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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy National Dance Day!

Posted about this a little while back, but it's finally here!

So learn the dance, or just dance your face off like this guy:




Or this Swedish cop:



But preferably not like this guy:

He smashed his head so hard his kippah fell off!


Well, whatever your preference, just get movin'!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Inception: End Credits

Warning: Spoilers! (kinda)



P.S. If you haven't seen Inception yet, go see it!

Song of the Moment: George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

It's been a while since I've posted a SotM, so I had to come out with a bang.

My favorite Beatle, George Harrison:

I bet she sings in the bathroom

So funny I almost peed myself.


(failblog)

Four-clip Friday

Absolutely nothing relating these videos... just enjoy the vids and your Friday!


More slow motion video:
Smashing things!

(The Daily What)


Boat Name Fail:

(Failblog)


Epic Honda Fail:

(Today's Big Thing)


And

Balloon fetish goes horribly wrong:
Though I can't (and am afraid to) imagine a balloon fetish going right...

(College Humor thanks to Derrick)

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Religion and Politics

Two things you shouldn't bring up on a first date, but oh-so-interesting...


Why Nothing Gets Done in Washington DC
(Chart Porn)


Losing Our Religion

The dynamics of religious affiliations from childhood (top) to adulthood (bottom).
(Chart Porn)

Glad my momma loved me

Thought it was interesting that I read these two (loosely related) articles the same day:


Motherly love 'does breed confidence'


"Being lavished with affection by your mum as a young child makes you better able to cope with the stresses and strains of adult life, say researchers.

Hugs, kisses and expressive declarations of love appear to rub off and foster emotional resilience."

"But experts say it is important to know when to stop. Over-mothering can be intrusive and embarrassing, especially as children grow older."

"High levels of motherly affection are likely to facilitate secure attachments and bonding, say the study authors, led by Dr Joanna Maselko.

This not only lowers distress but may also help a child to develop effective life, social, and coping skills, which will stand them in good stead as adults."

"The psychologist judged how well the mother responded to her child's emotions and needs, and gave her an "affection score" based on the warmth of the interaction.
Continue reading the main story

Thirty years later, the researchers approached the children, who were now adults, and asked them to take part in a survey about their well-being and emotions."

"The results revealed that children whose mothers gave them lots of affection handled all types of distress better.

In particular, the children of warm mothers were far better at dealing with anxiety than those of emotionally cold mothers."
(BBC)


That brings us to...

Insecure People at Higher Risk of Heart Attacks


"People who are untrusting, fear rejection, or are otherwise insecure about their relationships might be at a greater risk for health problems than their more secure counterparts.

A new study shows such relationship uncertainties, known as "insecure attachment," were linked to a higher risk for a number of health conditions, including stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure."

"People who are comfortable with others, willing to depend on them and don't mind getting close are said to have secure attachment. People who have doubts about others, don't like getting close and aren't very trusting are said to have avoidant attachment. Those who want to get close to others but have apprehensions about rejection are said to have anxious attachment."

""If parents are fairly unresponsive, don't pay much attention to their kids, their child may develop avoidant attachment — learn to depend on themselves rather than others," he said. "Parents who are inconsistent, sometimes supportive and sometimes not as helpful, that tends to lead to the more anxious style of attachment.""
(LiveScience via Neatorama)

Three-clip Thursday

We're going a little techy:

Crazy realistic physics engine:

(Neatorama)


Robot learns to flip pancakes:

(The Daily What)


Another 3D Building projection:

(College Humor thanks to Derrick)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Starcraft II

Starcraft II was released today!
(No, I did not purchase it, but I am a huge fan of the original).

Anyway, here is a ridiculously accurate recreation of the original...
IN LEGO FORM!

(The Brothers Brick)

Dyed Animals

Another example (see post below) of Chinese craziness:

"The Chinese are always quick to embrace bizarre trends, and it is not unusual for owners to take their dogs to grooming parlours where they are not only given a shampoo and trim, but a multi-coloured dye job as well"


Bizarre: A pet retriever in China has been dyed by its owner to resemble a tiger

Doggy dye job: These small furry dogs look the spitting image of baby panda cubs

On parade: The dogs were put on show after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province

(DailyMail thanks to Ani)

NMA does it again!

