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Superhero Alignment Spectrum Chart

Have you ever wondered what hero (or villain) you have the most in common with, based on the moral choices you make in your life? Then this alignment chart should clear some things up, or show you that your fate lies in the realm of supervillainy.

Based on the nine basic alignments found in Dungeons and Dragons, this chart is pretty much spot on in my opinion, at least in terms of where the comic book characters chosen for this chart fit in to the spectrum.

I range between Rorschach and Deadpool myself, which character do you take after in terms of alignment?

Link  (much bigger version with legible text)

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Even The Trash Cans Are Getting A Makeover For The 2012 Olympics

The future of waste receptacle technology is here, and it has an LCD screen that can tell you how your stocks are doing today, how long it will take you to get home on public transit, and what the weather looks like for tomorrow.

It's bombproof, offers a free Wi-Fi  connection, and it appears that the only thing that hasn't improved is how it handles waste.

One hundred of these computerized trash bins are going to be placed in London's financial district before the 2012 Olympic Games begin in July, so if you're heading to London this summer you can stop by and say hi, then you'll have a great story to tell your grandchildren!


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This Giant Sculpture Of Confucius Is Scary

Confucius has never looked so creepy! Sculpted by Zhang Huan in waaaay more than life sized scale (32 feet tall!), this is one version of the Chinese philosopher that you'll want to steer clear of when it's feeding time.

It's so startlingly realistic that I have to wonder if Zhang hired a giant figure model for reference while sculpting. I kinda want to climb on top of giant Confucius' head and pretend I'm Remy from the Pixar movie Ratatouille.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Fused Portraits Of People Then And Now

Now this is an interesting idea for a photo series-combine recently taken portraits of people with photos from when they were children, but instead of using Photoshop photographer Bobby Lee Adams uses a well placed tear down the middle of the face.

I was amazed at how similar they look when compared to their childhood selves, quite the difference from the other series that have been going around the interwebs lately (soldiers/drug addicts before and after). I guess everyone in this gallery has had a relatively trauma (or addiction) free life!

Check out more of these fused portraits at the link below, I'm gonna go do this with some of my own pics!

Link  --via DesignTAXI


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LEGO Captain America Kicks Some Serious Bricks

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Come for the reference to popular building bricks LEGO, stay for the graphic animated violence that makes bricks fly like never before. LEGO Captain America may be the most badass incarnation of the Marvel Comics character ever created, and that's saying a lot since he's been kicking tail in the comics since the 40s. Warning: Scenes of intense violence against toys ahead!

--via Comics Alliance

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Hula Hoop Cam Is A Really Bad Idea

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This seems like a good idea when you're at the drawing board, but watching the final result is akin to being inside a slowly spinning centrifuge, and made me feel a bit woozy. And since this is the second video made with the GoPro attachable camera and a hula hoop I've seen in the last year, I can't help but think that the people making these videos must have something against people with motion sickness, or else why? WHY? I can't see straight....

Maybe this technique will be used if they ever decide to make that whirling dervishes biopic they've been talking about for years, or if some studio picks up Merry-Go-Round: The Musical, but otherwise let's just leave the camera mounted on the tripod and refrain from making the viewers sick from now on, okay you hula hooping sadists?

--via TDW

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Who Needs Dice When You've Got This Furry Gauntlet

I have dubbed this ultimate gamer geek accessory the Forearm Guard Of (Dice) Rolling, but creator Dia calls it the Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet. It's a hand made leather cuff that contains a LilyPad  setup inside which automatically rolls a die, from d4 to d20, then presents the result on the screen. And the fun part is-you can make one for yourself, because Dia has included detailed, step-by-step instructions at the link below.

So now, when you roll a natural 20, you can hold your arm aloft and yell like a true Barbarian, for the proof is right there on the screen! Seriously though, hang on to your dice because you don't want the Dice Gauntlet to crap out on you when you're about to go heads up with a Beholder.

