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03 Aug 18:34

Hungry Humanoid Robot Driving a Car Puzzles Unsuspecting Drive-Thru Employees

by Justin Page
Christopher Lantz

This one really got to me for some reason.

Magician Rahat Hussein recently puzzled and freaked out unsuspecting fast food drive-thru employees by pulling up to their window with a hungry humanoid robot in the driver’s seat in his latest prank. When employees made the gentle robot angry, his tone amplified and the blue glowing face quickly turned red with rage. This is a clever, futuristic take on his original Headless Car Driver Prank series.

02 Aug 18:00

The Macarena Without Music is Still Just as Catchy

Christopher Lantz

sorry, not sorry.

Submitted by: (via House of Halo)

Tagged: Music , spanish , funny , Video
30 Jul 21:19

Stunning Photo Series That Feature the Delicate Alien Beauty of Carnivorous Sundew Plants

by Lori Dorn

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In the gorgeous photo series “Drosera“, Finnish nature photographer Joni Niemelä has captured the incredible up-close beauty of the colorfully tentacled carnivorous plants commonly known as Sundews. Sundews are also featured in his newest series “Other Worldly Blues“, where Niemelä played upon their alien-like appearance and their predatory nature.

Sundews have always fascinated me, and I have been photographing these alien-like plants for several years now. My first first photo series ‘Drosera’ was mostly bright and vibrant, so I wanted to have some contrast to that in my second series of Sundews. I think the colors and the mood of ‘Otherworldly Blues’ reflect aptly the true nature of these carnivorous plants.

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images via Joni Niemelä

via Colossal

30 Jul 00:23

I could watch a Han & Chewie spaceship repair show

Christopher Lantz

My favorite part of Empire is the constantly failing Falcon.











I could watch a Han & Chewie spaceship repair show

28 Jul 22:03

Quit Procrastinating. Work On Your Art

by Ari Spool
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The Dark Knight gets persuasive.

29 Jul 11:00

Vincent Price vs. Boris Karloff: The Raven (1963)

by Heather Johanssen
Christopher Lantz

Want to fight? Want to have a wizard's duel?

Wizard duels in Harry Potter have nothing on this epic battle between Price and Karloff in the classic Roger Corman film of "The Raven," from 1963. Cinematic quality nevermore.

29 Jul 17:45

Avoid your job in this pleasantly oddball game

by Leigh Alexander
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The objective of NEVER GO TO WORK is in its title: Your alarm goes off just after 6 AM, and it's time to get to the office. Except arriving there ends the game, and you don't really want to go to work, anyway.

You are Agenesia, disgruntled and harboring a crush on your unreliable bus driver, and your meandering takes you all over town. Anything can go wrong: I was killed by ghosts on a mini golf course, and found myself inexplicably on a riverboat. I wanted to go to the strip club, but it was closed. I kind of like the gritty caprice of Agenesia's world: The rough textures of the graphical interface, the not knowing what to expect—is my intentional avoidance of efficient bus routes going to make my lateness to work sprawl wonderfully on the digital clock before me, or will I accidentally stumble into a game-over?

Some of the opacity doesn't serve the experience though, something I don't mind saying as developer Rani Baker (who also made this buggy but nifty nostalgic rebuild of Demon's Forge, the kind of Apple IIe game that I'm weird enough to still be excited about) is still taking feedback toward a final version of the game. I have a pack of cigarettes in my inventory slot, but while clicking it sometimes takes me to a wonderful neon ritual site, at other times it gets me stuck in an endless loop. I'm not sure what it's for. I enjoy the tension between needing to keep moving and not wanting to arrive at work, but while the collague of unpredictable moments feels creative and cool, at times I wish there were a little more for me to do.

NEVER GO TO WORK is free to play in your browser. It is the latest title to be commissioned by the Interactive Fiction Fund, which aims to support both established and up-and-coming interactive fiction makers with actual money (I'm a backer; consider becoming one yourself here). The last title was Morning Rituals, a game about a Satanic Keurig machine (which we liked).

29 Jul 13:00

Important Public Service Announcement: This Cat is Awesome

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Submitted by: (via distinguishedbaloney)

Tagged: Cats , funny , image
29 Jul 15:30

What If Education Careers Were Covered Like Sports?

27 Jul 18:20

joga: Bill Gates, 1985

Christopher Lantz

I never understood these style of photos. What feeling is being conveyed here. Laziness? Sexiness? A rejection of chairs?



