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Desktop Goodies 8/24

Posted in absurd, anthropomorphic, Books, cats, comics, humor, illustration, nature, puppets, robots, sci-fi with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been looking at a lot of historical nautical maps lately. What maps lacked in accuracy 500 years ago, they sure made up for with extravagant design. I’d be pretty thrilled if this guy showed up on my GPS.
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Sadly, it’s pretty clear that “solitudes” has a double meaning here.
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I don’t think this is what she meant by “Calgon, take me away!”
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Actually, he said you guys were more like acquaintances. Just sayin’.
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Breathtaking…
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DY-NO-MITE! Actual mites, I mean.
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You mean cats can saw wood and build things while mine have been eating and sleeping all day? Freaking freeloaders.
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Speaking of cats…
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That new fertilizer did wonders for the harvest.
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Ugh. One of those evenings.
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This requires careful planning.
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I stared at this for like five minutes in a futile attempt to decide which one is creepier.
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Kevin Hauff

Posted in art, robots with tags , on February 26, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

Sometimes I’ll like an artist but, having absolutely no official background in art, I’m at a loss to describe a particular style. Kevin Hauff is one such artist.

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For those a bit more familiar with artistic terminology, how would you describe this style?

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Bombz N Roses: Tom Servo

Posted in art, film, geek, robots, sci-fi with tags , , , , on September 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My fellow MST3K fans, check out this awesome Tom Servo print, brand new from Bombz N Roses.

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I love the style of this piece. I wouldn’t mind a little space traveling Servo gracing the walls of my home.

Desktop Goodies: 2/4

Posted in 80's, absurd, advertising, anatomy, anthropomorphic, art, Books, humor, medicine, oddities, robots, sea, skulls and skeletons, taxidermy, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

You’re being welcomed into this post by anthropomorphic hotdog with breasts.
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As far as I can tell, this is a real vintage ad. Probably one of the most jaw-dropping examples I’ve seen.
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Imagine this is what you’re really standing on.
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I prefer my tables without testicles.
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Don’t miss the other title by this author on the bottom.
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For “elegant women of refinement and taste.”
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Just your average note-wielding mouse on a lobster.
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I’m not sure what’s going on here. Is this a medical assistance device? Unless it’s equipped with some sort of pulley mechanism to lift bodies in need, I see very little purpose for lying on something LESS comfortable, a few inches above something designed for lying on.
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And now, in today’s installment of unappealing instructional material…Meet the man who can tell you how to lick pimples.
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Haunted…
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In conclusion, cats are the cure for everything.
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Death and the Robot

Posted in animation, death, film, robots, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched an animated short film about Death and a Robot. In this vignette, death is a lady…

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She meets a robot who longs to experience the world (and thus unplugs his power source to venture out).
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Together they transform a bare, grim cemetery into a beautiful garden.
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But Death does not know the robot is dying, and she blames herself when he ceases to function. In his memory, she tends to the beauty they created together.

It’s such a lovely film. Watch the whole thing here:

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B-Movie Monsters Carrying Dames

Posted in absurd, film, monsters, robots, sci-fi, space, vintage with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Pinterest can be a source of wonderful image collections. Case in point: B-Movie Monsters Carrying Dames.

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I actually had to stop collecting images with this theme long ago because it is entirely TOO prevalent. In bygone days of cinema, many a women fainted limply in the arms of a fantastical creature.

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See many more here.

Cannot type/talk due to severe illness (all words courtesy of voice software or kind typing helpers)…I read and appreciate all comments…Apologies for not being able to respond.

Hye Yeon Nam: Please Smile

Posted in automata, installations, robots, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on June 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

What an interesting interactive installation…

From the website:
Please Smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewer’s facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer, five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with a robot.

Audiences interact with “Please smile” in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position, which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as “Please smile,” I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.

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Desktop Goodies 6/19

Posted in absurd, Books, comics, home, kitsch, monsters, oddities, photography, robots, vintage, wedding with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

GalenaLarkin created this fabulous alien in the style of Lisa Frank (boy, that brings me back!).

