‘The Greenlighter’, A Parody of a Marvel Movie About a Female Executive Greenlighting a Female Superhero Movie

The Greenlighter” is a parody of a Marvel movie by Above Average about a studio executive who uses her powers to greenlight a female superhero movie. Oddly enough, her only powers are basic reasoning and the ability to sign a contract to greenlight a movie. As The Greenlighter says, “That was uh, really easy. Everyone was making it seem like it was hard.”

‘Will it Blend?’ Makes a Piña Colada by Adding a Coconut and Pineapple Directly Into a Blender

Tom Dickson, Blendtec founder and host of the series Will it Blend?, takes a shortcut to making a Piña Colada cocktail by adding an entire coconut and pineapple directly into a Blendtec blender.

In the throws of summer, there’s nothing better than sitting back and sipping a refreshing tropical drink. Tom is no different, and decides to see what it’s like making a “REAL” smoothie by throwing in a raw coconut and whole pineapple in the Blendtec blender!

Part Two of ‘Distroy’, A Series of Creepy Graphite Drawings Portraying Popular Cartoon Characters

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French graphic designer and illustrator PEZ has released part two of Distroy, an ongoing series of creepy graphite drawings portraying popular cartoon characters. The entire collection of sketches are available to view on Behance and Facebook. We previously wrote about part one of PEZ’s series.

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Sponge Bob

Buzz Lightyear

Krusty the Clown

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images via PEZ Artwork

via Escape Kit, Beautiful/Decay

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 as a Free Update to Users in 190 Countries

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Microsoft has released its latest operating system, Windows 10, as a free update to users in 190 countries. The software promises a number of new and updated features like the inclusion of Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana in the OS. Windows 10 features a number of “Universal Apps” that work across different devices like a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and Microsoft has also included their new Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft Vice President Joe Belfiore explains a number of the new features available in Windows 10 in a product video from January 2015.

Windows 7 and 8.1 users will receive an alert in their current OS when their update is available, and businesses will be able to upgrade beginning on August 1, 2015.

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A Rare Look at Iron Mountain, A Secure Data Management Facility Built Into An Abandoned Pennsylvania Limestone Mine

Fans of the enigmatic show Mr. Robot on the USA Network will probably recognize that the fictional Steel Mountain data facility whose HVAC system Elliot and FSociety attempt to sabotage with a Raspberry Pi circuit board, to be a thinly veiled reference to the very real Iron Mountain, a secure data management facility with many locations around the world. One of it’s premiere locations, however, is literally built into the side of a mountain and occupies former limestone mine in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Iron Mountain is a storage and information management company, assisting more than 156,000 organizations in 36 countries on five continents with storing, protecting and managing their information. …We safely store some of the world’s most valuable historical artifacts, cultural treasures, business documents and medical records. To properly protect and render this information, Iron Mountain employs almost 17,000 professionals and boasts an unrivaled infrastructure that includes more than 1,000 facilities and 3,600 vehicles.

In 2014, KDKA Pittsburgh reporter John Shumway was granted rare access into this highly protected location that houses much of U.S. history, including rare documents, iconic photos (with negatives) and original reels from Hollywood films.

KDKA’s John Shumway says he’s had some incredible experiences during his TV career, but Iron Mountain is mind boggling. Search Iron Mountain on the web and you’ll discover that it’s a massive storage company. In fact, whatever you have, they can store it, shred it, back it up digitally, slice it, dice it and make Julienne fries. …But this story is about Iron Mountain’s crown jewel hidden 220 feet below the rolling farms of Northern Butler County.The 50 degree water of the 150-acre underground lake is pumped throughout the mine to maintain a temperature perfect for document preservation. Fifteen generators stand ready to make sure the mine, and the 2,700 people working there, are never in the dark. Behind door after unmarked door are the vaults. Ranging in size from a few hundred square feet to 220,000-square feet, there are 125 large vaults, another 25 smaller units and hundreds of acres still to be developed.

Also in 2014, the Hillman Photography Initiative at the Carnegie Museum of Art went in search of an “Invisible Photograph” in the Corbis-Bettman Archive that is currently housed underground at Iron Mountain in a specially designed vault.

via KDKA, PetaPixel

Hairdo, A Cookie Cutter Design for Baking Character-Shaped Treats That Kids Can Nibble at to Create a Hairstyle

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Avihai Shurin has created the Hairdo, a clever cookie cutter design for baking character-shaped treats that kids can nibble at to create a hairstyle. The plastic, dishwasher safe cookie cutter is available to purchase online from Monkey Business.

Nibble the biscuit to style Sam’s hairdo. Creating cookies with kids using the Hairdo Cookie Cutter is just half the fun! Once the baking is done, the creativity continues as they munch away, shaping Sam’s hair with every bite!

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Hairdo Cookie Cutter

Hairdo Cookie Cutter

Hairdo Cookie Cutter

images via Monkey Business

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Google Translate App Takes on the Classic Ritchie Valens Song ‘La Bamba’ to Demonstrate How It Works

To demonstrate how the Google Translate app works, Google employees tested it on signs printed with the lyrics to the Ritchie Valens song “La Bamba.” The app takes printed text from one language and almost instantly replaces it on a smartphone screen with translated text in another. To understand exactly how the app works, Google employees Nat & Lo spoke with Octavio Good, one of the creators of Word Lens, the app on which the Google Translate feature shown in the “La Bamba” video is based.