A Fresh Start: Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Ctrl + Alt + Delete started as a trade secret. Then it became an icon.

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In the spring of 1981, David Bradley was part of a select team working from a nondescript office building in Boca Raton, Fla. His task: to help build IBM’s new personal computer. Because Apple and RadioShack were already selling small stand-alone computers, the project (code name: Acorn) was a rush job. Instead of the typical three- to five-year turnaround, Acorn had to be completed in a single year.

One of the programmers’ pet peeves was that whenever the computer encountered a coding glitch, they had to manually restart the entire system. Turning the machine back on automatically initiated a series of memory tests, which stole valuable time. “Some days, you’d be rebooting every five minutes as you searched for the problem,” Bradley says. The tedious tests made the coders want to pull their hair out.

So Bradley created a keyboard shortcut that triggered a system reset without the memory tests. He never dreamed that the simple fix would make him a programming hero, someone who’d someday be hounded to autograph keyboards at conferences. And he didn’t foresee the command becoming such an integral part of the user experience.

Bradley joined IBM as a programmer in 1975. By 1978, he was working on the Datamaster, the company’s early, flawed attempt at a PC. It was an exciting time—computers were starting to become more accessible, and Bradley had a chance to help popularize them.

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Proof: Walmart Ice Won't Melt, Even in Hot Weather


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You may have heard of the disturbing result of a recent experiment. KIKN Radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota discovered that the ice cream sandwiches that he purchased at Walmart won't melt under conditions that you would expect to liquify ice cream. That's because they contain guar gum and calcium sulfate, which increase the viscosity of the ice cream. 

Our friends at 22 Words have learned that this subversion of our precious bodily fluids extends far beyond ice cream sandwiches. Even the ice sold in bags won't melt after being left out in the sun for over an hour!

Over the weekend, I will conduct further experiments with other Walmart products, including underpants, motor oil, and sleeping bags. Will these melt in the sun like they are supposed to?


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21 Years of Adventure

Redditor Ken_Thomas and his wife recently celebrated their 21st anniversary by having a portrait made. You’ll have to admit it turned out to be awesome. Compare it to the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Thomas explained that they’ve been doing anniversary portraits for the last few years, but this is the first time they dressed up for laughs. The inspiration was from reddit commenters anyway, who told him he resembled Sean Connery. To be honest, I heard his comments in Sean Connery’s voice, and it turns out that everyone else did, too!  

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Sneaky Catwoman Sculpture Adds A Touch Of Geek Chic To French Store

It was the ultimate prize for a cat burgling sociopath, and once she’d claimed the cowl of the Batman she knew her legend would grow, along with the severity of her crimes...

Catwoman doesn’t take her eyes off the prize until it’s tucked safely in her satchel, and according to this incredibly cool statue by DeviantARTist Kordianl her latest acquisition has left Batman unable to conceal his true identity!

Kordianl created this pop culture inspired statue, with a little help from van den blocke studio, for the French department store Printemps, who held an art exhibition inside the store called "Pop the Bag".

This masterfully sculpted piece stands three meters tall and was "Inspired by theme of Judith beheading Holofernes", a celebration of our modern mythologies which are being created in the pages of comic books. 

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The Most Common Causes of Death in All 50 States (That They Don't Want You To Know About)

Heart disease? Cancer? Car accidents? No, these are not the events that kill large numbers of people. That's just what the news media/lizard overlords/Girl Scouts want you to think. Researcher Moe Lane reveals what's really going on.

Lane was limited by space on the map, so I would like to clarify what he's said about Montana. Bigamy is the most common form of death, but only in a literal sense of the term. You can have one spouse. You can have three spouses. But you can't safely have two.

-via Tor

P.S. If you ever meet Miss Cellania in person, you'll notice that she's missing the pinkie and ring fingers on her right hand. That's from a ferret attack. But don't comment about it unless you know her well. She's sensitive about it.


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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Mask

The Jim Carrey film The Mask was released twenty years ago this week. Really? Has it been that long? Yep, 1994, which seems like just yesterday. It was that time period that saw Jim Carrey catapult from a fairly-well-known comedian to a superstar, with Ace Ventura preceding The Mask and Dumb and Dumber following it.

