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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Obviously this deserves its own post.

Who doesn't want twins now?

Of course you'll watch the whole thing, but if you don't have time, the conversation is summed up pretty well in the last 10 seconds.
(via 'all of the internets')


Happy Hump Day!
I know Wednesday happens every week, but it's the little things, people...

Rebecca Black vs. The Beatles
She is obviously a lyrical genius.
(via The Daily What)

But she totally stole the idea from Conan:

(Gets good around 2:15)
(Team Coco)

The Hangover 2 movie poster:
It's gonna be awesome...


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday Quickie

Gotta clear my head after seeing this infuriating video...

Anyway, they still haven't found the Egyptian Cobra that escaped from the Bronx Zoo.
And now he's taunting everyone from behind the Twitter-fence.

And one of his (her?) latest:
"I agree with Brett Favre. Snakes should be set free!"
(BronxZooCobra via Barstool)

Just How Deadly Is Nuclear Energy?

"The Fukushima meltdowns may have derailed hopes that American will be upping its investments in nuclear energy anytime soon. And no wonder: It wasn't but a couple days after the tsunami that you regularly saw misguided "environmentalists" claiming there's no way we can prevent disasters like the one that struck Japan.

But the fact is, these arguments aren't based in fact, and this simple, utterly powerful infographic by famed business writer Seth Godin illustrates why. What you see are the deaths per terawatt hour of energy produced:

(Fast Co)


Monday, March 28, 2011

DelDOT Removes Basketball Hoops

This makes me incredibly angry...

Another example of government (probably some law about basketball hoops and their proximity to the street) using up public resources and getting in the way of citizens' everyday lives.

Is that woman even a police officer? Or just some bitchy DOT employee on a power-trip?
(via Barstool)

"That government is best which governs least"

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Arnold does Carnival in Rio

Can we please send this to Tom, so next year he know how Carnival is really done?

(via Barstool)

In the News: March 27, 2011

Deadly Egyptian cobra missing from Bronx Zoo
Let's stay away from the Bronx Zoo for a little while...

An Egyptian cobra, like this one photographed in Egypt in 2006, has venom that can kill a human in 15 minutes.

"A venomous Egyptian cobra went missing from New York's Bronx Zoo, prompting the closure of the zoo's reptile house until further notice.

Staff was alerted Saturday that the adolescent Egyptian cobra was missing from an off-exhibit enclosure, according to a statement from the zoo. Staff members closed and secured the reptile house.

Zoo officials said they are confident the 20-inch-long snake is contained in a nonpublic, isolated area of the building.

"Based on our knowledge of the natural history and behavior of snakes, we know they seek closed-in spaces and are not comfortable in open areas," the zoo statement said.

Record Industry: Limewire Could Owe $75 Trillion – Judge: “Absurd”
I hate the RIAA

"So we’re all pretty desensitized by now to the mind-blowing stupidity on display by the record industry in its foolhardy attempts at assigning damages in piracy cases — was anyone surprised when they told one woman, who had shared 24 songs, that she owed nearly two million dollars? Yes, ridiculous. But this — this is beyond ridiculous. This is… sublime.

The record companies suing Limewire were asked to estimate the damages that should be paid by the file-sharing service. Their estimate? $400 Billion on the low end, and at the high end — $75 trillion dollars. That’s more than the GDP of the entire world.

The judge, in a refreshing stroke of good sense, deemed these potential damages “absurd” and the plaintiff’s approach “untenable”.

K-Town is coming...
Who's excited?!


Thursday, March 24, 2011


'For Your Entertainment'
For the longest time I thought that store, FYE, meant 'for your ears'.
Not really sure why... Maybe because the local store replaced a 'Strawberries' which was music-centric.

Mighty Ducks Gangsta Rap
(NSFW- language)
The ridiculousness actually made me laugh out loud.

Really hope Gloria Estefan sees this. She would be so pleased to hear her lyrics "gangsta rap" style.
(via Barstool)

Follow up to the Hipster Trap...
The "Bridge and Tunnel Trap" AKA the Jersey Shore Trap.
(via The Daily What)

2 Year Old Drummer
This kid is awesome.

Several more on his YouTube page.
(via 9gag)


Little Dilbert

'The Knack'!

See? It's not our fault. It's a medical condition!
(thanks Steve!)


