Upscaling Tom & Jerry to 60 fps shows why we don't

September 30, 2020

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A YouTuber interpolated Tom & Jerry footage to 60 fps using AI and the results are less than desirable. It's definitely smoother, but it's pretty clear upscaling framerates doesn't really work for animation. Animators generally make deliberate choices when it comes to frame duration, and the rhythm of the 60 fps version just feels off. It's like watching somebody clap off beat to your favorite song. The music is still great, but now you're annoyed for no reason and can't really enjoy it. I mean, c'mon, it's just clapping! It's not that hard, Steve! Why do you always have to ruin everything?!

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Awkward small talk during mid-air F-15 refueling

September 30, 2020

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This is some awkward small talk during a mid-air refueling of an F-15 Eagle. It's weird that you can be doing something this cool while having a conversation this boring. At least the pilot at the end seemed to enjoy it and set off a flare. Either that or he got so flustered by the flirting he accidentally hit the wrong button. Better than a Sidewinder missile I guess?

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Size comparison of fictional starships

September 29, 2020

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MetaBallStudios (previously) is back and they recreated their old starship size comparison video, adding the Earth for scale and including some additional models. The video starts off with the 1 foot tall Hocotate Ship from Pikmin and by the end is using the Sun for scale. I, too, once thought the Ark from Halo was the largest starship in popular culture but oh how wrong I was. Turns out it was actually my wiener.

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Questionably legal sleight of hand baseball pitch

September 28, 2020

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This sleight of hand pitch doesn't seem like it should be legal despite the umpire allowing it. Although to be fair I don't actually know the rules of pitching. All I know is you can't balk (fake a pitch) and once you start the windup you have to deliver the pitch in one continuous motion. I'm assuming the umpire knows more than I do, I just feel like I'd echo the sentiments of the voice on the video going, "Ah, what the fuck."

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Lunatic free solos the second tallest building in Paris

September 28, 2020

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This is a video of a Polish lunatic known as BNT (or the Silesian Spiderman) climbing the second tallest skyscraper in Paris: the 689 ft (210 m) Tour Montparnasse. The video is a lot of first person GoPro footage mixed with drone footage and all of it got my hands appropriately sweaty. It's 35 minutes long and I watched it from beginning to end, occasionally pausing to make sure I was mentally prepared to watch somebody die (spoiler: he doesn't).

Also, if climbing without any safety equipment wasn't bad enough, at 21:00 an emergency worker abseils down to try and attach a safety harness to BNT which he patiently and politely refuses. The "rescuer" basically shadows BNT for the rest of the climb, which I can only imagine made things way worse. It's nightmarish enough trying to climb a skyscraper without a rope let alone having some dude right next to you constantly bugging you to stop being so insane. It felt like a nightmare scenario for BNT, and I wished the guy on the rope would've realized how much more dangerous he was making the situation and just backed off. It'd be like trying to race a rally car while your co-driver keeps asking if you have your seatbelt on.

Keep going for the full video, as well as one of BNT climbing the 558 ft (170 m) Marriott Hotel in Warsaw. Enjoy them while you can, because this guy is 100% going to die soon.

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Super tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for $1,900

September 25, 2020

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A super small Rubik's Cube measuring just 9.9 millimeters (0.39 inches) and weighing 2 grams opened for preorder in Japan yesterday for delivery in December at the whopping price of 198,000 yen ($1,900 USD).

Billed as a "super-small" Rubik's Cube, it was created to mark the 40th anniversary of when the original 3-D puzzle went on sale in Japan.

It's made of "ultra-precision metal," and comes with a box for its display, according to MegaHouse Corp., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based toymaker Bandai Co.

If only all things went up in value the smaller they were. Am I right, fellas? Eh? Am I right? Can I get a fist bump, anyone? No? Just the sounds of quiet sobbing in the corner? That's cool too.

Keep going for one more shot of the super small Rubik's Cube. It doesn't look like it's covered in diamonds or anything, so I'm not sure why it's so expensive.

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Amazon is making a Ring flying camera drone and they made a really weird video to promote it

September 24, 2020

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Because filling your home with cameras controlled by one of the largest companies in the world wasn't enough, Amazon announced today they're making a flying Ring camera drone that will actually be able to fly to where the action is. The video shows the camera flying to the world's worst burglar, but I imagine the real use is so Amazon can spy on people having sex and maybe pooping. What, you thought you could just point your camera away from your bedroom and bathroom? No, no, no, my friend. There's no escaping Mr. Bezos' tiny flying camera and he prefers his videos both private and embarrassing.

Keep going for the full, weird, announcement video.

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Girl accidentally locks her phone in a timed locker for two days

September 23, 2020

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This is a video of a girl playing around on her dad's time-locking container after her brother jokingly puts her phone in it, not understanding that by rotating the lid she is actually increasing the duration of the timer. She eventually realizes what she's done when the timer shows 2 days and she breaks down in a combination of laughter and tears. Her reaction is actually kind of amazing and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. I imagine it's the reaction you would have if somebody was tickling you while simultaneously murdering your family.

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