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How To Resign From Microsoft Like A Boss

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Working for Microsoft requires a level of commitment  not found in many other jobs, which means tendering your resignation should be an equally grand gesture.

Karen Chang decided to write and perform a song as her "letter" of resignation, sung to the tune of American Pie by Don McLean. Watch her kiss those "long, long lines of code" goodbye with a sweet acoustic serenade.

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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Film Reel Of The Brave Empire State Building Window Washers

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This film reel from the British Pathe digital archive is called Panefull Business, and it showcases the brave window cleaners who kept the Empire State Building nice and shiny circa 1938.

It'll make you appreciate your day job, unless you're an adrenaline junky and would enjoy hanging around 1200 feet above the ground all day!

--via TDW

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Super Mario Mushroom Case Mod

Case modding machine and Etsy seller 8BitBuilder created this cool Super Mario themed Mushroom PC tower case mod, and it can be yours for the low price of $1600 American.

If that price seems waaay out of reach, don't worry! You can make your own case mod with several hundred little wooden cubes, lots of wood glue, some paint and a couple of weeks to spare putting this bad boy together.

I'm pretty sure the price is so high because it comes complete with built-in PC, but I still think it would make a better DIY project than an outright purchase.

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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Dual Purpose Shopping Bag And Emergency Helmet

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Usually when people tell you to put a bag over your head, it's an insult. But this bag was made to wear over your head in an emergency situation, and it might save your life if an earthquake hits while you're out shopping.

The Grappa was created with the thought that most people carry reusable bags now when they do their shopping, and if an emergency situation should arise you'll probably have one close at hand.

It has a hard plastic bottom and mesh sides, so your head is protected from falling debris while the side mesh helps filter out particles in the air.

I don't think I'd feel very safe with such a flimsy source of protection on my head, but it's really more of a concept design than the ultimate safety gear, and I can't wait to see what kind of safety functions are built into everyday items in the future.

Link  --via Gizmodo

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A Giant Spider Prepares To Dine On A Snake

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Budding naturalists should take note of what this video demonstrates-a spider's killer instinct shouldn't be taken for granted, and they'll gladly wrap up a meal that may take them a month to polish off just for the sake of convenience.

Please note that you shouldn't put your hand anywhere near those big old spiders you see as you're traipsing through the jungle, because spiders don't take kindly to tomfoolery!

And if you're feeling for the snake right about now just think of it like this-he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got caught up in the never ending gang war we call the food chain.

--via Obvious Winner

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This Pokemon Trading Card Costume Gets A +10 For Cuteness

Don Schwabs has committed an extremely original act of nerdery by wearing this adorable Pokemon trading card game costume to Melbourne's Supanova Pop Cultcha Expo.

If you see Don walking around at a Con near you give him a high five for me, and tell him not to get all bent out of shape if I slip on my Mewtwo card costume and put the smack down on his Pikachu card based on hit points alone.

When lives are at stake in a very human version of the Pokemon card game, some players were born to lose. Don was born to be the face of Pikachu.


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Holy Musical B@tman! Is Taking Gotham City By Storm

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If you like your musicals cheesy and superhero themed, then you're gonna love Holy Musical B@tman, an extremely entertaining show from Team Starkid that features catchy tunes, goofy villains and an Underoos clad Batman with a heart full of vengeance.

Loosely based on Tim Burton's version of the Caped Crusader, it's darkly comedic musical theater at its finest,  and you can watch the whole thing, ten minutes at a time, for free on the YouTubes.

(gently NSFW due to coarse language)

--via Comics Alliance

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The Cute Yet Creepy Dental Doraemon Plush

Want to teach your kids about dental hygiene and give them nightmares at the same time? Then you need the Dental Doraemon plush, which comes complete with a set of choppers to help kids practice proper brushing and flossing techniques.

This is the first time I've seen Doraemon and his sister Dorami-chan with teeth, and I think I liked them better without the pearly whites.


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The Ghost Army Of WWII Known As FUSAG

The era surrounding World War II was such a rich period of history that it's no wonder many facts simply slipped under the radar, only to be discovered by historians decades later.

The story of the FUSAG is one which escaped the mainstream annals of history, due in part to the secretive nature of the operation.