4. There was a $6,550,000 difference between Carrey’s paycheck for The Mask and Dumb & Dumber. Jim Carrey only took home $450,000 for his role in The Mask, mere peanuts compared to the $7 million dollar paycheck he banked for Dumb & Dumber just a few months later. The way the New Line Cinema was able to snag Carrey for such a cheap deal was because they secured him for the movie before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out and annihilated the box office, making $107 million. Nobody in Hollywood — including New Line Cinema — expected Ace Ventura to be a hit and when it was Carrey’s price tag of course skyrocketed.

6. Anna Nicole Smith almost had Cameron Diaz’s role. The Mask was Diaz’s first movie part and it happened purely by chance. During the casting process, the casting directors were looking at the late Anna Nicole Smith for the part of Stanley’s love interest, Tina Carlyle. One of the casting directors noticed Diaz leaving her modeling agency and brought her in for the project, sending Anna Nicole back to her 89 year-old millionaire hubby. The audition process wasn’t a shoo-in for Diaz though, producers made her read for the part 12 times before giving the role to her.

Read about how Carrey made the special effects team’s job easier with his acting skills, and more, in the list at Uproxx.


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This Man Is Pushing a Brussels Sprout up a Mountain with His Nose

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He didn't lose a bet and he's not trying to get into a college fraternity. No, Stuart Kettell is a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. He hopes this stunt will raise at least £5,000 ($8,443 USD) for that charity. To get the attention of donors, he's propelling a Brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon in Wales using only his nose.

Mount Snowdon is 3,560 feet high. On the first day, he managed to get 0.1 miles up the path in about 50 minutes. By the end of that experience, he was exhausted and the Brussels sprout had fallen apart. But Kettell is going to persist until a sprout is at the summit. That sounds hard and painful, but it has to be better than eating one of those nasty things.


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These Dogs Learned The Hard Way That Bees Are Not Their Friends

There’s something about a bee buzzing around the yard that drives dogs crazy, and even the smartest and most well trained dog can’t help but want to take a bite out of that bee when they see it flying from flower to flower.

Unfortunately, this means they must learn their lesson about bees the hard way, which can turn tragic if the dog in question happens to be allergic to bees.

But most of the time they’re left with nothing but a swollen mouth, a sore tongue and a lesson from Mother Nature that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

The dogs on BuzzFeed’s list of 11 Dogs Who Learned The Hard Way Not To Eat Bees have just been taught a valuable lesson, and now they must live with the swollen shame of having been bested by an itty bitty bee!

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26 Unusual Occupations

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Need a job? Or maybe you feel the need to change your occupation to something really different. Elliott Morgan hosts this week’s mental_floss video and tells us about some strange and different jobs that people actually get paid to do. You probably have to know someone to get one of these positions. Or at least have some kind of expertise. or both. If that wasn’t the case, I’d be a professional ice cream taster already. -via mental_floss


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22 Easter Eggs Hidden in Disney Movies

Disney's animation team likes to have fun by making subtle references to other movies, characters, or real-life Disney employees in their movies. For example, pictured above is a screenshot from Frozen. There's a tiny Mickey Mouse figurine in Oaken's trading post. You can see it clearly at the 0:37 mark in this clip.

This is one of 22 Easter eggs that Brian Gilando of BuzzFeed found in Disney movies, both recent films and classics. You can find the rest here.


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Ceramic Poppies Represent Blood Shed in WWI

To mark the 100th year since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the first world war, ceramic artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper will be heading a grand-scale installation of ceramic poppies in the dry moat that surrounds the Tower of London.

The beautiful and powerful piece, entitled “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,” will expand daily as the exhibit runs from August 5 - November 11, 2014. More ceramic poppies will gradually be added until 888,246—each representing a British or Colonial military fatality—are placed by volunteers. 

Learn more at the Historic Royal Palaces Tower of London website. Via Colossal. 



 
 


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Kids’ Room Spaceship

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If you recall, Jeff Highsmith built a Mission Control Desk for his older son that had all kinds of space buttons, knobs, and sound effects. What could he possibly do to follow that up? Build a spaceship, of course! Highsmith built a spacecraft in his younger son’s room that connects to the Mission Control Desk in his brother’s room.

