Scrabble Délire: The Block Project

If you still haven’t seen the advertisement for Scrabble‘s new game, Scrabble Delirium, you should definitely watch it. I liked it despite the fact that the costumes could have been much better. But we know that they did spend time and effort on it since they decorated around 60 rooms in an empty building from scratch. Anyway, it’s fun to watch ^^

According to the Inspiration Room, “Mattel has launched Scrabble Délire in France, an enhanced version of the word game with new rules allowing for delirium. The game allows for writing words backwards, using proper names and writing a word anywhere in the grid. The new game is being promoted with a short film, “Scrabble Délire”, in which an empty apartment block becomes the source of much entertainment for a gathering crowd below. A brass band, a man in gold lycra, gorilla, pink princesses, Gulliver, a dragon, a clown, policemen, and Solo.”

Found in bigumigu, which is a pretty nice blog for turkish artists and designers.

 

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Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man

Lovely products, funny – and probably true – name. Found the “Umbrella Samurai” from one of my good friend Ceyhun’s blog. The other umbrellas are nice too. My favorite is the one on the left of the picture in the middle. (although I don’t think that that one is for sale – pout). Designed by Materious (purchase information is also available on their website).

“In Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud contends that aggressiveness is a fundamental human instinct whose inhibition is a necessary obligation of social life:

“Men are not gentle, friendly creatures wishing for love, who simply defend themselves if they are attacked, but that a powerful measure of desire for aggression has to be reckoned as part of their instinctual endowment.”

Fundamentally there is a tension between the freedom to gratify these natural desires and the conformity demanded by civilization.  What results is a muted, guilty, and ultimately a discontent populous in which the possibility of a more complete happiness has been traded for a degree of security.

Umbrellas for the Civil but Discontent Man combines a symbol of gentlemanly refinement—the full-sized, dark umbrella—with an element of more manly sword-bearing times.  The umbrellas offer brief psychological respite from the dictates of social amiability; aggressive fantasies are allowed and encouraged on the daily commute to the office.  The effete civilian’s grasp of the handle takes him into the world of the masterful samurai, the medieval barbarian, or the triumphant cavalryman.”

Guy Harvey

While zapping on the TV with my sister, we came across a news report about Guy Harvey, who was painting an sword fish with watercolors. At first I thought he was an artist very talented in using watercolors, but turns out that he was a scientist and a businessman as well. He is currently working on raising fund to save the gulf after the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. Growing up in Jamaica, Guy spent many hours fishing and diving with his father along the Island’s south coast. He was obsessed with the creatures of the sea and began drawing pictures of the many different fish he observed.Guy’s artwork can be found in art exhibits, stores, galleries, restaurants and at fishing tournaments. He makes appearances at store openings as well as public appearances for a variety of environmental causes.

Born in Lippspringe, Germany on September 16, 1955 while his father was serving as a Gunnery Officer in the British Army, Guy is a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage as his family immigrated to Jamaica in 1664. From his early inspirations, Guy’s natural gift to recreate marine life has propelled him from Professor of Marine Biology to a Wildlife Artist and Photographer. Guy initially opted for a scientific education, earning high honors in Marine Biology at Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977. He continued his formal training at the University of West Indies, where he obtained a Doctorate in Fisheries Management.

In 1985, he depicted Ernest Hemingway’s famous fishing story “The Old Man & the Sea” through a series of 44 original pen and ink drawings and displayed them at an exhibition in Jamaica. Based on the positive response he received at the show, Guy began painting full time and by 1988 was providing custom artwork for use on a variety of products. Guy began to travel the world to gain more knowledge of the habits and activities of marine wildlife. He became an avid scuba diver and skilled underwater photographer. He pioneered a technique of diving and photographing free-swimming billfish. His personal observations made during these diving expeditions have better enabled him to capture the detail in his paintings that contributes to the popularity of his work.

A passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world has driven Dr. Guy Harvey to be a leading conservationist and advocate for the protection of our environment. Guy dedicates much of his talent, time and resources to programs that protect our oceans, fish population and reef systems. The Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University and The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation have taken on a leadership role in providing the scientific information necessary to understand and protect the world’s fish resources and biodiversity from continued decline.”

Toy Story 3 Character Spoilers

Here are 10 of the 14 adorable new characters designed for Toy Story 3 by Pixar. We have yet to see the remaining 4 characters, but it’s exciting to see all the textures and squishiness of the new characters already. My favorites so far is are Mr Picklepants the hedgehog plushie, and Stretch the octopus. Watch the trailer of Toy Story 3 here on one of my previous posts.

