Watching Different Fuels Burn Inside A See-Though Combustion Engine

January 19, 2017


This is a video from the folks at Youtube channel Warped Perception (previously: their slow motion popcorn popping videos) demonstrating what it looks like when different fuels burn inside a combustion engine in super slow motion. In this case, regular gasoline, rubbing alcohol, and acetylene. The gasoline goes as expected (because that's what the engine was designed for, after all), but the rubbing alcohol and acetylene do their own things. So the next time you run out of gas and consider filling up with rubbing alcohol, think again. Then call your mom or dad and have them come pick you up because clearly you're at a CVS and not a gas station. "But there's a pump right there!" That's a cart return.

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Star Wars Character Plushie Valentine's Bouquets

January 19, 2017


This is the 2nd edition Star Wars Bouquet available from ThinkGeek (previously: last year's 1st editions, which are also still available). Each bouquet comes with nine Star Wars characters (personally I feel like I deserve a full dozen with no doubles) and costs $60. For reference, a dozen long stem red roses will set you back around I have no idea because I've only ever bought a DOZEN DOZEN long stem red roses before and they give you a quantity discount when you buy so many because you're the world's most romantic man and have just the right amount of chest hair and musky odor. "You've never bought roses in your life, have you?" I wouldn't be able to tell them from tulips.

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A Stranger Things/Star Wars Character Movie Poster Mashup

January 19, 2017


This is the Stranger Things characters as Star Wars character movie poster mashup created by artist Michael Maher. It seems strangely strangerly appropriate, doesn't it? It's like it was meant to be. Especially Dustin as Chewbacca. You must know you're a talented artist when you're able to capture a lisp in a Photoshop painting.

Thanks to n0nentity, who is neither here nor there and may be a resident of the Upside Down.

Timelapse Of Cosplayer Bodypainting Herself Into C-3PO

January 19, 2017


This is a Twitch timelapse video of fashion designer, artist and cosplayer Kay Pike bodypainting herself into everyone's not favorite droid, C-3PO (it also features shots of all her other bodypaints, so you can probably search her Youtube to watch one of those if a particular character perks your interest). She does a great job, although it does look freaky deaky when she has her eyes open. Kind of like me when I have my eyes open. "They look like they're going to pop out of your head." What if I told you they have before? "Did you sneeze?" What? No, my mom drove me to the hospital while I kept my face in a bowl of milk (I'd read somewhere that works for teeth so I figured maybe eyes too).

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Pixar Releases Video Of Interconnected Pixar Universe Easter Eggs

January 19, 2017


This is a video recently released by Pixar highlighting some of the Easter eggs that show just how connected the movies in the Pixar universe are. Some are fairly obvious, but a lot of them I didn't even notice while watching the films. I guess that's why they call them Easter eggs -- they're hard to find. I remember growing up I never found a single Easter egg during the Easter egg hunt, but I did get bit by a fox sticking my hand in a hole. "But we never had Easter egg hunts when you were a child." Yeah, thanks for telling me now, MOM.

Keep going for the video, it's a Facebook video though so if it doesn't work write Zuckerberg and tell him Large Marge sent you. UPDATE: Also found and added a Youtube version.

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So, We've Come To This: Pre-Peeled And Pre-Halved Avocado Packages

January 18, 2017


In how to make guac in your pocket on the way to work news, this is a shot of Calavo's Avocado Halves. It's a package containing a pre-peeled, pre-halved, and deseeded avocado. Although, judging from that photo, those halves aren't even from the same avocado. I don't want mismatched avocado halves! Besides, if you don't have the time to halve an avocado yourself, or can't manage to do it without cutting your fingers off, should you really be cooking in the first place? You're probably just going to set yourself on fire anyways. "What are you, five?" Maybe I am, I don't care, my mom still lets me make s'mores in the microwave, so there.

Thanks to Alan, who agrees earth really doesn't deserve this. Also, thanks to everyone who pointed out these would be great for people with hand conditions that limit dexterity, for making me feel like a terrible monster.

Finally, A Lightsaber Pizza Cutter With Sound Effects

January 18, 2017


Because novelty Star Wars kitchen products is apparently a booming market right now, this is the $22 officially licensed Star Wars Lightsaber Pizza Cutter available from The Fowndry. It looks like Darth Vader's lightsaber, cuts pizza, and makes lightsaber noises when you push the button. Personally, I plan on ripping off the idea, acquiring zero official licensing, and then start selling $8 Star Warfare Lightsword Pizza Cutters. Find them in a knock-off shop near you. "When I push the button it says, 'Set phasers to stun.'" Okay so there might have been a little miscommunication with my overseas manufacturer.

Thanks to Dunc, who only cuts pizza with a lunging samurai sword attack and has hosted some of the most dangerous pizza parties I've ever been to.

Tabletop Lamp With Clever Magnetic Balls On/Off Switch

January 18, 2017


This is the Heng Balance Lamp created by Chinese designer Li Zan Wen. They're an already funded Kickstarter campaign, available in a variety of shapes and finishes, and cost around $44. They're turned on and off by the attraction of the two magnetic balls. When the lower ball is pulled towards the top one it activates the light's switch. Why didn't I think of that? "Because you're not that smart." True. Plus I'm not in the lamp designing business. I've only invented one lamp in my life, and it's a gigantic burning ball of gases some 864,938 miles in diameter. "You're saying you invented the sun." Correct. What the bible doesn't tell you is that God actually took a little catnap on the fourth day and left me in charge. I also took that time to invent aliens and UFOs.

Keep going for a couple photos of shape and color options and their Kickstarter video.

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