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01 Apr 20:05

Movies That Pass the Bechdel Test Perform Better

by Kat Stoeffel
Chelsea

woot! nate silver talking about the bechdel test!


The absence of female directors and producers in Hollywood probably explains why, in the post-Bridesmaids era, there are still so few movies about women. Still, it’s nice to know that the imbalance is for no legitimate business reason, and the movies that do get made sell just as well as their testosterone-heavy counterparts. Nate Silver’s data-journalism outfit, FiveThirtyEight, reports that movies that pass the Bechdel test (the film has more than one named female character; these women talk to one other; they talk about something other than men) perform slightly better than those that don’t. 

Although the median budget of a Bechdel test–passing film is 35 percent less than that of a failing film, the total median gross return on investment for the passing one is higher ($2.68 for each dollar spent on those that passed the test, compared to $2.45 for each dollar spent on those that failed). More important (for the future of female-centric movies), these results held up in the essential international-distribution game. Case in point: Frozen has now grossed more than $1 billion internationally, despite involving, as FiveThirtyEight put it, “two central female characters, Anna and Ilsa, discuss[ing] the isolationist policies of Arendelle, plans to build a snowman, and the time Ilsa locked their civilization in an eternal winter.”

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Filed Under: the bechdel test ,movies ,gender issues ,frozen

23 Apr 19:23

Google Street View Now Offers Chance To See A Changing D.C.

by Sarah Anne Hughes
Google Street View Now Offers Chance To See A Changing D.C. The Howard Theatre, for example. [ more › ]






23 Apr 19:04

Adorable Fairy Tale Photos of Snails in Nature

by EDW Lynch

Adorable Fairy Tale Snail Photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko takes photos of snails in adorable fairy tale-like tableaus. Exactly how he gets his mollusc models to pose is a mystery. He has more delightful nature photography on his Facebook page.

Adorable Fairy Tale Snail Photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Adorable Fairy Tale Snail Photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Adorable Fairy Tale Snail Photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

Adorable Fairy Tale Snail Photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

photos by Vyacheslav Mishchenko

via Bored Panda

23 Apr 12:40

This Is the Simplest Explanation of Climate Change You'll Ever See

by Jamie Condliffe

Climate change is one of the most complex areas of scientific study out there, causing physicists, chemists and meteorologists alike to scratch their heads—so it's understandable that the rest of us find it a little difficult to grasp. But this video is your best chance yet of understanding the topic.

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23 Apr 11:04

Classic Disney Songs Get Remixed By Daft Punk, Avicii, Kaskade: LISTEN

by Eric Shorey
Chelsea

i'm intrigued.

dconstructed disney songs

Classic Disney tracks like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and ““Circle of Life” are getting remixed by some of the biggest names in EDM, courtesy of the new remix album Dconstructed.

Daft Punk, Avicii, Armin Van Buuren and Kaskade are among those lending their mixing-board mojos to timeless tunes from Toy StorySleeping Beauty, Frozen, Dumbo and The Muppets—plus tracks from Tron: Legacy, and beloved Mickey Mouse Club darling Annette Funicello singing “Pineapple Princess.”

Dconstructed is available on iTunes but you can listen to a sampler, below.

1.     “Circle of Life” (Mat Zo Remix) – Carmen Twillie & Lebo M. The Lion King
2.     “Derezzed” (So Amazing Mix) Remixed by Avicii featuring Negin – Daft Punk TRON: Legacy
3.     “Let It Go” (Armin Van Buuren Remix) – Idina Menzel Frozen
4.     “Roar” (Yogi Remix) – Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso Monsters University
5.     “Partysaurus Overflow” – BT & Au5 Inspired by the Toy Story short Partysaurus Rex
6.     “UNKLE Reconstruction” (U.N.K.L.E.) – Michael Giacchino The Incredibles
7.     “Fall” (Japanese Popstars Remix) – Daft Punk TRON: Legacy
8.     “The Muppet Show Theme” (Shy Kidx Remix) – The Muppets The Muppets
9.     “Hey Pluto!” (Stonebridge Remix) – Stonebridge Inspired by Original Mickey Mouse Cartoons
10.  “Once Upon a Dream” (Trion Remix) – Bill Shirley & Mary Costa Sleeping Beauty
11.  “Main Street Electrical Parade” (Extended Mix) – Shinichi Osawa Disneyland® Park
12.  “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (Alfred Montejano Hyper Remix) – Randy Newman Toy Story
13.  “Baby Mine” (House Version) – KASKADE Dumbo
14.  “Pineapple Princess” (Kinsey Moore Remix) – Annette Funicello Hawaiiannette

The post Classic Disney Songs Get Remixed By Daft Punk, Avicii, Kaskade: LISTEN appeared first on NewNowNext.

