I’ve wondered what it is that’s so creepy about the premise of Inglourious Basterds (revisionist WW2 cheat-code rampage by Nazi-scalping Jews). The Peril of Perfect Evil captures a lot of it. (I wrote about five paragraphs here, but deleted them all. They were pretty good and REALLY rambly.)
A 73-year-old Harlem businessman defended himself and his employees from four robbers, neutralizing all four by firing only three shots! Safe to assume New York’s uptown criminals have marked his business with a Do Not Rob tag on their iPhone maps apps.
This one has already changed a small part of my life: How to watch a Michael Bay film… of course, its lessons are useful beyond just Michael Bay films. Any bad art is now tolerable! His advice involves dumbing your brain down while also training yourself to see “a mega abstract conceptual art project” instead of just a bad movie. In other words, treat it as if it’s a little bit dumber — and much, much smarter — than it actually is. Employed this strategy while enduring some smarty-smart accident called Let The Right One In last night. It really works!
The wife and I have found a fun new highway game after reading People Like Angry Car Faces, which compares American car design with foreign cars and finds that domestics look “absolutely freaking livid” while imports convey “upbeat, capable.” It’s fun to describe the emotional state of each car you pass. Here’s a Flickr set of car faces to test your skills on.
You remember that video of the wedding party entering the church to Chris Brown’s “Forever”? I Now Pronounce You Monetized breaks down how the video’s viral popularity wound up making money for Brown and his label… a good lesson on Free for the final generation of paranoid record labels.
Fan-made video for Kanye’s “Robocop.” Count the references… I spotted Battletoads, Double Dragon, and Punch-Out!, and maybe Contra and Metroid. Obviously Mega Man. The slickest thing about this video is how, by including Kanye’s bear mascot thing as the boss, it hits the big secret of Kanye’s relationship songs: he’s not exactly the good guy.
ENGINE brought a lot of efficiency and standards to the project that otherwise wouldn’t have been there. Ben also holds himself with a professional and friendly manner, and is patient in explaining the technical side of the project clearly to members of our staff that had questions.
– Armistead Booker, Associate media designer
American Museum of Natural History