Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up upscaled to 4k and 60fps

February 19, 2021

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It was just a matter of time, but somebody upscaled Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up to 4k 60fps to make sure Rickrolling stays relevant and future proof. Now you can be surprised by the smooth stylings of Rick Astley's majestic voice in 4k quality. Although really he only needed to upscale the first three seconds, because who has ever stayed on that page for longer than that?

Keep going for the full 4k Rickroll. Or is it...? It is.

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There's a new Mortal Kombat movie and here's the trailer

February 18, 2021

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This is the trailer for the new Mortal Kombat movie reboot. It looks like they've finally embraced the mindless violence of the video games as they seem to be pushing with this red band trailer. You've got ice ninja man, grappling hook spear man, electricity rice farmer man and others. So, yeah, this is pretty much exactly what I've been looking for in a Mortal Kombat movie and I'd be super excited if this was the 90's and I was twelve.

Keep going for the full red band trailer. The red band means there's blood.

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NASA's Perseverance Rover will attempt a complicated Mars landing tomorrow

February 17, 2021

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NASA's Perseverance Rover will attempt to land on the most difficult terrain ever targeted on Mars tomorrow and this video breaks down what's involved.

All landings on Mars are difficult, but NASA's Perseverance rover is attempting to touch down in the most challenging terrain on Mars ever targeted.

The intense entry, descent, and landing phase, known as EDL, begins when the spacecraft reaches the top of the Martian atmosphere. Engineers have referred to the time it takes to land on Mars as the "seven minutes of terror."

The landing sequence is complex and targeting a location like Jezero Crater on Mars is only possible because of new landing technologies known as Range Trigger and Terrain-Relative Navigation.

The Perseverance rover is set to land on the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021.

NASA previously landed their Spirit and Opportunity rovers using balloons, but I guess they wanted to show off their fancy new gadgets this time. For Perseverance they're using an onboard guidance system to actually navigate to a decent spot before lowering the rover using a sky crane like they did with the Curiosity rover. Personally, I would've just doubled the amount of balloons, but my science education is from watching Inspector Gadget so what do I know?

Keep going for the full video. You can watch the live broadcast of the landing tomorrow starting at 11:15 a.m. PST / 2:15 p.m. EST.

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Krispy Kreme has a Mars-themed doughnut to celebrate NASA's Perseverance landing on Mars tomorrow

February 17, 2021

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To celebrate NASA's Perseverance Rover landing on Mars tomorrow, Krispy Kreme is featuring a Mars-themed doughnut. It's available for one day and they're currently taking orders for pickup tomorrow.

A Chocolate Kreme-filled doughnut dipped in caramel icing with a red planet swirl and sprinkled with chocolate cookie crumbs. This limited-edition doughnut is available in shops and online for one day only.

Yes, yes, I'll be eating a dozen doughnuts tomorrow to celebrate NASA. Because of space and I'm a fan of space and also Mars and NASA and space Mars things. That's why I'm ordering 12 donuts and eating them all tomorrow. For space and science and Mars. Actually, to really show my support I should make it two dozen doughnuts. Because of science. I just love science. Delicious, delicious science.

You can order them here.

This guy replaced his bike wheels with saw blades to bike on ice

February 17, 2021

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Pretty much exactly what the title says. The only nonintuitive thing he does is attach little metal bars to the teeth of the saw blades so there's more traction and also so he doesn't cut through everything he rides over. Which kind of defeats the purpose of using saw blades, since now it's basically like attaching chains to his bike tire. What's the point of using saw blades if you're going to remove the imminent risk of a fatal mishap?

Keep going for the full video. He shows trying to ride before and after attaching the metal bars so you get an idea of how poorly it worked as just saw blades. More badass, yes. Effective as an actual vehicle, not so much.

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'City Guesser' is a video based geography guessing game

February 15, 2021

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City Guesser is a browser-based game that let's you try and guess a city based on a video from the point of view of a pedestrian walking around a city:

City Guesser is a geography based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience. City Guesser launched on August 13th, 2020, and welcomes thousands of geography-enthusiasts each day.

This game has become particularly difficult since I don't even remember what the outside looks like anymore. For every hint I guessed the location of my sofa and TV and turns out I wasn't even close once. What does...wind...feel...like?

You can try the game out for yourself here. It's weirdly fun and a nice virtual travel escape.

Drifting Hot Wheels

February 11, 2021

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This is a Hot Wheels drifting kit put out by Tyotoys and it looks godamn cinematic. If they had zoomed in and cut out the hands from the shot you could've convinced me it was out of a Fast and Furious movie. I mean you'd probably have to edit in some buff guys and maybe an exploding submarine but you know what I mean.

Keep going for the full video as well as Mattel's inferior "official" version.

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Epic's MetaHuman Creator, a tool to create realistic real-time digital humans

February 10, 2021

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MetaHuman Creator is a cloud-streamed tool for creating realistic real-time digital humans that can be animated in Unreal Engine.

MetaHuman Creator is a cloud-streamed app that takes real-time digital human creation from weeks or even months to less than an hour--at an unprecedented standard of quality, fidelity, and realism. When your character is finished, you can export and download it, rigged and ready to animate in Unreal Engine.

It's not quite photo-realistic, but it's pretty damn impressive for something that just requires the pushing of a few buttons and sliders. Obviously they need to extend the tool for body types and obviously somebody will use it for porn. Everything always leads to porn.

Keep going for the introduction video as well as some samples or check out the official site here.

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