Don't you hate it when a salesman approaches you in a place where there's no escaping their sales pitch? It makes you feel like a sheep being sized up by a hungry wolf, and once they've hit you with the product demonstration it's almost impossible to turn them away.
But before you turn them away you should really see what they're offering, because it could be something amazing that will make your life worth living again. (NSFW language)
Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle is an awesome looking and really far out 3D animated short by the Blender Institute in Amsterdam. The film, and all the artwork files used to make the film, are free and open source and available for digital artists to play with here.
Super Bowl ads are really big business, and companies pay millions for the chance to get millions of people talking about their ads, but this year Skittles is skipping the Super Bowl and going ultra exclusive with their ad.
Skittles has decided to change things up a bit by creating "the most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever made" which will be seen by only one person- a 17-year-old from Canoga Park named Marcos Menendez.
“We’ve been a big part of the Super Bowl and continue to be a big part of the NFL," Matt Montei, marketing VP, fruit confections at Mars Wrigley Confectionery explained. “We really felt like we wanted to continue to reinvent ourselves around this timeframe and one way to do it is to just try a completely new way in.”
Montei elaborated that Menendez was chosen because he’s a true Skittles fan. Menendez will get to watch this “exclusive” commercial during the Super Bowl, while everyone else will just get to see Menendez’s reaction to the ad, streamed on Facebook.
The death of a television network can cause quite a stir in the TV world, especially when that network is beloved by fans, but Spike TV has died and I don't think anybody really cares.
The channel once billed as "the First Network for Men" is now the Paramount Network, so the person running Spike TV's Twitter account bid the channel a not-so-fond farewell by revealing the network's darkest secrets.
I was baked when I pitched 1000 Ways to Die. Those episodes are mostly based on my nightmares.
The embittered employee spent January 16th tweeting all kinds of wacky stuff about the network that is still up on the SPIKE Twitter page, because apparently Spike is dead so nobody gives a crap about their Twitter page.
I clogged up the 4th stall in the 7th floor men’s room over 30 times last year.
Most kids wonder what it would be like to grow up overnight, because they think the life of a grown up means no school, no set bedtime and no rules, but these thoughts are usually fleeting because it's fun to be a kid.
But when they inevitably transform into young adults their childhood seems to float away on the wind, leaving nothing but memories and the trappings of youth- like their favorite teddy bear.
However, some kids don't want to let go of their childhood years, so they hang on as hard as they can until life forces them to let go...
When we see something we've never seen before we tend to think of the creator as an innovative and creative individual, and yet many of these creators should probably be referred to as appropriators rather than creators.
Most fans know George Lucas drew inspiration for Star Wars from the samurai films created by Akira Kurosawa, but did you know he also adopted many elements of the franchise from Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series?
And Princess Leia's "totally unique" hairstyle was inspired by the twin buns worn by female Mexican Revolutionary fighter Clara De La Rocha.
People used to praise Michael Jackson for his "totally original" signature moves, but it appears the smooth criminal stole many of his signature moves from Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse.
Epic NPC Man (previously at Neatorama) takes a cockeyed look at the nuts and bolts of gaming, using real people instead of computer graphics. In this video, he explores the moment after the player has fulfilled his quest to rescue the damsel in distress. She's been the prisoner of the villain for ten years. Our hero escorts the fair maiden to her home, but now what? Will he marry her and live happily ever after? Will he gallantly consider her freedom and happiness as his only reward? Will he at least get a kiss? Let's find out.
Remember, this is a video game, in which the player controls the action. The player is a gamer, so his priorities might be different from whatever you, the viewer, would like to see. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Most people who watch the A Nightmare On Elm Street films see Freddy Krueger for what he is- an evil bastard who enjoys killing innocent people and turning life in Springwood into hell on Earth.
But some twisted fans see Freddy as a dream come true, a guy worthy of worship and the inspiration for a legion of fans who call themselves "Fredheads".
They have good dreams about Freddy, dress up like him at Cons and idolize him, and now these Freddy superfans are the focus of an upcoming documentary by Venn Pictures and Northgate Pictures called FredHeads: The Documentary.
FredHeads is a pet project of director Paige Troxell, who wanted to show her fellow Freddy fans they're not alone:
“In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home,” gushes Troxell. “I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other.”
