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    What happens when you take the aesthetic of images taken by Google's Street View car and apply them to scenes from popular films?

    The Google Street Scene single-serving Tumblr.

    The project is the creation of Tre Baker, who first got the idea after someone posted a photo of a shirtless man chasing a bear as captured by Google Street View.

    "We started talking about making up our own fake GSVs and I submitted the one from Mystery Train," Baker told the Daily Dot via email. "Next thing you know, I started another Tumblr."

    The most time-consuming part of the project isn't making the images look like they were taken by the GSV car. It's finding the right stills and making them look as genuine as possible.

    "I try to say true to the Google Street Scene looking like something you would actually see on GSV," he says. "So no night scenes. No point-of-views from inside of the car. Nothing from a high angle."

    "Someone suggested that I do the Brady Bunch house, but the cuts they used on that show were always of the whole house, not from a drive-by."

    Baker has a few images from films he wants to modify—Ronin, Thelma and Louise, Midnight Cowboy, and Trainspotting—but he isn't spending too much time on watching movies that would serve good for the project given that he has a wife and two children.

    "As time goes forward, I may start raiding our ancient DVD collection so I don't have to rely on Google Image Search so much."

    We've compiled some of our favorite Baker images below. You can view the rest at Google Street Scene.

    1) No Country for Old Men

    2) Blue Velvet

    3) The Godfather

    4) Back to the Future

    5) Repo Man

    Photo via Tre Baker/Tumblr


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    With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it's physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

    1) Billy Kiley, "Downton Abbey for the SNES"

    Play as the scheming Thomas Barrow as Downton Abbey is turned into a role-playing game for the old-school Super Nintendo Entertainment System. As a new footman, you're asked to assist the Earl of Grantham, Lady Mary and the Dowager Countess as you learn the ins and outs of the estate, and hopefully nobody dies from Spanish Influenza a la Oregon Trail.

    2) Bad Lip Reading, "A Bad Lip Reading of Barack Obama's Inauguration"

    The Presidential Inauguration was just a few days ago, but we're already misreading what the President, Chief Justice John Roberts and Beyoncé said, thanks to some quality bad lip reading—although we've yet to determine whether the speeches were lip-synced.

    3) Turner Benelux, "A dramatic surprise on an ice-cold day"

    The Belgian TV channel TNT that was behind the viral "A Dramatic Surprise on a Quiet Square" video is back, only this time they placed their infamous red button in the middle of a Dutch shopping street where chaos ensues once the button is pushed.

     

    4) Stuart Edgington, "Stank Breath Prank at 'Most Honest College'"

    Stuart Edgington and Kaitlin Snow went two days without brushing their teeth. After a breakfast of onions, garlic, blue cheese and chips, they went around Brigham Young University to see how others took their breath and test out their claim as the "most honest college."

    5) Dude Perfect, "Johnny Football Edition"

    The guys behind Dude Perfect teamed up with Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, to recreate a video they shot in September 2009 in Aggieland at Texas A&M.

    Photo via Bill Kiley/YouTube


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    This story was produced by Tumblr Storyboard, Tumblr's in-house editorial arm.

    The influences of Brooklyn-based electronic musician Sarth Calhoun—of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio—are, to put it succinctly, sprawling. Stretching from the surreal novels of Haruki Murakami to rock-opera bands like Pink Floyd and the innovations of sound-generating software system (he calls himself an “electronic alchemist”), his interests are so diverse that it becomes hard to peg him to any one genre. That ambiguity is particularly fitting for his latest project, The Book of Sarth, an interactive, multimedia iPhone and iPad app that combines original music with photography, illustration and ambient sound design. Calhoun calls it a “gralbum”—that’s short for “graphic album.” 

    The Book of Sarth (available on iTunes) sets off with two children who discover a mysterious piece of technology that emits unfamiliar sounds (music!)—sounds that could change the world, though the government attempts to cover them up. Set to Calhoun’s driving, synthesized electronic music, the graphics that accompany the unfolding narrative move from augmented photographs to cartoons and back again — an edgy match for a dystopian cyberpunk adventure. 

    The story is set in a kind of futuristic dystopia where there’s no music. How did that idea come about?

    The story is an archetypical story. Kids find a device and it affects them in a certain way, the sounds it makes and the music affects them in a certain way. It’s symbolic, a meta-narrative about how music and technology can change people. The whole story was inspired by the music.

    You’re calling this a “gralbum” Can you explain what that means?

    We’re basically starting from the concept of an electronic book, because that is the format that allows you to take existing art forms and combine them together. So a gralbum is a platform that allows writers and artists and musicians to create collaborative, interactive work without making a radical alteration to their way of working. The book is a metaphor to combine this art and music.

