Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cool Shit 7/31

A philosophical take on the movie Roadhouse. Oh yeah, in graphic novel form. Yes, please!

Read what it's like trying to corral this latest Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, from the doctors attempting to do it.

Care to see the new Intersellar movie trailer? Go here. Punch this code in: 7201969. Accept that you don't know what this movie is going to be like. 

Hotel rooms. They're dirty. Try to stay somewhat clean when you're in one using these handy tips.

Your daily Inflationary Cosmology lesson for the day: proving multiple universes exist

Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is a great take on Batman, but it's still flawed. What started out as an urban "realistic" take on the superhero, devolved into a traditional comic book superhero movie by the end. The first movie had some shaky legs but inspirational ideas; the second movie went too long and spun the focus off the best character two thirds into the movie; and the third just got preposterous for preposterous sake. But you may disagree. You may love these movies. And if you do, these fan theories about them might make you relive them all over again.

Everywhere has creepy, abandoned buildings and places. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cool Shit 7/30

The moral of the story? The magazine Cosmo might not be the best source for an enjoyable evening if you're a lesbian.

I'm not sure if this guy is saying he came up with this idea for playing all the samples from Paul's Boutique or not; I'm fairly certain I have a CD of these songs, and have had it for awhile now, but it's still cool to listen to some of the music that made the album what it is today.

Latest trailer for Constantine, a new show for NBC based on a comic book that people seem fairly excited for:

Popular Mechanics wants to help you brew beer, efficiently and affordably.

15 years ago The Blair Witch Project was released; read what it did for film and how successful it was, spawning the found footage genre we basically have today.

A story of skydiving and heroism.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cool Shit 7/29

Words for those times when you don't know what else to say.

At first glance, the headline, "Quentin Tarrantino's Science Fiction film could e seriously weird" is enticing, and generates a lot of excitement. But after a little thought, (and reading the article) you might say to yourself, "that's really not that big of a proclamation, nor is it that boastful of a statement. Especially once you realize NOTHING IS SAID AT THIS LINK THAT IS ANYTHING WEIRD.

This guy never really defines his criteria too well for what makes a beer overrated, so take it as nothing more than a personal list of beers he's angry at when a lot of people speak to him about them, or order them a lot in his presence. And drink what you want.

Traveling to Sierra Leone or Liberia anytime soon? Might want to rethink the plans unless you've built up an immunity to Ebola.

Twelve "high concept" shows that looking back on them, were not high concept at all. In fact, it's amazing Hollywood execs green light stuff like this. Also, I'm physically ill from watching the Automan clip.

Trailer for the last movie in the Hobbit trilogy. You know, that small book that set up the Lord of the Rings trilogy that was about the end of that world? This is the problem with creating prequels to movies where the stakes couldn't get higher. We know who survives. And based on the characters not being in the later books, we can kind of figure out who dies. So that takes the dramatic tension away. Plus, sure, you can use as many somber songs and gravelly voiced narrators to make something serious - but the battle in this movie simply doesn't hold the same stakes as the one on The Return of the King. I just don't understand why decisions like this are made sometimes.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cool Shit 7/28

Space is a weird, wild place that holds billions of mysteries for us to probably never solve.

Collective nouns are fun because they basically make no sense (a murder of crows?). So have fun the with these correct collective nouns of the supernatural realm.

So The Intruders, the new BBC America show, has aired. Here's a review. Seems like it could be  a good show. Unfortunately Wayward Pines, the FOX/M Night Shyamalan collaboration also got reviewed, and that doesn't fare so well.

Whoa. Who would have guessed that one of the more buzzed about things from this year's Comic Con was going to be the new Mad Max movie trailer? You might think that's crazy, but that's because you haven't seen the trailer yet. Enjoy...

More info about these radio "bursts" we keep receiving from outer space. No one knows what's causing them, and no one is ruling anything out just yet.

