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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fight of the Century: Man gets into a heated phone exchange with his own voice

Guy gets really, really mad (like prison mad) at a soundboard of his own voice.

It's like he kind of realizes it at first... maybe he's been pranked like this before... but he seems to forget it pretty quickly and just goes ape shit on himself.

Great phone prank, or greatest phone prank?

UPDATE:
Demand that someone "meet me somewhere!"
Make your own irate, black prank calls using the Irate Black Man Soundboard




via Mr BabyMan

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll to be released Fall 2011

The Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll is coming next year, but this prototype is actually available for a cool $1,500... and that's without nipples. Although it does come with the striped blanket.

Teenage boys from the 70s are excited about this, Pong, fondue, and bad haircuts.



 
via The Hairpin
 
 

Why Jimmy Wales is all up in your face

Wikipedia's Fundraising A/B Tests provides a glimpse into the science that resulted in Jimmy Wales's hollow haunted gaze staring at you with the eerie intensity of your cat trying to get into the bathroom so it can try to jump in your lap as you sit on the toilet.

The Information is Beautiful blog analyzed the data to determine how Jimmy Wales' "gory" close-up performs as an appeal for donations vs the other approaches Wikipedia has used in the past.

Here's how the three different style ads (gratitiude vs guilt vs "gore") compared:



via Information is Beautiful
 
 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Trailer for "Beyond the Black Rainbow"

Set in the strange and oppressive emotional landscape of the year 1983, Beyond The Black Rainbow is a Reagan era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.

Featuring an original analog synthesizer score by Black Mountain's Jeremy Schmidt.

Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, the US premiere will be at the Whistler Film Fest next month.


 
 

A Personal Appeal

Please?
 
 

Bruce Springsteen's Darkness on the Edge of Town box set released


In the documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen offers compelling insight into a need that drove him in the years surrounding the 1978 release of his fourth album.

"More than rich, and more than famous, and more than happy, I wanted to be great," he says in the film, which is among the many extras included in the three-disc, three-DVD deluxe package The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story.

The Deluxe Package also includes Darkness on the Edge of Town, digitally remastered for the first time, as well as the 2 CD set The Promise: The Lost Sessions from Darkness On The Edge Of Town. The two discs contain a total of 21 previously-unreleased songs from the 'Darkness' recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, "perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became."
 

 
Check it out on Amazon
 
 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Smurfs’ Village is the iPhone’s top-grossing game

Capcom’s new Smurfs real-time strategy game is the new king of the iPhone gaming world. That's too bad for Angry Birds, which previously held the title.

Interestingly, Smurfs' Village is a free download from iTunes. The way it generates money is through in-game purchases of Smurfberries, which help speed up typical Smurf activities in the game.

The price structure is rather steep, in fact...

50 berries = $4.99
150 berries = $11.99
1,000 berries = $59.99
 
 
According to Pocket Gamer, the the high amount of purchases for smurfberries is considered by some to be part of a greater "scam," because of the default setting in iOS that ignores the need for inputting passwords to download or purchase apps from the App Store for 15 minutes after having been typed in.

In response, someone from (presumably) Capcom says, "Glad you picked this up! We felt something was wrong and wanted to create awareness over at this link"

Man, I'll take my chances with those little (inexpensive) green pigs of Angry Birds...
 
 
via Mashable and Pocket Gamer

Trailer for "Your Highness," fantasy-tinged new movie from the makers of Pineapple Express

This R-rated, medieval times movie stars Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman (looking good in a metal and leather thong bikini) and Zooey Deschanel.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson looks down upon the Earth from the International Space Station

This is not science fiction.

The cupola is the largest window ever used in space. Its seven windows are used to conduct experiments, dockings and observations of Earth. It was launched aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-130 on February 8, 2010 and attached to the Tranquility (Node 3) module. With the Cupola attached, ISS assembly reached 85 percent completeness.

Caldwell Dyson launched aboard a Soyuz TMA-18 crew capsule on April 2, 2010, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, docking with the International Space Station two days later to join the Expedition 23 crew.  For the next 174 days, Caldwell Dyson lived and worked aboard the International Space Station as a Flight Engineer on Expedition 23/24.
 

 
via NASA

Drunk driver Denise Crull is still drunk during interview by Florida news station

Drunken Florida resident Elizabeth Crull rear-ended a school bus full of kids going to karate class yesterday, then drunkenly accompanied the accident with a drunken, on-air confession.

Way to go, drunky!




via The High Definite

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Facebook email launch vs the current email client market share

Facebook's new email service, set to launch Monday, November 15th, is being touted as a serious rival to gmail. But how prevalent is gmail, really?

Comparing facebook's active 500 million users to the estimated 170 million users of gmail, its fairly easy to see the possibility for facebook to dwarf gmail practically overnight.

However, will gmail really be the big loser to facebook email? Or will the new users of facebook email come from other, even more established email clients? Check out the actual stats on email clients and their users below.

Top 10 email clients


What will you do when the facebook email client hits? Will you start using it right away or wait and see?
 
