Norman Reedus, made famous by his role on THE WALKING DEAD, as the loveable, complicated survivalist Daryl Dixon, has become the object of insanely devoted fandom from around the world. The Daryl/Norman archetype has already approached a near-mythical status in the collective consciousness of pop culture. THANKS FOR ALL THE NICENESS is Norman’s way to show his gratitude in a compilation of sometimes hilarious, sometimes sinister, but always fascinating artwork made by his fans. This is not your average display of fan artwork.
Created in every thinkable medium, the Norman/Daryl archetype is captured in tattoo designs, cakes, pencil sketches, mosaics, chalk drawings, digital art, and even children sketches from his youngest fans. And Norman’s fans aren’t your average fans. With over 3,000 submissions from all over the world—Japan, Spain, Mexico, England, Australia, Italy, Hungary, Brazil, Austria, Indonesia, the US—it was no small feat for Norman to select the 100 pieces that will appear in this beautifully designed book. It’s real art made by real people for real people.
I have never hit a hole-in-one on the golf course, but many golfers have accomplished it. Yet European Tour player Andy Sullivan’s hole in one this past weekend means a bit more than ones in the past. After making a hole-in-one on the 163-yard 15th hole at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club in the KLM Open, Sullivan could be blasting off into outer space.
As part of a promotion at the Amsterdam tournament, XCOR Aerospace offered a space flight to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole. Sullivan aced the 15th on Sunday and ended up shooting a final-round score of 67.
XCOR Aerospace is an Amsterdam-based company that will offer trips to space for the public starting late in 2015. The trips cost between $95,000 and $115,000.
According to the company’s website, space tourists will travel on the Lynx Mark II, a two-seat piloted space transport vehicle. Total flight time is 62 minutes, and at the highest point, travelers will experience five to six minutes of weightlessness.
‘I’m not sure yet,” Sullivan said of joining a XCOR space flight next year. “I’ll see what the missus says!”
Since its debut in 1989,The Simpsons has become one of the most influential forces in television and comedy history and along the way has broken many records: It is the longest-running American sitcom, the longest-running animated series, and the longest- running prime-time, scripted television series. In any list of the world’s leading families, the Simpsons would stand out. To commemorate The Simpsons incredible 25 years on the air, this fall ABRAMS will publish The Simpsons Family History. The book is the definitive piece of fan memorabilia and tells the story of this typical, but also completely remarkable family—its rites of passage, milestones, achievements, travels, genealogy, and more.
The Simpsons Family History travels through time with series creator Matt Groening as he pulls back the curtain and reveals the events that turned this average family into a pop-culture phenomenon. Readers will marvel at hidden moments they never knew they missed, as all the pieces of Simpsons family history fall into place. This large-format, richly illustrated book is the ultimate family album, and the perfect way to celebrate the Simpson’s 25th anniversary. It is also the first Simpsons book to pay tribute to the extraordinary visual artistry that has made The Simpsons the most consistently entertaining, enlightening, and inventive show in the history of television.
The book comes out on September 23rd and you can pre-order the book from ABRAMS Books by clicking here! I got a chance to preview this book and it is fantastic. As someone who became a fan of The Simpsons when I was a kid this book reminded me of the many hilarious episodes. The book is bright, colorful, and full of fun facts about each episode. There were things that I learned from reading it. This book is a MUST HAVE for all you Simpsons fans.
Burger King introduces the Kuro Burger, made with a black bun, black sauce and black cheese
The cheese looks like slices of processed American cheese singles is made with smoked charcoal.The cheese is layered on a beef patty, which contains black pepper and topped with a black sauce made with onion, garlic, and squid ink. All of this is placed between two buns, also made of charcoal.
There are two types of burgers: the Kuro Pearl and the Kuro Diamond, which has lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and yes, the mayonnaise is still white.
The burgers go on sale later this month in Japan for a limited time only.
The do-it-yourself movement is transforming cities with invention-focused Maker Faire events, growing entrepreneurship, and a new Toyota concept to fit these trends. Inspired by a growing innovative spirit in urban areas, Toyota revealed today the Urban Utility concept vehicle – or U2 – at a private panel discussion hosted by Make: magazine in San Francisco. Vehicle elements reflect the lifestyle and needs of an entrepreneurial, urban driver discovered through interviews with Maker Faire participants and internal Toyota market research.
Developed by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California, the Toyota U2 concept features a new open architecture and purposeful materials that redefine urban utility. Designers included the ability to roll back the roof, fold down the tailgate into a ramp and customize the interior on a versatile rail system. The concept car will make its first public appearance at World Maker Faire in New York City on Sept. 20 and 21.
Among the U.S. trends that influenced the Calty design team were a growth in entrepreneurship and Americans’ love of adventure, especially outdoor activities involving gear and equipment. Drawing on these insights, the Toyota U2 concept is a flexible, functional gadget that owners can customize according to individual, on-the-go needs. The retractable utility bar can serve unique uses, such as holding a desk or grocery bag hooks. Side windows flip up for easy access from roadside.