Known as the Ghost Army, the FUSAG was a phantom Army Group used to draw the Nazis off the trail of other invasion plans which had been set into motion.

Here's more on the ultimate bluff:
The Allied intelligence services created two fake armies to keep the Germans on their toes. One would be based in Scotland for a supposed invasion of Norway and the other headquartered in southeast England to threaten the Pas-de-Calais.

The northern operation relied mainly on fake radio traffic and the feeding of false information to double agents to create the impression of a substantial army. Fortitude South, though, was well within the range of prying German ears and eyes, so fake chatter alone would be uncovered too quickly.

The Allies would have to make it look and sound like a substantial army was building up in southeast England. They needed boots on the ground there, without actually using too much of their precious manpower.

When intelligence officers learned that the First U.S. Army Group (FUSAG) was to be redesignated the 12th Army Group, they knew they had their Pas-de-Calais invaders. The FUSAG was kept alive on paper, and the phantom army was given a few real soldiers and placed under the command of one of the era’s great military leaders.

Want to know more? Head over to Mental Floss and read the entire article by Matt Soniak to get the whole scoop on the ultimate wartime fake out.

--via Mental Floss

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The Hyrax Sings In A Regional Dialect

The adorable little critters known as hyrax may look like they don't have a lot going on in their tiny little heads, but it turns out they are master communicators who use a complex language complete with regional dialects.

Here's how their masterful use of language was discovered:
By recording hundreds of the animals’ songs and applying clever mathematics, researchers discovered that differences in note arrangement, or syntax, in hyrax songs vary as the distance increases between colonies — a surprising occurrence of dialect.

“Dialect is usually seen only in animals with sophisticated vocalizations, like primates, bats and cetaceans. Such animals can copy and improvise on what they hear, which are very, very core building blocks of language,” said zoologist Arik Kershenbaum at the University of Haifa in Israel.

“It’s not obvious to human ears, but hyraxes also appear to have these building blocks,” said Kershenbaum, who co-authored the study of hyrax songs Apr. 18 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

So, the next time you spot one of these fuzzy little critters, you'll know that they're much more than an oversized rodent, and may be talking about you behind your back!

Link  --image credit: Arik Kershenbaum

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The Fire Breathing Robotic Sculptures Of Yanobe Kenji

These robotic monstrosities were created by Japanese artist and supervillain Yanobe Kenji, who clearly plans on using his mechanical marvels to take over the world.

Employing cuteness and likeability to put the human population at ease, these fire breathing robots are hell bent on becoming our new metal overlords. They've even taken to the sea, to ensure that nobody escapes unsinged.

Oh wait, I'm receiving a message that they're actually just a collection of freaking amazing metal sculptures by artist Yanobe Kenji, so I guess that freaky helmet and spandex getup I saw Yanobe in last week was just something he wears when he's working. My mistake!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Naturalist Style Illustrations Of Pokemon

Laura Bifano puts pencil to paper in order to capture Pokemon in their natural settings, like a naturalist illustrator who draws from her imagination rather than from sightings in the field.

The result is an assortment of fantastically rendered Pokemon that look even cooler than the original versions, and would inspire more awe and wonder if they were seen roaming around their natural habitats.

Just don't try to catch them all without wearing some sort of protection!

Link  --via JazJaz

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Bike Helmets Made From Cork And Wood

Anyone who wears a bike helmet while riding knows there aren't a lot of choices available in terms of style.

The main reason behind this lack of style is safety, as traditional plastic and foam helmets have always been considered the safest bet for protecting your skull.

Coyle Design and Build wants to change that misconception, with the introduction of safety helmets made out of sustainable woods, such as Maple and Oak, with a cork lining.

They carry the same safety rating as traditional helmets, yet have a unique style due to the natural pattern of wood grain, which means no two helmets will look alike.

And while the price tag is still a bit steep (around $350), they'll definitely make you the most stylish, and eco-friendly, biker on the road.

Link  --via Gizmodo

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Screech Wants To Teach You How To Play Chess

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Dustin Diamond, aka Screech from the hit TV show Saved By The Bell, wants to teach you how to play chess.

