The Creative Processor

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Have you ever stopped to analyze how you create, whether it's for work or hobbies? Grant Snider of Incidental Comics explores the creative process, likening it to an appliance of sorts, with his web comic "The Creative Processor." This is only a portion of the comic.

See the rest of The Creative Processor here, and purchase prints from Grant Snider here.





Rube Goldberg's Passover Seder

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How would Rube Goldberg serve the Passover feast? In the most complicated way possible, of course! This seasonal device incorporates dominoes, fire, liquid, Tinker toys, origami, food, and plenty of imagery of Biblical proportions. Together, it tells the Passover story in moving parts. Students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning at Technion in Israel made this contraption, using everything they had and more. There’s a behind-the-scenes video about how they did it, too. -via Digg





The Bit Wars 2.0- Pixels From Heaven

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The Bit Wars 2.0 by RetroGamerAddict

Pixelated invaders from space started coming down in rows, launching rectangular laser beams at the Earth and breaking our stuff to an 8-bit beat. The Bit Wars had begun, and now it fell to Earth's mightiest heroes to defend the planet and repel those super square space invaders. Street fighters abandoned their matches mid-round and began lending a hand wherever needed, because even though the Invaders could defend against our bullets and missiles they had no idea how to block one of Ken's mighty dragon punches!

Take the geeky tee battle back to the old school with this The Bit Wars 2.0 t-shirt by RetroGamerAddict, it's super stylish and way more fun than getting punched in the face!

Visit RetroGamerAddict's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more ridiculously cool designs:

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Police Officers Buy Family a Car Seat Instead of Issuing a Ticket

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Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges of Fruitport Township, Michigan stopped a couple in a car. The mother was holding a 10-month old baby in her arms instead of securing her properly in a car seat. The officers realized that this couple couldn’t afford to buy a car seat.

So instead of writing them a ticket, they took the family to a nearby Walmart and bought a car seat. They showed the couple how to install it properly, then left. The incident would have escaped further notice, except that a Walmart employee called the police to praise Officers Pavlige and Hodges for their generosity. ABC News (warning: auto-start video) reports:

“It was only brought to our attention by a clerk at Walmart who saw it and thought they should be recognized,” Fruitport Township Police Lt. Bruce Morningstar told ABC News. “They were doing it on their own without any recognition.”

Hodges says the incident was just another day on the job in the life of a police officer.

“We made the decision that was what we needed to do to solve the issue,” Hodges said. “When we left we went onto the next call.”

“It’s just part of what police officers do on a daily basis,” he said.

-via Popehat





What Really Happens When Someone Enters the Witness Protection Program

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Longtime Department of Justice attorney Gerald Shur was the man behind the creation of the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC). Shur has also co-written an informative book on the topic, Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program. More than 18,000 people have been protected from harm under WITSEC since it was initiated in 1971.

This article is a brief yet interesting read that includes details about WITSEC, particularly about its setup and what that means for people entering the program. 





Confessions of an Idiom

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What happens when the elephant in the room confronts the skeleton in the closet? That’s far from the only turns of speech that go head-to-head back-to-back in this sequence. Someone who is just learning English would be completely baffled! This award-winning video was made by Amanda Koh and Mollie Helms at Ringling College of Art + Design. -via Metafilter 





79-Year Old Fashion Model Looks Better Than Men a Third His Age

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This is Wang Deshun, a model and actor in China. He's 79 years old. But aside from the gray hair and beard, he doesn't look it at all. Shanghaiist reports that last Wednesday, during China Fashion Week, he strode down the runway in Beijing, impressing the crowds with his youthful physique. He wore selections from designer Sheguang Hu's Autumn and Winter line for 2015.

-via Brian Ashcraft





Tower of Hammocks

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It’s all fun and games until the guy at the top has to pee. Whether he climbs down over all the others or just tries to aim away, either could be a disaster. Even worse if he doesn’t wake up! There was also mention of bears starting at the bottom and birds of prey starting at the top. However, my first thought was the scene of everyone trying to climb into bed at once. That should have been recorded on video (and would rival a Three Stooges short). This picture was posted by ravenpride at reddit.





Spread Some Smiles With These 30 Utterly Adorable T-Shirts (And Win One Too!)

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Cuteness is a powerful thing, an irresistible force of happiness and warmth, able to thaw the frozen heart and bring a smile to the stoniest of faces. There are many grades of cuteness, but none more powerful than the utterly adorable, the cuteness that truly knows no bounds!

If you're looking to share your love of cute and spread smiles wherever you go head over to the NeatoShop, where you'll find all of the designs on this list and many, many more!

Wanna win your very own NeatoShop t-shirt? Scroll down to the bottom for more details!