Secret internet societies.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Cool Shit 7/25

Aw man, now I want a bespoke chef knife!

I share this silly GQ Sharknado 2 puff piece (and it amazes me that GQ has stooped to the level of offering Sharnado 2 puff pieces) only for the bit about Tara Reid suggesting a tornado housing sharks is an actual, real life possibility.

Documentaries generally get short shrift, so here is a list of the best docs from 2014 so far.

Care to watch early Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey sketch comedy?

A Susan Surandon interview that covers a lot of things, including taking mushrooms in the Grand Canyon, having an affair with David Bowie and hitting up Burning Man.

The sordid history of TMZ. Wanna know how much power it holds?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool Shit 7/24

Hong Kong obviously relies on neon to trumpet business; rifle through over 4000 photos of it to get a better sense of how.

You can now read the Marvel Comic catalog online for just 99 cents. You get one month. Go!

Trailer for Space Station 76. Looks like it has some potential...

Interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

Well here's a cheery thought to start your morning.

Oh boy - 50 Shades of Grey movie, here we come! This looks fantastically stupid!

Fake online identities. They're easier to create than you might think.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cool Shit 7/23

Yet another helpful guide to getting drunk while in prison. Don't say I never give you guys something!

Enjoy Miles Davis opening up fro the Dead in 1970.

You may have thought you saw every food that could possibly be deep fried deep fried, but that's a dangerous thought. Well, it's probably a somewhat healthy thought, unless you're a vegetable oil salesman. Behold the latest state fair foods ready to be unleashed.

Done with those Altoids? Don't throw away the tin! Use it to make your own personal survival kit.

By now, I'm sure you've heard of the Amazon service that let's you pay $10 a month to read as much as you want from a 600,000 book catalog. Or, you know you could just do it for free and choose from over 6 million titles at the open library. Damn you Amazon. Damn you straight to hell.

Make your next trip to Disney World/Land that much cooler with these hidden gems.

News of a Manimal movie from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay has brought up mixed emotions. On the one hand, treating it as a comedy is going to be difficult, because when it was on TV, the seriousness led to comedy all by itself, and to force it seems difficult. But on the other's Manimal. And it gives me the chance to post this:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cool Shit 7/22

Sometimes deleted scenes out of movies are deleted with good reason. Though I can't believe Lucas cut the "silent communication" scene. It seems to go with the rest of the horrible decisions he made.

Sun Ra (nee Herman Blount) was an interesting figure in the music scene of the 60s. And did you know he taught a class at Berkley? And that you can get the syllabus and hear one of his lectures here?

Though cannibal fetishism is a real, disturbing thing, this case of a man possibly trying to meet and eat a 14 year old girl goes beyond it (if that's possible) and into the world of potential arrests for thought crimes.

Looking for a new series to watch? One that doesn't have a bandwagon of fans? One that you can say you heard about (relatively) first? Enjoy this trailer for The Intruders...

A look at slang for sexual acts and relations, though at this point, haven't we basically commandeered every word to mean something sexual in a slang-like way? Of course my favorite is "taking a ride on the slitty slitty bang bang." Which I just made up.

The sad story of the dying art of pick pocketing. Well, sad if you are a pick pocket. It's obviously an art. A criminal, illegal art.

Homeland: Season 4 is out this October. I bailed after season 2 and its inconsistencies. It seems like I goat away just when I should have. Regardless, if you're a fan, here's a trailer:

And finally RIP James Garner. If you have the time, watch The Great Escape today. If not, at least watch this montage of awesome opening answering machine cold opens from The Rockford Files.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Shit 7/18

So, if Batman were real, and lived in our universe, how long would it take the government to figure out just who the hell he was?

Kinda sorta new music from Squirrel Nut Zippers...

This article suggests some of the more bold Doritos experiments are a failure; I suggest just the opposite. I want my snack chip company giving me the hope that the things my brain creates during all night weed binges could possibly one day exist.

