Sunday, 31 July 2011

Simply Charly

Today's featured store/gallery is SIMPLY CHARLY . Quoting directly from their profile & the 'about me' section it says "SimplyCharly.com is an educational suite of websites for students and teachers that brings to life, in a compelling and engaging manner, some of the world's most prominent historical figures". The artwork on the site is superb. The caricatures are absolutely spot on & feature a wide selection of famous figures from all walks of life. I have posted a few that made me smile here:





Saturday, 30 July 2011

Solar System Simulator

Now this is fun to play with. Very simple looking but if you get things right it's fascinating stuff. Trajectory, Speed & Mass all come into play here. Proper physics at a  visually base level. No sound...just balls of different sizes. You will need to make sure that you have ADOBE FLASH PLAYER version 10.0.0 or greater installed though. Anyway here's the link so you can create your own universe:- SOLAR SYSTEM SIMULATOR
Have fun!


Hidden Realms

Today's featured store is HIDDEN REALMS. I don't know anything about the person behind the store at all but I do know that the artwork on display is an incredible step into a world of fantasy. As soon as I looked through this store I was reminded of artists that I love when I was younger. Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud & Alan Lee all sprang to mind & if any artwork makes me think of them then it's up there with the best. Once you start to browse around you'll be greeted by Mermaids, Fairies & Mythical Creatures all exquisitely drawn & painted leaving you with a sense of wonderment. Some of the artwork is quite breathtaking, it's a joy to behold.If you don't go & have a look you are seriously missing out on something.



Thursday, 28 July 2011

Celestia - A Home Planetarium

Many of you out there will probably have Google Earth on your system, those that haven't will at least have heard of it. I was surprised to discover an outer space equivalent called CELESTIA  ... I'd never heard of it before but am pleased that I came across it whilst surfing 'the net'. Basically it's a planetarium that you install on your PC (or Mac) but it's a planetarium with a difference. Normally you sit in a room (in the dark...wicked) and look up at the wonders of the Universe being projected about whilst being accompanied by Pink Floyd (you usually get a bad neck at the same time too). CELESTIA still lets you do it the traditional way (without the big projections & bad neck though) but it also takes you on a journey through the cosmos & the infinities of space. It's quite an amazing experience. You can tell it where to take you, see constellations from a different perspective and fly out to the planets. It also has real time tracking installed in it so it knows where the ISS (International Space Station) is at any given time. I have spent hours playing around with it and it's certainly worth checking out.

Listverse

Ever wanted to bore the whatsits out of people at parties? Well here's your chance. LISTVERSE is a treasure trove of useless information all handily set out in different lists. The hardest part is remembering stuff to bore people with...

TOP 10 LISTS - LISTVERSE

Caroline Dy's Art Shop

Today's featured store has some wonderful artwork in it by Caroline Dy who lives in the Philippines. She has a wonderful cartoon style & draws her 'girls' with real character. CAROLINE DY'S ART SHOP has just four categories in it but each one has delights to discover. The categories are :- New Products, Jungle Girl, Sexy Girls & Vector Ladies, I've posted an image from each of the four categories here:






Your Personal Eclipse

Here's a neat little on-line toy to play with. Ever fancied being able to create your own eclipse? Well...now you can. Put your mouse / pointer on the black disk & move it over the 'Sun' as you wish. I think this is a pretty wicked way to waste some time...



PERSONAL ECLIPSE

The Future of Flight?

I'd like to fly around the world in one of these. The problem I have with it is that these sort of predictions are great at the time but normally you find by the time you get to the year 2035 (or whenever it's meant to happen) it's nothing like what they said it would be, the 1950's house of the future springs to mind. Well, I hope they are right with this predictive bit of film 'cos it looks well wicked.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Al Rio Art

Right...here's the second featured store of the day. As promised this gallery also relies heavily on the pin ups of yesteryear but owes an awful lot to the modern day cartoon styling that you often see in adult comic books. You certainly won't be disappointed looking through this store. AL RIO ART is chock full of cartoon lovelies from all walks of life. There are Army, Navy & Military pin ups. Cavewoman, Cheerleader & Pirate pin ups. There are also the pin ups you would expect to see like Nurses, Business Woman & Lingerie etc. The standard of artwork is incredibly high, each image must have taken ages to create. So pop on over to have a look around and enjoy the talent on display that is AL RIO ART. Once again I'll leave you with a few images...



Hellcat Honeys

It's somewhat of a double feature today as I am going to shout about two stores. Both these stores feature some wonderful artwork of rather saucy ladies...all done in the best possible taste of course so no worries there.

The first store featured today is the delightfully named HELLCAT HONEYS / MODERN PINUPS. Their products cover any occasion but specialise in Birthdays & the Holiday Season. Most of the artwork in the store is created using  flat, clean, vector artwork. The poses & shapes the 'girls' throw are very reminiscent of the traditional 1950's pin ups that we've all seen from time to time. What really captivated me though was the other section in the store...the NON PIN-UP ART. I found myself looking at the images for a very long time, wondering just how they were created. There's a very (for want of a better description) 'nylon stocking' / netting look to the images. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like them before. They are quite simply...exquisite!


Do go & have a look for yourselves. It's certainly worth it. Here's a few sample images to wet your appetite.





Empire Strikes Back In Stormtrooper Row

Quotes from news.sky.com :-


"A prop designer who has been selling replica Star Wars Stormtrooper helmets has lost a copyright dispute with creator George Lucas."


but...

