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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the News: June 29, 2010

Let's start it off right!

Back to the kitchen ladies!
Housework cuts breast cancer risk
(Just kidding... You can work in the factories while the men are at war.)

Just another mildly sexist 'clip'-art (get it?!) from the BBC.

"Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests.

The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport.

Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job.

The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing."

High-School Students Plan Hypothetical NASA Mission, Discover It's Real
Ender's Game, anyone?

"In 2009, science teacher Ron Dantowitz gave three of his students a project, asking them to plan a mission to record the disintegration of a spacecraft. It was presented as a hypothetical situation to the kids—James Breitmeyer, Brigitte Berman, and Yiannis Karavas, all from Brookline, Massachusetts—but Dantowitz, an expert in "optical observations, tracking, and spectroscopy," had actually been asked by NASA to participate in the real deal: The Hayabusa Re-entry Airborne Observing Campaign, a mission to record video of the Japanese spacecraft, which had been out gathering material from an asteroid, as it re-entered the atmosphere.

After six months of work, Dantowitz let them in on the secret—and in June, the three high schoolers took off in a DC-8 and recorded the video themselves."

X Prize's multimillion-dollar challenge for Gulf oil solutions
We all knew this would happen. But I do prefer this to asking random Hollywood celebrities.

"The X Prize Foundation announced today that it is developing a multimillion-dollar “oil spill cleanup X challenge” to come up with solutions to cleaning up shorelines and open water fouled by oil leaking from the BP Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaking at the TEDxOilSpill conference in Washington, Frances Beland of the X Prize Foundation asked the audience of 300, and many more watching the conference’s videostream, “What do you prize?” Beland told CNN after his appearance that the oil-related challenge will probably offer about $3 million in prize money for a cleanup solution."


"It's like a pop culture orgasm"

Indeed it is.

"Nothing has been as overexposed this past year as Jersey Shore and Twilight, so a combination of the two phenomena was basically inevitable. We have Jimmy Kimmel to "thank" for “Friggin’ Twilight,” a Twilight parody acted out by the Jersey Shore cast in performances so stiff they might as well have been played by dead people (ha!). Unsurprisingly, Snooki comes off the best, as she merely has to strut around in a yellow dress and say things like “Thanks, vampire bitches” and “What the frig?” Otherwise, it’s a pretty dreadful affair, including Pauly D licking himself, Snooki getting punched in the face again (ugh), and Angelina managing to be excessively annoying in just two seconds of screen time."

(link thanks Nithya)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Cracked Guide to Fonts

Anyone remember Cracked.com?
Yea, apparently they're still around creating content. (Rediscovery = I know where I'll be wasting time tomorrow during work!)

Anyway, here's a pretty funny satire on fonts and their users:

(9gag via Cracked)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Comics

A few:

It's even worse now with them just regurgitating Facebook statuses or tweets:

Hooray reform!
(Michael Ramirez)

I thought this one was kinda funny...
Might have been funnier if the parallels to slavery weren't so clear. Unless he meant to do that; in that case it's good to acknowledge the issue of slavery and the detrimental effect it's had on society.
But then he did use monkeys... in which case that's pretty offensive and racist.
(Cyanide and Happiness)


Something to cheer up the Brits and Americans

This headline has been posted all over the place:
Rightfully so.

(Totally Looks Like)

Everything about this sounds like it hurts:


Friday, June 25, 2010

Four-clip Friday

Maury Povich forces show guests to confront their (irrational?) fears.
These are kind of trashy because it is Maury after all, but still funny.
(*Side note: After reading Maury's Wiki article, I found out that he's been married to Connie Chung since 1984?! Weird.)

Man who is afraid of peaches:

Woman afraid of chickens:

Woman afraid of pickles:

Woman afraid of balloons:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Michael Jackson Remembered

Tomorrow, June 25th, marks the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson's sudden death.
So here's a post in honor of the King of Pop.

Very cool simplified rep of some definitive MJ moments:

'Beat It' Lego-style:

(If you want to compare, here's the original).

And you know you're good when you're still making headlines in death:

Michael Jackson has 'made $1bn' since his death

"Michael Jackson's estate has made more than $1bn (£677m) since his death a year ago, according to estimates by trade paper Billboard.

