July 17, 2012 by BillIf you've got $13,000 burning a hole in your pocket, and a desire to have the most kick-ass backyard in the neighbourhood, no swingset or even tree house is going to outdo this mind-blowing 1,850 square foot inflatable obstacle course. The Adrenaline Rush Extreme—as it's been dubbed—features side-by-side lanes chock full of challenges that will have competitors crawling through tunnels, racing down slides, or battling their way past various inflatable obstacles. The entire structure is kept standing by three industrial fans running constantly, but just because it's inflatable don't expect it to be easy to transport. At 1,500 pounds you'll need a hefty ride to haul it around, not to mention a UPS delivery person strong enough to get it off the truck. Gizmodo
July 12, 2012 by Bill• The Star: Drawing from his life-long struggle with the clinical form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Justin has transformed the cumbersome disorder into an organization that promotes stress reduction and manageability. Branded as "Master Organizer" on CBS's The Talk and "Organization Expert" on the Anderson Show with Anderson Cooper, Justin works hard to bring order to his clients' lives. With O.C.D.'s guidance and expertise, clients can get through the most difficult obstacles to create a systematic approach to living.
July 10, 2012 by BillThe most daring denim company in the world, Naked and Famous, is back at it again. Not satisfied with just making jeans glow in the dark or scratch-n-sniff> or pans that feel like silk and hemp and gauze, Naked and Famous is making jeans with camo, jeans that marbleize, corduroys that act like denim, more glow in the dark gear and other wacky denim. Camo Jeans I think camo gear is supposed to, like, camouflage you but these pants just scream look at me, look at me. The camo is printed on both sides of the jeans so when you roll 'em up, it shows off a different pattern. $175 Irregular, Bumpy Denim The 18oz selvedge denim is purposefully bumpy and irregularly textured because the machine that stitches em together is put at a lower setting "to create more loom chatter". When the jeans fade, it actually turns into something from the 80's. Dirty Fade Denim The yarn in these selvedge jeans are actually core dyed beige and then rope-dyed indigo so after time when the jeans are worn longer, the fade looks more beige, hence more dirty looking. Corduroy Jeans Now this is pretty neat, the pants are corduroys but they fade like regular jeans because of the indigo. Cords that wear like jeans! There's actually a ton more options from Naked and Famous, from their popular red core selvedge and glow in the dark denim to what sounds really awesome like Soft Raw Selvedge, jeans that are less abrasive than typical raw denim, and Denim that marbleizes when it fades and even jeans made from double woven sashiko fabric normally used to make judo and kendo uniforms. Yeah. You got to love the crazy at Naked and Famous.
June 1, 2012 by BillHere are the top 5 rules (though they're more like principles, really) to achieve that mysterious "feng shui" thing everyone keeps talking about. OUR TOP 5 RULES FOR FENG SHUI: 1. Function. If anything, you should let functionality guide your decisions on placement of any furniture or technology around the office. Should this printer go here? How much is it really used? Can I reach it easily when I need it? Every item should be placed in the context of use and optimized according to personal subjective preference. 2. Comfort. A primary rule of feng shui is making sure you are comfortable. Doing so suggests maximized productivity and a calming environment to work in at all times. This also means if you have your back facing anything other than a wall, you might need some adjusting. The optimal feng shui setup allows you to face the people coming into the room, creating an affordance for conversation rather than "I'm trusting you not to be a ninja spy, so please don't attack me from behind." 3. Fashion. Even go into a room and say to yourself, "Man, that sofa really throws off this room." In all honestly, there's no scientific measure for something like aesthetic design, but one can always try. If a huge couch needs balancing, try adding a large painting or wall-shelving. An empty corner? Add some potted plants. Or simply rummage through our on-going Perfect Workplace Contest 2010 for some great ideas inspired by your own fellow readers. 4. Rearrange often. Like anything design related, one must accept the fact that rearranging is inevitable. We like to do it at least once every three months to optimize our working environment for upcoming projects. 5. Declutter. One of the original key rules of feng shui involves knowing what you should leave out. A room overstuffed with anything, from office furniture, to unruly computer cords, to overcrowded file drawers, is not acceptable. Get rid of it. Keep only what you need. And for goodness sake, clean up those wires! via Apartment Therapy
