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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Citing ’90s hip-hop and R&B as influences, and sampling material from Debussy and even Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite (heard in “Tropic of Cancer”), Panda Bear’s new album is all about rhythmic swings……

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Watch this bush burn for 11 hours in bizarre Exodus film promotion

Ridley Scott’s elegiac Exodus: Gods and Kings has a new promotional video of sorts: an 11-hour-long performance starring the iconic burning bush, a sweeping orchestral score, and endlessly scrolling text extracted from the Bible. That is the entirety of it. At no point does any semblance of action surface from this dull but aurally impressive sequence. We aren’t even accorded the luxury of hearing the foliage narrate the passages. It’s unclear as to what 20th Century Fox was hoping to accomplish with this video, but it does at least make for some easy listening.

Scott’s modern-day $ 140 million interpretation of the titular exodus stars big names like Christian Bale and Sigourney Weaver. Although ostensibly based on the Israelites’…

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Verizon has shuttered Sugarstring, its bizarre tech news experiment

In case you’d been wondering what happened to Sugarstring, Verizon’s recent foray into the world of tech journalism, wonder no more: it’s dead. Verizon has decided to shutter it after just over a month of its existence. Going to Sugarstring.com or any of its published stories will lead you nowhere. In a statement to DSL Reports, Verizon referred to the project as a test, and did not go into detail about what led to its demise. “As you know, we’ve always said this was a pilot project; and as with any pilot project, we evaluate, take our learnings, improve our execution and move forward,” a spokesperson said. “That’s what we’ve decided to do here.”

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Clay Project Swimwear by John Yuyi: The emerging Taiwanese designer makes her debut with a bizarre, dreamy line of one-pieces

Clay Project Swimwear by John Yuyi

To succinctly describe John Yuyi is like trying to pin down the finite details of a colorful dream you just woke from before it vanishes from memory. This is especially true because the young Taipei-born fashion designer/art director is just beginning……

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Los Grumildos: Self-Moving Sex Puppets by Ety Fefer: A bizarre yet charming NSFW exhibition of explicit automatons

Los Grumildos: Self-Moving Sex Puppets by Ety Fefer


Down a dark set of stairs, just off the NYC Museum of Sex’s main lobby, a new temporary exhibition from Peruvian artist and puppet-maker Ety Fefer transports guests into otherworldliness. “); return…

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This bizarre detective game is the best reason to plug in your Kinect

Microsoft’s vision of a Kinect-powered future never came true. Despite the technological improvements with the Xbox One version, games like Kinect Sports Rivals have proven to be mostly clunky and annoying, while using your voice to browse Netflix is simply a great way to hear yourself repeat “Xbox play” over and over again. It just doesn’t work as well as it needs to, which is why you can now buy a cheaper Xbox One sans Kinect. But for those of you who have unplugged the camera, there’s finally a good reason to hook it back up again: D4, a surreal new detective adventure that’s like a David Lynch game you can talk to.

D4 — which stands for “Dark Dreams Don’t Die” — is the latest game from director Hidetaka Suehiro. Better known as…

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Surreal animation charts a bizarre journey through the cosmos

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Siri won’t let Beats into Dr. Dre’s party in bizarre new ad

Beats officially became part of Apple today, and the companies are celebrating with a strange new ad in which no one gets to celebrate at all. In the 30-second spot posted to Twitter, Siri overhears two Beats spokes-speakers happily discussing the news about their new corporate owners. Siri’s disembodied voice lets them know that Beats founder Dr. Dre is hosting a party tonight, leading to much rejoicing. “I gotta go get my hair and nails done,” shouts the lady Pill, who is named Tina and has a Twitter account. The man Pill asks for directions, but Siri shoots him down. “Sorry, Mikey and Tina,” Siri says, not sounding sorry at all. “Dre’s party is invitation only.” The Pills get sad. They’re out of luck. Fade to logos!

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The first trailer for Kevin Smith’s horror film ‘Tusk’ is here and it’s bizarre

Kevin Smith promised to unveil the first trailer for his latest horror film Tusk at San Diego Comic-Con, and he delivered this evening. And it’s much weirder than even we expected. Starring Justin Long as a podcaster visiting Canada for a new story, Long’s journey takes a turn when he meets an old man who… winds up surgically turning him into a walrus. It’s as bizarre as all that sounds, and Smith looks like he’s blending body horror with a really strange sense of humor in this movie. We’ll just have to see what comes of it when it hits theaters on September 19th.


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These 9 Bizarre Stories Will Make You Rethink Getting Google Glass

Google Glass was one of the first pieces of wearable technology to break into the mainstream. When it was announced, it was not only the tech world that was awed, but the general public as well. Now we are seeing Glass being used in cases that weren’t envisioned when it was just released. The bad news is, there were also some bizarre, unforeseen consequence of the tech as well.

