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16 Dec 23:30

Video: 13 Dogs and 1 Cat Enjoy a Huge Holiday Feast


I want to go to this dinner

18 Dec 18:41

Before you see the last Hobbit movie you really need to watch this amazing explainer

by Brian Crecente


Even with tearing apart a single book and turning it into three movies, Peter Jackson doesn't scratch the surface of J.R.R. Tolkien's rich lore.

The backstory to The Hobbit and the tale in The Lord of the Rings all take place in a mythology that isn't that deeply explored even in the books unless you crack open The Silmarillion. Since you likely don't have time to zip through that book before popping out to catch The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, CGP Grey has just the video for you.

The famously insightful YouTuber does a delightful job of summarizing the basic mythology of the world, delivering some really interesting details that could help flesh out your experience watching the movies.

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19 Dec 16:32

Block & Tackle: The graphics on football broadcasts are out of hand—here’s the solution

by John Teti

Back for another week of excellence

I hate to superimpose, but…

“Second down and 7 here for the Bills,” Fox announcer Justin Kutcher said before a routine play in Sunday’s Packers-Bills game. A graphic in the upper-left corner of the screen confirmed that it was second down, and the Bills had 7 yards to gain. A thick arrow superimposed on the field read “2ND & 7,” so viewers would know that the Buffalo Bills needed to advance the ball 7 yards and, furthermore, that the current play was second down.

In the space of five seconds, viewers got the same simple piece of information three different ways. The networks lard up their broadcasts with this sort of redundancy every week. Fox isn’t unusual. Its visual style is largely in line with its competitors, even if I maintain some specific quibbles about Fox’s execution. Gratuitous repetition is the norm because broadcasters aim to serve ...

18 Dec 01:00

'The Interview' and North Korea: What do we lose if we let fear win over art?


One of the best takes I've read on this

We are watching precedent unfold in front of us right now, and I'm afraid we're doing it wrong. Fear is driving a major studio to pull a film from release before it has even opened, and fear had every major theater chain ready to drop the film if the studio hadn't backed down. This...
19 Dec 13:00

5 Things You Never Knew About Tiny Toons


Great show

5. The animation was super expensive (and super inconsistent)


18 Dec 15:01

Great Job, Internet!: Serial theme song gets mashed up with Notorious B.I.G., is predictably awesome

by Ben Cannon


Just as the plot of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is predicated around an innocuous object, like a puzzle box, that has the power to unleash untold pain on the world, so too has the podcast Serial proved to be a font, but for hilarious and diverting Internet content instead. Previously this corner of the Internet has covered several Serial parodies, a mashup of its opening Mail Chimp advertisement, and a version imagining the show’s intro using clips from Seinfeld, even going as far as producing its own podcast dissecting the show. But few things have been as alluring to would-be producers as Nick Thorburn’s now iconic Serial theme song. It’s been thoughtfully rapped over and provided backing for Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” But now Soundcloud user Fafu has posted what might be the definitive creation with his “Life After Serial,” combining an uptempo version of the aforementioned ...

15 Dec 21:07

What happens when you shoot a ball from a cannon in the back of a moving truck?

by Mark Frauenfelder

Wow that's cool

"Mythbusters fire a soccer ball at 50mph out of a cannon on a truck driving at 50mph in the opposite direction." [via]

15 Dec 05:15

"Most Awful Sleeping Face in Japan" (photos by @mino_ris/via...


It really is

"Most Awful Sleeping Face in Japan" (photos by @mino_ris/via neebus)

17 Dec 05:20

40 Awesome Alternate Art Takes On The Legend of Zelda


I feel like I'm sharing A Lot more nerd stuff since it's basically just Me, Jared, and Ryan now



via Astor Alexander




13 Dec 02:48



hahaha Thank you Internet

15 Dec 02:00

Louis C.K. from 2010


A great listen

Originally published as a two-part episode in October 2010, this conversation between Marc and Louis C.K. was chosen by Slate as the #1 podcast episode of all time. It is presented here for the first time as a single, uninterrupted episode.  