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Bill Gates, 1985

27 Jul 18:19

"The Furniture of Law Enforcement"

by Brad
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27 Jul 12:16

Pink pigeon enchants and mystifies Britons

by Rob Beschizza

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One Wes Charnock observed the mystery pigeon, depicted above in London newspaper Metro. Expert consensus is that it has been dyed, or is a tourist from Mauritius.

20 Jul 16:32

Zuckerberging

The action of equating technical genius with young white males that are college dropouts.
27 Jul 13:06

Gorgeous animated pixel-art depicting everyday Japan

by Rob Beschizza
27 Jul 13:22

Trailer for Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy’s Super Secret Scrapbook!!!

by Mark Frauenfelder

We are giddy with excitement that Martin Olson and Olivia Olson are coming to our Weekend of Wonder in Southern California (September 18-20). Olivia is the voice of Marceline the Vampie Queen in Adventure Time. And her father Martin (who is also a screenwriter from Phineas And Ferb) voices Hunson Abadeer (a.k.a. the Lord of Evil).

Martin and Olivia are going to perform music at Weekend of Wonder, answer questions about Adventure Time, and sign copies of their upcoming book, Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy's Super Secret Scrapbook!!!

Register here to join us at Boing Boing's Weekend of Wonder.

Adventure Time: The Enchiridion & Marcy's Super Secret Scrapbook!!! by Martin Olson and Olivia Olson (aka the Lord of Evil and Marceline the Vampire Queen) © Abrams Books, 2015

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25 Jul 16:34

Police Officers Responding to Millions of Mayflies Swarming the Sabula-Savanna Bridge in Iowa

by Scott Beale
Christopher Lantz

lots o mayflies.

deisel1984 uploaded an insane video of a Sabula, Iowa police officer requesting Iowa Department of Transportation to help with a swarm of millions of mayflies (shadflies) that had taken over the Sabula-Savanna Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River. The DOT had to use a snowplow to clear the bridge.

Sabula Iowa Police department was called to assist a motorist on the Sabula Savanna bridge. When the officer arrived he realized what had happened. Millions of shad-flies had hatched and made the bridge like ice. There were literally inches of the bugs on the ground. Crews from the Sabula Fire, Savanna Fire, and both Iowa and Illinois DOT were on scene to help clean up the mess.

via WQAD

26 Jul 18:56

Hans Tegner

by Aeron
Hans Tegner - "They carried the mirror about everywhere, till at last there was not a country nor any person who had not been distorted in it."  from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900"They carried the mirror about everywhere, till at last there was not a country nor any person who had not been distorted in it."  from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - "The emperor felt as if some one was sitting on his chest. He opened his eyes, and then he saw it was Death." from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900"The emperor felt as if some one was sitting on his chest. He opened his eyes, and then he saw it was Death." from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900

Hans Tegner - "There the sea-witch was sitting." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900"There the sea-witch was sitting." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - "Johannes untied his handkerchief and showed the Princess the ugly head of the troll." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900"Johannes untied his handkerchief and showed the Princess the ugly head of the troll." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - "The King lead Johannes out into the Princess' garden. In every tree hung three or four skeletons of Princes who had wooed the Princess." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales), by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900"The King lead Johannes out into the Princess' garden. In every tree hung three or four skeletons of Princes who had wooed the Princess." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales), by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - "There, on one of the largest tombstones, Elisa saw some ugly witches." , from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 2, by Hans Christian Andersen, Prague, 1902"There, on one of the largest tombstones, Elisa saw some ugly witches." , from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 2, by Hans Christian Andersen, Prague, 1902

Hans Tegner - "The Will-O'-The-Wisps Are In Town,' Said The Woman From The Marsh. "Take Care of Yourselves!" from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900"The Will-O'-The-Wisps Are In Town,' Said The Woman From The Marsh. "Take Care of Yourselves!" from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900

Hans Tegner - " The storm shifts the sign-boards." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900" The storm shifts the sign-boards." from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - The House Ghost or Abracadabra, from Tegner Udgave Af Ludvig Holbergs "Samtlige Comoedier" (the complete comedies of ludvig holberg) vol. 2, Copenhagen, 1896The House Ghost or Abracadabra, from Tegner Udgave Af Ludvig Holbergs "Samtlige Comoedier" (the complete comedies of ludvig holberg) vol. 2, Copenhagen, 1896

Hans Tegner - "It was Mistress Toothache, Her Terrible Highness! . . . I felt as if a red hot awl passed through my cheekbone." from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900"It was Mistress Toothache, Her Terrible Highness! . . . I felt as if a red hot awl passed through my cheekbone." from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900

Hans Tegner - "Down on the floor the flowers were dancing most gracefully, round and round, holding each other by their long, green leaves."  from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900"Down on the floor the flowers were dancing most gracefully, round and round, holding each other by their long, green leaves."  from Andersenovy pohádky (Andersen’s Fairy Tales) vol. 3, by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - "A grand attack of  toothache was coming on." from Fairy tales and stories, by  Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900."A grand attack of toothache was coming on." from Fairy tales and stories, by Hans Christian Andersen, New York, 1900.

