Thursday, November 22, 2012

Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This is so sad and beautiful


She was only 31 and I would have preferred her hair less 'matronly'. I needed photos from every angle though so I had to use photos from our wedding day when her hair was up with orchids in it.

Not sure if you get an orangered for an edit, but I was thinking about being called pathetic, and I wanted you to understand what I just went through. Sorry for the wall of text, but I wanted to get it off my chest.

I had to be strong three years ago when my wife began to have strange symptoms that the doctors couldn’t explain.

I had to be strong when they called me from the emergency room to tell me that my wife’s panic attack was actually a huge brain tumor in her frontal lobe.

I had to be strong when they told me, but not her, how serious it was.

I had to be strong during the eight hour operation when the doctors told me she probably wouldn’t walk or talk normally afterwards.

I had to be strong when I fed her in intensive care.

I had to be strong while we waited for the biopsy.

I had to be strong when she got worse this year. The tumor was in the frontal lobe, so her personality changed dramatically. She refused to work or doing anything in the house so I manned up and just did fucking everything - shopping, cooking, cleaning etc...

I had to be strong when she started going insane and telling me about the great sex she had that day with her imaginary lovers, or that our little dog had satan in her.

I had to be strong when the physical symptoms started showing up.

I had to be strong when I sent her home so her folks could see her again.

I had to be strong when her doctor told me there was nothing to be done and she would be dead in a month.

Actually, to be honest, I wasn’t strong here, I cried like a child in his office.

I had to be strong when I called her folks to say she was going to die.

I had to be strong when I flew to be with her. I was worried her parents might blame me. ‘Did I do everything I could?’, ‘Did I fail as a husband?’. ‘If your wife dies isn’t that somehow automatically your failure as a husband?’. Her father was a regional director for her country's secret service, not the kind of man you want to think that you were somehow responsible for his daughter’s death.

I had to be strong when a day later she could no longer move or talk or open her eyes.

I had to be strong when the last time I was with her, her hand started trembling uncontrollably under her blanket. I though maybe she was too warm, so I pulled the blanket down. For five minutes her little hand trembled as she brought it up to her mouth and extended her finger.

She was asking me for a kiss.

I had to be strong when the most beautiful creature I had ever seen died. Here is a picture of her.

She was like a little cross between Audrey Hepburn and Sofia Lauren. As well as being incredibly intelligent and so full of life.

I had to be strong when the first dead person I ever saw was my 31 year old wife.

I had to be strong when the first coffin I ever saw go into the ground was my wife’s.

I had to be strong during the 5 day funeral, when 700 guests came to pay their respects to me and her family.

Now its all over. I’m alone in our house. I am so sick of being strong. Fuck being strong. Being strong got me fucking nothing. We don’t have kids I need to be strong for. It’s just me and the dog. She sits in my wife’s spot on the couch and whimpers. So were being pathetic together.

People keep saying ‘your wife would want you to be happy’. Bullshit! I know my wife, she loved her life, wherever she is now I bet there is a part of her that is fucking pissed off that she was cheated this way and she would damn well want me to be miserable right now and to mourn her and mourn her hard. Not forever, but for a reasonable amount of time. We were given everything and then had it take from us. It is horribly tragic. I should be sad.

My request for music is not to dwell in sadness though. This is art's great moment for me. This is when art steps up. Listening to these artists makes me feel less alone in my grief. It reminds me that others have gone through what I'm going through.

That I'm really not as alone as I feel right now.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Recent Meme Followups

James Bond

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

McGyver in Prison - 9 Objects Turned into Weapons


Prisoners improvising weapons out of everyday objects like sociopathic MacGyvers are a staple of every movie that takes place inside a prison. However, real inmates aren't limited to just the sharpened toothbrushes and Nicolas Cage fleshmasks Hollywood gives them credit for.
#9. Melted Chocolate

Some prisoners melt down chocolate bars and throw the boiling hot confection over their enemies, which sticks like napalm and causes severe burns. We figure this must have been an idea the killer from Se7en kicked around during his gluttony planning phase.

At least you'll be a delicious burn victim.
#8. Chair Leg Nunchucks

Lorenzo Pollard built a pair of nunchucks in his cell out of bedsheets and a chair. Like Michelangelo imprisoned for accidentally killing a stripper on Donatello's birthday, he beat the hell out of a dozen guards and vaulted the prison walls to freedom (although he was quickly recaptured, which was decidedly less radical).

#7. Matchstick Anime Swords

One prisoner in Wales spent his time building matchstick replicas of weapons from both the Final Fantasy series and the anime Bleach, presumably because being surrounded by unshaven men terrified of taking showers reminded him too much of Comic-Con. Incredibly, the blades were all razor sharp and perfectly capable of gutting some skinhead in an epileptic flurry of strobe flashes and floating cats, so the guards confiscated them.

The Sun
#6. A Toilet Paper Shiv

Short on toothbrushes (those old standbys) and razors, one inmate made a papier-mache shank out of toilet paper. This is officially the worst possible way that a person can be stabbed short of honing a petrified turd into a dagger.

Offbeat Earth via Corrections One
Final Fantasy swords and now Klingon knives. We never thought imprisoned nerds could be this terrifying.
#5. Spears

The inmates at San Quentin carve blades from the metal frameworks of their beds and then tie them to poles formed of tightly bound magazines to make spears. This seems to suggest that either all of the guards were blinded by the same transformer explosion or there is a serious tiger infestation in the jail that nobody's doing anything about.

