Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DMX to try his hand in MMA

On December 12th, at an event billed as Alabama Pride, DMX will show off the brawling skills he earned on the mean streets of Yonkers, NY in an MMA exhibition bout vs. “musician” and Power Moves Entertainment CEO, Eric Martinez. AHH reports that Martinez is also a member of X’s management team.

Bizarre, but sure to be enormously entertaining.

[Link: NahRight]

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Glenn Beck-- IDIOT

For those of you who read my earlier post concerning my hatred for Tucker Carlson, you know that I despise Fox News. But not just Fox News the organization, I hate everyone who is ostensibly "fair and balanced," but really just ignorant, misleading, and above all, hopelessly stupid. Glenn Beck, the 21st Century Joseph McCarthy, in particular, really has a penchant for idiocy.

I do feel a little guilty about blasting a man like Glenn Beck. A man whose rants are so nonsensical and insane that advertisers are beginning to distance themselves. A man whose national viewership is on the lesser side of less than 1%. Speaking of which, the same people who watch the Glenn Beck Show probably tried to vote for Bush a third time; like this guy.

Anyway, Glenn Beck's most recent blunder was yesterday when he accused the federal government of unnecessarily pushing for mandatory swine flu shots; a move which he, and fellow lunatic Dick Armey, believes will trick "the American bed wetters" into voting for healthcare reform. If you're not really pissed off right now, read the previous sentence again. Pandemic flu in particular, and public health in general, is a subject I hate to see politicized.

I really shouldn't be shocked though; perpetuating ignorance is what Fox News does best. As the DailyKos pointed out: "Mandatory vs. voluntary vaccination is an interesting debate in and of itself. But like rumors of FEMA detention camps for bird flu, the paranoid delusions of Glenn Beck don't lend themselves to rational debate." True. But, not everyone must get those shots -- only healthcare workers.

I personally would like my hospital to have a perfect track record for vaccinations this year. And the fact that scatterbrains like Beck and Armey would politicize this is pathetic; in all sense of the word. Here's the video of Beck and his infinite wisdom:

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How do OLED TVs work?

How do Sony's and LG's OLED TVs work? In the video above, MIT professor Vladimir Bulovic explains using a glowing pickle...

Essentially, electrons pass through active organic matter (i.e. the pickle) and charge the substance. When positive and negative charges collide, they release light (a photon). The pickle represents just one of the millions of OLEDs in a potential TV display.

Bonus question: Who has a better accent, The Most Interesting Man in the World or Vladimir Bulovic?

[Link: Gizmodo]

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Artists to Watch-- XV

XV might be one of the best rappers you've never heard of. Since his 2006 debut album, Complex, he's garnered a following and advanced his career without much industry backing or management.

XtotheV has spent the last few years developing his style, establishing himself as an MC to watch out for and building buzz for his forthcoming album, The Kid With the Green Backpack. Enter his new mixalbum, Everybody’s Nobody, which DJBooth describes as "a work that will serve as a comprehensive introduction to anyone brand new to the world of XV, and as a compelling teaser to the album for long time fans."

Above is the video for his new single, "Fall Out the Sky"

[Link: OnSMASH]

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Honor Student Murdered In Gang Melee

I saw this on as part of the trending "Stop the Violence" topic on Twitter today; the death of 16-year old Derrion Albert, an honor roll student at suburban Chicago's Fenger High School, was captured on this grisly video of a free-for-all gang fight that was originally meant to be between two warring cliques.

Dozens of students watched as Albert, who appeared to be trying to break up the fight, was pummeled with fists after being blindsided by a crushing blow to the skull with an enormous 2x4.

From my limited knowledge of head injuries, I would say Albert probably died of brain edema as a result of the blunt force trauma inflicted by the wooden 2x4 and the ensuing punches. In other words, Albert's brain swelled to the point of Superior Vena Cava Syndrome, a fatal clotting disorder that is often the cause of death among victims of serious head injuries.

This tragic death of an innocent casualty to gang violence is seen far too often and is a microcosm of the grim reality that is gang life. To date only three assailants have been caught in connection with the attack. All three have been charged with first-degree murder. Rest In Peace Derrion Albert.

