Screenwriter Graham Moore and director Morten Tyldum from the film The Imitation Game appeared on a recent episode of SciShow. In the episode, the pair answer host Hank Green’s questions about the life and work of mathematician Alan Turing and how they adapted his story to the screen. Turing’s work in codebreaking is credited as a major contribution to ending World War II.
The 2004 book Devil in Design by Monte Beauchamp (previously) of BLAB! features a beautiful collection of creepy vintage Krampus Christmas postcards. The book, published by Fantagraphics Books, includes interesting snippets of the history of postcards and Krampus. While it’s currently out of print, used copies are available through Amazon or those interested can pick up a copy of Beauchamp’s more recent Krampus book, Krampus: The Devil of Christmas.
images via Frank Escamilla
Stockholm-based graphic designer Kalle Mattsson creates portrait mashups combining two different pop culture figures in his wonderfully bizarre Tumblr blog, Buffalo Bill Gates. Each portrait is accompanied by a punny mashup name based on the two characters pictured, such as: Mickey Maozedong, Quentin Tarantina Turner, and Stevie Wonderwoman. Posters of the portraits are available for purchase.
images by Kalle Mattsson
The Whisker Dam is an ingenious product for protecting one’s mustache from getting wet while drinking. The device rests along the rim of a glass, leaving enough space to take a sip of beverage while providing ample separation between fluid and facial hair.
The Whisker Dam is an easy to use solution for guarding your stache’ from the indulgent beverages one may consume. When it comes to moustache guards you will not find a more premium product. Made from 100% Copper, dressed with a timeless patina and coated with a non-toxic barrier, the Whisker Dam has been handcrafted to perfection.
photos via The Whisker Dam
In this report from Annette Lawless of FOX8 in Cleveland, Ohio, a generous mother cat named Lolene, who just had a litter of kittens, very kindly accepted an abandoned days-old pit pull puppy as her very own, nursing the tiny canine right next to her own little babies at the Cleveland Animal Protective League.
We held the puppy up to her, she came up she started sniffing and then immediately nuzzling and licking and just accepting the puppy as one of own immediately. It was remarkable to witness. …he doesn’t know she’s a cat and I don’t think she knows he’s a dog. …I mean they don’t know that one is different from the other. They’re just one happy little family
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 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.
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)
image via BBC America
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