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…lets make models…
March 20, 2011, 4:24 am
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Forget CGI Effects …lets make models…

The Volcano is made out of tile grout, cotton, and phosphorous ink. It was illuminated from within by 6-60 watt light bulbs.

More incredible model-making here and amazing videos here using Tilt-Shift photography the technique often used to create that miniature scene feel where you want to just reach in…

Tilt-shift miniature Van Gogh anyone?

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Remembering The Face – The Magazine and The Cafe
April 10, 2010, 1:46 pm
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audrey horne
March 5, 2010, 5:01 pm
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Enter here

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Keith, Pete, Keith, Rod, Ronnie, Paul, Mick
March 5, 2010, 4:03 pm
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Primitive London – discover the Flipside
February 7, 2010, 4:09 am
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The Flipside from BFI Video publishing is a set of weird and wonderful British films in high-quality editions on DVD and Blu-ray. The series is now firmly established and acclaimed, with a diverse selection of previously ‘lost’ British films – from ‘B’ movies to studio pictures and beyond. Learn more here.

Permissive features the crazy out there sounds of Comus

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….the novelty of instant life…
February 6, 2010, 12:04 pm
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I was thinking about sea monkeys today and the mysteries of life. Upon research I have learnt sea-monkeys were not what I thought they were when I looked at those ads in my comic books as a child.  They are actually a variant of brine shrimp or Artemia salina (NO!!! – you say – as I did – they are  real sea monkeys!), but alas they are a species which enters cryptobiosis, a natural state of suspended animation, allowing their cysts (dormant saclike embryos) to be sold as a dry powder. When the powder is poured into water, live shrimp appear within hours, and can grow up to an adult length of 2 centimeters within one year. Thus to my amazement as a child the novelty of “instant” life

Harold von Braunhut is someone I would like to get to know. He was an American mail-order marketer and inventor. Braunhut used comic book ads to sell an assortment of quirky products. Braunhut held 195 patent for various products, many of which became cultural icons.  Some of his products included:

X-Ray Specs – whose advertisements claim that the wearer can see through clothing and flesh.

Amazing Sea-Monkeys – Billions of the tiny creatures have been sold over the years and have generated fan websites, a television series, and a playstation game (see below). Very cool Astronaut John Glenn took 400 million “Amazing Sea-Monkeys” into space with him in 1998.


Crazy Crabs – which were not that crazy as they were just hermit crabs

Amazing Hair-Raising Monsters – a card with a printed monster that would grow “hair” (mineral crystals actually) when water was added.

and BEST OF ALL Invisible Goldfish – non-existent fish that were guaranteed to remain permanently invisible.

Buy your own sea monkeys today here

and for something a bit more contemporary…

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canadian club ad campaigns
February 6, 2010, 9:54 am
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