Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Tribute to John Williams at Graduation



Mark Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at Harvard University's graduation ceremonies on Thursday -and grabbed most of the headlines. But he wasn't the only celebrity on hand. Ten honorary degrees were bestowed, including a doctor of music to composer John Williams. The Harvard Din and Tonics, an a cappella group, performed a tribute to Williams during the ceremonies.

The medley of movie themes included music from Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Superman, Jaws, and more. (via Laughing Squid)

Instant Karma



A motorist with a dash cam pulled up to an intersection and stopped with plenty of room for pedestrians to cross. The guy crossing the street didn't not seem happy about it at all. But he got his. Then, for bonus points, he gets angry again! (via Boing Boing)

Conquests

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Expect Weather

There's No Time to Explain!



In the movies, we hear "No time to explain!" a lot, because the audience already knows the story, and there's no reason to waste time telling the tale again to a character that was out of the loop. But what if the audience were also out of the loop?

This poor guy is suddenly caught up in an adventure he doesn't understand, involving tinfoil hats, a time machine, aliens, and murder. We don't understand it, either. The two protagonists immediately encounter a paradox when they travel backward in time and encounter themselves. But there's no time to explain!

The operative idea here is when they go back in time ten minutes, and the clueless partner says, "Why didn't you set it to 15 minutes back so we's have five minutes to talk?" Yeah, that would have required an explanation that made sense, so no. Oh, there may be more of the story to come, or maybe not. -via Digg http://digg.com/video/no-time-explain-funny-scifi-short


The Cake is Talking to You

(via reddit)

7 Signs That Cats Are Scientists



I recently posted a video about cats attacking things and knocking objects off tables. I mentioned that they were trying to cause chaos and destruction, but Chris Poole has an alternate theory. These cats are conducting experiments!
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It makes perfect sense: cats are naturally curious, and are masters of observation, exploration, and manipulation. Plus this theory gives us a reason to watch Cole and Marmalade being their everyday charming selves. (via Laughing Squid)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Quirky Families That Still Rule the World.

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted.

What do you say when you weren't expecting a bridge to be there?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Professional Cat Cuddler? A veterinary clinic in Ireland is hiring someone just for that job.

7 of the craziest commando missions of World War II. Some of them even worked.

Is an 1874 Type Catalog the World's Most Beautiful Book? William Hamilton Page made wood type, but his legacy is a sample book, a sales catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.

When the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease Drugs. The Orphan Drug Act makes life possible for some patients, but not affordable.

Why are doughnut boxes pink? They aren't, unless you've in Los Angeles, but there they have a story.


The Daily Don is a Twitter webcomic that illustrates the misadventures of our president. You need to have some knowledge of the day's news to get the jokes. (via Everlasting Blort)

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People.’ There are worse stories, but these people can't tell them because they'd lose their jobs.

Bath Time

(via Fark)

Four Storm Troopers Playing Imperial March on Bottles



These guys can't be real Stormtroopers, they're too good at what they do. They are the Bottle Boys, doing their musical Star Wars tribute. (via Laughing Squid)  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ankle Biters

Behind the Scenes of Beauty and the Beast



They say that if you love sausage or law, you shouldn't watch either being made. Maybe they should say the same for CGI filmmaking. Disney gives us a look at how Dan Stevens acted out the part of the Beast in the recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, he's a handsome man, but wearing a motion capture suit with beast prosthetics while Emma Watson looked perfect -well, it just looks ridiculous.  Sure, it's interesting to see how it's done, but it would be even more interesting to find out how the cast and crew managed to keep a straight face during the filming. (via The Daily Dot)



What if Star Wars Were the Only Star Wars Movie?


On May 25, 1977, forty years ago today, a new movie named Star Wars opened at 42 theaters.  No one knew it would become an unstoppable juggernaut, spawning seven sequels and prequels with another opening this year, plus video games, TV shows, million of toys, and even a theme park. In 1977, the idea of a "franchise" in filmmaking had been put on the back burner after the cheaply-made Saturday morning serials of the 1930-'50s. If Star Wars hadn't been such a moneymaker, there never would have been The Empire Strikes Back or any other sequel. And what would that have been like? 
If no Star Wars sequels would have changed Lucas, think of how it would have changed Star Wars. Darth Vader is never Luke Skywalker’s father. We never meet Yoda. (Which has to affect Frank Oz’s career somehow, no? Do we still get What About Bob?) There’s no Jabba the Hutt, or Lando Calrissian, or Han Solo frozen in carbonite, or Ewoks. (Some of these changes, admittedly, would be greater losses than others.)
We would have never known which hero gets the girl! And while there might still be the "special editions," even they would have been different. Read more about this fantasy at Screen Crush.

And since it is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, here are some more articles paying tribute to Luke, Darth, and the galaxy far, far away.

When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977.

The $11 million spent on Star Wars in 1977 was the best film investment ever made.

Revisiting Original Star Wars Reviews from 1977.

Why the blockbuster saga is the greatest soap opera in the galaxy.

Ranking the 40 greatest Star Wars quotes of all time, for the 40th anniversary.

Celebrities share their Star Wars memories.

That’s no moon ... but what if it were?

40 Years of Star Wars Anniversary Posters.

(Image credit: StarWars.com)

Ambulance

(via reddit)

Hardware Wars



Hardware Wars was the very first Star Wars parody, produced by Ernie Fosselius in 1978. Thirty-nine years later, it's still pretty funny.

They Laughed

Steve Urkel: Bad to the Bone



Steve Urkel was designed to be a peripheral character to the Winslow family on the sitcom Family Matters. But as portrayed by Jaleel White, the over-the-top craziness of Urkel took over and became an icon. He was bad to the bone -at least in his own mind.

Melodysheep went through about ten years of clips from Family Matters, edited them down, and added some autotune to made this tribute to one of the strangest "crazy neighbor" characters in all of television. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars. From Buster Keaton to Jimi Hendrix.

The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums. How else would you find Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum (it's in San Antonio)?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview. Vanity Fair visits the set and interviews the cast members.


Talk Obama to Me. Put your own words in and give the former prez a speech. (via Boing Boing)

This Illustration Nails the Pedestrian Problem in Cities. More people are walking than ever, so we should make their safety a priority.

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards. Vintners love them because they keep rodents from their crops.

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two. They can even balance on one leg after they're dead.

Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals? For someone who only lived to age 31, he had quite a biography.


The Onion has obtained 700 pages of leaked documents from the Trump Administration. This should keep you busy for quite some time. (via Metafilter)

The hats of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The Squeaky Wheel

(via Buzzfeed)

The Wisdom of Animals



We could learn a lot from animals. Mainly that we are not as important as we think we are. This delightful animation from The School of Life reminds us that living simply, as animals do, can go a long way toward letting go of the anxieties we carry around. (via Laughing Squid)