Mikey Bolts Performs Funny Christmas-Themed Impressions Based on Characters Recommended to Him by Fans on Twitter

In the latest video by Los Angeles impressionist Mikey Bolts (previously), he performs a funny collection of Christmas-themed impressions based on characters recommended to him by fans on Twitter. He jumps into character as Olaf from Disney‘s Frozen, Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo from South Park, a drunk mall Santa, and many others.

via Tastefully Offensive

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Merchandise Featuring the Classic Comics Code Authority Seal

Comics Code

The First Amendment defenders at The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (previously) have begun offering fundraising merchandise emblazoned with the now-defunct Comics Code Authority seal that has graced many a comics cover since the 1950s. The code, which was created as a response to parental concerns surrounding content, officially went defunct in January 2011.

Comics Code

Comics Code

Comics Code

Comics Code

images via The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

via io9, Boing Boing

‘Light Motif’, A ‘Synaesthetic’ Short Film Starring a Monkey in a Brightly Colored Room Full of Bouncing Balls

“Light Motif” is an aesthetically brilliant short film directed by London-based filmmaker Frédéric Bonpapa that offers a “synaesthetic” experience featuring a soundtrack by composer Steve Reich and a largely disinterested monkey surrounded by bouncing balls in a brightly colored room.

The inspiration for the project stems from the relationship between music and the visual arts, illustrated by artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Fischinger, Norman McLaren or John Whitney. These works try to establish precise connections between sounds, shapes, colors and movements, to visually translate the concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, pitch, timbre and intensity.

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Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake Play Young Campers Singing ‘Jumper’ in a Hilarious Sketch on ‘The Tonight Show’

In a hilarious sketch from a recent episode of The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon and recurring guest Justin Timberlake play younger versions of themselves as campers determined to sing the Third Eye Blind song “Jumper” after lights out, much to the dismay of camp counselor Mr. Fletcher played by A.D. Miles.

For comparison, here is the original version of “Jumper.”

Nathan Shields of Saipancakes Visits the ‘TODAY’ Show & Creates Pancake Sculptures of African Animals & News Anchors

Saipancakes Animals

Nathan Shields of Saipancakes (previously) was recently invited to the TODAY show to demonstrates how he creates his impressive pancakes sculptures. Shields showed off his skills by making a series of African animal pancakes and portraits of some of the news anchors on the show.

Saipancakes Animals

Saipancakes Animals

Saipancakes Animals

photos via Saipancakes

A Look at the Making of the Quicksilver Super Slow-Motion Scene From ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Visual effects team Rising Sun Pictures offers some insight into how it helped create the memorable super slow-motion scene featuring new mutant recruit Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

RSP collaborated with VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers and Director Bryan Singer to realize the creative vision of the sequence through the production of scores of CG props, including frying pans, knives, pots of boiling soup, carrots and bullets, as well as the omnipresent cascades of water droplets. Each of these elements needed to be rendered in near microscopic detail, placed precisely within the geometry of the kitchen and choreographed to move and react realistically to lighting, other objects and characters.

via Polygon

Inspirograph, A Highly Customizable Browser-Based Version of the Classic Spirograph Drawing Toy

Inspirograph

The Inspirograph is an online, browser-based take on the classic Spirograph geometric drawing toy created by engineer Nathan Friend. There are several different size and color options, plus features for downloading and sharing images.

image via Inspirograph

via Boing Boing

A Look at the Complex LIDAR Laser System Nokia Is Using to Map Terrain for Self-Driving Cars

The team at the Nokia HERE mapping service is offering some insight into the view of the complex LIDAR system being used to help create models for self-driving cars. Used in tandem with GPS and cameras on its mapping cars, the LIDAR system uses 32 laser beams to collect 700,000 data points a second.

An inertial sensor tracks the pitch, roll, and yaw of the car so that the lidar data can be corrected for the position of the car and used to create a 3-D model of the roads it has traveled. The lidar instrument’s range tops out about 10-15 stories above the street. At street level, its resolution is just a few centimeters.

via Wired

‘Exobaby’, Hyundai’s Marketing Campaign Promoting Their Vehicle Technology With a Baby in an Exoskeleton Suit

The “Exobaby” is a marketing campaign by Hyundai that promotes the advanced technology of their vehicles with a little baby in an exoskeleton suit. The CGI child, who is protected from all sorts of danger, uses the potty without any problems thanks to a “Smart Trunk” feature in the suit and avoids having to take a bath by using the suit’s speedy “Turbo Boost” to escape the clutches of mom. Hyundai’s “Exobaby” ad campaign delivers the message that they “aim to make their customers’ lives safer and more convenient”.

The hero baby smartly takes advantages of the state-of-the-art technology suit that offers a wide range of solutions for conditions experienced in daily life. And a total of seven cutting-edge technologies are applied based on the Sonata – body rigidity (AHSS, Advanced High Strength Steel), Smart Trunk, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Turbo GDi engine , Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), and Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS) – with figurative wit that embellishes the baby’s story.

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

ExoBaby

images via Hyundai Motor Brand

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Performs a Mysterious Floating Orb Magic Trick With a Surprise Comedic Twist

“Weird Al” Yankovic performs a mysterious floating orb magic trick in a recent video on his YouTube page, and true to his nature it ends with an unexpected comedic twist.