    What inspired you to make such an immersive multimedia project?

    When I got the first iPad, I was thinking about all these different interests I had, and I thought, “Oh, I could put all these things together and create an installation piece, and then people could buy it and carry it around with them!” This is all stuff you want to do, but before, it wasn’t really practical. 

    Did the iPad platform change how you thought about music?

    Absolutely. Multi-touch instruments at that time were thousands of dollars; on that basis alone I could buy this iPad and just see what happens. I was going on tour with it at the time and I was using it constantly. It’s like the ultimate touring companion. When I got off the tour I was thinking, “I love to buy books on here and they’re getting cooler and cooler. I want to do something like that!”

    How do you think advances in technology have impacted music-making? 

    The app format seems like a completely new medium to work in. Music always needs a new medium, because it’s always changing. I think if music doesn’t have technology on its side, it tends to have the problem of where to go, it starts to run out of steam. The last big medium change was the music video.

    What kind of instruments did you use to make the music for the project?

    This is my first completely solo record where no one else played on it. I just finished doing this noise tour with Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Trio and Lou really pushed me to make newer sounds and explore textures sonically. I really wanted to do that, but I wanted it in a more structured, rhythmic form, so I made all these tunes. 

    By Kyle Chayka


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  • 01/28/13--04:32: The Morning GIF: Khaaaan!
  • Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

    Over the weekend, winter storm Khan attacked from the Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard, bringing with it icy temperatures native to the Ninth Circle of Hell.

     

    But this Khan, unlike the one from Star Trek, struck from the heart of Canada, not the heart of Pandemonium, and has failed to be quite so fatal.

    In the words of the other Khan, Khan Noonien Singh: "I've done far worse than kill you. I've [iced] you. And I wish to go on [icing] you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity [or at least the next couple days], in the center of a dead planet ... buried alive. Buried alive. [Here's your snowblower.]"

    There can be only one response. This, the greatest of all Star Trek reaction GIFs.

    GIF via Always Standing By, Mapping Out the Sky/Tumblr


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    In Buzzed, we take a look at three things that trended over the weekend while you were away from your keyboard getting buzzed.

    On YouTube
    Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island crew returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to present us a wonderful new song. Along with host Adam Levine and musical guest Kendrick Lamar, the power group presented "YOLO," a clever song mocking the beloved Internet catchphrase.

    On Twitter
    In case you were wondering, Taylor Swift had a better weekend than you. Confirming to fans that she's totally fine post-breakup, she spent the weekend in Paris with her apparent BFF Hailee Steinfeld using a Jetsetter voucher before it expired. She also saw the "most perfect carousel."

    On SoundCloud
    So The Strokes have an jaunty new song, called "One Way Trigger." Released on Friday, fans were conflicted on what they thought about the band's sound. One commenter on SoundCloud wrote "bummer town USA" while another rebutted "Beautiful."

    Photo via livefromnewyorksnl/Instagram


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    In his ongoing battle with Glee, Jonathan Coulton has finally found a way to monopolize on the exposure that the popular television show gave him.

    Coulton released the single "Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)" on iTunes, GooglePlay, and AmazonMP3 on Saturday.

    If the tune sounds familiar, that's supposed to be the point. Coulton covered the Glee version of "Baby Got Back" that was released on Jan. 18 (and aired this past Thursday), which he says is "EXACTLY THE SAME as my own version."

    And to put pressure on Glee, he's donating everything he makes from the song to two causes close to the show's heart.

    "I'm releasing this under the same Harry Fox license I used for the 2005 release, so Mix will get all the royalties due to him," Coulton explained in a new blog post. "I'll donate the proceeds from all sales that happen between now and the end of February to two charities: The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and The It Gets Better Project."

    He won't know exactly how much money he will be donating to charity right away. He has to deduct the license fees from his net sales after iTunes takes its cut, and even then it can take up to a couple months for iTunes to report the numbers.

    Coulton originally made the allegations against Glee on Jan. 18 when the songs for the episode "Sadie Hawkins" first appeared online; he even thought that they may have used some of his audio.

    He reported that Glee and FOX finally got back to him a week later, one day after the show aired its version of "Baby Got Back" without any change, and they revealed that this was their general policy when it came to covers of covers. Coulton wrote:

    "They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they're within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it's my version - so you know, it's kind of SECRET exposure. While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers."

    He went on to say he's grateful for all of the support he's received from fans, and although he urged them to be civil, he asked them to buy the single and hopes that Glee will donate its proceeds from "Baby Got Back" to charity as well.

    "I don’t know how big this will get, but there’s a potential to make a lot of noise this way – imagine if this thing charts!" Coulton wrote. "And failing that, we will create some real world impact by raising a lot of money for two great causes that are directly related to the Glee brand. There’s your win-win."

