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“Uncanny Valley” Blurs the Line Between Virtual and Reality

Virtual reality is set to take off next year. The Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR are all set to debut in 2016. While there’s a certain amount of excitement about it, this beautifully-shot short film from 3dar takes a look at when VR is so prevalent that it has becoming habit-forming.

In Uncanny Valley, VR addicts (much like drug addicts) live in dens, closed off from others, and find more connection to their VR experiences than they do to their real lives. One such addict starts to notice an anomaly in digital sanctuary and decides to explore further…

[via Digg]

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Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives

Different drugs have different effects on people. In her series entitled All You Can Feel, Berlin-born artist Sarah Schöenfeld wanted to know what kind of impression certain drugs had on inanimate objects.

Schöenfeld squeezed drops of different prescriptive and illicit dugs onto film negatives. Each substance affected the coating of the film differently. The resulting chemical reactions make for some striking photography. Have a look at some of the image after the jump.

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Breaking Bad Countdown: All Bad Things Must Come to an End

Hall H, bitch! Yesterday, Breaking Bad’s creator and cast gathered at Comic-Con 2013 to bid farewell to the show and its fans.

With the words “Remember my name” stamped across Walt’s face in this ominous poster, you know things aren’t going to end well. The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad’s fifth season will be aired from August 11th. To whet the appetite, this 3-minute trailer captures some of the highs (and many of the lows) of Walter White’s journey from high school chemistry teacher to drug kingpin.

Note that the video is currently blocked outside the U.S. so be sure to use your company’s handy VPN services to watch it ;)

[via Uproxx]

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Drug-Induced Self-Portraits by Bryan Lewis Saunders

Some of us are fairly aware how drugs can alter our perception of the world. Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders took this to the extreme in an experiment where he ingested a different drug every day and then drew a picture of himself.

Since 1995 Saunders has been drawing daily self-portraits but it wasn’t until 2001 when he introduced drugs into his system and his art. He believes the 45-day experiment may have caused some slight brain damage and that the drugs made him look really ugly. From the colourful childish influences of marijuana to the calming effects of Ambien to monstrous world of bath salts, have a look at how the different chemicals in the drugs altered Saunders’ perception of self.

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This “Farming Simulator” Trailer is Bonkers

Agricultural simulation programs don’t get much love from the mainstream market. Giant Software’s Farming Simulator 2011, for example, doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not popular. Indeed, with the liberal application of recreational drugs, many a fun time can be had in the beautiful countryside. YouTube user SsethTzeentach gives us an example of this in an absurd and hilarious fan-made trailer set to the tune of “Bangarang” by Skrillex. Check out Farming Simulator Mad Skill below.

[via SA Gamer]

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Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands spent a period of five months reportedly eating a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches. They also made an animated short film in that time. Filmed in the cartoon-like art style of Team Fortress 2, the story revolves around string bean who is on the run from a very bad man. The heart-pounding chase is made trippy through the injection of drugs. Check out Mac ‘n’ Cheese below.

[via The Given Collective]

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A Volta: Isometric Madness

Nothing says violence quite like isometric violence. In the music video for their single “A Volta”,  N.A.S.A. teams up with a whole bunch of creatives to bring out a nightmarish city scape filled with corruption, narcotics, evil bosses, dodgy henchmen, prostitutes, and piles of cash. The tune’s very catchy and unsurprisingly the video contains strong language, simulated sex, and violence, lots of it. See it below or watch it in HD at YouTube.

NA.S.A. (short for North America South America) is a music collaboration project assembled by Squeak E. Clean and Ze Gonzales. The video is directed by Logan and inspired by the artwork  of the The Date Farmers. It features Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Love Foxxx.

See the making of video after the jump.


Asher Roth: Loving the College Life

Asher Roth is a 23-year old white rapper from rural Pennsylvania whose debut album “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” charted to the #1 spot on iTunes top 10 albums within 24 hours since its release. Sold out in-stores across the US, major retailers underestimated the grass roots support that Roth has received from blogs, magazines, and the hip-hop community for his raps on suburbia and varsity life.

Asleep in the Bread Aisle has received mixed reviews – praised for its old-school influenced sound, but also criticized for its limited subject matter.

Smoking weed, having sex, and swearing is hardly riveting material, and when Asher can’t turn these topics into something clever, it becomes tiresome

His party-rap single “I Love College” about weed, beer, drunk women, and frat parties unsurprisingly scored 36,128,311 plays on MySpace and logged another 6 million views on YouTube. Check it out.

What did you think – was it refreshing, irritating, bland? Drop us a comment.


Toys Living The High Life

Rampant drug-abuse is a huge problem in toy kingdom.

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Culinary Horror: The Stewmaker Dissolved Over 300 Drug War Victims

The drug war is commonplace in Mexico City; the nation is used to seeing the headless torsos of drug war victims strewn across the streets. But the less than savoury recipes of 45-year old Santiago Meza López, a “disposal expert” working for a Tijuana drug cartel, has gripped the public’s attention.

López confessed to getting rid of over 300 bodies killed by hit men working for Teodoro “El Teo” García Simental, who is vying for control of the Tijuana drug trafficking cartel. López dissolved the corpses in vats of acid and was paid USD 600.00 a week. He came to be known as “El Pozolero” – a pozole is a traditional Mexican stew made of hominy, pork and chilies; it is important to keep stirring the soup while it is on the stove so all the flavours meld together.

Statistically his busiest time was in December 2007, when he pozoled 32 bodies. In his defense, he claimed to have only dissolved men. Chivalrous maybe, but perhaps women made the stew taste funny. I dunno.

Full article at the Times Online.