Sunday, January 31, 2021
Douglas Hughes built a kinetic sculpture of the TV game show Jeopardy! featuring the late host Alex Trebek. Three notable contestants work their buttons while Trebek moves around reading the questions. Add a little audio track from a real Jeopardy! game, and the whole thing comes to life. You can read the specifications of the build at BrickNerd. (via Boing Boing)
What does “working at home” mean for a house cat? An invasion of space, for one thing. That computer-generated voice usually drives me away from a video, but this time is stands in for the cat’s voice, and the cat really has some good things to say. Or at least funny things, in this sequence from The Dodo.
Well, there's conundrum. It was an accident, but it did cost the store money. Trying to justify it only leads down a road of more justification. We've all had mistakes that cost us money and gave the store more, but how big does a mistake/crime need to be before we feel obligated to make up for it? This hasn't ever happened to me because 1. I don't use the self checkout because I'm really bad at it, and 2. I rarely ever check my receipt. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
As far as I know, this is the first time I've heard a Nickelback song.(via Nag on the Lake)
uh did anyone have “nickelback turns their own song rockstar into a sea shanty and frankly it’s really good” on their 2021 bingo card? pic.twitter.com/G2htQdnJTw— buttonbeard the pirate 🧜🏻♀️❄️ (@rainbowslinky) January 23, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Click to the right to advance the comic. Hey, if you've got the time, read both! But you don't have the time, so we know what you'll select. Find your fanfiction here or here. This comic is from Zena at zenacomics. (via reddit)
You Bet Your Life was a radio show at first, then moved to TV. Groucho Marx made it more than a game show. They eventually changed the name of the show to The Groucho Show. Here are some outtakes.
Friday, January 29, 2021
Penn Holderness sings a song about his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to the tune of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. It's the most cheerful description you'll ever hear. He has learned to channel his differences into creativity, which he refers to a "superpower." Holderness is lucky to have a supportive wife to help keep him on track. (via Metafilter)
Don't understand stocks but are curious what's going on with Reddit, hedge fund managers and Gamestop stock? This thread breaks it down in a most hilarious manner. (via Fark)
How the ‘Millennial Divorce’ Became the Defining Break-Up of a Generation. They never married, but bought a house together, which is a pain to split. (via Digg)
The 50 Best Cult Movies. (via Boing Boing)
I Thought I Knew Everything About Miscarriages Until I Had One Myself. (via Metafilter)
Why You Should Be Kind Instead of Nice.
A Curious Journey Through the Story of the Passport.
A demonstration of cat reflexes.
Scammer ‘Sells’ This Disabled Woman A PS5 For $450 And Never Sends It, So She Decides To Mess Up His Life. She did a thorough job of it, too.
Candy Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. It's sweet and pink for Valentines Day.
A blast from the past (2010): 5 Stories of People Delivered as Cargo.
Talk about meals on wheels! There is no information on where the dumpster was found, but the restaurant posted an update on Facebook in which you see the bear returning for more German food on Wednesday night!
These videos really need a Yakety Sax soundtrack.
Dan Price is the CEO of Gravity Payments, where the starting wage is $70,000 a year.
*Stock market hits record highs at a time of record lines for food banks*— Dan Price (@DanPriceSeattle) January 27, 2021
"well, the rich just know how to invest"
*Regular people game the same system through GameStop*
"we must stop this immediately"
Thursday, January 28, 2021
If you've ever seen a movie built around your own area of expertise, you most likely cringed at the portrayal of your work. Movies and TV shows are made by writers and actors with an eye toward drama and not so much accuracy. The guy running the YouTube channel Fire Department Chronicles used green screen tech to put himself into the action and give the actors a little lesson in what really happens in a fire.