When we fall in love with pop culture characters like The Simpsons, Jack Bauer of 24 or the Belcher family from Bob's Burgers our crush makes us overlook the bad stuff about them and their show.
We stop paying attention to how many people Jack Bauer kills and all the smokers in Springfield, and those wacky Belchers do a great job of distracting us from how broke they are, even when it's the plot of an episode.
So now you're probably asking yourself "how broke are the Belchers?", a question which dedicated fans have answered:
According to one study, Bob's Burgers LLC is probably bringing in a little less than $70,000 a year, while only actually taking home about $43,000 in true annual profit. Given that the average cost for an apartment like the Belcher's runs at about $20,000 a year, the Belchers are left with a paltry $23,000 (before taxes). And that, according to the state of New Jersey, puts the Belchers at about 50 percent less than the maximum to receive food stamps.
As for Jack Bauer's scorecard, the guy killed 309 people in about nine days!:
Over the course of eight days, plus the two hours of 24: Redemption and the half-day of Live Another Day, Jack Bauer kills 309 people. 309. That rounds out to 1.5 guys an hour, for a whopping 36 guys a day. It's not evenly spread, either; Bauer started the first day only killing ten guys, but really took the gloves off during Day Six, with 52 individual murders. By contrast, the Korean War killed about 31 Americans soldiers a day. On some days, that was Bauer's quota before he let himself take lunch.
And how many smokers live in Springfield? At least two per episode:
In 400 reviewed episodes, there were 795 unique instances of characters riding the nicotine dragon. Around the 2002-2004 era of the show, Springfieldians were averaging some five smoking characters per episode. And while the show typically only focuses on a few characters at a time, Springfield only has an estimated 60,000 residents, which means the percentage of smokers in the town must be incredibly high. Writers presumably drew the line at the episode in which Apu personally lit the cigarettes of a dozen fifth-graders that wandered into his store, preferring instead to leave it implied.
Even though I'm enjoying every minute of my son's infanthood I also can't wait to watch him grow up and become an awesome little kid, and I hope I live long enough to watch him grow old and gray...but I probably won't because of my poor diet and lack of exercise...plus the booze ain't helpin...*sniff* I miss him already! (NSFW)
As soon as 3D printers went from costing thousands of dollars to hundreds people started bringing them home so they could get busy creating cool stuff.
But where most people used their 3D printers to print out practical items or printable stuff they found online the geeks got busy creating replicas of their favorite props, weapons and armor so they could live out their nerdy dreams.
In the beginning we believed video games would someday have such great graphics we would actually feel like we're in the game, and with these improvements would come cheaper home console gaming and deeper, more engaging games.
Well, we have the cool graphics that are almost totally realistic, and we have lots of deeper, more engaging games, but we also have mobile games that should be amazing but really aren't.
Because, as this Clueless Hero comic shows, even though mobile games are usually free to download and play they suck in one particular way- all the cool bonus content costs a bundle to unlock!
Rick Moranis was almost always typecast as a nerdy character in the movies and TV shows he starred in, but when it came to comedy the Second City TV alum was super cool, like swanky lounge singer cool.
Check out the cool side of Rick Moranis as he sings a swingin' version of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors in this classic clip from SCTV. It's ring-a-ding-ding for the New Wave generation, dollface.
The Death Star is the most iconic space stations in the history of sci-fi and one of the most recognizable symbols of Star Wars, and yet Luke and the Rebel Alliance figured out how to destroy it with two well-placed proton torpedoes.
They knew about the Death Star's built-in flaw thanks to some stolen plans, but we never got to see how the massive space station was built in the movies.
But now thanks to the hard work of two geeky and talented brothers named Benjamin and Isaac Botkin we can see how hard it would be, and how many pieces it would take, for the Empire to build a Death Star.
And with Benjamin's epic score accompanying the complex timelapse animation it's a mesmerizing look at the making of a legend.
Finding out humans are the real monsters is one of the saddest discoveries we make as we grow up, well, that and the fact that monsters of myth, legend and the movies aren't real, because at least then they'd even the score.
Instead we are faced with humans who hide behind masks, pretending they have our best interest at heart when all the while they're just trying to imprison us and drain us dry.