The magazine says Jackson's album sales have generated about $383m (£259m), while revenue from the film This Is It has hit nearly $400m (£271m)."

"The Sony Music Entertainment deal will see 10 albums of the late singer's music released over the next seven years, including one of previously unreleased material.

The estate is guaranteed between $200m (£135m) and $250m (£169.5m) for the deal but Billboard believes approximately $31m (£21m) of this will have been paid in the last 12 months."

Michael Jackson to star in new video game
Might not be as good as Dance Central, but I still want it.

"Singer Michael Jackson is to be captured in a new video game, developers Ubisoft have announced.

The game, which has yet to be given a title, will rate players' ability to dance like the late pop star.

It will be one of the first titles to use motion detection technology, due to be rolled out on a number of consoles later this year."

"It will include songs from the singer's back catalogue, including the hits Billie Jean and Beat It.

At an announcement in Los Angeles, Ubisoft's Tony Key said: "Your goal is to dance like Michael."

R.I.P. Michael
We love you.

Three-clip Thursday

There are only three people, including my manager, in my group at my new job. Hope he doesn't like smooth-jazz...


The Most Inappropriate Mom Ever

What. Just. Happened? Let's recap:
  • This mom exists. Terrible.
  • One son made it rain. The other tried to shove dollars down her pants while she gyrated. Terrible.
  • Upon being unable to get said dollar bills down her pants, he attempted to force them into her belly button. Terr- okay, that was quite funny.
(link thanks to Kuong)

Little Kid on Bike Rides Into Pole
It's not funny to laugh, but I'm sure the kid is fine. Kids that age just bounce back up.

I think the best part about that clip is that sound he makes when he hits the tree.
Nothing over-the-top, like most movie crashes nowadays, just a nice satisfying 'crunch'.
(via Barstool Sports)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Joe Biden Comments on Joe Barton's Apology to BP

Apparently Barton apologized and "retracted his statement". Though I'm not sure how that makes things better...
Regardless, Biden's response is pretty awesome.

(via The High Definite)

In the News: June 23, 2010

Is your desk job bad for your health?
Time for a career switch...

"The hazards of sitting all day long--whether you're staring at a computer screen at work or watching TV on the couch at home--are better understood now than ever. In recent years, researchers have linked too much sitting to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, obesity, and even an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.

So what's a desk jockey to do? If quitting your job and applying to become a park ranger isn't in the cards, there are a number of other steps you can take to stay healthy at work. For instance, you could improve your workspace ergonomics, swap your office chair for an exercise ball, or ask your employer for a treadmill desk (really).

But the first step is to get moving. Stretching your legs and moving around for just five minutes each hour is enough to do a body good (although more activity is even better)."

ISS Crew Captures Beautiful Image of Green Aurora Over the Indian Ocean
Nothing really to report, but this is an awesome picture:

Arugula: The beef of the vegetarian world
People shunning meats because of their high production costs should think about this the next time they're at Whole Foods...

"I wanted to know whether all vegetables were created equal. If you really care about reducing your carbon footprint, are there veggies or fruits you should be shunning along with the cows? The answer, according to Eshel, is emphatically "yes".
Depending on where you live, eating baby spinach or arugula is almost like eating a burger, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It's that intense. Sure, if you live in the Central Valley of California, or in Florida, not so. But most people live very far from those places. If you live east of longitude 100 [Draw a line through the middle of the Dakotas—MKB] and north of, say, Jesse Helms country, you have no business eating greens at all between October and June. Again, you know, you're free to do whatever you want, but if you want to be really careful about your greenhouse gas footprint, this is what you should do.
The reason boils down to the huge amounts of energy needed to run the greenhouses that grow our local baby salad mix in winter, and, to a lesser extent, the fuel burned by trucking in California-grown salad. Although, Eshel says, you'd be way better off, from an emissions standpoint, buying the California greens than buying local—if buying local means greenhouse-grown."
(link thanks to Seth)


Quickie Wednesday

True statement.
Though I do feel bad about PRK's 7-0 loss to Portugal. Those poor footballers are going to get thrown into Kim Jong-il prison when they get home...
(Doghouse Diaries)

*Side note:
I also recommend reading the ESPN profile on North Korea's coach, Kim Jong-Hun.
Some highlights:
Little is known about North Korea's coach and, given the secluded nature of the country, it would be difficult to speak with any accuracy about the length and success of his tenure.

