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14 Nov 14:00

Man Receives Text Message Spam and Sends Hilarious Response Back [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


This might be fake, but I don’t really care, it’s still hilarious.

[Via TechEblog]

13 Nov 18:00

Well Rounded: 7 Animal Murals on Abandoned Buildings in Africa

by Urbanist
[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

roa sea creature art

Using the unique regional shapes of structures to his advantage, street artist ROA has created a series of large-scale works as part of a neighborhood art project in Djerba, Tunisia, drawing 150 artists from 30 countries.

roa murals djerbahood

roa murals abandoned buildings

While a number of impressive and well-known painters and muralists contributed to Djerbahood, ROA’s work is particularly site-specific, drawing on the architectural details (like domes) present in the regional landscape, mainly in deserted buildings.

roa north africa graffiti

roa animal skull dome

roa abandoned building lizard

The artist’s signature creatures, as usual, vary with the locality as well – in this case his work features a combination of desert and sea animals, reflecting the water-surrounded space as well as the dry land of the area.

roa skull mural design

The largest island in North Africa, Djerba has become a true open-air museum, contrasting authenticity and tradition with a space for expression by artists of various cultures. This project was made in part to appeal to tourists, aiming to draw in additional visitors from Europe and around the world. Additional work by ROA includes urban street animals in Mexico and Panama City as well as London.

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11 Nov 20:00

The Video Game Emulator Bird [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

This, ladies and gentlegeeks, is a lyrebird, and even though it might not be the most beautiful or colorful bird out there, it certainly has one of the most amazing “voice” of the avian kingdom.

[Wen Hao Lee]

02 Nov 07:00

Computer Science in Layman’s Terms with SimpleCPU

by Stella Striegel

Screen Shot 2014 11 01 at 7 34 28 AM

Learn the basics of computer science in the most simplest way through SimpleCPU.

It [SimpleCPU] was also inspired by my own frustrations trying to learn the basics of
computer science. I wanted to give people a quick way to understand the
basics, so that they could know what to look for. “I don’t know what I
dont know” is a common ailment for beginning programmers, this site is an
attempt to address that.

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29 Oct 16:44

Windows Update Bricking Counterfeit USB Dongles

by (David Adams)
The FTDI FT232 chip is found in thousands of electronic baubles, from Arduinos to test equipment, and more than a few bits of consumer electronics. It’s a simple chip, converting USB to a serial port, but very useful and probably one of the most cloned pieces of silicon on Earth. Thanks to a recent Windows update, all those fake FTDI chips are at risk of being bricked. This isn’t a case where fake FTDI chips won’t work if plugged into a machine running the newest FTDI driver; the latest driver bricks the fake chips, rendering them inoperable with any computer.
21 Oct 23:00

Star Goats: The Imperial March as Performed by Badass Yelling Goats [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

This awesome version of the Imperial March theme song from Star Wars was just leaked and is rumored to be part of the new Episode VII soundtrack! IT’S TRUE! (ok, no, it’s not…)

[Marca Blanca]

14 Oct 23:20

Analysis of Linux Backdoor Used In Freenode Hack

by Soulskill
An anonymous reader writes "A detailed analysis has been done of the Linux backdoor used in the freenode hack. It employed port knocking and encryption to provide security against others using it. This seems a little more sophisticated than your average black-hat hacker.

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10 Oct 15:30

We Can All Learn Something From the Panda

We Can All Learn Something From the Panda

Submitted by: (via BaronXRojo)

Tagged: racism , panda , wisdom , hacked irl , g rated , win
08 Oct 14:00

Nightmare Fuel: Makeup Edition

Nightmare Fuel: Makeup Edition

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04 Oct 23:00

The Young Jedi Master [Geek Art]

by Geeks are Sexy


A fantastic illustration of young Yoda by Brazilian artist Marco Teixeira. This is totally amazing, don’t you think? Be sure to check out the artist’s full portfolio, there’s A LOT of beautiful art in there.

[Source: Marco Teixeira - Concept Artist]

24 Sep 15:37

Groots Bloody Groots: A Heavy Metal Parody of “Roots Bloody Roots” by Sepultura [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

Warning: Heavy Metal.