No Monsters is a scary little animated short by David James Armsby of Dead Sound, a sequel of sorts to Armsby's previous Autodale short Being Pretty. They aren't exactly what you'd call feel good animation!
Dani Ochoa posted this video to the Star Wars subreddit. You'll need to turn your volume up to hear her write out an algebraic equation and recreate the rhythm of the Cantina Theme from the original Star Wars film.
Maybe it's my age creeping up on me; I passed on this one when I first heard it, but now it's starting to go seriously viral. More interesting was the discussion on the equation itself, which seemed to be something really special, until it was debunked by a crowd of math nerds. -via Metafilter
Gamers used to be part of an exclusive club that made references to characters and spoke a language only gamers understood, but gaming is now such a normal part of our lives that these days everybody is doing it.
As you can see in this comic by JHALL it's really hard to be a young non-gamer, because when everyone including your mom is an avid gamer you're now part of a much sadder and lonelier club full of bored kids with weak thumbs.
Creature From The Lake is a fun animated short created by students from ISART DIGITAL, and apart from the lack of dialog it's a pretty great short that's sure to make fans of the Creature gurgle with delight.
The Boy In The Bubble is a wonderful animated short from 2011 that features the voice talent of Alan Rickman as the Narrator, created in a style reminiscent of Tim Burton that makes it a visual delight!
Video game tournaments and the ESL are big business these days, with huge corporate sponsors and millions of dollars in prize money on the line, and yet they still don't attract a very diverse crowd.
No matter how many video game tournaments you attend you'll always see the same cast of characters hanging around, taking the whole thing way too seriously while their "ride" impatiently waits for them to finish up so they can go home.
This comical lineup created by JHALL pretty much covers all the bases, although he forgot the "backseat gamer" who doesn't compete but thinks he's better than everyone who does and sits there criticizing how they play the entire time. I hate that guy!
Vac-Man may sound like the name of a door-to-door vacuum salesman but it's actually the name given to Stretch Armstrong's nemesis, who is pretty boring as villains go and therefore didn't sell very well.
But on paper Vac-Man's toy action sounds pretty sweet:
Unlike the Stretch dolls which contained a syrup-like liquid inside a rubber sheath, Vac-Man (and associated models like the Vac-Pac which were the heroic enemies of Vac-Man) contained a grainy solid, produced from ground-up corn cobs. By attaching the provided pump to a socket on Vac-Man's head, air could be sucked out until the body became rigid. It could then be stretched, but unlike Stretch Armstrong, it would retain its stretched shape until air was let back in. -Via Wikipedia
His name and his cool vacuum power made him highly requested by The Action Lab's viewers, and they discovered the vacuum chamber had an oddly satisfying effect on Vac-Man's corn cobby body.
Native Americans have a close relationship with both the natural world and the spirits all around us, and where the European invaders settlers saw nothing but plants and animals to kill the Indians saw life everlasting.
When you live that closely with the natural world you become sensitive to the slightest changes in your environment, but it's really hard to miss those brightly glowing visitors from the spirit world, especially when they lure you deep into the forest...
WAKAN is a poignant animated short created by students from ISART DIGITAL, the video game and 3D animation/VFX school in Paris.
Every fall and winter college students prepare to enter the educational wars once again, battling their professors for the best grades possible while figuring out who they can trust to fight alongside them and who wants them to fail.
But if students prepared for the new school year like they prepare for a boss battle in a video game they would easily crush their coursework, avoid unnecessary battles and earn more grants and scholarships with their new heroic attitudes.
Just keep in mind that you earn student loan debt instead of XP during the quest for higher education... (Comic by Julia Lepetit)
Black Mirror is one of the most thought provoking, cutting edge and depressing TV shows ever made, and even though the show is overall very popular some episodes have been too much for viewers to handle.
The only difference between a Pokemon and a Fakemon is the Fakemon weren't created by Satoshi and Tajiri, but fans have created plenty of Fakemon who would make perfect additions to the roster.
There's the Super Soaker swordfish hybrid above, which could lead to a whole new story factor involving trainers armed with Poke-weapons, and this cool looking character that may actually be too cool to be a Pokemon.
These Fakemon are as good, if not better, than non-fake Pokemon, and the artists who create them are doing a great job of breathing new life into a roster of creatures who were starting to feel a bit formulaic.
