How Spongebob predicted meme culture

There’s a reason everyone at my University dorm fought tooth and nail to get Nickelodeon, and by extension Spongebob on our TV. It wasn’t because Spongebob is a window that we look back on a carefree time when we weren’t bogged down by overwhelming existential dread (lol), but because even now it’s genuinely funny, extremely well written, and has some important morals that still ring true today.

Also the video above by Quinton reviews is pretty good.

How to reboot civilisation after an apocalypse 

In this interesting TEDxTalk, science journalist Lewis Dartnell gives a talk on just how we would make sure humanity survives if a large apocalypse were to hit earth. And that’s by preserving knowledge.

I had a conversation with Wayne and some friends about this very same concept and what we would do in this scenario (Assuming that I don’t need shelter from zombies/nuclear fallout .etc). What I said was exactly what is said in this video: I would work to preserve the sum total of human knowledge. I just wish I had the apocalypse Kindle that is in this video to back up my argument.

As for what I would save… that is a tricky question. I’m a man who loves science, so my kneejerk reaction is to save as much science and maths information as possible. But I feel that a lot of our discoveries, while very important, can be done again. We can figure out the planets and their orbits again. We can learn that the Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Calculus can be reinvented.

What I would try and preserve would be things for humanity to survive long enough to rediscover these sciences, like medical textbooks, first aid guides, how to hunt, how to forge metals. I would also try and store as much of human history as I could. I believe that as a species we have done both incredible and horrible things, and that they need to be preserved forever. And of course, a printing press, so that my Kindle is not the only Book of Knowledge to exist.

Fencing visualised 

Wow, wow, bzzzt crash! Suddenly fencing isn’t the quick but slightly boring sport it normally is, this video turns it into an explosion of swirls and colors as the different fencers swing their different variety of swords, the blade followed by a trail of light, each strike dominated by an explosion of cubes. Pretty to look at, especially at 4am.

Drinking coffee like the Gilmore Girls

Gentlemen, I like Brawl: A Super Smash Bros and Hellsing mashup

Behold, a video of the Major’s lengthy and detailed “I like War” speech from the Hellsing series, with the characters and lines replaced with those from the Super Smash Bros series. And the Captain is Pikachu apparently. I’m not sure who Zorin is played by, either Link or Samus. Or both to fit in the greatest amount of playable characters. Anyway it’s a good video. Watch it.

If you liked this, you might also like a view of what Uno would be like as an anime.

The Human Test, by Ze Frank

One of the things I swore I would never do when I restarted this site with Wayne is that I would never link to fifty TED talks in a row. Or even one. Because then it’s a dark and twisting downwards spiral of linking all these different, interesting and funny TED talks THAT YOU JUST NEED TO SEE.

Anyway, I break that rule for this talk. The Human Test by Ze Frank, probably one of my favourites. I loved some of Ze Frank’s other TED talks on the web, and I might link them here because they’re so good. Wait…

My friend actually sent me this one and not me finding it on my own: A video on a test to see what makes a person indeed a human. It’s funny, witty and overall makes you think, on our emotions and feelings. Frank’s presentation of this talk is wonderfully strange and monotone, but glorious all the same.