'Captain America: The First Avenger' trailer

Looks pretty awesome... But what's with the title? Do we really need to know he's the first Avenger?
(via /film)

Taylor Swift in 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax'
"Swift joins Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White in the tale of a boy who searches for a way to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. He comes across the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world."
(Hollywood Reporter)

'I Am Legend' had a (much better) alternate ending?
Don't know how I just heard about this, apparently I missed a couple years in the mid-00s.
Anyway, if you thought the movie ended oddly, you'll appreciate this version is wayyyyy more than the theatrical release and makes a lot more sense.
For those unaware, let me explain the concept of Richard Matheson's book to help clarify why this original ending was so amazing to finally see. Without spoiling too much (incase you want to read it), the entire purpose of the title I Am Legend is that in the book, Robert Neville actually is the last man on the planet. And he has switched places from our reality of what we perceive as legend, to actually being the legend. As in, vampires are "legendary" to us because they're a myth from fantasy. In the book, Robert Neville is "legendary" because he is that myth and goes out day after day hunting them. With the original theatrical ending, they never actually touched on that idea at all - but when you think about, that's a pretty damn cool concept. (First Showing)


Script for a third X Files movie is being written
It's been rumored since the 2nd movie was released, but one can hope...

The good ol' days

"According to a French interview with David Duchovny published today, that seems to be the case.

France's TVMag reported David saying the following, "Il est en cours d'écriture. On attend juste le feu vert de la Fox, un peu échaudée par l'accueil relativement médiocre du deuxième volet. L'erreur vient, selon moi, de ce que les auteurs s'étaient trop écartés des racines mêmes de la série. De plus, le film était sorti en plein été. Le troisième sera beaucoup proche de ce que le public attend, avec des conspirations gouvernementales, etc."

As Philes on Facebook have already pointed out, the English translation is, " It is being written. It looks just ahead of Fox, a little scalded by the relatively poor reception of the second component. The error comes, I believe that the authors had strayed too far from the very roots of the series. Moreover, the film was released in summer. The third will be much closer to what the public expects, with government conspiracies, etc.."

XFN is attempting to confirm the translation and the legitimacy of the interview through other sources but given some background information that we are aware of, we believe a script is very likely in the works.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Song of the Moment: Rob Thomas - Ever the Same

Apparently I am way behind on my music... This came out in 2006??

Regardless, way under-publicized song (the "official" video only has 1.1m plays!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In the News: March 22, 2011

A few more stories of interest.

Tragic toddler weighs nine stone
For non-Brits, 1 stone = 14 lbs; 9 stone = 126 lbs.
And they try to make fun of use for using English units...

"THE desperate parents of a NINE STONE three-year-old have told how they can't make the giant toddler diet because they are scared of him.

Lu Hao, from China, is dangerously overweight, and at 9st 6lb is FIVE TIMES as heavy as other boys his age.

He is getting so big his family are frightened of him — and have given up trying to stop the youngster from gorging on huge plates of ribs and rice.

His parents claim he throws vicious tantrums if he doesn't get third or fourth helpings of dinner.
[Uh... Parents? How about you do some parenting...]

"And mum Chen Huan from Dashan, Guangdong Province, admits: "We have to let him be as if we don't feed him he will cry nonstop.""

"He has already been banned from nursery over fears his size might be a danger to other children, and usually plays alone at home.
(The Sun via Barstool)

Iran Announces Launch Of Its Unmanned Flying Saucer

Hahaha, Ohhhh-kay Iran, whatever you say...

"This photo accompanies an actual news release from an actual Iranian news service, which claims the Islamic Republic has built a flying saucer.

Of course, it’s possible Iran’s news agency chose to illustrate their announcement with a screen shot from a 1950s B movie. But the Fars News Service does not explain the photo’s origin, simply stating that the flying saucer was unveiled in a special ceremony.

The ship is called Zohal — Saturn in Persian — and is designed for aerial imaging. Zohal has a data downlink and can fly in both indoor and outdoor spaces, according to the Fars News Service. The Daily Mail points out that Fars is a hard-line state-run news service. But with this photo, we can’t help but think of the homophone farce instead.

From the news release: “The flying machine is equipped with an auto-pilot system, GPS (Global Positioning System) and two separate imaging systems with full HD 10 mega-pixel picture quality and is able to take and send images simultaneously.”


"Nuclear Fear Mongering"

I was watching the evening news the other night and half of the time was dedicated to hyping up fears on nuclear fallout from Japan...

