Friday, February 27, 2015

Cool Shit 2/27

Every member of the Avengers, ranked. This is more specifically from the comic books, so if you're
just aware of them through the movies, you're going to see just how many Avengers were out there.

It has to be a difficult conversation to have with friends and family when revealing that your father was a serial killer.

Net neutrality explained.

If you grew up in the 90s, Rock n' Jock is a part of your DNA. And now you can relive it a bit with this oral history.

So it seems Bladerunner 2 is a go. Hoping beond hope that they scratch the silly notion of Deckard being a replicant (because had he been one the themes and ideas brought up in the first movie would be completely waasted, as well as the weird explaining they would have to do for the sequel would probably ruin it) and just tell another great story. We'll see I guess.

Mythbuster dude makes the maze from The Shining:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cool Shit 2/26

Scientists 20-25 years ago did a massive disservice to the world calling the upcoming climate change as "global warming," as it gave everyone who didn't want to believe in it (a weird fact in itself) ammunition every time it got significantly colder. Specifically like right now watching Boston and the entire Northeast deal with ridiculous amounts of snow. Newsflash: that's not countering our climate change; in fact it's more likely that it's a result of it. Regardless, check out what the northeast is going through with these photos.

Just because the Appalachian Trail is in the east, outside of the larger and taller mountain ranges doesn't mean it doesn't afford ridiculously difficult climbs.

15 movies about making movies. The meta aspect of all of these is my jam!

Haven't really seen this take before: an argument for what made season 1 of Parks and Recreation so good.

Writers really are a weird bunch.

What you can do with $10 at a dollar store.

I guess this kind of makes it official: Alien 3 will technically not exist in the Alien universe based on
the next movie. Say what you want about it, I think the premise of Alien 3 worked and while it made some controversial decisions, that was the story it told.

I just had to link to this, if only to allow others to attempt to wrap their minds around the concept of something being 12 billion times larger than our sun.

Also something that is baffling scientists: strange lights on a dwarf planet in our solar system.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cool Shit 2/25

It's two days after the 2015 Oscars so what better time than now to start thinking about the 2016 Oscars?

10 books to give you the real scoop on history - not the one from your school textbooks.

Not thrilled how easily dismissed the theory of another planet on our orbiting trajectory behind the sun was.

Finally! A look at how the ratings are created for football players in Madden. It will at least give me an idea of how 1992 Minnesota Vikings' Joey Browner was basically an immortal in that game.

Not sure how this Chicago "black site" the police are operating hasn't gotten more notoriety, and hasn't gotten shut down. It's kind of frightening that something like this is happening so brazenly. I assume things happen like this within the majority of our cities, but not on such a high, organized level as to get caught. I assume this is now going to be a much larger story as it has come to light.

Revisiting the missing Malaysian plane from almost a year ago. Apparently, we're no closer to finding it. Or are we?

The Mongol Derby. A crazy horse race that harkens back to the times of Ghengis Khan. Sounds completely insane.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cool Shit 2/24

Enjoy the opulence of Hollywood with this list of the contents of each gift bag from the Oscars.

Here are some thoughts from Jimmy Page on the creation of Physical Graffiti, a rare instance where pretentiousness collides with greatness and everything comes out unscathed.

Parks and Recreation ends its run tonight. Here's an oral history of how it got started (thankfully it righted the ship from the first year).

Cool Mars sunset. And it's blue!

Urban exploration always fascinated me. Unfortunately these 15 buildings will seemingly always be off limits no matter what.

So the show, The Last Man on Earth is getting ready to premiere, but you can watch some clips of it here.

Sure, the idea of landing on Mars sounds delicious, with private firms already screening potential astronauts, but seriously, it's probably never going to happen, and therefore seems like it could be one big scam.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cool Shit 2/23

This vintage UFO chart from the National Archives is definitely something I would hang on my wall.

Sure, trips to the moon are boring, but it's not like NASA isn't trying to come up with cooler space ideas.

There's some strange stuff out there on the Internet. But that doesn't mean it shouldn't exist, or we should get upset by its existence. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be what's happening.

I may have seen one...possibly two episodes of Two and a Half Men in my life. Just never held interest for me. But I guess I would have watched the finale had I known it was going to be this batshit insane.

Celebrate these weird Oscar nominations throughout the years, in order to come down off your Academy Award night high gently. 

