Archive for the ‘the sea’ Category

Today’s Tom Sawyer, He Gets High On You

December 16th, 2010 by frankie23

Oh, man, now this is the way I want to spend my post-zombie-apocalypse days… Gently sailing down the river, clockin’ zombies in the head from the safety of my giant fucking boat. Make sure you click on the image to see this thing in it’s full, grand beauty. The SS Huckleberry, winner of the 2010 Zombie Safe House Competition, (I didn’t even know such a thing existed!) is secure, has it’s own food production facilities, and is powered by diesel fuel made from decomposing undead! I mean, how wonderful is that? You stay alive, healthy, and your carbon footprint is vastly reduced! There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about that.

Tom Sawyer, Zombie Destroyer: Riverboat Designed To Survive Zombie Apocalypse [Geekologie]


Put The Cephalapod In The Coconut, Close It All Up…

December 14th, 2009 by frankie23


For years, it has been thought that Man alone (and okay, maybe a few birds/simians/mammals) used tools. Essentially though, creatures with spines. Alas, tentacled doom has revealed itself anew with the news that a certain species of octopus has been found to carry around halved coconut shells which it then uses as body armour when it feels threatened. From New Scientist:

When the octopuses come across these on the seabed, they drape their bodies over and around the shells, hollow-side up, leaving their eight arms dangling over the edges.

The octopuses then lift the shells by making their arms rigid, before tiptoeing away in a manoeuvre Finn calls stilt-walking.

When the octopuses feel threatened, they flip the half shells over themselves and hide. Some even use two shells to create a more spacious shelter with an opening through which they can keep a lookout.

Well, you know what this means. First, they build protection, then the weapons. Next thing you know, Ol’ Uncle Cthulhu has an army where every soldier has us at a two-to-one limb disadvantage. I dunno about you, but I’m going to go source some octopus-spray…

Octopus Uses Coconut Shells as Portable Armor [, via New Scientist]

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Fishmen”

February 24th, 2009 by frankie23

I hate it when people say they don’t like musicals. Mostly because, especially amongst those I hang out with, they immediately confess to loving The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of course they do, who doesn’t? Eventually you can then pry out of them that they do in fact like other musicals, such as Little Shop Of Horrors, that one episode of Buffy, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. So, in the spirit of singing something instead of just saying it, I present to you Fishmen, a musical version of the H.P. Lovecraft classic, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, produced by the always amazing H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Honestly, I was a little doubtful that they could cram the entirety of the story into one minute and thirty-eight seconds, but by Jove they did, and it’s pretty damn slick. There’s some fine effects work, some disgusting Deep Ones, and a jaunty tune to take you along one man’s voyage of sickening self-discovery. Please, enjoy, and remember, you never quite know where you came from, until you go look!

Why Didn’t Gershwin Do This? [kali921, via warren_ellis]

Water Monster Vs. Japan

January 28th, 2008 by frankie23


Okay, maybe it’s just a hologram projected over a fountain, but damn, isn’t it pretty? This is a Japanese promotion for The Water Horse, a new Disney movie about some Loch Ness Monster type of critter. Yes, it’s a giant, animated holographic projection of a water monster. I dunno, I saw the commercials and just couldn’t get over how crappy the CGI looked. However, this is way neater. The holographic technology was apparently developed by Disney years ago for their theme parks; I’ve never heard of it before, but it’s sure spiffy. The way it moves! Be sure to follow the link below for video footage!

Cool Stuff: Holographic Water Monster Invades Japan [/Film]

Pirate-Themed PC Accessories

January 23rd, 2008 by frankie23

I know the pirate thing is about done to death right now, happily making way for sweet, sweet steampunk to rise in its place in the hipster underground, but these johnny-come-lately speakers still manage to get my heart all a-flutter with coolness.


I mean, really, you can see how badass they are, yes? I especially love the eerie inner blue glow. Frankly, I’m a sucker for things that glow blue, but what can you do? I’d feel the need to mod them up a bit, make them look more like religio-magical artifacts than just plain ol’ skulls, but they’re still pretty damn cool. Even better, there’s a matching webcam!


I’m really loving the webcam. It looks more like a piece of background scenery for someone’s tropical fishtank, but there’s something Sailor Jerry about it that I love, a slightly camp feel to it. Plus, that skeleton on the far right looks hella pissed off with the snaketail around his neck. Unfortunately, these pretty little items are out of my price range for aesthetically pleasing yet horribly impractical PC accessories, but feel free to pick yourself up a pair. Feel even more free to get two, and send one set to me. ;)

Skull Speakers and Skull Webcam [, via technabob]

Arr, me lads!

September 19th, 2007 by frankie23

In honour of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and as an educational tool, we’re happy to present to you, courtesy of the Taolodge, a Lohn John Silver soundboard, consisting of clips from the 1958 Disney version of Treasure Island, a pirate classic no matter who you are. Arr!

Long John Silver Soundboard [Taoloadge]

Giant Isopod (Great Big Bug)

September 6th, 2007 by frankie23


Woweee. After seeing this big fucker, I’m never, eeeever stepping on a pillbug again, in fear that their giant brethren will scuttle up from the sea and strike me dead. Like, seriously, that’s creepy. Reminds me of this nightmare I had as a child, of giant armoured creatures clawing at the blinds of my bedroom. Ick.

Deep-Sea Giant Isopod from Coda’s Flickrstream, via bioephemera