It is difficult, even, to speak about the team, given that they have tried to avoid being seen as much as possible, cancelling friendlies on occasion and leaving out key players in others as they try to spring a surprise.

Quotes: "Perhaps there's no other team in the world who would be fighting with the same dedication to please the leader and to bring fame to their motherland."

Trivia: It's been suggested that North Korea leader Kim Jong-Il gave the coach advice on how to reach the World Cup. Kim Jong-Su, the general secretary of the North Korean FA, has said the 'Dear Leader' gave "in-depth guidance" on how to develop the game in the country and the coach himself has claimed he received regular tactical advice during matches, apparently using mobile phones that are not visible to the naked eye. Jong-Il is said to have developed the technology himself.
(link thanks to Adam)

Awesome real-life reenactment of the Buzz Lightyear commercial from Toy Story:

Also, in case you were wondering, Toy Story 3 is amazing. I highly recommend it.
(via The High Definite)

Speaking of recent movies...

I give you, Jackie 4chan:
P.S. Karate Kid is also a good movie.

And finally...

That's all for now!
Stay tuned for Three-clip Thursday!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

One-clip Monday

Nigel Lythgoe, of the Dizzy Feet Foundation (and So You Think You Can Dance), has declared July 31st as National Dance Day!
Obviously, the focus of 'Dance Day' is to get everyone to dance, but it is also to encourage people to just get up and move around. Kind of like an anti-laziness day. (link)

In honor of National Dance Day, Tabitha and Napolean, also of SYTYCD fame, have choreographed this routine:

Learn it and be sure to get up and dance on July 31st!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber

Been meaning to post this site for a while, but haven't gotten around to it til now.

This post on failblog inspired me to actually do it:


And the site is exactly what the name is. Pictures of lesbians... who look like Justin Bieber.
How many times do you think they've been carded/stormed by police?

And the real, male-version:

Happy Father's Day!

Absolutely nothing related to fathers...

Tomorrow is the first day of summer! That means watermelon season!
(inspire me now)

You will never know happiness like this:

(thanks to DiP)

These costumes are almost accurate...

Perfect for women's soccer?
(inspire me now)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

On that note...

OK, clearly the Sad Keanu in back of Katy Perry was not a favorite.
Yes, that is what it is. No, it was not me staring at Katy Perry's cleavage.

Here are some things to make up for it:

Genius idea
(The High Definite)

Simon Pegg is hilarious:
"Packing away the play stuff at Gymboree today we sang a song called 'goodbye balls'. Being the only adult male there, I had to smile."
(both off his Twitter via 9gag)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


(via The High Definite)

*Hint: Best. meme. ever.

GoldenEye Wii

Yes. They are making a new version of GoldenEye for the Wii.

Takes me back to middle school...

In the News: June 16, 2010

BP enlists help from Kevin Costner in cleanup
Admittedly, the story is a lot better than the headline makes it out to be. (Yes, it's from CNN- home of the worst headlines ever)
At least he can do more than James Cameron's brainstorming session...

"The oil giant announced Monday that it had ordered 32 machines from Costner's company, the actor told CNN in an exclusive interview on "AC360."

The machines use a centrifuge mechanism to separate oil from water and recycle the crude at the same time, Costner said.

"This is the key, it's the linchpin to people going back to work. It's certainly a way to fight oil spills in the 21st century," he said. "It creates an efficiency where there are no efficiencies out there, and it's been a long time coming.""

Armed US 'Bin Laden hunter' is held in Pakistan

"An American man who claimed to be on a mission to hunt down Osama Bin Laden has been arrested in northern Pakistan, police say.

They said that Gary Brooks Faulkner, 52, was detained in the mountains of Chitral district north of Peshawar.

He had a pistol, dagger and a sword and was carrying night-vision equipment as well as Christian literature."