14 Dec 17:31

SNL Did "The Office: Middle-Earth" With Martin Freeman and It Was Glorious




12 Dec 14:57

Two Passions – Drinking and Flying

by Jonco

  Fly drunk1

Fly drunk2

Thanks Donnie Mac


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10 Dec 02:49

San Francisco Bay Area Super Mario World map, complete with BART trains

by Xeni Jardin



Robert Bacon has created one hell of a mapsterpiece. Read the rest

11 Dec 13:58

Great Job, Internet!: Catch up on Doctor Who by watching all 707 classic episodes at once

by Caroline Siede

Quick and easy

Since it debuted in 2005, the rebooted incarnation of Doctor Who has won over a legion of fans dedicated to the time traveling alien and his human companions. But while it’s relatively easy to keep track of the four Doctors and eight seasons that encompass “New Who,” it can be much more confusing to understand the older incarnation of the show, dubbed “Classic Who.” But thanks to the YouTube channel Omni Verse, viewers looking to immerse themselves in the older version of the show can do so with remarkable efficiency. This 15 minute video plays all 707 existing episodes of Classic Who simultaneously, creating an overwhelming collage of bad special effects and kooky costumes.

First launched as a black and white educational program on BBC in 1963, the long running “classic” era of the show includes eight actors playing eight different versions of the Doctor across 33 years of ...

10 Dec 16:45

'Fargo' Season 2 to Star Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons

by Kelly Woo

Kirsten Dunst.....meeeeehhhhhhhhh

Can't wait to see Landry as Another psychopathic killer. Talk about type-cast

Kirsten Dunst and Jesse PlemonsKirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons have booked their tickets to "Fargo."

Entertainment Weekly reports that the two actors have signed on to star in season 2 of the Emmy-winning FX anthology series. The first season of the show, adapted from the Coen brothers movie, won the Best Miniseries trophy, and performances by Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, and Allison Tolman garnered gushing accolades from critics.

As an anthology series, like FX sibling "American Horror Story" and HBO's "True Detective," will take place in a new setting with new characters. Unlike the aforementioned shows, however, "Fargo" will maintain loose ties between seasons.

Dunst will play small-town beautician Peggy Blomquist, who dreams of the big city while struggling with traditional societal expectations. Plemons ("Breaking Bad," "Friday Night Lights") is her husband, a butcher's assistant who wants to support his wife, even if he doesn't quite understand her.

Season 2 will be a prequel, of sorts, taking place in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. Still uncast is a young Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in season 1. Solverson was the father of Tolman's character, and he often made reference to a defining case he worked on as a young officer after the Vietnam War.

"He thought he left the war behind, but he came back and here it is, it's domestic," showrunner Noah Hawley told EW. "We will meet Molly's mother, who was not a character in season 1 ... and we'll learn what happened to her. There were a lot of clues left in the first season and we'll do our best to hit those."

10 Dec 15:00

Everyone's Crazy in 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Trailer and It's Awesome

by Kelly Woo

They just copied the California Love video!

Mad Max"Everybody's gone out of their mind," someone intones in the new trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road." That seems like a vast understatement; everybody's gone insane. Like, insane in the membrane.

The trailer lays out the story - the world has gone to pieces, everybody's trying to survive in post-apocalyptic conditions - but who cares about that? The movie looks STUNNING; the trailer is full of gorgeous shot after gorgeous shot. Everything, from people to vehicles to landscapes, are in hues of burnt sienna. The car crashes, explosions, and combat scenes are visually arresting. Then the orchestral music starts to soar, and just whoa. Put us in the asylum too, please.

"Mad Max: Fury Road" stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult, and opens May 15, 2015.

10 Dec 16:10

Marvel tried to get Spider-Man for the next Captain America movie. It didn't work out

by Ross Miller

That would've actually been awesome

In an alternate timeline, Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans would be fighting over civil rights while Andrew Garfield swings around them singing tra-la-la and offering snarky one-liners.

Buried in the massive leak of internal Sony Pictures documents, The Wall Street Journal has found emails between Marvel Studios and Sony over collaborating on future Spider-Man movies. According to the report, "extensive discussions" went all the way up the chain to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger. Specifically, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman tells a colleague that Marvel wanted to include Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, which kicks off so-called "Phase Three" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on May 6th, 2016.


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09 Dec 21:39

Tale of the Tape: Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe

by Arthur Etchells

Wow. I'd really like to try this next time i'm at 30th


As Serious Eats pointed out in its rundown of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, under seasoning is a big issue. Even spots that aren’t just phoning it in often lack adding any salt or pepper. Under seasoning is not an issue on the Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe. This Philadelphia take on the Po Boy adds Andouille sausage and salami to the traditional cheesesteak.

Today we take the Train Wreck for a spin and see how the Creole take on the cheesesteak stacks up.

Beck’s Cajun Cafe
30th Street Station
Additional location at Reading Terminal Market

Roll: French baguette smeared with Beck’s Creole mayo.

Meat: In addition to finely chopped beef, there’s also Andouille sausage and salami, all mixed together.

Onion: Thinly chopped and caramelized.