"On Wednesday judges ruled that the helmets were not works of sculpture meaning the prop designer is still allowed to sell them in his shop but cannot export them to the US."
Full story here (with a great pic of a helmet in court):-  Stormtrooper Row - Sky News

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary

"Ok..." I hear you cry "what on earth is a Yowayowa when it's at home?". Well it's funny you should ask that because I have no idea at all. Well I didn't have until I read the 'About' section in Natsumi's on line photographic diary. Apparently "Yowayowa" is Japanese (as is Natsumi) for "Weak" or "Feeble". An odd choice of name for her website as the subject of each & every photograph she takes is...LEVITATION! Yup...you read that right, Natsumi takes levitation photographs...& then she posts them for all to see. I would have loved to have posted a couple of her photographs here but didn't want to infringe on copyrights nor harm what she's trying to do as it's far better to browse through her site anyway. So without much further ado here's the link to Natsumi's wonderfully strange & captivating world of Levitational photographs :- YOWAYOWA CAMERA WOMAN DIARY 

You can also find her on Twitter here :- NATSUMI

'Water Displacement No.40'

'Water Displacement No.40' ...The product began from a search for rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts. It was created in 1953 by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company and its name comes from the project that was to find a 'water displacement' compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40 was born. The Convair Company bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts.

And it....

  1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
  2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
  3. Cleans and lubricates guitar 20 strings.
  4. Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without making them slippery.
  5. Keeps flies off cows.
  6. Restores and cleans blackboards.
  7. Removes lipstick stains.
  8. Loosens stubborn zips.
  9. Untangles jewelry chains.
  10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
  11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
  12. Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
  13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
  14. Keeps glass shower screens free of water spots.
  15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
  16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
  17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in homes.
  18. It removes black scuff marks from the kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harmthe finish and you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
  19. Dead insects will eat away the finish on your car if not removed quickly! Use WD-40!
  20. Gives a children's playground gym slide a 20 shine for a super fast slide.
  21. WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
  22. Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash. Presto! The lipstick is gone!
  23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
  24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
  25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
  26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
  27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
  28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
  29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
  30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
  31. Removes splattered grease on stove.
  32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
  33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
  34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
  35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
  36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
  37. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some counties .
  38. Use it for gnat bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.

P.S. The basic ingredient is FISH OIL.

Dead Island Zombies to Attack PlayStation Home

Full undead story available at Co-Optimus :- DEAD ISLAND ZOMBIES

Dirty White Shirt

Well today is looking like it's going to be a rather dark & gloomy one. The sky has turned into dull gray tracing paper & the clouds are looking like they are building up to something nasty. Oh well....

...Today I bring you warped & wicked delights from DIRTY WHITE SHIRT . I found this store a few years back & the artwork still makes me chuckle in a naughty way to this day! There'a lot of hack 'n' slash throughout but it's all been done in a very childish way which is why it's so appealing . They seem to take delight in destroying various creatures from within the animal Kingdom but somehow or other it still makes me smile! So take a look & grin your way around...it's great!







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Hello folks...me again! Here's a new deal from those nice people over at Zazzle.com. The Zazzle Black program is an exclusive membership program that gives you FREE standard shipping or 2-day shipping to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii, and exclusive discounts on Zazzle products. They have two amazing programs for you to choose from:

  1. Zazzle Black Satandard :- One year of unlimited FREE standard shipping on all orders for qualifying products to the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. Access to exclusive sales and discounts. Normally there's a $9.95 annual fee, but they want you to try it for 30 days for free! Sign up now for a one-month free trial and enjoy FREE standard shipping on any order you place for a 30-day period. Sign up now and your Zazzle Black trial starts instantly! How cool is that!
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    How to fold a shirt.

    Well there's a thing! I am always getting in a knot & making a complete mess of things when I try to fold my t-shirts up (string vests are worse!). This Chinese lady makes it look like a magic trick. I've not had a go at it yet but I have a feeling that most of tomorrow will be spent with me practicing this one. Cool or what!

    Monday, 25 July 2011

    A Strange Store Indeed...

    Ooh have I got marvelously dark a treat for you all! I recently discovered an artist called Paul Stickland and he creates wonderfully dark worlds & creatures. His store is called STRANGE STORE & it's full of Trolls, Black Cats & other dark delights! Obviously I am a big fan of his work (I think it's wicked) so I thought I'd share it with you & let you take a walk through his blackened world too. You can also find Mr Stickland  on Twitter & the brand spanking new Google+







    The Batmobile 'Lives' - A dailymail.co.uk article

    Is there nothing that can't be done! I love this story but it does make me think there's someone out there who needs to get out more. Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you the world's first road-legal Batmobile!

    An aspiring racing driver has created the world's first road-legal jet turbine powered Batmobile in Ohio, U.S - which can reach speeds of 180mph. Here's the link for the full story plus pictures of the machine itself!: BATMOBILE LIVES!

    Horror & Gothic Collection

    Ok, here's my first proper post in my new blog of darkness. Exciting isn't it! I thought I'd start things of by featuring a store by Amanda Norman. Ms Norman has helped me out a few times so I thought it only proper (and good manners) to let you all know about her HORROR & GOTHIC COLLECTION. Her store has Zombie, Vampire & Werewolf products in it. They are pretty dark & wicked. Where else could you buy a Zombie iPhone4 case or a Bogeyman 'Get Well Soon' card? He he he. Anyway pop on over to Ms Norman's store & take a look at her macabre world...it's chock full of spookiness.





    Sunday, 24 July 2011

    Welcome.

    Howdy doody bloggy people. This is my new DARK (ish) blog. I am hoping to share thoughts, ideas and knowledge with you all but mainly I am hoping to introduce you to some great artwork, photography and stores. To start you off I thought I'd give you a free DARK DEREK wallpaper, click on the image above then right click and 'save as'. Cool innit!