[Link: GlobalGrind]

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Weezer and Lil Wayne Collabo... Seriously

I have officially seen it all. MTV is reporting that Weezer have recorded a new song called "Don't Stop Partying" that features a guest appearance by Lil' Wayne:

"...we got Lil Wayne to come in and do a rap on it," he continued. "Any other rapper would've just done, 'Yay, we're partying! Let's drink and have fun,' but he gave it the edge I was looking for. You can hear in his voice, it sounds so dark, like he was gonna get shot or something when he walks out of the studio. So I was real happy that everyone involved got what we were going for."

Hmm. The song was written by Weezer frontman, Rivers Cuomo, and Jermaine Dupri?! The only way this song could get any weirder is if Raz-B did the background vocals.

[Link: MTVNews]

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Cool TimeLapse: Typhoon Nangska

This is a timelapse from 7am until 9pm of Typhoon Nangka hitting Hong Kong. Check out the rain walls at 0:50, 1:10, 1:45, 4:10, lights going up at 4:30. It's interesting how the clouds change direction while the typhoon moves from the south to the north-east (camera looking north).

[Link: YouTube]

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The Most Disgusting Computer Peripheral Ever-- The Mechanical Tumor`

Straight out of the insane mind of Japanese interactive media artist Mio I-zawa, here is the Mechanical Tumor. As your computer runs, it quivers and pulses, growing as your computer works harder. While it's certainly well-made, looking very fleshy and realistic, it's also quite repulsive; like a Wes Craven horror villain. Above is a photo and video of this Tumor in action. The purpose of the Tumor is to give the user a very tangible reading of the computer’s stress level.
Thanks, but no thanks.

[Link: Pink Tentacle]

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ghostface's Wizdom of the Week #3

Ghostface Killah tells you how to keep your girl happy.

Episode #3 of GFK’s weekly series (this week’s presented by 2DB) until the album drops on 9/29. There are two other episodes, but this one's the best.

"If you go on a vacation, that's the ultimate. You gonna smash all that."

[Link: NahRight]

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The Ball Bag

British comedian Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) shows us what actors must wear when performing a sex scene.

[Link: RussellBrandTV]

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Brought to you by UCB Comedy, here's a video of what some horribly injured/maimed Americans have to say about Obama's Health Care plan.

[Link: YouTube]

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MAD Architects Use Solar Eco-Skin on Taiwanese Convention Center

The landmark building design aims to meld future tech with natural shapes that evoke mountains dotted with crater-like openings. We can only hope that a recovering post-apocalyptic landscape would look so pleasing.

[Link: PopularScience]

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Friday, September 25, 2009

1st 3-D Model of a Star Going Supernova

Good news for astrophysicists and fans of massive thermonuclear explosions alike: a team of mathematicians at the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working alongside two astrophysicists from Stony Brook University and U.C. Santa Cruz, have modeled the hours leading up to a Type Ia supernova, capturing the gritty details of the cataclysmic death of a white dwarf star for the first time.

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

[Link: Department of Energy]

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The Secrets of Times Square Revealed!

Props to Engadget for discovering this. In this video, Engadget talks to Meric Adriansen from D3 LED, the man who designs and builds those massive lighted billboards that everyone looks at in Times Square. Here's a little taste-- the billboards are much higher res closer to ground than they are up top. Interesting? I think so. And I digress, watch the video!

[Link: Gizmodo]

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Be a Jetpack Tester... for 35 Grand

Currently, there's an eBay auction, ending in 5 hours, that offers participation in the Jetpack's first ever public test pilot program. You must have a valid driver's license, under 200 lbs, and $35,000 to spare.

In my opinion, that is absurd. Considering the Jetpack will cost about $100,000 when it goes on sale, 35 thou is pretty steep—even if you will be recorded as an official test pilot. Adding insult to injury, a lucky New Zealander (the Jetpack's home country) won a local auction for about $4130 USD.

More a personal helicopter than a Jetpack (its lift is driven by two ducted fans), it can theoretically reach as high as 8,000 feet and move as fast as 60 miles per hour. The company is even negotiating a "multi-million dollar deal" to supply an as-yet unknown foreign government's civil emergency services.

Sounds sweet, I hope someone buys me one.