From Luke Gibson:

Groots Bloody Groots is a parody of Roots Bloody Roots by Sepultura and Guardians Of The Galaxy internet sensation “I Am Groot”.

[Luke Gibson]

27 Sep 12:00

It’s Caturday: Assassin’s Kittens Unity [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

It’s Caturday!


20 Sep 17:03

Spawn: The Recall [Short Fan Film]

by Geeks are Sexy


SPAWN: THE RECALL is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness.
While they’re shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras, something happens.

She can sense it, they are here…


12 Sep 01:00

Mirage Muralist: Street Artist Bends Surfaces Using Illusion

by Urbanist
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street art subtractive wall

With works often requiring second looks or sanity checks, artist Pejac bends reality in his use of paint and other materials to create sublime art from walls, streets, sidewalks and gutters.

street art splatter paint

street art painting scene

His newest works in Paris, shown above and below, play with our sense of surface and depth, revealing a hidden world beyond the wall in each case. If the close-up scene looks familiar, you may recognize it as The Luncheon on the Grass by Manet.

street door silhouette drawing

street art door illusion

Likewise implying something secret is this silhouette of a door – at a glance, it is hard to tell what part is a real crack in the concrete and which pieces are simply painted on top.

street art world flow

In previous projects, he has also played with the arts of subtraction and illusion in other clever ways – letting the world, for instance, slowly melt, drip and trickle toward the drain.

street art brick removal

street art paint closeup

Some of these works are quite time-intensive and incredibly detail-sensitive, like this final piece in which the artist carefully chipped away at the white paint on a brick wall to selectively reveal the red surface below it.

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18 Sep 16:52

GEEKGASM: The Batmobile is Hidden Under the New Millennium Falcon! [Video]

by Geeks are Sexy

Star Wars + Batman = WIN!

According to a Youtuber commentator:

For those who are confused as to why the Batmobile is on there, it’s because Zack Snyder and JJ Abrams have this Star Wars/Batman crossover twitter game going on. Check out Zack’s twitter to see his entries.

Here’s what Zack Snyder recently tweeted:


[Bad Robot]

18 Sep 04:03

DRB Feel-Good Issue #22

by Avi Abrams
Link - by Avi Abrams

Some joyful stuff to brighten up your day

Welcome to the new issue of Dark Roasted Blend's "Feel-Good" series: mostly bright and sweet collection of images designed to propel you along your day with a smile on your face and a spring in your gait.

A monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies known

(artist's concept: NASA, ESA, and D. Coe and G. Bacon (STScI), via)

"Astronomers have found an unlikely object in an improbable place: a monster black hole lurking inside one of the tiniest galaxies known. The dwarf galaxy containing the black hole is the densest galaxy ever seen, cramming 140 million stars within a diameter of about 300 light-years (just 1/500th of our Milky Way galaxy's diameter). However, the black hole inside the galaxy is five times the mass of the black hole at the center of our Milky Way. This suggests that the dwarf galaxy may actually be the stripped remnant of a larger galaxy that was torn apart during a close encounter with a more massive galaxy. The finding implies that there are many other compact galaxies in the universe that contain supermassive black holes." - full story



War of the Worlds? Awesome steampunk art featuring Arc de Triomphe, by Korean concept artist Jae-Cheol Park:

(image via)

"Observatorium II: The Orrey Room" by Dennis Allain, great steampunk environment, all the way back from 2007:

(image via)

Stunning, inspirational image:

(original unknown)

Truly epic science fiction art:

(original unknown)

(left: space art by John Berkey)

Great "KamAz" suit, by Russian 3D artist Alex Vasin:

(images via)

Psychedelic Cat artwork, original unknown:

William Turner's Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, c1825-8, watercolour on paper; National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide -

Surreal photography by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, see more here:

(image credit: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison)


Mixed fresh links for today:

