Wonder Woman was a breakthrough character for DC Comics in that she was a (gasp) woman! Since her debut in 1941, she's been a symbol of a woman's power, although a problematic one, having been written and drawn by men for a male audience. And even so, she got the short end of the stick in pop culture.
Amazon has introduced the new Echo Look. This is a new feature of the Echo and its personal assistant Alexa that looks at you and tells you when your fashion choices are acceptable. And it will sell you better clothing. What could possibly go wrong? For one thing, you might want to never take your clothes off in the same room with the device. And think about how much information Amazon can gather with a full-length picture of you in your home.
This might seem overly speculative or alarmist to some, but Amazon isn’t offering any reassurance that they won’t be doing more with data gathered from the Echo Look. When asked if the company would use machine learning to analyze users’ photos for any purpose other than fashion advice, a representative simply told The Verge that they “can’t speculate” on the topic. The rep did stress that users can delete videos and photos taken by the Look at any time, but until they do, it seems this content will be stored indefinitely on Amazon’s servers.
This non-denial means the Echo Look could potentially provide Amazon with the resource every AI company craves: data. And full-length photos of people taken regularly in the same location would be a particularly valuable dataset — even more so if you combine this information with everything else Amazon knows about its customers (their shopping habits, for one). But when asked whether the company would ever combine these two datasets, an Amazon rep only gave the same, canned answer: “Can’t speculate.”
You've gotta keep your eyes on the road, or the sidewalk as the case may be, when you're riding your bike around the city or you may end up chewing concrete, or worse.
That's why we teach kids to ride safely and to be aware of their surroundings while they ride, but what's a boy to do when his eyes spy a racy ad for a strip club on a nearby van while he's riding along? He should try to tear his eyes away from the ad before he crashes!
Here's what the boy's uncle has to say about the clip:
"I was babysitting my nephew and saw the Privé car with the naked girls posters on their car, so I started filming it for a friend, you know, just between guys. Meanwhile Dali (my nephew) was biking behind me, suddenly, very loudly saying "Oh La La", which he does when he sees girls, haha! And he was so into it, that he crashed into the restaurants outdoor seating with his bike! The girl walking by was just a stranger passing by, and ran up to help him. In all it was just a random act that led to this very funny movie clip!"
Redditor shanekeith_ shared a letter his workplace received from a student somewhere far from Missouri. Even though he or she struggled to get three paragraphs, you can tell this kid is going places (although probably not Missouri, because he is only eleven). Honestly, if you were to received a letter from a stranger, wouldn't you rather see some humor and personality than a perfectly-composed business letter? Anyway, shanekeith_ works at Breakout KC, an escape room experience in Kansas City. He says they have plenty of cool stuff laying around, and will send the kid something that will blow his mind. If you can't read the letter, you can enlarge the image here.
Warriors for hire hardly have any time to collect their thoughts since they're constantly at work fighting in another war, but Guts finds time to rest and reflect because his mind has a deep, dark undercurrent from which he derives his strength. And when you've seen as much needless death, destruction and carnage as Guts has it's enough to drive you berserk unless you take some time to process it all. They say your weapon will cut deeper if you hone its edge and keep it sharp, and the same can be said of the mind, the part of your body most often underestimated when you're a massive man. But Guts has proven that to be truly mighty you must bring mind and body together and become the ultimate weapon.
Add some dark fantasy awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Dark Guts t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, and watch your fellow anime fans huzzah with delight when they see your cool new shirt!
This cute house in Sydney seems like the kind of place that would sell itself- it's a newer three bedroom house with a yard, it's affordable and located in a nice neighborhood, making it the perfect starter home.
Or it would be perfect had the real estate agent not cleverly photographed it in a way that omits one huge detail- it's situated right in front of a giant water tower.
On the other hand, you can decide that eating out is not a competition, but an experience that you pay to enjoy. If you enjoy the food and the experience, then you've won, no matter where you are. If your local buffet restaurant is full of diners trying to "beat the house," the experience will not be great and the food is probably sub-par. Maybe you should patronize a restaurant that gives you the good experience you are paying for. -via Boing Boing
The world is full of people who fear life on the edge, those who wish they could live on the edge and those hard cases with faces that prove every day of their life is lived on the edge.
Photographer Bruce Gilden shoots close-up portraits of the hard cases, the folks walking around with a face that shows they've lived a hard life with every line, wrinkle, scar, sore and open wound on it.
Bruce's book Face collects all the edgy and tightly cropped portraits of the street people who make squares uncomfortable, those who have fallen on hard times with the mugs to match and the odd characters he happened to meet on the road.
When George Lucas was working on the early drafts of what would become Star Wars, he was going to have the story narrated by a character who was explaining it to a a more advanced species long after the fact. The "Journal of the Whills" was the written, or otherwise recorded, account of the Skywalker saga. The idea was scrapped long before the script was finished, but Lucas' early idea managed to hang around long enough to find its way into the Expanded Universe, and then into the official novelization of The Force Awakens. Read the story of the Journal of the Whills at Den of Geek.