[Link: Gizmodo]

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Movies That Definitely Don't Suck-- Red Cliff

It's the best movie you've never heard of. Directed by John Woo, this movie, unlike the watered down Western version, is a five and a half hour epic tale of the Battle of Red Cliffs during the end of Han Dynasty. I just got finished with part 1 and, oh man, I cannot wait to watch part 2.

Feudal China should be the setting for every movie. Every man is a fearless warrior and the penalty for breaking any law is always the death penalty. The battle scenes are INCREDIBLE. 30 minutes of Red Cliff makes the Battle of Thermopylae in 300 look like a catfight. General Guan Yu, pictured above, is the most unstoppable badass I have ever seen in any movie. Even in that low resolution photo, you can see how pissed off and awesome he is. Basically, he just rides around on a horse ruining everyone's shit with a spear and sword.

Here's a taste of Guan Yu and all his rage:

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Obama on Letterman-- Prez's Reaction to Below Post ↓

Obama responds to Jimmy Carter's inference that the majority of the new President's opposition is a rooted in racism.

"It's important to realize that I was black before the Election"

[Link: YouTube]

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Jimmy Carter-- Racism plays a major role in opposition towards Obama

Honestly, is anyone surprised by this 'revelation' after seeing photos like this?

[Link: NotesFromADifferentKitchen]

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Video for "Forever" by Wayne, Kanye, Drake, & Eminem

Here's the video, directed by Hype Williams, for the biggest song of '09. This is not a TV rip, OnSMASH had it first.

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The Dervish Ceiling Fan Lamp

Really cool home appliance designed by Philippe Malouin. It's no wonder where he got his inspiration:

"A carwash brush goes from limp, to cones, to beams. A lamp could use this whimsical feature to direct light, from a tube of light to a cone, to an open light source. The contraption, with its spinning, would produce a rather considerable amount of wind. Ceiling fans have not changed in the slightest ever since their introduction. Apart from finishes and rotation speed, they have always remained rather dull."

[Link: Dornob]

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Saw VI Teaser Trailer

A couple days ago, Lionsgate released this teaser trailer for the sixth installment in the Saw series. Saw VI will star Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Peter Outerbridge. And no, the Saw movies will never get old. As long as Lionsgate keeps making movie in which humans are maimed by giant, serrated pendulums- I will happily see it on the silver screen or rent the DVD.

[Link: ComingSoon]

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Handwarmers for Buffalo Bill

Do you drink animal's blood in public? Do you cut people's faces off and then wear them like Halloween masks? Most likely you're answer to both questions are no, so you probably won't buy these fuzzy bear and rabbit USB hand warmers. You will quickly become the office weirdo and maybe, if your coworkers are especially astute, end up in jail because they'll extrapolate that you probably have a dead person in your basement freezer chest. Try to imagine the hybrid specimen on Dwight Schrute, or Gareth Keenan if you're British, and Ted Bundy. Man, that's frightening.

They're a little bit cute and a lot bit creepy, and available for $22.50 per pair.

[Link: Gizmodo]

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Scientists Find The Gene That Produces THC

In one of the few scientific developments likely to interest both the Governor of North Dakota and Method Man, scientists at the University of Minnesota have identified the genes in cannabis that allow the plant to produce THC. Finding the genes opens the path to either create drug-free hemp plants for industrial purposes, or to develop plants with much higher concentrations of the psychotropic chemical.

Publishing in the Journal of Experimental Botany, the researchers note that they specifically targeted the genes responsible for generating the drug-filled hairs highlighted in many a High Times photo spread. By impairing or encouraging the growth of those hairs, scientists could gain precise control over the level of THC in the crop.

This development has important consequences for both the medicinal and industrial use of hemp:

On the industrial side, states like North Dakota have been looking to change state law to allow them to raise hemp as a cash crop, for oil and rope production. The ability to create hemp that doesn't contain any banned substances would allow Dakotans to sow the crop without any changes in the law.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, precise control of the doses of THC found in pot could greatly enhance the medicinal marijuana industry. Currently, dosage is controlled through haphazard breeding and selection, not precise measurements as with most other medications.

It should also be noted that THC is not the only psychoactive compound found in marijuana, so more research is needed before the University of Minnesota scientists can completely control the potency of their crops.

