Archive for June, 2018

Still Toxic .::. My new favourite mashup is this totally unexpected and perfect crossover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Portugal The Man’s “Feel It Still”. Full 320kbps here. (via Bootie Mashup)

Sometimes, the Deep Note was the best part of the movie .::. The Thx Logo Theme, a synthesized crescendo that grows from a relatively narrow frequency spread of about 200-400 Hz to a much broader one of about 3 octaves was created in 1982 by an employee of Lucasfilm and first introduced at the premiere of “Return of the Jedi” in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the original tapes went lost and James Moorer, the engineer creator, was pushed to remake it. He failed many, many times, due to the huge amount of random numbers generated during the render, until the tapes ultimately resurfaced and were brought into the digital domain (you can appreciate the effort involved attempting to redo the exact sound by reading this cool blog post). Listen to a digitally remastered version here (WARNING: lower the volume to avoid ear rape) or watch the mandatory Simpsons reference.

The Scooby Doo Project .::. A “Blair Witch Project” live parody animated short that aired during the Cartoon Network‘s Halloween marathon in 1999. Darkest Scooby Doo episode ever.

I am Predictive Text Neil deGrasse Tyson AMA .::. If you wanted to evaluate a bot trying to impersonate a real human being, then the best Turing test you could think of would probably be answering a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). That’s what a collective of writers, artists and developers known as Botnik did after training a predictive text bot with lots of Neil deGrasse Tyson speeches about space (AMA here). Of course, you can tell there’s something fishy, and Reddit users are smart enough to ask non conventional questions, but the interchange is still interesting and sometimes funny. There’s also a Mark Zuckerberg one.

Anti Social – A Modern Dating Horror Story .::. What would drive someone to reject social media? Comic Relief, a major charity based in the UK, tries to give an answer.

But Every Other Beat is missing .::. So, there’s this Youtube channel that features music videos with every 2nd beat skipped. First consequence: songs last half their original length; second consequence: it’s a different song. Check Smooth Criminal or Seven Nation Army.

. Big Boy .::. “It’s completely understandable that parents feel a primal urge to protect their offspring from the potential dangers and corruptions of the world, but does our bubble wrap society actually protect them or set them up for an experience-free lifetime of dependence? Presenting a situation that even the most intrepid of parents would blanch at, Bryan Campbell teases us with a palpitation-inducing young boy’s solo trip to the rest stop from hell.” (via Directors Notes)

The Book Cover Memory Game .::. You’re presented with a grid containing two editions of six different books. The challenge: match the pairs of covers that belong to the same book.