Thursday, August 18, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. That's about two films past the point in which most franchises have jumped the shark. Screen Junkies tells us that there are two things that set this movie apart from the others in the franchise. One is bringing back the cast of he original Jurassic Park, which is good even if it makes no sense. The other is locusts, which is bad because it doesn't add any terror to a world that already has dinosaurs running loose, and it makes even less sense. Maybe it's time to retire the franchise... which ain't going to happen no matter how bad the movies get, because they always make a ton of money. Oh yeah, here's the Honest Theme Song video they were talking about.
Touchscreens were first developed in 1965, but the first one I ever used professionally was in 1999 when I worked at a radio station that had music recorded and played by computer. Deejays could start, stop, and rearrange the music on screen with our fingers. One day my boss sneezed in the studio and showered the screen with snot droplets. Every song scheduled for that hour, plus ads, played at once. That's when we all started washing our hands more often. But not all touch screens respond to flying liquid, or even fingers if they are gloved. Those types of screens had to be modified for phones, or else butt-dialing would be a national emergency. This TED-Ed lesson explains how touch screens work and the difference in the old screens that worked with a stylus (or a sneeze) and new touch screens that will work with a sausage. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Tales of the Walking Dead: The Best Animals in the TWD Universe.
Theme Music from Every Batman Movie, in one supercut. They're all good themes.
4 Things About Mobsters We Believe Because Of Movies And Shows. Yes, there are video examples.
An Extreme Case of Helicopter Parenting.
How to Purchase an Affordable Home Through a Land Bank.
A Guide to Keeping Up with Household Filters.
The Incredible Story of the Iceberg That Sank the Titanic.
Dogs Photographed While Catching Treats.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
What if Better Call Saul were remade as a Pixar film? This fits into the "most unlikely combo" mashup tradition just fine. It may cause a bit of cognitive dissonance to see AMC violence in a Pixar animation, but that's what makes this special. (via Pop Culturista)
When the humans installed automatic feeders, it didn't take long for Frankie and Theo to understand the concept, and the instant they drop food, it's off to the races! Those races are made much more entertaining by the slick floor they must negotiate. Frankie and Theo have a more complicated relationship with human food, and aren't at all shy about letting their opinions be known. You can see more of Frankie and Theo at TikTok. (via Laughing Squid)
Jeannette Reyes is a morning news anchor at Fox5, and her husband Robert Burton is a morning news anchor at WJLA ABC-7, both in Washington, DC. They welcomed a new baby girl on June 30, and now give us a news update on what life is now like at their home. Everyday life delivered in that TV newscast cadence with every word enunciated properly is pretty weird. Jeannette breaks character at one point, which only highlights how odd the whole idea is. (via reddit)
That's some serious tapping!
Carmen Amaya “the greatest Flamenco dancer ever" & first woman to master this intricate footwork originally reserved for males (1944) pic.twitter.com/cBjOJYqKFQ— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) August 11, 2022
Monday, August 15, 2022
A young cat named Roger Dodger shows how he retrieves an object and take it back to his human. Up to the cat cubby, to the sisal column, to the second column, to the high shelf, the the second shelf and the third shelf, ever higher! Then all the way back down, using the cabinet instead of the cat cubby this time. He's adorable and well behaved, but you would be, too, if you had a roommate like Smokey Drone Fun. That gymnastics training center he built on the wall must have been quite a project! (via a comment at Fark)
You may have been under the impression that She-Hulk is a superhero, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a Marvel superhero series. While that may be technically true, it is a comedy. To drive that concept home, Marvel made this parody trailer in the style of Law and Order. She-Hulk: Attorney At Law will premiere on Disney+ on Wednesday.
Eating Like an Explorer Once Called for Plenty of ‘Portable Soup’.
An Ice Core that Goes Back Five Million Years. (via Damn Interesting)
The Military Sheep That's Been Serving Since 1944. (via Strange Company)
What the Unofficial Bridgerton Musical Lawsuit Means for Fan-Created Content.
An Efficient Way to Water Houseplants.
The Horror of Drowning in Sewage.
Eight Brides in One Family have Worn the Same Wedding Dress.
The 25 Best Vampire Movies Ever. It includes some you've never seen, or even heard of. (via Digg)
Ahead of the 2014 Emmy Awards, someone noticed that the nominees for Outstanding Drama series were all shows that children should not watch: Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, True Detective, House of Cards, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey. That’s why they had to memorize lines to re-enact representative scenes from those shows in this parody video from Mom.me. The kids did a wonderful job, but the incongruity of the young actors in those familiar adult roles is just too funny! The 2022 Emmy Awards will be aired on Monday, September 12. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Ford Quarterman is a good ole Southern boy, who speaks Spanish, but doesn't alter his natural accent. Here he is at a place in Peru he calls La Laguna de Gatorade due to its color. The effect is like that of Brad Pitt speaking Italian in Inglourious Basterds. I can't help but laugh every time he says Gatorade. (via Laughosaurus)
As a wildlife documentarian, Gordon Buchanan doesn't want to interfere with the cheetahs' wild nature by interacting with them, but he wants his jacket back! Enjoy this amusing clip from the BBC series Cheetah Family and Me. What I find fascinating is that the cheetahs look full grown, but their faces still retain that big-eyed cuteness that makes you want to hug kittens and other babies.