[Link: PopularScience]

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Wiz Khalifa- Air Borne (Prod. by Ski Beatz)

I guess I was either asleep or too stoned to notice when this dropped, but Wiz released a new track, "Air Borne," on his Twitter a few days back. Two verses over the Camp Lo classic. Taylor Gang!

[Link: NahRight]

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Economics of Slangin' Rock

I just found this fascinating TED lecture by economist Steven Levitt on the social structure and economics of selling crack. What's surprising is that hustling rocks is a below-minimum-wage occupation with a 7% per annum employee death rate - despite the hype, a very shitty job.

Levitt is famous for being one of the co-authors of the book Freakanomics but is mostly known in the academic world for his research on the economics of crime and the underworld. His lecture recounts some of the findings of a 10-year research project into the economics of a crack-dealing gang from an inner city US housing project.

Unsurprisingly, being a hustler is incredibly dangerous, but perhaps more of an eye-opener is that the business is run very much like a franchise and that most street dealers had second jobs, moonlighting in the mainstream economy, because dealing crack pays below the minimum wage. The career prospects are slightly better higher up the ladder, but are still surprisingly modest in the grand scheme of things.

[Link: TED]

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Flippin' Sweet Office

Giorgio Borruso Design of Marina Del Rey,
California, designed the new airy and fluid headquarters for Milano’s Fornari SpA (Fornari Group). Located in the Navigli section of Milan, the 35,000 square-foot building was converted from the historic porcelain workshop of the centuries-old Richard Ginori brand.

The Fornari family’s road to fashion fame started in the mid 1940s from footwear manufacturing. It entered the fashion apparel business in 1998 and has since flourished in other fashion, design and lifestyle brands, including the Fornarina fashion concept stores across Europe and the U.S.

The main entrance of the headquarters on Via Morimondo opens to a space lit by color-changing LED lights that seems to suck the visitor gently into the reception area. The open space is flexible, airy and fluid with rounded corners, curved edges, transparent partitions and unexpected waves of color. The hard and exposed concrete floors and steel structure contrast beautifully with the wavy feel of the new walls, partitions and staircase.

[Link: TheCoolHunter]

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Amazing 3-D Virtual Rome Generated by 150,000 Flickr Photos

Using nearly half a million Flickr photos of Rome, Venice, and the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik, a team of computer scientists at the University of Washington's Graphics and Imaging Laboratory assembled digital models of the three cities in 3-D.

Their work builds on the algorithms used in Microsoft's Photosynth, which were invented at the same lab, but it's like Photosynth on steroids. Each video includes clusters of small diamond shapes, which represent each photographer and his or her vantage point.

The team built a new algorithm that proceeds in two steps -- first, by matching the photos by what they had in common, puzzle-style, and then by determining the scene and each photographer's pose. They also designed new software that can more quickly solve the type of large math problems that exist in 3-D reconstruction.

It took 500 computer processors 13 hours to match 150,000 photos for Rome's landmarks, and eight more hours to construct a 3-D image of them. Venice involved 250,000 images, which took 27 hours to match and 38 hours to reconstruct. By contrast, using the algorithms on which Photosynth is based, it would have taken 500 processors at least a year to match 250,000 photos. That is ridiculous.

[Link: PopularScience]

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Hilarious Vitamin Water Infomericial with Steve Nash & 50 Cent

Vitamin Water got Steve Nash to promote their new “contest” in this infomercial. You can help them find their new flavor on their new Facebook application, winner gets $5,000.

[Link: NahRight]

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Man, I hate Tucker Carlson (And if you hate Fox News- read this)

Besides the giant misnomer of Fox's "fair and balanced" news policy, which, by extension, applies to Carlson and invalidates any journalistic accolade he has ever achieved- Carlson is, in his own right, a moron. Earlier today, I found a link to a Fox News Special titled, "Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children are Really Reading?" In my mind, I thought, "Well I'm going answer that question with a question of my own- Does Fox News know the secret? Do they really know what our children are reading?" Alas, fifteen minutes into the program, my question was answered- of course Fox News doesn't know, especially Tucker Carlson. He's an idiot.

