a compilation of products, furniture, jewelry, architecture and artists that float our boat. FURTHER EXAMINATION:

Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

Have you ever wanted a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton for your own? The Black Hills Institute of Geological Research has one ready for you to pickup. Made to order, the replicas of a T-rex named Stan (recovered by BHI) are 40′ long and 12′ high at the hip. The position can vary based on your house’s layout or where you want to keep him in your front yard. At $100,000 each, why not get yourself one?

Andrew Zbihlyj

Andrew Zbihlyj draws some amazing images. The linework has just enough curve and just enough rigidity to give the lines tension on the page. And the collage of the photographs pop the images off the surface while the lines draw them back in.

Andrew Hem

Andrew Hem paints some nice things. Check out his store for the matchbooks above and his blog for more updates.

Dazzle Camouflage

Who would have thought the military was so avant garde? Naval units around the world employed Dazzle Camouflage during WW1 against optical rangefinding/targeting devices by using angles and colors to distort their location and heading. The patterns served to confuse instead of conceal, similar to many moth species such as the Saturnia pavonia.

Saw V Poster

Lionsgate released the new poster for Saw V recently. While I do not really support movies like Saw that parade torture as entertainment, the movie poster is very intriguing. The facial expression and bleached-out medical preservation colors slow down the image to a somber portrait instead of a gory sideshow. Though, Dr. Lecter is slightly critical of it.

Medicom Alien VCD

I can’t get enough of this little guy! The Alien VCD (vinyl collectible doll) from Medicom Toy is too amusing not to laugh at. Even though the alien species is one of the most terrifying movie monsters ever imagined, the re-proportioned doll is almost cute. And with its arms outstretched, it’s only looking for a hug, right?

Oxo Pop-Up Strainer

The Oxo Pop-Up Steamer looks like it should be a communication dish detached from a Mars probe. Instead, you put veggies in it. A pull on the handle expands the fins from storage position to create more cooking surface.

Itchy and Scratchy : “Presidential Politics”

If you have never seen McFarlane Toys, then you may not know that they are really more like small sculptures than toys. This one: Itchy and Scratchy: Presidential Politics” takes a scene from The Simpson’s Movie and brings it to your desk. They look too nice to play with, but I might not be able to help myself from flinging them across the room at each other.

Nike Lava Dome CI

I love my pair of Lava Dome’s and Nike recently released the Lava Dome CI with considered edition details and construction methods – recycled materials, local sourcing, etc.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang is not your typical graphic novel. There are no crazy action sequences, aliens, femme fatales, or any of the standard comic book fare. Instead the book has a genuine take on growing up asian-american with a twist of fate and history. The book weaves the stories of its three separate protagonists together in their fates and purposes. It was a great (albeit short) read and it has won a ton of awards. Teachers have even adopted it as a tool to help teach young adults about multiculturalism. I highly recommend it.

American Born Chinese at Amazon