Aug(De)Mented Reality

Using a unique animation technique involving traditonal animation cels and his iPhone, Hombre_mcsteez turns everyday life into an odd creature infested cartoon universe.

A First Drive – Google Self-Driving Car

"Fully autonomous driving has always been the goal of our project, because we think this could improve road safety and help lots of people who can't drive. We're now developing prototypes of vehicles that have been designed from the ground up to drive themselves—just push a button and they'll take you where you want to go! We'll use these vehicles to test our software and learn what it will really take to bring this technology into the world." - Google Watch volunteers take a ride in Mountain View, California. Then read more at: http://goo.gl/qDUtgq


Worth seeing again: Nike: Take It To The Next Level

I know it's old, like from 2009. But my god, it's an great ad.


This Danish 'Get Out the Vote' PSA Is So Full of Sex and Violence, It Was Pulled Immediately

If you thought the U.S. had weird political ads, check out this bit of insanity from Denmark: a 90-second cartoon that stars a character called Voteman, who isn't apathetic about voting, or about getting pleasured by five ladies at the same time at the 12-second mark. The video also includes a decapitation, dolphin surfing, lots of violence as well as more sex—as Voteman goes on a 'roid-rage rampage, physically forcing Danes to vote in the upcoming European election (where they'll decide on weighty topics like climate regulation, agricultural subsidies, and chemicals in toys). The video was posted Monday on the Danish Parliament's social media sites before being swiftly removed. The parliament speaker later told the Associated Press that the government should "be more careful with what we put our name to."

'World Under Water' Uses StreetView to Visualize Flooding From Climate Change

If this week's news of a potentially disastrous Antarctic ice melt wasn't enough to give you a sinking feeling, then you might want to check out "World Under Water," (Needs Chrome) an interactive initiative that lets people see what their neighborhoods might look like following floods caused by climate change. BBDO and Proximity Singapore created the site for CarbonStory, a crowdfunding platform, ahead of World Environment Day on June 5. The site includes most areas on Earth catalogued by Google StreetView.


You Can Help This Band Scam Spotify So They Can Go on Tour

Los Angeles funk band Vulfpeck wants to go on tour, but they're going to need your help to raise the money. This isn't some Kickstarter: They've made an entirely silent album designed specifically for the purpose of siphoning cash away from Spotify's treasury. Its a clever stunt, and it just might work. Here's the deal: The band released a 10 track record called Sleepify on Spotify. Each song is just over 30 seconds long, and they're all completely silent. The idea is that you can leave the record playing while you sleep, they'll make $4 overnight. What's more, the band will take the show on the road to the places where people are listening to Sleepify the most. I didn't even know it was possible to get that information from Spotify, but sure! Could the band have just asked you to play their music on mute while you sleep? Yes, but because the Sleepify tracks are super short, the band will rack up the cash faster this way. Moreover, you have to admire the ingenuity of the whole project. People are always telling musicians that they need to adapt to the realities of digital music by finding creative ways to make money. That's exactly what Vulfpeck is doing, hilariously.


Oh My: All Female Band Tries To Sing One Of Their Songs While Having Orgasms

This is a video of three of the members of the Dutch all-girl band ADAM trying to perform their single 'Go To Go' while using vibrators to reach orgasm. It was really something to watch. Especially with my boss standing over my shoulder. You know what I told him? It's my lunch break, I can do what I want! You know what he said? "Fair enough, but I am going to stand here pretending to talk business until my boner subsides." Ugh, you know I hate it when dudes with boners stand behind me! Please, at least don't try to swivel my chair with it like you did last time. One of the best music videos of all time?


Perfect Match: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans

It's such a great, simple idea: Young Brazilians want to learn English. Elderly Americans living in retirement homes just want someone to talk to. Why not connect them? FCB Brazil did just that with its "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools. As seen in the touching case study below, the young Brazilians and older Americans connect via Web chats, and they not only begin to share a language—they develop relationships that enrich both sides culturally and emotionally. The differences in age and background combine to make the interactions remarkable to watch. And the participants clearly grow close to one another, to the point where they end up speaking from the heart in a more universal language than English. The pilot project was implemented at a CNA school in Liberdade, Brazil, and the Windsor Park Retirement Community in Chicago. The conversations are recorded and uploaded as private YouTube videos for the teachers to evaluate the students' development. "The idea is simple and it's a win-win proposition for both the students and the American senior citizens. It's exciting to see their reactions and contentment. It truly benefits both sides," says Joanna Monteiro, executive creative director at FCB Brazil. Says Max Geraldo, FCB Brazil's executive director: "The beauty of this project is in CNA's belief that we develop better students when we develop better people."