23 Apr 14:27

A Team of Flying Robots Playing Classic Songs On a Series of Instruments

by Rollin Bishop
Chelsea

amazing!

KMel Robotics has uploaded a video of a team of flying robots, referred to as hexrotors, playing three classic songs on musical instruments. The team plays recognizable versions of “Also sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss, the Christmas song “Carol of the Bells”, and the United States national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” is featured last.

The group of hexrotors is set to perform at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 26th and 27th.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

23 Apr 14:09

Chicago Sandwich Restaurant Goes Two Full Years Without Creating Any Garbage

by Brian Heater

Owner and head chef Justin Vrany opened Chicago-based sustainability in mind, collecting old chairs from a closed down KFC, utilizing only local meat and produce and running the business on renewable energy. Most impressive of all is how the restaurant has managed to cut down on its trash output through composting, recycling and other methods. According to Vrany, the shop went a full two years without creating any waste, as documented in the short video Sandwich Me with “The Garbageless Restaurant” produced by NationSwell.

In a typical restaurant, about eight gallons of garbage is consumed in and thrown out into a dumpster in an hour. We did it in almost two years. And we just had an artist come in and pick up the eight gallons of garbage to make a sculpture out of, so we are now officially a zero-waste restaurant.

For those in the Chicago area, Vrany has started a free composting program through the restaurant.

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

23 Apr 07:05

Pochettes d’albums par Natalie Sharp

by Morgan

Pour faire un clin d’oeil au disquaire Day, l’artiste londonienne Natalie Sharp a peint sur des visages des pochettes d’albums mythiques. Chaque visage a pris entre 3 et 6 heures pour être peint. Vous pouvez voir notamment les pochettes de …

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22 Apr 21:32

Amazing 3D Paper Patterns

by Donnia
Chelsea

pretty papercraft.

L’artiste française Maud Vantours s’amuse avec le papier, les couleurs et les collages en réalisant des oeuvres de papier en 3D. Ses formes circulaires et géométriques ont un effet de profondeur, ses fleurs donnent l’impression d’avoir du relief et ses spirales paraissent hypnotisantes. A découvrir ci-dessous.

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22 Apr 22:22

Pomplamoose Covers of ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz’ by Irving Berlin With a Music Video Featuring a Bizarre Dream Sequence

by EDW Lynch
Chelsea

coming to black cat on sat. 9/27 - tix go on sale friday! :D

Pomplamoose performs a riotous cover of “Puttin’ On the Ritz” by Irving Berlin in their latest music video. The video follows Pomplamoose’s Nataly Dawn as she journeys through a bizarro dream sequence of glitzy parties and talking lemons. Pomplamoose has announced their Fall 2014 tour.

22 Apr 04:30

This Brian Williams Rap Mash-Up Of "Gin And Juice" Is Everything You Ever Wanted

“Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ indo, sippin’ on gin and juice…”

The video aired Monday on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

youtu.be

rebloggy.com

20 Apr 20:41

Nastya Ptichek

Chelsea

movie/art mashup. :D

19 Apr 18:06

[whatisthedealnow]

Chelsea

yep.

22 Apr 00:30

Major Lazer “Aerosol Can” ft. Pharrell Williams

by Jeff
Chelsea

love!

mikegiant-aerosolcan-01 mikegiant-aerosolcan-02

Not really sure why you would get Mike Giant to draw with markers for a song called “Aerosol Can” but it is an excuse to watch Mike Giant draw with markers. Watch the video for Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can” featuring Pharrell Williams below.

View the whole post: Major Lazer “Aerosol Can” ft. Pharrell Williams over on BOOOOOOOM!.

21 Apr 19:51

‘Cage Does Cage’, A Collection of Nicolas Cage Clips Paying Tribute To The Silent John Cage Composition 4’33″

by Brian Heater

In tribute to “4’33″,” the classic silent song by avant-garde composer John Cage, Brooklyn-based graphic designer Adam Lucas has created “Cage Does Cage,” four minutes and 33 seconds of silent mugging from National Treasure star Nicolas Cage. The 2012 video is built from clips culled from across Nicolas Cage’s career in which the actor doesn’t utter a single word.

via WFMU

21 Apr 14:01

I, for one, welcome our new hexapod robot overlords

20 Apr 12:53

LEGO Marshmallow Peeps

by Caylin
Chelsea

:D

Recently, some of us here at TBB participated in a live unveiling of the Iron Builder piece, which Sean and Steph Mayo (Siercon and Coral), along with Tyler (Legohaulic) and Michaela Clites (littlehaulic), are using for their competition.

All of the entries have been fantastic–and this one is particularly well timed. Also, it made me laugh. These might be the only Peeps I actually like.

Lego Bunny Peeps

Happy Easter, everyone!

