For fans of the original Star Trek, the fight between Kirk and a Gorn warrior in the episode “Arena” is a thing of weird beauty. Well, as beautiful as a slow-motion, clearly choreographed fight between an actor and a stunt man in a rubber suit can be, anyway.
Now, 46 years later, it’s time for a rematch. Yes, really.
BlackBerry just shipped a new phone that almost nobody has tried. But lots of people already have an opinion about it! Some people think it is great! Others are already making fun of it! That’s pretty typical behavior. People love to fight and fight about phone platforms; to toss around the term fanboi and other insults and invective. People love to lob polemic after polemic in the most boring argument since Mac vs. Windows ever.
Do you like Android? You should, it’s amazing. iOS? Wow, what a great platform, no wonder it started a revolution. Windows Phone? Seriously, it’s got a remarkable and beautiful interface. BlackBerry? There are plenty of great reasons people love it. And no matter which platform you adore, it’s shockingly possible to both have a preference and respect that other people may prefer an entirely different device. I know. Totally weird. But true.
Or, you can just call anyone who expresses a contrary opinion a jerk, or a fanboi, or butthurt, some other un-clever and deeply unoriginal pejorative that ends with the suffix “tard” and ultimately makes you look dumber than the person you’re trying, vainly, to insult.
[More @ Gadget Lab]
The new Thumbs & Ammo blog started as a joke amongst friends in England, but when it hit the internet earlier this month it quickly became a viral hit.
Contributors photoshop guns out of famous movie stills, replacing them with a thumbs up. Tony Montana, Rambo, James Bond and the Terminator, among others, don’t look so tough when all of a sudden they’re sending messages of encouragement instead of unleashing a flurry of bullets.
“I’m just glad that people are enjoying it,” says the blog’s founder, who responded to Wired by e-mail but asked to remain anonymous because he says the blog was just supposed to be a friendly game. “I didn’t think it would get this big.”
[More @ Raw File]
YouTube is big on clips of puppies riding skateboards, but less bullish about video producers infusing outside advertising into their uploads. One product design company, however, has managed to skirt that guideline while turning their doggie videos into $750,000 worth of pre-orders for an unlikely product.
Their creation is the Orapup, which looks like a hairbrush with a kink in the handle. Instead of running it through your hair, its bristles get coated with a FDA-cleared, meat-flavored liquid that your dog licks, pulling foul-smelling bacteria off its tongue. While not a glamorous gadget, it raised a solid, if uninspiring, $62,572 on Indiegogo late last year.
[More @ Wired Design]
This week on Footnotes, we’re confronting enemies within and without. First, the infamous Pied Piper and his distant relative Paula Deen. One of them endangers children, and the other is the Pied Piper.
Then we head out into space to answer an age-old question: What is more likely to kill you, a massive supernova explosion or eating a teaspoon of Paula Deen’s food? (Side project for the adventurous: What contains more energy, a teaspoon of Paula Deen’s food or an equal amount of a star’s plasma?)
For the truly tech/text-savvy, having entire text message conversations using only emoji characters is an art form all its own. Now a group of art-smart folks on Twitter have taken that concept to the next level by recreating famous works of art using just the Japanese picture characters of emoji.
The meme — which you can follow on Twitter by searching for the hashtag #EmojiArtHistory — launched after Brooklyn-based artist Man Bartlett saw a Tumblr post of texts recreating the work of famous artists out of emoji. Inspired, he posted his own emoji version of artist Chris Burden’s Shoot (a performance piece wherein the artist was literally shot) on Twitter on Monday night, adding the hashtag and sparking a new art-geek meme.
A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.
[via Threat Level]
…hooray for America?