The ship has controls that make all kinds of sounds, from Apollo mission clips to a toilet flush. The dashboard panel can even replicate sequences from Apollo missions! But that’s just the beginning: the payload bay has a robotic arm that is remotely controlled from the panel, and monitored by camera. Since they are hooked up, the spacecraft and Mission Control in the other room can experience adventures together. There’s more on the building process at Make. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

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National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 Winners

First Place Winner: The Independence Day
Image: Marko Korošec

The image above was chosen from 18,000 entries as the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest grand prize winner. Marko Korošec of Sezana, Slovenia captured the image near Julesburg, Colorado and called it "Independence Day," because the cloud formation reminded him of the spacecraft in the 1996 film. Korošec won an eight-day National Geographic expedition to Alaska's Inside Passage for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or the National Geographic Sea Bird. 

See all of the winning entries and learn the stories behind the images here. Via Twisted Sifter.


Merit Winner, "Light Source"
Image: Marcelo Castro

Third Place Winner, "Diver in Magic Kingdom"
Image:  Marc Henauer

Merit Winner, "The End of the World"
Sean Hacker Teper 

Merit Winner, "A Well Earned Rest in the Sahara"
Evan Cole 


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More Comic Con 2014 Cosplay

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You saw our massive gallery of photographs from Comic Con this morning. Do you want to see more awesome costumes from Comic Con? Check out this video from Sneaky Zebra, which features photographs by Nick Acott. Acott also took the pictures in Geeks Are Sexy’s 2014 Comic Con galleries. See lots of photographs from Friday in part one, Saturday in part two, and Sunday in part three. Oh, and there’s a contest attached to this video. Find out more at the YouTube page, where you’ll also get a list of the identified cosplayers in the video.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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This Man Wants You To Be Your Own Doctor

This man wants to save your life, but not by getting his own hands dirty or performing surgery on you, he wants to teach you how to be your own doctor and save your own life with skills he feels we all should have learned in high school.

His name is Dr. James Hubbard, and he runs TheSurvivalDoctor.com, where he dispenses medical advice to people online so they can act as their own doctor during an emergency- or figure out when it’s actually time to call in a professional.

He has written three books on the subject of survival- Duct Tape 911Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid and The Survival Doctor's Guides, and his advice can mean the difference between life and death when immediate medical attention isn't available.

Doctor Hubbard discussed his one man mission to help us heal ourselves with the folks at Indefinitely Wild, touching on subjects like treating snakebites, drinking urine and duct tape first aid.


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Turning Love into a Viral Sensation

What’s the worst thing you can do to a great emotion? Make it go viral! If you love someone, you are supposed to set them free, not give them internet fame -unless that’s what they want more than anything. Even then, it’s not always the great reward they may imagine. This scenario from Dinosaur Comics takes the process to its ridiculous limits. -via Boing Boing


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TIE Fighter

 

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Watch the TIE Fight of the century, a Robot Chicken short on Adult Swim. Fighters, protect yourselves at all times. (I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your punch arrives.) Via Laughing Squid.


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Peaches Sold as Sexy Butts

Ripe peaches in season are wonderful, and really don’t need to be dressed up to sell. But when you are competing with other peach vendors, a little sex can make a big difference. In China, vendors are putting panties on their peaches, inspired by the upcoming Qixi Festival, which is like Valentines Day.

China News reports that these unusual peaches are called "Ripe Fruit" (蜜桃成熟時), a name evoking obvious sexual connotations. The panty peaches were first developed by a fruit vender in Nanjing, with each pair of underwear slipped on each sexy butt by hand. As SDChina reports, the peaches are from Yangshan, in Wuxi, an area that's also famous for its lingerie and garment industry.

They may be cheeky, but they aren’t cheap. A box of nine peaches will set you back the equivalent of $80. See more peachy pictures at Kotaku.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Goldfish Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is so much fun! Each delightful pop lets us feel some tiny, immediate impact on the world. But Daisuke Akiyama’s goldfish bubble wrap is designed to inhibit this desire. It’s made to give the impression that there’s a tiny fish inside each bubble. That way, Akiyama says, “I’ve made it psychologically more difficult to pop.”


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Reflection Collection

Image: Philip Cornish

One of the best pieces of photography advice I've been given is "the best photo is often right behind you." You can be walking in new city and turn your head, often by chance, only to see unbelievably beautiful reflections in skyscraper windows and mirrored facades. Or in rural areas, a striking pastoral scene may be reflected in a fountain or body of water. As pictured here, even a glass of water or wine can be a blank canvas. 

Yet the reflective photos shown here were not snapshots. Careful consideration is given as to the perspective from which to shoot. Sometimes the desired angle has the photographer assuming any number of uncomfortable positions to get the capture they want. In this collection of 25 photos of beauty as seen in reflective surfaces, the photographers' efforts paid off in spectacular captures. 

