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The Instructional Guide to Dating

Today was the last day of Short & Sweet, a six-week celebration of the short film genre at the Wunderbar Theatre in Cape Town. I don’t know how I didn’t find about it earlier, but I clearly have a knack for missing the obvious.

Graphic designer and filmmaker Siobhan Bowers has a knack for creating fun and relevant instructional videos. Presented in the style of a retro in-flight safety talk, her short film The Instructional Guide to Dating provides ten useful tips for a successful touchdown on the landing strip of love.

Horseplay, Gangnam Style!

South Korean rapper Psy (real name: Park Jae-Sang) is a viral sensation. The music video to his song Gangnam Style about a yokel who tries to impress a lady by pretending to be a dapper man-about-town has been viewed over 90 million times on YouTube.

The infectious charm comes from his comical equestrian-inspired dance move, which has been aptly titled “the horse-riding dance”. If you’re yet to experience it and are in need of a feel-good song, check out Gangnam Style below.

[via @thejessness]

You Won’t Believe It’s Fireworks

In the right light, the long exposure photographs of David Johnson might be mistaken for beautiful sea anemones or flower heads. The photographer was at a fireworks festival in Ottawa, Canada and fiddled with his camera settings to produce some rather unusual photos of the pyrotechnic display above his head. Johnson explains his process:

The technique I used was a simple refocus during the long exposure. Each shot was about a second long, sometimes two. I’d start out of focus, and when I heard the explosion I would quickly refocus, so the little stems on these deep sea creature lookalikes would grow into a fine point. The shapes are quite bizarre, some of them I was pleasantly surprised with!

Have a look at a few of Johnson’s photos after the jump.

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Mad Skills, Yo! The Breaking Bad Remix

If Breaking Bad ever needed a dance theme, this would be it. YouTuber user placeboing uses a selection of sound bites from seasons one and two of the award-winning show to create a catchy ditty that involves some of our favourite characters.

With support from the unhinged Tuco Salamanca, Skinny Pete who can’t spell n’ shit, and the sounds of Don Héctor’s service bell, Walter and Jesse show off their mad skills in the Breaking Bad Remix.

[via Boing Boing]

We Review: Sleeping Dogs

I know Vancouver-based studio United Front Games for its less-cuter-than-LBP racer, ModNation Racers. They show that they’re nothing if not versatile with their latest game, the open-world action-adventure game Sleeping Dogs. With many of the game’s mechanics reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto, Batman, and Assassin’s Creed, does the developer combine these ingredients into a hearty tale of crime and punishment? Or is it more of a dog’s breakfast? Find out as my review continues after the jump.

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We Review: Rock Band Blitz

Just when we thought the music genre of video games was a dying breed, the folks at Harmonix come up with a way to shake things up. Cue Rock Band Blitz, a rhythm game that doesn’t require a whole new set of peripheral plastic instruments. Let’s rock this review!

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Infographic: The Internet a Decade Later

Some of us spent an obscene amount of time on the Internet, so much so that we won’t come to bed because someone is wrong with the Internet.

An animated infographic from Bested Sites shows how the addiction has grown in the last 10 years from the sheer numbers of Internets users, to the time spent browsing, to what some sites looked like then and now.

See The Internet A Decade Later after the jump. If your Internet connection hasn’t improved in the last 10 years, it may take a while to load.

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We Review: Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

Let me tell you a story. When I was a kid, I used to stay over at my cousin’s place during the holidays. He used to own one of the most amazing comic book collections I’d ever seen, and—to the ire of everyone around me who told me I was being thoroughly antisocial—I spent every holiday reading and re-reading every single one of those comics. He had them all: superlative quantities of Superman, great piles of Green Lantern, judicious amounts of Justice League, and of course, a buttload of Batman comics. I read them all, over and over again. I first got my love of the DC and Marvel universes from those days back then, and I never really lost it. As you, dear readers, know well, I also have a great love of Traveller’s Tales Lego series, so I was justifiably quite excited to get my hands on Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.

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Cookie Monster’s Famous Cookie Recipe

Aside from the numbers fetishist Count von Count, the Cookie Monster is one of my favourite Sesame Street characters. While the googly-eyed monster has eaten his way through a VW Beetle, the moon, a safe, pink rubber balls, an Xbox 360, and foam letters that spelled out the word “FOOD”, he is widely known for his love of cookies. Not only does he nom them, it turns out that he is an accomplished baker of cookies too.

Taken from Big Bird’s Busy Book from the 70s, an activity book from the 70s, the Cookie Monster gives readers step-by-step instructions on how to make his most beloved sugar cookie. Have a look at his famous cookie dough recipe after the jump.

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Gotye’s “Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra” Remix

In an attempt similar to Luc Bergeron’s “World Covers – Rolling In The Deep“, Australian singer-songwriter Gotye pays tribute to some of the YouTube covers and parodies that has brought his song “Somebody That I Used to Know” such success.

The artists says this about his supercut:

Reluctant as I am to add to the mountain of interpretations of Somebody That I Used To Know seemingly taking over their own area of the internet, I couldn’t resist the massive remixability that such a large, varied yet connected bundle of source material offered.

You may be tired of this sickness, but have a look and listen to Gotye’s Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra. It’s really quite good.

A list of the original videos uses in Gotye’s remix can be found on his website.

[va Rolling Stone]