What happens when you let artificial intelligence write a Christmas song? Musician Chase Holfelder wanted to find out, so he turned to the Jukebox neural network to create the lyrics, chord progression, and vocal melody of this tune, titled “Rudolph, the All-Gracious King.”
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2020 was a very strange year. So why not end it with a very strange video? For apparently no other reason than to prove it could be done, ljameswalters and VFX artist Chris Ume made it look like Lord of the Rings’ slimy Gollum is singing the Sinead O’Connor / Prince track Nothing Compares 2 U – with slightly revised lyrics.
Whiskers on kittens aren’t the only attribute felines share with humans. Gerrard Gethings’ animal portraits make the case. For the memory card game Do You Look Like Your Cat? Gethings found 25 people and their furry lookalikes. Just place the cards face down and collect pawsome matching pairs.
There I Ruined It wishes us a happy holiday season with a Christmas version of Billy Idol’s 1985 hit track Dancing with Myself sprinkled with a cheerful dash of Jingle Bells. It’s perfect in every way, except we would have called it “Dancing with My Elf.”
Google Arts and Culture and David Li present an experimental plaything that lets anyone create their own opera masterpiece. Blob Opera uses machine learning tech to create operatic sounds as you play with four blobby creatures that produce bass, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano vocals. Sing and share!
Is your cat bored with the laser pointer? It’s time for you to step up your game. After all, it’s your job to keep your demanding kitty entertained. Do as Cat Navi Desk did and take a few hours out of your day to set up a bunch of dominoes just so your cat can knock them all over.
As 2020 draws to a close, let’s say good riddance to one of the worst years on record with a ceremonial holiday fire. But instead of lighting bonfires to guide Santa’s way, the folks at AM/FM hooked us up with a solid hour of stuff being burned in a dumpster, the honorary mascot of 2020.
Looking for something fun to do today? Why not visit with a giraffe, a zebra, or maybe a penguin? Thanks to Google, you can enjoy the company of 50 new animals using augmented reality tech on your phone. Using the Google mobile app, search for an animal, then tap “View in 3D” to invite these virtual pets into your world.
You’ve seen the memes, now see the whole collection of Steven Rhodes’ parody children’s book covers. My Little Occult Book Club features the funniest of his paranormal fakes – including Caring for Your Hell Hound and Necromancy for Beginners – characterized by deviously cheerful illustrations with a 1970s vibe.
What’s a schmegoogle? “A person so insignificant that if you Google his name, nothing comes up,” jokes Daniel Klein, author of Schmegoogle: Yiddish Words for Modern Times. Klein updates 200 Yiddish words to hilariously kvetch about contemporary life from tech to weed. Corny Jewish humor has rarely felt this fresh.
We’re fortunate to be able to work from home, but not all trades can get their jobs done remotely. Illustrator Robertas Nevecka uses animation to offer up some clever ideas of what members of a film crew might do with their talents while isolating at home. Music and sound by Simonas Jončys.
Insight Editions presents a workshop manual for Doc and Marty’s stainless steel ride. Due out 3.30.2021, the book features detailed drawings you could use to maintain your own time-traveling DMC-12. It also includes journal entries from Doc Brown and details on the Time Train, Hoverboards, and other goodies.
One of the sillier Twitter accounts we’ve come across in a while, low poly animals captures and presents images of some of the most rudimentary animals in the history of gaming. From the paper airplane-like seagulls in Daytona USA to the deranged rat-with-a-gun from Max Payne, there’s a new avatar for everyone.
So you want a Ferrari, but you only have $100 to spend. Financial limitations didn’t stop these young men from Vietnam from getting what they wanted. Using cardboard, fiberglass, a metal frame, and a whole lot of effort, they built a rough approximation of an Ferrari FXX-K… and it actually can drive. They also made a Lamborghini.
Dan is a man on a mission to find his match while in space. After searching relationship sites, he finally managed to score a date. But it’s not what he had hoped for. Austen Reeder’s short clip is every bit as weird and warped as we’ve come to expect from Adult Swim SMALLS. Take more Star Boat journeys here.
Do you love Pokémon? Then put on your headphones and crank up the volume for an immersive audio session with Pikachu. The adorable, electrically-charged pocket monster romps around the living room, fills our ears with adorable noises for 15 minutes, and eventually doses off.
“I love that movie you did with Will Ferrell, man. Elf was phat.” Pete Davidson channels Eminem as he writes a letter to Santa Claus in hopes that he’ll bring him the PS5 he can’t find in stock anywhere. But we’re not sure old Saint Nick has Stu is going to put up with Stu’s demands.
“Feeling classy as f*ck? Have a Bellini. Life kicking your ass? Try a Corpse Reviver.” Classy as F*ck Cocktails demonstrates that profanity is elegant when combined with gold calligraphy and 60 classic drink recipes. Equally swanky: Two Damn Classy rocks glasses and the golden Shaking Sh*t Up! cocktail shaker.
While we’ve genuinely enjoyed every chapter of The Mandalorian, some of the episodes feel more like side missions in an RPG rather than driving the main storyline forward. Close Personal Acquaintance pokes fun at the sometimes repetitive plot structure of the hit Star Wars series. Also, Baby Yoda’s real name is Greendog.
2020 has been a dumpster fire of a year. But if you’re the devil, you have a different perspective on things. Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort created this hilarious ad spot for Match about the relationship between Satan and the Worst Year Ever. If you missed the first MatchMadeinHell commercial, be sure to check it out.
TierZoo has previously spent some time exploring the stats of iguanas. Now they look more broadly at their brothers in the reptilian world, from the tiny and almost defenseless skink to the color-changing chameleon to the terrifyingly powerful and and venomous komodo dragon.
The Ghost Trap is one of the iconic pieces of paranormal paraphernalia from Ghostbusters. In the movies, the device emitted sparks and plasma arcs as it gobbled up lost souls. This Ghost Trap replica from Numskull Designs emits a wisp of fragrant smoke instead. This clever collectible drops in March 2021.