Monthly Archives: October 2014

Two guys in Illinois have taken Halloween lights to the next level

What’s that? You carved a pumpkin? That’s cute.

Nick Thomas and Steve Jandick are the Shaq and Kobe of synchronized Halloween lights— admittedly, there isn’t much competition out there to be the Shaq and Kobe of this very niche thing, but it’s still pretty cool.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Naperville, Illinois duo spent a full month programming and setting up the lights for the show. The monthlong halloween display features songs from Queen, Eric Church (featured above), Eminem and others.

“With the lights and music, [Steve Jandick’s] taken it to a new level,” Thomas told the Tribune. “Just one song takes him almost 40 hours to program the lights on the computer, and by now there are 32 songs.” Read more…

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Space travel is dangerous. There will be no tourists.

On September 17, 1908, Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge made the fateful decision to get into an airplane with Orville Wright. It made sense for him to go: The Army had a deal to buy one of the Wright Brothers’ planes, and Selfridge had designed and piloted a plane of his own a few months earlier. Wright had already taken two other officers for a spin without incident, and the first four circuits he took with Selfridge of Fort Myer, Virginia, went fine

But on the fifth loop around, the right propeller cracked, hit one of the plane’s guy wires, and shattered. Despite Wright’s best efforts to glide down, the plane smashed into the ground. He suffered serious injuries. Selfridge suffered a skull fracture and died that night — the first ever fatality in the history of powered aviation. He was 26 Read more…

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This is your chance to ask Mark Zuckerberg anything

Mark Zuckerberg is prepared to take your questions

The massively wealthy, Mandarin-speaking Facebook founder will be hosting the social network’s first public Q&A next Thursday on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET)

You can already submit questions to Zuck by commenting on his announcement post. If you’re too shy to ask something yourself, there’s the option to “vote” for what questions get answered by liking comments.

The Q&A will last an hour, but considering there are already almost 5,000 comments on the post, there’s no way he’ll get to them all. Read more…

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Grumpy Cat's Christmas movie: Watch the first clip

Paws everything — you’re about to hear Grumpy Cat‘s voice for the first time ever

Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza provides the voice of the Internet’s grinchiest feline in Lifetime’s Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, and we have the first clip from the film

Plaza’s deadpan delivery of Grumpy Cat gives sharp-witted life to the fuzzy star, who has, in two years of web fame, only communicated through meme-like font. Now that Grumpy has a way to speak, we should soon expect to hear her curmudgeonly thoughts on politics, the weather and Taylor Swift Read more…

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5 top social media campaigns of 2014

When was the last time a social media campaign made you really feel something, whether it was happiness, hope or fear?

Below are five of the most successful social media campaigns of 2014, each of which was able to tap into genuine emotion to make a lasting impact on consumers.

Each of the below will be featured at this year’s Mashies Award Ceremony, where we’ll be revealing the year’s most outstanding examples of digital media from categories including Best Real-Time Marketing, Best Branded App and many more.

The Mashies will be held at Gotham Hall in New York City on Nov. 4, so make sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Read more…

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16 perfect reactions to the sexy Ph.D. costume on Amazon

Don’t get mad, ladies. Make a good joke.

For just $50, the Delicious Women’s Ph.D. Darling Sexy Costume on Amazon takes sexist Halloween costumes to a new level. Not only does a respected profession become a dizzy Halloween daydream for women to dress up as, but it’s also another example of turning women into sex objects

To add insult to injury, the sexy graduation gown component of the costume doesn’t even have a hood. Step up your game, Delicious. These Ph.D. candidates did their research for four to eight years, the least you could do is get the details right. Read more…

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5 Pokémon horror movies to thundershock you this Halloween

Maybe your Poké-pals aren’t so cuddly after all.

In the spirit of Halloween, UK-based graphic illustrator and gamer Ed Krieger imagines a series of posters in which your favorite Pokémon characters were antagonists in classic horror films.

Jigglypuff alien invasions? Tangela deep sea creatures? We’d watch these movies!

“Pretty much all my inspiration is from gaming,” Krieger told Mashable. “I’ve been gaming most of my life. I usually create art based on what I’ve been playing, Nintendo being the most influential.”

You can check out more of Krieger’s video game illustrations on Tumblr at his blog Purple Pixel. Read more…

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Andy Rubin exits Google: Where are the robots?

“The future is looking awesome!” Andy Rubin tweeted almost a year ago. Back then, it was

Google had just acquired yet another robotics firm for Rubin, the founder and former head of Android, to run as part of Google’s Robot Initiative (hence the tweet).

Almost a year later, Andy Rubin has yet to tweet again (about anything) — and has, with little fanfare, exited Google

Which leaves me with just one question: Where are my freakin’ Google Robots, Andy?

Thus far, the Google robot legacy has been one of frustration. For the better part of a year, I watched as Google snapped up one major robotics company after another. Most were, admittedly, well known only to the robot community. But the Boston Dynamics acquisition stood out, because its videos of walking, running, jumping and lumbering Big Dog robots had captured the imagination of millions of viewers on YouTube. Read more…

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British Museum now lets you 3D print its artifacts using Sketchfab

Why visit a museum halfway around the world, when you can check out 3D scans, and print them from your own home?

Sketchfab, a platform that lets users publish and share 3D content online, unveiled on Thursday an option for users to make their files downloadable. Under Creative Commons licenses, a user can either publish 3D content “for display and download” or “for display only,” Sketchfab said in a blog post. Users can apply the content in a variety of ways, such as using it in virtual reality environments, when developing video games or, if the files are compatible, for 3D printing.

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