When the last of the Chilean miners finally emerged from the fetid belly of the Earth, he probably went home, ate his favorite food, made love to his wife, and then logged onto the Internet and watched a Kitten Hugging a Teddy Bear before drifting off into a hero’s sleep, right? Viral videos, you guys, WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. Kiss the ground for them, I’m sure. 2010 had so many good ones! So, as is Videogum tradition, they have collected them all into a delightful and, most importantly, MOVING tribute to the year in Internet.
It’s that time of the year again: You’re prepping to spend way too much time with the kin, maybe traveling across country to see them, and stressing the hell out about getting non-repulsive gifts for your loved ones. And if you have a special lady friend in your life, you may also be doubting every swipe of your credit card (or cricket sound coming from your bank account). Because there’s already way too much pressure on you, here are some tips on what to avoid getting your girl for the holidays, along with some gift ideas that will surely induce hugs and, “You’re so sweet(s)!”
7 Workout Equipment
This one’s kind of a duh, as it’s an annual sitcom-husband screw up during every Christmas special. She’ll take it as a hint she’s fat, blah blah blah. No matter how much she talks about wanting those Shape Up shoes, don’t give in (they’re garbage, anyway). Exception: A super cute yoga mat if she’s a Pilates or yoga enthusiast. The ones at the gym are gross.
6 Any Kitchen-esque Gear
This category includes not only waffle makers and Day-Glo colored mixers, but also Fruit of the Month Clubs and bottles of liquor. (Unless you’re 16, a pint of liquor is not too thrilling, sorry.) Even if she’s a total foodie, anything falling into this realm is the opposite of personal. they may also interpret it as you telling them that you want cupcakes and quiches and they should be enthusiastic about making said snacks because the As Seen On TV-cupcake/quiche-making contraption is pink. Exception: A couples cooking class or out-of-the-ordinary fancy-schmancy dinner. they’ll also eat their faces off and get liquored up, it’ll just be not douche-y.
An Australian graffiti artist who spends most of his time and effort being kind of an ass, just fired shots… at everyone for his “Street Art Sale” exhibit. From Catholics to fixed gear bikes and some of the world’s most acclaimed graffiti writers and street artists, LUSH’s solo show at the Backwoods Gallery just outside of Melbourne is wildly humorous and critical of just about every facet of hip urban culture. Most of the art is pretty hilarious, but a few pieces are just in bad taste. He made a COPE2 coffin and took a swipe at legendary subway bomber CAP. Banksy and “SPACE INGAYDERS” were not spared either. That fixed gear is also the most alarming thing ever, and since seeing it, my fixie has been put on ebay.
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Surprise, the best version of something entitled “black ops” this year isn’t the much ballyhooed game, but an equally sinister and consumable product, Brooklyn Black Ops Beer. The official stance of Brooklyn Brewery is this: Brooklyn Black Ops beer does not exist, and that’s a damn fine way to start a beer. My favorite beer during the winter hands down is Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, so when I saw this I got pretty excited. The Russian Imperial Stout has been covertly brewed, hidden from normal brew operations and prying eyes. First aged 4 months in Bourbon barrels, then bottled flat and allowed to re-ferment with Champagne yeast in bottles, Black Ops delivers a legion of robust flavors: chocolate, coffee, vanilla oak, and strong notes of bourbon. The beer is a decisive victory and as you can see, bottled in an equally winning package. The only catch? Reportedly, only 1,000 cases of the elixir have been brewed and they’re hard as hell to find with a price tag to match. $26 per bottle.
At first glance, they’re just iconic head shots of famous people you’ve seen many times before; only the tones of golden brown make them vaguely remarkable: Jesus, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Snoop Dog, Method Man, and more. A taste for rebellion, higher states of consciousness, and in most cases a trailblazing talent for music are about all that tie them together. Until closer inspection. Allow your eyes to move from the bigger picture and focus on the finer detail of the portraits, and the secret of their creation lights up in the mind: they’re all mosaics – made out of the roach papers of smoked joints.
This is Chronic Art, the hand-crafted, cannabis-inspired brainchild of Pittsburgh-based artist and pot smoker Cliff Maynard. A tattoo artist by trade, the 38-year-old former art student dreamed up the idea for his unique choice of medium while “studying mosaics in school.” “I just remember sort of making this connection in my head between the tiles and roach papers,” he recalls. But if Maynard took his cue from the mosaic masterpieces of art history, the more popular aesthetic principles of his tattoo art background also show up in his work in a less than hazy way.
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Sometimes movies don’t need to be huge studio projects to really make you excited to see them. This is the trailer for a Michael Jordan project, called “Invincible”. It will be a movie about MJ’s whole career and will include all the highlights of His Airness. “Invincible” will only be about 10-20 minutes long and it will come out in 2011. Now a days anyone can make a movie with a Mac computer and if your anything like my boy Drew, your going to go nuts when this is finally finished. JORDANNNN!
Ahhh the tough question we all come to face, should we or should we not accept our parent’s friend request? It is a tough decision to make but believe that if you do accept a few things are bound to happen. They will probably comment on everything you post or do. They will also probably put up embarrassing baby pictures and tag the shit out of you in them. They will also not understand your friends humor whatsoever, so when your friend comments on your wall about wacking an 8 ball of coke and hunting for hookers down in Atlantic City, they probably won’t see the sarcasm or humor in it at all. The choice is yours but here are some prime examples of parents being awkward on their kids facebook.
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The internet is still a baby where it has only really been around for about 20 years. If the internet had been around since the old days I am sure there would have been a lot more scandals and controversy to celebrity tweeting and facebook posts, as well as everyone’s favorite porn site Redtube would have been a little different, and not for the better. Here is what your favorite websites would have looked like if they were running back in the old days.
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Whether or not you believe that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should have released gov’t documents or not, you still can’t deny the intrigue of someone’s ability to hack high security infrastructure. Probably because all we know is click and browse and its so complicated it becomes mysterious and awesome. Or there’s the most likely answer that you just saw the movie “Hackers” too many times and wished we were ZeroCool. A new Swedish documentary “WikiRebels” is (4 parts on YouTube) covers Assange talking about the 1990s when he and other hackers had a backdoor into control of military internet for two years. It also touches on ethical conflicts between Wikileaks leaders. A WikiLeaks bio piece on Assange says ““As a teenager he became Australia’s most famous ethical computer hacker. After referrals from the United States government his phone was tapped in 1991, and he spent six years in court. He hacked thousand of systems, including the Pentagon and the U.S. military Security Coordination Center.” Hack the Planet! Just try not to get anyone killed please.
Marvel Comics has a large number of iconic superheros ranging from Iron Man to the Hulk. The superheros are collectively known as a team known as The Avengers. Meanwhile, Jurassic Park is a highly popular film franchise focused around a park filled with dinosaurs from prehistoric times. With tyrannosaurus rex, stegosaurus, and other dinosaurs, the park is a dangerous place. So, what would happen if Marvel was crossed with Jurassic Park? Dinosaur superheroes, that’s what. This series of artworks proves it.
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