Bridge, Commacchio, Italy
Image: uccio78


Chicago reflected in Lake Michigan
Image: Marc Hersch


Image: Patty


Milan, Italy reflected in a tuba
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Diego Bardone


Skyline of Doha, Qatar
Image: donyana.com 


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Guardians of the Galaxy in LEGO

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Sean Willets and Forrest Whaley remade the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer completely in LEGO. From Gamma Squad:

From YouTuber Forrest Whaley, who has turned moving Legos around into a career, part of the fun is spotting all the fill-ins Whaley used for huge scenes. If you’re quick, for example, you’ll spot Mon Calamari, oddly silent on whether or not it’s a trap, in the background. Also, surprisingly, this is an official spot, according to First Showing; it appears Disney gave Whaley enthusiastic permission to put their upcoming hit into plastic.

Now I really want a Rocket Raccoon minifig. Guardians of the Galaxy officially opens nationwide tomorrow, but there are plenty of showings tonight.    


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Teenage Boy Comically Recreates Female Celebrity Fashion Photos

Liam Martin is a teenager from New Zealand who has a unique sense of fashion and an extremely photogenic face. 

His style, however, is derived from what celebs wore during famous fashion shoots, and he often wears the outfits better than the original celeb, unless he's feeling playful and decides to dress down:

His hilariously unique recreations of celeb fashion shoots have earned him over one million followers on Instagram, followers who can't wait to see his photographic responses to memes, movie stills and (most recently) female celebrity fashion photos.

Liam puts plenty of his own personality and attitude into every photo he recreates, which is why people generally like his version better than the original, and if a teenager from New Zealand can beat these Hollywood divas at their own game there may yet be hope for us all.

-Via Beautiful/Decay


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The Suburbs Will Die

Charles Marohn was a municipal engineer who maintained roads, upgraded sewer systems, kept up with state and federal building codes, and oversaw the spread of suburbs, until several events led him to realize that what he was doing was not in the best interest of communities and their futures. He started a blog, Strong Towns, to explain his views, which grew into a community of urban planners who believe there’s a better way to build communities than by expanding suburbia.  

Marohn primarily takes issue with the financial structure of the suburbs. The amount of tax revenue their low-density setup generates, he says, doesn’t come close to paying for the cost of maintaining the vast and costly infrastructure systems, so the only way to keep the machine going is to keep adding and growing. “The public yield from the suburban development pattern is ridiculously low,” he says. One of the most popular articles on the Strong Towns Web site is a five-part series Marohn wrote likening American suburban development to a giant Ponzi scheme.

Here’s what he means. The way suburban development usually works is that a town lays the pipes, plumbing, and infrastructure for housing development—often getting big loans from the government to do so—and soon after a developer appears and offers to build homes on it. Developers usually fund most of the cost of the infrastructure because they make their money back from the sale of the homes. The short-term cost to the city or town, therefore, is very low: it gets a cash infusion from whichever entity fronted the costs, and the city gets to keep all the revenue from property taxes. The thinking is that either taxes will cover the maintenance costs, or the city will keep growing and generate enough future cash flow to cover the obligations. But the tax revenue at low suburban densities isn’t nearly enough to pay the bills; in Marohn’s estimation, property taxes at suburban densities bring in anywhere from 4 cents to 65 cents for every dollar of liability. Most suburban municipalities, he says, are therefore unable to pay the maintenance costs of their infrastructure, let alone replace things when they inevitably wear out after twenty to twenty-five years. The only way to survive is to keep growing or take on more debt, or both. “It is a ridiculously unproductive system,” he says.

Infrastructure is more than just water and sewer lines. Low-density suburbs need more fire stations, longer school bus routes, more road maintenance, and more miles patrolled by police. Time tells Marohn’s story in an excerpt from the new book The End of the Suburbs by Leigh Gallagher. -via Digg 

(Image credit: Flickr user La Citta Vita)


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Every Upworthy Video Ever: A Parody

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Upworthy has been taking a ribbing for a while now. In that vein, Cracked presents "Every Upworthy Video Ever." Watch it, because it will change your life as you know it, and you can afford to make time for life-altering videos... unless you're an 88-year-old, one-legged female volunteer firefighter and yoga teacher rushing to a potentially deadly situation at your hot yoga class for terminally ill kittens. Via Viral Viral Videos.