Link  --via Topless Robot

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Cat Learns Boxing By Watching TV

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The boxing world might have a furry new lightweight champ on its hands, in the form of this adorable boxing cat! It appears that he's learned how to stick and move by watching fights on TV, and if this video is any indication of how he'll perform in the ring this kitteh's got some fierce moves!

--via Geekosystem

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Pop Culture Locations With A Comic Book Look

Illustrator Tim Doyle had a rather clever premise in mind while creating the pieces for his debut art show "Unreal Estate"- give various locations from pop culture an artistic makeover.  Here's what Tim has to say about this series:

“Unreal Estate” is a collection of locations that many of us know and have been to on a weekly basis at times, but we can never actually visit. These places are in our memories- transmitted and entrenched there through a cathode-ray tube. Some of us have been going to these places for decades- some of these places were taken from us, way too soon.

Man, giving the Kwik-E-Mart a realistic edge makes it look even scummier than it does on The Simpsons!

Link  --via JazJaz

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Space Stallions Would Have Made A Sweet Saturday Morning Cartoon

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This trailer for imaginary animated series Space Stallions would have fit right in with the rest of the Saturday morning cartoon lineup in the 1980s, and considering that the creators were clearly going for a retro cartoon feel, that's definitely a compliment.

Created as a senior film project by students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, it was created by combining  cartoon shaded 3d characters with traditional 2d animated elements and backgrounds, to give it that toony look and classic style.

The Space Stallions need to meet up with Wyld Stallyns (from the Bill & Ted movies) and party down somewhere in time!

--via i09

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Is This What Humans Will Look Like In 50 Million Years?

While I find it impossible highly unlikely that humans will still exist in 50 million years, it's horrifying fun to see what some scientists artists think we will look like at the end of eternity.

According to these illustrations by madman speculative zoologist Dougal Dixon, humans will evolve into some sort of organ shaped being, with yucky cute trunk tail and our own built in bat wings umbrellas.

The illustrations were published in Omni magazine in the early 1980s, and I can't help but wonder- would Dougal arrive at the same horrifying interesting conclusion if he were asked to draw future humans again today, or would modern scientific discoveries force him to simply leave the page blank?


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The World's First Heartless Man

Doctors from the Texas Heart Institute have successfully replaced a patient's heart with a device that keeps the blood flowing, thereby allowing him to live without a detectable heartbeat or even a pulse. Here's how it works:

The turbine-like device, that are simple whirling rotors, developed by the doctors does not beat like a heart, rather provides a ‘continuous flow’ like a garden hose.

Craig Lewis was a 55-year-old, dying from amyloidosis, which causes a build-up of abnormal proteins. The proteins clog the organs so much that they stop working, according to NPR.

But after the operation, with the ‘machine’ as his heart's replacement, Lewis’ blood continued to spin and move through his body.

However, when doctors put a stethoscope to his chest, no heartbeat or pulse can be heard (only a ‘humming’ sound)—which “by all criteria that we conventionally use to analyze patients”, Doctor Cohn said, he is dead.

This is proof that “human physiology can be supported without a pulse”.

With all the talk of replacing human organs with those of an animal and electronic hearts, it's surprising that medical researchers overlooked taking a trip to the plumbing section of the hardware store for replacement parts!


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Amazing Cubicle Whiteboard Artist

Whiteboard artist Bill Taylor proves that a little time "wasted" at work can be a beautiful thing. He spends less than ten minutes a day, over up to six weeks time per piece, recreating classic artworks by Picasso, Lichtenstein, Banksy and Escher, among others.

And when he's finished he just wipes the board clean and starts all over again, after taking a photo of the finished piece, of course. I wonder how he keeps his co-workers from messing up his masterpieces?

Link  --via Flavorwire

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What Angry Birds Look Like After The Game

If you've ever wondered what the Angry Birds look like after they take down those dastardly pigs, these illustrations by deviantARTist Scooterek should fill you in on what they look like after battle. Their medical bills must be through the roof, good thing their game is so popular!

Link  --via Rampaged Reality

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Self Guided Bullets Will Arrive At Their Destination Safely

As if combat isn't scary enough, imagine a future where bullets zip around, homing in on laser guided targets and doing a deadly dance in the air, curving and rolling until they hit home.