Another from NWA.

My favorite is their solution to the reception problem.

(thanks Mike)

Two-clip Tuesday

There is a difference between Nin-ja and Nin-jer

(Thanks Kuong)


From the "news" station that brought you Tiger Woods, I give you, Sarah Palin!
I have no idea how they came up with these scenarios....

(The Daily What)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Another 9gag Update

Another few items from 9gag.


Elephants are jerks

Initial concept?

Is this really Nike's new ad campaign?
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TE5AbDoYJOI/AAAAAAAACW8/Df3sRIDIcC0/s1600/29901_540.jpg

Unfortunately, Hollywood's new movie-selection process:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TE5AcJURk_I/AAAAAAAACXM/NVPhppcwSxE/s1600/30120_540.gif

One-clip Monday

It's time for another 'One-clip Monday'!
I think I'll do these rhyming/alliterative video things on the last week of each month. (We'll see how long that actually keeps up, but I'll try).

To kick it off, here's a baby eating a watermelon, from the inside out:

(The Daily What)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

California Gurls/Tik Tok

Many of you have probably already realized that Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' and Ke$ha's 'Tik Tok' are basically the same song.

In case you hadn't, it's pretty clear from this mash up::


Of course, me being me, I had to find out why they were so similar.

Our friend Wikipedia had the answers:

Tik Tok
""Tik Tok" was co-written by Kesha, Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco and was co-produced by Luke and Blanco"

"Writer(s): Kesha Sebert, Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin"
(Wikipedia)

California Gurls
"The song... was produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and Benny Blanco."

"Writer(s): Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Calvin Broadus, Max Martin, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald"
(Wikipedia


And there you have it. Another brilliant marketing ploy by the pop-music record companies.
1. Write a song
2. Change around some lyrics and add some of the singer's personal style, but keep everything else the same.
3.
4. Double the profits!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Weekend Update

Ten things to get your weekend started off right:


1. Doghouse does it again.
Seriously, is there any way to at least reduce this?

It's especially embarrassing when it's 2 o'clock in the afternoon.
(Doghouse Diaries)


2. This is the legacy I will leave my children with:
And I will not be ashamed of it.
OK, maybe a little...
(GraphJam)


3. East coast of the United States after a snowstorm:
There were many other cool pictures to choose from, but the fact that I live in the vast area of whiteness is pretty cool.
(denverpost thanks to Adam)

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

I'm Watering a Shoe

More adorable than Keanu, I predict big things for this meme:








That's all for now... I'm sure there will be many more!
 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ah, Politics

Stereotypes are fun!


http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TEe8Z5olmJI/AAAAAAAACUs/qHbHgZxRJtk/s1600/24-types-libertarian.jpg

"After cartoonist Barry Deutsch created a cartoon depicting 24 Types of Libertarians, you knew that libertarians wouldn’t take that lying down. Libertarian Davi Barker retorted with this re-mix: 24 Types of Authoritarians"

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TEe8ZTOCIxI/AAAAAAAACUk/3oFgCYeHKfs/s1600/24-types-authoritarian.jpg

"Naturally, progressives want in on the fun:"

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TEe8aTbey8I/AAAAAAAACU0/fdFR2Knu26Y/s1600/24-types-progressive.jpg
(Neatorama)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What's in a typeface?

This image has been popping up all over the interwebs today...


I thought it was particularly funny because I had just read this article from the BBC:


Do typefaces really matter?


"To most people, typefaces are pretty insignificant. Yet to their devotees, they are the most important feature of text, giving subliminal messages that can either entice or revolt readers, says Tom de Castella."

"In April, the Mail on Sunday reported that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office spent £80,000 changing its typeface to one that was almost identical.
Last month Gatwick Airport unveiled a new logo, replacing a rather austere style with a custom-made, handwritten script. A spokeswoman said the change was an attempt to emphasise the airport's "personal touch". And in the past week the BBC website has taken on a new look, replacing Verdana font with Arial (on PCs) and Neue Helvetica (on Macs).

But can different shaped letterforms really convey those values?"

Old Gatwick logo  
The old Gatwick logo, in Frutiger, was said to be 'uncompromising'...
 
