Dog sounds like a Tie Fighter


Beagle mix Geraldine visits the vet. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be any information about this wonderful dog or her career as a foley artist at ILM. Read the rest

Mario theme performed with trumpet and handgun


Charlie Cook performs cover versions of songs with a gunslinging twist. Read the rest

Reviving an Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal


JWZ documents his adventures in bringing a 1982/3 vintage Ann Arbor Ambassador 60 terminal (a rare portrait-orientation terminal) back into service -- fitting it with a Raspberry Pi and a new power-supply and getting it to boot its beautiful green-screen. Read the rest

The King of the Hill intro reanimated as pixel art

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Mauri Helme made a pixel art "cover version" of the King of the Hill intro, and it's incredible: perfectly faithful to the original, yet completely translated to a different medium.

Here's the original, by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels: Read the rest

Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Wheelchair Costume


Ryan Scott Miller outdid himself with this terrific wheelchair costume that Jeremy will be sporting this Halloween: "This year we put it to a vote and our friends choose the Ghostbusters Ecto-1!" Well-played, sir! Read the rest

Watch traditional Cook Islands tattooing techniques


Croc Coulter works with an apprentice to revive the lost art of tātatau, traditional tattooing done with sticks and bone. So that's how they made such straight lines in geometric tattoos! Read the rest

Interactive clothing via dynamic projection mapping


Technically, cloth is a "deforming non-rigid surface," so projecting a stable image onto clothes is a big technological challenge. To solve it, Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory combined two new techniques that allow stable projection of an image onto clothes even as they move. Read the rest

Projection mapping on a moving surface with a high-speed projector


Projection mapping is one of the most profound visual effects that computers can generate; themepark fans will have seen it in effect on the revamped opening scene to the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland and in the night-time shows that involve painting the whole castle with light (projection mapping is also used to generate the rear-projected faces of the animatronic figures in the new Snow White ride). Read the rest

A magician debunks the Great Wall of Drumpf


MagicPeaceLove writes, "Magician Justin Willman makes the case for why Donald Trump's proposed border wall between America and Mexico is a bad idea -- physically, emotionally, spiritually and (of course!) magically." Read the rest

Tractor pull goes amazingly wrong


Wow! Maybe tighten down those bolts next time?

(Thanks, Tim!) Read the rest

See one of the best ventriloquists in the world, tonight in LA


Karl Herlinger is one of the best ventriloquists in the world, and he'll be performing at Scot Nery's Boobie Trap tonight in Los Angeles!

Every Wednesday at 8pm Scot Nery gathers a cast of ridiculous folk, who are also ridiculously talented, and just sort of lets them each go for a couple minutes. It is, from what I can tell a modern, madcap take on the Gong Show. Michael reviewed Boobie Trap a few weeks ago!

Scot himself is an amazing comedian and a tremendous host. If I were in LA tonight, I'd be there!

Boobie Trap runs every Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the historic Fais Do Do theater, 5257 W. Adams Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90016. There is an after party next door that sounds like a blast, as well. Read the rest

Christmas puppy surprises

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Wondering what to get your loved one this holiday season? Read the rest

Laura Benanti's baffling Melania trump-splains things to Stephen Colbert


Melania Trump's re-emergence, after her bout with plagiarism, finally allowed Stephen Colbert to bring back the fantastic Laura Benanti. Bennati's impersonation of Mrs. Trump is as wonderful as last Saturday's SNL masterpiece.

You'll want to watch to the end, Mrs. Trump's exit is spectacular. Read the rest

Animation about solar sailing to the nearest star

In this wonderful animation, billionaire Russian physicist and investor Yuri Milner explains his effort to launch tiny probes, powered by 12 foot solar sails, on an interstellar mission to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, within two decades. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are on the board of Milner's group, called Breakthrough Initiatives. The project builds on decades of work by scientists Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman, and Bruce Murray who pioneered solar sail technology through the Planetary Society, the fantastic citizen-funded space advocacy and research organization they co-founded in 1980. Indeed, Friedman is an advisor to Milner's Starshot effort.

For more on solar sailing, check out the Planetary Society's LightSail project and their blog post earlier this year about Milner's far out project.

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Skittles trick turns plate into a rainbow


Simple DIY rainbow magic with Skittles candies. Form a circle with Skittles on a plate (colours should be in repeated order, preferably according to colours of the rainbow e.g. purple, green, yellow, orange, red), then pour hot water over them. Wait for the magic to unfold right in front of your eyes

Also funny are the various YouTubers attempting to replicate the effect only to end up with a brownish mix of melted candy slime on their plate. Read the rest

Watch a guy clear an 11' bar on a pogo stick

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According to Biff Hutchison's description, this 11'½" breaks the Guinness World Record of 10'6". Rolling Stone has more.

Not happy with sharing the title with [friend and rival Dalton] Smith – who we can only imagine Hutchison considers his greatest rival in the world, the Bird to his Magic in the world of pogoing – Hutchison saw a shot at not just being the lone jumper standing atop Pogo Mountain (as problematic as being on top of a mountain on a pogo stick sounds), but absolutely crushing the old record.

Here's some more extreme pogo: Read the rest

Ship returns hail


Honk honk! Read the rest

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