Once again, I am glad that we'll never see a drama about the life of a blogger, because it would be too boring for broadcast. Or even streaming. Fire Department Chronicles has more of these videos about the real work of firefighters and EMTs vs. the pop culture versions. (via reddit)
It's been 35 years, but it seems like yesterday. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded just a few seconds after launch. One of the astronauts aboard was physicist Ronald McNair. In this video from StoryCorps, McNair's brother talks about his childhood in Lake City, South Carolina. (via mental_floss)
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
This bonkers ad is rather amusing as a parody of both supermarket ads and deep fake technology. But it's not really a fake ad. It's a teaser for a new immersive art installation now open in Las Vegas from Meow Wolf. Omega Mart is a combination of theme park, virtual reality game, art museum, and shopping. It's an experience in weirdness, let's say. (via reddit)
To stay healthy and in shape, it is recommended that we take 10,000 steps a day. That may seem like an awful lot of walking and running, but when you do it by dancing, it's more fun and just as healthful. The Swedish nonprofit Generation Pep recruited 9-year-old French dancer Lilyana Ilunga to demonstrate how those steps add up in a joyful dance sequence. (via Nag on the Lake)
This guy had to be inspired by the sight of his cat making the bed cover move. The result is as cute as can be! (via Neatorama)
i put eyes on the cat’s bed and could not be happier with the result pic.twitter.com/0D72nyc0aq— towler (@HeyitsTowler) January 25, 2021
The Art of Whaling, from Those Who Were There. (via Atlas Obscura)
Chicago Doctor Murders Girl. A particularly sordid case from 1905. (via Strange Company)
Cat Dad Still Has Those Kittens.
The Oddest Book Title of the Year. (via Kottke)
Poor mama duck. If you watch this, be sure to stay with it until the end.
The Extraordinary Disappearing Act of a Novelist Banned by the Nazis.
8 of History's Strangest Taxes.
A blast from the past (2015): 8 Decidedly Different Twitter Feeds.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Buddhist monk Kossan1108 channels Brian Johnson as he sings AC/DC's song "Thunderstruck." Or maybe he's channeling Miss Piggy. Then again, Brian Johnson may have been channeling Miss Piggy the whole time. The song is only five minutes long, then he takes a three-minute meditation break. (via Laughing Squid)
This may seem silly, but it's a way to make your imagination work. All you need to do is shape your fantasies to match the real world! Okay, yeah, that's not as much fun as imagining something bigger. Carry on. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.
This cat was just looking for a soft warm place to sit. But he suddenly became a horseback rider in the process. And it wasn't long before he was riding a bucking bronco! Maybe rodeo isn't in this cat's future, since he was eventually tossed off with a fairly gentle bucking. But these critters are friends, and the horse was obviously reacting to the cat's natural inclination to hang on by their claws. (via Boing Boing)
PBS Digital Studios shows us how stop-motion animation is done. It's a lot of work taking 24 photographs for every second of video! Animators also talk about the philosophy and history of stop-motion animation, and along the way you'll see plenty of clips from videos you've seen and loved. (via mental_floss)
Monday, January 25, 2021
Death Star Thinking and Government Reform. More ideas in the discussion at Metafilter.
The International Tempest Over the World’s Most Famous Teapot. (via Damn Interesting)
The History of Plastic Surgery. (via Strange Company)
Dutch Map of Languages. To answer your questions, "black speech" refers to the Dark Tongue of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. "Salsa Tequila" is the song you can listen to here. "Our second language" refers to how close Dutch is to English, although some commenters will tell you that Dutch resembles a drunk Englishman trying to speak German.
Cookie Monster Agate. (via reddit)
Star Wars Characters as Classical Japanese Art.
A blast from the past (2015): 10 Things You Should Know About Spanish Moss.
