488 posts tagged Awesome
488 posts tagged Awesome
The Department of Awesome Parenting just got even more awesome thanks to the ongoing efforts of an inspired pair of artist parents in the Kirby family. Every single day they decorate napkins for their two sons’ school lunches with an endless parade of characters from movies, comics, cartoons, and some fantastic character mashups as well.
"The napkin images are shared at lunch with their friends and teachers. The napkins are themed to the happenings in or around all of lives."
The images you see here are just a small sampling of their illustrated napkins. Follow them here on Tumblr for a complete gallery and to keep up with each new creation.
Super Awesome Postcard Book - This book contains 30 of the most awesome postcards ever produced. In fact, we dare to call them SUPER AWESOME! Picturing everything from boxing kangaroos to daredevils to spontaneous combustion, they are guaranteed to get attention (or confusion if your friends are lame) when you send them. You can see a tour of it here.
Natural wonder + rare weather phenomenon = Super Awesome
On Friday, November 29th the Grand Canyon was completely filled by a stunning layer of fog. In some of the photos it appears as though you’re looking at the edge of the world. This awesome occurrence was the result of a temperature inversion:
An inversion happens when cold air is trapped near the surface of the earth by warmer air above. Humidity in the cooler air creates the fog. While most only fill up parts of the canyon, it’s rare to see the entire canyon enveloped in a sea of clouds.
As the Grand Canyon National Park Facebook page stated, “Rangers wait for years to see it. Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all!”
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more shots of this magnificent meteorological event.
Behold one of the most awesomely tentacular sights ever captured on video. You may think you’re looking at an alien, but this is an extraordinarily rare glimpse of a deep-sea cephalopod known as the Bigfin Squid from the family Magnapinnidae. It was caught on camera in 2007 by a Shell Oil Company ROV at a depth of 2386 meters (roughly 1.5 miles) at the Perdido oil drilling site down in the Gulf of Mexico. This fantastic image is a composite created using the haunting ROV video footage. (Click here to watch the original video.)
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them.
They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
DevinSuperTramp filmed this awesome parkour video of Chris Romwell cosplaying as a character from the forthcoming Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag while skillfully free-running throughout the recent 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. As you watch the video you may notice that, thanks to Comic-con being such an notoriously wild and bustling event, barely anyone even turns their head as this costumed figure runs, jumps, flips, and tumbles over and past them. For them it appears to be just another (completely awesome) day at Comic-con.
[via Fashionably Geek]
Dark Roasted Blend recently assembled an impressive collection of Extremely Weird Bus Stops & Shelters. Our favourites include the fabulous disco bus stop, kawaii fruit and fish-shaped bus stops (that are, of course, located in Japan), a hungry bunny bus shelter (caught in the act of devouring two ladies oblivious to their peril, and the ferocious great white shark bench in Bangkok, Thailand (previously featured here).
Visit Dark Roasted Blend to view many more strange and wonderful bust stops.
Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada and his team created this awesomely massive work of public art, entitled WISH, as part of the Belfast Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland as part of the. Depicting an anonymous girl from Belfast on 11 acres of land, the image is so large that it can only be viewed the highest points in the city or, even better, from an airplane.
"Several years in the making, WISH was first plotted on a grid using state-of-the-art Topcon GPS technology and 30,000 manually placed wooden stakes in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The portrait was then “drawn” with aid of volunteers who helped place nearly 8 million pounds of natural materials including soil, sand, and rock over a period of four weeks. Rodríguez-Gerada says of the endeavor.”
We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
It’s easy to presume that ferocious creatures like the Krampus and Perchta wouldn’t have time for romance, what with the seemingly endless supply of naughty children out there in need of tormenting and devouring.
But this awesome photo, taken by Redditor Kos_Kun during their morning commute on the subway in Vienna, Austria, appears to prove otherwise. Even folkloric beasts enjoy a tender nuzzle now and then.
Here we go again, but don’t worry, we were fooled too: You think you’re looking at beautifully staged and lit photographs, but these still lifes are absolutely not photos, they’re painstakingly-rendered paintings. They’re the work of Vankleek Hill, Ontario-based artist Jason de Graaf, whose astonishing hyperrealistic still life paintings truly defy belief.
The artist focuses on every extreme detail to create realistic depth in layers of crisp reflections. With a steady hand and a strong vision, he produces a new reality based on his own imagination. One reviewer states, “[De Graaf] stretches depth and skews perspective ever so slightly, infusing the painting with a spectre of mystery that pushes the viewer to search for an ever-escaping point of equilibrium.”