Tuesday, August 11

GiShWheS 2015 (Part 2)

Part 1 is here.

#91 You know how when you draw lines to connect the stars in a constellation you see the image of the thing it's supposed to be? You connect the stars in the Big Dipper and you see a giant ladle. The Stars of "Supernatural" deserve their own constellations. Connect the dots of stars to create a constellation in the likeness of a Supernatural actor. Your constellation must be crafted from an actual high-resolution telescope photo of stars in the night sky. You may not overlay an image over the night sky. You must connect stars to form the shape. You may use an existing image (or images) of the night sky.

#92 RACHEL MINER ITEM. Make and wear a "Save The Unicorns" t-shirt and stand in a crowded public place asking people to sign a petition to "Save The Endangered Unicorns."

#93 Throw a conspiracy theorist party complete with tin foil hats and suspicious guests.

#94 @GISHBOT ITEM. (If you choose video, it may be up to 20 seconds but you can do an image as well.) A robot (Hitchbot) successfully hitchhiked across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands but then fell into the wrong hands in the US and was vandalized: http://www.cnet.com/news/hitchbot-is-dead-long-live-hitchbot/. We’ve discovered he was a distant relative of Gishbot’s (currently in mourning). In honor of Gishbot, let’s help his robot relative get back on his feet: reconstruct Hitchbot and treat him to a fun day or night on the town (roller-blading, boating, picnic in the park, dinner at a fine restaurant, opera, movie, nightclub dancing, etc.) and then send him off with a stranger (unless your friend is cosplaying as Hitchbot in which case take your friend home when you’re finished). Tweet your video to @hitchBOT with @gishwhes and #hitchBOTreturns in the tweet BUT SUBMIT US THE IMAGE OR VIDEO, NOT AN IMAGE OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA POST.

#96 The Tooth Fairy is on strike. Invent another fairy that provides a service in your home for your children, or your dorm room/apartment for your roommates. Dress up as the fairy providing the service, and then caption the image with what you are.

#97 Yarnbomb something in your town that shouldn't be yarn bombed.

#99 The problem with growing kale is that hipsters are always trying to sneak into my garden to steal it! Show what a trap would look like to catch these pests. Extra points if you capture (alive) a real life hipster.

#104 Turn your living room into a giant snow globe with fun props and falling "snow."

#107 JONATHAN LETHEM ITEM. Read "Call of the Wild" to a dog in a public place, "Moby Dick" to a whale, or "Born Free" to a lion. They must be within 10 feet of you.

#108 Lay your bets and time lapse a snail race from the starting gun to the finish line.

#109 Design and build a comfortable, functional piece of living room furniture made entirely from repurposed/recycled materials. Then show the family enjoying it.

#112 Let's see a refined game of croquet on a public lawn of a historic site. All participants must be zombies.

#117 Take a truck that's shaped like the food it sells or a service it provides (like a truck that sells or delivers hotdogs that's shaped like a hotdog) to a drive-in movie theater. Two people must be necking in the truck.

#119  Create the Impala or any iconic from object from Supernatural out of compost scraps.

#120 Stand in front of your garden holding up a sign with your best unorthodox or hard to believe gardening tip for the First Lady of the United States. Tweet it to @MichelleObama and include "@gishwhes" and "#gardeninghack"

#124 Get a coffee shop to create and run a drink special for Gishwhes and have it advertised on their menu board.

#125  Using food found in your refrigerator or pantry, recreate a national landmark.  You may not use gummi bears.

#126 The setting is a candle-lit romantic dinner for two.  Let's see the "spaghetti" scene from "Lady and the Tramp." Both of you must be dressed for the hot date. Super bonus points if it's in an actual nice restaurant.

#127 This is a real Welsh word: "Llanfaurpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." Find a Welsh person and have them say in Welsh "I am Welsh and I hate that I have to do this," and then they must say the lengthy word 3 times, without stuttering and without reading it.

#134 Hand out craft-made or real roses to people standing in line at a food bank or a homeless person. If you can afford it, it might be nice to include a health bar, piece of fruit or other snack as well.

#139 Do your best June Cleaver impression and vacuum the lawn.

#140 Paint or draw a celebrated historical figure on a glass slide; but paint them really small. Submit two images side-by-side: one with the glass slide in your hand, and the other showing what your portrait looks like magnified 20X under a microscope.

#144 A live bull in a china shop.

#146 Make a macrame holster for a pistol.

#147 A stunning origami centerpiece.

#148 Make a highway rest stop more restful- make it a paradise.

#150 Dating can be so challenging! Thank god you used the TaxidermConnect App. So now let's see you, seated for a romantic dinner at a high-end restaurant with a taxidermied animal as your date. Bonus points if it's Michelin rated.

#155 Let's see a portrait of Taylor Swift or Nicki Minaj made from glue, rice and dried legumes. 

#159 Tweet a picture of you holding up your most inspiring book or book title with the hashtag #booksnotbullets and @gishwhes.

