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Remastered in 3D

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What happens when you re-render the old masters in 3D?

A new commercial by Samsung, posted by ClassicsRemastered


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April 13, 2010 at 21:45

Oatmeal, The

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“They were right. It was a gimmick,” Inman admits. “So, I was, like, why not make that gimmick into its own giant thing? And that’s where the Oatmeal came from.”

Most of you will already know the greatness that is The Oatmeal and his dotcom creations. The sarcastic ire and viral presence of his visual productions and text-filled hilarity have generated a substantial sum of traffic over the googolplexes of pages on the net.

So what makes this notion of pop humor so deserving of our attention?

Perhaps nothing more than veteran minimalism.  From one extreme to the other, all humankind has been born onto this Earth with the inherit concept of approval and empathy. Near-extinct remnants echoing the skills of survival now emerge in the form of comprehension – the need to relate.

There is a single, simple element to the Oatmeal’s work – and that, friends, is where the complexity begins .

For more about Matthew Inman, visit his site or read this here article

Written by laFedeDolce

April 8, 2010 at 03:20

Posted in Cultural, FTW, Humor, Random

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Tim and Eric’s Awesome New Old Spice Commercials

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Tim and Eric of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show now have an even awesome’r commercial deal.

This one has been on the air already

This one has yet to come

Old Spice – Pure Awesome

Written by laFedeDolce

April 7, 2010 at 12:41

HP Slate

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I sense a disturbance in the Force…

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April 5, 2010 at 23:21

Posted in Intrigue, Random, Tech

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Within the Folds

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Ever wanted to show your sophistication and talent by handing that special, utmost deserving, somebody a wedgie? What about an origami wedgie?

Some more amazing work by origami artist, Joseph Wu

Warai Frogs

Arctic Char

Written by laFedeDolce

March 25, 2010 at 07:22

Posted in Art, Cultural, Intrigue, Random

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Read my Lips

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You can’t.  Well, you can try.  It is possible that you may even guess accurately as to what my current expression is conveying, but that is all it ever will be; a guess.  Contrary to a recently popular belief, (made better known by one of Fox Network’s newer shows, Lie to Me) facial expressions are not a globally ubiquitous phenomenon.

According to an article published last year by the BBC, researchers “concluded that information from the eyes is often ambiguous and confusing in these expressions, with consequences for cross-cultural communication and globalization.”  Essentially the subject is stating that East and West see eye-to-eye quite differently.  I am reminded of this due to a more recent and similar article published on CNN International.

The topic itself is about relationships, specifically regarding personal ones, yet I found it painfully difficult to ignore the (what I felt to be)  less-than-subtle marketing plow for the Lie to Me show itself.

If you’ve never heard of micro-expressions, it’s time you did. They’ve been famously studied by Paul Ekman, Ph.D. (the real-life model for Dr. Cal Lightman of the hit show “Lie to Me”), who found that all humans display the range of emotions with identical facial expressions.

-Martha Beck
CNN Contributor for the Oprah Magazine

If you read the full text, you might notice just how obtrusive that one little phrase in an article of over 1098 words truly is.

Once again, the British Broadcasting Company will remind us that, in fact, the team of 13 Western Caucasians and 13 East Asians evaluated different responses to a set of standardized images depicting the seven main facial expressions.

The paper states that the Eastern participants used a culturally specific decoding strategy that was inadequate to reliably distinguish the universal facial expressions of fear and disgust.

-Judith Burns
Science Reporter for the BBC

This easily signifies how and why certain cultures perceive information in general so differently.  The norm for one may not be the norm for any given other.  From Hollywood to global politics, the separation is relatively constant though I suppose it really speaks to the efforts of those who try to fluidly comprehend one another.

Gotta admit, the Micro-expression assessment is pretty fun.

Written by laFedeDolce

March 25, 2010 at 02:15

Yes, yes he did.

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Ripe from the pages of The Huffington Post and the BBC – as if these two needed any other reason to host their own sitcom together, Former Presidents George W.  and Bubba Clinton embark on a quest to aid the citizens of Haiti.  President Bush takes the opportunity to perform some off etiquette manuevers on President Clinton.

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March 24, 2010 at 09:17

Posted in FTW, Humor, Political, Random, WTF

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