13 Jun

Movie Monday – Joe Nicolosi’s Mario reconciles Nintendo’s epic franchise with a health dose of ‘reality’

in Entertainment, Funny, Movie Monday, Video

A bit of a lighter fare for this Monday.  Running just a touch over 2 minutes, this preview-style short produced for SXSW (miss you tons, Austin!!) Nicolosi seeks to reconcile reality and the Nintendo classic in what is, imho, the only possible way – by casting Mario as a mushroom-gulping plumber-cum-clubber battling obsession with stalking rescuing his ex-girlfriend from her new beau.  Featuring star-branded MDMA, talking turtles, and original 8-bit music samples, I can’t imagine a better way to start your week!

h/t Geekologie

09 Jun

Throwaway Thursday – Art, Photography & Design Around the Internets

in Art, Throwaway Thursday

nix-laundromat Artist Lori Nix specializes in post-apocalyptic dioramas of abandoned scenery in which "public spaces devoted to history and science lie deteriorating and neglected while nature slowly takes them back."

Nix describes her work as “saturated with color and infused with a dark sense of humor.”  The truly amazing thing about her work is that rather than being Photoshop manipulations, they are actual miniaturizations – painstakingly hand-crafted over periods ranging from two to fifteen months.  Click the thumbnail for a larger image or, better yet, go check out the complete slideshow.

0008rz5p Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov blends WWII photos of European cities with contemporary versions to create a haunting study of contrast.  With a seamless overlay of colors and and greyscale, Larenkov’s doesn’t just connect old with new, but does so alongside a stark contradiction of visceral wartime imagery and modern excess,  You can click on the thumbnail for a larger version or head over to his LiveJournal page for the complete series.

il_570xN.229970999 Ginger Blakley is a Canadian artist whose work is “influenced by her love for nature and the beauty found in old world simplicity.”  Her work vacillates between fantasy and decay giving her pieces a sort of decrepit beauty.  What I find most striking about Blakley’s work is the blend of antique simplcity alongside images of decay and discard.

Blakely has also made available the incredible work done by her father on a series of “fanciful machines” – a gorgeous collection of steampunk-esque vehicles.  Like a set of farming implementations from the imagination of Willy Wonka, his work offers a visceral ingenuity of pre-technological complexity while managing to convey the same sense of decay permeating his daughter’s work.  You can check out more images from each artist here.

010669332b78488a0e44184a54a871a9Finally, I have an image without an artist.  Found on, this mimicks seventies-era library prints that are still popular in classrooms.  If you’re wondering, the caption translation reads: Books – That is exactly how they work. 

I can’t tell who to credit for this one, but I would run out and buy it in a heartbeat if anyone manages to track down the artist.

08 Jun

Wednesday Wish List – Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Bookends: Droooool ….

in Geek, Products, Sci-Fi, Wednesday Wish List

Currently out of stock at Amazon, but I’ll be in geek heaven when one of you decides to buy me these puppies.  ‘Course since I’m exclusively on Kindle these days I’ll have to find something else to separate these two nutters.  Perhaps my growing pile of unpaid bills?  That’ll show ‘em!


And we all know that Han shot first, eh Mr. Lucas?

08 Jun

Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions

in THF

Big thanks to XKCD for pointing me towards Wikipedia’s ever-growing list of common misconceptions.  As the page’s introduction notes:

This is a list of current, widely held, fallacious ideas and beliefs about notable topics which have been reported by reliable sources from around the world. Each has been discussed in published literature, as has its topic area (such as glass, and the misconception that glass is viscous) and the actual facts concerning it.

There’s some surprising stuff in there.  For example, did you know that glass is not, in fact, a slow-moving liquid?  I know there’s been a terrible void in your lives since I killed the Cognitive Bias section, so I’ve gone ahead and split each out and put them into rotation on the right side of the site so your visit here will be that much more educational.  THF eradicates Stupid, yo!!

