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How to design a flag in 5 easy steps


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Everybody needs a flag to rally behind.

But who wants to use the same old flag that everybody else gets to use?  Why not design your own?  Betsy Ross did, and look how well that did for her…

But design your own flag?  Why do that when there are so many existing flags out there to choose from?

The American Flag: Art, Design, Fashion
The American Flag: Art, Design, Fashion
Continue reading HOW TO DESIGN A FLAG IN 5 EASY STEPS

This was the very first Photoshopped image


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In today’s technology age, it’s easy to identify the history of certain things.

The first phonebook?  Hard to know.  The first wristwatch? Questionable.

The origin of the sandwich? We know the (supposed) story, but we aren’t able to pinpoint the exact ingredients or date that the sandwich was invented.

Photoshop
Photoshop
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Get your own custom Cartoon Character


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Everybody knows someone who spent all day doodling on their school notebooks.

And once in a while, you’d look over and say, “hey – that looks cool.  Draw me!”   And that never actually turns out the way you’d think, like Jack drawing Rose on the Titanic.  It ends up something more… grotesque.

Learn to Draw Disney: Celebrated Characters Collection: Including your Disney/Pixar Favorites!
Learn to Draw Disney:
Celebrated Characters Collection: Including your Disney/Pixar Favorites!

Continue reading GET YOUR OWN CUSTOM CARTOON CHARACTER

The Chip Shop Awards: What advertising should be


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Have you seen the classic Dudley Moore movie CRAZY PEOPLE?

It was about a burned-out advertising executive that decided that Truth in Advertising was more important than lying to potential consumers about what a product could or couldn’t do.

Like the oft-quoted line about Volvo cars back in the day, “Boxy, but safe”.  True on both accounts.

Continue reading THE CHIP SHOP AWARDS: WHAT ADVERTISING SHOULD BE

Photoshop Fun: Calvin and Hobbes edition


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Web Watch readers can generally agree – the Best Comic Strip of All Time is (was) Calvin & Hobbes.

Sure, there will be some naysayers that will claim that the best comic strip was The Far Side, or maybe Bloom County.  Granted, those comics were awesome in their own way, but they never really captured the heart of what a daily strip was at the time to be looked at 20 years later in fondness for what might-have-been had it continued.

Continue reading PHOTOSHOP FUN: CALVIN AND HOBBES EDITION

Art as Music. Music as Art. (or, How to visualize a song)


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Do you – or someone you know – suffer from SYNESTHESIA?

That’s the neurological condition where someone experiences one sense at the same time (or in place of) experiencing it in the traditional way.

One of Web Watch’s friends has this condition, and when they hear specific words, they also end up visualizing that word in front of them at the same time.  Some people see colors by smell, or can hear what tree bark sounds like by touching it.

Look, we know that the above isn’t the best explanation about what’s going on in some people’s heads, but the point is that some people just are better at visualizing things in a manner that the rest of us could just never understand.

Continue reading ART AS MUSIC. MUSIC AS ART. (OR, HOW TO VISUALIZE A SONG)

SFW Porn


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Are you that Web Watch reader who’s stuck at work, just hankering to look at some images that your company would consider to be NSFW (that’s “not safe for work”, for those new Web Watch readers who may not be familiar with the term).

Look – Web Watch understands that some of our readers may be a bit addicted to pornography, so we’re here to help.  We’ve found a website that’s perfectly acceptable for you to view at work, even though it is 100% filled with explicit, pornographic images.

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Disney Princesses in Real Life, a photo essay


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Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.

Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.

Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.

Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.

Let’s take a quick look… 

Continue reading DISNEY PRINCESSES IN REAL LIFE, A PHOTO ESSAY

Hate your body? Try a HUMAN UPGRADE


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Upgrade Me: Our Amazing Journey to Human 2.0
Upgrade Me: Our Amazing Journey to Human 2.0

Do you remember the classic TV show, MAN FROM ATLANTIS?

It featured an actor with webbed fingers and toes, able to swim deep into the ocean to solve crimes.  Our recollection is that he had gills and could breath underwater like Aquaman, but there’s been a lot of alcohol in our system since then so we may be confusing two different characters.

But the webbed fingers and toes?  Those were real. Continue reading HATE YOUR BODY? TRY A HUMAN UPGRADE

What if Disney Princesses were tattooed and pierced?


