Wednesday, May 11

Video Weird America: Bug Eye Edition

by Matthew Norman

You probably won’t see anything else on YouTube this week as compelling as Thomas Shahan’s “An Introduction to High-Magnification Macro Photography.” Shahan is an unusual breed of wildlife photographer, capturing gorgeous images of some truly bizarre-looking fauna you might nonetheless have in (or near) your backyard.

He claims the bug-snapping game is more about having persistence than about having high-end gear, but it’s obvious it also helps to have an artistic eye—and Shahan sure does. A gallery of his utterly stunning photos can be found on his site; check it out after you watch this video:

And if you HAVE seen something on YouTube this week that you find more compelling than this, by all means, hip us to it in the comments below.

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Monday, May 09

Beyond Three Wolf Moon: The Other Side of The Mountain

by Matthew Norman

By now everyone knows the story of Three Wolf Moon, the Internet’s favorite shirt of 2009/10. To briefly recap (for those readers too “busy” with their “real lives” to track Internet yucks), the shirt, produced by a New Hampshire firm called The Mountain and featuring artwork by Antonia Neshev, rose to web-wide prominence thanks to a series of tongue-in-cheek Amazon user reviews praising it in hyperbolic terms, espousing its powers of male enhancement, and ascribing supernatural qualities to it. The tee has collected almost 2,000 such reviews, and was featured alongside such legends of cyberspace as Mahir, Keyboard Cat, and Aleksey Vayner at ROFLcon II.

The thing is, though, 3WM’s towering profile rather upstages The Mountain’s other totally awesome shirts. It turns out 3WM is only the Michael of this family, and there are dozens of Titos and Jermaines and Marlons in its shadow. You could literally wear a different t-shirt from The Mountain every day for months without repeating, and all of them would turn heads. It’s time we called out just a few of our favorites.

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Wednesday, April 27

We Got Music: Six Song & Dance Numbers Guaranteed to Lift Your Spirits

by Matthew Norman

Work week got you down? Harness the mood-enhancing power of song and dance! Here are a half-dozen videos of Hollywood hoofers through which no sour disposition can possibly persist.

01. The Fastest Gun Alive is a 1956 western about a gunslinger trying to go straight. With challengers in every town eager to prove their guns are faster, how can he leave his reputation behind? Also, what in the world is this high-energy hoedown sequence doing in the middle of an otherwise bleak tale of the gunfighter's burden? I don't know, but it's great. I think Russ Tamblyn invents Parkour here:

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Friday, March 18

 

Wednesday, March 16

I Cleaned A Coyote Skull: Repulsive But True!

by Matthew Norman

 

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Hey, before we get started here, it is important that you understand this:

Some readers will find the content of the blog post to follow utterly revolting. Proceed with caution. And if you’re prone to revulsion, maybe don’t proceed at all.

In case the title didn’t tip you off, this is a first-person account of cleaning a coyote skull. To give you some idea what to expect, the first step was that I found a dead coyote by the side of the road. The last step was that I placed a handsome coyote skull on a shelf in my home. Below I will describe, explicitly, the sickening steps in between.

And there will be pictures. Horrible, horrible pictures. It will not be for people with weak stomachs.

Just so you know. We don’t want to see a bunch of comments from readers who blithely breezed past these admonitory paragraphs and then got all grossed out, OK? Consider this fair warning.

So if you’re still reading, I’m going to assume you know what you’re in for, and have braced yourself, and are not trying to eat beef stew while you look over this post. Alright?

Alright.

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Monday, January 10

CES 2011: Where Has The TV Hat Been All My Life?

Life-changing innovations are pretty much nonexistent at CES. But on those rare occasions when you do find one, the clouds part, trumpets sound, and the whole universe seems to bow its head in reverence. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the TV Hat.

If you'd buy a TV Hat from Woot, let us know how much you'd pay in the comments. We'd be honored to sell anything this amazing.

Just imagine what would happen to your reputation if anybody knew you watched our CES 2011 coverage.

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CES 2011: The Wootable Awards

Our magical bag of CES 2011 video goodies still holds a couple of surprises - you'll see those later today - but none will be more enchanting than the Wootable Awards, our annual roundup of the expo's flotsammest jetsam. In light of the declining literacy rate, we've put the Wootables in video form this year, immersing you in the CES experience without the unsavory convention center toilets. Take it away, Dr. Hercules!

Want more? Need more? Crave more? The crimes of CESes past are memorialized forever in our Wootable Awards posts from 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

Didn't I already see this? If you've watched the Wootcast this week, yes. We present it again in this blog post because we want to keep both our Wootcast archive and our CES 2011 coverage archive clean and complete. And man, those Wootcast posts have boring titles, don't they?

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Sunday, January 09

CES 2011: Think Same

The consumer electronics industry in North America, Europe, and Japan understands that you don't just sell gadgets: you sell freedom and individuality. Whether or not this consumer-based liberation is just another form of conformity is beside the point. E-titans from Cupertino to Kyoto know that consumers will pay big to feel like they're not just another drone in the hive.

Much as the Chinese would love to join the freewheeling free-market party, though, authoritarian habits die hard. You can see it in the spartan uniformity of the Chinese booths in the CES international zone - almost as if it would be unseemly to attract attention to oneself, which seems a little counterproductive at a trade show. Here are a few more glimpses into a ponderous, heavy-handed, didactic "marketing" approach that seems more informed by Mao and Confucius than by, say, James Dean or that picture of Albert Einstein with his tongue sticking out.

 

 

 

 

The masses march ever forward toward the glorious dawn of our CES 2011 coverage.

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