There’s no argument that the MPAA ratings system for movies has wandered far afield of what was intended when it was first introduced in 1968. At the time, most movies were rated G and the whole family went to see them. Now, a G-rated movie is pretty much aimed at young children, and PG is almost there. The rating modern movies want is PG-13, the new rating introduced in 1984, so the lucrative teenage market can get into the theater and know they will see the the maximum adult content allowed for them. This video from Pitchfork explains how we got to this point. You’ll find a more involved article about the PG-13 rating at The Dissolve. (via Metafilter)
Sunday, January 24, 2021
The two stars that Hollywood can't get out of its mind- Godzilla and King Kong. The newest film to put these two together (like in 1962), Godzilla vs. Kong, is the third Godzilla film of the 21st century, promoted as a sequel to both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island. This will be the 36th Godzilla movie and the 12th King Kong film. And from the looks of things, they've been growing all this time. Godzilla vs. Kong will hit theaters and HBO Max on March 26. (via Digg)
A snowplow goes to work in South Tyrol. There's no drama, no "wait for it" moment, but you might find this fun. Or you might find it anxiety-inducing, because this driver is plowing mountain roads covered in snow with hardly any guardrails, partially before dawn. He goes pretty fast at times. (via reddit)
Indiana Jones defied seven deadly traps to reach this treasure! But afterward, a giant ball of yarn chased him back out of the temple. This is the latest from OwlKitty, the cat who manages to crash every movie ever made. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Chuck Jones directed more than 200 cartoons for Warner Bros. You watched them over and over: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner, Pepe le Pew. Here we have a chance to see those wonderful characters again and learn about their motivations, personalities, and how they managed to give us so many laughs. There’s a lot more going on than you realized as a child watching cartoons. Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a look at how legendary animator Chuck Jones crafted his wacky cartoons. (via Metafilter)
A young sloth wants to learn how to fly. That seems funny to the other sloths, who don’t want to of anything, as sloths do. It’s kind of funny to us, too, because it’s hard to imagine a sloth ever flapping his arms that fast. But this is a cartoon, by John McGowan, so anything is possible. In fact, it was his graduate thesis project.
This reminds me somewhat of another graduate thesis project in animation about a flightless bird who dreams of flying, but trust me, this one is not nearly as heart-wrenching. (via Daily of the Day)
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Betty Furness promotes electrical appliances and utility systems in the mid-50s. It’s much more complicated than it needs to be, but we didn’t really know that until we got transistors and microchips. Still, many of these things made no sense even at the time. Why tout how clean electric heat is when you’re going to burn charcoal in the living room anyway? I’m sure the kids just loved having their rooms combined during the day. And is there any practical reason to have doors on both sides of a refrigerator? (via Metafilter)
A diver is just trying to do some work in the Gulf of Thailand, when a curious turtle with no sense of personal space tries to get his attention. The turtle will not be denied!
The diver is Darren Connearn, who wrote about the experience and about turtles at his site. (via Arbroath)
Here's the story. (via Nag on the Lake)
This bloke spent £300 on vets fees and X-rays and it turned out nothing was wrong with the dog, was just copying him out of sympathy 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/CJ8pPqxJqH— Tom Francis (@TFrancis20) January 17, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Barbara is a toy bunny who was immediately thrown out as a factory reject because of her cough. The message of this cute animation is about health, but it's also about not giving up. If you didn't catch it, here's the link they showed at the end. (via Laughing Squid)
Stubbed toes, paper cuts, and biting one's tongue. It's a wonder we survive at all. The only upside of all these dumb little injuries i that they are universal. Even the part about not knowing how to use one's life. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.
Finn Deserved Better — And So Did Black Star Wars Fans.
How 19th-Century Activists Ditched Corsets for One-Piece Long Underwear. Who knew the union suit was a feminist icon?
Don't sass the cat.
We Have A Website That Lets You Add Bernie Sanders Sitting at the Inauguration to Any Location on Google Maps. Try it here.
Everything is Better with Glitter!
Darth Vader Baby Onesie Recalled as Choking Hazard. Because that's what Vader does. (via Neatorama)
The Origins of Chess. (via Damn Interesting)
A blast from the past (2010): The Scientists Behind the Movies.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wildlife photographer Niki Colemont gives us a minute-long tutorial on photographing squirrels. It's a bit light on actual technique and tips, but his attitude and his little friends are so heartwarming that it doesn't really matter. (via Boing Boing)