Thursday, March 31, 2011

Backside Dog Fakie Into An Ollie Pooch Stand

Dogboarding from DANIELS on Vimeo.


Scientists at MIT are very excited about the system they created to make objects invisible. Invisibility is nothing new, scientists have been working to perfect it for years.  But in other experiments objects were made invisible by using wavelengths of light that humans can't see and it only worked on very microscopic objects.  This new system works with larger objects in visible light.  The only thing is, the object has to be placed behind a chunk of calcite at a very specific angle under water and illuminated by green light.

It seems like they went to a lot of trouble to research something this guy figured out years ago. 

"Blue Steel"

Hello!? Doesn't anybody remember this:

In fact, David Copperfield was so good at this trick, he is now permanently invisible to everyone.  He made his career disappear.  Amazing!

That's Nice

Here's a list of gross, weird or just plain unappealing links for your enjoyment:

Eggs Boiled In Human Urine Is A Delicacy In Some Parts of China

Guy Turns His Poo Into Perfume

Veterinary School Rectal Simulator

Technological Advancement

Unsexy Diseases


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ostentatious Animals

That's right son, I'm under water.  I can go anywhere I please.

Some people call me a "Wunderkind." They're probably right.


Terrible Person of the Day...Week... Year .....

Preparing a meal good is supposed to be something you enjoy and share with others.  It turns out the business of cooking may be one of the most selfish things ever.  Enzo Pereda, a 6-year old cancer patient and Food Network fan, loved to watch The Barefoot Contessa cooking show with his mother from his sickbed.  So, when he was given the opportunity by The Make-A-Wish Foundation, he wished to cook with Ina Garten, the shows host.  The Foundation called Ina and she immediately denied the wish saying she couldn't make the time due to her busy book tour.  When Make-A-Wish returned to Enzo with the bad news he insisted on waiting until she was available.  Again Ina's time was requested and again she denied a 6 year old cancer patient because of her "hectic schedule."

There's enough denim here to clothe Chuck Norris and the entire cast of Walker Texas Ranger for the rest of their lives.

It turns out Fatface McGee here found out everyone heard about here disgusting behavior and has invited little Enzo to the Food Network studios.

Let me ask you this: what kind of a schedule can a repulsive monstrosity like Garten have?  Seriously.  She cooks.  In all honesty I cannot cook, but that's because I have four paws and I'm covered in hair.  Though I will give Ina a little slack, cooking with hooves must take up some time.  Also, who the hell is looking for Ina Garten anyway?  Is she so famous that people are knocking down doors to meet her? Just the fact that someone was given the opportunity to ask for whatever they wanted and they chose to meet her is amazing.  She should feel honored.  That she has just now come around to inviting the kid is even worse.  The bad press scared her and now she's in clean up mode. 

A more appropriate moniker for her would be Arounda Garden.  There's no way this beast fits inside a garden.

She reminds me of that song by Lionel Ritchie: "Your once, twice, three times a la.... oh wait, four times, five times ...... ten times a lady?! Uh oh, I wish I hadn't gone to the end of that rainbow.  Oof."

Here's Ina swimming with her own kind.

By the way, Enzo never complained.  He's 6.  He just didn't understand why Ina didn't want to meet him.  Enzo is my hero.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Location Scouting

Here are a couple of shots from Rob Zombie's location scouting for Lords of Salem. Look familiar?

According to his blog, they are moving full steam ahead on 'Lords of Salem.'  I still think there's a part for me in this movie.  How can you make a horror film based in Salem, MA without a black cat?

Look at my range, I can be scary:


Thursday, March 24, 2011


This is the best video you will see today.  There's nothing like putting a smile on a child's face.  Two lead singers and a dance group in the back, this band is straight up sick(ening) yo!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This Guy For President

Hideaki Akaiwa was at work when the tsunami hit.  His first inclination was to rush home to protect his wife but authorities told him to wait for rescue workers to arrive.  Mr. Akaiwa was not about to wait so he put together a makeshift SCUBA rescue suit and swam into the tsunami through the wreckage to save his wife.  A few days later, with his mother still unaccounted for, he waded through the see of destruction and found her trapped on the second floor of her house.  Long story short: this guy is a legitimate hero.

There are actual news articles of this guys story but this website gives Hideaki's story the retelling it deserves:

101 Damnations

Steven Segal breaks bones.  Donioins.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Can't Get Up

I'm sorry Kate and Sarah: there's not enough room for these videos on this blog anymore, everything you need is here.

Watching People Fall Down Internet Video Of The Day

Two legs + two wheels + steep hill = internet video

Oragami Master

Giang Dinh is an artist from Vietnam who uses the wet-fold origami technique to create very detailed paper figures.

See more animals and other folded figures here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Greatest Action Movie Scene Ever

You're going to want to watch the whole thing.  Trust me.

Football Non-Fiction

This is the hollywood version of a true story about a soccer team from Ko Panyi, a fishing village built on stilts in Thailand.

Via Neatorama.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Underdog Red Pandas Make A Strong Showing

I think we have a contender.

Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.

Nyiragongo Crater

To give you an idea of the scale of the inner crater: that's a person in the lower left.

Mount Nyiragongo is a volcano located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Vulcanologists visit active volcanoes to study them with the hope of one day being able to predict eruptions.  The Nyiragongo Crater is particularly attractive to scientists because it sports the largest lava lake in the world. 

Boston's 'The Big Picture' has some amazing photographs by French photographer Olivier Grunewald who travelled to Africa with a team of scientists and climbed down into the crater for a closer look.  The results are terrifyingly beautiful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Simon Pegg & Nick Frost Do Star Wars

Thanks Buzz Feed.

