Iconic Buildings of Portland, Oregon Modeled in Gingerbread

Gingerbread Portland

Portland, Oregon-based artist Brittany Powell of Low-Commitment Projects has once again cooked up art with food in her recent project, Gingerbread Portland.

Powell created iconic buildings of Portland instead of the exact skyline to make them instantly recognizable. She put together all the gingerbread pieces in one night, then painstakingly piped icing details on each building.

Gingerbread Portland

Gingerbread Portland
Big Pink

Gingerbread Portland
White Stag Building with sign

Gingerbread Portland
KOIN Center

Gingerbread Portland
Portland Aerial Tram

Gingerbread Portland
Portland Building

images via Low-Commitment Projects

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Pesky Tortoise Repeatedly Headbutts a Frustrated Orange Tabby Cat

A pesky tortoise repeatedly head butts a frustrated orange tabby cat named Fred, who wants absolutely nothing to do with the persistent chelonian, yet can’t seem to escape either.

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‘Ghost Ship’, An Eerie Apparition of a 17th Century Ship Projected on a Canal in Amsterdam

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

The ghostly apparition of a 17th century sailing ship floats on a canal in Amsterdam in the installation Ghost Ship by Romanian architecture studio visualSKIN. The ship’s form is projected on two intersecting “water curtains.” The two projections add a sense of depth to the ghost ship illusion. Part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, the installation is on display in the waters off ARCAM Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum through January 18, 2015.

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

photos by Janus van den Eijnden

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Photographer Creates Amusing Family Christmas Cards That Feature His Dog Dressed Up in Elaborate Seasonal Scenes

'little nipper'

For the past 20-plus years, Bristol, UK photographer Peter Thorpe has been dressing up his dog Raggle (and sometimes his kids) in elaborate seasonal scenes specifically created for his highly amusing annual family Christmas cards.

…so, 2 dogs, 3 children and now over 20 Christmas’s later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure. The fun for me, has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets + props and using a fair bit of food bribery!

Peter also gives props to Raggle, who is retiring from the project this year.

The final performance for Raggle before her retirement. Elderly + with a weak heart, she still responds very well to tasty food so we lifted her on set for just a few minutes. Like a true pro, sat in position and gave a few head and eye line options before returning to her basket for another snooze!

Fairy 2000

Dog Roast 2009

'Bah Humbug' 2012

Dogkey 2007

Bouncers 1993

images by Peter Thorpe

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Two Rescued Baby Elephants Playfully Wrestle Around With Each Other in the Mud

A couple of rescued baby elephants named Yindee and Dokmai who live at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, playfully wrestle around with each other in the mud, while the older elephants of the herd watch them with a gentle eye.

It’s Okay To Be Smart Takes a Hard Scientific Look at Christmas Mysteries Like Santa Claus and Red-Nosed Reindeer

In a recent episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart, host Joe Hanson takes a hard scientific look at Christmas mysteries by explaining how physics apply to Santa Claus, why Christmas tree lights always get tangled, and even offers a plausible explanation for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s red nose.

Craig Ferguson Says Goodbye to the ‘Late Late Show’ With a Nod to ‘Newhart’, ‘St. Elsewhere’, and ‘The Sopranos’

After almost 10 years brilliantly hosting the award-winning Late Late Show on CBS, the incredible Craig Ferguson opened his final show with a composite of all of his monologues beginning with the first broadcast in 2005 through the present.

Later on in the show, many of Craig’s guests throughout the years came back to perform the Dead Man Fall song “Bang Your Drum” with him.

Craig finally put his role to bed by first unveiling Secretariat as a the incredible Bob Newhart, who informs Craig that the entire series was all a dream, reminiscent of the 1990 finale of his own Newhart series. The scene then fades into Craig waking up in bed with comedian Drew Carey, a snow globe on the night table and the Journey song “Don’t Stop Believin’” playing on the radio before the entire scene all cuts to black, respective nods to the 1988 St. Elsewhere finale and The Sopranos finale in 2007. Simply brilliant.

The 1990 Newhart Finale

The 1988 St. Elsewhere finale

‘2014: You Are History’, A Musical Year in Review by JibJab Highlighting Some of the Major Events of 2014

2014: You Are History” is a musical year in review by JibJab that highlights some of the major events of 2014 in the areas of politics, pop culture, and entertainment. The song includes references to Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show, the mid-term elections, and the passing of celebrities like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers.

JibJab has posted a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the short that includes photos, videos, and written explanations of each scene.

Five-Year-Old Girl Explains to Her Dad Why She Likes the Look of Princess Leia’s Slave Outfit From ‘Star Wars’

UK animation team The Brothers McLeod created a cute animated short based on a recorded conversation between comedian Adam Buxton (previously) and his five-year-old daughter. The subject of their talk revolved around the slave outfit that Jabba the Hutt made Princess Leia wear in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Some people find Leia’s outfit to be demeaning, but Buxton’s daughter, however, explained how she really likes the look of the costume and would wear it even after being rescued or escaping the clutches of Jabba.

A conversation with my 5 year old daughter about Jabba The Hutt’s fashion ideas.

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Comedian Zach Sherwin Raps About the Podcast ‘Serial’ Over the Theme Song for the Show

In “Listening to Serial,” comedian Zach Sherwin raps about the podcast Serial (previously) over the show’s theme song. Sherwin’s lyrics make reference to the show itself, but also some of the larger issues that surround it. Sherwin also includes the perspective of fellow comedian W. Kamau Bell about the issues of race as they relate to the show.

via David Prager