Dolly is a soft and sweet dress-up rag doll, and is the perfect gift for any young child! Her floppy body and sunny smile will make her an irresistible new member of your family. Dolly has purple hair, googly eyes and gently blushing cheeks. She comes with a pretty blue dress, but templates are included to create and sew your own outfits! Machine washable on gentle cycle. http://nku.me/TS3Dolly

Frolic your afternoons away on woodland adventures with Mr. Pricklepants! This charmin lederhosen-wearing hedgehog is from the Waldfreunde collection of premium imported plush toys. He may look prickly, but the plump and fuzzy Mr. Pricklepants is made strictly for cuddling! Hand wash and air dry. Restore fluffiness with fingers. Made in Germany. http://nku.me/TS3MrPicklepants

Sparks will fly – literally – during electrifying playtimes with your new robot friend Sparks! This retro-inspired toy has flashing red LED eyes and a blaster cavity that actually spits out real sparks when he’s rolled along on his sturdy rubber wheels. Sparks also sports telescoping arms with working pincers, and an elevator action that raises his entire body to new heights. Sparking action completely child-safe. Requires two AA batteries (not included). http://nku.me/TS3Sparks

Meet Twitch, the insectaloid warrior, where MAN + INSECT = AWESOME! This sturdy action figure stands over five inches tall, with more than 15 points of articulation, including ferocious chomping mandibles. Use his powerful wings and impenetrable exoskeleton to evade capture! Twitch is meticulously detailed and includes his signature magical battle staff and removable chest armor. For children ages 4 and up. Other insectaloid figures sold separately. http://nku.me/TS3Twitch

Stretch is a fun-loving under-the-sea octopus friend that shines in glittery purple. Kids can count her eight rubbery legs and dozens of sticky suckers that are sure to stand up to rough-and-tumble play and extreme stretching. Toss her high on the wall and watch her climb her way down! Clean in mild soap solution to remove dust and lint. http://nku.me/TS3Stretch

Peas-in-a-Pod will quickly become a parent’s favorite on-the-go toy. The soft, plush pod secures the happy peas inside with a durable metal zipper, making it perfect for the car or stroller. The Peas-in-a-Pod plush toy also develops fine motor skills by catering to a child’s natural grab instinct. Pulling the three peas out of the pod will provide repeated enjoyment for infants and toddlers, and soon they’ll learn to put them back in! Machine washable. Not for human consumption.

Saddle up for fun and let Buttercup lead your child away on a magical adventure! This cuddly unicorn features velvety-soft, snow-colored fur with sparkly gold and pink accents. He sports a signature mythical golden horn and a fun-to-comb mane and tail. Buttercup’s durable plastic eyes are both charming and scratch-resistant. Hypo-allergenic. Ages 3 and up. http://bit.ly/TS3buttercup

Trixie is a perfect playmate for prehistoric playtime! Visit the era when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Made of rigid, durable plastic and in friendly shades of blue and purple, Trixie features an expressive mouth and movable legs. This gentle Triceratops will feed any child’s imagination. Also available: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus and Velociraptor. http://nku.me/TS3Trixie

Grab your binoculars and join Ken on a safari! A swinging bachelor who's always on the lookout for fun, Ken sports the perfect outfit for his eco-adventure: light blue shorts and a leopard-print shirt with short sleeves sure to keep him cool in the hot sun. And after his exciting expedition, Ken will be ready to hit the dance floor in style. His accessories include matching scarf, sensible loafers, and a fashion-forward gold belt. Dozens of additional Ken outfits sold separately.

Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is a jumbo, extra-soft teddy bear with a pink and white plush body and a velvety purple nose. This lovable bear stands fuzzy heads and shoulders above other teddy bears because he smells like sweet strawberries! With a smile that will light up your child's face and a belly just asking to be hugged, Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear is sure to become a bedtime necessity. Stain-resistant. Spot clean plush surface with a damp cloth.

The LOST Underground Art Project

It’s surprising to know how many people are addicted to the show LOST. There was even a LOST underground art project, presented by Ronie Midfew Arts and Damon Carlton in Gallery 1988. Here are some of the contemporary artworks from the show that I liked. You can view more on the shows’ blog.

Scott Campbell "LOST Showdowns (1)" watercolor on archival paper 5 x 5 inches each, framed $350.00 each SOLD

Scott Campbell "LOST Showdowns (2)" watercolor on archival paper 5 x 5 inches each, framed $350.00 each ONLY 1 STILL AVAILABLE - 3rd row down, middle Showdown - Ethan vs. Claire

64 Colors $500.00 - SOLD

Ralph Cosentino "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" gouache on board 9.75 x 7.75 inches, framed $700.00 - SOLD

Jeremy Asher Lynch "Ellie Is Lost With The Others" acrylic on canvas 18 x 36 inches $1,200.00

Wade Schin "Hurley" one-of-a-kind sculpture approx. 5 inches tall, off base $815.00 - SOLD

Wade Schin "Locke" one-of-a-kind sculpture approx. 5 inches tall off base $815.00

Edwin Ushiro "State Of Something Fading Into Nothing" mixed media on paper 13.37 x 21.25 inches, framed $1,516.00

Danielle Buerli "Freckles" sculpture and mixed media 11 x 9 inches, in box $600.00 - SOLD

Ken Garduno "L" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "O" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "S" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Ken Garduno "T" acrylic-ink and wash on paper 12.25 x 14.75 inches, framed $500.00

Julian Callos "No Man Is An Island" ink, acrylic and gouache on watercolor paper 12 x 12 inches, framed $480.00 - SOLD

Dan May "The Polar Bear Conundrum" acrylic on panel 14 x 16 inches $1,200.00

Edwin Ushiro "A Muffled Concept Of What We Considered Ubiquitous" mixed media on paper 29.25 x 21.25 inches, framed $2,342.00 - SOLD

Carlos Ramos "What Kate Did" cel vinyl on wood 18 x 24 inches $1,000.00

Carlos Ramos "The Swan" cel vinyl on wood 24 x 24 inches $1,200.00 - SOLD