May 23, 2012 by BillIt's a sad fact of life that trash cans are necessary. It would be so much better to just never accumulate trash at all. But until we gain another three levels in Wizard, we're just going to have to have trash cans. On the plus side, people out there are getting really creative with garbage cans. Check out these quirky options, and let us know what crazy things you've found. [gallery link="file" orderby="ID"] • R2-D2 Trash Can — $375 Yes, he's $375. But be honest, part of you wants him anyway. • The Tardis Trash Can — £39.99 This trash can seems tiny, but it's bigger on the inside. It makes Tardis noises when it opens and closes, and it'll be in stores this summer. • Chinese Take Out Trash Bin — $19.99 If trash cans shaped like Chinese take-out containers had been around when I was in college, I'd've had the coolest dorm room ever. • Bin Bin Wastebasket — $55 Proving quirky can be classy, the Bin Bin wastebasket looks like crumpled paper, making it an ideal place to throw your crumpled papers. If you miss, just pretend it's a sculpture field. • Amish-made Small Bathroom Trash Bin — $89.95 Sometimes objects are so vehemently normal that they go right out the other end and become kind of odd. This tiny bathroom trash can is solid wood and proudly Amish-made. • Mini Round Retro Step Can — $25.99 Doesn't this retro-cute trash can remind you of Zooey Deschanel? It's just adorkable. • Crusader's Helm Gothic Trash Bin — $49.95 This helm-shaped trash can is perfect for a gaming room. It's just begging to be filled with discarded character sheets. (Images: 1. Proshopjapan, 2. Forbidden Planet, 3. Streamline, 4. Unica Home, 5. Trash Cans Unlimited, 6. Simple Human, 7.Design Toscano)
May 15, 2012 by BillIt's that lovely time of year again, when even though the weather is getting colder (and there are reports of snow), bright little boxes of clementines start popping up in store windows. Now is their season. I learned this fabulous little party trick when I was a school teacher years ago and have been showing other folks how to do it for years. Its ALWAYS a crowd pleaser.
What You Need
- One or more clementines
- Olive oil
- Sharp paring knife
November 7, 2011 by BillHere are our our picks for the Top 10 Best Flash Websites of 2011 based on visual artistry, integrated sound, ease of use, and uniqueness. 1 | We Choose The Moon WeChooseTheMoon.org was designed to celebrate the Fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing by developing an interactive recreation of the event. The site uses Flash to mesh archival video, audio, & photos into an experience that will make you feel as if you too had walked on the moon that day. 2 | Moodstream | Getty Images Moodstream is a hypnotic website brought to you by the folks at Getty Images that offers a brainstorming tool designed to help get your creative juices flowing. By simply tweaking the mood sliders you can adjust a stream of images, footage, & audio that can help inspire your creative direction. 3 | Monoface Mono is an advertising agency based in Minneapolis, MN that lives by the motto that "simpler is better." The "Mono"face site lives up to that motto by presenting visitors with a fun and simple Flash application that allows them to sculpt a Mr. Potato Head style face that contains 759,375 entertaining possibilities. 4 | Waterlife Waterlife is a showcase for the documentary film of the same name that offers its audience a wonderful preview of the lush cinematography and rich storytelling found in the film. The true genius of the site, however, is found in its fluid navigation that recalls the gentle motion of a lake. 5 | Louis Vuitton - Greatness Louis Vuitton’s an Encounter with Greatness website allows users to come face-to-face with three of soccer’s greatest stars; Pele, Diego Maradana, and Zinedine Zidane. Through this experience fans can engage in a one-on-one interview with their hero’s that will surely broaden your appreciation of their talent. 6 | Infinite OZ Infinite OZ is an artistic collaboration that uses Flash to bring to life the world of the Sci-Fi miniseries event the Tin Man. Visitors are taken on a wonderful journey through the many visually stunning locales that make up the fabled emerald city that may make you want to get lost there forever. 