Fantastic Pets video game lets you own a Pegacorn!

Fantastic Pets includes dogs, cats lizards and…flying unicorns?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fantastic Pets

Upcoming Kinect title Fantastic Pets will include alot more than your standard household animals like dogs and cats. It will have flying unicorns as well. Yep, flying unicorns.

In fact the list of weird pets included in this title doesn’t stop at winged and horned horsies. According to Kotaku, there are also dragons, robot kitties, and even hybrid weird cross breeds that only the most enthusiastic of imaginations can come up with. They don’t just sit around and lick their hindquarters either. Oh no, they jump, they run, they fly. You can bathe them, play with them, and do all sorts of pet activities within the safety of your living room, and without the worry that a parent/guardian/angry spouse will come and demand you clean up the mess. It sounds like a dream come true.

It sounds like this game is going to thrive right up until the novelty wears off, however long that takes.

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"Until the novelty wears off"? We assume this sentiment only refers to Kinect. Robot kitties are a permanent fixture in this and all future societies.

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Can unicorns be bad influences? “The Regular Show” says yes!

It’s time to come clean:
There is a small segment of the unicorn population that exists as fallen unicorns. These snappy-dressing, lingo-spewing, peer-pressuring, selfish creatures exist more as me-nicorns than unicorns. <:-(

So how do the rest of the unicorns keep their reputation unscathed and this naughty polycorn posse under wraps? Start the above video at 09:45 to find out!

(FYI: In case a nearby kiddo asks what happened at the end, the unicorns didn’t explode - they turned into wishing stars!)

Fire Department learns important unicorn lesson

Herlong girl saves mother’s life

Wednesday, March 9 — Most parents don’t expect their 5-year-old children to save their lives, but that’s exactly what happened to Herlong resident Michaela Beauchman and her daughter Rylie Pizzola.

Twice.

Michaela, Rylie and 3-year-old son Dylan Pizzola were at their home on Susanville Road in Herlong at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, when Beauchman suffered a debilitating, pain-induced seizure. The pain was severe enough to cause Beauchman to pass out.

“I have endometriosis on my ovaries that causes the pain,” Beauchman said. “It got so bad I lost control and actually blacked out.”

Luckily, Beauchman has a lifesaver for a daughter. Rylie Pizzola did what she had been taught and called 911, which linked her to the Herlong Volunteer Fire Department.

Department chief Grover White said when the call came into the station, his firefighters sprang into action as a first responder unit. However, he admitted his firefighters didn’t respond to the right address and drove right by Beauchman’s house. Beauchman said Rylie, who made her 3-year-old brother sit on the couch while her mother was down, saw the engine drive by the house. She called them back and told them they went past her house. When they arrived at the house, the firefighters were surprised to see a 5-year-old girl securing the family dog and bringing them into the house. After administering medical aide, an ambulance came by and took Beauchman to the hospital.

White said the same sort of incident happened at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, when once again, Beauchman passed out from a pain induced seizure with just she and her children at the house. Rylie called 911 again and stayed with her mother until the fire department arrived. White said they were able to get to the house just fine the second time.

“You know for most kids, when they see they see a parent go down, it’s natural for them to panic,” White said. “Not for Rylie though. She seemed calm the entire time. She did some serious life saving. She had such charisma and was very helpful during the situation. I guess it goes to show you’re never too young to teach them how to call 911.”

Beauchman said since the incidents, she has started taking more precautions so she doesn’t have to worry her daughter.

“She’s so much like me,” Beauchman said. “She doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. She steps right up and takes charge. We tell her all the time how proud we are of her.”

Beauchman said she is feeling pretty good, and she is taking it easy right now. She said she is taking steps to prevent putting the children through another emergency situation. She said it helps that her cousin Kiana Yancy and her family are staying with her right now. As for her illness, she said she is having surgery on Wednesday, March 23, that will hopefully alleviate her health problems.

“We can’t thank the Herlong volunteers and the Mountain Life Flight crew enough either,” Beauchman said, “They were really on top of it, and the fire department stayed with my children while I was being taken to the hospital until my family could come and stay with them.”

The fire department also returned the sentiment by going back to her house and presenting Rylie with a stuffed pink unicorn and a Life Saver award plaque at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Rylie accepted the award graciously, but promptly told White she already had a pink unicorn.

White said while he was impressed with how strong willed Rylie was, the lesson in this tale is making sure children understand the proper way to use 911. He said it might be the difference between life and death in some circumstances.

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Rylie knows the penultimate stuffed-animal rule: You can only have ONE pink unicorn.

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Searching for an Octopus/Unicorn battle? Look no further!

Buoy exhibits aRtPM Challenge
postdateiconWednesday, 09 March 2011 19:02

The second annual aRtPM Challenge, an open invitation to create one piece of artwork in February, resulted in 73 submissions this year.

All of them will be on display in an exhibit at Buoy Gallery in Kittery, Maine, opening with a reception on Friday, March 11, from 6 to 11 p.m.

“Mine is awesome… and huge,” said Jocelyn Toffic, one of the event organizers. Her oil painting, “The Stream of Consciousness,” is on a canvas measuring 6.5 by 3.5 feet.