Hans Tegner - Illustration from Comoedier, 1896Illustration from Comoedier, 1896


Hans Tegner - Assortment of grotesque head illustrations (6) from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900Assortment of grotesque head illustrations from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - Assortment of grotesque head illustrations (1) from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - Assortment of grotesque head illustrations (2) from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - Assortment of grotesque head illustrations (3) from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900

Hans Tegner - Assortment of grotesque head illustrations (4) from "Fairy tales and stories" by Hans Christian Andersen, 1900


Many of the above scans found thanks to Jan Willemsen.
Information on the life of Tegner can be found on his Wikipedia page.
26 Jul 02:06

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23 Jul 15:26

Now you can date pigeons on almost any platform

by Leigh Alexander
Christopher Lantz

Shared for Rosalind

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Hatoful Boyfriend, a deeply weird yet touching visual novel where you date birds, has just come out for PlayStation 4 and its attendant handheld, the Vita, so it's a good time for us to recommend it. As I write this, there is a virulent thrumming, like a sick animal growl, coming from our windowsill: It is the persistent, almost threatening coo of a local city pigeon who has decided our bird feeder is now its territory. I'm going to just go ahead and suggest you play the pigeon dating game.

If you want to know more about it, last year Laura wrote about Hatoful Boyfriend for Rock Paper Shotgun, and without spoiling anything she digs into the genuinely-subversive elements of the game, aspects that have fun at the expense of the visual novel format, its tropes and conventions. Just when you think you have mastered all the conceits of bird-dating, something unexpected happens.

If you don't have a PlayStation platform you can check out Hatoful Boyfriend on Steam, and you can get a free demo here.

That pigeon is still outside. It is starting to frighten me. This isn't a joke.

24 Jul 20:10

Two Florida bros rescue a stranded hammerhead shark

by Xeni Jardin

Warning: Not recommended. If you see stranded marine life, call your local fish and wildlife authority, or ask a marine biologist.

This guy's brother worked hard “to save an injured hammerhead shark on the Destin, Florida shoreline and bravely took it to safety away from the public,” says the guy who uploaded this video to YouTube.

The 10-foot-long hammerhead shark was stranded on Florida beach, and the men removed several large deep sea fishing hooks fishing hooks from its mouth. They then dragged the shark back out to sea, but it appears to remain disoriented, and wanders back to shore.

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My brother, once realizing it was injured, swam out to bring it to shore away from people still in the water. I filmed this heroic display as he dragged the injured 10 ft. hammerhead to shore. The shark was pulled to shore and we realized it had several deep sea fishing hooks in its mouth as well as steel fishing line tangled in and around its head. My brother, along with help from bystanders worked to get the hooks out and save the dying shark. My brother was able to pull the shark into deeper water until it was able to swim away safely in an attempt to avoid further injuring itself or the public.

All of the distress and yelling heard in the background were caused by a natural fear from certain individuals and lack of understanding the situation as well as the behaviors of hammerhead sharks. Once bystanders realized we were trying to help the shark they quickly did what they could to help

Shot on a GoPro Hero 3+ and iPhone 5

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24 Jul 14:08

What's the most beautiful movie ever made?

by Rob Beschizza
Christopher Lantz

While I am not a fan of internet top 10 lists, I am a fan of beautiful cinema.

Where do you start? Kubrick? Malick? Bay? [via Jason Kottke]

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24 Jul 11:28

WATCH: Astonishing time-lapse of storms roiling America's heartland

by Andrea James
Christopher Lantz

Some of my most vivid memories of my childhood involve watching the Midwestern sky churn and spawn some of the most magnificent storms I've ever seen.