One of his gripes with today's textbooks is that, on the subject of international discourse, "terrorism is not identified as Islamic." I guess Tucker, in his quest for fairness and balance, forget about the IRA in Ireland, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), and the Revolutionary Nuclei in Greece; just to name a few.

He later went on to say that "Out of 307 million Americans, only 1.7 million identify themselves as Muslim American-- that's less than 1% of the population. And yet, over the past two decades, Muslims have had considerable influence over textbook content." Essentially, you listen to people based on their proportion in the population. And as Stephen Colbert joked, since Tucker is Episcopalian, and there are only 2.4 million Episcopalian Americans, then you should only listen to .08% of his 60 minute special. That's 28 seconds.

I should have listened to Colbert. After watching 15 minutes of Tucker's garbage, I walked outside to do something less painful- soak my face in a iron bucket of battery acid.

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Music chair massages your feet with bass

What a great invention. Honestly, everything should have an iPod dock. The Music Chocolate Ottoman massages your feet with rockin' beats of your choice. So after a long day of stress, just sprawl out and let the hypnotic bass of Tiësto sooth your aching joints.

[Link: MocoLoco]

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Call of Duty 2: Modern Warfare Game Footage

Here's some "Capture the Flag" multiplayer game footage of COD2 that will surely melt your face off. Release date: November 11th.

[Link: YouTube]

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The Penis Chandelier!

Looking forward to a sultry night in your bachelor's pad with a lady? Let her know you mean business with the Penis Chandelier. If there's any question of your motives for the evening, the giant penis hanging from your living room will make it crystal-clear (pun!).

[Link: RockandRoyal]

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Lighting a grill with Liquid Oxygen (Overkill)

Do you have massive cojones? Try starting your grill with liquid oxygen. It's fast and, more importantly, extremely dangerous. In fact, liquid oxygen is a common oxidizer propellant for spaceship rockets as well as the former primary ingredient in many oxyliquit explosives. It is no longer used due to the high rate of accidents. But nevermind that, go from cold to cooking in 30 seconds!

[Link: YouTube]

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Student kills intruder with a samurai sword

Wow, I just read this on Gizmodo:

Detectives are still interviewing a John Hopkins University student who fatally lacerated the upper body of a man breaking into his off-campus residence overnight. The suspect also suffered a nearly-severed hand, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The house is home to four undergrads who had already had a Sony PlayStation and two laptops stolen earlier on Monday. Apparently, when one of the students heard noises at about 1am, he went to downstairs to investigate armed with a samurai sword. He saw that the side door to their garage had been pried open, and inside, was lunged at by the suspect, who turned out to have prior arrests for B & E.

While I respect the student for his original and apparently effective means of home security, I'm not sure the petty thief deserved to be sliced and diced by a samurai sword. However, was it appropriate self defense or excessive force? I'm interested to see the outcome of the case. Either way, this case adds another negative variable to the decision of criminal intrusion- imminent death by samurai weapon.

[Link: BaltimoreSun]

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Music Video for Curren$y's Elevator Musik

Track 5 off Spitta's debut album, This Ain't No Mixtape- available for purchase at Amalgam Digital.

[Link: OnSMASH]

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Monday, September 14, 2009

New Bin Laden Tape

Two days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, a 10 minute audio tape of al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, was released on an Islamist website. The message, entitled "a statement to the American people", was about 10 minutes long and was accompanied by a still image of Bin Laden but no video. In the message, a voice tells the US president that he is "powerless" to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Also, that Obama is failing to fundamentally change foreign policy because of his decision to retain key figures from the previous administration, including Defence Secretary Robert Gates.

Here are some excepts from the tape:

"The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby,"

"The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally Israel, occupying our land in Palestine."

"If you stop the war, then fine. Otherwise we will have no choice but to continue our war of attrition on every front [...] If you choose safety and stopping wars, as opinion polls show you do, then we are ready to respond to this."

UPDATE: Bin Laden is still believed to be hiding somewhere in the mountainous terrain of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

[Link: BBC News]

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Massive Education Weapon

Raul Lemesoff has created the "Massive Education Weapon," which is essentially a giant tank that contains thousands of books that he gives away to children in poor areas of Buenos Aires. He drives through ghettos and rural housing developments to stop and distribute books. The photo above was taken by Sebastian Schermans in the "Porteno" district of Villa Crespo.