 

What do tigers dream of? (Stu's Song)

But if he's been murdered
by crystal meth tweakers...
Just a little something to cleanse the mind of the racist lady and her hapless mailman victim (see previous two posts).

The latest on Hangover 2, which is now shooting in Thailand, is that Paul Giamatti has joined the cast. Mel Gibson’s role of a tattoo artist (whose work is crucial to the plot) went to Liam Neeson. Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are all back, as is director Todd Phillips.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Erica Winchester now under police protection, charged with hate crime

The woman who was caught on video in a virulent racist rant is a speech coach and part-time actress. After hundreds of phone calls and other harrassment, she's been put under police protection. She was also charged with a hate crime for slapping the mailman, Hugston Jean, along with her repeated use of the n-word.

It may be time for the internet to acknowledge that Mrs. Winchester is mentally ill. She's obviously off her meds in this video, and it appears that she's been kind of the town menace in Hingham Massachusetts for quite a while. Hopefully this moment of infamy will be the wake-up call she needs to get her life back on track.

Meanwhile, it seems that CBS' The Early Show wants Hugston Jean as a guest, just to keep things stirred up...

via Gawker

Friday, November 12, 2010

Racist Massachusetts lady Erica Winchester attacks mailman

After a black USPS delivery man secretly taped a deranged woman's racist tirade against him, the term "going postal" is bound to re-enter our cultural lexicon, this time to describe the crazed customer. In fact, the postal worker remained remarkably calm during the whole fiasco.

I just can't post any of this because its too disturbing. If you must (and you might want to) you can see it here

Steve Carrell's audition tape for Anchorman

"I like ice cream and pants."
As Brick Tamland, Anchorman's more or less perpetually mentally comatose weatherman, Steve Carrell stole every scene he appeared in.

Let's take it back to 2004, when it all began:



 
 

Social media makes people MORE social, not less



It seems like people are afraid that the more time spent in front of the computer, the less time spent in real life interactions.

However, that isn't true for the majority of Facebook and Twitter users:


  • 27% of Facebook users report that they meet with friends in person more often, as opposed to 13% who report meeting in person less
  • 46% of Twitter users reported an increase in in-person meetings with friends more often compared to 7% less often, 33% are calling friends on the phone more and 13% less



via Penn Olson

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Disguised Weapons

John Lindsay is a pretty badass emailer. Some may not agree with his methods, but they can't deny that he gets results.

This particular email thread has been circulating for most of the year now... it's pretty solid in terms of extensive manual labor, determined procurement of advanced weaponry, and diligent man-hours spent in the service of email trolling.




via Emails from an Asshole
 
 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

OMG!




This is not on my body, but I appreciate it as if it was...

via this hot Reddit thread 
 
 

What is the McRib made of?

Since the McRib I had last week is still with me, both emotionally and physically, I decided to look further into what goes into the making of this pseudo-legend.

As it turns out, there's not much information as to how the protein is assumably whipped, pulled and stretched until it is unrecognizable and taffy-like, then combined with chemicals, flavored, washed with ammonia to kill the rampant hordes of bacteria that now cover the doughy mass, and then dyed to an earth-tone color.

This is how nuggets are made--so, I mean, it's a safe bet...

However, there is this:

McRib Nutritional Info:
490 calories, 220 calories from fat, 25g fat, 8g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 1040 mb sodium, 44g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 24g protein, 11g sugars.

McRib Ingredients
McRib Patty: Boneless pork (Pork, water, salt, dextrose, citric acid, BHA, TBHQ).
McRib Bun: Flour (wheat flour bleached and enriched with thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid, malted barley flour), water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, cottonseed oil). Contains 2 percent or less of dextrose, fumaric acid, calcium sulphate, salt, acetic acid, soy flour, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium sulphate, cornstarch, fungal protease, natural culture, ammonium chloride, ascorbic acid, azodicarbomide, mono- and diglycerides, propionic acid, phosphoric acid, corn flour, calcium peroxide, calcium propionate, dicetyl tartaric acid esters of mono- and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono- and diglycerides.
McRib Sauce: Water, high fructose corn syrup, tomato paste, distilled vinegar, molasses, natural smoke flavor, modified food starch, salt, sugar, soybean oil, spices, dehydrated onion, mustard flour, dehydrated garlic, xanthan gum, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural flavor (vegetable source), corn oil.
Pickle Slices: Cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, calcium chloride, alum, natural flavorings (vegetable source), polysorbate 80, turmeric (color).
Slivered Onions

Allergens: Wheat, Soybean
Food Sensitivities: Gluten

But then again, maybe it's all natural... here's an archived site for the Boneless Pig Farmers of America

And here's the official McRib site, where you can post a testimonial about how the McRib makes you feel
 
 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Facebook exchange leads to slippery slope of country-related puns



via Failbook
 
 

"Can I solve the puzzle... ?"

