Janeway out of It: Kate Mulgrew Narrates Creationist Doc About Earth Being Center of the Universe

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm


Oh, Kate. Really?

You should know full well that the Earth cannot be at the center of the universe.

Because Eternia is!

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Amazon Fire TV Is Perfect for Lunatics, Says Gary Busey

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:00 am


Amazon strikes me as being on a bit of a thin line with this commercial, in which Gary Busey admits to talking to inanimate objects. On the one hand, it does feel oddly like mocking an insane person. On the other, Gary's gotta eat, and roles playing sane people aren't going to show up any time soon.

Or...maybe he's perfectly mentally healthy, and just really good at acting nuts? Hey, it's possib...never mind.

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7 Reasons You Should See Terminator Too: Judgment Play

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:00 am


In 2003, a Los Angeles-based theater troupe premiered a live version of the movie Point Break, appropriately entitled Point Break Live!, and it was good. So good, in fact, that it's been running ever since, bouncing around Los Angeles, New York, and my home turf of San Francisco.

A few years ago they debuted Terminator Too: Judgment Play elsewhere, and after attending its San Francisco premiere on April 3, 2014 at the DNA Lounge, I'm here to tell you why you should go see either (or both!) of 'em if you can.

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It's Not Just for Skeletor Toys - Plastic Skulls Now Save Real Lives

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm


If your skull is growing, thickening, and constricting in upon your brain...well, you might want a plastic skull in its place too. And this 3D-printed one was just the trick for a 22 year-old Dutch woman who was losing her vision and her motor skills.

Considering that the video of how they did this is all in Dutch, I have no idea how this actually works. Just that she could become the real-life Dr. Badvibes.

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Alien Invasions, Giant Tentacles...The Pepsi Max Prank That Fooled the UK

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:00 am


Oh, augmented reality, what can't you do?

A little application to a UK bus shelter, and people waiting for their transportation were confronted with tentacles from the sewers, debris from space, and giant robot attacks.

Most caught on pretty quickly, but it was still cool. For a moment, They Believed.

Too bad it was promoting a drink as terrible tasting as Pepsi max. But I guess that just makes the company try harder.

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The Weekend Hangover: Spider-Man Mail, Fake Penis Pants, Moisture Vaporators, More

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

My own weekend involved molluscs and crustaceans for breakfast, courtesy of an extraordinarily generous friend...


Meanwhile, other nerdily newsworthy things were happening, and with the compilation help of Kyle LeClair, here are some highlights of what you may have missed in the weekend open thread. Tipsters this week include GreggoryBasore, SlyDante777, skrag2112, Anyone00, troi, rkwsuperstar, Citrus King, andre morello, Gallen_Dugall, franciebrady27, James.k.Polk

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Hello Kitty Ushers in the Apocalypse

Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:30 am


You've seen her face on toys, jewelry, candy, and everything else the folks at Sanrio can think of. It was about time...for Hello Kitty emergency food supplies and fire extinguishers!

Needless to say, Google translations of Japanese seldom make sense, but I'm intrigued by the reader comment at the source article, "You're likely to be stolen when I was fire extinguisher installed this." Intrigued because obviously, I wish to know WHOSE RESPONSIBLE.

Since a new NASA study says we're pretty much all fucked in the next couple of decades anyway, this could be quite lucrative. What branded character do you want to see adorning your hazmat suit? Breaking Bad should get in on that action.

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Autistic Teen With Down's Syndrome Develops Comic-Book Vending Machine Business

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:00 am


Previously unable to hold down a regular job for more than three hours, Chris Romberger of Philadelphia is now not only able to multitask at his cafeteria job - he has also developed a custom vending machine to sell comics, after his love of Spider-Man and lack of capital to open up a full-on shop led him to this creative solution.

Wanna bet most of the customers will be female, delighted that they no longer have to deal with male-gaze condescension from your average Jeffrey Albertson? To make the experience complete, Romberger should really have added a voice chip laden with sarcastic insults. According to the video below he is a bit of a jokester, after all.

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Part Man. Part Machine. All Drummer.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:30 am


It looks like the robotic weapon arm of Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe, but amputee Jason Barnes uses his new mechanical appendage to keep the beat. Or, at least, he uses half of it. The arm holds two drumsticks at once, but only one is controlled by Jason. The other improvises based on the rest of the tune being played. Otto Octavius warned us about such things, did he not?

Still, so long as the goal is to play rockin' percussion, and not create a mini nuclear reaction, we should be safe...for now. Check it out in action...

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The Weekend Hangover: Boondocks, Diamond Armor, Viking Ghosts, More

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10:00 am


Highlights of some of the stories you may have missed over the weekend, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

This weeks tipsters include aidan.jeans, James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, BumblebeeZ3, donnaryoko, troi, Gallen_Dugall, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, Timely-Tardis-Lego, rkwsuperstar

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