We recently shared styropro's dazzling laser bazooka, which can burn a hole right through a computer case, but do you know what's way better at cutting stuff than his homemade laser beam?
A water jet spraying at 60,000 PSI, which is so powerful it easily bisects a bowling ball, camera, spare tire, and more tough stuff you'd never expect water and sand to slice right through.
The Waterjet Channel features all kinds of wet and wild videos that demonstrate the power of water under pressure, but my favorite is the one where they cut an SLR camera in half because it's so revealing.
When you see a scary movie, you tell yourself, "It's only a movie, it's only a movie." but you're still frightened. There's nothing that will kill that mood like seeing the production reels with actors falling into giggles when they're supposed to be dying in some gruesome way. Production crews archive bloopers as a matter of course these days, but it may be years before the public sees them. Check out blooper reels from the horror moviesThe Descent, Scream, Scream 4, House of Wax, Halloween, Jennifer's Body, The Witch, Shaun of the Dead, and Silence of the Lambs at TVOM. You can assume that all blooper reels will contains some NSFW language.
Name your restaurant something forgettable like "burger barn" or "chicken shack" and you won't be remembered, but name your Thai restaurant "Thai Tanic" and people will line up to go on a culinary cruise!
And when a funny name isn't enough capitalize on a pop culture trend, like Hammontree did with their Star Wars-themed grilled cheese sandwich food truck the Grillenium Falcon. If only they'd served up sandwiches shaped like the Millennium Falcon they might still be in business...
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were friends and carried on epic literary and religious discussions. They also went to see Disney's first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, together in 1938 or '39. They hated it. Tolkien was particularly repulsed by how Disney portrayed dwarves.
Years later, in a 1964 letter to a Miss J.L. Curry at Stanford University, likely spurred on by the controversy surrounding Disney’s treatment of Mary Poppins, Tolkien further laid bare his true feelings on Disney’s work. He described Disney’s talent as “hopelessly corrupted,” writing, “Though in most of the ‘pictures’ proceeding from his studios there are admirable or charming passages, the effect of all of them is to me disgusting. Some have given me nausea…” He goes on to call Disney a “cheat,” noting that while he too had a profit motive behind his work, he wouldn’t stoop to working with Disney.
Believe it or not, costume designer Olivia Mears didn't make this incredible pizza dress as the most incredible prom dress in history. Instead, it was her incredibly impressive contribution to the Domino's Piece of the Pie contest.
As you can see, she even went so far as to create a special pizza box throne to rule over her minioins once she wins the contest -at least she's going to stay humble.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were introduced on a New York street in March of 1945. Dean was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, on June 7, 1917. Jerry was born Jerome Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926.
They were introduced that fateful day by a mutual friend, an Italian singer named Sonny King. At the time, Dean was a semi-successful singer, performing around the East Coast in nightclubs and on his own radio show. Jerry was eking out a living doing a "record act," where he would mime to records by famous singers, all the while mugging outrageously.
According to one later interview, their initial reactions to each other reflected the fact that neither was very impressed. Jerry thought Dean was "conceited, snooty and stand-offish," Dean thought Jerry was "a young wise guy." Despite these initial opinions, the two soon became friends.
Staying in the same hotel, as well as being chronically out of work, Jerry would babysit Dean's kids for him. Soon, by pure coincidence, the two would sometimes be booked at the same clubs. Jerry and Dean would sometimes goof around onstage together, heckling each other, doing imitations and cracking jokes. The audiences ate it up, the boys had fun, but nothing more came of it.
Mushrooms are often beautiful looking, with rich coloring and an eye pleasing shape that makes both humans and elves happy, but they're also some of the deadliest life on Earth. That's the real reason why Princess Peach's great great grandfather Lord Tangerine Poppyseed named his kingdom Mushroom- as a warning to those who would dare cross him or try to invade his kingdom. The mushrooms that grew there at the time were extremely poisonous, and used as a weapon rather than a power up, but it wasn't long before genetic engineering via magic mushrooms that heal and boost rather than kill were created....but so were the Goombas....
You don't have to hit the pipe to find this Mushroom Skull t-shirt by c0y0te7 appealing, it's a super dark and smudgy design made for the toughest bros and women in the kingdom- and Mario too!
Minoule is an urban cat who discovers that there's a canary living in the building across the street. He takes grave risks to get that bird, and along the way, a lot of other things are going on in the city.