A new Sherlock Holmes story, penned by Sor Arthur Conan Doyle, has been found in some Scottish dude's house. And now you can read it right here!

It's still uncertain whether celebrities go to Vegas to die or get reborn when they perform. However, it seems as though Carrot Top at least for himself, has figured it out.

Kill Me Three Times - an Australian movie starring Simon Pegg as an assassin.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Cool Shit 2/20

Watch drone footage of Niagra Falls in all its icy glory:

I know it sounds crazy, but rebooting a movie like Shaft is akin to rebooting Jaws; it wasn't just a moive, it was a cultural phenomenon that made it that much bigger than it was, and that's something you can't duplicate. Shaft wasn't great because it was a good movie; the plot is clunky at times. It is great because it took what at the time was a different perspective, and gave it a "don't give a fuck" attitude. It missed in the 2000 remake, and I'm willing to be it will be missed again. We live in a different time, with different problems; a movie like Shaft could work, tackling the issues of today, but I don't have hope that that's what is going to happen.

A little more detail about the shenanigans during the SNL 40th. By now you've probably heard the Eddie Murphy almost doing Cosby story. And there are a lot of theories out there about why or why not. Mine is that had Murphy opened that door, it would have given people the opportunity to compare his past daliances with women with Cosby, and that's something he didn't want to dredge up all over again. I can't blame him.

More evidence to suggest the Oscars are not about finding the quality of film; this focuses on weird rules that keeps some movies in, and eliminates the chances of others.

A new Alien movie has at least been given the opportunity to take its next steps (I'm still not 100%
positive it will happen). Here is a look at how they might work around the muddled story that both Alien 3 & 4 have taken us to, as well as the awful, terrible no good Prometheus.

Continuing with Alien, here we also have some pros and cons of Neil Blomkamp's involvement. Personally, while I enjoy his vision, I'm not sure he's the right type to write the story.

Enjoy a good beer? Here are the steps you have to take to get your hands on some of the most sought after beers in the country.

Fight Club 2? In comic form? Check out the first 6 pages if you'd like, or you can simply ignore this exists and keep the original in its pure form in your head. And I really hope this doesn't end as being a dream in the narrator's head (who yes, has a name in this sequel).

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cool Shit 2/19

Backcountry - survival movie out in the Canadian wilderness against a bear. Maybe. Or maybe it's that dude from Six Feet Under trying out a crazy Scottish accent controlling the bears. I don't know. I haven't seen the movie.

Time travel books that might make awesome movies.

Another conspiracy-themed show being produced. They'll always capture my interest, though rarely will they exceed my expectation (but I still can't quit you Rubicon!)

If you needed a reason why the Oscars aren't really a celebration of the best movies, enjoy these five quotes from an Academy member - a person who votes.

Speaking of the Oscars, here's a person who watched all 60 nominated films and ranked them. Obviously personally opinion based, and I can't comment too much since I haven't watched all 60 films, but there are some curious things that stand out about his rankings.

A long list of resources out there on the web, conveniently categorized. So next time you're thinking of buying something, maybe you should check these out first.

What does it feel like to kill someone? I know we all have a certain level of bravado and might even
believe we have the capability to take another human's life, but I don't think it's as simple as that once faced with the decision. I don't know. I think there's a value of life that we can't possibly rate until faced with it, and even then, it can't be easy to make what amounts to the ultimate decision for someone. (I also believe we should teach the value of life at an early age, and suggest there's nothing greater to take away, but that's just me.)

It seems like maybe Larry David doesn't enjoy to be interviewed.

What it's like to be a guard in an art museum at night. Apparently Ben Stiller was lying to us!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cool Shit 2/18

Cool map of the loudest and quietest places in the United States.

Enjoy the sketch will Bill Murray returning as Nick Ocean to sing the love song form Jaws...

Be prepared for your Oscar office pool and check out these predictions

Speaking of the SNL special, seems like the after party was way better than the show. Fallon's
summary of what went down is simply amazing.

An oral history of Upright Citizens Brigade.

It's 2015. Let's check in on the state of American Malls.

That feel good Depression-era story of the origins of Monopoly? Yeah, it's not really true.

Hey San Franciso - when it comes to fog, Tokyo says, "Fuck You!"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cool Shit 2/17

Get your fictional presidents on with this list of them on Netflix.

