Watch out! Listen! BAD GUYS FROM VIDEO GAMES somehow joined up to form a 90s boy band. I just wrote, composed, arranged, and produced their entire debut album. In Big Bad Bosses - Power Overwhelming, caricatures of Bowser, Ganondorf, Sephiroth, and Dr. Eggman sing honest, soulful songs about how even their terrifying fury can't protect them from the big questions in life. It's been #1 on the iTunes comedy charts for a week, and I couldn't wait to post it to MeFi Projects! [more inside]
"From time to time in life, we all find ourselves striking what feel like little Faustian bargains--deals with the devil--to get by. Faustian Bargains is an online community centered on the idea that revealing starts the healing! Only a few rules: No judging. No shaming. No real names or identifiable specifics. Share your story of corrupted personal integrity with us, finally get your sins off your chest, and help others like you feel a little less ashamed of being human in a world that's occasionally less than perfectly humane. Join our community and finally find the understanding, love, and acceptance you've always wanted and deserved in a safe space with benefits!" [more inside]
His daughter is a Jedi. She's missing. He's dead. And the Star Wars Universe is real. The Padawan Project.
Officially, this is all fiction, but Thomas would insist otherwise. Read his story. Examine these drawings by his daughter Mercy (who he claims has been missing for months.) Can anyone help figure out where she is?
We've kicked off the latest season of our YouTube series on media and digital literacy with a spoof of "Tomorrow" from the movie Annie. (OK, so this particular episode isn't really about media literacy... aside from taking the piss out of yet another movie retread.) [more inside]
aka "Variations on a Theme by Kenneth Koch": versions of "This is Just to Say" hybridized with other poems (such as "This Be The Verse" or "To Lucasta, on Going to the Wars") or just recast into different forms (such as the double dactyl or the villanelle). [more inside]
Can Joey explain the Marvel Cinematic Universe to his sister Cassie, who only has eyes for Rocket Raccoon? Click to find out!
The Whelk and I asked ourselves, wouldn't the first season of NBC's Hannibal have turned out differently if, instead of turning to Dr Lecter for advice, they had mined the collective intelligence of AskMeFi? Ladies and Gentlemen, this is our design.
Last week, the internet decided that George Bluth was the Pope. You've all made a huge mistake. Oscar holy, Michael!
Quick funny video summary of the celebrity gossip nonsense from Us Weekly.
In anticipation of the season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey, I've begun a series of portraits based upon the memorable characters from the show. Depicted as dogs and cats, naturally. I am selling them as prints in my Etsy shop.
Future Earth's surviving bacteria colonizing Heathrow Terminal 5. A superior airport experience. A place to replicate & escape the heat.So: a parody London Heathrow Twitter account, tweeting from an alternate, slightly less benign universe. Learn about Heathrow's sinister cosmic plans for expansion, upcoming Christmas specials, and the airport's occult connections with Ancient Egypt. Brought to you by that 0430 British Airways flight that swoops low over my house every morning and wakes me up.
Have you ever read a parenting book that left you feeling inadequate and/or terrified? In other words, have you ever read any parenting book whatsoever? Then you might enjoy my new book How Not To Kill Your Baby, a parody of all those crazy-making pregnancy and parenting manuals. It comes complete with a poster-size detachable Growth Chart of Doom, which will tell you if your baby is big enough to survive an encounter with an angry capybara. For the story of why I decided to write the book, you can read my guest post at the New York Times Motherlode blog. [more inside]
"On leaving the theater, you will be assaulted by baseball-bat-wielding ushers, who will pummel your skull until you forget what you have seen. Any remaining memories are yours to keep and enjoy." I wrote the Shouts & Murmurs in this week's New Yorker. It's a parody of those infernal anti-piracy announcements. [more inside]
I'm teaching myself the blitting-centric Flash games library Flixel, and my Hello World program sort of got carried away and turned into this silly little platformer in which you try to collect favorites while avoiding the menacing flags. Fifteen levels in three worlds (blue, green, and grey), random fave and flag placement, and, in fine oldschool platformer fashion, compensating for it's shortness by being unfairly hard in spots. Features chiptune snippets of matthewchen is Spamming and Doing the Churlish Pule!
If want to live in a world where being a scientist is considered bad ass, and philosophers are worshiped like rock stars, so my newest lineup of t-shirts parodies famous band logos by re-purposing them to celebrate some of the world's most influential minds. Hope you enjoy them.
I decided to teach myself some python and CGI. This is what came of it. It is a single serving page that delivers a markov chain of every deleted post's title, plus a markov deleted reason and some text from my comments made into a fake post description. In later versions, I may scrape deleted post descriptions so it's less disjointed than it is, but I don't want to think about how long it would take to scrape every deleted post, and if it could be done in a server-friendly fashion (I haven't done any back of the envelope math to see how it goes). [more inside]
I saw the announcement video for Nintendo's new console, the "Wii U" yesterday morning, and immediately after that someone sent me a YouTube video of William Shatner's cover of Cee-Lo's "Fuck You". A terrible idea was thus born in my tiny brain, so I cranked this out yesterday afternoon. Enjoy.
Software blogger Joel Spolsky has a new blog, where he discusses coal mining and its astounding parallels to software development and management. "The other crucial thing about having a schedule is that it forces you to decide what seams you are going to choose, and then it forces you to pick the least safe corridors and cut them rather than slipping into pillar-robbing (a.k.a. slope creep)." [more inside]
In Los Angeles last week we discovered we had access to several of the props from the Sam Raimi film "Drag Me to Hell," as well as the locations where the film was made, as well as our friend Abbie Cobb (currently on Beverly Hills 90210), who was Alison Lohman's body double in the original film. So we did what anybody would do. We remade the film from memory.
OK Go's latest video (four guys playing with a bunch of dogs) instantly reminded me of something I might have seen in an old episode of The Monkees. I Monkee-ified the soundtrack with a fitting song and made a few adjustments to the video to achieve this result. 1966 meets 2010!
The Tea Party might have a quasi-mainstream official platform, but it also seems to be a magnet for far right loonies, angry racists, borderline psychotics and those that are simply grossly misinformed. These shirts are for those fringe nutjobs that make the Tea Party rallies so much fun to read about. "Obama is right handed, just like Hitler. That's why I'm voting tea Party!"
A bizarre auto-mashup album I made today using Echo Nest Remix: it's a frankensteinien reconstruction of The Downward Spiral using only a few minutes of audio from the show Frasier.
It's Metafilter 2.0. Hopefully to blossom as a clearinghouse for absurdist mefi humor, including bizarre flash apps. This is brand-stinking new; if I'm omitting some good self-reflective mefi blogs or stunts or misc. content, please let me know!