Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Improv Everywhere: The MP3 Experiment Nine

Over 4,000 people participated in an epic water gun battle as part of our ninth annual Mp3 Experiment event. Participants downloaded an MP3 file and pressed play simultaneously on Governors Island in New York City. The MP3 file contained a series of ridiculous Olympic-themed instructions from narrator "Steve The Omnipotent Voice from Above" that culminated in a massive water gun fight.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Hobbit 3 Officially Announced

It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie - and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life. All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.'

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance. The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, "a tale that grew in the telling."


Peter J

The Onion: HP Offers 'That Cloud Thing Everyone Is Talking About'

Looks like Apple wasn't the only company late to the "Cloud" party. Feel free to post all your hate for HP's cheap minimalist products in the comment section.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Science of Power Naps

Google Fiber, Ultra High Speed Residential Internet Service

Yesterday Google announced Google Fiber, an ultra high speed Internet service that will soon be providing Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri with gigabit (1,000Mb/sec) connections. Service options will include gigabit Internet, internet and Google Fiber TV, and free Internet at a slower connection speed. Starting in the fall the service will be rolled out by neighborhood, with areas that have the highest number of pre-registered users being connected first. Until then, the public can preview the service at the Fiber Space in Kansas City, Missouri.

Happy Little Clouds: Bob Ross Remixed

Stop-Motion Video Brings Mario To Life Using 7,000 Post-It Notes

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sandcastle Sensei. A FreddieW Video Shot on a Galaxy S3

Freddie Wong and his cohorts made this to attempt some over the top Kung Fu moves while using mostly in camera tricks. All footage is shot on the new Samsung Galaxy S3.

XKCD: Eyelash Wish Log

Honesty Shouldn't Go Unrewarded

Australian company NAB has seen so many people demonstrating their honesty, they thought they'd say thanks in the biggest way possible.

The Onion: New Ad Urges Hipsters To Go To Applebee's Ironically

On Today Now!, a consumer expert shows Jim a new Applebee's commercial that urges young people to come and mock their restaurants.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Written By A Kid: 'Goth Boy' Featuring Rhett and Link.

2-year-old Max (Link Neal) tests the patience of his new stepdad (Rhett McLaughlin) and learns a little something about the Goth lifestyle - all from the mind of 8-year-old CiCi.

Big Head Squirrel Feeder, Both Feeds & Humiliates Squirrels

If you get a Big Head Squirrel Feeder, you'll be able to feed and humiliate squirrels at the same time. Hang this vinyl 5-1/2" x 8" Big Head Squirrel Feeder in front of a window or near a porch, fill it with something squirrels like to eat and when they stick their head up there, the squirrel looks like he has a hilariously huge head with a goofy smile. Keep a camera nearby, you'll want to post a picture on Facebook. Perfect for birdwatchers, dads or anyone else who thinks squirrels should be taken down a peg or two. Has holes in the ears for hanging with string (not included).

Purchase here.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Ad for Alcoholic Water Features a WaterJet Pack

I want one...the jetpack that is.

Colin Mochrie Reenacts Scenes From Star Wars Using Action Figures

Actor and Comedian Colin Mochrie, famous for his improvisational comedy on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, reenacts his favorite scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy with vintage Kenner action figurines from the film and his great sense of humor.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Man of Steel - Trailer(s)

Two official teaser trailers for Man of Steel – a reboot of the Superman franchise, from director Zack Snyder and producer/co-writer Christopher Nolan – is attached to prints of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and can now be viewed online.

Here is the first variant featuring voiceover by Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent:

And the second featuring voiceover by Russell Crowe as Jur-El:

Improv Everywhere: The Mini-Golf Open

Improv Everywhere turned a mini-golf course into a major golf championship. They surprised random mini-golfers with caddies, commentators, an ESPN camera crew, and a huge crowd. The "winner" was presented with the actual Claret Jug from The Open Championship.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

ThePianoGuys Cover 'What Makes You Beautiful' by One Direction

5 piano guys. 1 piano. 1 direction. 1 improvement on the original.

