Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Trek And Classic Movie Monster Tiki Mug Collections

March 24, 2017

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These are the Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Star Trek: The Original Series and classic Universal movie monsters (technically just generic monsters because that set isn't officially licensed) tiki mug collections coming soon from Geeki Tiki (previously: their Star Wars collection available at ThinkGeek). Apparently there's also a Pulp Fiction line coming at a later date. Obviously, I want them all, because I'm a tiki mug collector. "You have two." I HAD two, I broke one raging last weekend, and only owning one of something is the saddest collection a person can have besides owning zero. "You should break the other one." *CRASH!* "Wow, I didn't think you'd actually do it." I'm like a genie who can only grant really shitty wishes.

Keep going for shots of the rest while I call Tiki-Ti and order ahead so there's a drink waiting for me when I walk in.

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Learning By Listening: Robots Rap About Their Artificial Intelligence Learning Systems

March 24, 2017

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This is an educational music video of two robots rapping about their artificial intelligence, set to The Sugar Hill Gang's classic 'Rapper's Delight' (with a brief nod to Jay Z at the end). It was surprisingly well written considering how hard it must be to produce a song about robots learning by the imitation of human-human interactions and guessing what topic a person is talking about based on the metrics of co-occurrence frequency and clustering, despite having zero semantic information. "Do you even know what you're talking about?" Do I ever? It's Friday and I want to go home and scream into a pillow. "Rough week?" No, I just really hate that pillow. It never has a cold side.

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The Big Bend, A Proposed NYC Skyscraper Shaped Like A Giant Upside-Down U

March 24, 2017

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This are some conceptual renderings of The Big Bend, a New York City skyscraper proposed by design studio Oiio to circumvent NYC's building height laws by constructing a skyscraper that's 4,000 feet long, but less than 2,000 feet tall. If built, they're claiming it would be "the world's longest skyscraper," which I'm fairly certain was not a record anybody was even aware of until they just made it up, and certainly not one anybody cares about.

"New York city's zoning laws have created a peculiar set of tricks through which developers try to maximize their property's height in order to infuse it with the prestige of a high rise structure," design studio Oiio said. "If we manage to bend our structure instead of bending the zoning rules of New York we would be able to create one of the most prestigious buildings in Manhattan."


An elevator would travel in curves, horizontally and in continuous loops. A unique track system would allow for a horizontal connection of two elevator shafts on the bottom and the top to create a continuous loop.

I've got the feeling this isn't actually going to happen. But what do I know, when the ancient Chinese dynasties mentioned wanting to build the Great Wall, I told them they were all crazy. "Jesus, just how old are you, GW?" How old was Methuselah? "Like 1,000?" Well I used to teach him dirty words on the back of the school bus, which was actually a cart made of dinosaur bones on square wheels.

Keep going for a handful more renderings, provided your hand is big enough to hold five.

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Learning By Looking: A Timeline Of When All The Star Trek Shows/Movies Take Place

March 24, 2017

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Note: Larger version HERE in case you wanted to see that but were too afraid to ask. It's cool, I don't bite. *tries to bite* Haha, never trust a hungry wolf!

To celebrate the upcoming (but not exactly sure when) Star Trek: Discovery series premiering on CBS, this is a kinda confusing to look at timeline detailing when all the Star Trek shows and movies take place. I learned a lot by looking at it. Mostly, that they forgot to include Rogue One. "That joke never gets old to you, does it, GW?" Nope, it's like my Peter Pan. "A penny for your happy thought." Mermaid strip clubs!

Thanks to David, who I'm pretty sure made the infographic, or at least had something to do with it, and probably more so than all the group projects I allegedly had something to do with in college.

Man Sings Star Wars Tune To Get Pedestrians To Move Out Of The Bike Lane On Bridge

March 24, 2017

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This is a video of an unknown bicyclist singing 'You're In The Bike Lane' in the style of the Star Wars theme to let pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge know that they're -- you guessed it -- walking in the designated bike lane. Although I don't know what the big deal is, I always thought designated lanes were more of a suggestion than a rule, like not driving on the sidewalk. "You drive on the sidewalk?" You bet your 'Holy shit watch out for that jogger' I do. "Do you even have a license?" No, I have something better. "This is an old Blockbuster card with your picture taped to it. And....are these postage stamps?" It's a passport too.

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That's Too Much: The World's Most Expensive Taco (Costs $25,000)

March 24, 2017

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In the world absolutely doesn't need that news, executive chef Juan Licerio Alcalá at the Grand Velas Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico has created a $25,000 taco. For reference, you could buy 25,000 regular street tacos for that, and still have enough money left over to fill a swimming pool with horchata, which you should.

the taco comes with langoustine, kobe beef, black truffle brie cheese, and Almas Beluga caviar. The tortilla is infused with 24-karat gold flakes and the whole thing is served with an exotic morita chile salsa and civet coffee.

Yeah, no. The only taco worth $25,000 is all-you-can-eat tacos for life, and you plan on living at least another eight months. "Jesus, just how many tacos do you eat, GW?" All of them. Every taco truck in town knows me by name, and that name...is the Undertacor. Get it? It's like Undertaker except with taco at the end. "Oh we got it." Just making sure.

Thanks to Marcus O, who agrees if you're paying $25,000 for a meal, it better be your last.

Hundreds Of 3-D Projected Eyeballs Appear In The Window Of A Closed Subway Restaurant

March 24, 2017

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This is an art installation created by 25-year old Norwegian artist Mats Skjævesland Vium in the windows of a recently closed Subway restaurant in Oslo. Eating fresh: no thank you. The installation features hundreds of 3-D projected eyeballs peering at anybody who walks by. Although I don't think they're interactive, I think they're just constantly peeking around randomly. I'm not sure what the piece means, if anything, but in my mind it's social commentary on the constant surveillance of Big Brother. But what do I know, I'm not an art critic, I'm just a kid who tries to sneak around and touch every naked statue on display at a museum. "Your teachers must have loved you on school field trips." One time the bus left me because i was hiding in a sarcophagus! You know that movie, Night At The Museum? I lived there for six days.

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That Poor Droid: R2-D2 Gets Sad After Obi-Wan Doesn't Recognize Him

March 24, 2017

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This is a video edited by Jeffim Sheroky of R2-D2 daydreaming about better times after an elderly Obi-Wan Kenobi fails to recognize him on Tatooine. Plus it's all set to a cover of 'Mad World' for extra emotion. That poor droid. How do you have so many memories with someone, then fail to recognize them? That's like something you pretend to do to frenemies. I mean, C-3PO, sure, forget you know him all day long, but R2-D2? Fan theory: Obi-Wan had dementia.

Keep going for the video while Obi-Wan contemplates if that's even the droid he's been looking for.

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