Jony Ive, your stark Apple aesthetic could use a kid’s imagination.
Minimalism, curvy and sleek? Borrrring. We asked 19 talented kids — and future Apple designers — to show us what they think the iPhone 6 will look like. A few even offered insights on features we should expect from the revamped gadget.
So when are we getting our Cat iPhone, Apple?
UPDATE, Sept. 9, 3 p.m. ET: Sadly, there are three new iPhones, none shaped like cats or monsters.
You may think the life of a cat is easy, but you’d be dead wrong.
Though they’re much cuter about it, these cats still feel the harrowing reality of the return from a long weekend just as much as any human. Some take out their frustration on a roll of paper towels and some prefer to hide in a brick wall’s crevice.
Let these cats take you to the end of the workday. If they can do it, so can you.
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In honor of the scurviest day of the year — Talk Like a Pirate Day — we’ve spiked the Watercooler with grog. Just kidding, but we do have the complete guide to celebrating that will shiver yer timbers.
This year marks the spot of the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day, according to the official website.
“What once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up,” the site writes.
To celebrate, we’ve gathered 10 swashbucklingly fun ways to celebrate like a true pirate. We’re not only showing you how to talk like a pirate — by the end of this guide, you’ll also look and act the part. Whether it’s updating your profile picture, emailing co-workers or DIY tattoos, this guide is the treasure chest you were looking for.
Special thanks to Captain Annie Colbert of the U.S.S. Watercooler for assisting with this post.
1. Talk the Pirate Talk
Obviously, Talk Like a Pirate Day is all about the lingo, mateys. The website gives a good rundown of pirate terms, from the basics to advanced — there are even pickup lines.
Here are a few terms to know:
Avast! : A sense of surprise — stop what you’re doing and give it attention. “Wow!” or “Check it out!”
Arrr!: Never argh, which is a sound of disgruntlement. There are a few things which translate as “arr,” such as “yes,” or “I agree.” It can also be used as a term of contentment, or recognizing another pirate’s cleverness.
Lad/Lass: A younger boy or girl.
Matey: A companion or friend.
Savvy: A sense of understanding. “Once ye read ’tis guide, ye’ll be scurvy pirate savvy.
Smartly: Do something quickly. “Instagram me treasure smartly — and put a toaster filter, me matey!
Speaking of smartly, if you don’t have time to brush up on your pirate jargon, Post Like a Pirate will do it for you. It will even tweet your translations straight to Twittarrr.
2. Look the Pirate Part
Sad because your company won’t allow you to wear a three-cornered hat and eye patch to work? Don’t be! That’s what Photoshop is for. And if you’re going to talk like a pirate, you should look like one too.
We’ve included a few pirate pieces to jazz up your avatar or profile picture. Add a hook, a sword, a hat or go all out.
3. Update Your Facebook
The most hardcore of pirates are probably already using this feature, but you can change your language on Facebook to pirate. Go to your general settings and select “English (Pirate)” to join in on the fun.
Bonus points for anyone who updates their cover photo too.
4. Email Your Coworkers
Now that you have the pirate lingo down — or have at least made good use of the translator — it’s time to let your colleagues know that you’re serious.
Pirates have to yell over choppy waters, sails blowing in the wind and other rowdy pirates on the deck. You can’t yell in an email, but you can take advantage of the caps lock key.
5. Pillage Your Office Kitchen for Snacks
By now, you’ve surely worked up an appetite.
Go ahead and raid the office kitchen for nourishment. Or just take a quick GIF break.
6. Pirate Art
Want to impress your pirate friends without using the lingo? Add some ascii art at the end of an email where your signature would normally be.
7. Pirate Tattoos
No need to spend money and hours fighting back tears at the tattoo parlor — you can make them all yourselves!
Jon Barnes shows you tips and techniques for drawing your own tattoos, using markers and imagination.
Pirates considered parrots to be souvenirs of the sea. They were exotic, brightly colored and could be trained to speak.
