Light dancers perform an incredible LED show on 'AGT'

Light Balance, a 12-man Ukrainian dance crew recently auditioned for America's Got Talent (AGT). Their high-energy LED dance show especially impressed the show's host Tyra Banks, who pressed the Golden Buzzer. Now the troupe will perform at AGT's live show in August in hopes of winning the grand prize.

Here's what the dancers look like with the lights on:

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James Corden and Seth Rogen surprise LA strangers with mystery pizza boxes

For a Late Late Show sketch, James Corden and Seth Rogen took over a local pizzeria's deliveries to surprise some unsuspecting L.A. residents. At each door, the duo offers them either the pizza they ordered or a mystery pizza box. The mystery one holds either a good surprise or a not-so-good one.

From there, hijinks ensue.

At one point, English actor Dominic Cooper is pulled in for an impromptu wrestling match against Corden in someone's apartment.

However, the big winner in their fun little game is clearly David Rhodes, the birthday boy who got bragging rights to the best Instagram photos ever.

@sethrogen and @j_corden dumping some tequila down my biggest face hole.

A post shared by David Rhodes (@davidrhodes) on Jun 22, 2017 at 12:51am PDT

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Watch: 'Wacky Tobaccy,' Toby Keith's country anthem to weed

It's not a huge surprise that Willie Nelson makes a cameo in the lighthearted (and smoke-filled) new video for Toby Keith's weed-centric country party song, "Wacky Tobaccy." After all, Willie is a known pothead and a longtime advocate of marijuana legalization. What's a tiny bit surprising is that, a few years ago, Keith jokingly sang that he would "never smoke with Willie again." And now here is, toking up with Willie again:

That's the power of the reefer, people. One minute you're swearing off the pot and the next you're on your fancy tourbus getting high with one of the coolest mofos on the planet.

(Honestly, I think the only thing truly surprising is that Snoop Dogg wasn't invited to this pot party.)

Here's a taste of the song's lyrics:

Know you can two tote her, you can one hit him, puff it in a pipe and you can twist it in a stem, you can bake it in some brownies, smoke it through a Bong, roll up a great big fat one like ol' Cheech and Chong, Burn it through a hole, in a can of Budweiser, if you can't take the heat son vaporizer

That old Wacky Tobaccy, When you feel it creeping up on you,

That old Wacky Tobaccy, Kick back and let it do what it do

One small step for Toby Keith, one slightly-bigger step for mainstreaming cannabis culture.

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Some Russians made a 'fidget spinner' out of beater cars

Methinks the fidget spinner craze is jumping the shark. How do I know? Because Гараж 54 ("Garage 54"), a group of Russian car enthusiasts on YouTube, have welded three beater cars together to make one giant gas-spewing "fidget spinner."

(CNET)

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LA peeps: Learn how to paint your own black velvets

Clown black velvet painting, photo by Rusty Blazenhoff

In my opinion, black velvet paintings are the gold standard in kitsch wall decor. I'm not ashamed to share that I have no less than eight of them adorning the walls of my home, including a pretty decent Velvet Elvis.

I'm not in Los Angeles, but if I were, I'd be heading to Velveteria (the black velvet painting museum) on July 1 for their black velvet painting class.

Velveteria's "stooge" (his title, not mine) Carl Baldwin, wrote me:

You can paint with blacklight paint or regualr acrylics. We are painting fireworks in blacklight. You can paint whatever you want... you can bring wine beer. if you want... All the painting supplies velvet are provided. Sit among the Velvets, get inspired paint your masterpiece.

The museum's co-founder Caren Anderson will be teaching the class which is divided into two separate sessions. The first class is from 2 PM to 5 PM and the second one is from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.

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Is the host of the new 'Gong Show' really Mike Myers?

No one involved with the reboot of The Gong Show will admit it, but it seems Mike Myers (in a heavy prosthetic disguise) is playing Tommy Maitland, the show's 'British' host.

