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LED Guitar Helps Beginners Learn To Play Like A Pro



Learning to play guitar usually means watching someone else place their fingers in the right spots and attempting to copy, then trying to remember where the heck you're supposed to put them all when it comes time to play that chord again.

That's why this Fretlight LED guitar from Optek Music Systems seems like a fun and easy way to learn how to play.

LED lights show you the proper finger placement for whichever song you're playing, so you just have to follow the little red lights and you'll be playing in no time.

It's like your own private tutor and light show all rolled into one!

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Newest Trailer For Frankenweenie


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Tim Burton is finally going to be able to see one of his very first projects come to life on the big screen in the animated treatment of Frankenweenie!

This feature length animated film has the morbid stop motion style you've come to expect from Burton, and looks like it will be a ghoulishly good time.

And just for kicks here's the LINK to the original live action short of the same name! It's a two-for-one here folks, so get your popcorn a-poppin' and enjoy!

(please note that I have no way of knowing whether either of these YouTube videos will play outside the U.S., so I apologize in advance if you are unable to watch them...)

--via Geek Tyrant

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The Portable Bottle Cutting Tool



If you've ever seen those nifty glasses made out of old alcohol/beer bottles and thought "I sure would like to make those for my house" then check out this neat new device.

It's called the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter, and it was invented by Patrick Lehoux, a man with a vision for just what to do with all of those empty bottles he had lying around the house.

Right now this invention is at the Kickstarter phase of production, but I'm sure it will do quite well when it's released commercially. I know what my friends are getting for Christmas this year!

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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The Star Wars That I Used To Know


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This hilarious parody of the music video for Gotye's hit song Somebody That I Used To Know takes us back to a time when Star Wars was fun and familiar, without all those cheesy deleted scenes, less than creative explanations and CGI nightmares.

Darth Vader was somebody that I used to know, but now that I've seen him with a braided rat tail in his hair I just don't know...

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Art Of Arm Contortion


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This video features the Turf Dancers showing off their "bone breaks", arm contortions that are almost painful to watch.

I have a feeling that these guys are part puppet, either that or they've had their joints replaced by rubber bands!

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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One Joke From Every Episode Of Mystery Science Theater 3000


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Take a fond look back at MST3K with this supercut video, which features one joke from every episode ever made!

It's like a really quick refresher course on how MST3K brought the funny, and brought their lighthearted derision towards cheesy old movies into our homes each week.

This video has inspired me to waste even more of my precious time-Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon here I come!

--via Uproxx

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Google's Artificial Intelligence System Loves LOLCats



Google has been hard at work creating an artificial intelligence system that could revolutionize the way we think about AI...just as soon as it's done cataloging all the cat related posts on the interwebs.

Here's what happened when it was released on the interwebs to start learning on its own:
The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which, John Markoff of The New York Times reports, is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. It performed far better than any previous effort by roughly doubling its accuracy in recognizing objects in a challenging list of 20,000 distinct items.

Now that's one hi-tech way to catalog kitteh videos!

Link  --via Geekologie

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A Dutch Company Wants To Colonize Mars By 2023



Some people aren't content with merely taking pictures on the surface of Mars--they want to plant their flag and colonize the red planet as soon as possible.

And by some people I mean the Dutch company behind the project Mars One.

Led by Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders, they propose establishing a human colony and using it as a media spectacle to create mad profits and kickstart mankind's adventures into the cosmos.

What do you guys think--is this an interesting and feasible idea, or the maniacal ravings of a madman?

Link  --via GeekTyrant

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Muppet Movie Camera Test From 1979


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Here's a delightful behind the scenes video showing Kermit and Fozzie hanging out in a tree waiting for The Muppet Movie director Jim Frawley to get his angles and lenses all worked out, and later Kermit and Piggy discuss their relationship, and what their offspring might look like... *grin*

It sure is fun to see these fleece friends banter back and forth, Fozzie's real bear status in question, Kermit discovering that he has rods coming out of his arms, and Miss Piggy letting her jealous nature get the better of her as usual.

This video proves that Muppet improv is the best kind of improv!

--via i09

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A Terrifying Wall Of Teddy Ruxpin Dolls


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This installation by Sean Hathaway is made up of 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls streaming emotional content from the internet, the talking bears cycling randomly through one minute emo bursts and causing the viewer to feel uneasy almost immediately.

Part of a project called Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction, the artist claims that the wall of bears is "taking the emotional temperature of the internet", but I think he's just dredging up our childhood fears and giving us yet another reason not to sleep at night.

--via Topless Robot

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Zombified Video Game Characters



This fun series of illustrations by Swedish artist Go-MaxPower shows what classic video game and cartoon characters might look like as shambling undead.

Of particularly hilarious note are the image of Ray Man eating himself, and an armless Street Fighter Ryu still trying to kick some tail.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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Fashionable Leather Chainsaw Bag



This super chic leather chainsaw shaped bag by (you guessed it!) Facetasm is made to cut down the competition without the need for fossil fuels or a ripcord start.