Batman 'The Dark Knight Rises' Chalk Art

Located in Madrid, Spain this super sick street art is dizzyingly cool. It looks like you can jump right into Gotham City! The art was made to celebrate the IMAX release this friday in Europe.

Dinosaur Office: Elevator

Love has its ups and downs. Get it? It's an elevator joke...

Amazon Yesterday Shipping, Delivers Packages A Day Before Ordered

Tired of waiting for packages to arrive? Amazon's newest shipping option delivers your package a day before it's ordered.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Microsoft Releases Office 2013 Preview Version

Microsoft announced Office 13 on Monday, which is scheduled for release alongside Windows 8 later this year. The software suite, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and OneNote, will include a number of new features including a complete touch interface, a Metro-style user interface, and better collaboration tools utilizing social networking and cloud services like SkyDrive.

The preview build of Office 13 is currently available for users to try out now. You can download it by logging in with your Microsoft account by clicking here and selecting the first option, “For Home”.

Five installations are allowed per user, and the installation will not override or delete your current version of Office.

Kid History - Accident

Monday, July 16, 2012

Herp Derp for YouTube, Convert YouTube Comments to Gibberish

Herp Derp for YouTube is an ingenious browser extension by Tanner Stokes that translates YouTube comments from inane Internet chatter to soothing “herp derp” gibberish. It is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

Marvel One-Shot: Item 47 - Clip 1

Check out an all-new clip from "Marvel One-Shot: Item 47," starring Lizzy Caplan and Jesse Bradford as a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. The full version will be available exclusively on the "Marvel's The Avengers" Blu-ray September 25.

Marvel Reveals Logos and Titles for Phase 2 Films

Phase 2 begins May 3, 2013 with Iron Man 3 in what we assume will culminate into The Avengers 2.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Official Full-Length Live-Action Trailer

The official full-length trailer for Halo 4′s upcoming live-action web series Forward Unto Dawn premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 and is set to air on October 5, 2012, which is approximately a month before the Halo 4 November 6, 2012 release date.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

"It's Always Sunny..." Parody Made Using TF2 Source Filmmaker

The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Dubbed With Pee-wee Herman Voices

Jimmy Fallon has released a special version of The Dark Knight Rises trailer dubbed with Pee-wee Herman voices.

Skippy, Robot That Lets Internet Users Skip Stones on an Idaho Lake

Skippy is a remotely operated robot that lets Internet users skip stones on a picturesque lake in Sun Valley, Idaho (video). Would-be skippers can queue up to skip stones on Skippy’s official site. It’s all part of a tourism campaign by Visit Sun Valley. Skippy will be skipping till July 13, so act now.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cookie Monster's Carly Rae Jepsen Parody: Share It Maybe

Cookie Monster spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Call Me Maybe."

An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres

‘The Hobbit’ Image Scroll Shows Ten Scenes

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A batch of new images from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have hit today, but Warner Bros., MGM, and Entertainment Weekly have hit upon an unusual and (in this case) appropriate way to present them all at once. The images are stitched together to form one giant image “scroll” that shows several recognizable scenes from the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel. viaSlashFilm

Monday, July 9, 2012

RoboCop Reboot Viral Marketing Promo

This commercial for the OmniCorp product line is a viral promo for the upcoming remake of RoboCop, scheduled for release in 2013.

Super MoonWalking

You haven’t seen moonwalking until you’ve seen the Super MoonWalking moves of Los Angeles-based street performer Eric Nash (aka “CandyMan”). In this video, watch as he launches himself backward (presumably with the help of Heelys skate shoes) down Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.viaLaughingSquid

13-Minute 'The Dark Knight Rises' Featurette

Spoiler warning.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New Poster for The Hobbit

Director Peter Jackson has revealed via his Facebook page a sweet new poster for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey just in time for next week's San Diego Comic-Con.

XKCD: Knights

Any Henry V fans out there?

How To Make A Fire Tornado

Hackers at Unallocated Space in Maryland created a fire tornado rig using 12 fans and quite a lot of fuel. The fire was hot enough to melt the fans.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Useless Box Kit from ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek has an amazingly awesome and hilarious new product...you can buy it here.