This sums up my feelings exactly:

"Ughhh. Type in your zip code and see how close you are to a nuclear plant!! There’s even a red target painted on the reactor!!!  I’m primarily posting this so I have an excuse to link to this excellent article, which explains in detail what’s going on in Japan and why you shouldn’t run out to buy potassium pills and start digging a fallout shelter. I might also point out that we conducted 140+ atmospheric atomic tests in Nevada – I’m not saying that was a particularly intelligent or healthy thing to do, but let’s maintain a little perspective about fallout risks, shall we?"

(via Chart Porn)

And in case you were wondering...

Popping potassium iodide already? Really bad idea

"As demand spikes for potassium iodide in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, U.S. poison control centers are starting to receive reports of illness in people who’ve ingested the drug aimed at protecting against radiation sickness.

At least seven people have reported reactions to the drug, often called by its chemical name, KI, including two who said they were suffering from serious symptoms including vomiting, racing heart and dizziness or vertigo.

That’s according to Jessica Wehrman, a spokeswoman for the American Association of Poison Control Centers, which tracks reports from 57 poison control centers nationwide.

Radiation has not been detected in the U.S., but some worried Americans are already hoarding the pills — and apparently taking them already — as a precaution. Wehrman said poison control centers have received nearly 130 queries about protection against radiation exposure and the crisis in Japan.

"He warned that the drug could cause serious reactions in some people and even backfire in the case of an actual emergency, putting people past a two-week window of safe dosage. After that period of time, the drug can induce severe hypothyroidism, a condition that essentially shuts down thyroid function.

“It is inappropriate, foolhardy and dangerous to be taking iodine supplements at this time,” Wartofsky said. “It’s very important to hold off until it’s absolutely necessary.”

Although maybe we shouldn't warn people about the dangers of KI.
If enough of them OD on the stuff, there will be plenty to go around when there's an actual threat of radiation poisoning.

So... Guess what everyone! I found a cheap supply of Potassium Iodide on Amazon!

See this movie: Paul

Just saw Paul this past weekend.
Fantastic movie. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hilarious (as always), and I didn't find Kristen Wiig over-the-top annoying (probably the bigger accomplishment)!

Per the usual Pegg/Frost film, there are tons of genre-related jokes, many of them spoofing Star Wars.
Probably as an extension of that, here they are remaking a scene from A New Hope.

(College Humor thanks to Adrian)

Fun Things That I Find Interesting

If you've read any of my other posts, clearly I am not very good at naming posts.
This is no exception.

Vote for the cover of Madden12!
I don't care about any others, but please please vote for Danny Woodhead.
How awesome would it be for an undrafted, undersized RB to make the cover of Madden?
(Rhetorical question. Answer: F-ing awesome)

One Man Disney Movie

Honestly, this guy's falsetto freaks me out (and it's a little annoying). That part aside, this is absolutely filled with Disney-goodness.
Side note: apparently he works at Pixar too?!
(via The High Definite)

Will Charlie Sheen get his "Two and a Half Men" job back?

"Maybe Charlie Sheen really is winning after all. Oh maybe it's, "Duh, winning"?

The recently fired star of "Two and a Half Men," current tweeter and soon-to-be live tour star has been offered his job back by CBS, tweets NBC's Jeff Rossen, citing unnamed sources.

The tweet reads, "Sources close to Charlie Sheen tell NBC News, CBS has offered him his job back. Discussions ongoing. Not a done deal."

Rossen follows with a second tweet, "Per my sources: CBS is happy to have Charlie Sheen back on show...IF Warner Bros, Chuck Lorre, and Sheen can settle differences." Rossen has reported extensively on Sheen.
Icing on top?
This was a CBS News article about a NBC source's tweet. So... other networks are more informed?

As stated on Barstool:
"I briefly dated a girl in high school that was a level five clinger. A friend of mine once said to me: “Drew you know what’s so great about your girl…you could punch her in the face and she would cover it up for you. She’d probably tell her friends she ran into a doorknob or fell down the steps.” CBS is six thousand times more pathetic than that."

(CBS News via Barstool)


Monday, March 21, 2011

Rebecca Black - Friday

I can't believe I've missed out on this gem for two weeks!

It's lyrical gold:
"Yesterday was Thursday
Today it is Friday
"Tomorrow is Saturday
and Sunday comes afterwards

Any chance it's just another Mitzvah video?...

