‘The Hobbit: Rap Battle of the Five Armies’, A Musical Parody of the Third Installment of ‘The Hobbit’ Film Series

The Warp Zone (previously) has created “The Hobbit: Rap Battle of the Five Armies“, a musical parody based on the newly released third and final installment of The Hobbit film trilogy. Members from each of the five armies get their verbal stabs and jabs in before the real war goes down.

Before the real battle begins, they must rap battle!

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

The San Francisco Chronicle Takes a Fascinating In-Depth Look at San Francisco’s Rapidly Changing Mission District

The San Francisco Chronicle has posted a fascinating in-depth feature on the sweeping changes taking place in San Francisco’s Mission District, the once arty and predominantly Latino neighborhood that is now experiencing an influx of tech wealth, rapid development, and gentrification. Through a combination of articles, videos, and maps, the feature examines the widely varied lives of San Franciscans living along the neighborhood’s 24th Street corridor, including Latino residents, area business owners of all stripes, and wealthy newcomers.

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photo by Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle

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photo by Mike Kepka/San Francisco Chronicle

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photo by Leah Millis/San Francisco Chronicle

‘This Is War’, The First Official Trailer For the Third Season of the BBC America Series ‘Orphan Black’

BBC America has premiered “This Is War,” the first official teaser trailer heralding the third season of the remarkable series Orphan Black. The trailer features the incredibly talented Tatiana Maslany in each of her surviving roles.

This is a fight for knowledge (Cosima)
This is war (Sarah)
But this is our fight (Helena – speaking in Ukranian)
Those with power do not give it up easily (Alison)
They never have (Kira – Sarah’s daughter)
They never will (male clone)

Orphan Black premieres on BBC America on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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image via BBC America

Nick Offerman Tells a Shortened, More Casual Version of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

Nick Offerman told a shortened, more casual version of the classic holiday poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” on a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

A Supercut of Darlene Love Singing ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ on ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

The Late Show With David Letterman has put together a supercut of the best of Darlene Love performing the song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on the show. Love has performed the song for Letterman on his show every year since 1986 when he was the host of Late Night, and will appear on The Late Show on December 19th, 2014 to perform it one last time before Letterman retires in 2015.

In a clip from the upcoming episode, Love explains that she has said she will never perform the song on another show after her last Late Show performance, implying that she may perform it at live appearances.

via Peter Sokolowski

‘Remotes Mines in the Complex’, A Nostalgic Art Print That Celebrates Playing Video Games With Friends

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex is a nostalgic art print by illustrator Zac Gorman that celebrates playing video games with friends. The art print specifically references levels and weapons from the 1997 Nintendo 64 video game GoldenEye 007. The art print is available to purchase online from Attract Mode.

3 am, a half-eaten bag of chips, a florescent glow lighting the room, 4-way split screen, and not a care in the world other than blowing up your friends.

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

Remote Mines in the Complex

images via Attract Mode

Kurzgesagt Offers an Incredibly Simple Method for Debunking Most Conspiracy Theories

A recent video by design group Kurzgesagt offers an incredibly simple method for debunking most conspiracy theories, or at least as they put it, “The most stupid ones.”

Most Conspiracy Theories are stupid. By the power of the internet they spread like wildfire and often poison discussions. But there is hope – we developed a way to debunk conspiracies in just a few seconds…

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A Simple and Handsome Illustrated Guide to Properly Rocking a Pocket Square by Art of Manliness

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The lifestyle blog Art of Manliness has released a simple and handsome illustrated guide to properly rocking a pocket square. The illustration includes four simple folds that can be used when wearing a pocket square, and instructions to create each look. The art for the guide was done by illustrator Ted Slampyak of Storyteller’s Workshop, Inc.

image via Art of Manliness

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explores the Importance of Morning Routines

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explores the importance of morning routines and the relationship between coffee and mesmerism in the latest episode of the series.

This episode is about glorious morning coffee. Or more specifically, about our time-tested morning routines. Everybody has their morning routine that they rely on and cling to dearly. The simple acts of brewing coffee, showering, and whatever else you do, makes that first act of climbing out of bed easier. The comfort and familiarity of those repeated actions give us a sense of ownership, and cause us to self identify with these simple set of actions. So what is it about these routines that make them so important to us?

A Supercut of Stephen Colbert’s Best Sign Offs From ‘The Colbert Report’

Comedy Central has compiled a supercut of Stephen Colbert’s best sign offs from the nine-year run of The Colbert Report. The show ended on December 18, 2014 with a final sign off delivered from Santa’s sleigh while holding Captain America’s shield.

If you can’t stand the idea of us being apart, just pause this screen and hug your television for 23-and-a-half hours. That warmth you feel isn’t radiation. It’s me loving you back.