Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Different Type of Mexican Standoff

Freddie Wong collaborates with the comedic duo of Key and Peele to produce this take on the Mexican standoff.

("What's a Mexican standoff?", I hear you say)

Watch for some guest stars you might recognize (if you've been following this blog) at the end.

Monday, August 25, 2014

That's Something I Haven't Seen Before...

Russian dashcam footage never ceases to amaze.



Monday, August 18, 2014

The Duck Whisperer

More like... the duck shouter.

Still, better than the army unit I served in.

By the way... it's 2014.
Stop recording these with a potato!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

Youtube know-it-all C.G.P. Grey

(just kidding, his videos are informative and well-researched)

discusses, in his newest video, the future of human labour, in light of the rapid advancement of technology (informatics and robotics in particular) that threatens to extinguish a wide array of jobs, without at the same time creating enough new ones.

Immense food for thought.

Let's hope that at least some of the people elected to govern have began devising 99%-friendly plans for the major social changes that are coming.

There will surely be centers of power which will attempt to sustain the status quo, but how will the capitalist/consumerist model be able to continue existing when a huge percentage of the population won't be earning wages that would allow them to spend?

Unless everyone (regardless of their employment status) is provided a basic income that would allow them to at least survive and why not, do even more...

Technology itself (e.g. cheap, abundant, clean energy - cheap 3D printers capable of reproducing almost anything - etc.) might (and hopefully will) solve many of the upcoming problems.

Also, with all this advancement of computers and robots, let's hope Skynet doesn't become self-aware. But if it does, let's hope it likes us.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


"Kiwi!" is an animation created in 2006 by then New York City School of Visual Arts student Dony Permedi for his Master's thesis.

It is an internet classic with more than 36 million views on Youtube.

Definitely worth the watch (it may not be in HD, but it has substance).

Kiwi from Dony Permedi on Vimeo.


Monday, August 11, 2014

John Cena Prank Call

Norfolk (Virginia) radio station Z104's Z Morning Zoo radio show made one of the best pranks I have ever heard!

(Caution: some NSFW language)


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sudden Hailstorm on Siberian Beach

Yeah... I've got Siberia associated with many words in my mind (cold, empty, huge, etc.), but beach is definitely not one of them.

In any case, I suppose if you live in the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk (third most populous city in Russia), and are thus thousands of kilometres from the nearest decent beach, then the banks of the river Ob might sound like a good idea for a warm July day (Novosibirsk has an average high of 25.4oC in July actually).

So, just a few weeks ago, river beach goers were having fun at the river Ob when suddenly a severe hailstorm erupted.

That lady at the end... what was she thinking?

The "beach" is here by the way (or check out the image below).

From what I can see Novosibirsk is connected to Chalkidiki via Astra Airlines every summer.
I recommend to the people of Novosibirsk to take that flight and forget Ob beach.


Kansas vs Arkansas

A common query among non-American English speakers is why Arkansas is not pronounced like Kansas, but with an "Ar" in front.

Apparently, there is a French connection to the two different pronunciations.

Also, from Wikipedia 1 & 2.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Family Feud Lasts Only 3 Minutes

Without all the BS, that is.

We've seen it before on this blog with "Deal or No Deal"

Hmmm.... some BS did manage to trickle through.
So, in reality, it's probably even shorter than 3 minutes.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Don't Vodka in the Morning

There obviously is a reason there are so many dashcams in use in Russia.

On the morning of July 1st 2014, in the Russian city of Yaroslavl, a dashcam caught this crazy footage.

What IS going on?

The traffic camera helps make some sense out of the situation.

Apparently the van driver was a former employee of a hotel, who had just stolen one of the hotel's vans (a GAZelle). He was not seriously injured in the accident, but he was (obviously) arrested, and did show signs of intoxication.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

NBA Players: When Did You Know It Was Over?

Retired NBA players Grant Hill, Brent Barry, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Isiah Thomas, Kenny Smith and Steve Kerr talk to NBA TV's Open Court host Ernie Johnson describing the moment each of them realized they're too old for this s*it their careers were over.

More interesting and entertaining than you might think (starts around 0:31).


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl Voice

Actor Matt Bittner does a really good girl voice (and I'm sure he's a good actor too, but that is not the subject of this post).

His friend Ryan Clark recorded him doing the girl voice and uploaded it on Youtube (apparently against his wishes).

It (fairly) rapidly went viral (2.5 million views in three days).

So here's Matt having another go at it, while forgiving his friend for uploading it on Youtube.

Very impressive.

One might suspect that he could be lip-syncing to a real woman's voice (albeit perfectly), but he looks like a stand up guy, so I choose to believe.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Formula 1 Then and Now

I admit I am not a big Formula 1 fan (I appreciate it, just not enough to follow it meticulously), but I found a couple of videos that are worth putting here.

First, the speed at which pit stops are made these days (compared to 1950) is pretty impressive.

Also, there has been a change in regulation concerning the engines between seasons 2013 and 2014. As a result, the sound/noise they make now isn't as... magestic, however it seems it was done in order to push engineers into making more fuel-efficient engines. Technology that could be transferred to... regular cars in the near future.

Update: Here are the changes made to Formula 1 explained by drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Thanks to dedicated blog reader Ksp (aka PJK) for this!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The World Cup of Arm-Folding

Something novel that has been happening during the ongoing World Cup involves the small segment before the start of each match where they show the starting line-ups.

In the past, a face photo was the best you would get as each player's name was shown.

This year, you get short clips of each player above the waist, turning towards the camera and folding his arms. But amazingly, something so simple goes awkwardly wrong so many times.

I'll let this video by Slate show what I mean (and make sure to read the hilarious article as well, you won't regret it).  

Didn't they have time to attempt a few more takes? Looks sloppy.

Here, you can generate your own annoyed football player.

Even Jimmy Kimmel made fun of it.