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
      via cornify.com
    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!

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!

April Fool’s Day opportunities for unicorns

You know what day is coming up, right? Just to get you up to speed:

So, what about 2011? Well, while we do have some ideas, we’d be stupid not to ask the probably largest accumulation of… special… creativity on the Internet – and that’s obviously Meta*!

So, offer your ideas! Of course you won’t know until April 1st what actually happens (and we don’t promise anything), but be sure that we plan to reward great ideas with a little more than just a Meta rep bounty!

Except that your suggestions should be a) funny (at least in the eyes of most people), b) doable, and c) awesome, there are no restrictions. C’mon get crazy!

*cue obligatory “the sites are run by you” :)

The above entry was listed in the programmer Q&A community StackOverflow.com. Apparently, unicorns have been integral in their past two years of April Fool’s jokes, and they need more ideas.

Who knew programmers were so whimsical?

(Well, probably whoever designed this: http://toxiferous.blogspot.com/2009/04/binary-unicorn-geek-t-shirts-and-gifts…

What is your FarmVille farm missing? A Pegasus.
      via examiner.com
    According to Examiner.com, players of the popular online game FarmVille can purchase the above Pegasus for their farm - but only for a limited time. Also, it cannot breed in the Horse Barn, where apparently all other FarmVille horse-creatures do their breeding business.
We’re impressed at how realistic this purchasing scenario is: A Pegasus sale usually lasts for two weeks, and their mating ritual would never occur in a location as banal as a horse barn. 
However, one question remains to be answered: Is this Pegasus prematurely graying, or are you getting one that is on its last legs/wings?

What is your FarmVille farm missing? A Pegasus.

According to Examiner.com, players of the popular online game FarmVille can purchase the above Pegasus for their farm - but only for a limited time. Also, it cannot breed in the Horse Barn, where apparently all other FarmVille horse-creatures do their breeding business.

We’re impressed at how realistic this purchasing scenario is: A Pegasus sale usually lasts for two weeks, and their mating ritual would never occur in a location as banal as a horse barn.

However, one question remains to be answered: Is this Pegasus prematurely graying, or are you getting one that is on its last legs/wings?

Robocop returns - bearing smiles and lifting spirits!

Posted by hipstomp | 22 Feb 2011  | 

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Here’s the latest creative project funded by crowdsourcing, but this one’s not another Kickstarter ID project. Instead, as the DetroitNeedsRoboCop.com website gives away in the title, it’s an attempt to reinvigorate Detroit by erecting a statue of the cyborg po-po. And it’s garnered fifty grand in just six days.

As the Times reports,

The unusual fund-raising effort sprang from a question posed to Detroit’s mayor on Twitter last week by “a random dude in Massachusetts,” who proposed that the city celebrate “RoboCop” the same way Philadelphia does “Rocky,” according to the project’s Web site….

"Sometimes it takes a RoboCop to show a different way to do things," said Mr. Paffendorf, a 29-year-old Internet entrepreneur [who helped organize the campaign]. "My hope is that it sets an example and puts this kind of funding on the map, so when people see big problems, they can think, ‘If crazy people raised $50,000 for a RoboCop statue, we can certainly raise more to take on something bigger.’ "

I guess it’s possible a statue of RoboCop could somehow ease Detroit’s psychological woes; after all, the RoboCop on a Unicorn project has lifted my spirits innumerable times.

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We would certainly contribute to a statue of Robocop on a unicorn in Detroit! For payment, do you accept jellybeans or children’s laughter?