    He already has his wish. As of Sunday afternoon, "Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)" is at No. 104 on the iTunes Top Singles chart. By comparison, the top Glee song comes in at No. 116 and Glee's version of "Baby Got Back" isn't even in the Top 200.

    Your move, FOX.

    Photo via tr.robinson/Flickr


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    By mirandate, FluffPo Correspondent

    College Station, TX — Henry, a local cat, originally started listing his paw-made toys on Etsy in 2011, hoping only to spread some catnip and make a few bucks. But as of Friday, he was able to quit his job as an accountant and launch a full-time Etsy career.

    Kurt Marcucci, a source close to the situation, said “At first, I was skeptical of his career choice and a little worried. Not only are taxes a nightmare for the self-employed, but since Henry has no thumbs, I thought it would take him forever to make enough of those toys to pay his bills. But he’s surprised me. All of his site feedback is positive and I wish him the best of luck.”

    At press time, Henry was seen testing the latest batch of toys to be certain they met his strict quality criteria.

    Via emberizine.


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    The Internet's funniest damn channel is about to turn into one big old damn network. 

    Long-running online comedy outlet My Damn Channel announced that it will undergo a major type of expansion Monday morning, one that will bring about the advent of the My Damn Channel Comedy Network, a multi-channel online network designed to facilitate the development of hundreds of new online comedy series.

    What's that mean? Basically, it means that the New York–based MDC will expand beyond the standard programming it currently offers—Daily Grace,My Damn Channel Live,The Bill Murray Show Starring Mark Malkoff,McMayhem, among others—to include a to include a whole slew of acquired content, ranging from small-scale projects to larger programs that feature more prominent stars.

    Creators joining the new My Damn Channel Comedy Network will sign a non-exclusive, one-year licensing and distribution agreement to showcase their work on the network's online distribution avenues—MyDamnChannel.com and the company's YouTube channels. The company will then split revenue with the creators after MDC handles distribution, promotion, marketing, and social media support for the shows. 

    Speaking with the Daily Dot earlier this month, My Damn Channel CEO Rob Barnett suggested that this type of network support is becoming increasingly necessary for smaller-scale creators hoping to compete in the changing world of online video entertainment. 

    "You've got to have contracts that give talent the opportunity to fire us easily if they're not enamored with our ability to do right by them," he said. "We've been working on those contracts again in the last few weeks and doing our best to understand what all is out there and making sure that, as we begin to work on distribution models with some talent, we want to make sure that those contracts are simple, fair, transparent, and competitive, if not better, than the contracts that are out there now with other companies doing it.

    "I do think that if you're a content creator in 2013, this is a time to think seriously about choosing a network like My Damn Channel versus going it alone on places like YouTube. That's where there's so much talk right now in the sector about the small number of companies that are offering network-like services for content creators. It's not enough to make great video now. You've got to figure out how to manage your career, and the topic seems very frothy at the moment."

    Few companies are in a position to take on such an expansion as My Damn Channel. The company posted significant growth numbers in 2012, increasing its production by 268 percent and its YouTube subscriber base by 366 percent. Its year-long view totals increased more than 90 percent from the numbers it posted in 2011. 

    My Damn Channel also announced Monday that it will bring in Blip.tv veteran Eric Mortensen to hold down the newly-created position of director of programming and acquisitions for the company, making him responsible for handling the large influx of opportunities and programming prospects the network will now face. Barnett did not speak to network contract negotiations directly when we spoke earlier this month, but he did allude to the company's longstanding perspective on programming investments. 

    "We had a different view of how we wanted to program the work that comes out of My Damn Channel," Barnett said. "I think that vision will be even more needed in the next couple of years. The amount of content that's out there now is overwhelming to all of us. 

    "There are incredibly great reasons to do one-offs, but we have always based the business of the company on some early thinking that I got from my co-founder, who was many things before his days at My Damn Channel, including a venture capitalist. He said that, in a way, we might benefit in the long run from looking at each individual decision to work on a production like a portfolio that a venture capitalist would look at. How much money is going into a project? What do we realistically want to get out? You can't judge all shows the same, because the shows may have different goals. We did a really great series last year that was great and short and quick and efficiently produced, and we were able to do a lot of episodes of it."

    The future of television? The future is now. 

    Photo via My Damn Channel/YouTube


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    In Spotify Essentials, the Daily Dot curates custom playlists created by some of our favorite artists, staff writers, and Web community leaders.

    Every year, as winter turns to spring in North America, the nation’s music fans eagerly eye the ensuing avalanche of lineup announcements from the major music festivals—Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Outside Lands, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, et al.—that have become some of the summer season’s most beloved attractions.