The effect of quinine is more like a butterfly effect than a direct cause of World War I. However, it enabled the "Scramble for Africa," when European nations competed to colonize the continent, which changed the planet forever. The first half of this video goes into the history of quinine and world events. The second half is chemistry, because there have been some new discoveries about how quinine works. Then the story picks back up at the ten-minute mark. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green returns to give is a barrage of interesting facts about amusement parks, and thrill rides in particular. But there are amusement parks with no thrill rides at all, like the “sex park” in London. Others need a little explanation, so now I know what “hundepruten” means.
Cooking shows go just a little overboard when something is actually cooked. Honestly, this is the way I used to act when the kids contributed anything to dinner, and now they are pretty good cooks. This is close to the truth, but it's actually a comedy bit from a British sketch show. (via Digg)
This is literally the funniest thing I have seen in 2 years pic.twitter.com/yaJXfsFyTg— d (@danielslaterr) August 9, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Originally released on the 1974 album Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell wrote "Free Man in Paris" about record producer David Geffen. I was 15 when this was charting, and while I knew the words, they didn't really mean anything to me. I just loved the tune. This performance was recorded in 1983.
Düzce’de bitkin halde bulunan yavru boz ayımızın sağlık durumu iyi, ekiplerimiz tedavisine devam ediyor. @milliparklar— T.C. Tarım ve Orman Bakanlığı (@TCTarim) August 11, 2022
Balın dozunu kaçıran sevimli “kızımıza” bir isim verelim, adıyla yaşasın😊 💬 pic.twitter.com/dZsI2FcsIw
A young female bear was found wandering aimlessly in the Duzce province of Turkey Thursday. It appeared to be intoxicated. Wildlife officials captured the bear and took her to a veterinary clinic. There, doctors determined she was tripping. She had been eating honey made by bees that feed on rhododendron flowers, a species that grows only in Turkey's Kaçkar mountains and in the Himalayas that produces a hallucinogenic substance. A few local beekeepers sell the honey, called deli bal, or "mad honey." Wildlife officials said the bear is okay, and will be released into the wild when she is deemed competent. Meanwhile, they are asking social media to suggest names for the bear. That's enough to make you wish you could read Turkish. (via Fark)
How to make a mashup: write down as many pop culture names as you can think of, separate them into piles labeled action, horror, comedy, science fiction, etc. Pull one each from two different piles. The more disparate they are from each other, the more intriguing the combination will be. Bonus points if the source materials are from vastly different decades.
As David Banner testifies as a witness in court, Moe, Larry, and Curly's shenanigans anger him enough to cause his transformation into the enraged Hulk. Talk about disorder in the court! (via Boing Boing)
Barely Legal Pawn stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, together again in new roles after Breaking Bad. In this episode, Julia Louis-Dreyfus tries to pawn her Emmy because she’s desperate for cash (yeah, right). If this were only real! It’s not a series, but it should be. This was a promo for the 2014 Emmy Awards Show. (via Warming Glow)
Friday, August 12, 2022
An edited version of the 1951 15-part serial Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere highlights the made up names for made up technology that no one understood, but it moved the plot along, so okay. Read more about the source material at Laughosaurus. (via reddit)
Serena Williams is retiring. "I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy, I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family."
What Does It Mean to be Human?
How to Make the Most of the Time You Have Left. Learn from an end-of-life doula.
Mom won't let her go to the pub!
Funeral Brawl Leads to Injury, Arrest. The people involved were not named, but the narrative resembles a Three Stooges script. (via Fark)
How Spider-Man Inspired the Ankle Monitor.
Make My Drive Fun gives you new places to explore on your next road trip. (via Nag on the Lake)
An introduction to the plant Azorella compacta by a particularly potty-mouthed botanist.
Robot Assembles IKEA Chair. I bet they didn't teach it to lose a part or argue about it.
Which Fast Food Outlets are the Fastest?
From the vimeo description:
I began this video project in December 2015. Sadly, we've lost two of the legends featured since I started. So this is now dedicated to David Bowie and Lemmy Kilmister. This video is a celebration of when musical artistry was all about the music. I also wanted to showcase this great song by Kiki Dee, the first white, female, 'blue-eyed soul singer' from the UK accepted by a Motown label. Finally, I made this in anticipation of the forthcoming HBO show 'Vinyl'. Turn it up.Oh, you better believe I turned it up! (Thanks, Klara Tavakoli!)