[Link: TheUnCoolHunter]

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Most Badass Robot Ever

Lyle Rowell describes Lrry, his 1,900 pound behemoth, as a "a cloven-hooved, two-legged, half-donkey, half-raptor-type-reptile." Oh, and it breaths fire too. Lrry is the product of about 4 months of work and only $5,500.

He took an engine from an old Volkswagen Bug–like Citroën and stuffed it into two chopped-up and welded-together motorcycle frames. Aside from propane for Lrry’s fire breath, Rowell was able to scrounge up nearly every part, all the way down to the linkages and sprockets. A chain-driven crankshaft moves Lrry's legs and an electric-hydraulic pump turns the wheels in the back. Rowell uses a pair of modified motorcycle handlebars to throttle and steer the beast, but with only a 2-cylinder, 26 horsepower engine- the top speed is a mere 0.6 mph.

But still, Rowell developed specialized valves that allow Lrry to shoot a propane fireball out of its mouth and tale! That. is. so. awesome.

[Link: PopularScience]

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Robot Air Jordans

Really cool piece of artwork by Gabriel Dishaw. Dishaw on this circuit board shoe:

"This piece was a continuation of my previous piece JUNK DUNK. I wanted to attempt this approach again, with a more refined and detailed outcome. I used very little wire and more glue to keep the piece more clean, and less bulky. I also added new details, a hinged tongue and nike logo's on both the tongue and back of the shoe. On previous models I used a real nike sole to build of off. With this piece I started from scratch and build the sole from circuit boards."

[Link: GabrielDishaw]

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Friday, September 11, 2009

New Top Ten List

As previously stated in my last "top ten" post, you don't have to look good to play good; there are so many ugly athletes. Accordingly, Jack Black's character in School of Rock, Dewey Finn, once said, "You could be the ugliest sad sack on the planet, but if you're in a rocking band, you're the cat's pajamas!" It's true, fame and wealth are very powerful aphrodisiacs. Hip hop is the epitome of this concept; you can look like Jabba the Hut and still get girls as long as your chain is shiny enough. Without further ado, here's the top ten ugliest rappers:

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#1 Biz Markie

Biz has the everything- terrible teeth, bad skin, tons of body fat, and a grotesquely misshapen head. He's ugly at every glance and any angle. He kind of looks like the boss of the Monstars from Space Jam, but even that is being polite. Biz is the ugliest man in hip hop. Period.

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#2 Ol Dirty Bastard

ODB needs no explanation. RIP Dirt McGirt.

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#3 Flavor Flav

If you dressed a life-long meth user in a really expensive suit, gave him a viking helmet, and a giant clock chain- he would look like Flavor Flav. When I was watching a Flavor of Love rerun the other day, I switched the channel to Live Free or Die Hard because I thought a terrorist takeover of the entire United States government infrastructure was more plausible than hot, young women vying for Flav's affection.

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#4 Juvenile

Damn, if Birdman was in the Hot Boy$ then they would be, hands down, the ugliest rap group ever. They might even still be... Regardless, Juvenile's offensive mug does not have one dominant feature; it's all ugly. The grill definitely does not help his case though.

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#5 Birdman

Much like Chamillionaire, Birdman's eyes, nose, and mouth crammed together in the center of his face. That, plus his round, bald conehead make him the elite; a member of the elusive top 5.

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#6 Craig Mack

Gigantic facial features on a normal size head and moon crater skin make for an unseemly human being. "Flava In Ya Ear" was hot, but Craig Mack certainly is not. Moving on...

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#7 Krondon

Yes, he's an albino. No, that doesn't disclude him from the list. With or without melanin, Krondon is super ugly. He looks like the mutant baby of Jay-Z and the creatures from The Descent.

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#8 KRS One

Where do I start? The long, puffy face, the bad teeth, the weird cheek bone structure. A true legend in hop hop, but definitely no George Clooney.

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#9 Chamillionaire

In addition to having a dumb stage name, Chamillionaire is also an eye sore. His ears are malformed and his facial features oddly scrunched together which give him a permanent scowl that is neither intimidating nor badass. It's really ugly.

