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The WikiGame

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Wikipedia is helpful, interesting, and a gigantic time-waster. The online encyclopedia snaps back answers to questions and fills its users with facts and figures. But even the most focused searcher finds himself distracted by random unrelated articles. Searches for the major exports of Burma lead to hours spent reading articles on Henry Miller. A simple desire to learn where the mechanical pencil sharpener was invented ends with the user becoming a pseudo-expert on honey bee dancing. And no one remembers how they got from point A to point B. It seems all topics are related. The only question now is: How long will it take you to get from one topic to the next?

It seems Alex Clemesha is willing to keep track. The coder (and amateur surfer) has laid a simple game over the face of Wikipedia. The user is given an article to start with and then a destination article. The person has 150 seconds to get from the original article to the destination article zipping through Wikipedia’s pages, searching for some concept to unite the articles, and cursing page loading speeds. It can get addictive. The site even allows users to register so they can keep track of their searchings.

Game on!

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Plot of X-Files porn parody actually less-porny than last movie

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A pedophile priest helps Mulder and Scully find a mad scientist who intends to transplant a man’s head onto a woman’s body so he can finally have wild male/female-with-a-male’s-head sex with his male lover.

Or:

Set one year before the appearance of Lilith, Federal agents Dana Scully (Kimberly Kane) and Fox Mulder (Anthony Rosano) are sent to unravel a mystifying series of murders. Their investigation leads them to Eastern Virginia, where they find several locals who seem to have been “infected”. Mulder believes the cause of these infections to be none other than “The Black Oil.” Scully and Mulder must search for answers that will ultimately defy the boundaries of science, the paranormal, and the dreadful spaces in between!

 

One of these is the plot for that last X-Files movie, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, the other is the plot of the newest X-Files porn parody, The Sex Files 2: A Dark XXX Parody (link NSFW). If you saw I Want to Believe you know Mulder and Scully are sleeping together. I wonder if there will be a similar revelation in the parody. I guess we’ll just have to wait until “a guy we know” sees the movie to find out.

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Nostalgia

Lego train destruction

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You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

It’s true of superheroes and it’s true of Lego builders. The day after your 12th birthday you are a god of Lego. You watch over your newly constructed world and nod in approval. You have built the skyscrapers and the cars and the starships. You command their every movement. But sooner or later it will dawn on you: Now is the time for destruction. And nothing is more glorious then the triple head-on collision of a high speed Eurostar bullet train, a 9-volt ICE train, and a chugging-along Christmas train.

Experts say serial killers start out with little animals, well, supervillains have to start somewhere too. Here’s 5 more videos that prove evil madmen love Lego trainsets:

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DC Universe Online MMORG

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The only negative aspect of this DC Universe Online MMORG video is that it ends. But I guess that’s the point.

The video sets-up Brainiac as the nemesis of all humanity. Right now all the characters are labeled as hero or villain, but by establishing an outside threat the game’s developers might be opening the door for crossover match-ups. And with the huge list of characters announced this could really up the gameplay. You want to play as Wonder Woman, but your friend wants to play as Harley Quinn? If there’s a common enemy a team-up might not be out of the question.

The game is slated for a November 2010 release on the Playstation and PC.

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Ryan Reynolds recites Green Lantern oath

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I’ve never been a huge Green Lantern fan. I’m sure I’ll see it, it’s just not at the top of my list. But, apparently, when a young boy at Comic-Con challenged the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds, to recite Green Lantern’s oath, the actor nailed it. The video is actually pretty awesome. Maybe I’ll have to move the film up on my list of films I have to see.

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Ron Livingston performs Keyboard Cat

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Ron Livingston stars as Keyboard Cat in this excellent video homage. That is all.

Why? The Internets. That’s why.

Now to make this blog post a little more robust, here’s the original Keyboard Cat and one of the greatest movie montages in the last ten years:

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Twitter mood map

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As far as I can tell the average person on Twitter is a severe manic depressive with an extreme penchant for oversharing:

@deathdoublerainbow: OMG. I can’t find my shoes. Rage. I’m going to kill myself. #barefoot
@deathdoublerainbow: Hell yeah. Found shoes. Greatest day ever! #wearingshoes
@deathdoublerainbow: Shoes aren’t going to tie themselves. Lazy shoes. #overworked
@deathdoublerainbow: It’s raining and I don’t have any boots. Damnit! Thanks a lot Obama. #socialistshoecare

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Facebook falls for Onion video

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When people look back at Orson Welles’ 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, everyone thinks, “Oh those simpletons, they’d believe anything they heard on the radio.”

Then they laugh while they think about the man and the woman from American Gothic screaming down dirt roads in their Packard 12 with the kids in the back and all the farm animals strapped to the roof, running scared from the incoming aliens. Ha, suckers, we’d never get pwn’d like that.

Sadly, Facebook suggests otherwise …

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The Expendables vs. Eat. Pray. Love.

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Every good story needs conflict. You want to get people excited? Give them an enemy. And some fans of the upcoming film The Expendables have found the perfect nemesis: Eat. Pray. Love.

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The September issue of Handshake magazine

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Here it is. The September issue of Handshake magazine. So much to read. So much to do.

Cory Doctorow. Bionics. Legos. Puzzles. Missions. Accordions. Finding love in the age of the Internet.

There’s molecular gastronomy and the power of cow poop (unrelated). We suggest our five favorite violent video games for the Supreme Court to play.

We teach you how to fall out of a plane, run a ponzi scheme, and fight a bear.

There’s a list of 25 ladies you’ll love. A Handshake writer reports on the Pai Gow scene from a Connecticut casino. An Alex Petrowsky original comic makes its debut.

Beat music. Hickory golfers. Cameras reviewed. More. More. More.

Wait, why are you reading this list? Just read the magazine, it’s right here:


Download the .pdf

Good reading and good luck, Agents.

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