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Desktop Goodies 12/13

Posted in absurd, advertising, art, comics, food, humor, inspiration, meat, medicine, oddities, photography, TV, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Soon I will post some holiday goodies, but let’s see what non-celebratory things we have lurking on the desktop today…

To whet your appetite, we’ll begin with this stunning scene (about which I will refrain from commenting):

And for dessert: VITAMIN DONUTS. I believe this was once an actual product.

You can wash those donuts down with a glass of Pilk. It’s deloinkful. (This comes from the parody program “Look Around You”…which is wonderful)

And while we’re on the topic of programs (I wonder if I’ll have to deal with this in my practice someday)…

Does anyone know where this comes from? I can’t place it.

Ooh…getting ideas for future projects from this 17th century secret poison case…

Perhaps I should procure some Pink Pills for Pale People.

Kind of wish I were made of cogs, gears and wires…

Someone’s documented my party habits (except I probably wouldn’t even be drunk):

This post brought to you by Mr. Mandrake Root (wish I could remember where I got this from):



Posted in craft, kitsch, retro, robots, sculpture, vintage with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

I would like to adopt a veritable army of these Fobots (found object robots). They’ve got a delightful retro-kitsch twist.

See more in the Fobot galleries.

Stephane Halleux

Posted in retrofuturism, robots, sculpture, steampunk with tags , , , on July 28, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Stephane Halleux’s sculptures feel like retrofuturistic illustrations come to life.

I know these will be a hit with the steampunk crowd (I may have mentioned some of my conflicting feelings about that term before, so it’s not one I use often).

The oddly proportioned vehicles and chairs are splendid…

Stephane Halleaux

Anthony T.W. Myers

Posted in art, robots with tags , on July 15, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Anthony T.W. Myers is responsible for my favorite art piece of the day:

I’ve really enjoyed browsing his site and the twisted little tales his pieces tell.

There is a whole section of robot action, too.

See more here.

Desktop Goodies 5/29

Posted in absurd, anatomy, Books, comics, humor, kitsch, lighting, photography, robots with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Radio Police Automaton!

There is always a screen full of anatomical images on my desktop (and I clear them out daily!). I never know which ones to feature.

I absolutely love this model. Someone please tell me I could justify this as a neuroscience study aid.

Late 1500’s anatomical representation. Sometimes I feel like my nerves are doing this.

I’ve slacked on brushing my liver lately.

I’ve saved this photo so many times over the years just to be sure I have it.

Double the legs of the famous A Christmas Story lamp!

Natural lip line? Never heard of it!

Oh hell, just start the whole thing over…

If you need this warning…please don’t spawn.

Don’t ask…just enjoy…

A little vintage print…

*ACTION GOD* is kicking ass and taking names!

I don’t know about you, but when I think of rabbits, the first thing that comes to mind is bulging biceps and pecs. And washboard abs. Rabbits with washboard abs.

I’ve now had a number of (nonconsecutive) chuckles at the phrase “raging needs.” I have to start using it every day life. “Please give me some chocolate…I have raging needs.”

And as long as we’re on the topic of sexy ladies…how about these underthings? Ooh…sky high white acetate with insects!

I find bats in the dress more appealing than ants in the pants.

I don’t know the origins of this, but some things are probably better left unexplored (yes, that’s a monkey man).

If I were ever to send a Thanksgiving card…


Posted in anatomy, craft, robots, sculpture, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , on May 5, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

You know an artist/crafter has caught your attention when you actually go through 60 pages of flickr to see examples of work. The unbearable cuteness of Lubu’s creations just sucked me in.

I was reminded that I had Lubu bookmarked after using a bot creation in my Vintage Strongman post.

Look at this brain bot!

And X-ray bot…

Geeky bots (with cats…bonus!)…

There are bots for absolutely everyone, whether you love pop culture, geek culture, or anything in between.

Get lost in the cuteness on Flickr or Etsy.

Medical Manikins on Oobject

Posted in anatomy, dolls, humor, medicine, oddities, robots, science, sculpture with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by shewalkssoftly

Have had enough nightmares lately? Let me help you with that. Take a look at this fine medical manikin compilation on Oobject.

Ah, as natural as sitting with a real family…

My prognosis for this boy is not good…

Lest we neglect our feline companions…

See more here

Desktop Goodies 12/4

Posted in absurd, art, astronomy, comics, craft, decay, music, photography, retrofuturism, robots, vintage with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

Sweet, decaying irony…

Did you ever have one of those days when you feel like the whole universe if flipping you off?

Let this remind us…STRESS: it’s never too early to start (or perhaps this is a label, referring to the role of the child in the family unit).

Rock(in’ knit) Lobster:

Long hair and bones…I relate (by Jessica Ward).

All heads must be watered regularly.

In poor taste? Perhaps. But I think it’s pretty funny (especially on those days when shopping seems like a real chore):

Two recent posts from the fabulous Surviving Sophia Walker:

For those who have not yet seen this amazing display:

I actually saw this sign in a doctor’s office. I want this printed on a T-shirt.

“If you are grouchy, irritable or just plain mean, there will be a $10 charge for putting up with you.”

Very cool promo art for the band Dead Man’s Bones (love them!):

Retrofuturistic urban planning diagram:

Hmmm…what exactly is a gentleman to do in this scenario?

Anton Tang

Posted in installations, robots, sculpture with tags , , on August 30, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

The human tendency to anthropomorphize never gets old to me. I sit here, staring at inanimate objects, KNOWING they are inanimate…yet neurons keep firing in my brain that endow these objects with human pathos.

There’s been a trend of emotional robots surfacing around the Internet these days (I love every minute of it).

Anton Tang makes brilliant use of our inability to avoid feeling something for objects placed in human positions and situations in his series of tiny cardboard people placed around Singapore.


See many more, plus commentary in this post.

Artist site

See a descriptive post with many more examples here.

Telenoid R1 Humanoid Robot

Posted in japan, robots, technology with tags , , on August 7, 2010 by shewalkssoftly

This minimalist robot has been getting a ton of web coverage lately, so I’m going to keep this brief and take a different angle.

If you’d like to read about the actual robot and its telecommunication purposes, you can do that anywhere (or at my source).

My personal opinion is that this would make a KILLER horror and/or suspense thriller prop.

So I ask you…what kind of horror plot do YOU think it belongs in? Get creative in the comments!