h/t this week’s issue of The New Yorker
This Chatroulette stunt may have taken over the number one spot of awesome things to do on Chatroulette (besides show your dick obvs). Don’t get me wrong, the former reigning champ of awesome things to do on Chatroulette had a good run, especially if you’re a big fan of that Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” song.
These guys got together and created a live action first-person shooter game in their garden, logged onto Chatroulette and waited for an unsuspecting match to tell them what to do. The amount of work these guys put into this stunt is just ridiculous…and epic.
There’s an equally cool behind the scenes video they made which you can watch here.
The Norse Attack Map tracks live cyber attacks around the world and maps them in real time. It doesn’t track honeypot or government targets but it still gives you a good idea of the sheer amount of tomfoolery is going on at any given moment.
It looks like Saudi Arabia and Dubai are getting hammered right now.
This dog can’t stop himself from dancing when the music comes on. He’s got the funk in his bones.
I have 4 Brooklyn Cyclones general admission tickets I’m giving away. That’s a pair for 2 games. They will be given only in pairs.
2 x Cyclones vs Lowell @ MCU Park – Aug 20th at 7pm
2 x Cyclones vs SI Yankees @ MCU Park – Sept 6th at 1pm
Either are free to you on the condition that you promise to donate blood sometime in the near future. I won’t be checking, this is strictly honor system. If you provide proof you’ve recently donated, in the last 2 weeks, you’ll have preference. Tickets will be left at the will-call window with your name and info so you’ll have to bring ID.
Blood donations save lives everyday so you should be doing them regardless of any incentive but it can’t hurt. Maybe you could even wear one of those really cool “I donated blood” t-shirt they give you to the game.
I’m not sure why but this is blowing my mind that someone could fashion a working V6 model engine by folding up some paper. It seems like it would take an immense amount of patience and steady hands. What I would really love to see is a video of the engine being built.
What’s a guy supposed to do? He takes off work early but make sure his secretary thinks he’s been summoned to lunch by a client, you know, in case the wife calls. He goes out of his way to drive to what appears to be one of the most remote hooker spots in the world and just as he’s pulling up to close the deal…BAM…Google Maps car drives by and busts him.
Does anyone know where this is? Judging by the text in the top left corner of the sixth picture it’s somewhere in Spain but does anyone know where exactly in Spain this might be? You know…for science.
Did you know it’s a law in Canada that it’s illegal for any band to play a concert there without playing at least one Rush song? If that’s not true then it should be.
The Foo Fighters played a show in Edmonton on Wednesday night and about four or five songs into the set Dave Grohl started teasing the crowd that a cover of “Tom Sawyer” might be coming up. Brian Roberts had no idea he was just a couple of hours away from becoming a viral sensation.
According the CBC Brian works as a field service technician for a local construction company. By night, he enjoys playing the guitar and going out for the occasional karaoke session. His song of choice? You guessed it, “Tom Sawyer”.
“So it comes down to the end of the show, and … everyone started chanting out ‘Tom Sawyer, Tom Sawyer,'” Roberts said.
“They go ‘Who out in the audience knows the words to the song?’ Well, I’ve sung that song in karaoke so many frickin’ times that I just jumped up and said ‘I do, I do!'”
The next thing he knew, the main concert cameras were pointed at him and he got invited up on stage…and proceeded to rock his fucking socks off with the Foo Fighters.
The best part of the video is Dave Grohl’s reactions to Brian’s balls out performance. Especially since Grohl had taunted him as he climbed on stage by saying, “You’re trying to tell me that your big ass can sing those high notes? You can do it, right? … Don’t fuck it up.”
“It was a very epic experience,” he said. “I was nervous pretty much the whole time. ‘Don’t screw the song up, don’t screw the song up.'”
“I think I mixed some of the lyrics up there but I just about nailed ‘er bang on.”
Afterwards, Roberts was invited backstage for a beer with the band.
“It was just me, a couple guys, Dave Grohl and the rhythm guitarist in the room, chatting it up there for a good hour or so,” he said.
Since then Brian’s version of the song has been posted all over YouTube by a number of different fans who filmed the performance with their phones.
Here’s the performance from a little closer up.
If you’re like me, and probably most normal people, you have likely never heard of Melanotan-II. It’s likely because it’s never been approved by any governmental agency anywhere and has never even been used (in a controlled environment) outside of clinical trials. But little facts like that aren’t going to stop people from getting their tan on.
There are also some interesting side effects from Melanotan-II. The photos above are of reddit user n3glv. According to him the side effects include “decreased appetite (very mild nausea more for some, none for me). Increased Libido (Didn’t see that one much either.) Some get a facial flushing like a Niacin dose. (never got that either) And the most strange thing is that it feels really good to stretch, like when you first wake up. (I get that every time I dose, about 1hr 30 after injection).”
Researchers believe that the sexual effects are thought to be related to its ability to activate the MC4 receptor (though the MC3 is thought to possibly also be involved). Which is why my anaconda don’t want none unless you got MC4 hun. Let’s just pretend that last sentence was never written.
n3glv says, “Yes, I do it for the skin coloring. I’m pretty much impervious to UV at this point. I have faded about 25% since returning from Florida Jan 31.. Will be dosing again, probably in March.”
What is Melanotan-II?
(Wikipedia) Melanotan II was first synthesized at the University of Arizona. Researchers there knew that one of the best defenses against skin cancer was melanin activated in the skin, a tan. They hypothesized that an effective way to reduce skin cancer rates in people would be to induce the body’s natural pigmentary system to produce a protective tan prior to UV exposure. The body’s naturally-occurring hormone α-MSH causes melanogenesis, a process by which the skin’s pigment cells (melanocytes) produce the skin’s pigment (melanin). They tested to see if administering this endogenous hormone to the body directly could be an effective method to cause sunless tanning. What they found was that while it appeared to work, natural α-MSH had too short a half-life in the body to be practical as a therapeutic drug. So they decided to find a more potent and stable alternative, one that would be more practical.
After synthesizing and screening hundreds of molecules, the researchers headed by Victor J. Hruby and Mac E. Hadley, found a peptide, [Nle4,D-Phe7]-α-MSH, that was approximately 1,000 times more potent than natural α-MSH. They dubbed this new peptide molecule “melanotan” (later melanotan-1, now known as afamelanotide). They subsequently developed another analogue, Ac-Nle-cyclo[Asp-His-D-Phe-Arg-Trp-Lys]-NH2), which they called “melanotan II”. The scientists hoped to use these peptides to prevent melanoma by stimulating the body’s natural pigmentary mechanism to create a tan without first needing exposure to harmful levels of UV radiation. This in turn, they hypothesized, could reduce the potential for skin damage that can possibly lead to skin cancer.
This all begs the question. But why? Why does n3glv go through the trouble of ordering Melanotan-II from online, and potentially shady, sites and inject himself repeatedly to get far more than just a tan? For him it’s simple, “The darker I am, the happier I am,” he says.