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#10 Lil Wayne

There's so much controversy over Wayne's looks and I do not understand it. Most reasonable people, myself included, say that Wayne looks like an under 6 foot version of The Predator. And his facial tattoos look like they were done by a crackhead... or a person with Parkinson's. But there is still a significant contingency of girls on the internet that will write, "MANE U SO DAME SEXY WAYNE I LOVE YO MUSIC AND VIDOES AND YO ACTING." Bottom line, Wayne is ugly.

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Behind the Scenes of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Andy Samberg explains the magic behind animated movies.

[Link: YouTube]

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Heinous Kiddie Toys

Now your kids can lose their dignity AND their innocence with these two unethical nightmares. Later this month, your little boy can legally touch Michael Jackson vicariously through his 1983 Thriller doll complete with an alternate zombie head, boots, and 4 more sets of hands so call the neighborhood kids and have a Neverland slumber party! If you have daughters, Poll Dancer Doll will coerce them into embracing a life of titillation; entertaining desperate men for measly cash and a cheap thrill. This will definitely build confidence.. or undermine it- I can't remember which. Anyway, be a good parent and go out buy some dolls!

[Links: Gizmodo & Gizmodo]

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A New Name, a New Mission

I was surfing the internet this morning and started watching a video of an angry mob destroying a minivan full of scum bags people from the Westboro Baptist Church. All my admiration for the vigilante efforts of the mob was swiftly replaced with despair as I realized that more people belong to the Westboro's cult of the clinically insane than read my blog. Eff!!

So I've decided to set a goal of trumping the Westboro Church in membership by this time next year. As you may or may not know, Fred Phelps is the founder of the Church and a genuine purveyor of hate and evil. As a ironic bonus to my goal, I've renamed the blog "Fred Phelps's Pajama Party" because Fred Phelps would never have a pajama party. Unless it involved thanking God for roadside bombs and drinking the blood of small woodland creatures.

"Why the bald eagle for your post?" Well, besides the fact that they look awesome, they are American and they represent strength and freedom. So, help me become stronger and superior to Westboro and spread the word about Fred Phelps's Pajama Party! (but be concise with your explanation)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Obama is not the Digital Führer

Back in April, I posted a warning about a piece of legislation introduced to the Senate that would essentially give President Obama unilateral control of the Internet during a "cyber emergency." Now six months later, with much relief and renewed faith in humanity, I can announce that the story wasn't true.

More specifically, the bill was given some serious revisions as soon as it was opened for debate in the Senate. Nicholas Thompson of Wired's Epicenter remarked,

"In its original form, the bill did have some seriously bad ideas in it. For example, in an emergency, the president could "order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network."

He then added, "Nothing scary is granted here, and the President definitely hasn't been authorized to take over private networks, for malign ends, for fun, or otherwise."

No. Big. Deal. Also, props to Sean Fallon from Gizmodo for the cool art.

[Links: Gizmodo]

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Soundtrack 2 My Life

Here's a leaked song from KiD CuDi's new album called "Soundtrack 2 My Life." It's produced by Emile and it's the number two track on the album slated to be released 9/15. HERE is the link for the .mp3 download.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Amazing photos of Mars' surface

The top photo is a close-up of the rough terrain near Mars' Zilair Crater was snapped by the High Resolution (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on August 3.

The Orbiter has been studying Mars since 2006, and the above shots add to a collection of over 1,500 taken by the HiRISE since April. Because the HiRISE images are taken in red, blue-green and infrared, the images you see are not true color, but the result of several techniques to make them better for humans to look at.

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Bacon x Gumballs

It's really true what they say, anything with bacon is good. Thus, bacon gumballs now exist. Each 3 by 2 inch tin contains contains twenty-two bacon flavored gumballs, which allows one to have the weird taste of smoked pork in your mouth at all times. Are you ready for this culinary adventure?

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New Wiz Khalifa Music Video

Here's the video for the new song by Wiz Khalifa & Boogz Boogetz called, "Favorite Show." It's a pretty standard rap video (blunt smoke and Hennessey) so obviously it's awesome. Besides that though, what the hell is a Boogz Boogetz?