I'm sure Urban Outfitters feels every but the same way about me as I do them, and they don't care because they're a million dollar company. But still, when you sell stuff like this, you have to feel a little weird.

I thought the 40th anniversary SNL special mostly worked; sure there were some misfires (the Bassomatic note for note retread; the Californians in general; the missed opportunity with the ladies list from the AV Club on things they should have at least been addressed.
at the news desk) but there were plenty of hits and nostalgic moments that more than made up for them (Baldwin's Bennett running through all the characters of Tom Sawyer; Bill Murray bringing back Nick Ocean; Maya Rudolf and Short; Sandberg and Sandler). But there were obviously things that were missed; the show only had 3.5 hours to go through 40 years of history (though I probably would have given them an extra hour and ditched the stupid live red carpet event). Here's a

A post-apocalyptic television event series with giant monsters on FOX? I'm all in.

Have never heard of before but their business model is interesting. Not sure it is going to destroy amazon, but I will definitely look into it.

One man's account of going on a date with his wife to see 50 Shades of Grey on Valentine's Day.

Brain-altering devices have hit the market. What could possibly go wrong?

Cricket. An international sport that is way more popular than baseball, but way more confusing to the common American. Until now...

Monday, February 16, 2015

COol Shit 2/16

I don't know if I have the courage to DIY drug myself in order to potentially affect my health. But it is a fascinating topic.

Bunch of cool movies coming out this year; what are you excited for the most?

So 50 Shades of Grey blew up this weekend, but here's a list of 30 movies sexier than it. I have to
imagine Secretary was at least a mild influence into the 50 Shades of story, right?

Now this is a bold statement: Apple will buy Tesla.

You know you have an owl problem when you have to make a sign like this.

Technically it's summer time down in Antarctica, so you have a couple of months to prepare for the winter if you're down there.

A strange story from 538 blog in that they set the criteria for trying to come up with the SNL cast member who had the best movie career and then conclude...well read for yourself I guess.

The sordid world of the 50 Shades of Grey consumer products. Fun!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cool Shit 2/12

What could be better news on a Thursday morning than the release of four previously unheard Spice songs?

All conspiracy theories have a level of entertainment in them, as long as you don't invest too heavily into them. But sports conspiracies are the best, because they have built in fan bases that will glom onto anything to excuse their team's performance.

Guy Ritchie generally gets a bad rap, but I think he's a pretty talented director (I think it had to do with the whole Swept Away fiasco). So I'm fairly excited for his take on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Here's a trailer:

I'm going to be honest. I had no idea how popcorn popped was even a mystery. But good for the scientists who figured it out!

40 years of Saturday Night Live means a lot of backstage pictures. Here are a few of them.

Also, feel free to gnash your teeth with this Rolling Stone ranking of cast members!

We Are Still Here - a movie that appears to pay homage to the weird horror movies from the 70s...though I have to believe there are elements of parody within it. Looks crazy...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cool Shit 2/11

While I admit this looks kinda cool, I also think we as a society, might be over saturating the market for recreational snow vehicles.

Growing up in a tennis house I remember watching the Connors/Krickstein match live... I actually remember watching every Connors match of that historic US Open run. It was special because it was a former great giving the crowd one more shot to thank him for his spectacular career. Sad to hear about 3 hip replacements.

New Pitch Perfect 2 trailer:

Ghostbusters boardgame? I'm all in.

Search engine for the dark web - now you'll be able to find a plethora of hitmen for that annoying neighbor.

Humans will always be curious, so it's not surprising there's a decent number of people volunteering to be the first people on Mars (and who won't ever be able to come back), but I wonder if that sense of curiosity will ultimately clash with our sense of survivalism.

Phone calls make for a creepy utility in some mysteries. Even with the advent of cell phones, they can have a chilling effect.

Watch these specific scenes from Jaws to learn what good cinematography can do for your movie.

Six stories from the Russian North; an area on our map that little is known about but holds some pretty cool treasures.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cool Shit 2/10

Valentine's Day is coming up, why not get something completely weird and inappropriate for your loved one?

It sounds ludicrous now, to think beaming out a communication into space could be such a hot button topic, but if you take a step back and think about the potential consequences, I'm at least happy that people are talking about it, and not just doing it willy nilly. Also, the idea of sending the contents of
Wikipedia in space should be the scariest thing anyway.

