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Norman Rockwell’s Optimus Prime

The always brilliant Marco D’alfonso, master of the mashup, imagined Optimus Prime in Norman Rockwell’s 1944 painting The Tattoo Artist. The best part is D’alfonso’s subtle references in the background matching Rockwell’s original work. You can view a much larger version at the link. Link and Norman Rockwell Original -via Super Punch

Borg Floppy Disk Drives and Other Facts You Might Not Know about Star Trek: The Next Generation

18 years after the original Star Trek went off the air, Gene Roddenberry brought his creation back to television. Fans feared that the effort was doomed to failure, but instead the series was a stunning success. It lasted seven seasons and spawned three more Trek series. You know the story of the beginnings of Star Trek: [...]

The Fresh Prince of Eternia

Adam got in just one little fight and was sent off to live at Castle Grayskull. Since the last time that we featured his wonderful mashups, Marco D’Alfonso has been busy combining Sesame Street with DC Comics, Transformers with Norman Rockwell, and more. Go forth and explore his hilarious gallery. Link -via Comics Alliance

Norman Rockwell’s Star Wars

James Hance is a machine that manufactures awesomeness. He does so in both high quality and massive quantity. He does so by making many mashups of Star Wars, often pairing the science fiction franchise with Winnie the Pooh. But recently, he recreated a classic Norman Rockwell illustration called “Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon.” Wait…shouldn’t [...]

Forget Your Password: Typing Rhythm and Computer Security

Patricia Loring, a research associate at Carnegie Mellon University, presses tiny blue dots on my fingers and the back of my hand. She tells me to adjust the keyboard as she maneuvers three webcams. On a monitor, I see a split screen, displaying images of my hands and posture (which is terrible). The blue stickers [...]

The Boy Scouts at 100

The US division of the Boy Scouts turns 100 today. The movement began in Britain under the leadership of General Robert Baden-Powell. An American publisher, William Boyce, met a Boy Scout in London and was so impressed that he decided to bring scouting to the United States. It grew rapidly during World War I and [...]

Nudists Actually Like the Airport Full Body Scanner

The hassle, the invasion of privacy, and the potential for abuse and embarrassment … what’s to like about the full body scanner at airports? Plenty, according to the American Association for Nude Recreation (maybe NSFW, mind you), the oldest and largest group representing nudists in northern America: “Put this issue in its proper perspective,” recommends AANR [...]

The Photorealism of Norman Rockwell Explained

This week a story at NPR discusses the extent to which Norman Rockwell used photography to capture images of models; he then traced these photographs onto canvas as an early step in the creation of his famous paintings. Rockwell used photos, taken by a rotating cast of photographers, to make his illustrations… Rockwell never kept it [...]