Charting The Beatles

Saw these cool drawings/watercolors on 9gag:

Apparently they're part of a project called Charting The Beatles (coming soon) which blends two of my favorite things: the Fab Four and infographics.

Another example here:
Be sure to visit this site for more while the main site is being developed.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Two Comics and some Hair

The Doghouse Diaries

Cyanide & Happiness

And Hair:
Though it's odd that there's only one Beatle...
(via Fast Co)

News-Related Post

Not quite news... but interesting stories nonetheless.
(Side note: 'nonetheless' is an awesome word. Spelled exactly how it sounds and way cooler than its brother 'nevertheless').


Diet Coke Unseats Pepsi As #2 Cola Brand
Wow. Good job Pepsi... It's like your not even trying anymore.
Which is fine with me. If we get rid of Pepsi completely, I don't have to worry about getting it, instead of Coke, when I order soda in a restaurant.

"Pepsi has spent decades throwing stones at Coke from its position in second place among the fizzy beverage brands. And now Pepsi will need to toss those stones even farther as the brand has given up its spot to Diet Coke and slipped to third on the list.

According to 2010 sales data published in Beverage Digest, Coke and Diet Coke maintained steady market shares of 17% and 9.9% respectively, but Pepsi's market share slipped .4% to 9.5%.

At last weekend's SXSW Interactive festival, where PepsiCo handed out free bottles of Pepsi Max, company execs kept going on about the success of its Pepsi Refresh program, which gave out $20 million in grants to various groups. But given the dip in sales, some question the company's decision to focus on that program over traditional advertising.

How Washington Ruined Your Washing Machine
Another reason to hate government in their micromanaging of people's lives...
Why not give people a choice whether or not they want to save money/water (and have dirtier clothes)?
And while saving energy and the environment are good things, how about doing some research before setting standards that result in inferior products?

Did you know Energy Star doesn't even fact-check energy-consumption claims by companies?

"It might not have been the most stylish, but for decades the top-loading laundry machine was the most affordable and dependable. Now it's ruined—and Americans have politics to thank.

In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around, and they were uniformly high quality. When Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were "excellent" and five were "very good." By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were "fair" or "poor." This month came the death knell: Consumer Reports simply dismissed all conventional top-loaders as "often mediocre or worse."

How's that for progress?

The culprit is the federal government's obsession with energy efficiency. Efficiency standards for washing machines aren't as well-known as those for light bulbs, which will effectively prohibit 100-watt incandescent bulbs next year. Nor are they the butt of jokes as low-flow toilets are. But in their quiet destruction of a highly affordable, perfectly satisfactory appliance, washer standards demonstrate the harmfulness of the ever-growing body of efficiency mandates.

The federal government first issued energy standards for washers in the early 1990s. When the Department of Energy ratcheted them up a decade later, it was the beginning of the end for top-loaders. Their costlier and harder-to-use rivals—front-loading washing machines—were poised to dominate.

Front-loaders meet federal standards more easily than top-loaders. Because they don't fully immerse their laundry loads, they use less hot water and therefore less energy. But, as Americans are increasingly learning, front-loaders are expensive, often have mold problems, and don't let you toss in a wayward sock after they've started.

"In 2007, after the more stringent rules had kicked in, Consumer Reports noted that some top-loaders were leaving its test swatches "nearly as dirty as they were before washing." "For the first time in years," CR said, "we can't call any washer a Best Buy." Contrast that with the magazine's 1996 report that, "given warm enough water and a good detergent, any washing machine will get clothes clean." Those were the good old days.

In 2007, only one conventional top-loader was rated "very good." Front-loaders did better, as did a new type of high-efficiency top-loader that lacks a central agitator. But even though these newer types of washers cost about twice as much as conventional top-loaders, overall they didn't clean as well as the 1996 models.

The situation got so bad that the Competitive Enterprise Institute started a YouTube protest campaign, "Send Your Underwear to the Undersecretary." With the click of a mouse, you could email your choice of virtual bloomers, boxers or Underoos to the Department of Energy. Several hundred Americans did so, but it wasn't enough to stop Congress from mandating even stronger standards a few months later.
(WSJ via Neatorama)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


Bruce Lee's "Definite Chief Aim"

More proof of Bruce Lee's awesomeness:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee
(via The High Definite)

And Another Update

Who doesn't love babies??
This one freaks out when his mom blows her nose:

Haha, babies... they don't know social norms yet!

