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Impressive Game Of Thrones Interactive Map To Westeros

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This is an interactive map (links to actual map) of Westeros and the surrounding lands created by Westeros.org user carpiediem. You can click on pretty much anywhere to bring up a Game of Thrones wiki about the area, track characters' travels through the books and show, and more. Perhaps one of the coolest features is that is you can move the slider in the upper right corner to the latest chapter/show you've read/watched and the map will remove any information that happens after that so there aren't any spoilers. That's neat. Right now I'm make-believing I'm riding a dragon around Westeros burninating villages and claiming them as my own. Oh, they're shooting arrows at us -- you know what to do, Trogdor (I named my dragon Trogdor). Trogdor -- NO -- bleed and crash is not what we're supposed to do. Stop acting like that sissy Falcor, I thought you were a beast of war. Hey -- you know the egg your girlfriend laid that I said was stolen by the White Walkers? I made an omelet. It was good, I don't regret it.

Thanks to Jackie, who took the time to tell me she's caught up on all the books AND shows. Go you! You should have told me earlier and I would have made you a banner or something.

Rejoice!: Powdered Alcohol Gets Approval For Sale In US

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Because sometimes trying to sneak a bottle of bourbon taped to your nuts into a sporting event still gets confiscated by security, now there's Palcohol, a powdered alcohol that's just been approved for sale in the US. That way security will just think it's fat sack of coke and call the police! It's just powdered alcohol, I swear -- I just didn't want to pay $16 for a cocktail! *getting handcuffed* My only crime is being thrifty!

What's worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?! Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost.


We've been talking about drinks so far. But we have found adding Palcohol to food is so much fun. Sprinkle Palcohol on almost any dish and give it an extra kick. Some of our favorites are the Kamikaze in guacamole, Rum on a BBQ sandwich, Cosmo on a salad and Vodka on eggs in the morning to start your day off right. Experiment. Palcohol is great on so many foods. Remember, you have to add Palcohol AFTER a dish is cooked as the alcohol will burn off if you cook with it...and that defeats the whole purpose.

So...can you snort it? Because this sounds like it could be dangerous. AND I LIKE DANGEROUS. I'm going to bury my face in a pile of this stuff like Tony Montana at the end of Scarface. "And then?" The same thing Tony did. "Shoot up your mansion?" After that. "Die?" Exactamundo! And then my ghost is going to sue the company. "For?" An afterlifetime supply! This might be my best idea so far.

UPDATE: Government says Palcohol was approved for sale in error, will not be on shelves (or up anybody's ass) soon.

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They're Coming!: Zombie Face Paintball Masks

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These are the £18 (~$30) made to order zombie face paintball masks for sale by eBayer corpseguy. Is he really undead? I'm not sure, but I've never heard of a zombie running an eBay store before, so that would be a first for me. They don't actually come with the helmet though, it's a just a latex mask you wear over an existing helmet to intimidate your foes. Because there's nothing more terrifying than a zombie with a gun. I'm kidding, there are tons of things more terrifying than a zombie with a gun, including, and not just limited to, a zombie with its teeth already buried in your f***ing neck. That's like, a REAL oh shit moment.

Keep going for a couple different styles, go to the auction page to see them all.

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It Looks Just Like Outerspace!: Slow-Motion Video From Drone Copter Flying Through Fireworks Display

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This is a slow-motion video of a Phantom camera attached to a drone flying through a fireworks display. I kept waiting (read: hoping/praying) for it to get hit by a mortar, but it never did. My favorite shots were the ones that looked like you just pushed the warp drive button in your spaceship. Clench your ass cheeks, Space Rangers, because here...we...GOOOOOO! God I love playing space. If you bring your own cardboard box over you can design your own spaceship and play alongside me. "No thanks." Haha, I was going to laser cannon the shit out of you anyways. You ever seen my apartment? "There are torn up cardboard boxes everywhere." SPACESHIP GRAVEYARD.

Hit the jump for the video. Hit me to get hit back even harder.

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That's A Ton Of Balls: Guy Juggles 13 Balls At Once

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Well, I don't know if it's actually considered juggling, because he only throws two of the balls twice. The rest are only in the air for a single round (13 balls, 15 total catches). Still impressive though. Reminds me of the time in high school before gym class started when I was in the gym throwing Skittles as high as I could and catching them in my mouth. I was catching them from like, 20-25 feet. Everyone was so impressed. Then I chipped a tooth during my finale. "That's embarrassing." It was, but not nearly as bad as next week when I shit my pants running the mile. You know what they called me? Forrest Dump. Completely ruined the movie for me.

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Honda's New And Improved ASIMO Humanoid Robot

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One cyanide or two?

This is a short video of Honda demoing the latest version of their ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) humanoid robot. Asimo was first introduced in 2000, and has since undergone a series of upgrades that make him less likely to fall up and down stairs like he was so good at in the beginning. Which is a shame, because I liked him better back then. After all, he is supposed to be a HUMANOID robot, and what's more human than making mistakes? "GW? You're over-thinking this." I HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO.

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Wow, Mother Nature...Wow: Scientists Discover Reverse Sexed Insects Where Males Have Vaginas, Females Peens

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HIYO, female insect peen coming at ya!

This is a closeup of a Brazilian cave insect in which male and female sex organs are reversed. The males have vaginas and the females, big ol' penises (for an insect). The male still produces the sperm though, the female just dips her penis-like straw (called a gynosome) into his vagina to collect the little swimmers. Why we should count our lucky stars we weren't reincarnated as male Brazilian cave insects:

During mating, the female's spiny penis gets tightly anchored to the male vagina's sperm duct, allowing the female to receive the semen. In other words, this penis functions more like a straw than a spout. If the male tried to break away [during copulation, which lasts between 40-70 hours], his abdomen would rip open, and he would dramatically lose his genitals. These female insects also mate with multiple males and can store two batches of sperm in the body.

Wow, Mother Nature -- you've really outdone yourself. Nothing like having your abdomen ripped open and "dramatically losing your genitals" because you tried to get up and grab a bite to eat in the middle of a 70-hour sexcapade. Listen, here's a little protip for all you male Brazilian cave insects out there: just masturbate.

Keep going for a shot of the organs mid-copulation, and a diagram explaining what you're looking at.

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WTF Was That?!: Assassin's Creed Climb In Real Life

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This is a video of some pro free-climber scaling the side of a building. After a couple attempts of of making a long jump to the next handhold and sliding back down, he goes inverted and pulls out this Spider Man move. Is that common? Because it doesn't look like it. Man, I wish I could do cool shit like this. I'm like, not coordinated at all. I can barely climb the stairs without falling (using the handrail!). Last night I tried to jump into bed and missed and had to sleep on the floor.

Keep going for the video. It's short. Me? I'm 6'1".

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