Before Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch became a controversial place it was a place of wonder, with its own zoo, amusement park rides, and two trains, not to mention Michael's magical 13,000 sq. ft. mansion.
The 3,000 acre Ranch was worth an estimated $100 million dollars before Michael abandoned the property after it was searched by police officers during the People V. Jackson trial back in 2003, and in 2006 the property went into foreclosure.
Michael left most of his stuff behind when he abandoned the property, and all that stuff plus the strange and sordid history of the place made Neverland Ranch a very enticing place for urban explorers to visit.
Four such urban explorers (nicknamed after the TMNT by VICE) broke in to the place repeatedly between December 2007 and March 2008, and the stuff they found there really adds to the MJ mystique:
Donatello: The other thing was that he collected memorabilia that had him on it, he had Pepsi bottles and books and other promotional material in boxes. He also had stacks and stacks of fan mail, and one of the ones that really grabbed me was some fan had drawn the prosecuting attorney of his molestation case with devil's horns. That was just laying on a tabletop – maybe a Pac-Man table? Raphael: You were reading his fan mail? Donatello: We were flipping through some of it.
Raphael: One thing that really sticks out in my memory was drinking his grape soda from that walk-in kitchen storage area and then very carefully wiping the fingerprints off the bottle and hiding it in the bushes.
Was it actual grape soda? Raphael: Yeah! It was actual grape soda! In the kitchen there was this "Children of the World" menu. Everything in there was geared toward children. I'm not sure he had any, but...
He did. Raphael: Having that menu there, on a permanently printed chalkboard it had peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese or something, that sticks out in my mind. The general strange hodgepodge of s#%t that he had bought that didn't have any relation to his house. His entire house was filled with these really expensive looking one-off random, semi-artistic things.
If a show has the words "Muppets" or "Jim Henson" in the title you know it's going to feature some really awesome puppets, and the late 90s successor to The Muppet Show called Muppets Tonight was no exception.
Muppets Tonight introduced us to cool characters like the Nine Inch Snails, an all-gastropod grunge band who sing a morbid little song that includes the line "give me some salt and turn me to gel" and put on one shell of a show.
The blanket term "collector" appeals to most people when it's left alone than when you add a noun before it, as in toy collector, antique collector or rock memorabilia collector. See how much cooler "the collector" sounds than any of those more specific designations?
The thing is most collectors don't care if people think their collection is cool, because that's not why they do it- they collect stuff because they're passionate about the stuff they collect.
So whether they're collecting vintage Smurf toys, beer cans or tiny erasers shaped like food there's something about the objects they gather that makes their heart sing.
Andy Warhol and Nico were cool, they were eccentric and underground and enjoyed wearing costumes on occasion, all of which made them the perfect characters to play Batman and Robin in a photo shoot for Esquire.
The shoot happened in 1966 when Batmania was in full swing thanks to the Adam West TV show, so Nico posed as Batman and Andy as Robin for photographer Frank Bez's seriously hip photo spread meant to draw in younger, hipper readers for Esquire.
Andy was a big fan of Batman, and comic books in general, so he was probably pretty jazzed about the shoot, and Warhol's 1964 film Batman Dracula is considered the first appearance of a campy version of Batman.
Every home needs a Sarlacc that won't digest you over the course of a thousand years! This pillow is labeled as a "newborn/toddler pillow lounger," and I'm sure it's perfect for the child you want to raise right, but people without babies could easily find a use for it -like a pillow for your head while you are lying down watching a Star Wars movie. It's big, maybe you could curl up in it with a good science fiction book. It has four rows of teeth, and handles, so you can easily carry it and anything you want to feed it put into it. Get your Pit of Carkoon pillow from Etsy store BedHogShop. -via Geeks Are Sexy
When Jurassic Park came out back in 1993 the thought of dinosaurs roaming the Earth again made us all shake in our Reeboks, but now that we've lived through 2017 we know there are much scarier creatures out there.
They're called humans, and while dinosaurs can devour your body and beat you with nunchuks humans can tear your world apart from the inside out with their bigotry and hatred, and even worse they can teach your kids to hate.
So let's make those ideological dinosaurs spreading messages of religious bigotry go extinct once and for all- by breeding dinosaurs with a taste for the blood of bigots! (Comic by Pie Comic)