#162 Commit a random act of kindness and have someone take a picture of what you're doing and caption it. Here are some examples: http://boredomtherapy.com/random-acts-of-kindness/. Tweet it to @RandomActsOrg if you wish but submit to us the image only.

#165 WILLIAM SHATNER ITEM - Carrie Fisher is known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars. Her memorable hairstyle was often called the Princess Leia Bun. Bake a portrait of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in bread.

#166 Your hair will grow back. Cut off at least 10 inches of it and donate it to your country's local hair donation organization (just google it). Wigsforkids.org is just one of many. Take a picture of you before and after and submit them side by side.

#168 Represent an artistic depiction of a famous Italian landmark- on a pizza.

#169 "Kale to the Chief" - Get a president, a king, a prime minister or other official head of state to wear a real kale crown.

#172 Build a raft made entirely out of empty plastic water bottles. Float in a lake on your raft.

#176 Register to vote, then take photographic proof of this event (i.e. you at the post office getting it done, you all holding your registration cards, etc.). In the photo hold up a sign that reads, "If Richard Speight Jr. can't be King, I'll settle for democracy." (Or something else that indicates that democracy is your tolerable second choice of political systems.) - Inspired by Richard Speight Jr and TC Couture

#179 Work opportunities are scarce since the Death Star blew up. Let's see a stormtrooper working at their job as a waiter, fast food line prep, car mechanic, postal worker, deli sandwich maker, road-repair worker, etc).

#181 Sign up to your country's organ donor register.

#183 My grandmother lives in a retirement home called Roland Park Place in Baltimore, MD. Stop by between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM this week and find a way to give the residents a little boost. If you do not live near Baltimore, you can do this item at any retirement community anywhere in the world.

#184 Matthew 14:22, and so did the best of you gishwhes.com/ghof_item_view.php. Don't submit unless you solve the puzzle or you will be docked points.

#185 This just in: the ancestors of Gishwhes 2015 mascot, The Dinomite, have been discovered in Liaoning Province, China! Contact a paleontologist at one of the many fossil digs going on there and track down images of fossilized dinosaurs and fossilized insects that formed Dinomite's family tree. Submit two images side by side: one of the dinosaur and one of the "other creature." You need to caption the image with the paleontologist's name who helped you.

#188 JOHN GREEN ITEM. Write up to a 250 word personal manifesto that answers the question: "What are you fighting for?" or "What cause is the most important for you?" Then make your own uniform/costume that declares that cause. Two pictures side by side must be submitted (or one embedded in the other): you wearing your uniform/costume, and your manifesto. Share your manifesto and image with John Green (@johngreen) or The Art Assignment (@artassignment) on Facebook or Twitter.

#193 Contribute the recipe for 'Dinomite's Fluffy Bites' to Allrecipes.com and get at least 20, 5-star reviews from people who enjoyed the recipe.

#194 Let's see a fully dressed Mary (pregnant) and Joseph shopping for baby clothes or items, or in a pregnancy breathing class.

#196 Record yourself and friends singing a quartet rendition of "Carry On My Wayward Son" in an amphitheater after you Google-translate it into at least three other languages and then back to English.

#200 Leave a review for gishwhes on Yelp or Google.

#201 Show us something you find beautiful that most others would deem ugly.

#208 Back to school! Back a backpack (or more!) full of school supplies and deliver them to a local school or school collection site.

GiShWheS 2015 (Part 1)

The commandments made me write it that way.  Once again, I was part of a team consisting of 15 people who did some bizarre and delightful things over the course of 1 week in the name of Misha Collins: Gishwhes. (Very pic heavy post!)  See what our team did, after the jump.

Thursday, August 6

Saturday, June 13

Thor Answers the Proust Questionnaire

Continuing with the third in this series, Thor Odinson, God of Thunder, answers the Proust questionnaire.  If you want to see the other Prousts in this series of the Avengers, click here. (The Captain America one contains a little background on the Proust.)  If you're not afraid of what follows a little lightning...

Monday, May 11

Hawkeye Answers the Proust Questionnaire

    Continuing with the second in this series, Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye (or in my favorite comic book, Hawkguy) answers the Proust questionnaire.  If you want to see the other Prousts in this series of the Avengers, click here. (The Captain America one contains a little background on the Proust.)  More than just a guy who shoots arrows, after the jump!

    Sunday, April 12

    Sunday, March 1

    Terminal Music OR What Would You Need The Day Before You Die

    You have one day left in your whole life, what's the music you would listen to?  We're not talking the 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, I'm saying that if you knew you would be dead at the end of the next 24 hours, what would you need to hear?  Freak out with me, after the jump.

    Monday, January 19

    A Year In Old Music OR #listeningtoallmycds

    Here are my reflections on a very silly 2014 year in music. Not 2014 music, I listened to every single one of my CDs from start to finish in 2014.  Listen in, after the jump!