JusReign – Cheetah and Turban / Pagh

April 14, 2011

My friends made this funny video:

It stars JusReign, a Canadian YouTube comic who does funny things on the interweb, like this charming tutorial on how to tie a turban. Now I know.


How to Steal Like an Artist

April 4, 2011

Great advice on creation from Austin Kleon, creator of Blackout Poems:

“Do good work and put it where people can see it.” It’s a two step process.
Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better. Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”

The whole, excellent manifesto is here.


OKCupid: Best questions to ask on a first date

February 8, 2011

Q: Do my date and I have long-term potential?
A: According to OKC, couples with long-term potential are most likely to give matching answers to the following questions:
1. Do you like horror movies?
2. Have you ever travelled around another country alone?
3. Wouldn’t it be fun to chuck it all and live on a sailboat?

According to OKC’s data set, matching answers on these questions were even more predictive of a successful match than questions about sex, god and smoking.

It’s a fun read: here.


Nail Polish has come a long way.

February 6, 2011

My fingernails always look like I used them to scratch a hole through a metal door, so I don’t spend that much time or energy checking into the state of nail technology today. Big mistake. I found a whole blog and YouTube channel of really awesome nail art tutorials. Look at this.

First of all, nail polish floats on water, so you can do cool stuff like this water marbled effect. It’s like Japanese paper marbling, or this one awesome craft I used to do when I was a kid, using clear nail polish on the surface of water and applied to black construction paper, why can I not find a Google image, totally gonna make some this week, anyway:

Plus, now you can get colour-changing nailpolish:

In order to be a nail expert like Colette in these tutorials, you need to own a little bit of nailpolish. Not too much. Just a few bottles. If you keep them well-organized, they hardly take up any space at all.

I’m totally in.

Anyway, I was totally enthralled by, and spent like two hours watching every single video on that channel I briefly viewed a few nail tutorials. And suddenly my raggedy little nail-nubs look undewhelming and I have total keratin envy. All of this, coupled with my naturally competitive nature, means I’m probably going to try to one-up Colette and start growing out my nails for the rest of my life, so I can make them super-pretty and myself super-helpless. Anyone wanna come by and rub my eyes for me? They get itchy.


How news stories are made

January 19, 2011

Thanks to Colin for Facebooking this.


Opossum pedicure

August 6, 2010

I cannot for the life of me figure out what the hell this is. But I enjoyed it a lot anyway. That little opossum’s hoary face, and this strange, strange, time-warp of a woman. Is it a joke? It’s pretty flawlessly executed, if so. She also has several other videos where she massages and aura-cleanses her opossums, huh? I know, right?
This video is just another reason why I love the Interweb so very hard.

Via MeFi.


How to Be Alone

August 5, 2010

Lovely.
Via pretty much everyone I know on Facebook.


Freddie Wong’s short films.

August 5, 2010

Here’s Freddie Wong, a prolific YouTube user who makes cool little shorts, and then gives tutorials on re-creating the video effects he uses (and even if you’re not into video editing you’ll probably find them interesting). I really like this guy’s stuff.

I also thought this one was really funny:

And I liked this tutorial on making muzzle flares:

I’m excited to see what else this guy does.
Thanks to Reuben for the tip.


Inception (no spoilers)

July 26, 2010

Saw Inception this weekend and really liked it. If you want to read a little more about some different interpretations of the film, you might want to check out these links: a solid article on Chud, one at Salon, an interview with actor Dileep Rao (who played the Chemist), and, at a glance, this handy chart showing who dreamed what.

Finally, here’s one of Nolan’s admitted visual references: this luscious scene of Fred Astaire dancing up the walls from the 1951 film Royal Wedding, shot by spinning the room and the camera simultaneously. You can skip ahead in this clip to about the 2-minute mark if you like.

Links via Mefi and AskMe.

UPDATE:

One more big thing:

After you see the movie, check out this short article and YouTube video.
That seems pretty definitive to me.
Thanks to Donaldson for the tip!


How to open a wine bottle with a shoe

July 13, 2010

wine bottle cork corkscrew open shoe easy

Just put the bottle into the heel of your shoe, hold it so the bottom is parallel to the wall, and give it a few firm taps against a hard wall. Here’s a demo video; it’s in French but the visuals makes sense.

Do you know the lengths I’ve gone to to find a corkscrew? Trying to befriend snotty neighbours, wandering into Greek restaurants at 1AM, poking around with knives… and all this time I was standing on the answer. I can’t wait to try this. If I show up with a giant purple splotch on my pants you’ll know it was a fail.
Via MeFi.