#4. A Bomb

One convicted murderer built an incendiary bomb out of batteries, electrical wire and matches, and then mailed it to the judge who sentenced him. The package made it all the way to the judge before it was disarmed, because apparently nobody at any stage of prison administration thought this was suspicious. After all, it might have been cookies.

"Yeah, that seems on the level."
#3. A Bedpost Shotgun

In 1984, two German prisoners made a shotgun out of bedposts with "buckshot" composed of lead flakes and matches. Despite being in a fortress full of people with real, actual guns, they managed to take a guard hostage with it and steal a car to escape.

Marc Steinmetz
#2. Coffee Creamer Flamethrowers

In the past, inmates routinely made flamethrowers (yes, that sentence contained both the word "routinely" and the plural "flamethrowers") out of coffee creamer. They would take a tube of some sort, hold a lighter at one end and blow creamer through it from the other. The granules would pass through the flame and ignite like a Rammstein concert, so most prisons nowadays cruelly force their inmates to drink their coffee black.

Scam School
For everyone not in prison, truck stops just got a lot more interesting.
#1. A Crossbow

One prisoner in solitary confinement in Manitoba, Canada, spent his time in the dark assembling an incredibly intricate crossbow, sort of like if Tony Stark had been imprisoned by Saxons and tasked with building them a fiefdom-leveling catapult. Seriously, check out the list of components -- 10 toothbrushes (they should really just limit inmates to rigorous Scope rinsings), tongs, string, a lighter and darts made out of tinfoil and cotton swabs. It's almost like a ghost dared him to kill his captors using only Piccadilly Cafeteria and the personal hygiene aisle of Rite-Aid.

Can Crime
Behold: The Crapbow.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Real Life Superhero Fight

Recorded live on my iPhone on 11/9/12 at 1:56 AM PST

Phoenix Jones, Midnight Jack, Red Falcon, Bishop and Westlake Drake are on a routine patrol of the University District when they come across a man yelling at a car. The suspect, out side of the car in the orange shirt, starts punching the window of the car scaring the passengers of the vehicle. Phoenix steps in, stops the assault while Red calls 911.

The suspect in orange then changes his target to Phoenix and begins using racial slurs. After 8 minutes of trying to de-escalate the situation the cops arrive (this is a the 2:32 mark of your condensed video). Phoenix Jones tells the officer that he would like to leave and would like a police escort to the team's car. The cop agrees and then the suspect in orange says "F**k you ni**er! I'll bring this to your house!"

At this point Phoenix agrees to mutual combat, the two shake hands and the fight commences. Right before Phoenix knocks out the suspect in orange, the suspect says "You know you don't want none of this". His friends confuse this with him trying to stop the fight and begin another verbal attack on Phoenix.

The police officers move in and tell the suspect's friends that the suspect agreed to fight and in Washington that is legal but if either of them touch Phoenix without consent they will be arrested for assault. With the suspect in orange still unconscious Phoenix and his team continue patrol.


On the way home Phoenix was contacted by 911 who said the original victims the man in orange had assaulted would like to press charges. Phoenix agreed to give them the video of their assault and not to play it for the public until the Seattle police could review it.

**UPDATE** Phoenix Jones wants to remind you that while this video is funny, entertaining, and justified, it is most importantly legal: Seattle Municipal Code 12A.06.025.

"My goal is to keep the people safe and to uphold the law. That is why I called the official authorities to report the crime and then later, under the SPD's supervision, engaged in legal mutual combat. I spend time studying the laws applicable to my nightly activities in addition to the time I spend in the gym training in combat." - PJ

Sunday, November 4, 2012

True Size of Africa

Friday, November 2, 2012

Behind The Scene Photos of Hit Movies

Back to the Future

Leon: The Professional

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The Godfather

Planet of the Apes

Some like it Hot

Gone with the Wind

Star Wars


Silence of the Lambs


The Lord of the Rings

Star Wars 





Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A Clockwork Orange

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


The Birds

Planet of the Apes



A Nightmare on Elm Street

Batman (1966)

Star Wars

Raging Bull

Conan the Barbarian


Star Wars

The Shining

The Goonies

The Dark Knight

Terminator 2

The Matrix

Star Wars



Star Trek

independence Day


Star Wars: Episode 1




Star Wars

The Basketball Diaries


Kill Bill

Kill Bill

Alfred Hitchcock directing MGM Lion

The Dark Knight

Terminator 2

Jurassic Park

Back to the Future


The Godfather

The Shining


Inglorious Bastards

The Departed

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2


Terminator 2

Lord of the Rings



The Dark Knight

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back


Superman IV

Requiem for a Dream



Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Star Wars

Edward Scissorhands

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The Fifth Element

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

 Pulp Fiction

Rocky II

Saving Private Ryan


The Exorcist


The Shining



Night of the Living Dead

The Dark Knight

Child's Play

Pet Sematary


Nightmare on Elm Street

Critters 3

The Omen


The Fly

The Incredible Shrinking Man

The Gate



Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Silence of the Lambs

Lord of the Rings

Lost in Translation

Reservoir Dogs

Raging Bull

Star Wars

The Good Son


Kill Bill

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