Other key interior highlights include:
- Versatile utility rail system configurable to hold everything from baskets to bike stands
- Ability to fold and remove the front passenger seat
- Fold-up rear seating
- Unique shifter design with intuitive switch for parking, drive and reverse mode
- Choice among a selection of colors and materials to fit needs
Toyota research showed the fast-growing small SUV segment points to a desire for greater utility but a smaller vehicle footprint. The Toyota U2 concept is the size of a compact car with the functionality of a compact truck and the spaciousness of a cargo van. It satisfies other key urban driver priorities including good fuel economy, maneuverability in city environments and easy loading and unloading.
An Exterior for the City
City streets call for a vehicle that can handle bumper-to-bumper traffic, potholes and tight corners. The Toyota U2 concept has an extremely durable underbody and tool-like exterior with a customizable side panel. The iconic, modern design remains playful, with details such as circular door handles and a slightly chunky proportion. The box-like design at the rear emphasizes the storage capabilities.
Highlights of the exterior include:
- Roof panels that retract open
- Rear glass that can slide into the tailgate
- Tailgate that folds down into a ramp
- Protective, replaceable ridges on tailgate
Incorporating powerful technologies into something small enough to wear on the wrist presented some very big design challenges. Which led to even bigger creative solutions. Apple Watch combines a series of remarkable feats of engineering into a singular, entirely new experience. One that blurs the boundaries between the physical object and the software that powers it.
The crown has been a standard feature on watches for more than a century. Our new Digital Crown is a multifunctional input device that lets you zoom, scroll, and select without covering the screen. It’s as integral to Apple Watch as the Click Wheel is to iPod. Or the mouse is to Mac. We also built the new Watch OS from the wrist up. The Home screen lets you quickly find your favorite apps. The custom font is easy to read at arm’s length. And the force-sensitive Retina display puts more functionality at your fingertip. Technically speaking, it’s one amazing little device.
This past weekend marked the launch of the latest shoe in the iconic Air Jordan franchise, the Air Jordan XX9. Following a full summer championing performance basketball across North America and around the world, the brand hosted a celebration of flight in New York and Los Angeles as consumers lined up for their first chance to take home the game shoe.
To celebrate launch weekend, the brand hosted events on both coasts. In New York, it took over the Footaction store adjacent to Flight 23 at Footaction so consumers could try the AJ XX9 before buying it. In Los Angeles Jordan Brand’s Russell Westbrook hosted a takeover of the Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place. Serving as a platform for attendees to take flight, consumers took home a digital gif of themselves dunking in the Air Jordan XX9.
The journey for the Air Jordan XX9, has only just begun. Over the weekend Jordan.com released its first innovation page that allows consumers to dive deeper into the technology behind its latest game shoe. The page gives a breakdown of FlightPlate illustrating how these elements combine to give athletes first-step supremacy, second-jump dominance and jump-shot boost.
Jordan Brand also released the “Get Up” commercial. ” The video invites the world to grab a pair of Air Jordan XX9s and #TakeFlight, fulfilling a desire we’ve all had since birth. “Get Up” will be featured on the brand’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.
To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup celebrated its newest Mama’s Boy – Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman – by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the home opener against the Green Bay Packers. The structure commemorated Sherman’s iconic defensive play during the 2014 NFC championship, which helped punch Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII. In this photo, Richard’s mother, Beverly, poses with Seahawks fans that co-star in the new Chunky Mama’s Boy commercial.
Born during the golden era of Reebok design and technology innovation, the Ventilator was a game-changing runner when it was first introduced in 1990.
The first Reebok lightweight runner with a focus on breathability, the Ventilator was a bold, expressive silhouette that was years ahead of its time.
Today the Reebok Ventilator remains an extremely versatile, one-of-a-kind sneaker, with the chameleon-like ability to take both clean and bold executions.
Over twenty years later, Reebok Classic spins new, bold colorways and reflective materials onto this iconic silhouette with the Ventilator “Night Vision” pack.
Very limited pairs of the Ventilator “Night Vision” pack are available now at Shoe City, Urban Outfitters, Sneaker Politics, and Reebok.com for $85.
Not only did the Seahawks put a whoppin on the Green Bay Packers last night, the team brought back some players from back in the day. Former Seattle Seahawks stars Joey Galloway, Jordan Babineaux, Jim Zorn and Manu Tuiasosopo celebrated the start of the 2014 NFL season with fans at McDonald’s exclusive tailgate party yesterday in Seattle. In its second year as the official restaurant sponsor of the NFL, McDonald’s is celebrating football fans’ love for the game with a new mindset of tailgating and exclusive football content and prizes for customers.
Manu Tuiasosopo poses with fans at the NFL season opener kickoff yesterday in Seattle, Washington
Jim Zorn, former Redskins head coach and Seahawks quarterback, signs a helmet yesterday.