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

My New Favorite Drinking Game

It's called Vietnam Bombs. It's America vs Vietnam in a prolonged, action-packed shit show that is very reminiscent of the actual war itself; a microcosm of sorts. The American team's cups are arranged in a traditional, ten-cup triangle and their cups are filled with beer. Furthermore, every time an American cup is hit, the Americans must drink the beer immediately, refill the cup, and then place it back in the triangle. This is supposed to simulate troop reinforcements. The Vietnamese team's cups are filled with shots and a chaser of their choice (last night, mine was Propel). However, to stay true to the Vietnamese's guerrilla-warfare tactics, each Vietnamese cup can be positioned by itself anywhere on the Vietnamese half of the table. This significantly increases the degree of difficulty in hitting a Vietnamese cup. To make matters worse, depending on which side you're on, the game ends only when Vietnam loses. No matter how much beer America drinks.

As an added bonus, each side can further understate the seriousness of the war by alluding to each military's real-life shortcomings in their shit-talk. Not only is playing the race card allowed, it's encouraged. For example, when I'm the American team, I make a point to use every racial slur for Asians that I learned from Gran Torino. I rule! Anyway, now that you know the rules, round up some friends and play!

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Is there a scientific way to measure fart smell?

Actually yes, there is. Introducing Robert Clain and Miguel Salas; they're two Cornell University computer-engineering whizzes who built such a machine for their senior project. After learning how breathalyzers work, they assembled a fart detector from a sensitive hydrogen sulfide monitor, a thermometer, and a microphone and wrote the software that would rate the fart. A “slight perturbance in the air” near the detector sets it to work measuring the three pillars of fart quality: stench, temperature and sound.

Temperature, Clain explains, is critical. The hotter a fart, the faster it spreads. “It beeps faster if it’s a high ranker, and a voice rates it on a scale of zero to nine,” he says. “If it ranks a nine, a fan comes on to blow it away. It even records the noise so you can play it back later.”

"The contraption could even have use outside of fraternity houses," Clain says, as a biosensor for harmful hydrogen-sulfide-producing bacteria in hospitals. Or dentists could use it to measure oral malodor. They’ve also received some interest from doctors with four-legged patients. “You can test the health of livestock through the quality of their farts,” Salas says. “Smell and sound can tell you a lot about their bowel movements.”

Read more about it HERE

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Driven to Kill looks like a total shit-festival

Fact. Steven Siegal, at age 57, is still making movies. Above is the trailer for his latest film, Driven to Kill, in which he plays- any guesses?? An unstoppable badass. This time he's a crime novelist who must confront his past when his family is targeted by violence. Steven Siegal is legendary- he refuses to change up his act even slightly, despite his movies' regressing production value. In a way that demands tremendous respect. Siegal does and forever will win the award for worst Brooklyn accent in his role as Detective Gino Felino in Out for Justice. See if you agree:

Pop quiz- which is the only movie where Steven Siegal didn't kick ass?

Trick question- such a movie doesn't exist.

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Whole Canned Chickens From Sweet Sue!

Castleberry's Sweet Sue brand is proud to announce the first whole caned fully cooked chicken. Home-Style Goodness from the Kitchen of Sweet Sue!

Do you dare to try it?

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Production Hyrdogen Fuel Cell Car

Mercedes announced today the company will build a hydrogen-fueled version of its European B-Class hatchback called the F-Cell for the US and Europe. It'll arrive by early 2010, far ahead of the massive hydrogen infrastructure the company acknowledges will be required for wide adoption of such cars.

The company says it will build 200 units of the F-Cell, a car powered by a 136-horsepower electric motor with current generated by a fuel-cell generator. The F-Cell will have a lithium-ion battery (35 kW output / 1.4 kWh capacity) and a top speed of 106. According to a press release, the F-Cell will perform similarly to an economy car with a 2-liter, four-cylinder engine. The company also touts good cold-start capability at temperatures as low as -13 degrees Fahrenheit. Not likely a problem in California, where most of the country's hydrogen refueling stations are.

Still, with the number of such stations in California still in the low double digits, and few stations elsewhere in the country, the F-Cell's limited rollout will likely remain centered on the Golden State. Mercedes-Benz officials say the company is working with oil companies, utilities and government agencies in California and Germany to expand the hydrogen infrastructure to support F-Cell drivers.

Read more about it HERE

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