Chatroulette - The Movie

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Chatroulette (NSFW) has rapidly become one of the most controversial sites on the internet. The site pairs up, via webcam, random strangers who could be from any part of the world. The participants can either chat with each other, or rapidly move on to the next person. These elements of randomness and rejection have made the site the phenomenon that it is.

As you can well imagine – the curious, the depraved, the disturbed, and the bored – have all seemed to have taken to this site like vultures would to carrion. Make no mistake. This is the true face of the internet.

Vimeo user Casey Neistat made this interesting short film to give us a (somewhat-scientific) breakdown of the type of users populating the site.

Keep in mind that the movie has some NSFW language, but is safe for work, otherwise.

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Life Before Google: A Short Story

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It doesn’t matter if you love them or hate them,  you surely can’t deny that search engines have completely changed how we live our lives.

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Some of the colorful, mesmerising creations of Norm Magnusson, a New York based artist. Magnusson paints and transforms organic and inorganic objects found in nature into pieces of art.

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Snip from the artist’s site:

We use nature how we see fit: we strive to bring order to it, we seek to explain it in a language that doesn’t belong to it, we try to make it prettier, we try to make it better, we try to make it more profitable. Some efforts succeed, some don’t.

Link.

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From an article in The New York Times on President Obama’s upcoming biography by David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker.

An earlier version of this post misquoted Mr. Remnick on his comparison between the book and a New Yorker article he had previously written. He said the book would not be a “pumped up” version of the article; he did not say that it would not be a “pimped out” version of the article.

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I am astounded that green/blue screens have become so ubiquitous on the sets of TV shows.  One of the more interesting videos I’ve seen this week.

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Title created using the Linkbait Generator.

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Also, a great way to generate blog post ideas.

The Hyper-Realistic Sculptures of Marc Sijan

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This is one of Marc Sijan’s hyperrealistic sculptures that were exhibited at the 2010 Coconut Grove Arts Festival, held in Miami, Florida.

Marc Sijan’s Superrealistic sculptures are “homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms — a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.” Sijan’s figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins; even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Marc Sijan’s work so arresting.

More images from the exhibit.

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An animated short film about Tarboy, the physical manifestation of the rage of a million discarded robot slaves.

Will Tarboy be able to seek revenge on a evil trio of corporate fat cats who ruthlessly exploited robot-kind?

Watch the “epic” short to find out.

Video: Compilation of 'Mirror Scare' Scenes

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Not really a trope, but a done to death cliché.

The ‘ghost/demon/serial killer in the mirror’ scene in horror movies.

The New Tamogotchi

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