the landlord, Mario Segali, of Nintendo of America's Seattle home in 1981
  • Mario's full name is believed to be Mario Mario, while his brother's full name is believed to be Luigi Mario, thus making them the "Mario Bros"
  • Older incarnations of Mario have him living in Brooklyn but newer games suggest that he grew up in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom
  • Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Mario wears a cap because he finds it difficult to draw hair
  • The Super Mushroom that enlarges Mario was inspired by the "Eat me" cakes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland
  • Mario has appeared on his own television show, comic books, and in a feature film where he was played by Bob Hoskins

Bet you learned something new just now. And if you didn't, well you need to get out more.

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Saturday, February 04, 2006

Water Faker

Apparently this is the most realistic computer generated rendition of water ever to be created and stuff. It's pretty amazing really. It was created by Ron Fedkiw, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford. The water pours into the glass all smooth and liquid-like and kind splashes around and you can even see light reflect off the glass, through the water and onto the counter. Wow. Check out the video here.

Via Drawn!

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Ninja Man Can

More ninja-related content coming your way. Ninja Man is a great little platform game (I had to look that up on Wikipedia) where as Ninja Man himself you get to kick some serious ass by slashing and thrashing your way through red-headed karate dudes, creepy tribal dudes, big and lazy pirate dudes and ugly, red horned dudes. It's pretty entertaining and highly addictive, but I've already beaten it (and I suck at video games), so it might not be that much of a challenge for more seasoned video gamers.

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Friday, February 03, 2006

Goodbye Jellyfish Fridays

Dearest Jellyfishers,

The time has come for all of us here at Jellyfish Fridays to say goodbye. It's been a great half a year but like the Police and unlike The X-Files, we've decided to call it quits while we're still on top. So thanks again for your support and remember, we'll always have the archives.

P.S. We're thinking of a new, equally entertaining weekly segment so stay tuned. Suggestions? Do tell.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

What Would Jack Bauer Do?

Here's a great list of Jack Bauer facts for all you 24 fans. And if you're not familiar with 24, then, well, you really should be. Thanks to Benjie for this list.


  • Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
  • Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
  • Jack Bauer can get McDonald's breakfast after 10:30.
  • Killing Jack Bauer doesn't make him dead. It just makes him angry.

  • Jack Bauers calendar goes from March 31st to April 2nd, no one fools Jack Bauer.
  • Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.
  • Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
  • 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
  • Jack Bauer is the leading cause of death in Middle Eastern men.
  • Jack Bauer played Russian Roulette with a fully loaded gun and won.

  • When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer fucking hates lemonade.
  • You can lead a horse to water. Jack Bauer can make him drink.
  • Jack Bauer doesn't miss. If he didn't hit you it's because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.

  • Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact.
  • Jack Bauer's favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.
  • Jack Bauer once won a game of Connect 4 in 3 moves.
  • Simon Says should be renamed to Jack Bauer Says because if Jack Bauer says something then you better fucking do it.

  • When Jack Bauer watches a pot, it boils immediately.
  • When Google can't find something, it asks Jack Bauer for help.
  • Every time you maturbate Jack Bauer kills a terrorist. Not beacuase you masurbated, but because that is how often he kills terrorists.
  • Jack Bauer can save money on his car insurance without calling Geico.

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