But if it's a secret, how does anyone know where it is? The CIA is doing a poor job with its museum apparently.

Chatting with Sir Paul McCartney.

So you caught the soccer bug during the World Cup. But now it's over and there's no more soccer, right? Think again.

RIP Johnny Winters.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cool Shit 7/17

Need to convince somebody to do something? Apparently it can be done in 10 seconds. But you must follow these instructions!

It's cool to see some of our modern structures waste away and become modern archaeology. Take, for example, this abandoned airport in Athens.

47 Will Ferrell gifs for his 47th birthday. Because 47 is significant!

Giant hole in Siberia found. I enjoy the story of scientists making their way to it, as that's how every monster story starts - with scientists poking around where they shouldn't - like a sudden, giant hole in Siberia.

Is it as frightening to you as it is to me that there were people who held significant responsibility thought that shooting missiles at the moon was a good idea?

Good lord does this movie about a Ouija Board look bad. And seriously, are they suggesting it's a remake of Witch Board, clearly the superior Ouija Board movie?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cool Shit 7/16 is a site that will inspire you to...well get more adventure in your life. Full of crazy adventure stories from seemingly average people, it's definitely something I have bookmarked. Though they did reject my adventure story of trekking to my mailbox this morning.

As you might or might not know, I'm a sucker for a good numbers station. Late at night, sitting alone with no other distractions, a numbers station can do a proper creep out. Here's an easy way to access them online.

All 171 World Cup soccer goals, ranked. Pretty sure I would have Goetze goal at least top 2, considering its significance, importance and timing.

Jason Alexander gives us an idea what it was like to tape an episode of Seinfeld:

Not sure if anyone is super interested in Jurassic World, the continuing sequel in that franchise, but apparently a brochure to the "theme park" has been released and offers some plot details.

Finally, slightly more melodic than a numbers station, please enjoy this 1972 Can concert footage. I'm pretty sure it has something for everyone, from the outfits to the high school stage like setting:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cool Shit 7/15

Artist takes pictures he drew 20 years ago as a child and recreates them now.

Check out these passenger jets doing extremely un-passenger jet-like things.

Eh, I think the literary internet is made up of the people that aren't famous, engaging with people in a real fashion, but as usual Flavorwire has to take their "hipper than thou" approach and label these 35 authors as the difference makers on the web.

I feel like I would be awesome at coming up with names for strains of marijuana. Growers, please contact me for a sales marketing boost (cartels excluded).

A libertarian camp retreat, in the wilds of New Hampshire. What would go on at such a thing? Way more than you can possibly imagine.

Can, playing in 1972. While this probably isn't as exciting for you as it is for me, it's still pretty awesome to watch the invention of kraut rock...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cool Shit 7/14

At first I thought this was about changing the television channel the Food Network, and I didn't think they had a shot. But then I realized they were talking about the food network in general. A loftier goal I guess, but probably slightly easier.

The headline is sensational, suggesting alien contact, but the article does go into a little more detail about what these radio "bursts" coming from space could be.

So a road in Yellowstone basically melted. And scientists say we have nothing to fear about the super volcano lying just below the surface?

I've never heard of the July Effect, but now that data suggests it may actually be real I'm going to be extra careful until the end of this month in an attempt to avoid all hospitals.

Looking for some cool hikes in America's National Parks but don't have a lot of time? Here are 10 that will take you about a day or so.

Sure, when the Polar Vortex comes in the winter, it's all, "Hey I hate you Polar Vortex!" but in the summer? I bet you'll all be singing a different tune!

Oh good - so the music industry is fucked, and no one is happy/satisfied with the current model - neither artists nor labels. So let's get the government involved!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cool Shit 7/11

Happy Slurpee Day! You can still get some sort of free ice drink from 7/11 today, right? Yes you can!

Awesome story about a Seinfeld episode that almost was, but (un)fortunately, never happened.