Don't for one second believe spies are all super intelligent and Bond like.

Only Werner Herzog can get me excited about a super volcano romantic thriller movie filmed in the Bolivian Salt Flats.

New upcoming show for Netflix called Bloodlines:

40 years of Saturday Night means a lot of things - both good and bad - happened.

Want to know about the One ring from Lord of the Rings? This will help explain everything...
(Seriously, it gives motivation for a lot of the stuff that happens in the novels and movies)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cool Shit 2/9

This is insane. Your TV is now a spy. Seriously, think of the ramifications of this.

Another great list of podcast recommendations to fill the negative space in your life (commuting, cubicle sitting, etc.).

New Michael Douglas movie, Beyond the Reach, coming out. Looks unlike the recent spat of Michael Douglas movies.

While I agree with this article that original scripted movies flopping is only going to create the
vacuum for anything but sequels and reboots in Hollywood, I still have to lay some of the blame at the Wachowski Brothers' feet. This movie was a jangled mess of too many idea. Perhaps if they had other people giving feedback and opinion, the movie would have fared better. Just because it's original doesn't mean it's worth watching.

I loved Happy Endings when it was on, but not sure how I'm excited I'd be for it to come back. First of all, it doesn't seem as though the entire cast would come back (no Penny, no show in my opinion) and it never seems like these shows can live up to the hype that surround their return (see Arrested Development).

If you're into Disney, you'll love this list of the 20 attractions the parks have planned to create by 2017.

Dive deep with David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross script, and what it took to craft the film. Lots of crazy stuff here.

Original Iron Chefs from Japan reuniting for a dinner in Australia? Actually, this article is misleading. While Kenichi was indeed an original, none of the neither Sakai nor Kobe were. Head to the wikipedia to get the full scoop of Iron Chef Japan.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cool Shit 2/6

After reading this rather enjoyable article about the cast of Police Academy and where they are now, I learned of what may be considered the greatest production to come out of Hollywood to date: Lavalantula. I can only hope it comes close to the brilliance of Shatner in Kingdom of the Spiders...

(I hate when science fiction becomes science fact. Also, there is no bad line in that trailer)

Bonus! William Shatner discusses his role in Kingdom of the Spiders! Don't you dare think I didn't watch all 16 minutes of this!)

Ok, I'm back. Those 16 minutes might be the best 16 minutes I've spent all week. Come for the time  Shatner indirectly insults every woman cast in this movie; stay for when he gets into eating rats. I think he also might suggest that there is going to be an evolution of super-intelligent spiders in the near future. Of course I'm bummed the sequel wasn't made, since it sounded batshit insane.

Grammy post for today: who should win/who will win? 

More Serial news, this time from some of the teachers who knew both Adnan, Hae, Jay and Stephanie. Though not revelatory, it is interesting to hear from people who knew the principles involved in the case.

Here's a nice, fun read from a congressperson about the current state of Congress, and just how little we can probably do to fix it. Though the author closes with a sense of optimism, I think that has more to do with the issue that he or she has to be optimistic, since they are so close to the situation, while the general public has already spoken (see approval ratings for Congress).

It has amazed me that of late, I have heard musicians strike out at streaming sites (spotify, Pandora, profit for themselves, as they have done within the industry, since the beginning of the industry.etc.) for not paying them appropriate shares of money; A. I always felt that this system was too new to immediately criticize as not getting it right, and B. let's not forget that record labels are going to manipulate the system as much as possible to turn a profit for themselves.

Hey, remember Beanie Babies? What the hell what were we all thinking?

Thinking about walking across that thinly iced pond? Maybe read this before you do, to be prepared just in case.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cool Shit 2/5

Nice little interview about contraband cell phones in prison conducted on an illegal cell phone. My head just exploded.

The Grammys will soon be upon us. Here are some of the more stranger moments from their history. I say "Wu-Tang is for the children" at least once a week.

Architectural marvels that for one reason or another, don't get ranked with the more popular ones throughout the world. Some of these are mind-bendingly awesome.

Who knew there was such a crazy story about those soy packets you grab a handful of every time you walk out of a Chinese takeout joint?

The lie detector - accurate, or just another tool to use in the psychological breakdown of a suspect to get him/her to confess?