7 | Get The Glass Get The Glass is the work of the California Milk Processor Board and was designed to encourage increased milk consumption by inviting visitors to participate in a comically entertaining Flash based game whose objective is to Get the Glass--of milk of course. The current design appeared in late 2007. 8 | Marc Ecko MarcEcko.com is a wonderful example of using the vast possibilities of Flash to accurately reflect the ethos of a consumer brand within a website. Even visitors unfamiliar with the Ecko brand will feel they understand the art & philosophy it symbolizes within a few minutes of touring the site. 9 | AgencyNet Interactive AgencyNet Interactive is a design studio based in New York City and Fort Lauderdale whose current website design appeared in January of 2010. The depth of the site leaves you feeling like you've really had the chance to get to know the team at AgencyNet and its charm makes you want to work with them. 10 | Dave Werner's Portfolio Dave Werner uses his Flash skills not only to publish his portfolio, but through the use of well narrated video, he also gives visitors a sense of his personal story which seeks to give stronger voice and context to his featured work. The current version of OkayDave.com went live in mid 2006. via
October 31, 2011 by BillWhen it comes to pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane is the Michael Jordan, the Tiger Woods, the Edward Scissor Hands of his craft. Villafane’s Jack O’ Lanterns have mesmerized people for years, and they just keeps getting better. Here are some of the best pumpkin sculptures / Jack O’ Lanterns, that Ray Villafane has created. 1. Shattered Jack O’ Lantern
“If you want to make a good pumpkin you have to push the limits” – Villafane2. Pumpkin Carving Bullet And Villafne will show you how to push your Jack O’ Lantern limits on his website, where he gives an extreme pumpkin carving tutorial. 3. Gourdanimo Jack O’ Lantern
“To me you carve a pumpkin to transform it into something that’s alive. I’m so obsessive, when I get into something, forget it, I don’t go to sleep. I stay up all night. I keep doing it.” – Villafane4. Nail Bitter Ray has been at his craft for more than fifteen years. He used to be a grade school teacher in Michigan, but now he sculpts full time. 5. Extreme Jack O’ Lantern
“The most important thing about a pumpkin is its weight. You need to pick the meatiest pumpkin. Sometimes I pick up a beautifully shaped pumpkin but when I do I realize that it is not heavy enough. Its wall is just not thick enough for the carving rigors.” – Villafane6. Head inside a pumpkin You can follow Villafane’s work on his Facebook page. 7. Jack-O-n’ Hide
“I used to be an art teacher at a Michigan school and one day I was approached to do some pumpkin carving. I thought why don’t I try and carve the pumpkin like it is a piece of clay as opposed to a large vegetable. It came out alright, but the most important result was that the kids at the school absolutely loved it. I used to arrive at school and there would be a dozen pumpkins just sitting there waiting for me at my classroom.” – Villafane8. Extreme Jack O’ Lantern “I also like a pumpkin with character. One with knobbly ridges is good, so that I can utilise that in the carving procedure, like with sculpting noses.” – Villafane 9. Pumpkin Brains Ray has won the Food Network’s Challenge: Outrageous Pumpkins, twice. 10. Zipper Head Jack O’ Lantern
“The most intricate pumpkin model that I have designed is the Zipperhead model, which took the best part of a day. Otherwise, the models take a couple of hours.” – Villafane.This is just a sampling of Ray’s work. You can see more extreme pumpkins at his website, and even learn how to carve your own. If that’s a little too extreme for you, Indyposted has some great Halloween pumpkin carving stencils.
August 25, 2011 by Thomas HardyCakes are fantastic, we love a good cake here at Work-Killer. We have selected some of our favourite cake designs from all over the web for your viewing pleasure!
Jordan Retro Sneaker CakeSource
Stewie Griffin CakeSource
Nintendo DS CakeSource
Rubix Cube CakeSource
Diet Coke CakeSource
August 22, 2011 by BillNature just got a little bit more extreme. We've seen our share of incredible time-lapses, but this one certainly takes the cake in terms of party music. With a soundtrack like this, this is probably the only nature video we might dance to. However, this might just be the tip of the iceberg. As the video's description states, this is just a quick edit of a few time-lapses taken at what the group calls TimeFest 2011. The videos were taken by Vince Laforet, Carson Garner, Tom Lowe, Tom Guilmette, Dr Kanab and Shawn Reeder during the event.