Thankfully he's not trying to teach anyone how to be an actor, because as you can see from this collection of outtakes he isn't very good at acting like anyone but himself. You gotta love him for trying though!

Watch as he takes on stereotypical roles such as: hippie, pimp, sheik and court jester? I don't know about you, but I sure learned a lot about how not to make an instructional video!

--via Everything Is Terrible!

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Don't Be That Guy At The Gym

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Anyone who has worked out in a gym will already be familiar with these annoying examples of alpha maleness-guys who use the gym as a platform to show the world how "cool" they really are, working the room while getting under everyone's skin as they feebly attempt to stroke their own ego.

So, the next time you encounter one of these turkeys while you're trying to shed those extra pounds, you can call them out by name and tell them to hit the showers!

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Carnival Cruise Line Announces SAW Themed Voyage

As if taking a Carnival cruise weren't horrifying enough, the company recently announced plans to host a cruise themed after the SAW movie franchise. Here's the official blurb from Carnival:
Let’s play a game…onboard the beautiful and luxurious Carnival Glory! If you’re a Fan of the “SAW” movies, you don’t want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cruise with your favorite “SAW” Celebrities. This amazing (5) night cruise departs from New York City and travels to the most beautiful points in Canada (the last six “SAW” movies were filmed in Canada).

During this amazing cruise, you will be able to party with the “SAW” Stars and meet other fans who love “SAW” just like you! You will attend fantastic pool and dance parties, question and answer Sessions and many special events. You can also get autographs from the “SAW” stars, take FREE individual photos with the “SAW” stars, attend FREE movie screenings, and much, much more.

So if you're one of the five SAW superfans with enough money to afford a five night cruise, your dreams are about to come true. If not, just think about how much more fun you'll be having by NOT taking a SAW themed cruise!

--via Slash Film


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Attending An Outdoor Music Festival When...WTF?

The guy in this pic clearly wants to live under the sea, but lacks the gills needed to breathe underwater, so he has decided to wear a fishbowl, complete with live fish, over his head and breathe through a tube for the rest of his life.

Perhaps these fish are his only friends, and they've encouraged him to get out and meet people from his own species, but if that's his game he's going about it all wrong.

I give him credit for having a lot of nerve though, and for the fact that he had the foresight to wear goggles under his fishbowl, so he can still check out the ladies while he's making a scene at the music festival.

Link  --via Geekologie

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The Hobbit May Change How We Watch Movies

Peter Jackson plans on using his upcoming release The Hobbit to change the way we watch movies, by raising the overall frame rate to 48 frames per second, which is double the current industry standard and will make the pictures on the big screen flow as smooth as hot butter flavored topping.

So what's the downside? If theaters want to carry The Hobbit they'll have to upgrade their projection equipment by the December 14th release date or they'll be left behind when the world catches Hobbit fever.

However, if theaters fall into line with the new frame rate standard, directors such as James Cameron will be following in Mr. Jackson's footsteps, and 48 fps will soon become the norm for future releases.


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Stop Motion Animation Short-PCKTKNFE

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PCKTKNFE is a fun stop motion short by friends James Donhour and Robert Kinsella, who spent six months putting together this animated ode to classic video games.

With music clearly influenced by 8-bit game soundtracks, and the clever use of bead sprites as video game characters who escape the console into the real world, PCKTKNFE is fun to watch even if you end up turning off the sound to avoid losing your mind.

--via JazJaz

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Mad Max

Mad Max is one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, and for good reason-it launched the career of Mel Gibson, brought a human edge to post-apocalyptic movies, and it put Australian cinema on the map for movie lovers across the globe.

But did you know that Mel came to his audition sporting a shiner from a bar fight he'd been in the night before, and that this rough look helped him get the role?

Hit the jump if you want to find out more fun facts about Mad Max, which will make you appreciate the long road Max had to take to get to Thunderdome.


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A PSA To Promote Literacy Produced By The Roots

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Book People Unite is a new PSA to promote literacy that stars a colorful cast of characters from childhood classics such as Madeline and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow makes a guest appearance so you know this video is the real deal.

It's produced by The Roots, so the soundtrack is a cut above what you'd usually hear in a PSA, and it made me want to read my brains out! Hooray for literacy!