I'm not sure I want to know the type of person who actively goes on the internet looking to compare axes in order to find the best.

The bicycle. I think this is something I would love to do.

Talking to the "five-timers" (people who hosted five or more times) about SNL. The crazy part of this article is seeing who hosted more than five times. Drew Barrymore?

Eight missing people mysteries that still have amateur sleuths tracking down clues. The polaroid one (you'll know it when you read it) might be the creepiest thing you'll read today.

... Unless of course you find a van with a naked chick riding Spock from Star Trek creepy and not sexy.

The Roswell Slides...allegedly a group of pictures (the slides) that show evidence of an alien body
from the Roswell alien incident from 1947. Long holed up for some reason (seriously the article is really vague about a lot of things), apparently they are going to be released to the public on May 5. Again, no idea why. But that's not even the strangest thing in the article, as it gets into computer hacking and all sorts of crazy suggestions and accusations. As is what usually happens on UFO blogs.

Editing is an art. A bad editor can ruin a movie, and a great editor can sometimes save a bad one. Enjoy this list of the 75 best edited movies.

These inspired quotes by Werner Herzog are fantastic. I'm not sure there's anyone out there I'd rather have a sitdown dinner with than Herzog.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cool Shit 2/4

A jaunt through IMDB's 100 worst-rated movies of all time. There are some truly awful things out there.

I don't know what the conspiracy would be; I assume the Mars rover would get dirt in its gears and need to be cleaned off routinely, so why...wait a minute!

So news came out yesterday that after many years, Harper Lee's second manuscript, Go Set a Watchman will be published. While that sounds like great news, maybe it isn't. While we will probably never know the full details, let's hope it was for the best of intentions (I doubt it).

The Philadelphia Wing Bowl. Yep, it happened.

Wrapped in a shawl of Judge Judy production, this is more a warning of what can happen when you don't know what you're doing when reaching out of your comfort zone and dealing with a stranger within society.

Be a better cook. It's easy!

Care to read about the history of Chipotle - as told by the key players involved in Chipotle?

I want to see the Amish version of the Fast and the Furious...

Brewers tell you what it's like to run a brewery. Apparently it's not just about drinking a lot of beer.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cool Shit 2/3

Some television highlights coming in the month of February. If Sex in a Box isn't a hint of the coming apocalypse, I don't know what is.

Continuing with television, a new murder mystery has started, called Fortitude. Good cast; bad network, as I've never heard Pivot. Go here to watch the first episode on Youtube, but after that I'm not sure what you can do. So maybe don't watch it so you don't get hooked without the opportunity to fulfil the series? I can't imagine your call to your cable company begging them to add Pivot to your package is going to work. It's quite the conundrum.

Universe mysteries that baffle us! Though are we stupid because we can't understand these things out of our grasp, or should we be content to know our current limitations, and work through them at a comfortable pace, knowing full well that someday we might have the technology to understand more?

Every so often a western comes along that reminds you how great a western can be. I don't know if The Salvation is that western, but it surely looks like it could be. It doesn't hurt that it stars Mads Mikklesen in it...

There are so many cooking oils out there, it's difficult to keep track of which you should use for whatever you're cooking. Until now.

Like that book you're reading? Want to read another one just like it? Have I got a website for you!

Rick Rubin just offered some random thoughts on the many albums he's produced over the years. Read them here.

Have you ever seen an album cover so hideous you were curious to hear the songs that led he/she/them to creating it? Well, now you can...(be careful, it's definitely not safe for work; also I might buy that Gary album!)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cool Shit 2/2

Who knew movies could be so dangerous?

I love the fact that in certain sciences (take radio astronomy) you can completely make up a hypothesis, and as long as you put some complicated math around it, people are going to give it a certain level of credence. And so now we have the concept of Dyson Spheres.

New Jurassic World trailer:

A woman, a bus and sauerkraut.

If you haven't heard by now, it's SNL's 40th anniversary this year. And apparently they have an all-star cast lined up for the special.

I feel like human trafficking is one of those things that is completely under reported...kinda like a problem we can easily sweep under the rug and out of our minds. Cool to hear that there are organizations that attempt to solve the issue creatively, training airline flight attendants to look for warning signs.

I know it's been going around, but enjoy the season 5 trailer for Game of Thrones:

And after watching that, why not challenge your friends to the Game of Thrones board game?