Shonen Knife crowdsource cats for new video

Shonen Knife in a record store showing devil horns

Japanese pop punk legends and Kurt Cobain favourites Shonen Knife are making a video for new album Overdrive, and need your help. Well, not your help exactly – they’re after your cat.  Read more…

This Jehovah’s Witness wants you to stop masturbating … R. Kelly has other ideas

Nope, this isn’t a young Ed Miliband throwing shapes. It’s a deaf Jehovah’s Witness using American Sign Language (ASL) to warn you that wanking makes the baby Jesus cry. But add R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix, and you have internet gold. Read more…

BABYMETAL’s Give Me Choco!! is a work of insane genius

Thrash metal guitars, a J-pop kawaii (“cute”) aesthetic, techno samples, synchronised idol-pop dance routines, gothic Harajuku outfits and melodic choruses… and it’s a song about chocolate. Read more…

Rebump makes email, your entire existence, worse

y u no answer me?

A spammer’s delight – if you don’t reply to someone’s email, Rebump automatically sends followup emails until a response is received.  Read more…

Throwback Thursday: The 1980s shoebox cassette player

Portable cassette player, 1980s

Behold! This mighty titan of technology, which once upon a time did furnish my tiny lug-holes with The Greatest Hits of 1985 and Michael Jackson and endless repeats of the Ghostbusters theme…

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Throwback Thursday: The Greatest Hits of 1985 – My first album

The Greatest Hits Of 1985 (Telstar)

If Telstar had stuck to what they knew, they might still be around today. The Now! compilation franchise have been doing the same thing for 30 years.  Read more…

The Oatmeal draws from @toptweets

The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal started following, then drawing tweets from @toptweets, a Twitter engine and account that posts “algorithmically” the most popular items on Twitter.

“Top Tweets is a new algorithm we developed that finds tweets that are catching the attention of other users,” says Twitter’s Abdur Chowdhury.

“The algorithm looks at all kinds of interactions with tweets including retweets, favorites, and more to identify the tweets with the highest velocity beyond expectations. [It's] intended to highlight Tweets from all users and doesn’t favor those with large follower counts.

The algorithm is unknown, and has existed for between two and three years. While it initially seemed to concentrate on celebrities, it now has results from all over twitter.  Read more…