Capcom Announces ‘Street Fighter V’, The Latest Installment in the Popular Fighting Video Game Franchise

Video game publisher and developer Capcom recently revealed Street Fighter V, the latest installment in the popular fighting game franchise. Street Fighter IV, the previous iteration of the franchise, originally released in 2008 but has seen several updated versions since that time.

Gameplay from the newly introduced video game was shown at the recent Capcom Cup championship in San Francisco on December 13, 2014. Though there’s no solid release date as of yet, Capcom has confirmed that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PC.

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V

images via Street Fighter

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2014 Edition of Misheard Song Lyrics by Pleated-Jeans

Poo stays on your thighs like my fingerprints.

Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans has released a funny new 2014 edition of his ongoing Misheard Song Lyrics series. Jeff carefully listens to and translates lyrics from popular songs like “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake and Lil Jon, “Chandelier” by Sia, “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy and more.

‘Processed Views’, Colorful Landscapes Made of Junk Food

Fruit Loops Landscape, 2013
Fruit Loops Landscape

Sugary cereal, bologna, french fries, and other processed foods are arranged into colorful landscapes in the photo series Processed Views by photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. The junk food landscapes are inspired by the work of Carleton Watkins, a landscape photographer who documented the American West in the latter half of the 1800s. The series is also a commentary on industrial food production:

Processed Views interprets the frontier of industrial food production: the seductive and alarming intersection of nature and technology. As we move further away from the sources of our food, we head into uncharted territory replete with unintended consequences for the environment and for our health.

Marshmallow Chasm

Moonlight over Balogna
Moonrise on Bologna

BlueDye#1 Cliffs
Blue Dye #1 Precipice

Saturated Fat Foothills
Saturated Fat Foothills

photos by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman

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‘El Deafo’, A Children’s Graphic Novel About Growing Up With a Hearing Aid Superpower

El Deafo Cover
image via Cece Bell

Earlier this year, children’s author and illustrator Cece Bell released El Deafo, a graphic novel about her childhood as the only deaf student in her school. At the age of four, Bell contracted meningitis, which caused her to become deaf. She used a large hearing aid that strapped to her chest, while her teacher wore a microphone that transmitted to the hearing aid. Bell’s teacher left the microphone on throughout the day—even while going to the bathroom, smoking in the teacher’s lounge, and complaining about students to other teachers. These insights to the “real life” of the teacher gave Bell a secret superpower that none of her classmates had and helped her make friends.

Bell made a video for Amazon in which she demonstrates the functionality of the hearing aid she used as a child.

In an interview on NPR‘s All Things Considered, Bell spoke about why she left out the sappiness often seen in stories about people with a disability.

I’m not a maudlin person. And one of my least favorite things are the movies that have some disabled person, and the violins come out, and it’s all weepy, “Boohoo.” That’s not me. That’s probably not most people with a disability.

El Deafo pages
image via NPR

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A Parody of the Final Episode of the Popular True-Crime Podcast ‘Serial’ by Funny or Die Starring Michaela Watkins

Funny or Die has created a parody of the final episode of the popular true-crime podcast Serial (previously) one day ahead of the actual episode’s release. The parody stars Michaela Watkins as the show’s host Sarah Koenig as she deals with the pressure of wrapping up the podcast’s first season after its immense success.

Season one of Serial is a 12-part series examining the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee. Lee’s former boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted of the crime and has been incarcerated since that time, but the podcast has raised doubts about Syed’s guilt. The final episode of the podcast’s first season will be released on December 18th, 2014. A second season has been announced after fans of the show donated to fund it, but details about the second story the show will follow have not yet been released.

More Fantastic Animated Optical Illusions by Brusspup

Illusion enthusiast Brusspup (previously) has posted a seventh collection of fantastic animated optical illusions. His illusions are created by passing a transparency covered in vertical lines over specially configured images. At-home illusionists can download the transparency template and the images through links in the video description.


image via Brusspup

Author Tom Robbins Talks About the Power of the Written Word in a 1994 Interview Animated for PBS

In the most recent episode of the animated PBS series “Blank on Blank,” renowned author Tom Robbins talks about his earliest memories of writing, his writing process, and the power of the written word in an interview with television show runner Tod Mesirow that took place in 1994.

There’s not a word in one of my books that hasn’t been gone over 25, 30, 35, 40 times. I read every sentence over and over again and rework it, not particularly looking for a more shining truth, but looking for the right rhythm. It’s like compulsive hand washing or something. Words on a page can hypnotize you if the rhythm is right.

Tom Robbins - My Paramour

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Cat With a Human Body Presides Over a Table Full of Ill-Mannered Canine Relatives During a Holiday Meal

Fresh Pet pet food has created a very amusing scenario in which an annoyed cat with a human body presides over a table full of ill-mannered canine relatives who think nothing of stealing the silverware, drinking too much, or eating from each other’s plates during the family holiday meal.

Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage taken during the making of the video.

Many of the animals at the dinner table are available for adoption through the Utah Humane Society and while they appear to be impolite in the video, they are good, well-behaved dogs who are just really good actors.

Dinner Table

image via Fresh Pet

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1980 Video of ‘Star Wars’ Sound Designer Ben Burtt Deconstructing the Millennium Falcon Hyperdrive Malfunction Noise

Eyes On Cinema has released a three-minute video clip from 1980 that shows Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt deconstructing the “comical” and layered sound effect behind the Millennium Falcon‘s hyperdrive malfunction. The actual noise is featured in a scene from George Lucas‘ 1980 film Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

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‘Reactions’ Asks and Answers the Question ‘Do Carrots Make You See Better?’

Chemist Chad Jones of The Collapsed Wavefunction podcast appeared in a recent episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions to answer the question “Do Carrots Make You See Better?

In the episode, Jones explains the World War II origins of the myth that eating a lot of carrots improves eyesight as well as the chemistry of how carrots, among other foods rich in beta-carotene, actually do help eye health, though not to the degree some people may think.

You heard it from your mom over and over again. “Eat your carrots, they’ll help you see better!” So is it true? We teamed up with chemist Chad Jones, host of the Collapsed Wavefunction podcast, to crack the carrot case wide open.