Shameless in both the bold power tool styling and the in your face branding, this bag doesn't need to saw through trees because it just looks cool when you carry it.

You may be asking yourself--why is it shaped like a chainsaw? The simple answer--for the sake of fashion.

Link  --via Gizmodo

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What Eddie Campbell's Daughter Drew While He Worked On From Hell



The seminal graphic novel From Hell featured a superstar collaboration between Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore, and while the duo worked away on this dark saga Eddie's daughter Hayley, who was 7 years old at the time, had her own project in the works-The Ripper File.

Full of grisly ways to meet one's end, yet softened by the childish nature of the drawings and numerous misspellings, The Ripper File is just the sort of thing that would have cost young Hayley a trip to the school counselor had it been discovered in her book bag.

You can see a young mind hard at work at the link to Eddie's blog below, it's adorable in a creepy sort of way.

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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Egg Russian Roulette World Championships


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File this under "competitions that seem stupid but people really enjoy watching"--egg Russian roulette, where hard boiled eggs are mixed in with the raw ones, and knuckleheads take turns smashing them on their foreheads to find out which is which.

Held in Lincolnshire, this egg headed competition draws some fierce crackers to the table, and everyone leaves with egg on their face. Just yolking! *facepalm*

--via Tastefully Offensive

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Gritty Street Photography By Nate "Igor" Smith



Nate "Igor" Smith is known for his work on the photo website Driven By Boredom, but he has another side, a street side that doesn't involve canned shots of people posing at events, a side that relies on happenstance to capture that perfect moment in time.

Nate's vision is raw and voyeuristic, catching sight of moments that the subjects would probably rather forget. These are scenes of city life-sometimes violent, sometimes strange, but always extremely NYC.

Link  --via AnimalNY

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Deadpool Fan Film Is Dead Funny


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Marvel's wise cracking, super powered assassin gets his day in the sun in this Deadpool fan film called Deadpool: A Typical Tuesday by Bean Dip Productions.

This hilarious fan film sets the bar pretty high for any Hollywood Deadpool that may (but probably won't) come out sometime before I die, and shows why Deadpool would make for a perfect action movie star.

--via Topless Robot

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Alan Moore Stops Griping And Starts Making Movies



Alan Moore is known as much for his writing as for his grouchy disposition, and generally hates the Hollywood treatments his works have received so far, which is why I think making his own movies is a brilliant idea!

Alan is working with his friend Mitch Jenkins on "a multi-layered, multi-episode narrative created by Moore and brought to life by Jenkins" called Show Pieces, of which the first installment Act Of Faith has already been filmed.

Hopefully Alan will be able to take criticism of his movies as well as he's able to dish it out!

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Celebrate The 40th Anniversary Of Deliverance With A Trip To The Cahulawassee



If you enjoyed the seminal backwoods sicko movie Deliverance, and you feel that its 40th anniversary is worth celebrating, then book a trip to the Chattooga River Festival and get to hootin' and hollerin'!

The booming outdoor sports industry sparked by this seminal movie is the inspiration for the first ever Chattooga Festival, and I'm sure those who attend will be squealin' like a pig in delight, as long as they steer clear of the nearby farms...

Link  --via AnimalNY

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Time Lapse Video Of Super Mario 3D Art Being Created


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Artist Chris Carlson is the focus of this time lapse video, which shows him hard at work creating some amazing Super Mario 3d chalk art.

Watch as his hands fly around, dropping lines on the ground like a surveyor, and marvel at the wonder of Mario themed art being created right before your eyes while a delightfully orchestral version of the theme song plays in the background!

--via TDW

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Life-Size Aliens Vs. Predator Metal Sculptures



These heavy metal sculptures of a Predator, complete with Alien head on his staff, and Alien xenomorph ready to strike were spotted in Vladivostok, Russia, hinting at a decidedly metallic battle which is about to commence.

Each statue measures over six feet tall, and weighs an impressively svelte 80 pounds, and can be yours for the low, low price of around $15,000 USD each, shipping not included.

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Avatar Themed Nightclub Opens In South Africa



Entrepreneur and fan of blue aliens Mike Basson has opened an Avatar themed nightclub in Rivonia, South Africa so people can get all spaced out on the dance floor.

It's called Avastar, looks ridiculously decadent with flamethrowers and optic fiber chandeliers, and should be just the thing for those who enjoy throwing their money away while many others in Africa struggle for survival.

Hit the link if you want to see a video which details just how cheesy, and vaguely Avatar themed, this eyesore of a nightclub really is.

(Video is barely NSFW due to a flash of Na'vi nudity in a painting, no pun intended.)

Link  --image via Nerd Bastards

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30 Year Treasure Hunt Ends With Discovery Of Celtic Gold



Treasure hunters Reg Mead and Richard Miles struck gold, and silver, recently when their 30 year long quest for buried treasure on the island of Jersey, which is off the coast of Normandy.