Unique Deep-Sea Species Captured on Camera - [wow video]
Stunning Baatara Gorge Waterfall info - [wow nature]
iPod Classic is gone... here are some thoughts - [insightful article]
Building Spiral Turbines, ca 1930 - [retro pics]
Miniature Smaug Dragons! info - [wow nature]
Ten Most Expensive Cars - [compilation]
Beautiful fore edge painting on a book - [cool gif]
Soothing: Bunny Takes a Shower - [fun video]
Incredible Blind-Folded Rubik's Cube Solving - [wow video]
Anti-littering Vigilante on a Bike - [fun video]
Ferrets playing in packing peanuts - [fun video]
Rush Hour to the Max! - [wow video]



The Madd - "Good Evening Girl" (neo-Merseybeat pop, Dutch 2009)
King Crimson - "Song Of The Seagulls" (amazing melody from this prog group, 1967)
Stelvio Cipriani - "Belo Orizonte: Sei Morto Mi Chiamano Alleluja" from "Testa t' Ammazzo, Croce" movie (western, 1971)
The Spotnicks - "Last Date", "Western Guitar" (surf instrumentals from Sweden, 1962)
Judee Sill - "Lady-O", "The Archetypal Man" (rare baroque pop UK gems, 1966-1971)
Ennio Morricone - "Liberta" from "Il Mercenario" (epic instrumental, 1968)
The Cascades - "Shy Girl" (cute pop song from 1963)
Robert Pregadio - "Un Pomeriggio di Sole" from "La Settima Donna" movie (pretty cool funk, 1978)
Candy Flip - "Strawberry Fields Forever (New Version)" (1991 psych pop)
Rondo Veneziano - "Misteriosa Venezia" (baroque pop, Italy 1988)
The New Colony Six - "Hold Me With Your Eyes" (1968, sunshine pop)
Nico Fidenco - "A Picture of Love" from "Emanuelle Perche" movie 1977
The Phoenix Trolley - "When Charley's Doing His Thing" (UK pop psych, 1967)
Pino Donaggio - "Nella Chiesa" theme from "Don Camillo" movie (instrumental 1984)
The Candy Dates - "Show Me How To Live" (great Merseybeat, 1965)
Bruno Nicolai - "Canto d'inverno" from "Girasole" (awesome melody, 1969)
Franco Campanino - Theme from "Napoli si ribella - A Man Called Magnum" (instrumental, 1977)
The Wondermints - "Darling" (awesome power pop, 1999)
Jean Michel Jarre - "Les chants magnétiques, pt. 2" (absolutely awesome space synth, 1981)
Splitsville - "Forever" (power pop, 1991)
Georges Delerue - "Danielle Theme" from "Le Point De Mire" (beautiful theme from 1977)
The Kinks - "Till the End Of the Day" (rocking garage-like Merseybeat, 1965)
Fancy - "Flames of Love" (legendary Italo-disco, 1989)
Paul McCartney & Wings - "One More Kiss" (cute love song, 1972)

Dave Brubeck "Blue Rondo a la Turk" jazz 1959:

(image credit: Zev Hoover)

The photo above is by 15 y.o. photographer Zev Hoover (FiddleOak), his Flickr stream is well worth visiting!



Really classy chocolate truck: beautiful promo vehicle Bernard 110 Chocolat Menier:

1956 Pontiac Club de Mer concept car:

AA Patrol car made from a Mini, seen in Scotland:

(original unknown)



BEAUTIFUL ACTRESSES: Deborah Walley, Rita Moreno, Leslie Caron, Barbara Rush, Jean Seberg, Anne Francis, Joey Heatherton, Grace Kelly, and others (see info under images):

Deborah Walley

Hayley Mills

Annie Girardot

Wenche Myhre

left: Leslie Caron

Barbara Rush

Jean Seberg

Rita Moreno

Anne Francis

Jane Fonda in "Barbarella"

left: Banff, Alberta in 1959

Joey Heatherton

Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood

Giorgia Moll in Sears catalogue! and Sandra Milo

Sue Lyon

Francoise Hardy

Jane Fonda

(right image: anime character from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet)

Can you guess who this is? -

Zooey Deschanel


Marina Neelova:

Russian movie "Klyuchi ot Neba" (Keys from the Sky):