A love of cute things starts at an early age

Lightspeed by JP Perez

When those cute characters start wriggling their way into our hearts

A Nice Cup Of Tea by Mandrie

Cute characters become a part of our lives through cartoons and toys

My Litttle Last Unicorn by Kannaya

And before you know it we're totally addicted to cute!

Cookiemon by Byway

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25 Fun Bow Ties

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Many men seem to be firmly seated in one of two camps: pro or anti bow tie. I've seen women who wear bow ties as well, particularly when they're sporting an androgynous look. For those who appreciate a fun bow tie, here is a collection of 25 ties designed to appeal to geek culture enthusiasts. See all of them here. The styles in these photos can be ordered at Little Corner Creation on Etsy.
 





Video Explores What Its Like Turking For A Living

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There are a legion of people out there who take surveys, undergo psychological tests, record search engine rankings and transcribe audio files for a living, taking whatever job comes up on the Mechanical Turk job list.

These people are part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing program, a place where people are paid paltry sums to complete HITs (Human Intelligence Task) and build up a feedback rep. The work is often mind numbing, and generally pays a buck or two an hour, depending on how fast you can work and how lucky you get with the queue.

Have you ever heard of the Turkers? There's about a half million of 'em online, and every day they're turking for a living.

Bassam Tariq from the New Yorker created this eye opening video that attempts to shed some light the “Wild West of the crowdsourcing work force”, featuring interviews with Turkers who share their view on this strange program.

-Via Boing Boing





This Business Card Can Start a Fire

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Wildfire Experiential + Event is an event design and branding company in Canada. The owners, Kelly Thorpe and Bianca Knop, want you to think of their company as capable of setting your brand on fire. I mean that in a good way. You know--that customers would think of your brand as one figuratively on fire with excitement, not one that would, accidentally or intentionally, set customers on fire. Unless that's the image you want your brand to project. I'm certainly not judging you.

Anyway, to convey this seemingly simple but actually complex message, the advertising agency Cossette designed Wildfire's new business card. It has a matchbox striker on the front.

-via Fubiz





Neat Facts About Easter

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What the heck does "Easter" mean? Why do we celebrate a bunny that hides multi-colored Easter eggs? And why do we eat ham for Easter? There are so many strange questions around this spring holiday, but you can find the answers to them all in this fascinating TopTenz article filled with fascinating facts about Easter -including some truly unique ways to celebrate.





Cowbell - She Won't Steer You Wrong!

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Cowbell by Ellador

When you hire Clarabelle as caller for a good old fashioned hoedown there's one instrument you know that cowgirl will be bringing along- the mighty cowbell. Clara's cowbell clangin' skills are legendary, and even though she's been asked to go on the road by everyone from Mickey to Mick Jagger Clarabelle's a country girl at heart, and she prefers to play her cowbell for her boot scooting friends and family back home on the range.

Bring some animated rhythm to your geeky wardrobe with this Cowbell t-shirt by Ellador, it's fun to wear whether you're attending a square dance or just watching classic cartoons on the couch!

Visit Ellador's Facebook fan page, official website, Twitter and Instagram, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Lil' CutiE- Power Princess Poor Unfortunate Hipster Impaled Ohana Coffee

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Taxidermist Makes "Cute Forever Friends" with Dead Rats

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(Photo: Adam Carter/CBC)

Ankixa Risk is an artist and taxidermist in Hamilton, Ontario. She specializes in taking dead rats and posing them in human situations with appropriate clothing and props. Risk uses rats donated by pet rat owners and rats from a local reptile supply company. In the latter case, she skins the rats and returns the meat for reptile consumption. The CBC describes her work:

That presentation varies – one of those “forever friends” is a rat riding a bike. Another is a graffiti artist rat holding a spray can. Next to that is a mounted, mythical Jackalope – a jackrabbit with antelope horns.

“I just realized I’m wearing the same skirt as she is,” she says, pointing to another one of her stuffed buddies.

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Community

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The gang from Greendale Community College recently made their triumphant return to….wait, they’re not on broadcast TV anymore, are they?

Nope. New episodes of Community are being shown on Yahoo Screen, but aside from that little viewing dilemma the new season is shaping up to be pretty good.

Paget Brewster and Keith David have joined the cast, the budget is still big enough to afford plenty of the fantastic fantasy segments we’ve come to expect from the show, and Dan Harmon is back in the driver’s seat.

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And speaking of Dan Harmon- do you know who got him back at the helm after that nasty dustup with the Sony execs? Jeff freakin’ Winger himself Joel McHale that’s who! Joel insisted Dan come back after a failed fourth season left everyone wishing they had Changnesia.

Find out more cool stuff about your favorite show set in a community college with 20 Things You Might Not Know About Community over at mental_floss. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m late for Creative Cheese class.