Ian Crouch of The New Yorker writes:

Yet there is a reason to watch, if only to attempt to make some sense of the show’s host, a rakish late-middle-aged British comedian named Tommy Maitland, who bounds onstage on the first show wearing a tuxedo and a montera (a bullfighter’s cap), and tosses out such catchphrases as “Who’s a cheeky monkey?” and “You’ve got no proof.” Though the audience appears familiar with him, Maitland is not a real person. He is, beneath an accent and a prosthetic mask, Mike Myers—though nowhere in the show’s promotional materials is his name mentioned.

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This gorilla dancing to 'Maniac' in a pool is everything

A couple of days ago, the Dallas Zoo posted a video of Zolo the "breakdancing" gorilla spinning around in a kiddie pool. That was pretty great on its own. But then, video producer Bob Hagh added the song from Flashdance "Maniac" to it and broke the Internet.

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Find out what makes things cool

Think you know how to make something cool? Mid-century industrial designer Raymond Leowry sure did. He's behind some of the most iconic pieces of American culture, including the Coke bottle and the Shell logo.

In this video, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic shares Leowry's effective MAYA (Most Advanced. Yet Acceptable) principle. The trick is this, Thompson says:

To sell something surprising, make it familiar. To sell something familiar, make it surprising.

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A 'Roomba' for weeds

The inventor of the Roomba robot vacuum, Joe Jones, has come up with something new: a solar-powered weeding robot called the Tertill. It will patrol your home garden daily looking for weeds to cut down.

How does it know what's a weed and what's a plant?

Tertill has a very simple method: weeds are short, plants are tall. A plant tall enough to touch the front of Tertill's shell activates a sensor that makes the robot turn away. A plant short enough to pass under Tertill’s shell, though, activates a different sensor that turns on the weed cutter.

Get your own weed-killing robot for $249 through the Tertill's Kickstarter.

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'Weird Box' is a cool interactive film starring your Instagram photos

This. is. awesome.

Go to Noah Levenson's Weird Box site and enter your Instagram handle. Then sit back and enjoy the ride.

Mr. Levenson, respect.

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In "time for sushi", David Lewandowski's flexible freak becomes an army

L.A.-based filmmaker David Lewandowski is back with a new (and much anticipated) video titled, "time for sushi." I'm not going to pretend I get it but if it touches you as much as it did me, head over to goingtothe.store. That's where you'll find memorabilia inspired by his YouTube channel, including a $90,000 chessboard made with carved "ethically sourced arctic mammoth ivory and rare meteorite alloy."

He explains:

The future of independent, artisanal, high-effort nonsense on YouTube is uncertain. I appreciate your choice to support this work with the purchase of my unusual merch.

I did not plan, I've always felt distinctly anti-commercial about this series., Wi th the crash of YouTube's ad economy in early 2017 via the advertising crisis , Options for filmmakers like me have quickly changed.

Picking up a book or towel makes you a part of the next step for my channel.

...or a $90,000 chessboard.

(Nerdcore)

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One design firm's jargon-free contract: 'Time is money. More time is more money'

Chicago-based design firm Segura has streamlined their contract. The result is a simple, but effective, agreement that leaves out all pretentious jargon.

Here are their terms and conditions:

You give me money, I’ll give you creative. I’ll start when the check clears. Time is money. More time is more money. I’ll listen to you. You listen to me. You tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what you need. You want me to be on time, I want you to be on time. What you use is yours, what you don’t is mine. I can’t give you stuff I don’t own. I’ll try not to be an ass, you should do the same. If you want something that’s been done before, use that.

PRO BONO If you want your way, you have to pay. If you don’t pay, I have final say.

Let’s create something great together."

In case you're wondering about the legality of this, Basecamp's Founder and CEO Jason Fried remarks:
For those who will be quick to point out legal holes or missing protections, there are many ways to do business. One way is working with clients you trust — people who appreciate this approach to work. And if you guessed wrong, and someone fucks you, rather than pursuing legal remedies which cost even more time, money, and hassle, there’s an alternative: Take your losses, wash your hands, and don’t work with them again.

