Hey, Blondie, you're on a diet! (In LOLspeak, that would be "U R 2 fat!") Three bowls of cat food for three cats -makes sense,right? But the ginger cat is a self-appointed food guard, determined to keep the bigger tomcat from getting any, much less his share. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Procatinator is exactly what it sounds like: a procrastination site featuring cats. Load it, and you will see a screen-size cat gif accompanied by a more-or-less appropriate musical soundtrack. (via Everlasting Blort)
The list of things to do with the internet for 2013 had a lot of interesting stuff, but I have an entirely different post for websites that put up lists of their own top internal posts of the year. I may be adding to this over time, as more of them calculate what they've done in 2013.
Owen Weber and Roger Weber wrote new lyrics for the Billy Joel song "We Didn't Star the Fire" using the celebrity news stories of 2013. Here it is, sung by Kevin Leblanc in a rapid-fire video looking back at the past year. Now, if you are like me and keep up with fewer celebrities each year, you'll still recognize some of them, and this goes so fast that "some of them" is enough to keep you following this dizzying video.
"Guy on a Buffalo" is from the Austin band Possum Posse. Read the entire story behind the video (which is actually several videos stitched together), in this interview. It was a viral hit a couple of years ago, but I can't find that I ever posted it. Better late than never!
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in an epic film in which he gets into a lot of trouble in his youth, grows up, takes a boat ride, becomes stranded in a strange foreign land, flies a plane out, and eventually becomes fabulously wealthy, although he's still committing crimes. The story is strung together from clips from… (counting) 18 movies! They are listed at the YouTube page (DiCaprio has actually been in 29 feature films). This supercut from Official Comedy might just win him that elusive Oscar. (via Laughing Squid)
Jib-Jab presents their annual year-in-review video, full of singing, dancing, all-animated versions of the movers and shakers of 2013. From Pope Francis to Ylvis to the Royal baby, from Miley Cyrus to Batkid to Ed Snowden to Paula Dean, they all get the cartoon treatment. They've even figured out a way to honor the recently-deceased in cartoon form, by having them line up to enter heaven.
YouTube invited it's biggest stars, and the folks who made the year's biggest videos, to come help them make their annual year-end "rewind" video. Get ready for a collage of the the people, images, memes, and music of 2013. There's a list of the people appearing here at the YouTube page. The soundtrack is a remix of tunes that are memes themselves mixed by DJ Earworm. Trying to spot and name all the references in this mashup would be an interesting exercise, but first -just watch and enjoy it for what it is: a time capsule of YouTube in 2013.
Google has released their annual video highlighting what people searched for the most in the past year. They also have an interactive site so you can explore the top searches of the year, which is quite confusing, as it is all image-based, and what does "View #my2013 Gallery" mean? I did not search for any of those things! At least, I don't think so, as most of them aren't labeled. The "trends globe" is kind of interesting. You can check 150 cities of the world to see what their residents searched for the most by date. Don't spin the globe too fast, or we'll all get dizzy! Also see the slightly different versions for the UK, Japan, Germany, and France.
One of the ways mental_floss celebrates the end of the work week is for me to round up the oddest news stories for The Weird Week in Review. Not every weird news story made it into the weekly column, because I tend to skip those that are overly prurient or tragic, and stories that are not available in English. But of those 300 or so strange news items that appeared in the Friday column, here are the twenty stories of 2013 that are worth another look, in my annual year-end column at mental_floss.
Kung Fury is a trailer that would like to be a real movie someday. Kung Fury the character is a cop who's a martial arts master. He travels through time to defeat Hitler, with the help of Vikings -and dinosaurs! It's a sendup of '80s cop movies, with any movie trope that was ever vaguely successful thrown in. I'd watch it. You know you would, too. Written and directed by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg (Laser Unicorns), who also stars as Kung Fury. In less than 48 hours, this Kickstarter project was fully funded. (via Daily of the Day)
The New York Times has a 25-question survey that tries to discern where in the U.S. you live (or were raised) by how you pronounce words. They pegged me pretty good. How well did it find where you are from? (via Boing Boing)
This year-end mashup contains clips from 300 movies released in 2013. There were that many in one year? Yep, there's a list of them at a dedicated Tumblr page. No wonder we need multiplexes to show them all! Do you know how many new movies you saw in 2013? I am ashamed to say that I know. I saw two. Quite a few of these are on my "like to see" list, when they come up on TV.
It's that time of year already: time to look back at the best of 2013. Daniel Kim has once again mixed the biggest songs of the year into one mashup called Pop Danthology 2013. Doesn't it make you want to dance?
There are plenty of Yule log videos on the internet, so people who don't have a fireplace can have something to stare at while enjoying the holidays with family and friends. Lil Bub instantly improves on the situation by sitting in front of the warm fire and purring. For an hour. Send this video to someone you love. (via Laughing Squid)
If you have children obsessed Santa Claus and his annual whirlwind trip around the globe, Google has an online tracker
that keeps up with his journey. Since we are well into nighttime
Christmas Eve in the Eastern Hemisphere, the tracker is going strong!
When I took these screen caps, he was through with Australia, and was
zipping between Indonesia and The Philippines, delivering gifts and
laying tracks at lightning speed. Of course, when he gets near your
location, it will be time for good little boys and girls to be in bed,
dreaming of sugar plums or game consoles or such.