It’s less common for most of us to have a spare parrot lying around. Unless you already have one as a pet, consider improvising, like these guys.
9. Pirate Grog
Every pirate should celebrate the end of the day with a bottle of rum — but, we’re not really pirates, so let’s drink responsibly.
Pirates actually drank grog, which was a special concoction of alcoholic brews. It was like a weak beer with rum in it. To improve the taste, modern versions of the drink are often made with hot water, and sometimes lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar.
Finally, every pirate needs a source of entertainment while spending hours on the sea.
Plug in your headphones, and enjoy Mashable’s sea-worthy picks for Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Image courtesy of Nick Humphries
Don’t be fooled by the astronomically high prices of Halloween costumes — there is a better way.
Armed with only a package of balloons, a balloon pump and a little (OK, a lot) of patience, you’ll have all you need to make a one-of-a-kind costume.
For a costume that will truly pop your pals’ brains, take in a little inspiration from these buoyant costume creations.
You might think mid-summer is kind of quiet here at Mashable HQ, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This weekend was rip-roaring, rollicking and all those other “R” words — full of news, views, ballyhoo and woo woo, and we gathered all of it together right here, just for you.
So start your week right, check out all of our posts we did over the weekend here on the Weekend Recap, and then go out there and make it your best week yet.
News & Opinion
The Curiosity rover has reportedly made a groundbreaking discovery on Mars. The problem is that we will have to wait a few weeks to find out what it is.
Curiosity made the finding onboard its mobile chemistry lab, Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument (SAM for short). While NASA has so far been mum on the discovery, Curiosity Chief Scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that it will be “one for the history books.” In fact, the data is so revolutionary that the team has to double-check to make sure that it is actually correct.
Based on Curiosity’s detailed reports, we do know what the rover has been up to since her August landing. Besides snapping selfies and checking into Foursquare, Curiosity has also found an ancient streambed where water once flowed, zapped a Martian rock with a laser and began an especially long dirt-digging mission in the Gale Crater.
Oh, the mystery! If you can’t wait for the official NASA report, we have some highly scientific, plausible predictions of what the discovery could be. And of course, space nerds, we want to know what you think it is — it’s your moment to shine. So let your weird out in the comments below.
A Living Microbe
Bacteria? It could be a great thing on Mars!
Lewis Lab at Northeastern University. Created by Anthony D’Onofrio, William H. Fowle, Eric J. Stewart and Kim Lewis
Another Part From Clumsy Curiosity
Remember when she found something shiny in the dirt? That ended up just being one of her parts.
It’s not boring when you put a weird guy in it.
We can also assume that these will lead to mole people.
A Reliable 6G Network
The U.S. has finally figured out a way to monetize Mars.
Ancient Text of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Curiosity, don’t panic.
Crop Circle-Making Machine
That would explain everything.
Earth’s pyramids are just a sad alien’s re-creation of the real thing.
Aliens That Wear Tin Foil Hats
They need to protect their brains from humans, after all.
The Source of Martian Methane
NASA is currently translating the sign into English.
The Guy Who Invented the Sloppy Swish
Oh, so that’s the really strange guy who invented that really weird dance.
A Conceited Walrus
Alien That Has Human Hands at First Glance, But Then on Second Look, They Aren’t Human at All
Misunderstood Crab Mutant
He looks really mean, but he’s actually very hospitable.
Featured image courtesy of Flickr, x-ray delta one
We’ve seen Van Gogh’s iconic “Starry Night” painting as both an iPad app and a domino run, but now an astronomy major has recreated it in perhaps the most apt way: with NASA photos of the cosmos.
Alex Parker, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, made the mosaic-style image out of publicly available downloads of NASA’s top 100 images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Cloudy weather prevented him from working on a recent night at the observatory, so he came up with the idea of creating the image for Hubble’s 22nd birthday.
If you want to check out the image at full resolution, it’s here. A close-up of the top right section is below.
[via The Daily Mail]