Well, this future battlefield phenomenon isn't that far off, because Sandia National Laboratories have created a prototype for a self guided bullet that can hit a laser designated target from over a mile away. Here's how it works:

While in flight, the guided bullet collects information with an optical sensor and relays it to an eight bit central processing unit that controls electromagnetic actuators. You may think it’d be tough to load all this equipment onto a bullet, but the researchers say that the bullet’s diminutive size has actually made things easier. With a rocket, course adjustment is a slow, meticulous process. With the bullet, adjustments are so responsive that the guidance system can compensate for over-correction pretty easily, which gives everything a little extra wiggle room.

I hope someone creates bullet proof armor with laser targeting jammers before these suckers start flying!



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You're Never Too Old To Be A Gamer

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The centenarian in this video is here to tell you that you're never too old to be a hardcore gamer, and she stresses the fact that gaming can do wonders for your mental health as she happily plays her beloved Nintendo DS. And I got to use the word centenarian in a blog post that relates to video games, so yay life!

--via The Mary Sue

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Super Mario World Shuffles Off To Buffalo

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Scott Bradlee and Alex MacDonald got together and decided to add a touch of class to the Super Mario World theme song.

"What's the best way to do this?" you ask nonchalantly, as you swish your cocktail around, ice clinking against the glass.

I reply enthusiastically "By adding tap dancing, of course!"

You nod, take a sip, and hit play on Super Mario World For Piano And Tap.

-cue the credits-

--via Best Week Ever

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Bioshock Themed Craft Beer

This here's a craft beer for the gamer in your life, the kind of beer enjoyed by those who also enjoy apocalyptic first person shooters, and products named after in-game brands. By dubbing his delicious beer Brow Sweat, craft brewer Calum has made a pale ale worthy of an eternity under the sea, in true Bioshock fashion. Here's how I imagine the radio spot would sound:

"If you've had a long day lurking around Rapture in your grimy party getup, bashing people with a lead pipe and talking to yourself maniacally, you need to sit down and relax with a Brow Sweat Brew from Ryan Industries, a pale ale without all that ADAM from a name you know you have to trust...or else! Pick one up today at your nearest Circus of Values!


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Artwork Shows What May Lie At The Center Of The Earth

Scientists have known what is contained in the Earth's core for about 75 years now, but that hasn't stopped sci-fi authors and artists from doing some wild speculation of their own.

These images by Japanese sci-fi illustrators are really far out, and I'm sure you'll agree that the Earth's core would make the awesomest setting ever for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, or a great video game premise-Astronauts Vs. The Earths Core.

Just don't go looking for science, because these sci-fi illustrations are mostly fiction.


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Kermit And Miss Piggy Speak Out Against FOX News Report

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When you actually believe that The Muppets movie might be pushing some sort of communist, anti-oil agenda on our kids, you've got problems, but when you are called out by Kermit and Miss Piggy, two fleece-skinned superstars that aren't afraid to tell it like it is, your claims start to look like utter hogwash. Watch as my favorite frog (sorry Frogger!) and pig (sorry Babe!) put the commie claims to bed via press conference.

--via Comedy Central

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Oh My Gandhi! Multiple Mahatmas!

What you're seeing is not a casting call for Gandhi: The Musical, nor is it a collection of Mahatma Gandhi clones popping out of some strange moustachioed alternate dimension, but rather the making of a world record!

To mark the 64th anniversary of Gandhi's passing, 485 kids gathered together to celebrate their fallen leader by dressing up like him, complete with glasses, moustache and bald cap, and in doing so set a world record.

I wonder if any of the students who took place in the world record costume party went on to become Groucho Marx impersonators?


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Ozzy The Amazingly Acrobatic Dog

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Ozzy the acrobatic dog must be in training to become a superhero's sidekick, because this dog is performing well beyond the abilities of his canine cousins.

