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Man Tests First Dual Shoulder-Down Cyborg Arms


Meet Les Baugh. Les had both arms amputated at the shoulder after a freak electrical accident 40 years ago (and not from being torn off by an angry bear like I initially suspected). Now he's the first person to successfully use the bilateral shoulder-down modular prosthetic limbs developed by the doctors and scientists at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Each arms operates with a full 3-degrees of freedom and over 30-degrees of motion, and are controlled intuitively simply by thinking of moving a specific part. From watching the video, the technology obviously has a ways to go, but it's definitely a big step in the right direction. One of the scientists interviewed even references in five to ten years from now, he expects to be developing robotic prosthetics so advanced people will actually be cutting their own limbs off to get them. Fine, he didn't say that, but I could tell he was THINKING IT thanks to the mind-reading chip aliens implanted in my head while I was passed out drunk in the woods over the weekend. "You don't have a mind-reading chip." Yes I do too, I can feel it. *brushing back hair on side of head* See? "That's a tick." GET IT OFF ME, PLEASE, JUST BURN IT.

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I Am Into This: Nintendo Games As Pulp Fiction Covers


This is a small series of Nintendo video games imagined as the covers of pulp fiction covers by artist Ástor Alexander (also, his deviantART page). This is Metroid here, but there's Super Mario and Zelda covers after the jump. Plus a bonus non-Nintendo one for Bioshock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC, because it lends itself to being a pulp fiction cover too perfectly to not be included. Not making a pulp fiction cover for Burial At Sea would be like picking anybody but me to be on the first issue of Dino F***ing Digest.

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The Baddest-Ass Spinning Kick To An Arcade Boxing Machine You Will Probably Ever See


This is a short slow-motion video of a guy performing two insane spinning kicks on one of those see-how-hard-you-can-punch arcade boxing machines. As our sister site Hedonistica pointed out, it's annoying they never played the kicks in regular speed, or showed his score. Of course, based on the way he f***ing nails that bag, I'm just going to assume his score was 'ERROR: PLEASE STOP DOING THAT.'

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Hyundai Veloster Gets A Custom Boba Fett Vehicle Wrap


This is artist Rebekah Stieg Knuth's custom Boba Fett wrapped Hyundai Veloster. That way she can tell her Veloster from all the other Velosters in the mall parking lot. You know how I locate my car in a crowded parking lot? Look for the nicest car I can find, then hot-wire it. Joyride! I'm writing this from jail by the way. Apparently, "Grand Theft Auto made me do it, I'm the real victim here," doesn't hold up in court as well as you might think.

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*Sad Face*: The Top 100 Emojis Used On Twitter


This is a list of the top 100 emojis used on Twitter as of June of this year (well this is the top ten, full list after the jump). Since then, the tears of joy emoji has taken over first place by a long shot. You can see all emoji use on Twitter visualized in real-time at the Emoji Tracker site created by Matthew Rothenberg, which comes with an epilepsy warning on account of lots of flashing colors. I watched it until I felt like I was slipping into the Matrix. Then I slipped out of the Matrix and into my Jacuzzi. Come join me? "Absolutely not." I was only going to use you to bring me some aromatherapy candles anyways.

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Iconic Self Portraits Imagined As Selfies For Samsung Ad


This is a series of three famous self portraits (Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Albrecht Dürer) reimagined as selfies to advertise Samsung's new Samsung NX mini camera. The NX mini camera has a 3-inch, forward-facing, flip-up screen because it's important your vanity gets the respect it deserves. I love the tag-line, "For self-portraits. Not selfies," like a photo of yourself taken with a camera DESIGNED FOR SELFIES is some sort of work of art and not just a saddening attempt to seek affirmation from your half-friends online. I took a selfie once. ONCE. I deleted it immediately after and regret ever taking it in the first place. That is how everyone should feel.

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Good To Know: What Happens When You Step In Lava


This is a video of a "professional" demonstrating what happens when you step on a lava flow. You don't actually sink, it just gives a little before trying to set your shoe on fire. But what about the even hotter, redder lava in the crater of a volcano? Would a really light person sink into that right away? I only ask because whether or not I write Peter Jackson an angry letter depends on it.

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Now's Our Chance To Name A Crater On Mercury After Me


To celebrate the end of the MESSENGER (MErcury Surface Space ENvironment GEochemistry and Ranging) mission as the orbiter runs out of fuel and crashes into Mercury's surface in March, scientists have decided to give us, the idiots of the internet, the opportunity to name some of the planet's newly mapped craters after, "important people in the arts and humanities." Obviously, the biggest, ugliest one should be named after me, but the rules state, "the individual must have been recognized as an 'art-historically significant figure' for more than 50 years, and dead for at least three." And as tempting as it is to go back in time, paint a bunch of groundbreaking nudes in the 50's, then kill myself, I guess I'm out of the running. Why'd they have to make the rules so strict anyways? This sounded cool when I started to post it, then I actually got to reading, and now it's pretty disappointing. They should allow ANY entries, and let the internet vote on them. And if 4chan comes along and names a crater Robotits Fapmachine Beta, then by God that's what the crater's new name is.

Thanks to Chris C, who really got my hopes up. Now I need a hug.