Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cockatiel Performs Medley of Queen Songs

Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan sits on the arm of a Freddie mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga." YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." (via Laughing Squid)


Rey and Kylo …and Luke

The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer confirms what many fans thought about the first trailer: Rey is not asking Kylo Ren for help. Those two closeups were obviously blocked and filtered to make them seem part of the same scene, but we all know her question was directed to Luke. The same question has a different lighting in this trailer. 

The repetition of the "Who are you?" from The Force Awakens clues us in that the ultimate reveal in episode nine will be Rey's background. They just can't have a completely unrelated hero appear out of nowhere and save the day. (via The Mary Sue)

Beware: Earworm Coming

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Black Girl ln a Big Dress

Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.
You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. (via Metafilter)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cause and Effect

Justice League B-Team

Justice League is in theaters nationwide, and bound to be a blockbuster whether it's any good or not. But what happens if Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, or Cyborg aren't available to save the world? Batman must call up the benchwarmers. The heroes that didn't quite make the cut. The B-team superheroes, as it were. In other words, superheroes whose movies didn't make blockbuster status. There are plenty of them in this video from Funny or Die. (via Tastefully Offensive)

ATM Fees

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Atlas Robot Practices for the Olympics

Boston Dynamics has been working on their Atlas humanoid robot, fine-tuning its balance and speed. The results are approaching uncanny valley territory.

This would be terrifying if Boston Dynamics was still working for DARPA to develop military robots. Or even Google, which is determined to take over the world. But the company was sold to SoftBank, a Japanese corporation. No wonder they taught Atlas to dance. Next, the robot will be serving tea in restaurants and keeping grandma company in the nursing home. (via reddit)

A Guide to Pumpkin Pie

This video starts out showing you how to catch a wild pumpkin, so you know what direction it's going. You will also learn how to use recycled crust and mourn the existence of pre-combined "pumpkin pie spice." The entire video from You Suck at Cooking is a respite from the anxiety of planning and executing a Thanksgiving feast.  

Some of the tips here are legit, while others are not. You must figure that out yourself. And stay for the little song at the end. Honestly, pumpkin pie may seem complicated, but it's as simple as following the instruction on the can of pumpkin. Don't even think about cooking a pumpkin yourself- I've done that, and it's not worth the effort. (via Mashable)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Tricky Origins of Turkey Day. How the fall holiday wires got crossed.

Why Are Your Wages So Low? Because the rate of exploitation is growing.

Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are thick as thieves, this one is the biggie and it comes with a ton of history. (Thanks, Walter!)

Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

Taking the abortion debate down to its elemental level

Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama. (via Kottke)

9 Vintage Thanksgiving Side Dishes We Shouldn’t Bring Back.

His Chair

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Simon's Cat in DIY

In the latest Simon's Cat cartoon, the cat once again displays typical cat behavior that manages to ruin Simon's day. He's simply trying to install a new shelf on the wall. The cat knows that anything new is for sits. Especially elevated things. And as always, the cat gets his way in the end. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, November 16, 2017


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The Pips (without Gladys Knight)

In 1977, The Richard Pryor Show featured music from The Pips, but not Gladys Knight. I don't know who had the idea, but someone mentioned a contractual dispute, and many remember this bit as the funniest thing on TV. The Pips had a ton of talent, but they rarely ever got to shine. (via TYWKIWDBI)  

On another note, you might wonder how "TYWKIWDBI" is pronounced. There's an explanation at the top of the blog, but I always pronounce it "Minnesotastan." I'd never be able to spell it if I didn't know it stands for Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently.

Christmas Decorations Completed

When is the right time to switch from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations? In a perfect world, the Halloween stuff would come down on November 1, and Christmas decorations would go up sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. Redditor savage_irony did the changeover in one fell swoop, and he acts like he's both exhausted and proud of himself. I like the finished product, though. (via reddit)

The Appointment

Oh My!

Melodysheep remixed sounds from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to make a modern musical movie montage. Cool. (via Tastefully Offensive

Miss Cellania's Links

Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

Every State, Ranked by Its Food.  (via Digg)

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (via Metafilter)

15 Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters (And How to Avoid Them). We learn from our mistakes, but it's less painful to learn from other people's mistakes.

How far into the horrific past will 2017 regress

The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.