Girl soldiers from the 1972 Soviet movie "A Zori Zdes Tikhie" (The Dawns Here Are Quiet) - Ekaterina Markova, Evgenia Simonova:

Tamara Syomina:

Anastasiya Vertinskaya:

Mila Berlinskaya in 1974 Russian movie "Bolshoe Kosmicheskoe Puteshestvie" (Great Space Adventure):



Aerial view of farms in Northern Saudi Arabia:

(image credit: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via)

Rest your eyes on this one - very harmonious, peaceful composition:

(original unknown)

The cutest hedgehog Darcy - photos by Shota Tsukamoto, Tokyo, see more here:

Robots vs. Humans!

Steampunk headphones:

Howl's Moving Castle? - No, the Neverwas Haul at 2010 Burning Man (read more):

Until next time! Keep the sunshine, folks.


17 Sep 22:00

How to Make Even Batman Smile [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
13 Sep 11:06

This Chewbacca Dog is an Adorable Furball [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


Reddit user ejara80 writes:

My friend’s dog won 3rd place on a Petco Star Wars contest.

For those who are wondering, this little fellah is a Brussels Griffon, a breed of toy dog named for their city of origin: Brussels, Belgium.

[Source: Reddit | Via]

13 Aug 09:27

Android Toolkit – Must Have Apps for your Android Phone

by Amit Agarwal

Best Android Apps

This is a list of some of the best Android apps for your phone that will help you be more efficient and productive.

