Monday, August 29, 2011

Here the Marching Band Goes Again

I'm not much of a sports person, but in honor of the upcoming college football season I'd like to share with you a halftime show that is actually worth watching. Please resist the urge to go get a snack or go to the bathroom during this video, as some of you may be conditioned to do.

I know I've mentioned Ok Go a couple of times on this blog, but this video, sent in by, alert reader, Mike, reminded me of how much I like their music.

One of these days I ought to actually buy one of their albums. . .

Anyway, go my favorite sports team! Go! Go squadron, do good! Beat the opponents soundly in the skirmish!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Aah! Snake! Aah! Snake! Snaaake! Snaaaake! Oooo, Its a Snake!

If you've ever been house shopping, you know what a miserable experience it can be. It's not as bad as registering for a wedding, but it's up there. No matter how good a house looks on paper, there always seems to be a problem or two when you actually check it out.

However, a missing backsplash, loud neighbors or a funny smell pale in comparison to a certain house in Rexburg, Idaho.

This house:

It looks innocent enough, but if you're looking to purchase this single-family home at 675 W. 5000 N., you may want to watch this video first, which was originally uploaded in 2006:

That's right -- news reporting in Idaho is seriously sub-par!

And, aside from that, this house is infested with snakes! In fact, residents of Rexburg lovingly refer to it as "The Snake House." You'd think a reputation like that would deter anyone from purchasing it. I mean, all a potential buyer would have to do is stop and ask for directions and the friendly Rexburgians would say something like "Oh, you mean The Snake House?"

However, because of the invention of GPS, the Sessions family didn't ask for directions and they ended up buying the house. This video was uploaded by the Associated Press just a few months ago:

The Sessions family was even featured on the Animal Planet channel during a show called "Infested!" It's a realtor's worse nightmare. After all, a simple Google search of the address will pull up numerous articles and videos about this humble abode. Although, even without the snakes, I would have been scared off by the fact that it has five bedrooms and only one bathroom. One bathroom? Seriously? What family needs five bedrooms, but only one bathroom? Sheesh.

Dropping the price more than $60,000 didn't seem to entice anyone, either, so Chase, the bank that now owns the home, has hired some people to trap the snakes and release them into the wild. Then they're going to attempt to seal up the foundation and "install a barrier" to keep future snakes out.

However, if Hollywood has taught me anything, those snakes are going to come back with a vengeance. They will terrorize whatever family lives there next. And only Samuel L. Jackson will be able to save them.

I'm already writing the screenplay.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Yar, I'm Not Attractive

I would like you to take a moment and enjoy this animated short.

Pretty fun, huh? Now, I would like you to appreciate the fact that this video was shot entirely with a Nokia cell phone.

If that wasn’t cool enough, now I would like you, faithful readers, to appreciate the fact that this was not hand-drawn, CGI or clay animation. This was made with real people on a real beach in the real outdoors

Don’t believe me? How dare you! I’ll teach you to doubt The Former 786!

I hope you learned your lesson.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Yowzer, Yowayowa!

Have you ever dreamed that you could fly? What if I told you that those dreams could become a reality? Believe it or not, a girl named Natsumi Hayashi has found out how to fly - or, at least take pictures that make it look like she's flying. Each day she posts a new photo of herself levitating in various situations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Impressive, no?

The "yowayowa camera woman diary," as it's called, originally was just a photography blog, mostly featuring Natsumi's cats. She dabbled in levitating photography, but it wasn't until September of 2010 that she really embraced the flying pictures. Slice of Fried Gold has featured flying photos before, but these were the first ones that made me remember the feeling I get from the dreams where I'm flying. . .which are much better than the dreams where I'm running away from that furry jelly bean monster and I can't run fast because my pants keep falling down. That dream sucks.

Monday, August 1, 2011

3D: Not Just for Overly Expensive Movie Tickets Anymore

I'm not normally one to be at a loss for words, but this video, sent in by alert reader, Dustin, has me speechless - it's just so cool! Check it out.

A 3D printer??? The future is now!