Here's more info on the treasure they discovered:
The treasure was inside a large block of clay. It contains 30,000 to 50,000 silver and gold Celtic coins dating from the 1st Century BC. The coins—which could have been buried to prevent Roman troops from getting them during Julius Caesar's invasion of the British Islands—come from Armorica. They have been buried for more than 2,000 years. According to numismatic experts, each coin is worth 100 to 200 British Pounds ($156 to $311).

The treasure is now on display at the Jersey Heritage Museum, where the curator will surely use it to fill a kiddie pool and dive in like Scrooge McDuck!

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Write Like The Wind George R.R. Martin!


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Greg DiCostanzo and Paul Sabourin are fans of the fantasy series A Song Of Ice And Fire, so they're urging George R.R. Martin to write like the wind and finish up this classic series.

People are living in fear that they've read every massive tome in the Song series yet won't ever reach the end of the saga, so to you I say-let this song be your anthem, as you eagerly await the conclusion to A Song Of Ice And Fire!

(barely NSFW due to language)

--via Nerd Approved

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Forest And Mountain Sculptures By Keisuke Tanaka



These wonderfully organic sculptures by Keisuke Tanaka reveal the artist's deep reverence for the beauty of the natural world, and look like something found in a fantasy forest.

They're carved out of solid wood, then meticulously hand painted so that even the smallest details will hold up to scrutiny. If I were an insect, I would be proud to make one of these sculptures my home!

Link  --via Hi Fructose

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Bowser Beer Is For Dogs



Attention humans--stop drinking all the Bowser Beer! It's made especially for dogs, so stop depriving those parched poochies of their favorite brew for the sake of a cheap buzz!

Doggies love the chicken and beef flavors, and you'll love the fact that your dog won't get cited for being drunk in public after tossing back a few of these tasty microbrews.

So, unless you're Bowzer from the 50s themed group Sha Na Na Bowser Beer is not for you, it's for dogs!

Link  --via Laughing Squid

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Now This Is My Kind Of Hybrid Car



This is the Truckcar, the first hybrid vehicle that gets worse gas mileage than either of the original cars it's made out of.

This beastly crossbreed is actually posted for sale on Craigslist in Knoxville, Tennessee, and here's the hilarious ad:
for sale 1962 international truckcar, has every optional that a car could have ,has frontwheel drive driveline disk brakes all around , has air bags that are in working order has oldsmobile dash with tilt cruise , power seats , air -did work but i low of freon due from setting -can drive it anywhere, every light works as well as new cab lights allready has grandam door handles installed and work great, has alloy wheels and this truck has a good title which is titled as a international, has a grand am rear with the original duel exhaust, car is fuel injected and there are no check engine lights on?everthing is in working order but the aircondition is low of freon call if interested to much to list lots of time put in this car , have to many other projects to ,do so call 606 456 XXXX -no emails please -price is firm -have probly twice as much invested .-this vehicle will be sold where is as is...thanks

I'm sure this sucker will sell in no time!

--via Boing Boing

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Concrete Walls Project Presents Sawe


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The Concrete Walls Project is a video series which integrates works from the best graffiti artists worldwide into fun animated videos, bringing their works to life like never before.

Check out this episode, which features works by Catalan graffiti artist Sawe getting all animated as he paints the town, complete with a equally sharp soundtrack!

--via Juxtapoz

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Was The Prometheus Design Team Inspired By SpongeBob?



This split image pretty much speaks for itself, and the characters do seem to share a rather distinctive head shape/profile, but did the design team behind Prometheus really draw inspiration from this obscure character featured on SpongeBob SquarePants?

There's no way to know for sure, but it's fun to think that the concept artists were hanging out watching Nickelodeon when they found a character design that struck their fancy.

And we all know that SpongeBob is the cornerstone of creative character design, right? *wink*

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Glock Pistol Disguised As A Drill



I'm not sure if this custom firearm should be categorized under "neat" or "orama", but it's certainly unique.

It's a Glock model 21 .45 caliber pistol disguised as a DeWalt cordless drill, and it was created by Mark Bilicki with help from gunsmith James Oberkirsch. The drill element doesn't work, but the pistol is still deadly functional.

The question remains--what sort of person would want such a device? Maybe a disgruntled construction worker, or a hitman posing as a builder, or maybe Mark is both a gun collector and a big fan of DeWalt power tools?

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Guillem March Parodies His Own Catwoman Cover Art



When the cover art for Catwoman #0 was released it was severely criticized, and Guillem March caught a bunch of flack for both the unnatural pose of the character and the supposedly exploitative nature of the illustration.

Well, Guillem apparently had a good sense of humor about the whole "controversy", and decided to answer back with another version in the style of Robert Crumb.

So why was the obviously comical version generally well received while the original version was vilified?

Link  --via ComicsAlliance

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