    Indio, Calif.’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held across two weekends in April, is always first out of the gate, with endless speculation poured out in music blogs, magazines, and on social media as to the festival’s slate of performers. And when the festival’s lineup is released—as it was last week—the entertainment press and the commentariat seize most immediately on the headliners, those end-of-the-night bands that get star billing.

    But barring the occasional, surprising delight—reunited Britrock titans the Stone Roses headlining night one this year, for instance, or the instantly meme-worthy spectacle of 2012’s hologram Tupac—the headliners are rarely the most exciting attractions at any music festival. Too often major music festivals draw upon the same limited pool of headliners, as if selecting a headliner was as simple and limited as rolling a pair of dice. (“Looks like we’ve rolled a six. Red Hot Chili Peppers it is!”) 

    The true strength of a music festival, Coachella included, is in its undercard—that eclectic mixture of emerging young bands, longtime cult favorites, and hushed singer-songwriters whose task is to make the long days in the scorching SoCal desert not just bearable but exciting.

    Fortunately, Coachella 2013 is stacked from the bottom up with an astonishingly diverse roster. This 25-song, one-hour Spotify playlist serves an introduction to Coachella’s buried treasures, comprised only of the artists consigned to squint-worthy font on the lineup poster but deserving of so much more. If you’re one of the tens of thousands planning to flood Coachella’s precarious online infrastructure when tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am PT, consider this a preview of how you’ll be spending your mornings and afternoons come April 12; for everyone else, it’s a snapshot of some of the best under-the-radar music being made today.

    The proceedings kick off with “The Wolves,” the insistent, sweeping folk rock gem that helped catapult 25-year-old phenom Ben Howard to Mercury Prize-nominated prominence in the United Kingdom. Howard’s a great example of the kind of international artist that the Coachella undercard does so well—a growing talent whose United States following hasn’t quite matched his British following just yet but likely will in time. (Florence and the Machine was at the similar spot in the poster back in 2010.)

    From there, the playlist veers into every corner of Coachella’s lower tiers. There’s the shiny throwback soul of Allen Stone and the expansive pop fusion of Janelle Monaé. There’s reggae and dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry, recently unearthed folk rock troubadour Rodriguez, and a cheeky appearance (“Lighten Up, Morrissey”) by Sparks, the quixotic Los Angeles pop band now comfortably in its fifth decade of activity.

    There’s also a smattering of the best emerging and alternative hip-hop has to offer: El-P’s hard-hitting bleakness, the cheeky chill of Action Bronson, the understated reflection of Earl Sweatshirt. There’s a 10-minute dance banger from Richie Hawtin, the second-wave Detroit techno master better known under the alias PlastikMan. There’s the raw thrashing of Sacramento’s Trash Talk and the intimate bedroom pop of Youth Lagoon. Even cult hero Ian MacKaye, of Fugazi and Minor Threat fame, makes an appearance, with his most recent project, The Evens.

    Sure, it may just be scratching the surface of the festival’s 100-plus-strong lineup—but it’s a pretty deep scratch, and, hopefully, strong evidence that when it comes to music festivals, the true sign of quality is all in who’s in the tiny typefaces.

    Photo by  Jason Persse/Flickr


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    Porn and memes, the Internet's lubricants, have finally come together. Surely Nostradamus made a prophecy about this somewhere.

    "Memes I'd Like to F**k" is porn production Wood Rocket's foray into the budding sector of viral porn marketing, and it features porn stars reenacting famous memes.

    The first two in the series feature Veruca James as the Surprised Kitty and James Deen as the IKEA Monkey

    Details about the production are scant. But judging from the promo videos, we can expect future installments to tackle Scumbag Steve and Overly Attached Girlfriend

    Hopefully this is the shot in the arm the porn industry needs to maintain its popularity on the Internet.


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    In the fading twilight of the 18th century, Jane Austen, the daughter of a middle-class English clergyman, began writing a novel called First Impressions. It received no interest from publishers. Years later, after publishing her first novel, she retitled the book and tried again.  

    Pride and Prejudice was published on January 28, 1813. It sold out its first two printings in less than a year and has been a worldwide literary phenomenon—and, more recently, a pop culture phenomenon—ever since.

    To celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the greatest love stories of all time, not to mention the story with perhaps the biggest fandom in history, we decided to go to the pros: the cast and crew of the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, the YouTube series that retells Austen's timeless romance with social satire.

    We asked the cast and crew to tell us their thoughts on Pride and Prejudice's 200th birthday. Enjoy—and share with us some of the universal truths this classic story has taught you!

    Ashley Clements, actress, Lizzie Bennet

    I love that P&P is a story that has actually made me reevaluate my own judgments and first impressions, as well as [being] a swoon-worthy romance.