Whodunit: The Suicidal Schemer

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The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

(Image credit: William Wilkinson)

"Avery Archer was involved in some shady deals," the homicide sergeant said as he gazed down at the body. "Maybe that's why he committed suicide."

It certainly looked like suicide. The businessman in question was slumped back in his office chair, his hands folded peacefully in his lap. The murder weapon, a revolver, had fallen onto the desk, right beside a box of cough drops. The victim had been shot in the back of the mouth at the closest range possible.

"It's near impossible to shoot someone in the throat," the sergeant continued. "Especially when there's absolutely no sign of a struggle."

The man's secretary provided background. "Avery was depressed, partly on account of his lingering cold. Also, a few of his investors were getting suspicious. One even threatened to call the police fraud squad. Avery was working frantically to salvage this one deal. He had a noon appointment today with an investor; I don't know which. When I went to lunch, the investor still hadn't arrived. When I came back, Avery was just like that. Gruesome."

The police checked the contracts and discovered that this particular deal had three investors: Gino Grimaldi, a suspected mob figure; Marie Lackaday, the owner of a chain of gun stores; and Dr. Pete Crocus, a general internist.

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Problem: Drunk People Keep Falling on Train Tracks. Solution: Turn the Seats 90 Degrees

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Spoon & Tamago reports that data scientists at the West Japan Railway Company analyzed 2 years worth of information of a recurring problem: drunk people at train stations walking right off the platform and onto the train tracks.

They anticipated that the drunks just wandered aimlessly onto the tracks accidentally. But security camera footage revealed that they tended to stand up from seats and walk straight off the platform like they knew exactly where they were going.

(Images: Kobe)

So the train company is experimenting with a possible solution. Assuming that drunks will move in more or less a straight line after standing up, they turned seats perpendicular to the train tracks. They will see if this results in fewer drunks on the tracks in the future.





Baby Clapping Before Birth

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What is the sound of an unborn baby clapping? There isn’t any, unless mom and the doctor sing along. Jen Cardinal underwent an ultrasound at 14 weeks in which they could clearly see the baby clapping his/her hands. The singing went on during a replay, and they toggled the ultrasound to make the song work while Dad took a cellphone video. So it’s a remix, but certainly a neat one. Jen says there were three claps in all during the procedure. -via Viral Viral Videos





Wrong About Wright

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The following is an article from Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader.

Judging from what we’ve been told in history books, when the Wright Brothers invented powered flight, they were rewarded with parades, medals, and headlines. But that’s a lie. The truth is, the U.S. government insisted that one of the greatest technological achievements of all time simply hadn’t happened. Here’s the true story.

CHANCE- THE UNINVITED GUEST

On December 8, 1903, Samuel Langley, head of the Smithsonian Institution and America’s foremost expert on flight, was ready to make his most important attempt at manned flight. Since 1891 he’d been flying unmanned models powered by internal combustion engines; the U.S. government considered his experiments so promising that they’ve given him $50,000 to continue. Now he planned to fly his gasoline-powered, manned flight off of a houseboat in the Potomac River. The press was on hand, waiting expectantly.

But it didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the launching device, which was supposed to hurl the plane into the air, snagged the plane at the last second instead… and it went into the water “like a handful of mortar.”



The New York Times, scornful of attempts at powered flight anyway, heaped abuse on Langley. They editorialized: “The ridiculous fiasco… was not unexpected. The flying machine might be evolved by the combined and continuous efforts of mathematicians and mechanics in from one to ten million years.”

THE REAL THING

It didn’t take that long. Only nine days later, on December 17, two bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio -Wilbur and Orville Wright- achieved the goal of all the world’s would-be aviators: powered flight. It was a revolutionary development in the history of humankind …but few people even noticed. Only a few papers carried the Associated Press story of the flight. Most editors considered the whole thing a scam. When the Wrights set up the world’s first airstrip outside Dayton in 1904 and flew daily all summer, only a few reporters came to see.

In fact, the first published eyewitness account of flight appears, amazingly enough, in a beekeeping journal called Gleanings in Bee Culture. And this almost a year after they started flying. The editor, A.I. Root, saw the Wrights make aviation’s first turn on September 20, 1904 and wrote:

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Supercut: Fake Movies in Real Movies

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Movies sometimes show characters watching other movies--often completely fake. Some of these are clearly worthy of becoming feature films themselves, as illustrated by this supercut made by Screen Junkies. The editors show the best movies-in-movies from South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Scary Movie, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, For Your Consideration, Matinee, Singin' in the Rain, Inglourious Basterds, Home Alone, The Last Action Hero, Grindhouse, UHF, Tropic Thunder, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Simpsons Movie, Funny People, and Scrooged.