Hipster Trap:
(via The Daily What)

Cool brain-shaped bulb:
(via inspire me now)


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan Update

Tidbits on Japan:

Energy Propagation of the Earthquake across the Pacific:

And resulting tsunami wave size:
(via Fast Co)

Surge in Japan tossing around boats (and everything else) over a barrier:

(via Barstool)

Scared panda hugs zookeeper's leg after earthquake:
(Not sure if this is really after the earthquake or not, but it's still so darned cute).
(via 9gag)

And perhaps the most important story coming out of this:
Yes, Chris Brown still has friends.
And they are in Hawaii.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Worst Troll Ever?

Apparently that girl, TamTamPamela, was a troll.

I'll admit, I fell for it. (She still has a really creepy voice/demeanor).
But really, that was in poor, poor taste
I don't picket your grandmother's funeral. Then, while you're still burying her shout, "Haha. Trolled!"

What is interesting is that she seemed to have put a lot of effort into this. There were dozens of crazy conservative Christian rants on her page; but then, rather than leave the videos up, she disabled her whole account.
Also interesting(/sad?)- The fact that there are enough people like her in the US that her act (if it was an act, rather than a ploy to avoid more death threats) seemed truly believable. Just look at that WNBA player's tweet.

Igor Presnyakov

IggyPres showing off his guitar skills with some pop/rock songs.
(There are dozens more on his YouTube page, so be sure to check them out).

A few favorites:

MJ - Human Nature

The Beatles - Oh! Darling

Phil Collins - Another Day in Paradise

Clapton - Tears in Heaven

(thanks to Dave and Dave)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Sometimes America makes me sad...

But sometimes it makes me really happy.

Steve Kardynal, the man who brought a shake weight to the gym (he's so funny looking!), does Lady Gag in the streets of the Big Apple:

(via The High Definite)

God Hates Japan

At least that's the consensus these days.
(America makes me sad sometimes...)

"New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter has apologized after causing an Internet uproar with comments on her Twitter account that were deemed insensitive toward victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

On Saturday, Pondexter tweeted: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes."

She later tweeted: "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."

Pondexter also used the racially derogatory term "jap," when referring to someone who was offended by her comments.
(ESPN via Barstool)

"Potentially Worse Worst Person Ever of the Day: In her latest video, infamous Poe’s law invoker TamTamPamela has raised the bar for religious extremists and religious extremism spoofers alike by thanking God for shaking Japan awake from the slumber of secularism.

Is she for real? The debate rages on. Either way: Not funny.
(via The Daily What)

Added bonus, TamTamPamela's argument for the existence of god:

She does make a good point...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Creepy Robots...

I can say, with full confidence, that I will never want either of these...

Japan's New Goateed Geminoid Robot Is Uncomfortably Realistic

"The latest Geminoid robot is one of the most realistic, and thus creepiest, android we've ever seen. The skin, hair, goatee (!), and facial expressions are real enough to fool you for a few seconds while it sinks in that something very, very weird is going on.

This specific model is called the Geminoid DK, and it comes from the same studio that gave us the robotic actress, Geminoid F. The DK is the first Geminoid model that's based on a non-Japanese person (in this case, Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Denmark's Aalborg University) and also the first bearded model...

Squishy Larval Human From Japan Could Be Your Next Cellphone

"Larvabot is baaack ... and now it’s in your pocket, giving a whole new meaning to the vibrate setting on your cell phone. The new Elfoid telepresence telephone tickles its owner when it gets a call, wriggling to transmit your head and face movements, along with your voice, to the person on the other end of the line.

The Elfoid, a pocket-sized version of the Telenoid R1 Larvabot, is the latest bizarre creation of roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, who also brought us a doppelganger version of himself and a fembot version of a Japanese model. It was unveiled Thursday at a Japanese press conference.

In the News: March 13, 2011

More news!

Tiger kills lion in Turkish zoo
Ending the age-old question...
(Not really. It's pretty well accepted that a Bengal tiger would crush a lion any day of the week).

And I'm pretty sure we're doomed if they every decided to ally themselves.

"A Bengal tiger has killed a lion at Ankara Zoo after finding a gap in the fence separating their cages, say zoo officials in the Turkish capital.

The tiger severed the lion's jugular vein in a single stroke with its paw, leaving the animal dying in a pool of blood, officials said.

They denied local media reports that the tiger had broken down the fence during the incident last September.

The zoo says it is safe for visitors, despite the incident.