    Jay Bushman, Transmedia producer

    I love how you can draw a fairly straight line from Pride and Prejudice to just about every modern romantic comedy. It's the blueprint."

    Kate Rorick, writer

    I didn't 'discover' Pride and Prejudice, so much as it was assigned to me sophomore year of high school.  Expecting it to be like other reading assignments, I dreaded it as homework, as a necessary duty, as something—*gasp*—old.  But as we all know, first impressions can be misleading.

    It was the first book I ever read that engrossed me completely, that pulled me into its world and has never fully let me go.  It birthed a reader and a writer and a fan of empire waistlines.


    Then and now: Pride and Prejudice, illustrated in 1915 and fanart for the Lizzie Bennet Diaries

    Illustrations  via Women's History/About.com and tetra-zelda/Deviantart

    Margaret Dunlap, writer and coexecutive producer

    I've always had a warm place in my heart for Charlotte, who decides not to hold out for true love, but still does okay in the end.  That probably says something horrible about my sense of romance, but it definitely speaks to the broad appeal of the book.  While we all might aspire to be as perfectly compatible as Elizabeth and Darcy, Austen gives us room to believe that there's more than one path to happiness.

    Jenni Powell, producer

    To me the book means family. Because not only it is about a family, in the Bennets, it brought forth a new family for me: the cast and crew of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

    Mary Kate Wiles, actress, Lydia Bennet

    Pride and Prejudice has been one of my favorite stories since I was a kid and Elizabeth Bennet one of my favorite female protagonists. Of course now I am loving experiencing this story in a brand new way, and my feelings for Lydia are much fonder than they ever were before.

    Maxwell Glick, Actor, Mr. Collins

    Pride & Prejudice was one of the first books I read in high school and it was taught to me by my favorite English teacher. It introduced me to what great literature is, and to get the chance to portray Mr. Collins years later is just an absolute thrill for me. I'm sure in another 200 years, Pride & Prejudice will still be one of the most read and most loved books of that generation as well.

    Looking back on 200 years of fandom, we can't help but agree.

    Illustration by flominowa/Deviantart


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    What lengths would you go to in order to fool a parent? Redditor gutterbaby has a unique answer to that question.

    "My mom told me to 'behave myself' before leaving for on a short trip out of state," she wrote. "So, I just wrote this fake article about myself and had our neighbor send it to her."

    The fake article in question involved gutterbaby's arrest for voluntary manslaughter and public indecency at a Walmart in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

    On Jan. 27, she shared the article with her fellow redditors. The thread, posted to the r/funny subreddit, received thousands of upvotes and provided gutterbaby, whose real name is Emily Anne, the opportunity to elaborate on the prank.

    "I think it's pretty funny that some people actually bought it, but it's also a little unnerving that they apparently see me as the sort of person who is capable of stabbing a dude to death with a nail file," she wrote in a comment.

    "Now this will show up every time an employer searches for you," redditor Trick825 pointed out.

    "I thought about that. Totally worth it," she replied.

    She further clarified her stance by stating, "Honestly, I had NO idea how big this would get. I was shocked when this hit 60 karma and I just about shit my pants when I got back online and found it sitting at over 4000. In hindsight, maybe it wasn't the smartest thing to post. Do I regret it? No. I entertained people. I still think it's funny, my mom will probably think it's funny, and there sure as hell ain't nothing I can do about it now."

    It didn't take long before gutterbaby decided to give clue in everyone—including her target—to the ruse.

    "I posted this on my facebook earlier today and despite the fact that I explicitly stated it was a joke, I had three people call me asking if I was alright," she explained.

    Any desire for an overly dramatic reveal were quelled, however, thanks—interestingly—to Reddit.

    "I'm sorry to dash everyone's hopes, but [my mom] was told about this post by a family member before she read the fake article. She jokingly said I was damn lucky too because she would have kicked my ass for this if she had fallen for it. She called me a brat and told me to have fun with my internet friends," she admitted.

    "Pretty anti-climactic, but through her thick, thick veil of sarcasm I can tell she is truly proud of how far evolved my pranking skills have become, and will likely bring this example up with pride every time she tells her friends about her little shit of a child," she continued.

    According to gutterbaby, the story wound up on a local radio station, which did succeed in irking her mother.

    "She was pretty shocked. She IS a little irritated because, as she says, 'People keeping calling me. I just landed after a day-long flight and I can't even sit down to eat! Put the damn nail file away, you lunatic.'"

    Photo via Jon S/Flickr


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    One week after the presidential inauguration, people are still buzzing about whether or not Beyoncé lip-synched "The Star-Spangled Banner", but instead we should wonder whether we just misheard it.

