Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mortal Kombat (Bloodsport Edition)

Brilliantly done mesh of Mortal Kombat, the original 1992 video game, and Bloodsport, a 1988 movie which starred Jean Claude Van Damme. Johnny Cage (who, if I remember correctly from my childhood, was the most useless character of all) was in fact modeled after Jean Claude Van Damme from this movie.

From Wikipedia:

"Cage's appearance in the first game was loosely based on Van Damme's portrayal of Dux Ryu Ninjutsu founder Frank Dux in the 1988 movie Bloodsport, incorporating both Van Damme's appearance/outfit and his signature "leg split" move."


Friday, September 28, 2012

The Health Benefits of Squat Toilets

Mind. Blown.

OK, it may be a well-camouflaged advertisement, but still, the message seems legit.


Monday, September 24, 2012

I Don't Care About the iPhone 5

And any Apple product for that matter.
They may be pretty, but I consider them overrated, overinflated and in the end not particularly innovative. I mean... this company managed to convince a jury that it has patented all rectangles with rounded corners. They've patented a common shape. How innovative is that?

However, contrary to common logic, there are those people (and unfortunately there are a lot of them) who will flock (pun intended) to the Apple store to buy any new, insignificantly updated product this company puts on the market.

Here's one of them, before they all rushed in, waiting patiently in line.

I was hoping this was fake, but it seems that it is legit.

So, apparently,  the iPhone 5 has a bigger screen than its predecessor.

Thanks, I'll pass.

(source, source and source)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Try Getting These Out of Your Head!

Badgers Badgers Badgers

Narwhals Narwhals

Badgers. One of the earlier viral (flash) videos.

Find more songified animals at Weebls Stuff's (or is it Weebls' Stuff) channel, but I reckon these two are the best.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Introducing the Legged Squad Support System (LS3)

Science fiction has warned us about this.

It may look like a cow or a mule now, clumsy and docile, but it won't be long before somebody thinks of sticking a few guns on there. Actually... I'm pretty sure they've already thought of that.

That's why I'm telling you.

Kill it.
Kill it with fire!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Video Footage of Curiosity's Descent to Mars

This 4fps video, released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, shows the final two and a half minutes of Curiosity's descent to the surface of Mars from the point of heat shield separation to touchdown, as captured by Curiosity's Mars Descent Imager (MARDI).

Although very fascinating, it is neither fluid, nor very detailed.

In steps Youtube user Bard Canning who took this original footage and made it into a 30fps video through a process known as interpolation. From Wikipedia:

"Motion interpolation is a form of video processing in which intermediate animation frames are generated between existing ones, in an attempt to make animation more fluid."

This meant that he had to re-create 26 frames in every second from the 4 frames per second of the original video. It took him 4 weeks, but the result is, as he describes it:

"Ultra-resolution, smooth-motion, detail-enhanced, color-corrected, interpolated from the original 4 frames per second to 30 frames per second. This video plays real-time at the speed that Curiosity descended to the surface of Mars on August 6, 2012."

Here is his video (he also added sound effects):

And here is a comparison between original and interpolated video:

Although Bard Canning's video is not 100% "real", I believe it is within acceptable limits of accuracy and definitely more impressive and informative than the original.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Family Feud Compilation of Fails

I used to like this show. It was called "Κόντρες!" in my jurisdiction...
They never did manage to convince me that they had indeed asked 100 people in the street.
I'm pretty sure they made up all the answers.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pranks (Only in Japan)

The "Grudge" appears to have entered their national psyche.

So... they don't have lawsuits in Japan then...
(because some of the "contestants" would be quite eligible to take legal action...)


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Expertly Done Phone Pranks by the Fonejacker

Funny excerpts from the British TV Show "Fonejacker".

Internet Service Providings

Cheeky Mouse

Calling the Estate Agent

George Agdgdgwngo and the Moneys

Friday, September 7, 2012

The TechnoViking

This clip (from 2000) went viral in late 2007 and become an internet classic.

It would be interesting (not to mention hilarious) to have a Technoviking vs Grandpa Raver dance-off.

Know Your Meme has more info on the Technoviking.

And here is the original clip from 2000 without the captions (just close all the annotations).


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Guns N' Roses Polka

"Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses gets the polka treatment.

Original video here.