New Gatwick logo
...but under new ownership it embraced a more 'personal' style

"The typeface matters because of its power to create a sense of recognition and trust, she argues: "Everyone recognises the BBC just from three characters in Gill Sans. It's an icon. If you wrote BBC in a flowery font people wouldn't recognise it.""

"Banks are particularly aware of this, with companies like Barclays creating their own branded font to reinforce a sense of security at a time when fear of fraud and scamming is high.

But Jonathan Barnbrook, founder of the website Virus Fonts, believes the power of typography goes beyond such utilitarian aims.

"A good typeface creates an emotional response in relation to the message it is conveying. You're trying to get that tone of voice right - you can shout or whisper. And you want to sum up the spirit of the age, because they do date quite quickly.""
(BBC)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Inception

Go see it.

Two New Mashups

A couple new music mash ups:


Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J
Come on Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners

LL Cool J and Come on Eileen??
Verdict: Awesome. (How could it not be?)


Beatles vs Rare Earth vs Beaties vs Daft Punk vs Cypress Hill vs Boston vs... many many others.

Verdict: Mixed. But pretty cool, simply because of the number of songs mixed and for the awesome dance clips.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Off to work

Here's a post to commemorate my first day of work at my new job tomorrow:


Most of you have probably seen this already, but for those of you who haven't, here is Double rainbow guy:

It is doubtful you will ever see someone as excited about a rainbow.
It is also doubtful you will meet another guy as high.


Mel Gibson's latest drunken rant has been doing the internet rounds. You may remember Christian Bale's tirade on the set of 'Terminator' a few months ago.
I bring you: Christian Bale vs. Mel Gibson.
May the angriest actor win.

(via The High Definite)


Caught on Google Street View:
Party on Britain!
(The Daily What)


I hate being the driver. Happens every time...
(Doghouse Diaries)

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Three Info-Graphics

I love info-graphics... they're informative and fun!

(Click image for the big versions)
Creationism vs. Darwinism


Star Trek


Poker

In the News: July 16, 2010

Dedicated to Katie, since she claims to get the majority of her information about the outside world from my blog.
(Which is both a compliment, and a little frightening).


Obesity rising; Southern states have highest rates



"The report found that adult obesity rates rose in 28 states over the past year, with Washington, D.C. as the only area that showed a decline. Ten out of 11 states with the highest rates are located in the South; Mississippi has the highest for the sixth year in a row."

"Obesity rates are above 25 percent in 38 states, and above 30 percent in eight states. Back in 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent, and the national average was only 15 percent in 1980."

[A fact lightly noted, but I think one of the most important factors of obesity:]
"More than one third of children and teens are obese or overweight, even though over 80 percent of parents believe that their children are of normal weight."

"Here's the states with highest rates:

1. Mississippi (33.8%)
2. Alabama (31.6%) tied with Tennessee (31.6%)
4. West Virginia (31.3%)
5. Louisiana (31.2%)
6.Oklahoma (30.6%)
7. Kentucky (30.5%)
8. Arkansas (30.1%)
9. South Carolina (29.9%)
10. Michigan (29.4%) tied with North Carolina (29.4%)"
(CNN)


Argentine Senate backs bill legalising gay marriage

This in a country where Catholicism is part of their constitution. Yet the US still can't seem to get past this issue...

And they have a pretty good soccer team

"Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage after the Senate voted in favour."

"The vote in the Senate, which backed the bill by just six votes, came after 14 hours of at times heated debate.

The law, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, had met with fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and other religious groups."
(BBC)


Study: Body shape affects memory in older women
Another reason to stay in shape.

Imagine if you found out you were the woman in the stock photo

"A woman's body shape may play a role in how good her memory is, according to a new study.

The more an older woman weighs, the worse her memory, according to research released this week from Northwestern Medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

The effect is more pronounced in women who carry excess weight around their hips, known as pear shapes, than women who carry it around their waists, called apple shapes.

The reason pear-shaped women experienced more memory and brain function deterioration than apple-shaped women is likely related to the type of fat deposited around the hips versus the waist.