20 Apr 15:32

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells

by Christopher Jobson

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Artist Piotr Bockenheim Puts Your Easter Egg Decorating to Shame with His Intricately Carved Goose Shells pattern eggs carving birds

Unless you spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours with a tiny electric drill carving intricate patterns into eggshells the last few months, you may have yet to reach your Easter egg decorating potential. One person who clearly has is artist Piotr Bockenheim who uses a reductive drilling technique to transform goose eggs into slitherting tangles of string and various geometric or floral patterns. You can see much more of his work here.

19 Apr 18:00

Star Treggs: The Next Generation – To Boldly Go Where No Eggs Have Gone Before! [Pic]

by Geeks are Sexy
19 Apr 17:00

SO, THIS EXISTS: Achieve Perfect Goatees with the Goateesaver

by Lauren Berkley
Chelsea

fyi

I understandably wanted to make sure this product is real (it looks weird!) and I could not find anything saying it wasn’t. The customer reviews seemed to also be legit.

I guess it makes sense, though. I know a lot of dudes with goatees and I know the goal is to keep it even.

So, fellas, order the Goateesaver from Amazon for only $19.99!

Goateesaver 1

Goateesaver 4

Goateesaver 2Goateesaver 3

[Goateesaver]

19 Apr 14:13

The Dark Crystal is probably one of the most unsettling movies I have ever seen.

Chelsea

they made these on the new jim henson creature creation competition show: http://www.syfy.com/now/jim-hensons-creature-shop-challenge/full-episode/return-of-the-skeksis/212923971982

19 Apr 16:30

When I start getting excited for Easter

18 Apr 22:15

This “Game Of Thrones” Version Of “Let It Go” Will Make You Drunk With Power

Chelsea

yes!

Let it GoT.

"Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, at least Tyrion's still alive..."

"Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, at least Tyrion's still alive..."

Via youtube.com

18 Apr 23:00

The Latest Incarnation Of ASIMO Is Actually Quite Badass

by George Dvorsky
Chelsea

what?! skynet.

The Latest Incarnation Of ASIMO Is Actually Quite Badass

Honda's humanoid robot, ASIMO, recently celebrated its 14th birthday. The diminutive android has experienced some minor upgrades over the years, but nothing quite like it's latest batch of enhancements. Just watch what ASIMO can do now.

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18 Apr 23:00

‘I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared!’ Jessie Spano T-Shirt

by Lauren Berkley

I was born in 1985 and this would probably be on a list of the Top 10 “phrases” or “pop culture references” of our generation, if I had to guess. (Lord knows I’ve seen this episodes dozens of times, and it never gets old!)

I'm So Excited 1

I'm So Excited 2

[via 80s Tees]

18 Apr 20:26

What Movie Is Only Good With The Sound Off And Loud Music Blasting?

by Charlie Jane Anders
Chelsea

these are some great ideas :)

What Movie Is Only Good With The Sound Off And Loud Music Blasting?

We're living in a new golden age for movies that look pretty as fuck. A ton of big Hollywood releases feature insane imagery, but the story isn't really worth paying attention to. Which movie is absolutely the best to watch with the sound off and your favorite music blasting at top volume?

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18 Apr 17:33

Crocheted Monster Benches at the Ferry Building in San Francisco

by EDW Lynch

Monster Bench Yarn Bombing
photo via KnitHacker

Artists Jill and Lorna Watt recently transformed a pair of benches near San Francisco’s Ferry Building into whimsical crocheted monsters. The duo created the yarn installation for an upcoming episode of CCTV America’s Full Frame.

Monster Bench Yarn Bombing
photo by Lorna Watt

Monster Bench Yarn Bombing
photo by Lorna Watt

via KnitHacker

17 Apr 18:17

Sandbox projector

Chelsea

want!

17 Apr 16:33

We All Have To Go To The DMV, Thanks To The Federal Government

by Sarah Anne Hughes
Chelsea

ugh.

We All Have To Go To The DMV, Thanks To The Federal Government Blame it on the REAL ID. [ more › ]






17 Apr 17:48

’3D on the Rocks’, Beautiful Japanese Whiskey Campaign Uses 3D Milled Ice Sculptures Created Using a Precision Drill

by Lori Dorn

3D on the Rocks” is a beautiful ad campaign created by Japanese ad house TBWA/Hakuhodo for Suntory Whiskey using 3D milled ice sculptures created using a precision drill, based on concepts originated from crowdsourced ideas.

http://3drocks.jp/en/gallery/chair/Ice Shark

Ice MermaidIce Guitar

Ice DavidIce Statue of Liberty Sculpture

Ice KinkakujiIce Sphinx

images via Suntory Whiskey/3D on the Rocks

via Spoon & Tamago