The 2016 presidential election looks like it will have more in common with a three ring circus than a serious political event to determine the fate of our country, and that may be a bit troubling for some.
For those dreading the electoral folly to come might I suggest thinking of the whole thing as a game of Magic: The Gathering, where hands are dealt, America's resources are tapped, and the creatures in play are the candidates themselves.
Gaming card design wizard/political satirist Mighty God King created this spot on 2016 Election themed set of Magic:The Gathering cards so we can choose the fate of our country the fun way- in a battle to the death!
This video is captioned in the upper left completely by machine. It was generated in real time by a neural network programmed to describe images. Stanford Ph.D. student Andrej Karpathy developed the NeuralTalk system and Kyle McDonald adapted it to describe this laptop of Amsterdam on a laptop.
Yes, it changes pretty fast, so you might want to keep your finger ready to pause. The original program generated four captions per second! McDonald reduced that to only one caption per second so we have a chance of following it. The program isn’t completely accurate, but it’s close enough to give you an “uncanny valley” feeling.
The cutesy look of the anime series Pokemon makes the strange items used by Trainers seem harmless, but when this gear is realistically rendered some of it starts to look a bit sinister.
In fact, if you think about the Pokemon universe in realistic terms what they're doing to those poor little pocket monsters is messed up!
The creators claim these items are imbued with a magical energy that gives them their powers, but there's nothing magical about pointing a loaded gun at another trainer's head and demanding extra prize money!
And then there are those "items" that we normally called drugs in real life-they make the most sense, because how else are you going to get a Pokemon to sit around inside that ball all day?
Well John reacted naturally, and spit right back. Thing escalated from there until a trainer stepped in to break things up. The man and dolphin made up and a good time was had by all. -via Viral Viral Videos
Those who have been obsessed with console gaming their whole lives have most likely gone through an Atari phase, where they found themselves digging on the simple graphics, strange game mechanics and large library of titles.
But now that we have emulators most gamers would rather have thousands of games sitting on their hard drive than a physical collection cluttering up their homes. But what if you want that console feel without all the clutter?
You need the Harmony Cartridge, which is basically an SD card adapter for the Atari 2600 console that lets you play every game in the library via one cartridge. So you still get the old console feel you love without the clutter.
What you see above is made entirely of 40 kilograms of cheddar cheese and cocktail sticks.
Prudence Staite, a food artist whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama, shows her Christmas spirit with this crèche. It took her five days of work to make the building, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Three Wise Men, two donkeys, two sheep and a cow. Even the straw is made of cheese--in this case, finely shaved cheese. The Daily Telegraph describes how Staite did it:
She first softened the cheese in a special food processor, then formed each of her figures before putting all of the characters into the fridge again to firm up for display.
The tiny crib that contains the baby even includes shaved cheese as straw.
According to Staite, all the figures were equally tricky to make as the detail on their faces was so small. Her solution: A tiny magnifying glass.
This quiz from mental_floss is driving me nuts. It’s a simple concept: just recognize all the U.S. states by their names. Easy, huh? But the names are scattered among words that are not U.S. states. Some are cities, some are places in other countries, and some are just a bit mangled. And if you pick the wrong one, the quiz is over and you have to reload to try again. But the hardest thing about it is that you only have one minute to go through them all! If you read too fast, you’re liable to click on a wrong name. If you go too slow, time will run out. And you will have to stop and scroll a couple of times. The best I’ve gotten so far is 41 of them when time ran out. I hope you can beat that!
When you and your friends sit down to play a dungeon crawler you're expecting to see certain elements- mighty warriors and bedazzling wizards battling ferocious beasts, treasure chests and traps, remnants of an ancient civilization and those fresh to the underground fight learning what dragon's breath feels like. If you're lucky you'll only encounter orcs and goblins, but when the dungeonmaster throws an owlbear or gelatinous cube at you things start to get dangerous. Dungeon crawlers are all about the levels, the dangers, and the heroes who face it all with a manic smile on their faces!