Pink Floyd albums, ranked. Not sure how Animals isn't #1, but I guess that's just me. You probably can guess what #1 is without seeing the list.

Youtube just got a lot more live concert music friendly. With this Music Vault deal they just made, you'll be able to see some pretty cool concert footage.

Enjoy this completely impossible timeline of the Planet of the Apes world.

The dark, sordid story behind the Noid, Domino's popular, yet controversial mascot, way back when pizza chains apparently had mascots. Until the bullets flew.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cool Shit 7/10

A journey through the Mojave Desert on a bike.

Awesome astronomy photos from throughout the year.

Add some glasses to a person and they immediately look and act like a scientist, right?

Here are all the ways the NSA is currently spying on you.

New trailer for Sharknado. Which is as absolutely horrible and awesome as you can imagine:

Speaking of horrible, Christian Bale is just looking for a paycheck in this, right? Also, not shocked to see Ben Kingsley in this. It feels like a Ben Kinsley vehicle.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cool Shit 7/8

Scenic vistas from the roads we should all drive at least once in our lives.

It's never good when a superpower makes sweeping claims about their war prowess.

It's kind of amazing that our culture has now genuinely accepted competitive eating as somewhat legitimate, handing out prizes and whatnot.

I'm a Roger Waters guy, but even if I weren't, I'm not sure I'd consider new music coming out from Pink Floyd if it didn't include him.

If you only have a little time in each state, these are the things you should be doing.

Oh good, so we have about 30 years before we're dominated as a species and have to start looking for Neo and fighting terminators. At least that what this physicist says.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cool Shit 7/7

Weird Al Yankovic talks about the history behind his songs.

A cool throwback story about what was, back in 1980 the toughest footrace in the world.

I might be excited for this Jimi Hendrix biopic only because they're not legally allowed to use any official Hendrix music.

Cool pictures of winter in Antarctica.

Swimming holes!

Not only are these questions great scientific mysteries we haven't truly answered, they're great philosophical questions to ponder.

It seems as though the Russians recently got their hands on a Tesla biography and have embraced the man's ideas.

So the world's largest waterside has begun testing with actual humans, which you can see below. I like the fact that the dude who went down it looks more like he was happy to survive, rather than enjoy the ride.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cool Shit 7/3

Keith Richards on his favorite blues songs.

Read an account of what it takes to be become a food writer in New York. Hint: she got incredibly lucky.

Man-sized slip and slide in the title is always going to get me to link to it. Especially when it's laying out the groundwork of how to create one.

Who doesn't want a personal thunderstorm in their house?

Denny's videogames! I'm all in.

Some of the more interesting beers being released this summer that you should keep your eye out for.

Sex myths! And to a lesser extent, the sex facts that follow those myths.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cool Shit 7/2

Food myths that you've heard over the years, are they true, or just stupid?

The only recipe for ice cream you'll ever need!

Yesterday was the best films of the year so far, today is the worst.

Real evidence of Bigfoot? From a reputed science journal? What is this, crazy times?

So this is what the Supreme Court has done for us this year.

Creative strategy from Bill Watterson. And if you don't know who that is, well I don't know what to tell you.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cool Shit 7/1

Anyone else curious to see what happens when you crack an egg underwater? Don't just pop the popcorn yet...

Are these your 10 best movies from the first half of 2014?

When you hear about a 39,000 yacht race you might get excited at the thought of such pure competition, but then you read the fine print and it understand it to be more like 9 independent races that add up to 39,000 miles and your excitement level wanes. Still, it's a yacht race I guess.

Disaster mapping is an invaluable tool to assess damage to cities, like say when a certain, delicious white giant comes around:

While I'm sure DARPA has presented some sane ideas that have kept the country somewhat safe, these examples of projects they have funded in their history makes me question them somewhat.

I think we can safely say the biggest question from this new Sharknado 2 clip is why is that one guy carrying a ginormous bat?