Thursday, July 30, 2009

Darth "D-Bag" Vader

Darth Vader can be a real dick. (via List of the Day)

Then again, so can The Man of Steel.

Same goes for Santa.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Rhonda, Out on the Weekend

From the I-Didn't-Know-They-Could-Do-That Dep't:
Rhonda Forever, a short video showing off Rhonda, a 3-D drawing program. I am also partial to the background music, Neil Young's "Out On The Weekend".

I was impressed, but then again I don't have any background on this type of software. Is it unique? Or are there other 3-D drawing programs that work similarly?

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Annie Lennox - Backwards/Forwards

DJ Earworm has put together Annie Lennox - Backwards/Forwards, an absolutely beautiful mashup of some of her best work both in and out of Eurythmics. I realized while watching this that while I knew pretty much all the songs, I hadn't seen many of the original videos. (via Dangerous Minds)

Track list used:
  • Why
  • Walking on Broken Glass
  • Little Bird
  • No More I Love You’s
  • Waiting in Vain
  • Something So Right
  • Dark Road
  • Sing
  • Shining Light

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In space, no one can hear your brother singing in that weird yet strangely arousing falsetto

It is the distant future. The year is 1984. Space travel to distant galaxies is commonplace. Of course, you still have to watch out for flying space werewolves that shoot lasers out of their mouths, but on the bright side, there are plenty of gauzy, diaphanous space babes out there looking for a lover (and not just a friend).

Thankfully luxuriant, manly mustaches have remained in fashion throughout.

I had doubts the first 20 seconds or so, but once that chorus kicked in it was instant earworm. (via Why, That's Delightful!)

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Might as well jump

Adrenaline junkie Dirk Auer can hit speeds of 56mph on this German amusement park's roller coaster track using his custom-designed in-line skates. (via The Awesomer)

Robot Parkour ad by Nike (via Dark Roasted Blend)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Size matters?

Giant sculptures of everyday objects (including this button one here in my home town of Grand Rapids, MI)

I know it's a cliche, but there really is a World's Largest Ball of Twine, and it resides in Darwin, Minnesota.

A Flickr set of exaggerated postcards, found at, which has a traveling roadside museum.

Now when you think about it, the logistics of taking a collection of the world's largest things and shuffling them around the country for display... well, that seems a little daunting. So what's their secret?


That's right, we're talking about a traveling museum featuring miniature representations of the world's largest things! It's The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum! The customized bus contains display space for its unique collection of miniature replicas of things such as badgers, otters, bulls, balls of twine, and baseball bats billed as World's Largest.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

The itsy-bitsy spider post

Spider, a well-made short film that will perhaps give you a few heebies, not to mention several jeebies. (via FAZED)

An 11 year-old Australian boy holds the Guinness World Record for most spiders on a body for 30 seconds. Crikey! Or is that "creepy!"?

The Camel Spider inhabits desert areas such as Iraq, Mexico and the southwestern US. Here is a video of a soldier stationed in Iraq who caught one and immobilized it with some string.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2D in a 3D world

Sorry I'm Late from Tomas Mankovsky on Vimeo.

"Sorry I'm Late" is a wonderful piece of stop animation. Stick around to the credits to see a bit of how it was filmed. (via Maison Bisson)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Where's the fire?

The World's Fastest Everything (via kottke) The ones that really made my jaw drop were the fastest stamper and the fastest game of Minesweeper.

World's Fastest Banjo Player. Not only did they give him "Dueling Banjoes" to play when he went for the world record, he also happens to look a bit like the Deliverance banjo kid, don't you think?

Meet Bob Arno, world's fastest-fingered pickpocket performing his stage act a few years ago (presumably, as it is hosted by John Ritter, who died in 2003).

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Time wounds all heels

Worth1000 has a whole series of Photoshop contests where people can submit their favorite celebs to that process that the rest of us averaje Joes and Janes have to deal with without the luxury of biweekly Botox parties and the like.

There's like 12 of them, so I'll just link to the most recent. The rest are listed near the top under "Related Galleries".

Steve Carell

Gwen Stefani

Conan O'Brien

Avril Levigne

When comic book heroes and villains get old
(thanks, Tim!)

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Moon People: Great book? Or greatest book?

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You will be Riveted when you read this riveting first page of the new rivetting book Moon People by Dale Courtney!

The story feature's Dave Braymer, a 45-year-old Single man that works at the local High school as a science teacher and astrology at the 12-grade level in Daytona Beach. He is also friends with Cheral Baskel who owns a local Restaurant where everyone gather's when there is a Shuttle launch because you can see the launch real good...

I'm not sure who Dale Courtney is, but this 80-page masterwork is a triple-threat of eye-poppingly bad storytelling/ spelling/ punctuation.

If that doesn't convince you, maybe the overwhelmingly glowing Amazon reviews will. (via The Best Article Every Day)

PS. I submitted this at Metafilter, which has spawned an amusing comment thread there as well. Feel free to hop in there (or here) with your comments, reviews, fanfic, etc...

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

Hail to the #FF0000, #FFFFFF and #0000FF!

A little something for that patriotic-est American holiday of them all... Now get out there and eat an apple pie.

11 most patriotic sci-fi movie and TV moments

LIFE Magazine's Most Patriotic Covers

Note to the young, impressionable and/or easily offended: this next link is not the droid you are looking for. Move along.

That being said, the rest of you wild-eyed jingoistic flag-wavers may now enjoy one of the many versions of America F*** Yeah. (NSFW)

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Friday, July 03, 2009

233 years? Oh, America, you don't look a day over 220!

The Best Way to Photograph Fireworks

Some nice-looking fireworks wallpaper for your desktop.

Tonight on Fox! When Fireworks Attack!

When yer out blowin' stuff up real good this Fourth of July, try to keep it all in perspective by giving a quick once-over of The Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever.

Barbie says, "Fireworks math is hard!" True or False?

If (sparkler) X 1 =

then (sparkler) X 7,000 =

What would happen if you lit 7000 wrapped sparklers?

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One forehead, toasted with butter coming up!

The latest (I hesitate to include the word "beauty") trend among the body mod kids in Japan is what's called "saline inflation" or more descriptively, "bagelhead". Simply put, a saline solution is injected under the skin, usually on the forehead, causing bumps that can be manipulated into various shapes (such as the Bagel Brothers in the pic above) to add interest. Ohhh, yeah. The ladies love the gross misshapen masses on the face and head, am I right? Let me get an "Amen!" from Quasimodo and John "The Elephant Man" Merrick! Testify!

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