Even a Boring Office Job Looks Intersting When Filmed in FPV [Video]

From Braziliandanny:

I wore my GoPro to work one day and decided to edit the footage to the style of a GoPro Commercial.

[Braziliandanny]

10 Most Mysterious Places on Earth

The world is a strange place, filled with even stranger places that are ripe with intrigue and full of unanswered questions. From the circular mysticism of Stonehenge to strange places far less well known, here are the ten most mysterious places on Earth, via Mindchop.

The MP3 Is Not Dead

Reports that the MP3 format is dead have proven extremely premature. It’s about as dead as the GIF.

Despite some confused reports, there’s no reason whatsoever to think the format isn’t going to disappear or that existing files will stop being useful.

All that’s happened is that the organization that held some of the key patents on the format has decided not to renew them and has also decided not to continue running a licensing program for using the technology.

The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, working with funding from Thomson, developed the most important element of the technology, namely that it strips out part of the audio signal that isn’t necessary for the listener to hear the sound as intended, in turn often making the file size 90 percent smaller.

That benefit was initially designed mainly to make it easy to store music – particularly songs ripped from CDs – on small computer hard drives. In practice the real benefits turned out to be making it more viable to download music over a dial-up or slow broadband connection, along with creating a market for standalone pocket-sized music players that could carry multiple albums and eventually entire collections.

While there have always been few restrictions on the format itself (which is part of how it was able to take off), the Fraunhofer Institute and associated business Technicolor held some patents on producing software that can encode or decode the format. Those had long expired in Europe but a few key ones still remained in the US until April this year and were let lapse without any attempted renewal. (Three others expire later this year and look set to go the same way.)

With Fraunhofer/Technicolor abandoning the patents and licensing, the only real difference is that anyone who produces software based around mp3 no longer has to pay any licensing fees. That’s a similar situation to patents on GIF that expired back in the mid-2000s.

At best, the abandonment of the patents means it might be more financially viable for people to come up with better or more creative software and devices based on MP3. (It also means more operating systems can support mp3 ‘out of the box’.)

At worst it’s a canary in a coal mine: Fraunhofer/Technicolor clearly believes there’s so little money in the format in the long run that it’s not worth the effort of trying to get a share. That may prove the case, but the patent expiration is most certainly not a death blow in itself.

Gorgeous Star Trek LCARS Schematic Prints

Artist LCARSStudio47 has a marvelous Etsy shop where he sells gorgeous Star Trek ship schematics that would all look quite wonderful hanging on a wall in my living room. Check ’em all out below!

[Star Trek LCARS Schematic Prints]

Superpowers Most People Don’t Know Deadpool Has

Everybody knows Deadpool has a mutant healing factor. That’s kind of his thing. It’s no secret that he’s aware he’s a fictional character, either — breaking the fourth wall is what set Deadpool apart from all those other grizzled, bulky, pouch-wearing ’90s tough guys, and made him into the wise-cracking antihero he is today. But the Marvel Universe is lousy with mutants that can heal themselves — besides Deadpool there’s Wolverine, Sabretooth, Mystique, and X-23, just to name a few — and Wade Wilson needed more if he was ever going to get ahead. Thankfully, Deadpool has plenty of other tricks up his sleeve. Here are a few…

[Looper]

10 Different Gameplay Experiences Explained Using the Combat Mechanics [Comic]

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Save BIG on Robotic Vacuum, Fitdesk Exercise Desk Bike, Akai Pro Studio Headphones, and MORE!

For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, here are a few great deals we stumbled on while browsing the web this morning:

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QUESTION: Are You Hiding Any Black Holes In Your Geek Life?

So, it’s no secret that geek culture, in many ways, is bolstered around the concept of cred. Geek cred. You know what I mean. You don’t sit down at an RPG table for the first time with a new group without mentioning your experience playing various editions and classes. You don’t go to a Jonathan Coulton show without adding that this is the sixteenth time you’ve seen him play. You stop at nothing to pepper your general dialogue with quotes from your favorite films and books. It’s just part of how we do things.

However, there is a line between the truly well-rounded geek elite, and those of us who, well, have a few black holes in our geekery. Wait, what? Am I admitting to not being a flawless geek with a memory of a thousand lifetimes? Yes, in fact I am. There are quite a few geeky mountains that I have as of yet to climb, and some of them might shock you. Don’t go revoking my Geek Card, though. Honestly is the first step toward recovery. Or something.

At times, I’ve been too embarrassed to admit these geeky black holes. And other times, I have very good reasons, I think.  So in the spirit of geekiness, and inclusiveness, I thought I’d share a few of my geeky black holes with you, and invite you to share yours in return.

Here goes:

  • I have never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dune, or anything by Robert Jordan. In regards to Douglas Adams, I tried. I really did. At the time, it just didn’t stick and I haven’t gone back. So when people go on about towels and whatnot, I’m just a bit confused. Maybe someday will be the right time. Dune is a different story; I think I should have read it in high school, just after I finished The Lord of the Rings. But I never picked it up, and haven’t invested the time to do otherwise. Same with Robert Jordan. If I’d started younger, it would likely have worked. But now, I just don’t know if I can commit to that kind of series. Not to mention, I’ve forgotten how to read books without critiquing the hell out of them, and I suspect I’d have issues with Mr. Jordan for that reason.
  • I have not seen every episode of Firefly. This, unlike the others, is intentional. I love the show like no other; so much, in fact, that I have purposely saved a few episodes for a time in my life when I really need them. Overly dramatic? Maybe. But Captain Mal and his crew are so dear to me, I just can’t let them go. Not yet. I mean, I know what happens, I saw the film. But I like knowing that, in spite of the show’s heartbreakingly short run, there is more of the adventure to be experienced should I need. You can’t take the sky from me.
  • I have never seen Blade Runner. That I remember. I know I saw it at some point when I was very young. I remember bits and pieces. But nothing lingers. I love Harrison Ford. There is no reason for this, and really no excuse, especially since the sequel will be released later this year. This can, of course, be easily rectified…

Okay, so now that I’ve got those off my chest, it’s your turn! Are there any geeky black holes in your life? Any conversations that leave you high and dry? Come on, ‘fess up!

When Yondu (GOTG) Meets Mary Poppins You Get this Awesome Mashup Cosplay

A cosplay inspired by the scene in GOTG Vol. 2 where Yondu uses a Jetpack his arrow to fly Star-Lord to Safety. During the flight, the characters have the following exchange:

Star-Lord: You look like Mary Poppins.
Yondu: Is he cool?
Star-Lord: Hell yeah, he’s cool.
Yondu: I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!

[Source: Cindy Salvus Artistry | Via GT]

WHAT THE WHAT: The Most Bizarre Movies On Netflix Right Now

Are you in the mood to watch a weird movie? When was the last time you watched a film that really screwed with you? As much as us geeks like comic movies and science fiction, some of us also really love to delve into the strange and surreal, too. And nowhere does surreal quite as well as the medium of movies. But weird movies don’t get much hype so how do we find out about them and which ones are worth watching?

This list will point you in the right direction, and the best part is they are ALL on Netflix right now!

(Via Looper)

Shoot For the Moon: The Alternate Story [Comic]

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Top 25 PlayStation 4 Games (as of) Spring 2017

2017 has been a banner year for the PS4. Almost every game that has dropped since January has been pretty badass. From the massive environments and scalable beasts of Horizon Zero Dawn to the crazy, open world of Final Fantasy XV, here are the best PS4 games out there as of Spring 2017!

Did your favorite make the list?

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