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'Practically perfect in every way': Mary Poppins crosswalk lights

Well, this is certainly supercallifragilisticexpialidocious.

The city of Maryborough in Queensland, Australia, birthplace of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, have turned on some new crosswalk lights. These pedestrian lights feature the silhouettes of the magical nanny, umbrella and all: Umbrella up/green light = "Cross with care," and Umbrella down/red light = "Do not cross."

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A working six-foot fidget spinner costume

For the recent Wizard World Comic Con in Sacramento, Rob Cockerham made a working six-foot fidget spinner costume. It's quite a sight.

He writes:

Downtown was crowded with people, and comic book nerds were packed everywhere, lining up to get into the Con. I turned the corner into full view and was greeted with open iphones, gaping mouths and spontaneous applause! It was awesome! The gigantic fidget spinner was an absolute hit that the crowds loved!

"OH DAMN! MIKE! LOOK! FIDGET SPINNERRRRR!" x 1000.

I love being stopped for photos, and with the fidget spinner costume I had a special trick: Invariably the photographer would click through and snap a picture, thank me and then slowly realize the whole truth.

"Does it.... spin?"

I would slowly nod. "Yes. It does!" Then I'd back up and give it a big whirl and they would shriek or just shake their heads in amazement. It was incredible!

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Summer of Love 'trading cards' hit San Francisco bus stops

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the city of San Francisco has created a trippy 13-poster series of "trading card" posters.

Conceived by Kate Haug and produced by Ivan Uranga, both Bay Area artists, the groovy posters feature the "all-stars of 1967s counterculture and political scene," including the likes of Joan Baez, Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, Sly Stone, Sonny Barger, Bobby Seale, Lenore Kandel, Allen Ginsberg, Janis Joplin, Reverend Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani, Joan Didion, and even Ronald Reagan.

According to a press release from the San Francisco Arts Commission:

Haug collaborated with Ivan Uranga to produce the poster’s bold graphic style. Drawing from the vernacular of trading card, black and white photographs of each personage is set against a vibrant background, reminiscent of the era’s psychedelic rock posters. Each figure is given a title that reflects his/her role in the Summer of Love. For example, Leary appears under the title “Psychedelic Evangelist” along with his famous call from the Human Be-In, the prelude to the Summer of Love, to “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.” The use of the trading card format suggests that these diverse legacies have been commodified, gaining and losing value through the passage of time.

The series includes other details that are the artist’s own invention. For example, a price is included on the bottom of each card, which was not standard trading card practice. She also uses the figures’ birthdates for their serial number. For instance, Allen Ginsberg is number 26, because he was born in 1926.
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Just park this VW van fridge right in your kitchen

I know what you're probably thinking and, nope, this isn't a concept design for a refrigerator that looks like a Volkswagen Bus. They actually made a VW Bus fridge!

This stylish kitchen icebox is a collaboration between Volkswagen and Gorenje, a Slovenian manufacturer of large home appliances.

Gorenje Retro Special Edition Refrigerator, modelled by the legendary Volkswagen van T1 from the 50's, also termed as the 'Bulli', will undoubtedly revoke a notion of the decade with its pastel blue or Bordeaux red colours and smooth, rounded edges. Besides giving your home a touch of retro, it will win your heart with its practicality and the latest technology, making it an indispensable item of your kitchen setting.

This is what it looks like in "Bordeaux red" (swoon):

(Foodiggity, Yanko Design)

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Barbie's Ken is now sporting a manbun

Earlier today, Mattel announced its brand new line of Fashionistas Barbie and Ken dolls. These 40 new dolls come in a variety of body sizes (which now includes Ken's "slim," and "broad" figure), as well as a bunch of different skintones, hair colors and hairstyles. The most notable hairstyle, in my opinion, is Ken's MANBUN.

Yep, Barbie's boyfriend (they are dating, right?) is finally sporting last summer's hottest hairstyle.

Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.

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