Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The Latke Recipe

Hanukkah is still a week away, but it’s never to early to cook! Or at least get your recipe for latkes. The Maccabeats have unveiled their annual holiday parody song for the occasion. This year, it’s set to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. This is from their new album A Maccabeats Hanukkah.  (via Viral Viral Videos)

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The World’s Greenest Burgs. Some cities are serious about the environment.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuts three achingly retro film posters. They practically scream “1977.”

 Is the 20,000-Year-Old Ishango Bone the Earliest Evidence of Logical Reasoning? The complicated arrangement of notches could mean any number of things.

How The Hidden Track Faded From Recorded Music. There’s just no place to hide it anymore.

My High School Teammate, Kobe Bryant. An oral history of the Lower Merion Aces' unforgettable 1995-1996 season.

9 More Crazy Math Facts That People Refuse To Believe Are True. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Retro Star Wars. The space opera could have been a hit movie in any era of cinema -even as a silent film.

22 Fun Facts About Scrooged.    

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans. (via Boing Boing)

Government Surveillance and the Third Amendment. Could that prohibition against billeting soldiers be used to protect out privacy?

Cookie Monster

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How to Avenge a Guy in 10 Days

What if Marvel made a romantic comedy? It could star the cast of The Avengers, since there are plenty of them! And more importantly, there are plenty of Avengers movies to take clips from to assemble such a movie. Vulture made this remix as part of their Vulture Remix series. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tried Everything Else

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Sgt. Pepper´s Paradise

Every once in a while, I just want to share a killer mashup that lets you hear two great songs at once. This one marries the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club band" with "Paradise City" by Guns 'n' Roses.

Rebel Yell

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Americapox: The Missing Plague

Diseases brought by Europeans wiped out 90% of the people living in the New World, which allowed relatively easy conquest and colonization. That happens when long-isolated populations meet for the first time. Have you ever wondered why it didn’t go the other way? Why didn’t New World diseases wreak havoc on Europeans? CGP Grey explains how the differences between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres over the long history of civilization left us with plague, typhus, cholera, smallpox, and other diseases, but no “Americapox.” The transcript is at Grey’s website, and there’s a discussion at his subreddit. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Revolver: the Beatles' Greatest Album? Eddie Deezen tells the story.

It’s a simple quiz: just recognize all the U.S. states by their names. But there’s a lot of wrong answers, and you only have one minute.

Science has shown us that people who are generous and altruistic are happier and healthier than people who aren’t. But it’s not as easy to be kind to strangers as you’d think. (via Digg)

Hattie Brazier Stands Up. Her husband died at the hands of police in 1958, because he dared to be a successful black man.

A Conversation Between Chris Had field and Randall Munroe. (via Fark)

Star Wars: 10 Unsung Heroes Behind A New Hope. A lot of very talented people helped George Lucas bring his space opera to the world.

17 Hilarious Tumblr Posts About Language. They all have their quirks, but English is the wurst.

11 humiliatingly lame ways 2016 candidates are trying to appeal to young voters. Proving once again, that trying too hard is the opposite of cool.

Holocaust Hero Chiune Sugihara. The Japanese diplomat defied his superiors to help Jews escape Europe.

Coffee Cats

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Sad Jingle Bells

Your winter wonderland of snow is cold, wet, and slippery. The sleigh skids off a cliff and everyone dies. Or else you get pneumonia and frostbite, too. That’s the mood of this version of Jingle Bells. The Gregory Brothers took a happy, upbeat little ditty usually associated with Christmas and put it into a minor key. The result is pretty grim. Creepy. Sad. It may as well be a funeral dirge. They have a whole playlist of sad songs if you’re in that kind of mood. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Dear Santa

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Guy Love

Turk and JD from Scrubs explain their feelings for each other in a little song. (via reddit)

Love at First Sight

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Fox Encounter

Rapper and comedian Dan Bull and his cats Jimmy and Sammy had a visit from a fox.
This incredible encounter happened to me this week. The fox was curled up asleep at my back door. Foxes are normally nocturnal and will run away if they spot you anywhere near. But I just sat there for ages chilling with this fox and two of my cats Jimmy and Sammy. I sensed no hostility from either side, just a relaxed inquisitiveness.
The fox and the cats got along just fine, but eventually the fox realized that not only was he being stared at by a human, but he was also being recorded. Bye, Mr. Fox! (via Arbroath)


NeuralTalk and Walk

This video is captioned in the upper left completely by machine. It was generated in real time by a neural network programmed to describe images. Stanford Ph.D. student Andrej Karpathy developed the NeuralTalk system and Kyle McDonald adapted it to describe this laptop of Amsterdam on a laptop.

Yes, it changes pretty fast, so you might want to keep your finger ready to pause. The original program generated four captions per second! McDonald reduced that to only one caption per second so we have a chance of following it. The program isn’t completely accurate, but it’s close enough to give you an “uncanny valley” feeling.

If you want a real laugh, a different neural network was used for an earlier experiment in captioning the intro to Star Trek: The Next Generation. That program definitely needs a bigger vocabulary. (via Metafilter)

Cat Joke

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The Orc Dance

You never imagined the Orcs from Lord of the Rings to be the dancing type, did you? When an unexpected dinner appears, they do a victory dance. but you know how it is when you celebrate too early! 

Scott Winn brings us dancing Orcs with a special appearance by the elf Legolas. The song is “Through the Flame” by Scott & Brendo. (via Geeks Are Sexy)