Thursday, August 11, 2022
The one thing that sets Star Wars fans apart from any other fandom is how much they hate Star Wars. It started when George Lucas made this perfect little space opera in 1977, and then a second good movie, and after that nothing else in the entire canon has has been able to live up to expectations. As the Star Wars universe expanded, everyone found something to hang their frustrations on. Lucas even went back and changed the good movies, which made fans hate them, too. Now that there are a dozen or so feature films followed by a full schedule of TV shows on Disney+, there's plenty for Star Wars fans to hate. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
While it may seem odd that a cat would have a bird for a best friend, wonderful things can happen when pets are comfortable and well fed. A little love bird named Chicken was the first pet in this home. Later she was joined by Frank, a shelter cat who "liked birds." Frank and Chicken got along so well, they got another cat, Pugsley. The three made an odd group, but the cats and bird were close as any family could be. But then Frank got sick and died. Pugsley and Chicken helped each other through a mourning period, and it made them appreciate each other even more. (via Laughing Squid)
In case you don't already know, the Calculator is a villain in the SC comics universe. He originated in 1976, when pocket calculators were quite popular. As you might guess, this overly-themed supervillain and his rather lame powers comes off as just silly. In this skit from Cracked, the Calculator is applying for a position with a generic supervillain corporation, and he must go through his resume of DC comics appearances to make even the least bit of sense out of his talents, skills, and experience. Will he impress the interviewer and get the job? Well, this all happens in the DC comics universe, so with a large dose of suspension of disbelief, anything can happen.
This kid they call Nut is not very good at playing the guitar and singing, but he tries so hard. Is he just a nerd? Will he ever make friends playing music? This is a Thai life insurance ad, so you know there’s a lot more involved. Get your hanky out. This one is based on a true story. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Guus is a Flemish Giant rabbit. He is two years old and lives in Amsterdam, where he goes for walks on a leash and loves hopping around the garden. Guus weighs 10 kilograms (22 pounds), but looks looks even bigger because he is so fluffy. He loves to cuddle with his humans, Danielle and Onno. Guus has identification tattoos in his ears indicating his birthplace and date. He can be quite destructive, but they've learned to work around that. See more of Guus at Instagram. (via Boing Boing)
RRR is a 2022 Telegu language film that has captured the world. It broke records in its opening weekend in India, had a theatrical run in the US, and is now on Netflix (in Hindi). RRR is the fictional story of two real superheroes fighting the British Raj in 1920. It is an action-romance-musical epic with some comedy that requires three hours to fit everything in. Indian reviews were mixed, but American movie critics love RRR, and hope that it opens up the American audience to more Tollywood films. Screen Junkies likes this movie very much, as you can tell from this Honest Trailer. RRR has over-the-top action and special effects with breaks for musical dance numbers, and really, what else do you need in a film?
The Pinta’o is the Real Panama Hat.
The Poison Garden, UK's deadliest garden -on purpose. (via Damn Interesting)
Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them. (via Damn Interesting)
How Scientists Are Using Cake to Share Their Research.
Flatbush Cats Is Raising Funds to Build Affordable Spay Neuter Clinic to Address Cat Overpopulation in NYC.
Monsieur Caron of BrickFun spent all summer working on a LEGO movie version of Ghostbusters. Now that school is about to start, he must go back to teaching history. But what a great project to show his students! And you may be surprised and delighted by who gets to play the role of Slimer in this. The behind-the-scenes video is pretty cool, too! (via Geeks Are Sexy)
"Hey, you're doing just great"— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) August 9, 2022
Oklahoma little leaguer gets hit in the head and then comforts the pitcher who is shaken up afterward pic.twitter.com/hYYLiy511K
Little League Baseball can teach you a lot of life lessons, and it's not always about winning and losing. During the Southwest Regional Championship today, Texas East pitcher Kaiden "Bubs" Shelton accidentally beaned Oklahoma batter Isaiah "Zay" Jarvis. You know that had to hurt, yet Jarvis was up and on base pretty soon. But Shelton was shaken, guilt-ridden and repentant to the point of tears. Jarvis left first base to give him some consolation and forgiveness. Now that's sportsmanship, and just what was needed in the moment. (via Digg)
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
A brand new mashup from Bill McClintock mixes "Strokin'" by Clarence Carter, "More Than A Feeling" by Boston, "Smokin'" by Boston, and "The Number of the Beast" by Iron Maiden all into one song. The video contains even more surprises.
