So, We've Come To This: A 'Ghosting' Halloween Costume

September 24, 2018

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This is the Women's Ghosted Costume available from Party City ($25). It features a sad, one-sided text conversation on the front. Will anybody be able to guess what you are without telling them? Maybe. Will you win any costume contests? Absolutely not. Will I still offer you a mug of witch's brew punch? Of course, I'm a very gracious host. Now if you'll excuse me, I have other guests to attend to. DAMMIT SPIDER MAN STOP DRINKING ALL MY LIQUOR.

Thanks again to Aroth, who informed me he's going to be a cowboy this year. Awesome, I'll be your horse.

It's Dancing!: Man Builds A Self-Solving Rubik's Cube

September 24, 2018

These are two video demonstrations of the self-solving Rubik's Cube built by Youtuber Human Controller. You can mix it up all you want, and the cube will return itself to its original solved form. That is pretty clever. Maybe not as clever as the self-solving Rubik's Cube I just created, but I'm a firm believer there's beauty in simplicity. "You just superglued the whole cube so you can't mix it up." You think the genius award trophy will fit in my PO box?

Kepe going for a couple shots of the interior and two videos of the cube solving itself (one loose on a table, the other handheld).

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Slow Down!: Guy Hits 286MPH On Rocket Cycle During 1/4 Mile

September 24, 2018

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This is a video of insane person Eric Teboul setting "a new world's best terminal speed of 286MPH from a standing start 1/4 mile" atop his rocket powered bike. That is too fast. You drive through my neighborhood doing 286MPH and you're definitely gonna get yelled at, and possibly even a morning paper or two thrown at you.

"The video was taken from the commentary box at Santa Pod Raceway, England during the FIA European Finals on Sunday 9th September. The commentary box rocks in the wake of the bike. Eric ran out of drag-strip and ended up 200' into the field at the end of the track, which was perfectly okay. He's totally mad."

Man, how does he even hang on to the bike when it takes off? I would have fallen right off the back and broken myself like Humpty Dumpty. And you know what they say about all the king's horses and all the king's men. "Terrible work ethic." They don't even try.

Keep going for the video, but he doesn't take off until right after the minute mark.

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Too Intense For Me: Helmet-Cam Footage From A World Championship Downhill Bike Run

September 21, 2018

This is the footage from downhill cyclist Rachel Atherton's helmet-cam as she absolutely tears down a course in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to win her 5th Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Championship title. I don't know how people can even react that fast. There's no question if that had been me I would have missed the second turn and ended up in the woods wrapped around a tree. And despite what those Ents would have you believe, they're actually terrible lovers. Plus I think ol' Treebeard still gave me something even though I took precautions. "You made a condom out of poison ivy." They looked like maple leaves!

Keep going for the video, it's intense. Also probably not for anyone who gets motion sickness easily.

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Modern Internet Company Logos Reimagined As 1970's - 1990's Animated Television Intros

September 21, 2018

This is a video from retro design and animation professional FuturePunk, featuring modern internet company logos reimagined as animated television intros from the 1970's through early 90's. I thought they were all well executed, and really took me back to the 80's. "Do you even remember the 80's?" Nothing specific except all the times I pooped when and where I wasn't supposed to.

Keep going for the whole video.

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Beautiful 12,000 Piece Rainbow Domino Wall Spiral Getting Knocked Down

September 21, 2018

This is a video of the 12,000 domino rainbow spiral constructed by Hevesh5, Sprice Machines, and Dynamic Domino over the course of two days, and knocked down in only a matter of seconds. But, just like a frienemy at the bar who's gotten too drunk, it really is glorious to watch fall.

Keep going for the whole video including timelapse build, and knock-down and reversal in regular speed and slow motion from two angles.

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Kid Scares Dad Replacing Flooring, Dad Falls Through Bottom Of Trailer

September 21, 2018

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Note: Keep your volume low, power tools and screaming.

This is a video of a guy scaring his father while he's trying to replace some flooring in their trailer's laundry room, and sending his dear old dad through the fiberglass insulation to the grass below. Who the hell tries to scare their dad while he's operating a reciprocating saw? A friend or neighbor, sure, but a loved ones? That's not right. "Says the guy who screamed bloody murder the last time I was pulling a pie out of the oven." Okay now that was comedy gold, dear.

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Blue Marble 2, Another Delightful Potential-Energy Powered 2-D Rube Goldberg Style Machine

September 21, 2018

Remember Blue Marble? Well this is the sequel, Blue Marble 2, a Rube Goldberg style machine that moves the titular blue marble around a 2-D course via the power of potential energy. You probably won't watch it which is a shame because it really is worth a view, it's very clever. Some more info on the balloon air cannon part while I see how long a lunch break I can take without anybody saying anything (my previous record is 26 hours):

The air cannon with the balloon was a big challenge to make. The rubber band squeezes the balloon around the straw to release the air in a specific direction. Then the hardest part was to find how to stop the air and deliver it when I want. It was too difficult to put something like tape at the end of the straw because it was either too clingy or not enough.


The solution was to twist the balloon around the straw and block it in this position with a rope. In this position the air stays in the balloon until it untwists. I explain it because I think what exactly happened it's not easy to get when you see the video.

It's crazy how absolutely perfectly every part has to work for the blue marble to make it safely to the end of its journey. It's just like the moon landing, but with fewer giant leaps for mankind. "So zero." Personally I give it a solid hop over a crack in the sidewalk. "When I was younger I used to purposefully step on cracks when I was mad at my mom." Please don't ever tell her that, it'll break her heart.

Keep going for the video while I finally swallow the tiny square of Apollo 11 command module foil I've been saving for a special occasion.

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