Google's Self-Driving Car Performs Like a Precise Maniac
I want one.

"Google's self-driving car project is ambitious at heart--working with DARPA, Google is aiming to cut the number of traffic-related fatalities by as much as half, saving fuel along the way. But the badassery of the project has been kept largely under wraps until now: This video comes from a demonstration at a TED conference, and we can see that Google's robot drivers have the cold, steel heart of a rally driver."

Former Senator "Kids Listen to Too Much Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog"
Even scarier: there are people older than him still in office...

"Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson is worried about the young generation. Not only don't send thank you notes after Christmas but they listen to vulgar music like Enema Man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog."
(gawker thanks to DiP)


Thursday, March 10, 2011

While Watching Lakers/Heat...

Everyone's been talking about it...

The UPS truck that crashed and spilled ink over Route 128:

Looks like they could have used a real-life version of this:
Seussian Lego sorter
(brothers brick)

This one is for my sister:
Time Lapse Grapes to Raisins

(The Daily What)


International Space Station Pictures

With the delivery of the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), the International Space Station is essentially complete.

To commemorate, Astronomy Picture of the Day recently posted this cool picture of the ISS:

And linked back to these images showing how much the station has grown over the past decade:

It's like watching a child grow up!

Let's hope the space community decides to continue funding...

Instead of retiring it the same year construction ends.

Song of the Moment: Pete Yorn - Just Another

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Humpday Update

Actually, we're over the hump, but here's to Thursday!

Can we just have a universal indicator for girl-wants-you-to-listen vs girl-wants-you-to-problem-solve?
Maybe attach a little toggle switch to every female labeled with how she wants us to respond.
(Doghouse Diaries)

... nothing to say

Informative video on: Kissing

New tidbits learned:
1. 'X' means kiss?! I vaguely remember someone telling me this, but 'X' makes so much more sense as arms crossing, i.e. hugs; and 'O' makes more sense as puckered lips.
2. Between 10 million and 1 billion bacteria are exchanged with each kiss
3. (Watch the video for the very last piece of info)
(via The Daily What)


'Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark' Shutdown (temporarily)

This is amazing.

Producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" are planning to temporarily shut down the troubled musical for a major overhaul, but the show will go on without star director Julie Taymor, the Daily News has learned.

Taymor, 58, has walked away from the show she co-wrote and worked relentlessly to bring to Broadway, a source close to the production said Tuesday night.

"Taymor is out. She's left the building," the source told The News.

Producers of the beleaguered $65 million play plan to shut down preview performances for two to three weeks to retool and hold new rehearsals, multiple sources told The News.

"I will say about these producers, they will do whatever it takes. They want a great show," a member of the production staff said Tuesday night. "When others would have given up, they will not."

Plans being worked out Tuesday also call for the show's official opening night at the Foxwoods Theatre, scheduled for Tuesday, to be postponed for three months, according to the sources.
(NY Daily News)

Let's lay out what happened:
A trio of superstars join together with expectations of blowing away the competition and creating the greatest show the world has ever seen.
Everyone else sees disaster coming and immediately conclude that it will be a bumpy ride to success, if they reach it at all. Most preemptively decide that it's a bad idea.
Undeterred, the headstrong trio forges ahead while the public waits in anticipation of its downfall.
When shit finally hits the fan, everyone cannot help but sit back and enjoy its spectacular, and very public, collapse.

It all sounds oddly familiar... Miami Heat, anyone?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Four 'Daily What' Videos

Not much time today, so this will have to do:

This Is Moving, You Should Watch It of the Day: On the Brazilian dance show Se Ela Dança, Eu Danço, 20-year-old Brazilian street dancer John Lennon da Silva brings judge João Wlamir to unexpected tears during a stirring original re-interpretation of Mikhail Fokine’s The Dying Swan.

Lights Out: Ah, the ol’ creepy little girl in the hotel corridor gag. Works every time.

Adorable Animal Being Adorable of the Day: A slow loris holding a tiny umbrella. You better have a damn good explanation for why you’re still reading this caption.

Candy Challenge of the Day: Remember when you were three and your dad made you scale the door frame to reach a piece of candy he’d attached to a central air duct?

Those were the days.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlie Sheen Mash-Ups

Charlie Sheen/Family Circus:

(More at Sheen Family Circus)

Charlie Sheen/The New Yorker Comics:

(More at Buzzfeed, thanks to Adam)