    Bad Lip Reading has already turned One Direction, the NFL and much ofthe political season into a pile of gibberish over the past few months. We got a taste of Beyoncé's newest song, "La Fway," in a bad lip reading of President Obama's Inaugural Address just weeks before the Super Bowl, but now we finally get to hear the whole thing.

    Millions around the world had their eyes on Beyoncé as she used her words to convey prolific messages in her signature voice that her followers (and for once, the glitchy YouTube captions) are able to understand.

    "My dog, you can't see him / Put your mouth next to me / All night, I scratched your pig," Beyoncé sang.

    She scatted and prolonged her notes as President Obama looked on, gradually gaining the momentum to belt a line about the pig, Rusty, which is timed to match the emotional climax where Beyoncé pulls the monitor out of her left ear.

    By then, we're already too far under her power to escape, and she ends with loud cheers from a Who's Who of Washington, D.C.

    Did Beyoncé lip-synch the National Anthem? The jury's still out, but at least she's still got La Fway with her.

    And, to take a cue from Anderson Cooper, we're living in Beyoncé's world, and we should just thank her.

    Photo via BadLipReading/YouTube


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    Do you feel that your favorite animated GIF files are missing a little musical pizazz?

    For example, at first glance, this shot of villain Bane gyrating in a fur coat does not seem to need anything additional. Everything from its humor to whatever message it may have been trying to convey is pretty cut and dry.

    Upon further study, however (and perhaps a few shots of tequila), sharp-eyed fans will realize what exactly the GIF sorely lacks: Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A."

    CompilarizTV's video "GIFs with Sound Compilation" collects 36 different popular GIFs and pairs each one with oddly appropriate music, like Nyan Cat with its Tom Waits-inspired counterpart.

    The supercut has gotten over 8,000 views since being posted to YouTube on Jan. 27.

    The music is just as varied as the GIF files themselves, with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho score, expertly—and frighteningly—set to an animated GIF of llamas slowly approaching a cameraperson.

    You won’t see these GIFs the same way ever again.

    Photos and GIFs via CompilarizTV/YouTube


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    With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it's physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

    1) Brett Domino Trio, "'Insane In The Brain' (Cypress Hill)"

    The Brett Domino Trio have been on YouTube for five years, and in order to celebrate they've covered Cypress Hill's "Insane in the Brain," complete with a couple keyboards, a Keytar, and a cube.

    2) schmoyoho, "Why, Why, Manti?"

    Katie Couric has a lot of questions for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o in his first television interview after the revelation of his fake girlfriend, and while he is already a meme, he (along with his father and Couric) have been songified thanks to the Gregory Brothers.

    3) Dust Films, "Star Trek Into Darkness (Homemade Version: Shot-For-Shot)”

    We might still be trying to make heads or tails of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer, but until we get another sneak peek, we have one fan's love letter to the trailer. And if you doubt its accuracy, watch the two trailers play side-by-side.

    4) UCBComedy, "Netflix Knows What You Like"

    Netflix is always ready to offer suggestions of what to watch based on your interests and what you've already seen, but as the suggestions get more specific, it's just plain creepy. And who knew there were so many silly comedies starring Kevin James and Adam Sandler?

    5) The Creators Project, "6,000 Light Bulbs React To Your Movements"

    Different people step inside Muti Randolph's interactive Deep Screen installation, a 3D grid of LED lights, as over 6,000 lights react to how people move at the Creators Project event in New York City.

    Photo via Brett Domino Trio/YouTube


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    Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

    Vine, Twitter's much-touted GIF-killingmicroporn video platform, is off to a controversial start. Instead of being praised for ease of use or the ability to bring short videos with sound to the masses (who can't find YouTube?) it's gotten the most press for the least savory aspect: it was immediately adopted by aficionados of nether-part videography. Web technology has continually been advanced by the most adventurous among the clothing-eschewing masses, and the history of porn is nothing less than the history of the Internet, six months ahead.

    Even among ecdysiasts, exhibitionists, and legit porn stars, however, who really wants to be known as That Guy who takes only six seconds to get to the money shot?

    Laughing Squid has captured the inherent meh-ness of the platform in one—yes—GIF contrasting imaging juggernaut Instagram with Vine. The comparison is apt, given that the very first Vine video was of Twitter CEO Dick Costolo preparing and eating food. Many of the first adopters followed suit.

    Oh, good. Just what the world needed. Whatever, steak tartare is so last week, Dick!

    The ultimate Vine video would, of course, consist of food being prepared and consumed by porn stars. Hef, make my dream come true!

    GIF via Laughing Squid/Tumblr


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    A hamster named Snowball has been messing with Twitter’s new video app called Vine, with impressive results.