Everything I Do Is Ironic, Unless It's Not

90,000 Hour Home Video

TED, which stands for Technology - Entertainment - Design, is an elitist conference which brings together some of the most intelligent people on the planet to talk about cutting edge technology, fascinating scientific advancements and inspirational ideas.  It's own motto "Ideas Worth Spreading" may as well read "I'm Better Than You." But some of their speakers presentations are downright captivating.

This "TED Talk" demonstrates the most amazing data analyses I have ever seen.  MIT researcher, Deb Roy, wired his house for video and audio recording in every room then recorded 90,000 hours of his life, then analysed all of it:  from his son learning to say "water" to cooking with his wife to every conversation they had about every television show they watched.  It sounds boring, but not the way this guy presents it.  The video is about 20 minutes long but stick with it you will be hooked after 5 minutes.  Two paws way up.

You can watch more TED Talks here.  Not all of the Talks are great and most of the website is made up of low angle photographs of smart people moving their hands while they're talking, but it's worth a look.
Thank you Boing Boing.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rare African Cats Made From Frozen Slush

Warrening: Loud, high-pitched noises may come out of you upon viewing these pictures. (This means you Kate and Sara) Enjoy:

Embryos kept in a frozen slush for six years were implanted into a surrogate female to create two of the cutest animals on the planet.  Baby pandas, now deemed ugly, have come out against these furry wonders in an attempt to regain their position atop the precious pyramid.  Their complaints of the use of banned substances have fallen on adorable deaf ears.  This is a loss for the ages that I don't see the pandas recovering from any time soon.  I smell a dynasty for the Black-Footed African Cats.  And boom goes the dynamite.

Via Treehugger.

Space Is A Cesspool

An amateur astronamer from Germany captured the shuttle Discovery dumping wastewater into space.  The final frontier has become the floor of a McDonalds bathroom stall.

Thank you Neatorama.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


This is awesome.  It turns out if you put all of the clips of McBain (the Schwartzenegger like action star from the Simpsons) together it creates one cohesive film.  Enjoy. (sorry about the ad, it's annoying)

Earthquake Explained by Scientific America

Here is an article from Scientific America that explains how the earthquake occurred in Japan in which the country was pushed west 8 feet and the earth's axis shifted by 6.5 inches.  The earths rotation has been sped up just enough to make the days 1.8 microseconds shorter.

Thank you Presurfer.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Submerged Subway Spawn Settlement for Shellfish

Have you ever wondered what they do with New York City subway cars when they are worn out? I have never wondered this but here is the answer.  They are dumped into the ocean.  Yay!

Photographer Stephen Mallon, documented the dumping of the worn-out in these eerie photos.

The cars, which had been scrubbed of hazardous materials at a cost of $8,000 per car, were disposed of in a specific area 21 miles off the Maryland coast.  Officials hope that the subway cars dumped there create an artificial reef for fish.  It's supposed to help bolster the sport-fishing industry in Maryland.

This seems like a long way to go to help recreational fisherman.

Someone Finally Put Together This List

Here is the top 10 pictures of squirrels eating pizza of all time.  Not just from this week or the last couple of months, but OF ALL TIME.

Thank you Buzzfeed.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Token Internet Cat Video of the Day

Personally I think we are overexposed.  These videos do nothing for us as a species but devalue our street cred.  This may appear as though I am abandoning my own kind, but there is a demand, so I shall supply. 

He's alive by the way, and it is apparent he is none too keen on being rustled from a quiet slumber at the end of the video.

Amazing/Scary Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Photos and Updates

    More here.                                                       Live updates here.

Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis

The Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) is a world-wide tsunami warning system. It is comprised of surface buoys that are anchored to BPR (Bottom Pressure Recording) devices.  These DART stations have been installed at locations around the world with a history of tsunami activity. 

These stations, run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are of particular interest right now due to the recent 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.

Presently there are 39 stations:

Pressure, temperature and estimated sea surface height readings are collected every 15 seconds.  On the map at this link you can click on each station and get live accurate readings. 

I hope no other countries have to experience what Japan is going through right now.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Objectified In Film

Can you name the movies these objects are from? 
Here's a game.

My guesses from left to right are:

Thank you Presurfer.

Talkin' About Being Taken With The Takin

Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution have put together a wonderful website made up of several projects around the world meant to collect photographs of rare or elusive animals.  On the site you can choose from several animals or locations and view candid photos of animals wandering around their natural habitats. 

I explored the site a bit.  You could spend all day there.  Eventually I became obsessed with the Takin, a goat-like beast from China.  There are over 2,000 pictures of them.  I got through 200, then I fell asleep on my keyboard because it was warm.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

Hullo!  I'm a Temminck's Tagopan, I'm in North China, ya heard!

I'm a Chinese Serow :(



Nom, nom, nom.

Oh hullo, I'm a Takin.  I'm a goat-antelope and I'm totally awesome.

I have enjoyed the site so much the Smithsonian decided to study me in my natural environment and they have installed a camera near the couch:

Thank you to the Smithsonian Instutution.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Guy from Major League II Upsets Salem Warlocks

Upset by comments by raving lunatic Charlie Sheen, a 40 year old man in a Harry Potter costume decided to cast a spell on him.


Wurm and Cozy

Erwin Wurm is an Austrian artist known for his spontaneous, sarcastic and humorous sculptures.  Here are some examples of his work. I like it.

There is nothing wrong with these photo's.  Wurm uses polyurethane foam and styrofoam covered in laquer to create the slanted, chubby and puddle looking vehicles.


Check out his Narrow House at Wurm's website.

Thank you The Fox is Black.