This is a side by side comparison of what it's like to land an Airbus A320 at Los Angeles airport in real life compared to Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's one of those instances where the simulator looks more realistic than reality. If it wasn't labeled I think most people would have a tough time figuring out which was which. The textures on the runway in real life actually look worse than the simulator, like God needs to upgrade the graphics card or something.
This is a video of a guy trying to feed a squirrel some pine nuts but then he somehow accidentally hits the reset button on it. It's the cutest, weirdest thing you'll see today unless you're subscribed to some sort of puppy breakdancing video channel. At 1:30 he starts just putting the nuts in the broken squirrel's arms and it's so adorable I almost passed out. Actually I did pass out, and then woke up with a bunch of pine nuts in my arms. I hate when this happens, but also, hey, free pine nuts.
Another day, another video of movie characters lip syncing to pop songs. This time, somebody turned AI Lip Sync on Gollum to make him lip sync The Scatman. There's something about his expression that perfectly captures the horror of deepfake's potential, like he's aware he's being made to sing The Scatman against his will. To make it perfect somebody needs to deepfake him mouthing "Help me" in between all that scatting. Also, how is this not a song about poop and the love of poop?
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection tweeted last night that they seized a shipment of counterfeit Apple AirPods. However, just a quick glance at the pictures they posted show they're clearly OnePlus Buds. The CBP even sent out a press release bragging about their "mission success":
On August 31, CBP officers seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple Airpod Earbuds from Hong Kong destined for Nevada at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport. If the merchandise were genuine, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been $398,000.
"CBP Officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis," said Troy Miller, Director of CBP's New York Field Operations. "The interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to mission success by our CBP Officers daily."
I get that the design of the earbuds are similar, but those boxes are clearly labeled as OnePlus Buds. This would be like if they seized a bunch of Microsoft Surface Laptops and then bragged about stopping a shipment of counterfeit MacBooks. Was there really not a single person there that stopped to ask why none of the counterfeit Apple AirPods said "Apple" or "AirPods" on them? Is there a world where counterfeit Nike sneakers are branded as Adidas?
Keep going for a side by side comparison of the OnePlus and Apple earbuds, as well as the original tweet.
Instagram account Fine Art Simpsons mashes up fine art with The Simpsons. They're all pretty great, but the one above featuring Cy Twombly's 'Untitled' on the chalkboard really shows the absurdity of the art world, since that thing sold Sotheby's for $70,530,000 USD. That's $70.5 million. For the thing that if nobody had pointed out you really would've thought a cartoon delinquent scribbled on a chalkboard.
Because 2020 has decided it hasn't screwed with us enough, California is currently on fire and has turned San Francisco into a scene from the apocalypse. Well somebody took drone footage from the Bay Area fire and set it to the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack. It's insane that this is what San Francisco actually looks like right now. It's weird seeing it covered in an orange hue as opposed to what it's usually covered in: homeless people's feces.
Keep going for the full video. It's haunting and eerie and weird that reality is currently stranger than science fiction movies.
The first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Dune is here. I'm not sure what the human limit of anticipation is, but I think I hit it. Although the Pink Floyd cover they chose kind of sucks and I feel like there was a missed opportunity to use Darude's Sandstorm.