IHOP was born without her front legs, hence the name. Duke and Steph, canine special-needs foster parents who go by The Pawerful Rescue, wanted to get IHOP a companion, but other dogs made her feel helpless. That is, until she met Waffles. Waffles was a 10-week-old paralyzed female Great Dane that was slated to be euthanized. But IHOP recognized a kindred spirit in Waffles, who was so happy to have a friend that she started moving her legs! Duke and Steph moved Waffles from a hospice case to permanent pet, and now she gets around on wheels, with encouragement from her best friend IHOP.
These days, 99% of US mail is sorted successfully by machine with optical readers. But if your handwriting is so bad that the machines can't decipher it, or if the envelope got wet and the ink ran, it will be sent to the Remote Encoding Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Or rather, a picture of it will be sent there. At this level of sorting, a combination of human and computer power will use a strange but effective system of comparison to figure out where that mail is supposed to go. If they can't do it, the last resort is completely human before the postal service gives up and returns it. Tom Scott give us a look inside the Remote Encoding Center to see how it's done.
What could the Inflation Reduction Act mean for you?
Brevard, North Carolina, is the White Squirrel Capital of the World. (via Boing Boing)
8 Misconceptions About Death.
The James Bond Theme is Based on a Song About a Sneeze. (via Strange Company)
Restaurant Owners Try To Slam Customers Who Tip Too Little, Get Shamed Themselves Instead.
Color-Changing, Energy Saving Windows Inspired by Krill.
20 Things You Might Not Know About Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This Modern House Goes Wide Instead Of High. It was Built for the View. (via Nag on the Lake)
The city of Yokohama, Japan, staged a Pokémon Pikachu Festival. It was called the Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chu, or “An Outbreak of Pikachus,” which included a parade of twenty marching Pikachus! How fun! The parades happened four times a day all week, but that was far from the only Pikachu event in the city. See plenty of pictures of the Outbreak of Pikachus at RocketNews24.
Monday, August 08, 2022
How silly was the original Batman TV series? One 1967 episode featured a surfing competition between Batman and the Joker. The characters felt the need to wear their full costumes plus surfing shorts on top. I'm sure the stunt doubles appreciated that. Never mind that the Joker was a wanted criminal, surfing was cool and ready for a ridiculous display on prime time television. If only the newer Batman movies were this much fun. It's a good thing that Batman had a little spritz of Shark Repellant Bat Spray! (via Metafilter)
Jazz musician Jacob Collier always ends his concerts with an audience singalong, but this performance at O2 Academy in Brixton, London, last month is next level. He plays the audience as if it were an instrument itself. How can this crowd possibly sound so good? First off, Collier is known as a musician's musician. His performances draw people who are musicians themselves, or else technically aware of how music works. I wanted to know how he sets this type of thing up. One of the commenters at YouTube explained it.
If you want a more detailed breakdown of the mechanics of the process, he starts off by dividing the audience into 3 sections one at a time just by pointing at them, and giving them a note. He points up the middle, then to his left, then to his right. He has perfect pitch, so he can just hear the correct notes in his head. The starting notes he gives are the root, third and fifth of a major chord, in this case, G major, G B and D. From there, he then points at a section or sections, and points up or down, and that section goes up or down one step of the major scale from where they were. Sometimes he controls just a single section, sometimes 2 at once. Usually both sections go in the same direction, but near the end, one section goes up and the other goes down. He's literally composing this 3 part harmony in his head as he's waving his hands. Every show he does this it's similar, but each one is unique. This one is especially long and complex in comparison to some of the other clips we've seen from his other shows on this tour. Anyway, hope that helps.However they did it, it sounds good. (via reddit)
Life by the Ocean Without Breaking the Bank: The 25 Most Affordable Beach Towns for Homebuyers.
The Recipe for John Scalzi's Schadenfreude Pie. It's appropriately dark and bitter. (via Metafilter)
The most adorable goalkeeper ever.
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan Taught Marvel and Star Wars One Key Sequel Trick. (via Digg)
A Woman Posted A Photo Of Her Baby Looking Like Woody Harrelson, And Harrelson Wrote The Baby A Poem.
Rescue Flight Helps 155 Cats from Overcrowded Shelters Get a Second Chance at Finding Homes. (via Fark)
The US Military is Developing Tactical Bras. (via Boing Boing)
John Walkenbach, formerly known as J-Walk, teased a tortoise with a remote control toy truck. The tortoise does his best to give chase, and would have made some real turtle tracks if that floor wasn’t so slick. Look at those little legs go! He probably had some amorous intentions, but the truck was under human control, and has a better grip on the floor. (via Arbroath)
Scared baby rescue horse hid behind another horse until one energetic baby brought her out of her shell! ❤️— The Dodo (@dodo) July 24, 2022
Follow along on Tiktok: https://t.co/JltVe4H2pB & Instagram https://t.co/bt62nmRbmw. pic.twitter.com/52X2p02A6H