Add some subterranean style to your geeky wardrobe with this Dungeon Crawlers t-shirt by Anna-Maria Jung, wear it and become the dungeon master of your own life!
The camera takes the form of a pop-up book. Inside is an unfolding camera, 5 sheets of film, and a lightproof bag to develop them in. Just follow the instructions to take clear black-and-white photos using just the contents of the book.
Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox fell into the stands. The crowd helped him up. But there’s a lot more going on in this clip if you watch it a few times. Look at it again, and keep your eyes on the guy with the blue shirt with red sleeves. He moves in to help Victorino, but is no help at all. Victorino is up, so the guy knocks a woman’s phone onto the field, breaking it. Victorino hands the phone back, so the guy knocks a woman’s beer into her face. Really, if you’re going to be a walking train wreck, learn about personal space.
This happened during a game between the Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers in 2013. You can see the original video here. You kinda get the idea that if you watched the sequence a few more times, some other weird things will start happening. -via reddit
Not all dogs love lobsters. Usually, lobsters are the natural prey of dogs in the wild. Or at least this dog, Lila, has been trained to dive into the water, swim to the sea floor, and bring back a lobster.
Alex Schulze, one of the founders of the ecologically-friendly company Devocean (Devoted to the Ocean), has trained one of his labrador retrievers to hunt lobsters. In this video, Schulze shows how he did it.
Hobo networks were able to map out various aspects of society by using a symbolic code to communicate with each other, and before long their unification became official at the 1889 Hobo Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.
It was there that the Hobo Ethical Code was established, to help a happy wanderer be all he or she could be, and much of it sounds like good advice for us all:
5. BE A SELF-STARTER.
"When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts."
6. SET A GOOD EXAMPLE.
"Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals' treatment of other hobos."
7. BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS.
"When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as badly, if not worse than you."
8. DON'T LITTER.
"Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling."
9. LEND A HAND.
"If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help."
Rapper and comedian Dan Bull (previously at Neatorama) and his cats Jimmy and Sammy had a visit from a fox.
This incredible encounter happened to me this week. The fox was curled up asleep at my back door. Foxes are normally nocturnal and will run away if they spot you anywhere near. But I just sat there for ages chilling with this fox and two of my cats Jimmy and Sammy. I sensed no hostility from either side, just a relaxed inquisitiveness.
Kim Jong-un, the dictator of North Korea, is noted for his unusual coif. His hair is shaved or cut short on the sides, but rises to a big puff going straight up. Recently, his government ordered that its subjects copy the style.
A security camera caught an absolutely bizarre traffic accident in China. You don’t see any of the cars hitting each other (at first, although the two vans eventually collide). They just stand up and start a weird dance! What’s going on?
Turns out that there’s a cable lying across the road, waiting for a phone pole installation. A street sweeper, which you can see on the right side, sweeps it up and winds the cable into its rotating brushes, which pulls it taut just as the three vehicles are passing over it. -via Boing Boing
In an extraordinarily reckless act, programmers at the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University have intentionally given robots the ability to disobey their orders. If a robot thinks that following an instruction will be dangerous, it will refuse.
In this demonstration video, a robot is told to walk forward. The robot, concluding that doing so will cause it to fall, says no. Gordon Briggs and Matthias Scheutz, who are the engineers responsible for this disaster in the making, published a paper about their naive intentions. The Daily Mail quotes it:
'Given the reality of the limitations of autonomous systems, most directive rejection mechanisms have only needed to make use of the former class of excuse - lack of knowledge or lack of ability.
'However, as the abilities of autonomous agents continue to be developed, there is a growing community interested in machine ethics, or the field of enabling autonomous agents to reason ethically about their own actions.'
This past week marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Einstein was only 26 years old when he came up with it. The theory married space and time together, with one affecting the other. Mass and energy aren’t all that different from each other, either. They all mesh together to produce the universe as we know it.
The UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council presents a video from Jamie Lochhead and Eoin Duffy that explains the general outline of Einstein’s work in relativity, narrated by David Tennant of Doctor Who. -via the A.V. Club
A toad-in-a-hole is a dish in which a hole is cut inside a slice of bread and then an egg is fried or baked inside that hole.
(Yes, I know from previousdiscussions that some people insist on referring to this dish as an "egg-in-a-basket" or other eccentric appellations. But I grew up in the South where I learned to speak the English language properly. I will continue to do so.)
Endless Simmer offers this unique take on the dish. Its chefs hollowed out spots on a pork tenderloin, then baked it. After it was mostly done, they cracked open 3 eggs and placed them in the holes. After 15 more minutes of baking, this was the delicious result.
Cristian Marianciuc loves origami, so much so that his contribution to the craft has become an everyday affair, one which is well received by the Instagram community. Marianciuc offers up an origami crane creation daily on his Instagram account, and the result is a series that's fanciful and aesthetically pleasing.
Each crane has a mood or theme. Some are sparse and austere, some glittery and bright. In the daily feed, everything in between those two extremes can be discovered and enjoyed as well. Marianciuc says that every design serves as a visual representation of each day that he lives.
He's the feature creature that stomped and screeched his way into our monster loving hearts by stomping cities into dust, and with his killer looks and massive screen presence it's no wonder he became the King Of The Monsters. The glorious Godzilla led the charge so that other kaiju creatures could roam around the cinema and cause trouble, and without the Monster King to stop those rogue kaiju they would have destroyed human civilization long ago. The King of the Monsters giveth and he taketh away, but mostly he giveth thrills and mega sized chills whenever he comes marching out of the ocean ready for action!
Celebrate the legacy created by one big lizard kaiju with this King Of The Monsters t-shirt by Shamus Beyale, it's one epic design that's sure to blow your fellow fans' minds.
Zookeepers at the Primorsky Safari Park in Russia shoved a goat inside the tiger enclosure to be the tiger's food. But the tiger didn't hunt him. Instead Amur the tiger and the goat that zookeepers have named Timur are friends. They hang out together. Timur sleeps in Amur's hut and follows him around. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Then, to add insult to injury, Timur decided that the shelter which had been where Amur slept, would be even better accommodation for a weary goat, NBC reported.
Amur, who was banished to the shelter's roof, for the last four nights appears to have accepted this latest indignity with rather good grace and now the two animals are firm friends.
Timur follws Amur everywhere, oblivious to the potential risk.
Together, they've developed a great premise for a sitcom.
Nature is full of prey and predators, plants and bugs who eat plants, soft skinned humans and sharp pointy things that stab and stick.
These things are simply doing what they were made to do, but that doesn't stop humans from referring to them as aholes, jerks, and many other disparaging names accompanied by a string of expletives.
Redditors were recently asked to discuss "What's An A$%hole In Nature?", and their answers ranged from the true yet very obvious cats and wasps, to the a little more outside the box grass prickles and menstruation, to this completely abstract view on a-hole-ism.
Between the branches of every Christmas Tree there is a spot that cannot be filled with pretty glass, Santa Claus, or tinsel. In that space, that terrible place, only "shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light" will do. Shoggoths love Christmas. This one found a hat and a carrot, likely dropped by someone running for his life, and has taken the shape of a snowman as best it can.
These unique ornaments are available in both white and black at her Etsy shop. -Thanks, Amy!
Japan is full of cool and innovative stuff, and they've been making some of the coolest stuff on the planet since well before their ports were open to Westerners.
By stuff I mean everything from their public transportation to their public toilets, their pop culture franchises to their food products, and most especially these locking bike racks that are free for all to use.
(Images by Scott Bryan for BuzzFeed)
It's also unclear why we don't have toilets as awesome as the ones they have in Japan, because nothing helps you do your business like an attentive toilet with sound effects and a bidet ready to wash your poop away.
And just to prove they've thought of everything they even sell new shirts and pants at the 7-11s, so you don't have to wander the streets in the nude anymore!