From physical and verbal assaults, a shower selfie and even an interrogation session courtesy of the Department of Homeland security, Glass users are getting into all sorts of dangerous, weird and/or strange situations due to the wearable. Check out some of the more bizarre cases unsuspecting Google Glass readers found themselves in.

1. Attacked At Bar

Probably one of the most infamous incidents relating to Google Glass was the one where Sarah Slocum, was asked to remove her Glass while in a San Francisco Bar. The other patrons there had repeatedly told her to remove the wearable device, as they did not want to be recorded with the device. Eventually, one of the patrons took matters into their own hands and grabbed the Glass off her face. Though she managed to get that back, her purse and cellphone were stolen during this incident.

2. Assaulted In A Grab-And-Run

As Business Insider writer Kyle Russell was heading home after covering a protest against a Google employee, a man went up to him and grabbed his Glass. While in pursuit, the thief smashed the Glass on to the ground, destroying them. The incident may or may not be related to the protest but after Russell tweeted about it, a barrage of anti-glass and anti-Google replies came in, saying that he deserved it. Guess people didn’t like the idea of camera-weilding glasses.

Kyle Russell Glass
(Image Source: Business Insider)

3. Received Ticket For Driving With Glass

A Californian woman by the name of Cecilia Abadie received a ticket for wearing Glass while driving. She was charged for wearing the device as it was deemed to be a form of distraction from her driving. The good news is that the ticket was ultimately dismissed, as there wasn’t enough evidence to prove if the device was used or even turned on when she committed "the crime".

Glass Police Ticket
(Image Source: +CeciliaAbadie)

4. Glass Users Retaliate With Bad Reviews

Katy Kasmai, was asked to remove her Glass while in a New York restaurant, as some of the other patrons felt uncomfortable at the idea of potentially being recorded. She refused and left, posting about the incident on her Google+ page. The post received a lot of attention from other Glass users, some of which pummeled the establishment with bad reviews related to that one incident. Kasmai however felt that she owed the restaurant an apology for how things turned out, and offered to teach the restaurant how Google Glass works.

Glasshole Restaurant Review
(Image Source: Ev Grieve)

5. Cinema-Goer Interrogated By Feds

A Glass-wearing AMC cinema patron was escorted out and interrogated by agents from the Department of Homeland Security for 3 hours, as they suspected that he was secretly recording the movie for piracy purposes. The Glass user was cooperative during the interrogation, explaining that it was turned off, and that he needed them to see (the Glass he was wearing was the prescription version). The man was released, and as compensation was given 4 free tickets for his troubles.

6. Artist Kick Glass Users Off WiFi

After reading about a complaint from an NYU student who was afraid that art performances could be recorded with Google Glass, Berlin-based artist Julian Oliver created a program called Glasshole.sh. It will allow a WiFi hotspot to detect any Glasses that are connected to the network and boot them out. Of course, this won’t stop them from using their own wireless connection but at the very least, it makes it just a tad bit more difficult for Glass users who don’t get the "You Are Not Welcome Here" atmosphere in the room.

7. "Have Glass, Will Shower"

Tech evangelist Robert Scoble is a big fan of Google Glass (although he thinks it is doomed to fail in 2014 because of the price) and swore that he would never take them off. Well you better believe him, because he took a shower with his Glass on, then proceeded to share the picture on his Google+ page. The picture is now infamous. Even Larry Page, the CEO of Google knew about it, and had joked with Scoble saying that he “really didn’t appreciate the shower photo.”

Scoble Shower Glass
(Image Source: +Scobleizer)

8. Glass Banned Before Arrival

Google recently opened up its Explorer program to the general public. The project is still considered in its testing phase and opening up the program is still not considered a consumer release. Yet that didn’t stop some business owners to preemptively ban Google Glass from their premises, fearing the camera could be used to discreetly record video. The ban is in effect in small restaurants and even in large cinema chains, all in the name of protecting privacy and preventing movie piracy.

9. Assaulted For Using Wearable Tech

Perhaps the problem isn’t Google Glass, perhaps it stems all the way back to wearable tech itself. Steve Mann, inventor of EyeTap, a precursor to Google Glass, is widely considered to be the father of wearable computing. While at a McDonald’s in Paris, he was assaulted by a man who tried to yank EyeTap off him. The problem was the device were attached to his skull. Despite efforts to explain how the device work, Mann was forcibly removed from the restaurant and his EyeTap damaged during the ordeal.

EyeTap Assult
(Image Source: Steve Mann’s Blog)

Conclusion

These are just some of the bizarre situations that Glass users find themselves in, through no fault of their own, apart from wearing the device. The risk of being assaulted for having the device on them is real and present, and Google Glass users can no longer expect to wear Glass and not attract attention or animosity wherever they go.

Google has even come up with their own Do’s and Dont’s for Glass Explorers, which include tips like Asking for Permission to use Glass in public and premises, and to treat Google Glass like they would a cellphone camera. With the amount of attention Glass is getting, we’d probably be seeing more bizarre stories appear in the future.





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