Newt Gingrich, Lego Man

The internet has already determined that Bicentennial era Newt Gingrich resembles Dwight Schrute from The Office.  Well, it seems that the contemporary Gingrich has a few other interesting look-a-likes. For example, the blog Waffles At Noon has collected a few people who resemble Gingrich. The list is mostly old white men, but there is one rather interesting Newt-a-like, which you can see here. Seriously, the hairstyle is dead on.

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Brad Pitt’s 1980s Pringles Commercial

Last week Brad Pitt received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Moneyball, his third overall Oscar nomination. You have to wonder, when Pitt was starting out in the business, did he expect to make it this far? While we ponder that question, let’s go back to the dawn of Pitt’s career, when he appeared in a ridiculously ’80s Pringles potato chip ad. Watch for a shirtless Pitt as a bronzed Pringles lovin’ beach goer in this clip which looks like it was edited by someone on a lot of cocaine.

Yao Ming Basketball Portrait

In tribute to the semi-recent retirement of basketball player Yao Ming, Hong Yi decided to paint a portrait of him. Rather than use a paint brush or other traditional material, Hong Yi used a decided to paint Yao’s portrait using a basketball. Watch as Hong Yi dribbles and rolls the ball to create this detailed portrait of the Chinese basketball star.

Oscar Gold

Well, yesterday saw the announcement of the Academy Award nominations and there’s already a bit of a backlash against the Best Picture nomination for Post-9/11 drama Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. In fact, with only a 48% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s the worst reviewed picture of the last ten years to receive a Best Picture nomination. Some critics have accused this movie of being exploitive, cloying and “a naked ploy for an Oscar.”

So, in the spirit of this blatant (and frighteningly successful) piece of Oscar bait, here’s Seth McFarlane’s take on the kind of movie designed especially for Oscar gold, as featured on American Dad. Seriously, if this were real it would certainly be a winning card in  “Oscar nomination bingo.”

The Sandwich Artist

Brittany Powell thinks food is an art form. Well, more specifically, she creates sandwiches based on the works of famous artists. Powell’s playful sandwiches feature works inspired by Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keefe and other legends of modern art. Personally, I think my favorite is the Christo and Jeann-Claude sandwich. Check them all out over at Powell’s blog, Low-Commitment Projects.

Totally 80s Cell Phone Promo

The following post was written in the mid-1980s:

What’s up dudes, have you heard about cellular phones? Apparently they’re the latest thing and they’re totally bitchin. These portable-yes, you read that right, portable-phones have all the convenient functionality of one of those fancy car phones, but you can take them anywhere!  Gnarly! Like, check out this rad looking Motorola phone which only weighs 30 ounces. Seriously dudes, it looks like it can fit in your backpack or purse. But I think it’s too big to fit in your fanny pack. Bummer!

Now, I know it might take a bit of time for some of you to get used to these “cell phones,” but as this promo reassures us, “seeing someone using cellular phones may seem as common place as someone checking time on an electronic watch, figuring on an electronic calculator, or programming on an electronic computer*.” Ya know, in like 50 years they’ll probably even have watches on cell phones.

Trust me guys, I’m as stoked for cell phones as I am for Van Halen with Sammy Hagar. I bet President Reagan’s already got one!

*Note from 2012: I like that they had to specify “electronic computer.”

Movies Cover Lionel Richie

Today we bring you, courtesy of Vimeo user ant1mat3rie, a clever mash-up of various film clips arranged so that the dialogue forms the lyrics to Lionel Ritchie’s creeper R&B hit “Hello.” It’s a fun clip, but really that’s not what I want to talk to you about.

I want to talk to you about censorship. If you’ve been on the internet today, you’ve probably heard about SOPA and PIPA, two bills currently working their ways through the United States Congress that are allegedly designed to curb internet piracy. On the surface, that all seems well and good, but if these two bills pass it could lead to the censorship of the internet. Websites could be fined or even forced to shut for posting or even providing links to “copyrighted content.”

Now how does it effect you? Well, did you watch the goofy “Hello” clip yet? Did you enjoy seeing all those copyrighted film clips combining to form that copyrighted pop hit? Well, if SOPA and PIPA were to pass not only would that magically stupid clip be illegal, but vimeo; this blog and wordpress.com would all have performed illegal acts by featuring that video.

In conclusion, if you enjoy all the strange, goofy, creative, entertaining and magnificent things I post on this blog, it is your duty to voice your opposition to SOPA and PIPA. So, join Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, myself and hundreds of other websites in protesting these careless bills. Go to Google now to join the fight against internet censorship.