Google Reveals the First Real Build of Their Self-Driving Car Prototype

Google Self-Driving Car

Google has revealed the first real build of their self-driving car prototype that they initially unveiled in May 2014. The prototype now includes legitimate headlights, even.

The vehicle we unveiled in May ( was an early mockup—it didn’t even have real headlights! Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.

photo via Google Self-Driving Car Project

‘Waiters Who Are Nauseated By Food’, A 1996 ‘Dana Carvey Show’ Sketch Featuring Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell

In a 1996 sketch from the the short-lived Dana Carvey Show, comedians Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell brilliantly play a couple of waiters who are extremely nauseated by food and do their best to contain themselves when reading the day’s specials to a customer. In 2008, Daily Show co-creator Madeleine Smithberg said that it was this sketch that made her want to hire each of them during a live “Inside Media” interview at the Paley Center for Media.

It was this skit from the Dana Carvey Show called “Waiters Who Are Nauseated By Food” and I get a lot of tapes, and most of them not that great, and this thing just cracked me up.

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‘TL;DW’ Sums Up the Entire ‘Hunger Games’ Film Series in Less Than Three Minutes

The series Too Long; Didn’t Watch (previously) summed up the entire Hunger Games film series in less than three minutes on a recent animated episode. TL;DW hosts Max Knoblauch and Bob Al-Greene mention how the movies are a lot like TLC‘s reality television series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but “with way more boo boos”.

Catch up on the film trilogy, or quadrilogy, or, rather, trilogy with a two-part third installme– forget it. The Hunger Games franchise. Catch up on The Hunger Games franchise with this.

In which teens brutally kill each other for the entertainment of the upper class.

Kermit the Frog Singing ‘It Feels Like Christmas’ From ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ at Disneyland

To celebrate the holiday season, Disney has created a video of Kermit the Frog singing “It Feels Like Christmas” at Disneyland. Kermit sings as he passes through a crowd of excited onlookers who jump in to take selfies with the famous frog.

The song originally appeared in the film The Muppet Christmas Carol and was sung by The Ghost of Christmas Present (voiced by Jerry Nelson) and the ensemble cast of the film. For comparison, here is the song as it appears in the film.

One-Man Band, Unicycle Elvis, and Other Holiday Entertainers Performing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

This holiday season traveler Matthew Morris stumbled upon a wonderfully whimsical array of holiday entertainers performing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Morris captured three sets of entertainers on video: a cacophonous one-man band, a traditional quartet of Christmas carolers, and Elvis riding dual unicycles.

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The ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens’ Teaser Trailer Recreated in the Video Game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Joris Prudhon of Powerlight-13 has done a great job of recreating the first teaser trailer released for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in Rockstar Games‘ popular video game Grand Theft Auto V.

The original Star Wars teaser trailer for comparison:

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Iconic Buildings of Portland, Oregon Modeled in Gingerbread

Gingerbread Portland

Portland, Oregon-based artist Brittany Powell of Low-Commitment Projects has once again cooked up art with food in her recent project, Gingerbread Portland.

Powell created iconic buildings of Portland instead of the exact skyline to make them instantly recognizable. She put together all the gingerbread pieces in one night, then painstakingly piped icing details on each building.

Gingerbread Portland

Gingerbread Portland
Big Pink

Gingerbread Portland
White Stag Building with sign

Gingerbread Portland
KOIN Center

Gingerbread Portland
Portland Aerial Tram

Gingerbread Portland
Portland Building

images via Low-Commitment Projects

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Pesky Tortoise Repeatedly Headbutts a Frustrated Orange Tabby Cat

A pesky tortoise repeatedly head butts a frustrated orange tabby cat named Fred, who wants absolutely nothing to do with the persistent chelonian, yet can’t seem to escape either.

via reddit, Tastefully Offensive

‘Ghost Ship’, An Eerie Apparition of a 17th-Century Ship Projected With Water on a Canal in Amsterdam

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

The ghostly apparition of a 17th-century sailing ship floats on a canal in Amsterdam in the installation Ghost Ship by Romanian architecture studio visualSKIN. The ship’s form is projected on two intersecting “water curtains.” The two projections add a sense of depth to the ghost ship illusion. Part of the Amsterdam Light Festival, the installation is on display in the waters off ARCAM Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum through January 18, 2015.

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

Ghost Ship Installation in Amsterdam by visualSKIN

photos by Janus van den Eijnden

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Photographer Creates Amusing Family Christmas Cards That Feature His Dog Dressed Up in Elaborate Seasonal Scenes

'little nipper'

For the past 20-plus years, Bristol, UK photographer Peter Thorpe has been dressing up his dog Raggle (and sometimes his kids) in elaborate seasonal scenes specifically created for his highly amusing annual family Christmas cards.

…so, 2 dogs, 3 children and now over 20 Christmas’s later, making these cards has become something of a family tradition and a lovely record to treasure. The fun for me, has been choosing to continue to create these traditionally rather than with Photoshop, by making my own sets + props and using a fair bit of food bribery!

Peter also gives props to Raggle, who is retiring from the project this year.

The final performance for Raggle before her retirement. Elderly + with a weak heart, she still responds very well to tasty food so we lifted her on set for just a few minutes. Like a true pro, sat in position and gave a few head and eye line options before returning to her basket for another snooze!

Fairy 2000

Dog Roast 2009

'Bah Humbug' 2012

Dogkey 2007

Bouncers 1993

images by Peter Thorpe

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