January 2011

  1. Weird

    Cocktail Recipes Explained in Infographic Form

    Infographics! The kids love 'em. And these here are actually useful. Recipes can be hard to visualize, so designer Fabio Rex has created a set of infographic guides to the composition of proper cocktails. (A warning to Americans: 1 cl is equal to about 1/3 of an ounce.)

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  2. Entertainment

    Turkish Doctor Who Spoof

    Ever wonder what would happen if public access spoof overlords Tim and Eric tried their hand at Doctor Who? Pretty much what you see above, except someone would discover their chippy, there'd probably be some shrimp and white wine, and there'd obviously be some kind of Cinco-branded TARDIS for sale that requires users to remove their teeth before use. The point is, this Turkish Doctor Who seemed like it couldn't possibly be real at first, but then io9 kindly reminded us that Turkish remakes are totally bonkers to begin with. Luckily(?) for us, this Turkish Doctor Who is indeed a spoof of what would happen if there really was a Turkish Doctor Who, created by majoringram over at

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  3. Tech

    Man Sues Facebook for $500,000 for Cutting Him Off

    This seems entirely reasonable: A man named Mustafa Fteja is suing Facebook for $500,000 for disabling his account, which works out to $1500 per friend.

    In seeking $500,000, Fteja is suing Facebook for disabling his account, in which he had about 340 friends and family and had spent "timeless hours creating content and relationships [Facebook] benefitted from," the suit contends. He wants it back on, and he wants the company to pay for the damage of alienating him from his family and friends (about $1500 per friend/family). "I had the Facebook for one purpose — to keep in contact with my family," Fteja told The Daily News. His access to Facebook, he said, stopped in September, and repeated pleas to the company were for the most part unanswered, except for a generic e-mail sent to him two weeks later telling him he violated the terms of the Facebook agreement. These notices usually go to accounts suspected of being fake or uploading malicious content, or that "infringes or violates someone else's rights or otherwise violates the law."
    (via MSNBC. title pic via Bossip)

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  4. Tech

    Al-Jazeera Sees 2500% Increase in Web Traffic Due to Egypt Coverage

    As the world has stood transfixed by the unfolding situation in Egypt and many have turned to the web for timely information, international news network Al-Jazeera has exploded in its online presence, seeing a reported 2500% increase in web traffic, 60% of which is coming from the United States.

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  5. Entertainment

    RIP John Barry, James Bond Composer

    John Barry, the film score composer best known for his work on the James Bond series, for which he composed eleven soundtracks, died in New York yesterday of a sudden heart attack. He was 77 years old. Felllow Bond composer David Arnold writes in tribute:

    It's music that goes directly to your core. That's why you hear it at weddings, funerals, birthday parties. John Barry's work has affected us all - it's been on the radio since the 60s, on adverts, on the films we watch with our families at Christmas. He gets to your home, he gets to your heart, he gets to your head. ... He lived the life of a hundred men. Thank God we gave so much amazing music to remember him by. He was a real master, and he will go on influencing musicians for a long time. It's a profoundly sad loss.
    Below, a few Barry-composed Bond scores:

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  6. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/30

    Skyward Sword getting "finishing touches" before release (Destructoid) Welcome to ChatotRoulette! (Dueling Analogs) Gene Roddenberry's original pitch for Star Trek (PDF) (Lee Thomson) Rock Band can actually teach you how to play actual drums (Destructoid) The Japanese Spider-Man is exactly as intense as you'd expect (YouTube) How to make 6 different Rube Goldberg machines (Geeks Are Sexy) Muppets made out of balloons! (Black Cat Balloon Company on Flickr) (Pic via Cake Wrecks)

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  7. Entertainment

    Elmo Makes A Pregnant Lady’s Day, Surely Gains a Future Fan

    Elmo Monster, and his little known alter ego Kevin Clash, have been making the press rounds this week in the promotion of their bio-pic Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.  This video is from the premiere of the movie at the Sundance Film Festival, when Clash invited a pregnant festival attendee up on stage to meet Elmo. You might want to bite down on something hard, because these levels of adorable have been known to cause seizures. No matter what else happens in videos where you see the Muppeteers behind the Muppets, the best moment for me is always the split second where the puppet stops being a furry sock, and is suddenly a person.  It never ceases to amaze. (via ToughPigs.)

