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Musical History Of Wooing Women

LEGOs Explain 12 Rules For Pixar Story-Telling

Japan Creates Bikini Clad Dancing Robots And Other Links

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California Car Exploding Due To Heat Wave Tops The Morning Links

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18 Pop Culture Hello Kitties That Need To Exist

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Hello Kitty could be making a fortune here. They aren't even real (yet) and already I'm throwing my money at my monitor.

Loki

Loki

Hey Sanrio! You need to hire Joseph Senior immediately and start cranking these things out.

Joseph, known on Flickr as YodaFlicker has been compiling Hello Kitty creations since 2006. As an illustrator living in New Zealand, the project began as a way to pay homage to George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise and branched out from there.

His goal is created 101 Pop Culture Kitties and to date has 88 complete. You can see the entire set over here.

Batman

Batman

Toy Story

Toy Story


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Police Composite Sketch Of Bram Stoker's Dracula

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Well this is…underwhelming. Using composite sketch software, The Composites recreates fictional literary characters.

Source: thecomposites  /  via: geektyrant.com

Bram Stoker's original description of the world's most famous vampire:

A tall old man, clean shaven save for a long white moustache…His face was a strong, a very strong, aquiline, with high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with lofty domed forehead…His eyebrows were very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion. The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking…For the rest, his ears were pale, and at the tops extremely pointed. The chin was broad and strong, and the cheeks firm though thin…The blue eyes transformed with fury.

Greenland Ice Sheet Thawing At Alarming Rate

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Oh the difference four days can make. Wait, what? Four DAYS? Scientists are scrambling to figure out the implications of such a rapid increase in melt.

AP Photo/Nicolo E. DiGirolamo, SSAI/NASA GSFC, and Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory.

Image by AP / AP

These undated handout images provided by NASA shows the extent of surface melt over Greenland s ice sheet on July 8, left, and July 12, right. Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. In the image, the areas classified as probable melt (light pink) correspond to those sites where at least one satellite detected surface melting. The areas classified as melt (dark pink) correspond to sites where two or three satellites detected surface melting. Nearly every part of the massive Greenland ice sheet suddenly and strangely melted a bit this month in a freak event that concerned scientists had never witnessed before. NASA says three different satellites saw what it calls unprecedented melting from July 8 to July 12. Most of the thick ice remains, but what was unusual was the widespread area where some melting occurred.

BuckyBalls Could Kill Your Kids And Other Links

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Can Minecraft And Makerbot Give Us A Star Trek Future?

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We might never get our flying cars but what about our replicators? And what happens to an economy when scarcity of goods is no longer an issue?

Source: youtube.com

From the Jetsons to Cory Doctorow, science fiction writers of all stripes have imagined a world where any object could be instantly created. Modern economics on the other hand, is built on the principle of competition for scarce resources. And while it may not seem like a video game and printer could alter this economic reality, we beg to differ. Minecraft's creative mode is the perfect vehicle for understanding a Post-Scarcity world; a place where resources are permanently available and constantly regenerated. It shows that with unlimited resources, people end up creating amazing digital structures! Of course, a world of infinitely available resources seems pretty fantastical until you consider the Makerbot and the future of 3D printing. The Makerbot is an at home device that allow you to print real three dimensional objects, meaning a Minecraftian future where you can print anything you want at anytime might not be that far away.

Giant Dust Storm Rolls Through Phoenix Tops The Morning Links

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Young Adult Novel Uses Blackface To Drive The Plot

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Save the Pearls wants to be the next Hunger Games. I…don't think that's going to happen.

Source: youtube.com

The plot of Save the Pearls hits many of the same notes as previous post-apocalyptic stories. It takes place on a dramatically altered Earth landscape where solar radiation has driven humans to the brink of extinction. For survival, they've congregated in an oppressive, omnipotent city state where opiates keep the populace docile while the elite ruling class live like kings. Throw in some arbitrary expiration date for usefulness and you've got a mash-up of Logan's Run, Brave New World, and Soylent Green. Where the book diverges is in how the society is split. While socioeconomic class and luck play a role, the most important thing about a person in Save the Pearls is skin color.


