9 posts tagged Broken
9 posts tagged Broken
Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds learned about a very special place where broken dolls and teddy bears are made whole again. Called the Doll Hospital, it’s located on a busy suburban street in the south part of Sydney, Australia. Here skilled “doll surgeons” have been administering vital medical attention to beloved children’s toys since 1913. These tenderhearted sawbones can mend just about any toy, be it plastic, porcelain or plush, contemporary or antique, big or small. As far as these specialists are concerned, no toy is beyond help.
"We’re one of the last ones that does everything, when it comes to dolls, there’s very few that are capable of that sort of work," said Geoff Chapman, 67 and "surgeon-in-chief" at the family-run business his father started more than a century ago.
"We’ve had customers who’ve burst into tears" when they saw the treasured doll or teddy as good as new, he said.
Australian photographer Jason Reed visited the Doll Hospital to document the good work and medical miracles that’ve take place there every day for over 100 years. In the hands of the hospital’s skilled staff, toys that are admitted looking like sadly forgotten junk leave shiny and new, restored to their original glory. To date the hospital has restored over three million dolls, teddy bears, rocking horses and wheeled toys belonging to children in Australia and New Zealand.
This awesome Christmas tree can be found right here in Seattle. A clever and clearly quite playful gentleman named Patrick Kruger cut the top of his Christmas Tree and attached it to his roof, effectively creating the illusion that his tree had broken through the ceiling and roof of his home.
“I built the prop using a quarter sheet of plywood, sheathing and spare roofing tile,” said Kruger. “I then bought a 14-foot tree and cut the top 6 feet off and mounted it to the prop. The first attempt was blown off the roof, so I bolted it down with the help of my buddy, Scott Douglas.”
Patrick Kruger, the Geyser of Awesome salutes you!
This fantastic Humpty Dumpty puppet was created by Mark James Porter. The detail is just awesome. We love the letters and numbers carefully painted inside poor Humpty’s broken eggshell head.
If you like Humpty even half as much as we do, we recommend taking a moment to check out the incredible box that Mark made for him as well.
[via Super Punch]
Aerial is an awesome new site-specific installation created by Baptiste Debombourg (previously) at an old Benedictine monastery called Brauweiler Abbey near Cologne, Germany. Debombourg used numerous sheets of shattered laminate glass to mimic a frothy flood of water rushing into a room. Remarkably beautiful work. We wish we could view it in person. See more of Aerial by clicking on the thumbnails here.
Lifehacker assembled an awesome and pretty thorough post of geeky computer-oriented April Fool’s Day pranks. Here are a few of our favourites:
"If you’re short on time, a quick wallpaper switch can provide for a few funny moments. From the classic cracked screen wallpaper [which is the top image you see here] to the horrifying iOS 3 on your iPad, you have quite a few choices at your disposal. Another favorite is to take a screenshot of their desktop, set it as the desktop, and then hide their icons and taskbar. Everything will look normal, but nothing will respond to any mouse clicks. Alternatively, you can take a screenshot of their desktop, set it as their wallpaper, move some icons around, and take another screenshot. Repeat until you have a very cluttered desktop, with only a few icons that actually work!”
"Microsoft has gotten in on the joy of pranking and provided a very realistic, platform-detecting screensaver that mimics the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.”
"Another oldie-but-a-goodie is to install a VNC client on your coworker’s computer, then control it from your own—they’ll have no idea why the mouse is moving by itself, starting up applications, and typing creepy messages on their screen. You can control both Windows PCs with VNC and Macs with TightVNC. If you’re both on Macs, you can just use OS X’s built-in remote access settingto do the same thing.”
"A popular April Fools’ geek trick is changing the autocorrect on your friend’s copy of Microsoft Word, so that when they type common words like "the", they get something else. This can be a long humorous phrase, a misspelling ("teh"), or even changing all their question marks to exclamation points. This is easy enough to do in Word by going to Tools > Autocorrect Options, but if you can install some extra software on their computer, using a text expander could provide all day long hilarity, since it will change those words in all applications, not just Word.”
Visit Lifehacker for even more awesome geeky April Fool’s Day pranks.