What You’re Saying with Your Choice of Drink

What does your choice of drink say about you? According to CollegeHumor, a choice of drink can say a whole lot, and can completely change another person’s perception of you. One particular drink will make you look chilled, another desperate, and another like a sissy girl. In a new post, the comedy site comically guides us through the different social stigmas attached to a whole fridge-ful of different alcoholic beverages, and some non-alcoholic ones too – so, dear reader, what does your choice of drink say about you? [Read more...]

The Film Map: Over 900 Movies in One Location

This is a must-have item for any die-hard movie buff with an empty space on their bedroom wall. UK-based design studio Dorothy has created the Film Map, a map featuring over 900 movie titles as the names of roads, buildings, ponds and parks. This stunning and inventive piece comes after Dorothy’s Song Map, another cultural map which was much the same but with song titles replacing film titles.

“A street map made up of over 900 film titles including cinema classics such as Lost Highway, On the Waterfront, Jurassic Park, Reservoir Dogs, Carlito’s Way, Nightmare on Elm Street, Valley of the Dolls and Chinatown,” says the official Dorothy site. “The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There’s an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.”

Check out images of the Film Map below, and maybe even buy one over on the official Dorothy site, where it’s selling for a measly £25 plus p&p (around $50 for US readers). Also, if you ever find the magical location displayed in the map, make sure you steer clear of Jurassic Park – things may get a little messy there. [Read more...]

Top 10 Most Novel Ways To Hide Beer at the Beach

So, you’re all set to go to the beach, but you want to drink beer while you’re there.  Who hasn’t faced this dilemma at some point in their life? Some people (like those who live in Miami) face this dilemma nearly every day in the summer.  Thanks to Virgin Mobile, we’ve uncovered some of the zaniest ways people have hidden their beer at the beach:

beer hiding

Super Size it!

Go mobile, baby!

wrapping beer

Wrap it up. Works everytime! Mmm..beer. I mean, Arizona Tea!

See more creative ways to hide beer at the beach at the Virgin Mobile Live blog.

Video Game Music: The Best Tracks from the Mega Drive Sonic Games

The Sega Mega Drive (or, as it was known in America due to Sega being unable to secure the appropriate legal rights, the Genesis) was first released in Japan in 1988, it reaching the US in 1989 and Europe, Australia and other PAL regions by 1990. The Mega Drive initially competed against the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), its 16-bit hardware giving it a noticeable advantage over the older 8-bit console. In short, this hardware superiority meant that the Mega Drive was able to produce graphics and sound of a far higher quality than the NES.

While I did still enjoy playing on my friend’s NES, in my house we had a Mega Drive, and perhaps one of the most memorable parts about growing up with it was the games’ music. I think it’s fair to say that I played the Sonic the Hedgehog games far more than any others, and while you can say what you want about the blue hedgehog’s modern output, few can dispute the excellence of the music found in the Mega Drive games. As such, here are a few of my favourite tracks from the early parts Sonic series; try and break my nostalgia goggles at your own peril. [Read more...]

Thank God: The Magic Tray

Clumsy tray-carriers of the world, rejoice! The Magic Tray is here to solve all our tray-carrying problems. No longer will we embarrass ourselves when we lose our balance and spill a glass of red wine onto our grandmothers’ white living room carpet. No longer will we stumble and send that precious china plate hurtling down towards the hard linoleum floor, where it smashes into a million unglueable pieces. And no longer will we lose our new girlfriends by tripping on our untied shoelaces and spilling the entire contents of a plate of freshly cooked lasagna down their newly bought blouse. Lucy? Where are you, Lucy? I said I was sorry!

Actually, The Magic Tray is not really here, it’s currently only a prototype. But it’s a great idea, I think you’ll agree. Designed by Ryan Jongwoo Choi, a watchful observer of tray-carrying calamities, its “magic” comes from a magnet that fills the inside of the tray. This attracts the magnets embedded on the bottoms of a collection of cups, mugs, plates and bowls that would presumably come with the tray. When the tray is lifted, the magnetic attraction is activated, and the dishes are stable even when the tray is tilted. When the tray is set down, the magnetic attraction is broken, and the dishes can easily be lifted off. [Read more...]