Scientists know that different kinds of fat release different cytokines -- the hormones that can cause inflammation and affect cognition."
(CNN)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

For my single friend, Adrian

And everyone else that appreciates the female form:

*Note: NSFW
(Unless you work at a lingerie company).



Rosie Huntington Whiteley
AKA Megan Fox's replacement for the next Transformers movie. Why they're making another one, I have no idea.
At least they're honest in what Megan Fox's role was and didn't even bother to find another "actress".

(thanks to Adam)


Miranda Kerr
AKA another Victoria's Secret model.... and I'm not sure much else.
Wikipedia tells me she is the first Australian model for VS. Hooray for the land down under?

(The High Definite)


And another by request:
Adriana Lima

More random stuff

I decided to dedicate the next few posts to people I visited/stayed-with while on the west coast.
This one can be for old-friend Ala:

Coolest collar-stays ever:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TD96NmDo8MI/AAAAAAAACRU/KAsWgvkXSyU/s1600/exuvius-titanium-collar-stay.jpg
(Neatorama)


In the Ferry Building, they have a stall where you can buy grow-your-own mushroom kits.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TD96MY_jdBI/AAAAAAAACRE/eY97LPUEC_c/s1600/28810_540.jpg


http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kEuiU0w6VFM/TD96L-IE_QI/AAAAAAAACQ8/a7BWNRpShJA/s1600/14202_540.jpg


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Nic Cage did shrooms with his cat

This one is dedicated to Elizabeth:


(via Barstool)


P.S. Who's ready for Sorcerer's Apprentice??

I wish they all could be California gurls

I basically had this song stuck in my head for 10 days straight.
No joke, every time I turned on the radio or got in a car, this song was playing.

That video is so weird...


Oh, and I saw this song on the plane (Virgin America has their own music server on their planes and let you create your own playlists from them. Pretty cool), thought it was appropriate.
I guess I left my heart in San Francisco?

I'm back!

A thanks to Brian for driving out to visit; here are some videos since you don't have a tv:

Hitler reacts to Germany's WC loss to Spain

FYI: it's just a bit un-PC


H-O-T



Marmot eating a biscuit



And more awesome graffiti animation!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Just kidding

That other post was not my last ever.

This is my last post... until I get back from California.

I'm off to enjoy the sweet cuisine of Lost Angeles:
(failblog)

Catch you on the flipside.

Last Post

A few items:

Basically all I look for in a job...
(9gag)


One of my favorite Muppets, the Swedish Chef:
Making popcorn shrimp!

(via The Daily What)


And some Coca-Cola bottle evolution!
 (inspire me now)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Song of the Moment: R Kelly - Real Talk

A big 'thank you' to Matt for introducing me to the genius of Real Talk.



I think the best part is that R Kelly really believes this latest endeavor is one of quality.
(Kinda like 'African Child' by Infant Sorrow)

A few vids

For your viewing pleasure...


Cardboard Warfare
Very cool amateur special effects... with cardboard.

(Daily What)


Rope Swing Fail
hahahaha

(failblog)


The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time
Just what it says. 10 minutes worth.

(Neatorama)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

I Want One.

Terrafugia Flying Car Approved by FAA, Will Be Available Next Year


"Late next year, you'll be able to buy your own flying car -- er, "roadable aircraft" -- thanks to a thumbs-up from the Federal Aviation Administration. As long as you have $194,000 and a sport pilot license.

The agency approved the Transition plane-car this week, giving it a Light Sport Aircraft rating. The test prototype has been flying for about a year, but plane-maker Terrafugia will unveil its production-class plane next month at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention in Oshkosh, Wisc.

The Transition drives like a car, uses normal high-octane gasoline, has front-wheel-drive and even comes with airbags. Its fuel economy is about 30 miles per gallon. But unlike your Prius, it can unfold its wings and fly. You'll only need a one-third of a mile strip for a runway, meaning you could conceivably use your own street. It is powered by a rear propeller and flies about 115 miles per hour."


 (PopSci)

Midnight Snack

It's late... I'm still awake, so here's an update.

This might be the best tattoo ever:
(Ugliest Tattoos)


This might be the most annoying invention ever:
(There, I Fixed It)


This might create the most unintentional accidents...
(failblog)

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