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Cinematic History of the Future

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There lies our future, sprawled out before us. Ready for mindless ingestion. There are redundancies and plot holes, recurring characters and regurgitated plot lines. History, though, does repeat itself, they say. The future of man has already been told on magic celluloid strips. Our destiny, of course, begins with apes. It starts 43 years ago. Charlton Heston is there. Go.

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The Year of Living Beardedly

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Grow beard. Take picture. Repeat.

YouTube user cofauver’s documentary of a man who refuses to shave for an entire year is a brief glimpse into a person’s life. The changing scenery, the passing seasons, the questionable wardrobe choices: everything building until the viewers feel as if they’ve lived the year in three minutes. The idea isn’t unique. There is Noah Kalina’s Everyday project. In Almost Every Picture #7. Even Homer Simpson got in on the action.

Others might have done it before and with better execution, but this video must be commended for the dedication and persistence it takes to pull off such a project. Plus, it has Yeasayer.

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Children on Human Planet catch, eat giant spiders

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The current line-up of BBC documentary series is a thing of wonder. It is as if one high-level BBC executive pondered his grade school experience watching those terrible state-produced, mundane documentaries and decided that “The Savanna” and “Your Home: Earth” deserved to be replaced with short films that would hold the interest of viewers and explain the world. Human Planet is an excellent example of this genre of educational and entertaining documentary fare.

Sadly, the BBC’s iPlayer isn’t available to people outside the UK, and people with aversions to nefarious endeavors will have to sustain themselves on simple YouTube clips for now. But there is good news for the future: the iPlayer app for the iPad and Android is rumored to be available in some international markets in the near-future.

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Stephen King’s The Stand heads to the cinema

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen King’s The Stand is finally getting the big-screen treatment. A film adaption of the widely popular, post-apocalyptic novel has been in various stages of development for years, and the book has already been adapted as a miniseries [featured video] and a Marvel comic book.

The miniseries featured a decent cast: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Jamey Sheridan, and with a 6-hour running time it stayed fairly faithful, albeit toned-down for TV, to the sprawling, epic source material. A film adaptation will have to unfold across multiple films or be highly condensed. The project will take a strong cast, a top-notch scriptwriter, and a masterful director at the helm — maybe seasoned Stephen-King-adapter Frank Darabont will throw his hat into the ring.

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2010 film mash-up

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G-Whiz Productions has taken more than 250 films and edited together a 6 minute video that is sure to make you remember the great movies that have come out this year and to ponder those gems you might have missed. Luckily, there’s already a list of the films so you can track down those that pique your interest from these brief samples.

The video re-mix is reminiscent of the Oscar’s clip reels that playing during the Academy Awards. Though I doubt Legion will make the cut this year, even though Paul Bettany is an ass-kicking, stud-machine.

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Inception in (near) real-time

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If you haven’t seen Christopher Nolan’s brilliant film Inception, don’t watch the above video — It’s a film that is better unspoiled. But if you did see it and you came away a little confused, this video might help. YouTuber Weikang Sun has edited the film so that each level plays at roughly the speed of the corresponding levels. The resulting re-edit shows just what a braided, twisting masterpiece Nolan and company created.

Inception is out on DVD now. And while we’re talking Inception, check our own Fernando Alfonso III’s take on the film.

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Level Up

Skate 3: Realistic Adventures

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YouTubers ABadFeeling’s Skate 3 video is an excellent example of realism in video games. Gone are the 2 minute grinds, the 1000 feet manuals, and the insane drop-ins. Instead the video highlights those tricks the average person might conceivably master after months of hard work. The final result is a perfect mix of minor achievements and hilarious failures. The fall at 1:42 is a moment that would make even the great Leeroy Jenkins proud.

Check out ABadFeeling’s YouTube channel for more seriously great gamer videos.

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Pop Cult

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

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Surely the most quotable man since Shakespeare, but don’t call him Shirley: Leslie Nelson has died, but we still have his lines. Here’s a good mash-up of some of his greatest jokes, with one more video in the post. That video? The greatest line ever uttered.

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Tech

Five impressive Kinect hacks

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Not even a month into it’s life and the Kinect is already proving to be an exciting new device for makers, designers, and DIY gamers. After electronics supplier Adafruit Technologies placed a $3000 bounty on cracking the device and Héctor Martin claimed the prize, the Internet has been abuzz with demonstrations that illustrate the device’s potential. Though the best is certainly yet to come, we’ve compiled a list of the 5 hacks that most piqued our interest.


Personal robotics designers Willow Garage (featured video) seem to be quickly developing ways in which the Kinect can move from games to more altruistic endeavors. A robotic appendage that mimics the user’s own movements, built on open-source software and available to the general public could revolutionize the home robotics industry.

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A life told through Facebook

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It’s strange to think how much of our lives will be archived through Facebook. This little film by Maxime Luère demonstrates just how available the history of our relationships will be to the next generation.

Today the letters of famous people are collected into books to provide an insight into their personal lives. Will future generations collect the Facebook posts of their icons? Will we read how our great leader’s ethos can best be illustrated by this post she made as a young teenager, “Robot revolution in HerpDerpistan, lol, that’s nuts! and Bolts! Viva la Tin Men!”

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