He balances on all sorts of stuff, from chain link to fences, he jumps rope like a champ, and likes to flip off the side of a tree in a kung fu style that would make Jackie Chan proud.

Hit the link to see some amazing stills of Ozzy in action, and be sure to check out his YouTube channel to watch him hone his awesome acrobatic skills.

--via Best Week Ever

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Does Your Motorcycle Look Too Cool? Then Get The Boxx Bike!

It may not be a guaranteed in for the biker gang of your choice, but at least you don't have to put gas in it! The BOXX electric bike is the new square way to get around town without negatively impacting the environment, although people may complain that it's a bit of an eyesore.

It goes up to 35 mph, so you won't really be hitting the highway on this bad boy, but maybe the light (120 lbs.) and short (36 inches long) body style is what you're looking for, like when you need to pick it up and run away from that biker gang you tried to join.


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The Phantom Menace-Sweded Edition

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In celebration of reference to the Phantom Menace in 3D release, a band of student filmmakers got together and decided to put out the sweded version of the film.

It's short, super silly and cheesy, and all you really need to get you through this dark time in the Star Wars universe, at least until the next parody video appears on the interwebs.

--via Geekologie

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Adventure Time For The Avengers

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I recently posted an article about the upcoming action figure series featuring Alfred E. Neuman as various DC superheroes, and there was a comment posted which stated something to the effect that MAD Magazine is dead, outdated and nobody cares.

I guess whoever wrote that hasn't watched Cartoon Network at all since September 2010, when the hilarious, and extremely popular, animated sketch comedy show MAD premiered.

MAD often features superhero themed sketches, including this segment which aired July 2011 and features an adorable Adventure Time and Avengers mashup, with the least muscle tone ever displayed on a superheroic character design.

Watch and laugh, because MAD is still cracking people up to this day, but it can only make you laugh if you're aware it actually exists.

--via The Mary Sue

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Adorable Legend Of Zelda Animated Short

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This great Legend Of Zelda trailer was created by Joel Furtado for a game called The Lost Oracle, a sequel to The Wind Waker that doesn't exist, at least not yet, because Nintendo might decide to do a sequel when they see this great animated short!

Link  --via Topless Robot

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Ewok Inspired Treehouse Treesort

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If watching Return Of The Jedi left you with a longing for a life in the trees, a yearning for an Ewokian lifestyle that just won't go away, then you'll want to visit Oregon, where builder of dream houses Michael Garnier runs his Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort.

The Ewok village inspired bed-and-breakfast is best described as "woodsy", with nine treehouses connected by bridges and staircases and the ultra fun sounding zipline option, for getting around in a heroic hurry.

Enjoy the video tour, and see how treehouses can be an unusual yet fun vacation option.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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I Pity The Fool Who Don't Like Tea Time!

Mr. T has never looked so cute, and I guess he likes him some tea time! Created by artist Matt Jones, Mr. Tea comes complete with gold sugar cubes, gold stir stick and a slick black gold teacup, perfect for entertaining the favorite fools in your life.

It's a vinyl figure for those who demand class and sophistication from their toys, and those who have some kind of A-Team home decor thing going on at their pad.

Link  --via Best Week Ever


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Split Screen Bohemian Rhapsody

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There are so many music video tributes on the interwebs that it's nearly impossible to watch them all, but really easy to see when one musician stands out above the rest.

Richie Castellano is a perfect example of standout quality musician, and his version of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is so good that he deserves a 2 lighter salute!

I'm sure some of you are saying "Bohemian Rhapsody again?" but seriously, check it out if only to see Richie play every instrument and sing, he has some serious skills!

--via JazJaz

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Getting Up Is A Graffiti Doc With Heart

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Whether or not you agree with graffiti as an art form, you have to respect the heart and passion this fallen street artist exhibits in this trailer for the upcoming documentary Getting Up.

Bedridden and paralyzed with ALS, graffiti artist Tony "Tempt" Quan gets a second chance to create art via new technology that allows him to paint with his eyes, and as you can see that, despite being immobilized, his mind is still soaring.

--via Booooooom

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