Dubstep Dispute

Dubstep Dispute from Fluxel Media on Vimeo.

Join this lovable crew of droids as they solve their differences the only way dubstep robots know how.

How It Should Have Ended's Super Café: Pros and Cons

It's time for San Diego Comic Con 2012! Could one of those costumed super heroes be the real Superman and Batman? What are you looking forward to seeing or hearing about at the Con this year??

Prankster Goes Undercover as CIA Agent in Santa Monica

In this video, Philadelphia-based YouTube prankster Ed Bassmaster takes to the streets of Santa Monica, California to conduct his CIA undercover operations.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 4th 2012 San Diego Fireworks Fail

2012 Fireworks Show "Big Bay Boom" on San Diego Bay. Technical errors caused 15 minutes worth of explosions to take place within 15 seconds.

XKCD: Home Organization

Causes of Death in the United States, 1900 vs. 2010

The New England Journal of Medicine looks through 200 years of back issues to understand how we die differently.

Spider-Man’s Less Impressive Superpower

The Boston based comedy group, known as FATAWESOME, shows us an awkward day that took place in the life of Spider-Man where his less impressive superpower was revealed to his friend.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Americ-NYAN Cat

Your favorite annoying 8-bit poptart-shaped cat is back to celebrate July 4th again this year.

Batman The Dark Knight in Real Life

Actor/Director Rob Thomson took to the mean streets of Cambridge, UK as Batman to show off his true Dark Knight side. This quirky stunt quickly led him to becoming a YouTube and local sensation.

Spider-Man: Eclipse (Fan Film)

Spider-Man has been captured and the road out won't be easy in this fan film. Despite some poor acting/scripting, what do you think of low budget fan homages like this?

TV Weatherman Predicts Supernatural Events in Spoof Forecast

In this spoof forecast that aired on WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, Virginia, TV weatherman Aaron Justus had some fun by predicting several supernatural events, like volcanic eruptions, a global superstorm (which will be deflected by Godzilla, naturally) and more. Amazingly, he does the whole forecast without laughing.viaLaughingSquid

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith Dies at 86

According to reports, Andy Griffith has died at the age of 86. The Andy Griffith Show was one of the greatest black & white TV programs of all time. Thank you Sheriff Taylor.

Coca-Cola Happiness Machine at the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta

As the World of Coca-Cola celebrated its 5th anniversary on May 24, 2012, randomly-selected visitors received moments of happiness worth celebrating. A special Coca-Cola vending machine outside the World of Coca-Cola was transformed to deliver happiness to visitors in Pemberton Place.

Preparing an IMAX Theater for The Dark Knight Rises

Two hours and 45 minutes of 70 mm film means The Dark Knight Rises is, literally, a big movie. Christopher Nolan‘s choice to shoot his new Batman film in full IMAX means that the IMAX film prints will weigh up to 600 pounds when fully assembled (and people wonder why theaters are switching to digital). ViaSlashfilm

Video of Fireworks Exploding from an Aerial View

Dallas, Texas creative Jeremiah Warren took three 3′ balloons, a GoPro camera, and Wi-Fi BacPac to produce a slow motion capture of his fireworks going off from the sky above. Just in time for July 4th!

Dinosaur Office: Guys' Night Out

Windows 8 Infographic and Upgrade Price

Below is an infographic from thetechlabs.com displaying the most significant new features of Windows 8.

In other news, the Windows blog has post the price for a Windows 8 upgrade (from XP, Vista, or 7) will be $39.99. More details here.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Teaser

Premiering this October on a soon-to-be-launched Machinima channel on YouTube, and on Halo Waypoint, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a live-action digital series that takes fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel: the UNSC Infinity. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn tells a story leading into the events of Halo 4, the biggest entertainment event of 2012.

Kid Snippets - Salesman by BoredShortsTV

Anakin the Two-Legged Kitten

It's funny because the cat doesn't have back legs...

The Sideburns Song by Tobuscus