07 Jun

It’s Techie Tuesday and I am A-Ga-Ga over this concept phone from Mozilla Labs

in Inventions, Products, Science & Technology, Techie Tuesday

Holy Guacamole, can you say ‘Want’?!  This video, produced by Billy May of Mozilla Labs, is a crowd-sourced wishlist of technological ambrosia based entirely on existing technology.  The Mozilla Seabird is envisaged as an Andoid-based operating system running “an 8 megapixel camera, dual side pico projectors, wireless charging, and an embedded Bluetooth dongle,” this phone has everything you need to finally shed your laptop and impress people who are impressed by this kind of tom-geekery.  Mozilla is clear that the phone is concept-only – something they have no plans to develop – but it definitely raises the bar for the next big iPhone killer.  Warning: this video will forever ruin any love-affair you might have with your phone – which might not be a bad thing you sicko-pervert.

h/t GAS

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06 Jun

Movie Monday – A Universe Not Made for Us is a Tribute Both To and From Carl Sagan

in Movie Monday, Science & Technology, Video

I normally post shorts of the more artistic variety, but am making an exception for this nine-minute tribute to Carl Sagan produced by callumCGLP for Milky Way Musings.  Narrated by Sagan himself, the clip features excerpts from Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Sagan was a true gem – a man of vast intelligence tempered by an unsurpassed wonderment of both the art and mystery of life, he effortlessly traverses and unifies the topologies of science, philosophy and religion while remaining both captivating and entertaining.  In nine short minutes, he manages to illustrate our overwhelming insignificance while conversely asserting a nearly limitless power to expand our destiny.  The first of a series of 13 (so far), the video is set against an engaging visual foreground from Discovery's Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking and the BBC's Wonders of the Solar System with Brian Cox alongside a musical score from the Lost Soundtrack (yup, you heard me) and is sure to both entertain and illuminate your week.  Enjoy!

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03 Jun

Funny Friday – A little STD humor for all you crazy English majors!

in Funny, Funny Friday, Healthcare

Click image for readable version.


Thanks, as always, to Cyanide & Happiness for the chucks! 

02 Jun

Throwaway Thursday – Big Pharma and Why Your Stitches Cost $1,500

in Capitalism, Healthcare, Throwaway Thursday
A Drug Dealers Table

Image by TheDarkThing via Flickr

  • Nearly a decade ago, no lesser Capitalist than President Bill Clinton chastised the pharmaceutical industry for gross profiteering at the expense of our children by highlighting an economic sector that spends $1 billon more on advertising and lobbying than R&D.  Well as it turns out, those outrageous R&D expenses big Pharma are always whining about may be exaggerated by as much as 600%.
  • Such exaggerated costs are one of the reasons drug companies assert the need for monopolies and threaten to stop making their miracle cures if the public does not help those poor souls recoup from their altruistic endeavours.  In the process, a drug that used to be $10 per shot will now bleed patients for $1500 – nearly all of which is pure profit – all in the name of quality control.
  • After years of stacking the FDA which sympathetic cronies, Big Pharma is now claiming that the FDA approval process is so flawless that they should be indemnified against any lawsuits stemming from their wrongdoing, garnering government support in at least one state. But don’t worry, the federal government is sure to bestow fabulous cash and prizes upon any flipper babies.
  • But finally, no matter how bad it is in the good old you-ess-of-aye, at least we're not as bad as those hippies and communists in the rest of the ‘developed’ world.  And I’ve got the infograhic to prove it!

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01 Jun

Wednesday Wish List – The Geekiest Corn Holder in the Multiverse!

in Food, Funny, Geek, Inventions, Products, Sci-Fi, Wednesday Wish List

Tired of eating corn like all the other straights?  So was Shed Simove until he came up with Cornobi!  Now when you’re eating lunch by yourself, the cool kids will be too busy laughing to notice the corn stuck in your teeth!


I couldn't find one of these badboys for sale on his website, but head on over anyways for some other fun yum-yums.  Until they are back in stock, you can at least enjoy the demonstration video!