5 Internet Things you better not have missed on the Internet this week.
That is actually very similar to Ethan Allen's slogan.
5. IKEA or Death Metal? This time when I say "there's really not too much else to say here," I really mean it. This is a fun website game where you guess whether certain words belong to a yuppie-tastic IKEA product or a death metal band, the worst (best) of which are also Scandinavian (and therefore indistinguishable to us as Americans). Too bad IKEA doesn't build churches, or these bands could have a lot of cheap knockoffs to burn without resorting to torching thousand-year-old Viking relics (I mean, surely architecture is exempt from your total hatred for life itself, right guys? No? Ok.). Or IKEA bodies for bandmembers to eat.
4. This guy fried his plasma TV on purpose to achieve a truly mesmerizing fireworks display. I pressed play on this video with complete skepticism that I would actually finish it. I finished it harder than this guy finished off his TV. This brings new meaning to the term "creative destruction." YouTube user Aussie50 (a big fan of spectacularly destroying electronics) uploaded this video of him hooking up his Samsung plasma television to 2000 volts of electricity. They use a different voltage and frequency for electronics in Australia, but the point remains the same: that's way too much electricity. Way too much for something to not be completely awesome that is. I wish I knew exactly what was going on in those melting screens, because it looks like the ultimate to-the-death game of Light Cycles from Tron.
3. Drunk Dial Congress. The name is great, the idea is great, the only problem is the horrible people you have to talk to if you go through with it (i.e. Congressional staffers. Congresspeople don't get caught in one-on-one conversations). Here's how it works: you go to the site, and you enter your phone number. Then, like in a "hacker" movie, you suddenly get a phone call. The call has a pre-recorded message from a "drunk" guy essentially saying "I like giving people my mind when I'm drunk, don't you? Well, now you can. We're connecting you to Rep. So-And-So" and then they actually connect you to their office. Which is really handy if you're actually drunk, since looking up congressspeople's phone numbers is a...moderate Google task. Seriously, though, it's set up really well and frankly, I might go to the store after work and pick up a six-pack of O'Doul's (I don't drink) and give people a piece of my dangerously sober mind.
2. 15th Century Paintings Re-Created In An Airplane Bathroom. When I say "there's really not too much else to say here," what I mean is, "this person set forth a clear and easy-to-understand premise which they executed flawlessly, so there's nothing left for me to explain." Except, of course, that the artist (and subject) here is blogger Nina Katchadorian, who described her process thusly: "While in the lavatory on a domestic flight in March 2010, I spontaneously put a tissue paper toilet cover seat over my head and took a picture in the mirror using my cellphone. The image evoked 15-th century Flemish portraiture....I made several forays to the bathroom from my aisle seat, and by the time we landed I had a large group of new photographs entitled Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style. I was wearing a thin black scarf that I sometimes hung up on the wall behind me to creat the deep background that is typical of these portraits." I didn't even get halfway through the smart magazine I bought before switching to Nintendo DS on my flight.
This is 80 times less gay than Top Gun. If he's Top Gun, that makes Goose Bottom Holster.
1. This 'Archer' remake of the Danger Zone music video from Top Gun. There's really not too much else to say here.