Clouds darken and gather before they unleash fury onto wind-swept plains in The Chase, a remarkable new film by Mike Olbinski. Prepare for a memorable journey. The music is "The Secret History" from The Architect by composer Kerry Muzzey. Kerry was kind enough to allow Mike to use the perfect song for this great short film. Below are a few stills from the piece:

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24 Jul 11:28

NASA completes rocket design review for future Mars journey

by Andrea James
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NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) is about to go into full-scale fabrication after a detailed review. SLS Block 1, which just passed a design review milestone, will go to an asteroid placed in lunar orbit, and eventually to Mars.

The in-depth review – the first in almost 40 years for a NASA exploration class vehicle -- provides a final look at the design and development of the integrated rocket before full-scale fabrication begins. Throughout the course of 11 weeks, 13 teams – including representatives from several NASA field centers – reviewed more than 1,000 files of data as part of the comprehensive assessment process.

NASA's Space Launch System Design 'Right on Track' for Journey to Mars (NASA.gov)

24 Jul 14:21

Skysphere, A Futuristic-Looking Living Space With a 360-Degree View

by Glen Tickle

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The Skysphere is a futuristic-looking living space created by designer and engineer Jono Williams. Its circular design features 270 square feet in the living area which includes a bed, custom couches, and even a “couch integrated beer dispenser.” The Skysphere is powered entirely by solar panels, and the electronics are controlled using a version of the Android operating system.

Williams regularly posts updates about the Skysphere’s progress on a Facebook page created for the project.

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photos via Skysphere

via Contemporist

23 Jul 14:00

CollegeHumor Makes a Staunch High-Five-Filled Defense of Puns and Schools People About Wordplay

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

It's true... people groaning and booing puns is the best reason to execute them.

In a recent video by CollegeHumor, Emily Axford makes a staunch and high-five-filled defense of puns as she schools her coworkers and the viewer about wordplay.

23 Jul 14:45

‘Sex Offender Shuffle’, A Parody of the 1985 Chicago Bears ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’ With Criminals Rapping Their Crimes

by Glen Tickle
Christopher Lantz

I wish my feed had a theme... but it doesn't.

Sex Offender Shuffle” is a parody by Scott Gairdner of the awkwardly classic “Super Bowl Shuffle” performed by the 1985 Chicago Bears. However, instead of rapping about football, the actors rap about their supposed crimes.

For comparison, here is the original “Super Bowl Shuffle.”

via reddit

22 Jul 19:00

This Kid Wants to Help Me With My Computer Troubles, But I Can't Understand a Word He's Saying

Christopher Lantz

If you've ever wondered what I do for a living, it's this.

Submitted by: (via Krishna Das)

Tagged: wtf , tech support , FAIL , kids , computer
22 Jul 18:07

Thalassophobia

by Don
Christopher Lantz

The novel I'm writing comes from me overcoming this fear.

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This extreme fear of the sea if often associated with illustrated depictions of large sea monsters shared on sites like DeviantArt.

22 Jul 19:53

How Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard came up with their big ideas

by Mark Frauenfelder

Funny 2012 video from Cracked. (Thanks, LDoBe!)

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22 Jul 17:51

Stephen Colbert made a text adventure about getting locked in a closet

by Laura Hudson
Christopher Lantz

I'm a sucker for old text adventures.

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Stephen Colbert's new Late Show gig doesn't start till September, so what's he doing in the meantime? According to the free game released by his official website, the answer is "stumbling into a closet." Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet, a Twine-based text game that you can play in your browser, follows Colbert on a journey into a Narnia-esque world where he meets a centaur named Randall and (kind of) fights evil.

Technically, Colbert didn't write it—he's a busy man, after all. Instead, the game was summoned into being by writer Rob Dubbin, along with fellow Colbert writers Daniel Kibblesmith and Cullen Crawford and artist Tim Luecke.

If you've played Twine games before—and we've certainly spent a lot of time at Offworld trying to make you—you'll notice many of the familiar hallmarks of the popular interactive fiction tool. At one point, you (Colbert) can click to cycle endlessly through a pre-show to-do list with bullet points like "reconcile quantum theory with relativity," "save cheerleader, world" and "steal Christmas." While I've often seen this technique used to dramatic effect by Twine creators like Porpentine, it's fascinating to see it deployed by seasoned comedy writers in a way that feels a bit like a writer's room brainstorm.

The game hints a little bit at the anticipation for The Late Show; one of the first questions from Randall the Centaur is exactly how the new show is going to work without the Colbert Report persona we've all come to know and expect. While the game doesn't necessarily offer any answers, it's free to play in your browser right now, and takes but a few minutes.

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