How about some valuable instruction from yesteryear?

I have a feeling even if I read this book, it wouldn’t work.

Oh, this is dangerous territory.

And speaking of…

Let’s start with the myriad pathologies of the cover model.

Love this.

…and this.

So THIS is how wives are made!

Speaking of, if I ever get married, forget those cheesy “Bride” T-shirts girls wear at wedding showers (etc.), I want THIS shirt (ironically, this level of geekiness probably diminishes my chances of “pair bonding” in the first place).

And if marriages don’t work, there’s always this guy.

Let’s get our Jesus on, folks! No…I meant literally.

Failed sales pitch for DoubleMint Gum:

All I have to say to this sculpture: get out of my dreams, get into my house!

So let’s look at other lovely home goods (I wish I had more info here). Nice little accent piece:

For the china cabinet:

While an amazing illusion, I suspect this wall decal could be mildly terrifying to some children:

Outdoor trimmings for my fellow introverts:

Why wasn’t this mass produced?

Does anyone have info on this piece? I find it fascinating that conjoined ceramics exist.

More soon…and remember:

Desktop Goodies

Posted in absurd, advertising, anatomy, art, candy coated nightmares, craft, decay, easter, fashion, halloween, humor, illustration, jewelry, monsters, nature, robots, satire, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s start with a little faux vintage science, shall we?

Yes. Please.

I think this cat-erpillar is on my craft to-do list now. You can make it move in many kinds of ways.

Just your average post-Easter bunny mass suicide (nice work decorating the seasonal isle, guys):

Best weather forecast ever:

You know it’s spring when the Chevys start blooming again.

Grandfather of the Michelin Man

If the Sears portrait studio offered this, I would totally get in front of a camera.

A quizzical little Max Ernst piece:

Excellent ad:

Love this…

Truly amazing top hat idea:

I’d be reluctant to buy these for the sheer amount of lacing required, but this custom painted pair is quite a work of art.

Cute crafty robot:

Perfect for Halloween season (or anytime, really):

Clock for the guest room, to make folks feel welcome:

Does anyone know the origin story of this ice cream truck?

If you haven’t heard, divorce rings are becoming…a thing, proving once again that no human milestone…however brutal…can’t be commodified.

Nice…

This has come up on a few favorite blogs now…

Exquisite.

Ghostly beautiful…

An amazing collaboration between Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli, circa 1938:

And Jesus rides in on a unicorn to save the day…

Marie Antoinette’s royal beauty regimen was far less time consuming after her loss…

Desktop Goodies 1/23

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, comics, creatures, dolls, fashion, humor, introvert, meat, robots, science, sculpture, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

This has come up in about 5 of the blogs I typically follow…so Cyborg Gorbachev is really asking to be posted.

If I were a few inches tall, this would be my preferred mode of transportation.

Amazing doll concept by Ali Gulec:

These life-like Beavis and Butt-Head statues having been making the Internet rounds as well. Wonderful job crafting a photorealistic and rather horrifying vision of these two, Kevin Kirkpatrick. See a few more shots here.

Why I love being an introvert:

On a related note, I think this would make great club wear for introverts. It really sends the right message if one is not in the mood for human interaction: Come one step closer and I will BITE you!

Finally, the trendy luxury toward which I harbor an extreme distaste finds a home in serial killer apparel. THIS, I like.

I’m with you, Neil!

Fatal Attraction had NOTHING on this:

Bear with me for a moment of extreme adorableness…

And speaking of cats, take a look at what I always pretty much assumed would be my own future (everybody knows it’s not official until facebook says so…this is the real deal):

Ohhhh-kay, so I’ll admit that I only envision myself in a relationship with one or two cats. I’m about quality, not quantity.

Now we come to the portion of this blog post where I try to avoid making a pun about something being “fishy” here…

Usually at least one of my Desktop Goodies will launch me into utter confusion. Today’s baffling example (caption, anyone?):

…and by “Projection Equipment” they mean her brassiere:

Ladies, I’ll leave you with this romantic gift idea: raw meat.