Caitlin Burke, a fashion editor at Hearst Magazines, pulls off (as Pat Sajak calls it) perhaps the most amazing solve in "Wheel of Fortune" history, with only one letter out of 27 revealed. Her explanation for how she did it doesn't disappoint. (Episode aired Nov. 5, 2010)


Monday, November 08, 2010

Philosoraptor on God

RockMelt, the new "Facebook browser"



RockMelt uses your Facebook account to personalize your web-browsing experience. But its reach is broader than just Facebook: it’s a social web browser, allowing you to post links, videos and status updates to both Facebook and Twitter, with more services to be added later.

There are also built-in clients for consuming your Facebook feed and managing multiple Twitter feeds, a chat client, and lightweight RSS reader.



There’s also a big “Share” button at the top of the browser. Clicking this button opens up an all-purpose sharing window, so you can tweet a link, post something to your Facebook wall or send the link as a message to a friend.
 
 

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Gebremariam, Kiplagat triumph in NYC Marathon


Gebre Gebremariam was the surprise Ethiopian winner of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, triumphing in his marathon debut as compatriot Haile Gebrselassie pulled out with an injury.

Gebrselassie, the marathon world record-holder, said before the race he had inflammation in his right knee and dropped out at the 16-mile mark.

Kenya's Edna Kiplagat sprung another surprise in the women's race, winning her first major marathon title in 2:28.
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Keith Richards vs Mick Jagger, and vice-versa, kinda

Keith Richards has written his autobiography, reviewed by none other than Liz Phair in the New York Times Book Review. In it, he describes all the things we always suspected--he sleeps very infrequently, has taken every drug known to man, and hates Mick Jagger. For more, read Liz Phair's review

And then there's Mick, or rather, Bill Wyman (and not even Bill Wyman the bassist of the Stones, but Bill Wyman the music journalist) who comes out gentlemanly at first and then swinging in his comeback article (written as Mick and pretty entertaining in its own right). In it, he describes Keith just as we always expected--he's asleep all the time, has taken every drug known to man, and secretly loves Mick Jagger. Read Mick's (pretend) "open letter" as imagined by Bill Wyman

What does this say about the craggiest living rock 'n roll legends? Well, one of them at least still has some fire in the ol', pale British belly. And the stories that involve people like John Lennon, Brian Jones, and Bob Marley are pretty damn interesting too.
 
 

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Facebook is the third biggest country

China and India are the only countries left to have larger populations than that of Facebook.

And... Facebook is growing at a rate of 21 million new users per month. That's a few more babies than these two countries can possibly generate.




via refaceme

Friday, November 05, 2010

... and now this is happening

The McRib, in all its seminal glory.

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Heads up, insanely popular Facebook app coming down the pike...

You loved/were apathetic to/slightly despised the recent breast cancer awareness campaign where women expressed where they like it

Now, get ready for “Like my status and I’ll tell you if I’d kiss you”--this is just one type of the new “like my status” memes that’s spreading around Facebook like wildfire.

Thousands of people are posting the updates by the second... right now most of the people posting the updates appear to be in high school and college, however there’s a very good chance that this one will spread to all ages.

The most common ones so far are, "Like my status and I’ll:"

  • Give you a random nickname.
  • Tell you my first impression of you
  • The color you remind me of
  • An animal you remind me of

Have you encountered this meme yet? Let me know in the comments.

 

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne declared a mutant by DNA scientists

Despite a lifetime of hard partying, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne is alive and kicking at 61, and he may have his genes to thank for it. Now that the "Full Osbourne Genome" has been sequenced, the truth is out: the former lead singer of Black Sabbath is a genetic mutant.

The musician has several gene variants that "we've never seen before," said geneticist Nathaniel Pearson, who sequenced the rocker's genome, including variants that could impact how Osbourne's body absorbs methamphetamines and other recreational drugs.

Read the rest of this article at ABC News/Health
 
 

The rise of social networking advertising

Half of all social networking advertising is spent on Facebook, which hit 500 million users in July 2010.

A recent study by eMarketer predicts that US advertisers will spend nearly $1.7 billion on social sites this year.



via Flowtown
 
 

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Facebook as a predictor of election results

How good is Facebook at predicting election results?

Just take a look at the number of "Fans" a candidate has in relation to how they fared on Election Day: on average, the winners of 74% of House races and 81% of Senate races were accurately projected by each candidates’ Facebook "Fan" counts.

Facebook Fans vs Election Results


via

Mid-term election results, 2010

Long story short: Republicans and their Tea Party-ing allies took a formidable control of the House, while Democrats held onto a slim majority in the Senate.

Of note:
  • Rand Paul wins
  • Christine O'Donnell loses
  • Jerry Brown beats Meg Whitman for Gorvernator
  • Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer retain seats
  • Russ Feingold loses


For the interactive version of this map, check out Yahoo News

Top voter issues in the US by region



via Yahoo News Ask America
 
 

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Facebook breakups data visualized

Data enthusiast David McCandless and his team scanned over 10,000 status updates and learned that people tend to break up:
 
  • On Mondays
  • Right before Spring Break
  • At the start of the Summer
  • Right before Christmas
 


Not too surprisingly, the least amount of breakups take place on Christmas Day.

Just one more example of Facebook's vast data-gathering capabilities.


via Matthias Mikkelsen

Don't forget...

Monday, November 01, 2010