--via Best Week Ever

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Epic Scale Samus Aran Papercraft Sculpture

Now this is an epic example of artistic nerdery!

At almost seven feet tall, this papercraft statue of Samus Aran from the video game franchise Metroid makes all other sculptures of Samus look like space junk, if only because this statue is made of nothing but paper, glue and lots of elbow grease.

It's based on Samus from Metroid Prime 2, and it sure looks like a prime example of awesomeness to me!

Link   --via Geeks Are Sexy

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Trailer For Steampunk Martial Arts Movie Tai Chi O

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Martial artist who possess superhuman fighting skills, and steam powered weapons designed to even the odds for those less powerful, seem like a match made in action movie heaven, yet for some reason the two hardly ever come together.

Tai Chi O, the newest movie by the Huayi Brothers (of Kung Fu Hustle fame) and Director Stephen Fung, aims to bring steampunk to the martial arts genre in a major way, and it looks like a real blast!

--via i09

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A Twin Peaks Themed Art Show

Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California is hosting a Twin Peaks themed group art exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show that began with the mystery of Laura Palmer's death and became about oh so much more.

The show will feature works from artistic outcasts such as Kozik (that's his creepy poster of Bob above), Bruce Bickford, who created a seriously cool model of the entire town 0f Twin Peaks, and some pieces by the mastermind behind the series David Lynch, to name just a few.

So, if you see the Log Lady wandering around Santa Monica you'll know why she's in town, and if you spot Bob walking down the street don't look him in the eyes!

Link  --via Super Punch

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Demonstration Of Computer Animation Software From 1971

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This retro video shows a demonstration of the animation software Key Frame, which was created by Marceli Wein and Nestor Burtnyk from the National Research Council of Canada.

The program, and the computer they're using, may look archaic by today's standards, but at the time they were the absolute cutting edge in computer animation.

And Key Frame played a pioneering role in the creation of vector art and animation programs, like Adobe Flash and Google SketchUp, that we know and love today.

--via Cartoon Brew


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Skyrim Mod Lets You Play As Pinkie Pie From My Little Pony

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The latest mod for the video game juggernaut Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a Bronies dream come true, because it turns your character into Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony.

Pink dragons are one thing, but playing as a cute little cartoon horse who goes around hacking people into bite sized bits would make me feel like a bit of a sicko.

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Simpson Couch Gag By Bill Plympton

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 In case you missed the latest episode of The Simpsons, here is the only part of the show that really mattered-a strange yet rather touching couch gag by the king of sketchy animated sequences Billy Plympton!

Watch as a bizarro version of Homer struggles with his feelings for both the couch and Marge, with frenetic lines dancing across the screen and an overall style that can only be described as Plymptonian.

--via Geekosystem

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British Company Offers Chance To Experience A Zombie Infested Mall Scenario

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British company Wish.co.uk wants to make your zombie apocalypse dreams come true, without all that pesky death, infection and head splattering gore.

They previously offered a survival boot camp, which taught basic Z-day combat and survival skills, but now they've stepped up their game with a full blown two and a half hour zombie invasion that takes place inside an abandoned shopping mall.

It's kind of like interactive theater, only the audience members carry guns and the actors are hungry for brains. It looks like a blast, but I'd have a hard time going through the scenario without trying to organize the zombies into a Thriller style dance party!

--via Geek Tyrant

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Nate Dogg Couldn't Make It To Coachella, So They Got Tupac Instead

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You may remember the article I posted recently about Nate Dogg making a ghostly appearance on stage alongside his old chums Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre at the Coachella Music Festival.

Well, it appears that they pulled a fast one on us all, and had a hologram of Tupac come out in Nate Dogg's place! Way to pull a fast one on us all Death Row Records crew!

--via Geekosystem

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The Babycakes Pie Pop Maker

My name is Zeon Santos, and I am a snackaholic. Which is why I am so excited about the Babycakes pie pop maker!

The ingenious design lets you cook the pie pop top without baking the stick, and you can make a variety of flavors and crusts as each pop bakes in an individual non-stick pocket.

And to top it all off the pie pops only take about 4 minutes to cook, so you won't have to wait long to be chomping down on some mini pie goodness!

Link  --via Super Punch

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