This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, the future history of the war between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is recounted, a spectacular motion timelapse will make you want a vacation, some bad taxidermy is revealed, real-life goes head to head with the Internetz, we all discover how much money Twitter owes us, we find out What Would I Say?, we watch the strangest Wrecking Ball cover of all time, we learn some Victorian slang terms, and we count the number of f***s there are on Twitter.
PS4 Vs. Xbox One… A History
If you ignore the Wii U, and to be honest, most people have done just that, then the next-gen console war is just beginning, with both the PS4 and Xbox One being released in November. No one quite knows how this battle between Sony and Microsoft is going to go, but that hasn’t stopped BuzzFeed posting dispatches from the coming console war, which it imagines will rage from 2013 to 2020.
Motion Timelapse Vacation
Matthew Vandeputte is a photographer and film editor who often combines these two skills to create motion timelapse movies. These are effectively thousands of still photos spliced together to create a video. Vandeputte, also known as Tjoez, has excelled himself with his latest creation, which uses thousands of images shot over the course of a year. Amazingly it all fits perfectly with the song laid over the top too.
Taxidermy is a rather bizarre practice that I won’t claim to understand. For the uninitiated it involves taking the dead body of an animal and preserving it in a particular pose. Unfortunately this doesn’t always go according to plan, and some animals end up looking rather different than they did when they were scampering about full of the joys of Spring. Bad Taxidermy (as discovered on Death & Taxes) showcases “the absolute worst of the taxidermic art.”
Real Life Vs. The Internetz
Those of us who spend a lot of time on the Internet invariably like to think it’s just like real life. In fact, we may feel there’s no real separation between the two. But we’re wrong. Very wrong. This video provides empirical proof of the differences between the two, demonstrating how behavior accepted online is likely to get you in trouble in the real world.
Twitter Owes You
Twitter recently floated on the stock exchange and is worth a cool $25 billion or thereabouts. This means that a very few fat cats are living the high life thanks to your tweets. And you surely want to see some of that cold, hard cash. Don’t lie, of course you do. So just how much does Twitter owe you? Time did the math and created a calculator for us all to find our true social networking value. @makeuseof is apparently owed $36,000, while little ol’ me @davepee is owed $44. Party time!
What Would I Say?
Not all websites take years to build. Some just take a good idea, the combined brain power of seven Princeton graduate students, and a weekend spent removing the bugs. That’s the story of What Would I Say? in a nutshell; What Would I Say? being the automatic status update-maker which uses your past status updates to create a brand new one. If you’re willing to open your Facebook wall up to the app then it can be lots of fun. At least for five minutes.
The Strangest Wrecking Ball Ever
The Miley Cyrus song, Wrecking Ball, was made for parody, especially with the video showing her cavorting half naked on an actual wrecking ball. But this has to be the strangest Wrecking Ball parody you’re ever likely to see. It’s basically a British guy singing about food, with his own modified lyrics matching Cyrus’ lip movements perfectly. This is definitely weird, but is it wonderful as well? I’ll have to watch it a few more times to make my mind up.
Victorian Slang Makes A Comeback
Languages are forever evolving, with new words being invented all of the time, and old words slowly being dropped as their usefulness is called into question. Teenagers today may think they’re responsible for all of the slang that exists in English, but it turns out slang terms have been a thing for centuries. Mental Floss presents 56 delightful Victorian slang terms you should be using. My favorites have to be “Mutton Shunter” and “Bags O’ Mystery.”
People swear. A lot. Even on social networking sites where anyone and everyone can see their use of foul language. fBomb.co is the work of software developer Martin Gingras, who, after discussing with colleagues “how people misuse and abuse the english language,” and in particular, “how swearing can completely undermine one’s argument,” decided to map where and when people say the F word. Not in real life, of course, but on Twitter. And the app provides literally minutes of good, ol’ fashioned f***ing entertainment.