Brace yourselves for what I hope is an elaborate dystopian exercise in trolling.


At the top of the class chain, you have the Coals with the darkest skin and therefore the most resistance to solar radiation and best hope for humanity's survival. Next come the Tiger-Eyes, or the Latino community, followed by the Asian populace known as Ambers in this universe. At the bottom are the Pearls, or Caucasians with only Cottons (Albinos) being seen as less desirable and ugly.


The plot follows Eden Newman, represented in the video above, as she tries to claw her way out of her station in life before her time is up. If females have not been mated by the age of 18 they are unceremoniously dumped outside the safety of the city where The Heat will cook them slowly from the inside over the course of weeks. Since Pearls are so susceptible to radiation in this novel, they are unwanted. Even if they mate with another Pearl, the government restricts them to one child in a passive attempt to wipe them out. To make herself more attractive (and to keep from getting radiation poisoning) Eden covers herself in Midnight Luster aka blackface, in order to catch a Coal mate before she is killed.


The novel was written by Victoria Foyt, who's previous writing credits include the YA novel The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond and the feature films Going Shopping and Last Summer In The Hamptons.

If Gotham Hosted The Olympics And Other Links

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Video Game Grandpa Meme And Other Weekend Links

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The Death Of A Theater Tops The Morning Links

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Happy Birthday! Spider-Man Turns 50

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Peter Parker is looking spry for a baby boomer. Buzzfeed interviews Marvel editor Stephen Wacker about what's in store for the Spider-Man as he heads towards his 700th issue. Plus: Exclusive alternate covers celebrating 50 years of Spider-Man.

Spider-Man made his first appearance in the August 1962 issue of Amazing Fantasy #15 -- his popularity was instant, and less than a year later he was given his own series. The fascination with the wise-cracking web-slinger has never abated; on August 22nd, The Amazing Spider-Man will mark 50 years with Issue #692.

Buzzfeed talked with Marvel Senior Editor Stephen Wacker to talk about Peter Parker, his place in pop culture and what to expect going into 2013 and beyond.

BuzzFeed: Movie Spider-Man: Tobey McGuire or Andrew Garfield?

Stephen Wacker: I’m a Nicolas Hammond man myself.

I’ll tell you though, I thought Garfield was terrific in the new movie, but right now when I read Spidey lately, I’ve been hearing Drake Bell, the guy that does the voice on the animated series. I love his high school Spidey.

Exclusive Image: Spider-Man Through The Decades: 2000s Variant for 50th Anniversary Issue

BF: Being continuously published for 50 years is a huge accomplishment. What draws generation after generation of people to Spider-Man?

Wacker: What Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and later John Romita did 50 years ago was the same thing the Beatles did 50 years ago: They elevated their medium through the tastes of young people. For the most part there simply weren’t young super heroes in comics to any great degree. The ones you did see were usually sidekicks, and as friendly and harmless looking (and let’s face it: white bread) a group that you could find.

As a culture, the early 1960s were still the beginning of the time where teens were recognized as a separate demographic. Teen-agers run popular culture now, but it wasn’t always so. The Spidey creators dared to make Peter Parker more-or-less resemble a kid you’d find in the real world, struggling with adolescence, responsibility and identity.

I also think you can’t overstate the power of the decision to cover Spidey’s face entirely. That was practically unheard of in comics. Even a character as mysterious as Batman showed half his face. You knew Batman was a white adult (with great skin!). Spider-Man, however, could be just about anyone under that mask. To me that’s where the real power of the character’s ability to draw in new generations resides.

I see Spidey as the character that brings people in, the gateway drug so to speak. Peter Parker’s struggles have become internalized into American culture so handily that just about anyone can associate with some aspect of the character’s life. I’m not sure that’s true of any other super hero…at least not to the degree that it is with Spidey.


BF: With such a long history, how do you keep track of all the various characters and relationships floating around? I imagine lots of Post-It Notes connected by yarn.


Wacker: Exactly. Also lots of notes scribbled on my hands…and other assorted body parts.

In the case of the current run, our writer Dan Slott is about as big of a Spidey fan as you can find. I’ve also had two great assistants on the book in Ellie Pyle and Tom Brennan, who at the very least know where to find answers we might need.