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  8. Tech

    FCC Asks Court to Throw Out ISP Anti-Net Neutrality Lawsuits

    Earlier this week Verizon and MetroPCS filed suits contesting the FCC's new net neutrality statues, the ones that aren't even as firm as most internet users would hope. The FCC is now requesting that the DC appeals court in which the suits were filed throw them out, on some solid but incredibly procedural grounds. In as nutty a nutshell as we can get, people aren't allowed to sue part of the government in front of the DC circuit court before the thing that they are suing about is published in the Federal Register by that part of the government.  The FCC's new rules have only been announced. Verizon countered by saying that since the new laws would affect their licenses, the suits fall under a law about licensing, which says that you can sue as soon as the law is announced. But it doesn't stop there.

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  9. Space

    Imagine Jupiter Filling the Entire Sky [Video]

    After being inspired by the recent lunar eclipse, Brad Goodspeed wondered what the sky would look like if the planets in our universe were as close to Earth as the moon is and revolved around us. And it would probably amaze us while, at the same time, scaring the crap out of us. Imagine if he'd included all 63 of Jupiter's moons? Ouch. (Click through to watch in HD.) (BradBlogSpeed via Neatorama)

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  10. Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Casts a New Superman: You’ll Believe Henry Cavill Can Fly

    Straight from Deadline itself: Henry Cavill, veteran of The Count of Monte Cristo, Showtime's The Tudors, and Stardust has been tapped to play Superman in Zack Snyder's new reboot. Says Deadline:

    Warner Bros clearly has chosen a more macho leading man for Superman than the previous Brandon Routh.  Cavill also has a past with Superman. Before Bryan Singer came on to direct Superman Returns and cast Brandon Routh, Cavill had been one of the frontrunner choices for directers Brett Ratner and McG when they were going to helm the picture. That Superman was younger, and this time, the intention was to cast an actor near 30. Cavill will be 28 this year, so things worked out just right for him.

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  11. Tech

    Is Amazon Competing with Netflix Now?

    Amazon has reported major profits selling books. Is it trying to take over streaming online video as well? Engadget reports that for a little while, Amazon Prime subscribers saw a screen offering free streaming video, which looks a lot like Netflix Watch Instantly. Does this mean Netflix might have something to worry about?

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  12. Entertainment

    Mark Zuckerberg Was Adorably Psyched to Be on SNL

    Oftentimes, when a public figure has been maligned in the press, they try to redeem themselves by showing that they have a sense of humor about themselves, that they're not the self-absorbed wanker we think they are. Saturday Night Live is usually a choice venue for redemption because most likely, the cast and writers have already had their shot, but they're a bunch of comedy nerds who don't really want to cause a stir with people they come into direct contact with (who are also billionaires). Sometimes, these public figures come on the show and fail. But Mark Zuckerberg? Success.

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  13. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 1/29

    Battlestar Galactica gets online beta date (Eurogamer) Handmade Beowulf socks for wearing and reading (The Sanguine Gryphon) Little Big Planet 2 Launch Event Seeks to Make Guinness Book of World Records (Destructoid) Pixar plays it old school, builds a Studio Ghibli-inspired zoetrope (Tor) Woman seeks corporation for good times, marriage, romantic political statement (The Palm Beach Post News) A fully functional Antikythera Mechanism built out of Legos (NatureVideoChannel on YouTube) Own a fully functional car from Captain America for less than $10,000 (Screen Rant) (Pic via Reddit)

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  14. Entertainment

    Live Action Axe Cop [HD Video]

    Axe Cop: The Movie - Part 1 from Peter Muehlenberg on Vimeo.

    So there's Axe Cop. And now there's Axe Cop in live action. And this is only the first episode. (Thanks Elan!)

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  15. Weird

    Girl Scouts Ditching Exactly the Right Cookies

    The Girl Scouts have announced the end of five varieties of Girl Scout cookies, and when I first read this, I was worried. Really worried. And then I saw the flavors they were getting rid of, and I rejoiced. This is not a casualty of the dumpy economy -- this is a victory. America has been saved. Saved from bad cookies.

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