  • My Tracks — Record you path, speed and distance as you walk or drive.
  • Fing — Find out which devices are connected to your Wi-Fi networks.
  • File Wrangler — An easy to use but powerful file management app for your Android.
  • Any.Do — Easily manage your tasks and to-do lists with Google Tasks sync.
  • Focal — A full featured camera app for even older Android phones.
  • HomeStyler — Snap a picture of a room, place furniture and visualize the interior design in 3D.
  • Splashtop — Access your Windows or Mac computer from any Android phone or tablet on the same network.
  • Cogi — Record your college lectures or the conversations happening in meetings.
  • Photo Grid — Quickly create collages and photo walls in different layouts.
  • News 360 — A smart news reader that aggregates news stories and blogs around your topics of interest.
  • SchematicMind — Visualize ideas and brainstorm with mind maps on your phone.
  • Repix — Remix your photos and turn them into piece of art using brushes and other tools.
  • Clean Master — Speed up your slow Android phone and also recover precious disk space.
  • Reader — Read PDF files on your Android, the app can open password protected files too.
  • TeamViewer — Remotely access your Windows or Mac computers from any Android phone.
  • Keep — Create notes, to-do lists, voice memos and photo notes with searchable text.
  • Ustream — Broadcast any event live from your phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere.
  • tTorrent — Download torrents directly to your Android phone or tablet.
  • RingtoneMaker — Create custom ringtones using segments from one or more audio files.
  • WiFi Manager — Discover Wi-Fi networks around you and connect to the best network.
  • Timely — A beautiful alarm clock that automatically syncs with your other devices.
  • InstaFontMaker — Create custom fonts in TrueType format with your own handwriting.
  • TrueCaller — Identify calls from unknown numbers and block SMS from spam numbers.
  • LapseIt — Create stop-motion videos with background music on your phone.
  • FoxFi — Turn your phone into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and share your data connection.
  • Shush — It remembers to unmute your phone after a certain period.
  • Avast — Secure your Android device against theft, viruses and phishing attacks.
  • AVG AntiVirus — Protect your device from viruses, malware and fake apps.
  • MyScript — An advanced calculator that even recognizes your handwriting.
  • DU BatterySaver — The app solves your battery problems and extend the device’s battery life.
  • BatteryGuru — The app extends battery performance by monitoring your usage.
  • SuperBeam — The easiest and faster way to share files between two Android device.
  • SmartCam — It turns your mobile phone into a webcam for your computer.
  • Droid TimeLapse — Record high quality time lapse videos on your Android device without any complicated settings.
  • Tape-a-talk — A simple voice recorder app that can record voice notes and audio even when the screen is off.
  • Calculator — A simple yet advanced calculator with a beautiful halo interface and free of any ads.
  • Viber — You can send free messages as well as make free calls to other Viber users over 3G or WiFi.
  • Line — Send unlimited messages and make free calls from your Android phone over VoIP.
  • Screenshots — You can capture screenshots of your Android device with keys or action triggers.
  • Expensify — Travelling on business? The app make it easy to file expense reports.
  • Contacts+ — A contact manager app for Android that display rich profiles for your contacts.
  • Glympse — Remember Google Latitude? This is worthy alternative that shows where your friends are.
  • HelloText — If you aren’t too happy with the built-in SMS app of your phone, Hello is a good alternative.
  • AntennaPod — A simple podcast client for Android that allows automatic downloads for episodes.
  • Easy Backup — Backup your SMS, MMS and call records to the external SD card.
  • BackupPro — Backup your phone and easily move your data and media file to another device.
  • Podax — A basic podcast client for Android with widgets for the home screen.
  • WiFi Analyzer — Analyze your Wifi and expand the reach of your wireless router.
  • Veetle — You can easily broadcast and watch live video on your Android phone or tablet.
  • Easy Alarm — Set any YouTube songs as your wake-up alarm.
  • PocketCasts — The best podcasting app for your Android phone. Period.
  • MightyText — Send and receive SMS text messages from your desktop computer.
  • Shifu — The app knows when you have free time and suggest pending task that you may work upon.
  • Llama — Silence your phone at work or let it go quiet when its time for bed.
  • AirDroid — With AirDroid, you can transfer files to and from your Android device wirelessly without needing any USB cables.
  • Smart Voice — Record high-quality audio while skipping the silent portion from the audio.
  • Pixlr — A versatile photo editor from Autodesk that is absolutely free.
  • µTorrent — Torrent downloader from the team that invented the popular BitTorrent protocol.
  • Aviary — A suite of photo editing tools that will make your photos stand out.
  • MX Player — This is the best video player for Android that lets you watch any of your videos without conversion.
  • Readability — Send web pages to your Kindle for reading later in a clutter free environment.
  • RingDroid — Create your own ringtones and alarms sounds from songs or your own voice.
  • SoundHound — Recognize music playing around you with a single tap or by entering words from the lyrics.
  • Subsonic — Stream music from the desktop and listen on your phone or tablet anywhere, anytime.
  • Poweramp — The most advanced music player for Android with clean and beautiful interface.
  • Saavn Music — Unlimited access to Bollywood and Indian regional music and radio on your Android device.
  • PushBullet — Send web links, text notes and even push files from computer to your phone.
  • Flipboard — Read news and updates from your favourite source in a beautiful, magazine style layout.
  • TuneIn Radio — Listen to live radio stations and podcasts from all over the world.
  • Jango Radio — A personalized online radio service that plays the best music by artists you love.
  • Shazam — Tap the Shazam button to instantly recognize music playing around you.

This story, Android Toolkit – Must Have Apps for your Android Phone, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 13/08/2014 under Android, Internet
02 Sep 11:25

Amazing Riddler Body Paint [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


[Source: MadZane | Via]

02 Sep 21:07

Obras de arte cortando papel

by Tío Tosca

Puede que el origami sea el arte relacionado con papel más famoso de Japón, pero el kamikiri tampoco se le queda atrás. Kamikiri significa literalmente “cortando papel” y se basa en crear una figura como resultado de cortar con mucha paciencia y arte una hoja de papel, tan sencillo como eso y tan chungo de llevar a cabo, amigos.

El artista Akira Nagaya de Chiba domina el arte del corte papelero y muchos de sus diseños están basados en la cultura tradicional japonesa, vamos, que son de corte antiguo (badabumChass):





Últimamente le ha dado por hacer conocidos personajes de anime, seguro que conocéis a la mayoría:













Jodé, y yo que cuando cojo las tijeras no soy capaz ni de cortar un cuadrado decente…

25 Aug 17:00

Batman Meets ‘True Detective’ [VIDEO]

by Lauren Berkley

It’s only a (very well-done) opening titles sequence by Josh Newman, but given how obsessed I was with True Detective this past season and how much I love Batman, I would watch the every-loving heck out of this!