It’s largely influenced by Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.” 

“There is an octopus battling a unicorn,” she said. “Nobody will top that, ever.”

 Toffic also especially likes the paintings submitted by Sam Paolini and Tamara Pare, as well as an installation by Annika Wisswaesser. She said there are a few “awesome” collages; five ceramic busts, including one by Artstream gallery owner Susan Schwake; a mixed media piece by Megan Samson, a teacher at Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy; and another by one of her students.

Buoy is located at 2 Government St., Kittery, Maine.

At first, Ms. Toffic’s statement may seem addled with hubris, but she makes a compelling point and raises an important question:

Point: Is there anything that can top an octopus battling a unicorn?

Question: Can an artist truly capture the awesomeness-potential of this epic battle in an oil painting?

So, readers, what are your thoughts?

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Unicornatopia: The online land of the Unicorns

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Do you love unicorns?
Do you love art?
Do you love fun?
Do you love fun unicorn art - or funicart?

Then, by default, you will love Unicornatopia. It’s funicart incarnate.

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Arby’s embraces the unicorn in its Horsey Sauce

Apparently, everyone loves Arby’s curly fries and Horsey Sauce:
from George Washington to robots,
from Aquatic creatures to Zany ninjas.

Yes, every humorous character seems to have a roast-beef-craving cameo in Parry Gripp’s latest video.

But don’t let comedic peer pressure decide your dietary fate! If you need an alternative, try this: http://thehairpin.com/2011/01/women-laughing-alone-with-salad/.

Unicorns go gangsta - in pastels!

Cartoonist Mark Luetke (http://2816monument.com) gives us a unique glimpse into the unicorn militia movement. What happens when they move out of this tough-looking pose? Perhaps they will venture out on a Unicorn Warpath!

The case of the narwhal tusks and the sneaky antique dealer

Antique dealer sentenced for trafficking narwhal tusks

Narwhals are listed as threatened under the the U.S. Endangered Species Act and as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

Source: (AHN) Reporter: Kris Alingod
Location: Boston, MA, United States Published: March 2, 2011 04:27 pm EST

A Massachusetts antique dealer has been sentenced to nearly three years for illegally buying tusks of narwhals, a mammal dubbed the unicorn of the sea, and teeth of nearly extinct sperm whales.

David Place, owner of the Manor House Antiques Cooperative will spend 33 months in prison for importing the teeth and tusks from Ukraine and selling the items at his Nantucket store and online, through ebay.

Place was convicted last November of eight counts including conspiracy and violations to the Lacey Act, a law against selling plants and animals illegally taken from the the wild that was enacted in 1900 and still in effect today.

Prosecutors said the antique dealer worked with a Ukrainian, Andrei Mikhalyov, to traffick teeth and tusks worth between $200,000 and $400,000. It is unlwful to import such items without permits and declarations to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mikhalyov has been deported after serving nine months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to charges related to the illegal trafficking.

Narwhals are listed as threatened under the the U.S. Endangered Species Act and as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The animal is hunted for its skin, meat and ivory tusk, which grow out of the center of its head.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, narwhals are among species most vulnerable to climate change. The animal lives its whole life in the Artic, where changes in temperature quickly reduce or increase ice packs.

Such changes make the narwhal, which dives as deep as 1,500 meters to eat Arctic cod, Greenland halibut, shrimp and squid, susceptible to decreasing food when open water turns to ice.

When temperatures rise, narwhals can also become trapped beneath ice, preventing them from surfacing to breathe.

In other areas of the Artic where temperatures have risen and reduced sea ice, such as Hudson Bay, narwhals are in danger of increasing numbers of killer whales, its main predator.

Sperm whales are more in at risk of extinction than narwhals. The animal is listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and as vulnerable by the IUCN.

The animal in the classic novel “Moby Dick,” sperm whales were commerciallly hunted for oil for two centuries until 1987. The animals live in groups called pods and communicate by making patterned clicks.

 

We don’t know this antique dealer, but anyone who illegally sells narwhal tusks is no friend of unicorns.

In fact, anyone who legally sells narwhal tusks is no friend of unicorns. Unless the tusk sale proceeds go toward throwing a cupcake party!


Black-&-white rainbow unicorn sugar skull print. Yes, really!

Sugar skulls (AKA, “calaveras”) are often seen in Día de Los Muertos art. Artist Jonathan Koshi has used this imagery in creating letterpress prints available for purchase at the link above of Kermit the Frog, Spy Vs. Spy, and a unicorn.

Because it only makes sense that a unicorn would have a sugar skull.

Cornify: The ultimate in unicornification Web technology
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Cornify: The ultimate in unicornification Web technology

Perhaps, after reading yesterday’s entry, you found yourself wondering,
"What is Cornify?"

Answer: The most reliable source for digital rainbows and unicorns.

Want a bit more sparkle in your corporate photos? Cornify!

Need to add a four-hoofed, one-horned companion to your lonely, date-less Senior prom photo? Cornify!

Ready to take your website to the next magical level? Cornify!

Yes, Cornify.com will make your world appear just a bit more glamorous. Behold, the power of the computer-indwelling unicorn!