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YES. If you don’t remember the crazy bananas movie that was Kung Fury, go and watch the trailer again. You’ll see a completely over the top preview that includes Kung Fu, dinosaurs, DeLoreans, time travel, killing Hitler, Vikings and more. It was glorious. Now the entire movie is online for free to watch on YouTube.
It is totally cheesy and it is totally silly and it is weird but it is all in that in all the right ways. Here’s what we said after watching the trailer:
Kung Fury is an over-the-top (you couldn’t tell?) action comedy movie directed by David Sandberg. It nails the balance between ridiculousness, self-awareness, awesomeness and every other -ness adjective ever.
And here’s a bit about the movie, that finished its funding through Kickstarter:
During an unfortunate series of events a friend of Kung Fury is assassinated by the most dangerous kung fu master criminal of all time; Adolf Hitler, a.k.a Kung Führer. Kung Fury decides to travel back in time, to Nazi Germany, in order to kill Hitler and end the Nazi empire once and for all. Kung Fury is a visually spectacular action comedy that has it’s foundation in 80s cop movies.
Watching this is a great way to spend a Friday evening, if you ask me.
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The numbers are truly saddening and absolutely staggering. If you have time on your hands, sit through this illuminating data visualization video that details how many lives were cut short from World War II. It’s a lot. It’s not all bad though, Neil Hailoran, the maker of the video, shows how we’ve grown since then.
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Ohio State University is taking steps that could lead to reining in pay for top-level employees.
Officials caution that the process is early and will take time, with the early components potentially changing before the board of trustees give final approval. But the school, whose compensation for administrators under former President Gordon Gee drew criticism, has formed a new committee to look at executive compensation. The Talent and Compensation Ad Hoc Committee’s goal is to formally outline "the…
When we look at the history of new technologies, we tend to think of only our most recent past. But more than a thousand years ago, blacksmiths succeeded in making a set of ultra-strong swords — that are tricky to re-create even today.
After reading about the technology behind the legendary swords of Damascus, Kinja-user Formless-One reminded us of another set of famous, very old swords — swords that were also a technological marvel of the time:
Consider this: making Damascus is not the only lost art of ancient weapon smiths. The Vikings also had swords made of crucible steel, known as Ulfberts (because that was the name stamped onto all of them, in accordance with Nordic tradition). This was before the 10’th century. Crucible steel wouldn’t be seen again until basically the dawn of the industrial revolution. This is big, because crucible steel is springier and tougher all around than Damascus and anything else from the time— Ulfberts were, materially speaking, the best swords ever made up until that point. Were they as sharp as Damascus? Probably not, but there is a limit to how sharp a sword really needs to be once you realize that they aren’t knives. Swords have a biomechanical advantage over knives because of their length— you can accelerate the tip of the weapon so fast and effortlessly that if they hit unarmored or lightly armored flesh, you can count on it cutting whether it is made of bronze, crucible steel, or Damascus. Thus, the advantage of crucible steel and other stiff-yet-springy steels that came around in the Renaissance period gave them durability and strength that you really want in a weapon. Those weapons were made to compete in an arms vs armor race where stabbing was often how you attacked a man in plate, that didn’t really happen in the middle east where Damascus comes from. In context, the weapons that came out of Europe were perfect for European warfare. The weapons made in India and the middle east were perfect for Indian and middle eastern warfare. And the two styles of warfare rarely came into contact during that time, except to some degree in Eastern Europe where there was contact with the Ottoman Turks.
A recent NOVA documentary featured swordsmiths from today attempting to re-create the Ulberfht swords, using modern techniques — a feat they did manage, but not without plenty of trouble along the way.
Image: Ulfberht sword, 850–900, From the Met’s Collection Lent by Laird and Kathleen Landmann, 2006
baegucb sends a followup to the news from March that professional internet trolls were operating by the hundreds at factories in Russia. A woman hired to be one of these trolls, Lyudmila Savchuk, spoke to the media about her job, which led to her being fired. She’s now suing her former employer and providing further details about how they operate. "The ‘troll factory’ operates based on very weird schemes, but all those firms are connected to each other, even though they are separate legal entities," she said. "I knew it was something bad, but of course I never suspected that it was this horrible and this large-scale." She describes how they flooded comment sections with pro-Putin responses, pushed out over 100 blog posts each shift, and doctored images to suit their employers’ needs. Savchuk is now gathering activists to oppose this form of internet propaganda.
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Many of us firmly believe McDonald’s french fries are the best french fries. You don’t have to head to the fast food joint for a nearly identical version you can make at home.
PopSugar takes the ingredients and process McDonald’s uses to reverse engineer their fries. Like Serious Eats’ copycat recipe, which we’ve salivated over before, PopSugar’s take uses peanut oil instead of the mix of oils McDonald’s uses (but omits the vinegar in Serious Eats’ version). This version also adds corn syrup in place of McDonald’s use of dextrose, to help the fries caramelize, and adds beef fat to replicate McDonald’s beefy flavor bath. As with making extra extra crispy fried chicken, you’ll give the potatoes a second fry for super crispiness.
Check out the very enthusiastic video above for the whole process or the link below for the text version. Or head here for more McDonald’s copycat recipes and tips.
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