Archive for 2008

Seven Deadly Sins for Kids

Posted in Books, vintage with tags , on November 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Here is a remarkably non-threatening series of vintage illustrations designed to instruct children about the dangers of the seven deadly sins.

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Pornography makes angels cry:
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Angels also weep for the slothful:
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I’m not sure why the girl in the patchwork dress appears *stunned* at Little Ms. Pride. At any rate, the squirrel is amused.
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For the remaining sins, go to Rev Guzman’s flickr set.

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Minimiam

Posted in food, photography, sculpture with tags , , on November 16, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The Minimiam site opens with the line “Who hasn’t dreamt of diving in thick chocolate mousse?”

Indeed.

These delightful food landscapes, populated with miniature figures, are the work of Akiko Ida and Pierre Javelle.

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I had a fantastic time browsing the edible terrains and their hard working, intrepid inhabitants.

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Sometimes…I wanted to trade places with them…
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Yum

Save the Axolotl

Posted in creatures, sea with tags , on November 15, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

The Mexican Axolotl is endangered due to city expansion infringing on their natural habitat, and this is quite a travesty.

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Here are a few amazing facts about this adorable creature:

1) He never grows out of the larval phase of development (retaining his gills, fins and beady eyes), and breathes primarily through his gills and skin.

2) He has healing and regeneration abilities that scientists only wish they could decode and duplicate, making him an incredibly valuable subject of study.

3) He is neotenous, a.k.a evolutionarily backward, progressing from land to water in true punk rock defiance of nature.

4) Ironically, one of the most popular translations of the name connects the Axolotl to the god of deformations and death, Xolotl. But the most commonly accepted translation is “water-dog.”

5) He is rumored to have an exceedingly sweet disposition (of course! Just look at him!).

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For further reading, I actually like this site better than the Wiki link.

Smile

Posted in photography, vintage with tags , on November 15, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Ah, the days before Photoshop, when clever arrangement made all the difference.

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For the record, I could not do this in Photoshop…I know nothing about the program.

Anna P. Smith

Posted in robots, sculpture with tags , on November 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

It’s been too long since I’ve featured some robots, so I bring you Anna P. Smith’s gear-laden creatures, constructed from broken machines and electronics.

She does some traditional creatures…
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And some anatomical anomalies…
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Have a look at her gallery. Wonderful stuff!

Jeremy Forson

Posted in art with tags on November 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

Since I’m such a compulsive scavenger of art, I’m greatly appreciative when someone calls my attention to an artist I’ve not yet seen. So thanks to agmac for introducing me to the work of Jeremy Forson.

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Browsing through his work you’ll find zombies, eye-catching collages, tattoos, shirts, etc. He gives a new slant to traditional comic-style art, and is fantastically hard to describe.

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Have a look at his site or Flickr page.

Next Theme Week?

Posted in audience participation, poll with tags , on November 14, 2008 by shewalkssoftly

So far, I’ve done Potion Week and Thrift Horror Week.

Soon, I’d like to tackle a new topic so I’ve listed a few among the countless ideas swirling in my head. I’d love your help choosing one!

Or leave your own idea in the comments. Thanks!