[via YouTube]

28 Aug 18:00

You Can’t Have Your Groot and Eat it Too [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy


This incredibly realistic-looking Groot cake was made by Tattooed Bakers using edible bark covering a chocolate cake. Om nom nom nom.

[Source: Tattooed Bakers | Via TN]

28 Aug 01:00

Robotic Printer Creates Artist’s Portrait Using His Blood

by Steph
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

Robotic Blood Printer 1

Blood streams from Ted Lawson‘s arm into a CNC printer, which uses it like ink or paint to robotically create the Brooklyn-based artist’s image. ‘Ghost in the Machine’ is a life-sized nude self-portrait rendered in just about the most graphic way possible, the whole process captured on video as an alarming amount of blood is applied to a blank white surface.

Robotic Blood Painting 2

Visibly drained by the process, Lawson sits beside the machine as it works, replenishing himself with juice as his blood streams out in little squiggles. At first, the image is abstract, slowly coming together as the robot follows the guidelines of the illustration.

Robotic Blood Painting 3

“I’m generally not into doing selfies, particularly nude ones, but when I came up with the idea to connect my blood directly to the robot (CNC machine), it just made too much sense to not try one as a full nude self-portrait,” Lawson told the Associated Press.

Robotic Blood Painting 4

“In this series I’m really just trying to make a good drawing, which requires a lot of process and spontaneity to achieve. I do consider these works to be drawings and not prints, in that I allow the robot to make certain mistakes or leave in certain glitches on purpose.”

Robotic Blood Painting 5

The final print will be on display at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City from September 11th through October 4th as part of Lawson’s solo exhibition, “The Map Is Not the Territory.”

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27 Aug 12:44

Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here

by adafruit

Adafruit 3531

Electromagnetic Warfare Is Here – IEEE Spectrum.

In the 2001 action movie Ocean’s Eleven, criminals use an electromagnetic weapon to black out a portion of Las Vegas. Very futuristic, you may say, but the threat is real and growing.

The problem is growing because the technology available to attackers has improved even as the technology being attacked has become more vulnerable. Our infrastructure increasingly depends on closely integrated, high-speed electronic systems operating at low internal voltages. That means they can be laid low by short, sharp pulses high in voltage but low in energy—output that can now be generated by a machine the size of a suitcase, batteries included.

Electromagnetic (EM) attacks are not only possible—they are happening. One may be under way as you read this. Even so, you would probably never hear of it: These stories are typically hushed up, for the sake of security or the victims’ reputation. Occasionally, though, an incident comes to light.

23 Aug 06:32

Matsuris y la fertilidad, mikoshis penetrando santuarios

by Kirai

“Héctor, ¡no me importa lo que diga la Wikipedia! Para mi los mikoshis representan la masculinidad y los santuarios la feminidad” me dijo Taka con una sonrisa después de engullir el ultimo trago de su Sapporo de medio litro.

Taka se había pasado desde las seis de la mañana hasta las tres de la tarde llevando un mikoshi al hombro junto con otros hombres de la localidad. Pero en vez de estar cansado el matsuri le había dado energía para discutir.

“Aquí dice que por lo general en los matsuris se pide a los kamis 神 (Dioses/espíritus) que llueva mucho para tener buenas cosechas” le respondí con escepticismo.

“Por supuesto. Por eso hemos llevado los mikoshis por todos los caminos que rodean los campos de arroz fertilizándolos. Pero… cómo te lo podría explicar… Conforme yo lo veo, la fertilidad en la agricultura, en la naturaleza y en los seres humanos van ligadas de la mano.”

A continuación se sacó un iPhone del bolsillo y me enseñó esta foto que habían sacado por la mañana a su grupo con un mikoshi al hombro:


“Ahí estamos nosotros empujando el mikoshi hacia dentro del santuario.” me dijo acercando la pantalla a mis ojos.

“Ya veo, si que tiene algo sexual.” le respondí riendo.