-via Daily of the Day





Defending Darwin

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James Krupa teaches evolution for non-biology majors at the University of Kentucky. This is more difficult than you might expect, he says, because so many of his students were taught that evolution is in direct opposition to Christian belief, and others don’t have much background knowledge because Kentucky schools try to avoid the subject if at all possible. That was a surprise to me because my Kentucky daughters were taught about evolution in both parochial and public school.

We live in a nation where public acceptance of evolution is the second lowest of thirty-four developed countries, just ahead of Turkey. Roughly half of Americans reject some aspect of evolution, believe the earth is less than ten thousand years old, and that humans coexisted with dinosaurs. Where I live, many believe evolution to be synonymous with atheism, and there are those who strongly feel I am teaching heresy to thousands of students. A local pastor, whom I’ve never met, wrote an article in The University Christian complaining that, not only was I teaching evolution and ignoring creationism, I was teaching it as a non-Christian, alternative religion.

There are students who enroll in my courses and already accept evolution. Although not yet particularly knowledgeable on the subject, they are eager to learn more. Then there are the students whose minds are already sealed shut to the possibility that evolution exists, but need to take my class to fulfill a college requirement. And then there are the students who have no opinion one way or the other but are open-minded. These are the students I most hope to reach by presenting them with convincing and overwhelming evidence without offending or alienating them.

Krupa wrote about the challenges his job entails and the reasons he keeps doing it, at Orion magazine. -via Boing Boing





37 Absurd Kitchen Gadgets You Definitely Need in Your Life

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It is inevitable that one day, you will need to produce and serve caramel-covered apples on such a large scale that it will be efficient if not necessary for you to purchase a machine built for that sole purpose. It will not be enough to simply have a pot for melted caramel and bowls for toppings. Those implements could have other uses around the kitchen, too. No, you need Nostalgia Electrics's Caramel and Apple Candy Maker.

It's one of 37 ridiculously specific kitchen gadgets rounded up by BuzzFeed. Most of them have some utility, such as a s'more-making machine and an outdoor espresso set. But it's hard to imagine needing them so often as to justify the purchase, let alone the counter space.

-via Home Geekonomics





Hench 4 Life - The Monarch's Minions

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Hench 4 Life by Kgullholmen

Some people shoot for the moon, meaning they decide to blow up the moon and become the greatest super villain in the world, but for some there's nothing better than the life of a henchman. Aside from the occasional atomic accident or beheading by Brock Samson the life of a henchman is a pretty cushy one, and you get to wear a fun costume to work every day! But before you decide to go hench heed this warning- those bros Hank and Dean are not what they seem...

Declare your allegiance to geekdom with this Hench 4 Life t-shirt by Kgullholmen, I venture it'll make your fellow fans grin with delight!

Visit Kgullholmen's Facebook fan page, official website, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more action packed designs:

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Ooh La La: Vintage Photos of Flight Attendants in their Uniforms

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These days, they're called flight attendants, they wear buttoned up, full coverage outfits like suits and they're the mouthpiece of The People With the Cuffs on Terra Firma. But way back when, they were breezy, done up and scantily clad to lure passengers aboard with the tantalizing promise of deep dips, exotic hors-d'oeuvres and umbrella drinks.

This collection of flight attendant uniforms in the days of old show that the ladies of the sky have come a Long Way, Baby from the days when they puffed Virginia Slims in the cabin and served caviar.





Artist Creates Stunningly Detailed Images by Burning Holes in Paper with Incense Sticks

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Jihyun Park, an artist from South Korea, has a novel approach to pointillism. He burns holes in rice paper with lit incense sticks. When backlit, his works display amazingly rich images of clouds, landscapes, and trees. Park explains:

After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings.

You can see more examples of his work at the Drawing Center.

-via Visual News





Firehouse Cats

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But you got to force the last door, let MEow do this one!! #forcingdoors #teamwork #letMEowdoit

A photo posted by Boogie (@midtownboogiefdny) on Jan 21, 2015 at 6:43pm PST

You might associate Dalmatian dogs with fire departments, and indeed they are traditional. But if a pet is going to actually live in a firehouse, a cat will keep the mice away and doesn’t need to be walked. A couple of cats who live in New York City firehouses have their own Instagram accounts. Boogie, shown above, is in Manhattan at Ladder 24. Carlow, below, lives at Tower Ladder 13 in Yorkville.

Sexy Saturday! #damnimgoodlooking #sexyandiknowit #yourewelcomeladies

A photo posted by Carlow (@carlow_fdny_cat) on Jan 24, 2015 at 6:22pm PST

Both cats have avid followings, and even cross-post each other’s pictures sometimes. They are both loyal FDNY employees who are treated well -spoiled, even! -via Laughing Squid





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