    “He’s made a few videos from inside his ball, inside his tubes,” says Frank Shankman, a source familiar with the situation. “Not sure how he fits his iPhone 5 in there with him, but it just works.”

    Via Long Mai.


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    Etsy has Regretsy. Pinterest has WTF, Pinterest? With Kickstopper, the Daily Dot highlights the most bombastic and absurd projects seeking support through the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

    Most people know Tony Danza from his lead role in Who's the Boss?, a popular ABC sitcom that aired from 1984 to 1992. But the man who played Tony Micelli and served as live-in housekeeper for the Bower family is more than just a fading television star. Since his show went off the air, Danza has released an album, hosted his own talk show, released a cookbook with his son, and even taught math at a public high school in Philadelphia as part of a reality show.

    Thanks to a new Kickstarter project, you can add "artistic muse" to the modern Renaissance man's already impressive résumé.

    "Danza Did It!" is a conceptual, multimedia art project created by Louis Crisitello Jr. and his partner, Hugo Ball (not his real name), that aims to turn Danza's can-do attitude into a meme.

    "We're taking this entity that is Tony Danza and we want it to slowly evolve," Crisitello told me over the phone. "We want to bring it up to the memesphere, this viral universe of the Internet, and let it grow into the mainstream."

    The duo hopes to popularize the phrase "Danza Did It!" in much the same way that Jon Hein coined the term "jumping the shark" back in 1997.

    But whereas "jumping the shark"—a reference to a Happy Days episode in which Fonzie literally jumps over a shark while water-skiing—highlights a moment in which a television show turns from good to bad, "Danza Did it!" is meant to signify something that has previously been done before, an allusion to the actor's many previous jobs.

    To do this, Crisitello and Ball have turned to Kickstarter to raise $2,100. The lot of the money will be used to purchase equipment for 3D Podcast, a show that "will feature in-depth interviews with key individuals involved in some of the most notorious and scandalous stories of our time." In other words, washed-up and disgraced celebrities.

    The team also wants to use some of the funds to buy art supplies for Danza-themed art, which they will feature on danzadidit.com, the hub of the project.

    The site currently has a placeholder banner asking people to donate to the campaign, but eventually it'll feature poetry, works of art, and anything that worships the cult of Danza.

    Unfortunately, things aren't looking good for "Danza Did It!" Despite getting a mention by the A.V. Club, Crisitello and Ball have only managed to raise $236 at press time.

    The poor fundraising effort might be attributed to the confusing nature of the project's description page, which admittedly raises as many questions as it answers. The duo's pitch video—footage of urban blight with Crisitello reading his own poetry over it—is equally perplexing.

    One thing this project isn't, however, is a joke. At least not completely.

    The pair recognize that people might not consider their art project to be legitimate because of their subject. But they immediately deflect that criticism by pointing to "Andre the Giant Has a Posse," a street-art movement launched by Shepard Fairey in which he and his friends posted vinyl stickers of the late wrestling star across the Eastern seaboard. At one point, Fairey described this project as "an experiment in phenomenology."

    But "Danza Did It!" shouldn't be interpreted as a humorless artistic endeavor. In fact, the idea was born out of a joke inspired by Crisitello's father.

    "My father was a fan of the fact that Tony Danza learned a new talent all the time," Cristello recalled. “I can remember one occasion in particular where he called me up when Danza was hosting the People's Choice Awards and he came out dressed as a rapper named Italian Ice.

    "My dad genuinely said, 'Tony Danza is just as good as a rapper as Eminem.'"

    That statement led to a series of email exchanges between Crisitello and Ball.

    "We started trying to make each other laugh going back and forth with Tony Danza jokes," Crisitello informed me.

    "I would send him an email that would say 'Did you know Tony Danza used to take people on tours of Vietnam?,' and then I would Photoshop a picture of the actor doing exactly that."

    The emails and the jokes intensified over the last three and a half months, a time Crisitello describes as being incredibly difficult for him. His father, Louis Crisitello Sr., was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Sept. 17, 2012.

    In that same period, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, completely destroying his sister's house.

    Despite these tragic events, Crisitello, with Ball's help, has maintained a positive attitude.

    "It's this piling on of negativity," he admitted, "but I've always had a good sense of humor about things, just roll with the punches, and laugh at the absurdity of it all."

    "Humor increases hope, and hope helps people helps people cope with the stresses in their daily lives. This was our way to do it."

    "Danza Did It!" is part anthropological and fanatical. The project is obsessed with the rise and fall of fame, whether this be a celebrity or the latest meme. But it also doubles as a tribute to the memory of Crisitello's father and as a cathartic regulator of his own personal hardships.