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Disney Princess Tattoos
Disney Princess Tattoos

Disney Princesses have inspired many fantasies, for girls and boys alike.

Girls, because they want to be just as glamorous, rich, desired… and more recently, smart and self-sufficient.   

Web Watch has covered the Disney Princess phenomenon in the past, from both a business and a fantasy viewpoint (Briana Garcia and her Funny Disney Princesses being a popular page here on Web Watch).

So why do boys like the Disney Princesses?  Because let’s face it — in the right circumstance, Disney Princesses can be hot.  Heck, how can you explain why seven dwarves fought over Snow White? Continue reading WHAT IF DISNEY PRINCESSES WERE TATTOOED AND PIERCED?

Muppets with Human Eyes will creep you out


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Muppet Animal on DrumsAnimal on Drums

Wanna see something weird?

Somebody took the beloved Muppets and Photoshopped human eyes onto their heads. Continue reading MUPPETS WITH HUMAN EYES WILL CREEP YOU OUT

How to Dress like the Tiger Woods “Cigar Guy”


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Groucho Marx Poster
Groucho Marx Poster

You know that PERFECTLY TIMED SPORTS PHOTO that been going around the Internet this last week?

You know the one – it’s where Tiger Woods hit an errant chip shot at this year’s RYDER CUP that went directly at a photographer’s camera?

Well, we’re not here to talk about Tiger or his golf skill… we’re here to talk about THE CIGAR GUY. He’s the one that turned a phenomenal golf photo into an Internet sensation. Continue reading HOW TO DRESS LIKE THE TIGER WOODS “CIGAR GUY”

How to take a photograph of a popular location without any people in it


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Photobomb!
Photobomb!

The Photobomb.  It was a great picture… until somebody walked into the shot.

When it comes to vacation pictures at popular tourist destinations, a photobomb is inevitable.  Someone always will get in your way as you try to take that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Web Watch’s friend Chip recently posted an article entitled HOW TO GET THOSE EMPTY DISNEY PARK PHOTOS where he goes on to describe an elaborate process that many people do in order to get that classic “nobody is in front of the Castle” shot down Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom.   

While Web Watch was able to get our own photo of the Castle without any people in it by running down Main Street immediately after the rope-drop and taking the picture before the throngs of madly-rushing people behind us got in our way (it’s a great picture, in case you were wondering)  – Chip’s solution is to make an early-morning breakfast reservation in the park, and take your picture while you’re heading over to the restaurant before the park opens for the day.

While Chip’s answer offers a more leisurely method of getting the photo compared to our rope-drop version, there’s still an infinitely easier way to get that same “ghost town” effect on any photo that you want to have of a big, popular tourist destination. Continue reading HOW TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH OF A POPULAR LOCATION WITHOUT ANY PEOPLE IN IT

Mr. Dormouse’s Animated Album Covers and Rock Cats ROCK


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Animusic
Animusic – Animated Music Video

We all have those nifty MP3 audio programs, such as WINAMP or WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER that display funky animations on screen when the audio is playing.

And on our iPod / iPhone / Android devices, the music players will display the static album cover as artwork in order to give you something to look at while you’re scanning through your music library.

So why not put the two ideas together?

Continue reading MR. DORMOUSE’S ANIMATED ALBUM COVERS AND ROCK CATS ROCK

NSFW: A complete history of naked SURVIVOR contestants (and Jeff Probst?!?!)


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SURVIVOR is one of those shows, especially as it is about to enter its 20th season this month with an all-star HEROES VS VILLAINS theme, that Web Watch loves watching – if only because the show somehow always figures out how to be fresh, exciting, and surprising season after season.

Jeff Probst has even given all future contestants one vital hint on how to survive Survivor, and it all comes down to studying game theory, which Web Watch will cover in a future post.

One thing that Jeff didn’t feel the need to mention is that one key part of being on Survivor is that at some point during the game, you’re going to be naked.

Sure, the CBS censors may pixelate your NO NO ZONE, or the contestants may decide to show off their newly-buffed bodies in an attempt to increase their Survivor-provided 15-minutes of fame — but after 20 seasons (and approximately 300+ contestants), there was bound to be a glut of Survivor contestant nudity available at some point.

It was inevitable, really.

Continue reading NSFW: A COMPLETE HISTORY OF NAKED SURVIVOR CONTESTANTS (AND JEFF PROBST?!?!)