A Huge Ocean Likely Covered More Than a Third of Mars 3.5 Billion Years Ago

"It took NASA a few decades, several probes, and a whole lot of money to find hard evidence for the existence of water on the surface of Mars. But timing is everything. Had the agency been looking for water on the Red Planet a few billion years earlier, all they would've needed was a telescope. A new CU-Boulder analysis of the Martian surface has concluded that a massive ocean covered as much as a third of the planet around 3.5 billion years ago."


Monday, June 14, 2010

A few pictures and a video


Keytar-playing platypus, could there be anything more awesome?

The latest advertising fad explained:
(The High Definite)

I'm not really sure why I find these so funny, but I do.

And a video!

2010 World Cup: England vs. USA - Lego style

(The High Definite)

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Harmonix: Dance Central

My buddy works at Harmonix and has been in a virtual hole for the past few months.
I've been wondering what he's been up to. Apparently it was Rock Band 3, and revolutionizing the gaming industry.

Harmonix revealed their latest creation, Dance Central, at E3:


"Out of all the Kinect demos shown during the Microsoft Press Conference, we here at Destructoid were the most impressed by Harmonix's Dance Central. Not only was it by far the most entertaining (seriously, you are not ready for the video we will have up later), it was easily the most technologically impressive.

By standing in the middle of the room, Dance Central uses Kinect to follow your dance moves as you dance to a a variety of pop and hip-hop music. It looks like Rock Band meets Just Dance. According to Harmonix executive Alex Rigopulos, there will be music from many different artists (including Lady Gaga, No Doubt, and the Beastie Boys), over 600 moves, and 90 dance routines.

Using authentic choreography and the advanced technology of Kinect, Dance Central will even teach you how to dance in real-life!"

Between RB3 and Dance Central, I'm pretty sure Harmonix will be taking all of my money when the holiday season comes...
How could you not want to dance to Bell Biv DeVoe?


I don't think I've ever seen people celebrate a tie as proudly as US Soccer fans did yesterday.

(The High Definite)

And here again, we dominate England:

That's basically how it went down, right?
(link thanks to Kuong)

Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup 2010!

The 2010 FIFA World Cup games have started!

ESPN asked each of the 32 teams to create a poster representing their country.
Here is the poster from the good ol' Stars and Stripes:

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Mickael Pietrus = Black Zoolander, Part 2

I posted about this before, but could never find a good picture of Pietrus.
Apparently if you want something done, you gotta do it yourself.

I went to the Celtics/Orlando playoff game a few weeks ago and got this shot of Pietrus:
Still a bit blurry, but tell me he doesn't look like this:

A BP Exec Meeting

About how you'd expect it to go.

(thanks Jessie)

My New Favorite Meme: Sad Keanu Reeves

Apparently Keanu Reeves was spotted sitting by himself on a park bench eating lunch.

And it just grew from there...

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Happy Friday!

Almost the weekend. A few items to get you through the day:

The man, Ricky Gervais.
I thought about giving him his own page, but the featured spot is good enough.

Laziness: the bar has been set.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

One more post

Because my friend Katie said I don't update enough.
Is it really my fault she's bored by herself in California?

Some might say this is their worst nightmare, others, their wet dream:
I particularly like the bellybutton poke.

This. Looks. Amazing.

I know the internet has some pretty impressive 'fake' trailers (this one is awesome), so I really hope this is real.

From this report, it seems that it's actually "a pitch for a full-length film".
If they can make the movie anywhere near as good as the trailer, I think it will change critics' opinions of the video-game based movie.

Let's do this!

Anti-Meth ad:
Umm... Now I want to try meth?
It sounds awesome!
(The High Definite)

Elementary School totally sets you up for a life of disappointing end-of-school experiences:
Then tack on: "College- a week of exams, then having to move/clean out a year's worth of crap in a day"

Those mosaics with hundreds of photos is lame.
The more I look at it, the more incredible it is.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

A Goofy Movie: In Real Life

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but I kept forgetting.

Awesome enough to get its own post:
The attention to detail is insane!

(The High Definite, though I'm pretty sure Adam sent it to me first)

More Stunday Stuff

(i.e. more random crap)

Common sense vs. stupid people:

Common sense win!

(9gag, thanks to Adam for the original)

Oh dear.