If a Unicorn Frappuccino doesn't turn you on, maybe you'd prefer some Goth ice cream from Little Damage Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles. It's charcoal-almond flavored soft serve ice cream with the black provided by activated charcoal. The cone is black, too. People at Instagram seem to love it, but whether that's because of the flavor or the look isn't quite clear. Go to SomeEcards to see more pictures of the ice cream and what it does to your teeth. -via Boing Boing
Volcanoes are cool, except when you're in danger of being killed by one. Well, maybe cool isn't the right word, because they're hot. John Green tells us all kinds of neat things about volcanoes in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.
@SssnakeySci is a snake biologist. A friend sent her this picture and swears there's a copperhead in it. Can you find it? I looked for a while and then gave up. Snakes are sneaky; he's probably underneath the leaves. But no. Once you give up, see the answer outlined here. Now, I looked at the answer, and then still had trouble finding it in the original photo! Like my mother used to tell me when I didn't see something in plain sight, "If it were a snake, it would have bit you." -via Geeks Are Sexy
Roger Horton is back with another Honest Ad from Cracked. The truth about credit cards is that they work well if you use them perfectly. But the credit companies make bank on the fact that people do not use them optimally. Human nature doesn't work that way.
Are there really credit cards that charge 25% interest? I thought mine was usurious at $17%, since my mortgage is 2.5%. Sure, if you have the discipline to never use a credit card for something you wouldn't buy anyway, you'll be okay and rack up a good credit score. And then you'll have credit for emergencies. But it's so easy to get yourself into a debt spiral otherwise. And no one is perfect.
Gone Into Rapture deals with controversial subjects like dinosaurs, animals, Disney characters, social politics and cats- those sneaky little furballs who have infiltrated our homes and now run the show.
It's completely against a cat's instincts to fall backwards without trying to twist and catch himself. But this is Didga (previously at Neatorama) who can skateboard, surf, and lead a pack of dogs. Her human Robert Dollwet trained her to trust him so much that she will fall without looking and let him catch her.
She was taught how to make it in Hollywood by her mom, the prolific actress Debbie Reynolds, who had the star power to call up George Lucas and rag on him for making her daughter fly coach:
Surprisingly, the budget for the Stars Wars films was so low that the American cast and crew had to fly to England in economy class. When her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, called George Lucas to complain, he handed the phone to Carrie who told her, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you f**k off?!” and then hung up.
Carrie had no problem speaking her mind, but she struggled during her scenes with Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin because he was so nice to her on the set she had a hard time being mean to him.
In fact, Carrie got along really well with pretty much everyone on the set of Star Wars, but she really took a shine to Harrison Ford for obvious reasons:
Carrie once joked about drinking alcohol on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. She stated, “Mark Hamill was off on Dagobah while Harrison Ford and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City.”
While Carrie certainly had lots of memories from the set and filming of the Star Wars trilogy, her fondest of that era may come as a surprise. She was on the record as having said that her favorite moments were during her scenes when she was arguing with Harrison Ford.
Before you decide what you want, maybe you should consider that desire from all angles. Why does your employer pay you to be there? Because he/she can't get anyone to do it for free. If the work were that pleasant, it would be a hobby. This is the latest from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save.
I must confess that Sailor Moon was never really my cup of tea as far as anime goes, but the fans have such an infectious energy and the costumes are so cheerful I can't help but smile when I say "Sailor Moon".
And while I'm not interested in the show I can't stop watching this Sailor Moon inspired figure skating routine performed by Evgenia Medvedeva at the World Team Trophy 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. It's more enchanting than a Tuxedo Mask entrance!
There's one strange word that will immediately let you know where someone stands on the issues of conspiracy and government control when it pops up in conversation- chemtrails. It's an intriguing word that may or may not mean what those people who drop it during conversations think it means, and it is one of those theories that people either find totally far fetched or utterly believable. But whether you believe the government is spraying chemicals on the populace to keep them in line or you think this is a really out there conspiracy theory proposed by the same people who brought us Pizzagate and the Illuminati there's one thing for sure- the word looks totally rad on a tee!
Warn the world about the dangers of chemicals in the air and conspiracies spread online with this Slayer Chemtrails t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's the rockin' way to start a debate everywhere you go!
The 1979 movie Alien broke new ground in science fiction and horror. The slow reveal of the xenomorph and the slow reveal of who the real hero of the story was combined to make a darn good story -if you saw it in a theater. But if you saw it much later, after both became well-known, it was still a thrill. The production was not simple at all. There was a lot of technical stuff that didn't go as smoothly as planned, and weird things going on off-camera.
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Eunsan on why she started this project:
Every Single Word In Icelandic is a pictographic exploration of the Icelandic language. I find an interesting compound word, then deconstruct and illustrate it as icons. The goal is to express how Icelandic can be deadpan literal and unexpectedly poetic at the same time.
In order to promote the Star Wars Force for Change charity sweepstakes, John Boyega did surprise photobombs at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month. Avid fans posing for pictures with a couple of stormtroopers and BB-8 were first shocked and then delighted to find Finn in their finished photo.