Friday, January 23, 2015

Cool Shit 1/23

Ricky Jay, probably the last great con man out there.

Leatherman bracelet that is totally functional and awesome.

Japanese theme park about battling, human-devouring giants? Sounds about right.

I can definitely get behind this theory about Padme being killed by the emperor and not dying of a
broken heart, because, you know, even in galaxies far far away people die of broken hearts.

Trailer for the upcoming season of Hannibal - probably the best show on network television. Heading to Italy it seems, which I'm not sure how I feel about. Looks like they'll be treading into some of the content from the Hannibal idea about the plans for Dolarhyde - if this is going to happen or not. They've been playing fast and loose with the Hannibal timeline (the novels) so we can't assume anything at this point. Really hope Jack Crawford isn't dead though. Loved Lawrence Fishburne.

Oh good, we're three minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock (though the climate change reasoning is a little dubious in my eyes; not that it doesn't exist - I'm all in on that, I just don't think it should hold the same sway as Nuclear destruction, which could literally happen within 30 seconds of me posting this).

Rockford Files. Predictor of the future. The scary, data-collecting future.

That also gave me the reason to post this:

Traveling through some of the more morbid tourist attractions.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Some food trend predictions for 2015. I have no idea how you would even measure these, but hey if it sells magazines...

The scary world of e-readers and what the data companies are collecting about our reading habits tell publishers. Basically, that we're all stupid when it comes to reading.

So that's why I felt like having sex with that monster!

Dear George Lucas. I am sure it stings when someone who pays you four billion dollars for your ideas to make the next Star Wars. HOWEVER, given your track record, and those four billion dollars, I'm not really sure I can drum up that much sympathy for you.
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Sundance is coming up. Here are ten movies that are generating some pre-festival buzz.

Some FOX network programming news, including picking up Luther - the remake, which might just be impossible to pull off.

Now you can invest in the hunt for Bigfoot with the guy who tried to pull off a stuffed gorilla costume as Sasquatch. Seems like an investment no better or worse than half the NYSE offerings.

I don't necessarily believe the story here is that we're increasing the Turing Test to more accurately whether machines can think, I think it's that machines are already gaming people by being young foreign boys. We're not going to be destroyed by AI...we're going to be arrested in pedophilia stings.

Sleep. Why is it I hate to go to bed sometimes but absolutely hate getting up?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cool Shit 1/21

Hey! There was a State of the Union last night. Read the transcript here

I guess the moral of this story is not to buy foreign honey? Also, anyone know how I can get into honey laundering?

If you watch World War Z with no knowledge of (or possibly ignoring) the source material, it's a decent tense zombie movie. I still think the book could have been made into a movie, but others, with more money than I, disagreed. And now we're here at the crossroads of a sequel. I have no hope that it will be the book, in fact I almost hope it won't be...but it seems as though it's going to start with a "clean slate," whatever that means.

More stuff for fans of Serial: a new television show based on Vanity Fair crime writing, Vanity Fair Confidential. Hope you have the Investigation Discovery Channel!

I know this skiing video is long, but it's worth it just for him going through the tunnel and than launching himself off the ski lift platform.

Another cut Saturday Night Live sketch. I like to think it was cut for the last 30 seconds, and not the first 3 and a half minutes, because that's where all the comedy was, right groove cats?

Heartbroken Bjork? I want to listen because it's Bjork, but then I'm a little nervous since that's a concept that is extremely frightening.

Tremors is a great movie. It's still great. And here are some facts about it, with news that there will be yet another sequel, starring the precocious Michael Gross.

Are these photos proof that aliens exist and are visiting our planet? Define "proof" for me and I'll get back to you.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cool Shit 1/20

Searchable, previously classified United States information on UFOs from over the years. If you're into that sort of thing. No wonder FOX wants to get X-Files back onto the air.

Just in case you had a human-sized microwave, a neighbor you didn't like and questionable morals, here's what would happen if you took said neighbor and put him/her in that said microwave.

If any of my rich readers want to get me a little gift, they can start with this. In return I will host a macabre dinner party with it.

Two things about this video of a truck sliding on the icy road:

1. There seems to be absolutely no reaction from within the car from where the video was being taken, even with almost certain death barreling down on them.

2. There seems to be little suggestion of stopping to see whether anyone was hurt or if they could do anything. Now I realize it's possible they did (they were on the shoulder) or maybe they thought getting out increased risk of them and others getting hurt which I understand. I just hope that as soon as the video was over, at the very least they used the phone to dial 911.

Even most experts can't tell the differences between wines.

For whatever reason, I feel like I need to know how to escape a moving car on the highway. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to teach my eight year old how to drive a car so I can practice.

A video timeline of all the X-Men ever. If you're into that sorta thing:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cool Shit 1/19

Enjoy Neil Young? What about bands that enjoy Neil Young? Then enjoy these bands covering Neil Young.

Some people have an insane amount of time to invest in some crazy theories. Also, how can I get my crazy insane theories out there to a broader audience?

What a cool idea - setting up a virtual museum for all the stolen/lost art no one can actually see anymore.

It's hard to keep up with the new television shows, now that it seems new series can drop at any point during the year (and not just in that once-traditional end-of-September period of yesteryear). Here's a look at some of the stuff that is coming up, or recently began airing.

And here's a great list of some television mystery shows - and where you can find them - so you can binge watch at your leisure.

Excited for this new HBO documentary series created by the directors of Capturing the Friedmans call The Jinx. Apparently it's about Robert Durst, a man accused of three murders over the years. But I think there may be a bit more to the story. Let the influence of Serial commence!

Would an Apache helicopter be able to take down a dragon in a aerial dog fight? It would if the video was sponsored by the United States government! (Ok, so I'm not 100% certain the Smithsonian channel is sponsored by the US Government, but c'mon - either this is a not-so-subtle recruitment video for the US Airforce, or phase 1 of a plan to reveal to the public that dragons exist, but that the armed forces have a plan to handle the situation. Both scenarios are frightening).

The X-Files...coming back to FOX? I'm on board!

While I won't care about any of this if it happens to me, you know, since I'll be dead, it's kind of weird to read about the potential of it all happening to corpses right now.

Sometimes crashing your camera-equipped drone has its benefits...especially if you happen to crash it around a coral reef in Australia.