Former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis believes you are not through with Thanksgiving cooking when the meat is stripped from the turkey. Don’t throw away the carcass! He saves not only his Thanksgiving leftovers, but those of friends, too. He gets one out of the freezer occasionally over the year to make soup. Dukakis has always been famously thrifty, and he eventually became a cook, too.
“It all started when my dear wife after 23 years of marriage — and she was a good cook, I must say — one day said, ‘That’s it, I’m not cooking any longer,’ ” he said. “Just like that. At the time the only thing I knew how to make was French toast. So I was confronted with a choice: Starve or start cooking. So I’ve been doing all the cooking the last 29 years.
“I should also add one of our favorite purchases at Costco is rotisserie chicken,” he continues. “They sell them for $4.95. Kitty and I must get 10 meals out of them.”
First, he says, they eat the chicken itself. Then, just as he does with the turkey carcass, he uses the chicken carcass to make soup. The soups, particularly hearty ones, have become a bit of a specialty of his.
On November 7, 2015 the search for alien life on Earth supposedly came to an end when this creepy little critter was found in a backyard in San Jose, California, soon after a strange explosion was seen in the night sky.
People began to wonder what that green explosion in the sky could have been, so naturally they thought "Aliens!", but the Government claimed the whole thing was just a missile test gone wrong.
If the Government was telling the truth, and that light was nothing but a missile igniting too early, then what did social media seeker of truth Gianna Peponis actually find?
It’s become a holiday tradition for Jimmy Fallon to perform a medley of holiday songs set to the tunes of pop hits from the previous year. Or, you can put it another way: pop music hits of the past year with new holiday lyrics.
How Charles Dickens fueled a world of spontaneous combustion truthers.
The first thing they noticed was the smell—like someone frying rancid meat. The two men sat in their flat in central London, awaiting their midnight appointment with the old, alcoholic Mr. Krook, who lived downstairs. As they chatted uneasily, ominous sights and smells kept distracting them. Black soot swirled through the room. A pungent yellow grease stained the windowsill. And that smell!
At last, after midnight, they descended the stairs. Mr. Krook’s shop—crammed with dirty rags, bottles, bones, and other hoarded trash—was unpleasant even in daytime. But tonight they sensed something positively evil. Outside Krook’s bedroom near the back of the shop, a cat leaped out and snarled. When they entered Krook’s room, the odor choked them. Grease stained the walls and ceiling as if it were painted on. Krook’s coat and cap lay on a chair; a bottle of gin sat on the table. But the only sign of life was the cat, still hissing. The men swung their lantern around, looking for Krook, who was nowhere to be seen.
Then they saw the pile of ash on the floor. They stared for a moment, before turning and running. They burst onto the street, shouting for help. But it was too late: Old Krook was gone, a victim of spontaneous combustion.
When Charles Dickens published this scene in December 1852—an installment from his serialized novel Bleak House—most readers swallowed it as fact. After all, Dickens wrote realistic stories, and he took great pains to render scientific matters like smallpox infections and neurological disorders accurately. So even though Krook was fictional, the public trusted that Dickens had portrayed spontaneous combustion with his customary precision.
Most of the public, anyway. A few readers were outraged by the scene. After all, scientists had been laboring to debunk old nonsense like clairvoyance, mesmerism, and the idea that people sometimes burst into flames. And key discoveries about heat, electricity, and other phenomena provided strong support for their view, showing that the human body, far from being otherworldly, was subject to all physical laws of nature. But the science was still behind. And there were enough mysteries for old wives’ tales to retain a foothold. This only made both sides more desperate to prove their case, and within two weeks skeptics began challenging Dickens in print, inciting one of the strangest controversies in literary history.
Comparative advantage is an economic model which holds that individuals, companies, and entire nations leverage particular advantages in productivity in order to increase profits. A Dictionary of Economics and Commerce defines it as the:
. . . measure of relative efficiency of resource use when the opportunity cost of production is taken into consideration. It is the basis of the specialization or division of labor and international trade.