    "Do you think I should go check into the mental institution?" he asked me after talking on the phone for nearly an hour.

    I didn't say anything at the time, choosing to respond with a chuckle. After thinking about it for days, and after deciding that this was a worthy endeavor, I wish I had replied by saying no, followed by a lyric from the Who's the Boss? theme song:

    "You take a chance and face the wind."

    Kickstopper: Danza Did It!

    • Location: Colt's Neck, New Jersey
    • Summary: A duo want to create a multimedia project around former sitcom star Tony Danza.
    • Goal: $2,100
    • Amount raised of press time: $236
    • Days left: 11
    • Best buy: For $100, you will be the interview guest for their upcoming podcast. The show could also feature a guest of your choice (within reason).

    Photos via Louis Crisitello/Kickstarter


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    Your day just got better with a little help from Kid President.

    Robbie, the break-dancing 8-year-old behind the YouTube personality, is here to give a pep talk for everyone who needs a little more encouragement in their life in his latest video for Soul Pancake.

    "The world needs you to stop being boring," Robbie said, cutting straight to the chase. "Yeah, you. Boring is easy. Everybody can be boring."

    Robbie thinks you're better than that. And whether or not life is a game (it is definitely a cereal), we should be on the same team.

    Speaking in a no-nonsense manner, Robbie tosses a football and walks around the field in his trademark suit—although his pep talk can apply to all aspects of life, not just sports.

    He doesn't want to take the road less-traveled as Robert Frost did. He just wants to take the road that leads to awesome.

    Along with encouragement, Robbie inspires us to believe and follow our dreams because if we never did, Michael Jordan would have never made Space Jam.

    "Don't stop believing...unless your dream is stupid. Then you should get a better dream."

    Dance on, Kid President.

    Photo via soulpancake/YouTube


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    What happens when a two-year-old Twitter spat spills over into real life? 

    If you're Chris Brown, the answer might be an arrest warrant.

    Los Angeles police are investigating an alleged brawl that took place Sunday night between Brown, his friends, and rapper Frank Ocean. Though the fight reportedly took place over a parking space outside of Westlake Studio, Brown and Ocean have quarrelled publicly before—on Twitter.

    In summer 2011, Brown sent a seemingly innocuous shout-out to rapper Frank Ocean, then primarily known as one of the members of alt-hip-hop group Odd Future. Brown called Ocean "a young James Fauntleroy or Kevin Cossum [sic]." Many onlookers, including The Globe's Sarah Pickett, thought it was "kind of a funny diss."

    Screengrab via Celebpromoter

    Ocean didn't laugh *or* take the tweet as a compliment. He retorted that Brown, a highly controversial artist ever since his acceptance of a plea bargain over a felony assault charge against Rihanna in 2009, reminded him of "a young Sisqo or Ike Turner."

    Instantly, a feud was born.

    Screengrab via Celebpromoter

    A few days later, Ocean posted a video of two of Chris's cousins chasing him down after a run-in. The video prompted Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator to express worry for the safety of everyone involved. Then Brown supposedly backed off:

    Brown later deleted his conciliatory tweet, however, and last year rumors surfaced of homophobic comments Brown made about Ocean after his much-publicized coming-out. Brown denied them, and stated via Twitter, "Love who u wanna love." (That tweet, too, was later deleted.)

    Screengab via chrisbrown/Favstar

    Conflicting reports suggest that Ocean started Sunday night's conflict by blocking Brown into his parking space as Brown was trying to leave, but that Brown threw the first punch. "Got jumped by Chris and a couple of guys," Ocean tweeted later. "Lol."

    "Chris Brown is a named suspect in a battery report," an L.A. county sheriff's representative told the L.A. Times, but added that the incident "does not rise to the level of an alleged assault."

    If, as Ocean claimed, he won't be able to fully perform at the Grammys on Feb. 10, he might well disagree. The artist is nominated for three Grammys for his critically acclaimed debut album Channel Orange, produced by André 3000 and John Mayer. Ocean also collaborated on Jay-Z's "No Church in the Wild," which nabbed two more nominations.

    Brown had a successful comeback with last year's F.A.M.E., which won the Grammy for Best R&B Album. This year, he is up for only one award—competing with Ocean for Best Urban Contemporary Album. 

    If Ocean, the likely favorite, takes home the trophy, will we see another spat?

    Possible, but not likely. Reports before the fight broke out suggest that Brown attempted to shake Ocean's hand and walk away. After the altercation, Brown posted an Instagram taken inside the Westlake studio before the fight, declaring that he was "Working on my album. Not working on negativity. ... Bullshit will forever be in the shadows."

    Or, at least, forever on Twitter.

    Photo via web.stagramby Aja Romano


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