Cheese: American

Price: $8.95 + tax.

Pro Tip: Want to take your cheesesteak up a couple levels. Add a few shakes of Beck’s 3 Devils Hot Sauce for a sweet and tangy burn or ask for a extra Devil Dust for a more intense smoky flavor. And of course, you can take those sauces and rubs home to experiment with in your own kitchen.

The Verdict

The Train Wreck is an excellent cheesesteak and a really good sandwich. It even teeters towards  Philadelphia Sandwich Pantheon status with the likes of DiNic’s roast pork, Nick’s roast beef and a Paesano from Paesano’s. It is a big sandwich that offers value at $8.95. A half was enough to fill me for lunch. The steak is finely chopped along with the sausage and salami, allowing the flavors of all the meats mingle in every bite. The cheese is also folded into the sandwich, creating a balanced flavor throughout. The spice is prevalent but not overwhelming, making the Train Wreck a cheesesteak with a little bite and not some sort of Cajun Frankenstein. It has been two hours since I woofed down the Train Wreck cheesesteak and I’m regretting sharing the second half. Beck’s Train Wreck is one of the best cheesesteaks in town, and a welcome counterpoint to the under-seasoned steaks that have plagued the Year of the Cheesesteak.

Creole cheesesteak is ready for its closeup. A fully packed cheesesteak. Check out the bits of sausage and salami mixed in with the steak. Fried onions, Creole mayo, there's a lot going on in this sandwich.

For more of the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, read our Year of the Cheesesteak section.

The post Tale of the Tape: Train Wreck at Beck’s Cajun Cafe appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

10 Dec 01:37

Coming Distractions: Joseph Gordon-Levitt avoids plummeting to his death in first trailer for The Walk

by Sam Barsanti

It won't be as good as Man on Wire, right?

This first teaser for Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk doesn’t tell us much about the movie, but it does show Joseph Gordon-Levitt with weird hair and a totally rad turtleneck precariously standing on the edge of one of the World Trade Center towers in 1974. Thankfully, we know that The Walk is based on the memoirs of Philippe Petit, a guy who has already had his story told in the documentary Man On Wire. If we, or anyone, really wanted to know what’s going to happen in The Walk, we/they could just watch that documentary.

However, Man On Wire didn’t have Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, or GIANT FLYING WORDS that highlight the fact that The Walk is going to be in 3D. By the way, wouldn’t GIANT FLYING WORDS make it a lot more difficult to walk on a tightrope between the Twin Towers? We’ll ...

10 Dec 15:39

Newswire: Marc Webb’s corporate espionage show coming to Showtime

by Rob Dean

Sharing just for the picture of Michael Scarn

David Rosen and director Marc Webb have sold their corporate espionage series, Professionals, to Showtime. The network has commissioned three scripts from Rosen, creator of TV shows with much better names like Us & Them and I Just Want My Pants Back. Sounding like a mixture of The Wrong Mans, The Office, and, let’s say, Chuck, Professionals “centers on two partially broken mid-level employees who become ensnared in a dangerous game of corporate espionage.” Should the project be greenlit, the pilot will be directed by Webb. And if not, it will resurface as nothing more than an interesting aside that Webb talks about while desperately trying to sell the next Spider-Man movie.

10 Dec 05:00

Small Moon

GENERAL JAN DODONNA: An analysis of the plans provided by Princess Leia has reinvigorated the arguments of the 'artificial moonlet' and 'rogue planet-station' camps. I fear this question is fracturing the Rebellion.
08 Dec 07:00

Candyland and the Nature of the Absurd

Sartre and Camus told everyone that their falling out was over politics, but really it was mostly over Sartre evoking
08 Dec 17:00

A Man Selling His Koala Makes the Best Craigslist Post Ever


The picture at the end makes this all worth it

craigslist,probably fake,fake,for sale,koala,win

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08 Dec 23:00

Suikoden 2 arrives on PSN tomorrow for $9.99

by Samit Sarkar

JARED !!!!!!!!!!!

Suikoden 2, the beloved Japanese role-playing game from Konami, will be released tomorrow, Dec. 9, as a PSone Classics title on PlayStation Network in North America, Konami announced this past weekend during PlayStation Experience.

The PSone Classics version of Suikoden 2 will cost $9.99. PSone Classics are playable on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita, and some of them are also compatible with PlayStation TV.

"Of all my years at Konami, I think the biggest request I've received by volume is Suikoden II," said Travis Shrodes, associate social media manager for Konami, in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

Suikoden 2 debuted on PlayStation in December 1998 in Japan, and was released in North America the following...