And look, I’ll be honest, the fan sites help a ton. Great resources like the folks at spiderfan.org help keep straight all things Spidey.

Mistakes do happen though — they have since the book began — but that’s just part of working on any long running character. For the most part I think we have a pretty good batting average. I’m sure there several fans who think differently!


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The Largest Diamond Heist In History And Other Links

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Eat your heart out Ocean's Eleven. Plus women are killing it at the Olympics this year and robotic babies are super creepy.

It's the largest diamond heist in history from the world's most impenetrable vault, located in Antwerp, Belgium. Two floors below the Diamond Centre, it was protected by a lock with 100 million possible combinations, as well as heat/motion sensors, radar, magnetic fields, and a private security force. On the weekend of Feb 15, using a series of moves that would make Danny Ocean jealous, the thieves were able to silently enter the vault, bust open the safe deposit boxes, and make off with the glittering loot. And although the purported ring leader Leonardo Notarbartolo was caught and sentenced to 10 years, he has since been released on parole. Notarbartolo claimed in an interview in Wired Magazine that the true take was only $20 million and was part of a larger conspiracy involving insurance fraud. Whatever -- the loot was never recovered and everybody literally made off like bandits.

Read About Nine Other "Perfect Crimes" Over At Oddee!

Saudi Arabian women break through one more cultural ceiling by getting two women to the Olympics for the first time ever. - [TheAtlantic]

Speaking of awesome Olympic women, one Malaysian athlete broke a record for competing while eight months pregnant. - [SportsIllustrated]

Things you hear on vacation translated into what they actually mean. - [CollegeHumor]

Scientists uncovered the richest vein of fossilized sperm ever....yay? - [Geekosystem]

Working on the Internet means never being able to escape these four types of delusional people. - [Cracked]

Meet Affetto, the creepy robot baby designed to help researchers study caregiver relationships but in reality will only help study what makes caregivers try to kill robotic infants. - [GlobalPost]

Six surprising unexpected perks of long term relationships. - [Glamour]

After her grandfather died behind the wheel, this quick thinking 12 year old steered herself to safety. - [Time]

The cost of being Iron Man is way higher than the cost of being Batman. - [GeeksAreSexy]

Headline Story: Not all criminals are stupid. And when they aren't, they're damn near impossible to catch. - [Oddee]

Steampunk Shoes By Metropolis Alternative

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This post happened because reasons. Because sometimes you need a little more brass clockwork in your life.

Located in California, Metropolis Alternative focuses on Steampunk and the lesser known Cyberpunk subgenres. Pricing is unknown since they only sell to registered customers but it definitely gives off a "you get what you pay for" vibe. All their designs are in-house exclusives and their philosophy is "You are an individual, so start dressing like one."

All photos posted with permission


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11 Confusing Photos Of Germany Celebrating Hindu Festival Of Color

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Happy Holi everyone! Wait, isn't this supposed to be a religious Spring Festival for Hinduism? Harmless fun or culturally insensitive?

People throw coloured powder in the air during Holi festival celebrations in Berlin, July 29, 2012. Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is a festival celebrated in India and other Hindu countries that in its original form heralds the beginning of spring. The Berlin event brought Indian Djs, acrobatics and dance to the German capital.

Image by THOMAS PETER / Reuters

Image by Oliver Lang / AP

Image by THOMAS PETER / Reuters

Image by THOMAS PETER / Reuters


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Say Again? Bane's Voice Before And After

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Get the marbles out of your mouth, Mumbles McGee!

Source: youtube.com

When The Dark Knight Rises teaser came out in 2011, the number one complaint was the inability to understand Bane's dialogue. Between then and the release of the movie this year, Tom Hardy re-recorded every line and the difference is exceptionally noticeable.

The only downside is on occasion the new voiceovers make Bane sound too cartoony for Nolan's world. But if it means not having to replay scenes over and over to understand Bane, it's well worth the cost of momentary lapses in suspension of disbelief.

Super Mario Bros. Theme Played Upside-Down And Backwards

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This is ridiculously hard. Yet somehow the Backwards Piano Man makes it look easy.

Source: youtube.com