Happy Fangs: anthemic female punk pop

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Happy Fangs is the punk pop duo formed last year by singer Rebecca Gone Bad (formerly of My First Earthquake) and guitarist Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown, plus drum machine. Their self-titled EP, released last year, is a raucous force of noisy guitar and anthemic vocals that thrill me like the late-1970s sounds of X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie, and Suburban Lawns. (Listen here!) Tonight, the band plays in their hometown of San Francisco at Slim's as part of Noise Pop 2014. Tickets available here. It'll be their first show with their new live drummer, Jess Gowrie. To celebrate, we're delighted to premiere this version of the slow-burning Happy Fangs track "Alone," remixed by Mercury Rev's Anthony Molina. Listen above. (Here's the original song.) And below, the video for the single "Lion Inside You," from the Happy Fangs EP.

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Seven minutes of Zach King's brilliant "digital sleight of hand"

Bravo, Zach King! Here's a profile of King, the master of what he calls "digital sleight of hand." And of course, more of his video fun at Vine and YouTube.

The Golden Age of insect aviation

"My first project using TV Paint animation software," writes animator Wayne Unten. "(No rotoscoping used. Where's the fun in that?!) My work-in-progress can be found on my blog: animatingforfun.com." [Video Link]

John Lennon/Van Halen mashup: "Imagine a Jump"

Might Mike's Imagine/Jump mashup has a lot of precision in its execution, a great tempo/pitch match. I can't say as it's the catchiest tune I've yet heard, but I can really appreciate the execution.

Mighty Mike - Imagine a jump (John Lennon vs. Van Halen)

PBS NewsHour: Scientists search for understanding of dark matter (video)

PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien goes underground in pursuit of dark matter:

At the bottom of a nickel mine near Sudbury, Ontario, scientists at one of the world's most sophisticated particle physics observatories are investigating one of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos: What is dark matter? Science correspondent Miles O'Brien helps to shed some light on the research at SNOLAB.

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Gestural paintings from charcoal-coated body

For her "Emptied Gestures" series, Heather Hansen coats her limbs in charcoal and then uses her body to paint beautiful shapes and forms on huge pieces of paper. I bet when she makes snow angels, they are prettier than mine. (via Imaginary Foundation)

Super-slow motion beatboxing

Bavaria-born DJ and YouTube microstar Flula Borg reveals how strange beatboxing looks in super slow motion. He says his lips are “like the vagina of a brontosaurus.” More at Laughing Squid.

Crowdfunding a sustainable kidnapping movement

Richard and Allen are kidnappers from a multigenerational kidnapping family. They're thingstarting a sustainable, green kidnapping practice that supports local farmers, green energy, and a community focus with biodegradable filthy rags and organic chloroform. They've got some great rewards for supporters, too -- I want a copy of their book Sustainable Kidnapping, with a forward by Michael Pollan!

Sustainable Kidnapping (Thingstarter Ep. 4 of 6) (Thanks, Matt!)

Snake: crowdfunding an encrypted, easy-to-use social network

Riccardo sez, "Snake is an end-to-end encrypted social network running in a browser (standard Web page or plugin) or as a mobile application. We already have a prototype but we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to make it real, and we need your help! Our aim is to make it easy for *everyone* to have one-to-one and many-to-many secure communications, using an interface similar to classic social networks such as Facebook."

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ACLU's Santa Claus is Coming to Town video

Jack from the ACLU sez, "We just posted a parody music video that pokes fun at the NSA with some holiday spirit (and some 'Jackass' thrown in for good measure)."

The NSA is Coming to Town (Thanks, Josh!)

Video: BASE jumping disaster

Here's some beautiful footage of a BASE jump gone terribly wrong in Moab, Utah. I'll be honest: I didn't make it all the way through this video because I was getting a little woozy. Show this to all your friends who are considering taking up BASE jumping.

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The linguistics of Death Metal, and how to translate common English phrases into the Dark Lord's Tongue


The Black Metal band "Code." Photo: Shutterstock.

Doug Moore's "Death Metal English" post at Invisible Oranges is the funniest thing I've read on the internet in a long time. He performs a linguistic analysis of the lyrics in Death Metal music, notes its use of adjectives and baroquely florid multisyllabic arcaneness, and offers some helpful translations of common English phrases.

Normal English: “This bok choy isn’t very good”
Death Metal English: “CASTIGATING THE VERDANT ISSUANCE OF THE SOILS OF JIANGNAN”

Normal English: “I need to take a nap”
Death Metal English: “RIPPED INTO THE UTTER EXHAUSTION OF THE MIDDLE DAY”

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Mad Men with party horns in lieu of cigarettes

To celebrate the Great American Smokeout, the Ellen DeGeneres Show replaced cigarettes in Mad Men with party horns.

Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" (1983)

Thanks to the World's Best Ever for posting this video of The Violent Femmes performing "Gone Daddy Gone" from 1983.

Stunning time-lapse videos of sky and landscapes

From National Geographic: "After quitting a comfortable day job, photographer Shane Black spent two months on the road shooting time-lapses of some of America's most beautiful spots. His 'Adventure Is Calling' video is the mesmerizing result, made from about 10,000 of the photos he took."

I wish my eyes were sensitive enough to see the night sky like this.