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08 Dec 22:00

Great Job, Internet!: Adding Flight Of The Conchords tunes to the Terminator: Genisys trailer actually helps

by Rob Dean

Oh My God YES

Most reactions to the Terminator: Genisys trailer were cautiously optimistic. Not enough to forgive that mind-numbing subtitle, but still people were generally intrigued by what appears to be a return to form after two lesser sequels to James Cameron’s first two entries. So how could anyone improve on that? By adding a satirical folk song about the robot uprising by Flight Of The Conchords, New Zealand’s pre-eminent folk music comedy duo? Duh.

Fanpup has replaced the original sound of the trailer for Alan Taylor’s film with the Conchords’ “Robots.” Even though it only synchs up occasionally, the mash-up suggests that Terminator’s future wouldn’t be the worst dystopia if Skynet began blasting such hits as “Too Many Dicks On The Dancefloor” whilst committing mass genocide. The video was edited by Robert Speewack Bojorquez, who is able to draw parallels between the confusing continuity of this film ...

05 Dec 19:26

The Brain’s Fast Mode

by zenhabits

Guilty of this

By Leo Babauta

On a typical day, I’ll be in a work mode that looks something like this:

  • I’ll check my email and process it as quickly as possible.
  • Then I’ll open a document to write something.
  • I’ll quickly switch to one of my favorite sites for finding well-written or useful online articles.
  • Then I’ll switch back to the writing.
  • Then I’ll go do some cleaning.
  • Then back to the writing.

The problem is that my mind isn’t in a mode for focusing on the writing. It’s in Fast Mode, brought on by the processing of email, where I will make quick decisions on emails, take quick action, and quickly dispose of them.

Even in this quick email processing, I have trouble dealing with the two or three emails that require longer thought or action. The ones that require me to deliberate usually end up sitting in my inbox for a few days, because my mind is in Fast Mode whenever I’m in my inbox.

Writing or otherwise creating when your brain is in Fast Mode is nearly impossible, until you switch to Slow Mode. You’ll just switch from the writing to some smaller, faster task, or go to distractions.

Considering a tough decision long enough to weigh the various factors and make a good decision is also pretty near impossible while you’re in Fast Mode. So you put off the decisions until later, even if it would only take a few minutes to make a decision.

Any task that isn’t a quick click or two also gets pushed back while you’re in Fast Mode. You don’t have time to spend five minutes on a single task, because you’re so busy!

You can’t really exercise or meditate in Fast Mode, either, because those take longer than a minute. They take a block of time that isn’t just a minute or two that you can do in Fast Mode.

You can watch TV, because TV has learned to appeal to Fast Mode, switching constantly to new things every few seconds. But you won’t watch a slower film that requires your mind to pay attention and give it consideration for longer than a few minutes.

Being in Fast Mode leads to constant switching, and constant busy-ness. It leads to overwork, because when do you switch it off? It leads to exhaustion, because we never give ourselves breathing room.

Learn to recognize when you’re in Fast Mode, and practice switching to Slow Mode now and then. It’s essential to doing all the things that are really important.

05 Dec 21:03

Founding Fathers Sports Bar Opens Today

by Arthur Etchells

Looks lik ea good spot to watch a game


Inside Founding Fathers during last night’s pre-opening party.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill opens today. The bar is located at 1612 South Street and features a clean design and a lot of very big TVs.

Owners Owners Jon Adler and Sam Brouwer swing open the doors at 5 p.m. with a full bar and flowing beer taps. The kitchen will be bringing out complimentary food this evening and start full food service tomorrow at noon.

Founding Fathers will add brunch down the line and looks to cater to the neighborhood. Al Anderson, who has previously worked at Johnny Brenda’s and South Philly Taproom is the man in the kitchen.

Founding Fathers Sports Bar and Grill [Foobooz]

The post Founding Fathers Sports Bar Opens Today appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

08 Dec 16:13

Fan-made Hobbit trailer hints at a single, much better film than the bloated trilogy

by Ben Kuchera

I love this trailer so much

The Lord of the Rings was always conceived as one long book, and was only broken up due to publisher interference. That being said, it's one long book, filled with songs and lengthy descriptions of meals and travel. It's a comfortable book to read for that reason, as long as you're not in a rush, and there's something to be said for taking the long way 'round a story.

The Hobbit has long been a joy due to its relatively brevity and pace. It's a fun book you can read in close to one sitting, and tells a complete story in a short amount of time.

That's why the three-movie treatment of The Hobbit is so frustrating. Peter Jackson has taken one of the few times Tolkien didn't pad his own content out and all but ruined the original intent by...

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