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An Ode To Military Working Dogs

Buzzfeed posted the stories of six military dogs who displayed bravery, loyalty, and intelligence in the face of danger to our service members. For example, Sgt. Rex was paired with Corporal Megan Leavey for his second and third deployment to the Middle East.

In 2006, the pair was on patrol when Sgt. Rex discovered a slew of planted explosives. As they continued their search, one of the explosives was detonated. Both Leavey and Sgt. Rex sustained severe injuries, but they remained at the scene and continued to work together.

Leavey’s military career came to end due to the injuries she sustained during the attack, but Sgt. Rex recovered so he went back to work.

Upon his retirement, Leavey started a campaign for his adoption. Sgt. Rex was reunited with Leavey and lived out the last eight months of his life with her, swimming, snuggling and playing in the snow for the first time.

That’s a good dog. Read the rest of the stories in An Ode To Military Working Dogs.

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Want a Discount at this Restaurant? Impersonate a Character

Maybe they also do senior citizen or group discounts, but you can never be sure which television or movie character to impersonate until you show up at Not a Burger Stand and look at the chalkboard. This family-style restaurant in Burbank, California will take off a percentage if you use the right voice or wear the right costume. You can even eat free if you’re Patrick Stewart or arrive in a TARDIS.

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A Modular Cat Playground For Your Favorite Kitty

No matter how much space you have for your kitty, the CatsPlay Modular Playground is a perfect  fit for your little furball. That's because this cat-friendly creation is modular by the true definition of the word, allowing you unlimited options as to the layout of the design. 

There are a number of different sets you can buy to start out with and from there, you can buy a number of extra parts to really customize your kitty's playground. This is also beneficial as it means you can replace any worn out parts your feline friend has shredded up too much.

See more pictures of the creation over at Homes and Hues: A Modular Cat Playground That Looks Great

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The Easiest Solution To Batman Versus Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is an upcoming movie that has both superhero flick fans and comic book readers foaming at the mouth, our heads spinning from all the possibilities. 

Will Batman and Superman physically battle it out in the movie, or is the versus meant to indicate a difference of opinion about how to deal with an impending problem of superheroic proportions?

Dorkly artist Andy Kluth has an idea about how the whole situation will play out, and his comic offers up the easiest solution to the situation- the good ol' Superman flying so fast that he actually travels back in time trope.

Geez, Supes- you're a real jerk! Now I really hope Batman wins in the upcoming movie!

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60+ Costumes From The 2014 San Diego Comic Con

If you've been on the internet at all over the last week, you know the San Diego Comic Con was last weekend. If you are a regular Neatorama reader, then you know that Zeon and I go to Comic Con every year to collect the greatest cosplay we can find at the convention. This year was no exception, and despite losing my badge on Saturday night, I am happy to bring you some of my favorite cosplay photos from the convention.

You'd be forgiven for thinking this crazy street display wasn't cosplay -but there was, in fact, someone inside this massive suit, operating it almost like a puppet. It even had conversations with the giant crowd surrounding it!

This Ice King costume was also massive. It was so big, I'm pretty sure he never even set foot on the convention floor that day.

Young Marceline here, on the other hand, had only her large prop to worry about.

There were a lot of great costumes this year, especially from Adventure Time, but of all the hundreds of cosplay characters I saw this year, I think this warrior Fionna was by far my favorite.

As far as bad-assed, yet adorable cosplays go, there were a surprisingly large number of them. This Rocket Raccoon costume was a particularly good example. Oddly, with all the buzz about Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, I only saw two cosplays based on the franchise.

Two costume trends I did see plenty of were Harley Quinn and Deadpool. This tutued Harley and Avengers Deadpool at least put a fun spin on the costumes.

This punk rock Harley Quinn was a delightfully unique twist on the character.

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A Beginner's Guide To Graphics Settings For PC Gaming

Some gamers find PC gaming a bit daunting, what with all the hardware needed to support high end games, extra software needed to run the games properly, and the myriad of settings you don’t need to worry about while gaming on a console.

Terms like anti-aliasing, tessellation and vsync boggle the mind when you’re trying to make sure you're maximizing your PC's performance while you play your favorite games. 

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Luckily there are two new videos, created by GameSpot for their Reality Check series, which explain what all these settings actually mean to your gaming experience.

Don’t have time to watch videos? Then check out A Beginner’s Guide to Graphics Settings at Lifehacker and read all about it! 

-Via Kotaku


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