“Fíjate en los caracteres que forman la palabra santuario.” me dijo mientras con un bolígrafo escribía 神宮 jinja (santuario sintoísta) en un post-it “El primer carácter es el de kami 神 y el segundo palacio 宮”

“Ya veo…”

“Y ahora lo comparamos con la palabra útero, shikyu 子宮”

“¡Vaya! Literalmente sería palacio 宮 de los niños 子” le respondí con entusiasmo.

“Ves, los caracteres de la palabra santuario nos dicen que representa el órgano sexual femenino.” dijo mientras abría una segunda lata de Sapporo. “Es más, mira, así es como se ve un santuario desde arriba”

Taka se esmera dibujando un santuario mientras yo busco en google maps. El resultado de su dibujo y el mapa de un santuario que encontré en google maps se parecían bastante:


“Ves, el centro del honden es el útero y las dos salas del fondo son las trompas de falopio” me soltó Taka todo convencido dibujando flechas enfatizando las supuestas trompas de falopio.

“¿En serio? Esto se empieza a parecer a una novela de Dan Brown.” le contesté volviendo otra vez a mi modo escéptico.

“¡Que sí!” dijo Taka riendo y dándole a la cerveza y concluyendo: “Piénsalo, los matsuris son actos sexuales, actos de reproducción. Los hombres llevamos los mikoshi a hombros meneándolos hacia arriba y hacia abajo de forma rítmica. Cuando hemos llegado esta mañana a la entrada del santuario, a la entrada de la mujer, lo hemos empujado hacia dentro penetrando hasta el palacio de los niños 子宮.” da otro trago a la cerveza analizando mi cara de casi convencido. “No es nada raro todo lo que te cuento, en el pasado el sexo era algo sagrado, algo que podía crear seres humanos y se celebraba en comunidad, no como ahora que se ha convertido en algo tabú y sucio.” terminó Taka levantando la voz emocionado.

“¡Vale, vale! Me has convencido.” le dije dándole una palmada en el hombro “Así como me lo has contado me hace ver los matsuris desde una perspectiva algo diferente. ¡Te has pasado el día moviendo un miembro sexual gigante Taka!”

Muchas risas.

Después de terminar su segunda cerveza fuimos dando un paseo hasta la plaza del pueblo donde continuaban las celebraciones. Compramos unos yakitoris en un yatai (Tenderetes de comida ambulante). Comenzaron a llegar carrozas de cada uno de los grupos del matsuri local. A estas horas del día la ceremonia “oficial” del matsuri ya había terminado. Todo mucho más relajado que por la mañana cuando tienen que llevar los mikoshi a hombros. Me encantó ver a gente de todas las edades pasándolo bien juntos, es algo difícil de ver en el centro de Tokio entre semana, incluso los niños se subían a las carrozas a tocar los taikos.













22 Aug 23:00

Back To The Future: Future Vs Reality

by JLister

We’re a year short of officially reaching “the future” but an anonymous Reddit user took this look at how effectively the make-up department forecast how the actors would look a generation later.


22 Aug 18:10

Addams Family House In Color [Pic]

by JLister

This isn’t Ted Turner mucking about with old movies again. Instead it’s a set photograph by the late Richard Fish, the subject of a new exhibition at the Oviatt Library at the University of California in Los Angeles.


[Via: Us Vs Them]

20 Aug 18:10

Working Hard Drive Comes To Minecraft

by JLister


A Minecraft user has created a working hard drive in Minecraft — albeit with a capacity of 1 kilobyte.

The drive, created by Reddit user “Smellystring”, works on a simple binary system. Instead of using magnets or transistor cells to store the data, it uses blocks that can be either solid or opaque. Reading from the disc involves beaming a redstone signal, which is roughly the Minecraft equivalent of an electrical current and will pass through the solid blocks but not the opaque ones. The drive uses solid blocks to represent 1 in binary code and opaque blocks for 0s. A virtual control room lets you “press” buttons to read from or write to the drive and even access a specific position on the drive.


Check out the full pictures and description.

20 Aug 20:40

Some Compliments Aren’t From Far Far Away [Pic]

by JLister

Reddit user hilwise found this posted to their door:


[Via: Nerd Approved]