Farewell Kimber Streams, Laughing Squid Contributing Editor

Our contributing editor Kimber Streams is moving on, so today is her last day at Laughing Squid. All of us here want to give her a big thanks for all her awesome posts over the last year and wish her best of luck at her new gig. And now, I turn you over to Kimber…

Scott Beale, Founder, Publisher & Editor-In-Chief

Since joining Laughing Squid in February 2013, I’ve had the privilege of working with an awesome team of bloggers as both a writer and an editor. Beginning in February, I will be joining the PC team at The Wirecutter. As such, today is my last day at Laughing Squid. I’d like to wish Laughing Squid and everyone I had the honor to work with during my time here all the best! Farewell my tentacled friends!

Kimber Streams

Previously Unreleased Concept Art and Production Photos from the David Lynch Film ‘Dune’

Dune

Ron Miller, who worked as production illustrator on David Lynch’s 1984 film Dune, has shared a collection of previously unreleased concept art and production photos from the film. Miller gives a brief overview of each photo in an article on io9, and also wrote a short memoir about his experience working on the film for the site.

Dune

Dune

Dune

Dune

Dune

images via io9

A Pop-Up Greeting Card That Uses a Smartphone as a Video Projector

Auditoire has created a concept pop-up greeting card that uses a smartphone as a video projector. In “Carte de Voeux 2014,” Auditoire projects lights and video onto a card that opens into the facade of a building.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Wut, A Homescreen Chat App That Sends Silent Push Notifications

Wut

Wut is a homescreen chat app that sends silent push notifications to notify users of messages. The app uses Facebook friend information to connect users. It’s available to download from the iTunes App Store, and an Android version is “coming soon.”

image via Wut

Thanks Ronen V!

Nasty Icons, A Collection of 50 Very Rude Vector Icons

Nasty Icons

Designer Vincent le Moign of Webalys has created Nasty Icons, a collection of 50 very rude vector icons that can be used as illustrations, logos, and more. The Nasty Icons are available to download for free online.

Nasty Icons

images via Nasty Icons

via Quipsologies

Big-Belly Seahorse Babies Born at the Georgia Aquarium Are Smaller Than the End of a Pencil

Big-Belly Seahorse

The big-belly seahorses, also known as Hippocampus abdominalis, at the Georgia Aquarium recently had babies, or fry. For comparison, the small fry pictured is even tinier than the end of a pencil. The Georgia Aquarium explains why it breeds big-belly seahorses on its blog:

Coral reefs and sea grass beds, which are primary real-estate for seahorses, is quickly deteriorating, and therefore reducing viable habitats for seahorses. By being able to reproduce this animal in-house, we are able to educate the public about the declining numbers of seahorses without having to directly obtain these animals from the wild. Georgia Aquarium is also in a position to donate these animals to other aquariums and spread the message of conservation.

Big-Belly Seahorse

Big-Belly Seahorse

Big-Belly Seahorse

images by Georgia Aquarium via ZooBorns

via ZooBorns, Archie McPhee

Photographer Creates ‘Star Wars’ Hoth Scenes Using LEGO and Baking Powder

Star Wars Hoth Scenes

Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki, also known as Avanaut, creates and photographs amazing Star Wars scenes using LEGO bricks and minifigs. He makes the photos look nearly real by using baking powder to mimic snow in Hoth scenes. We first wrote about the project back in 2009.

Star Wars Hoth Scenes

Star Wars Hoth Scenes

Star Wars Hoth Scenes

Star Wars Hoth Scenes

images via Avanaut

via Mashable