What Your Free Email Account Is Saying About You

Most of us spend some time agonizing over the part of our email address that comes before the ‘@’. Let’s be honest — you’d view an email from “xxlegolasxx” or “wyldchyld69″ with some suspicion. But what is your email domain saying about you?

It’s a question that Hunch, that hipster decision engine, decided to answer. They asked their 700,000 users over 75 million questions about Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and Hotmail/MSN, and drew up some general conclusions. You can see all the details on their site, but here’s the short version:

  • AOL users are most likely to be overweight women ages 35-64 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious.
  • Gmail users are most likely to be thin young men ages 18-34 who are college-educated and not religious.
  • Hotmail users are most likely to be young women of average build ages 18-34 (and younger) who have a high school diploma and are not religious.
  • Yahoo! users are most likely to be overweight women ages 18-49 who have a high school diploma and are spiritual, but not religious.

Basically what this means is that I have a manly email address. Oh Internet, I learn so much from you.

Team Fortress 2: mo’ hats, mo’ problems

Geisha Medic Boy

Geisha Boy from the TF2 Wiki

In a somewhat sobering parallel to current events (purely incidental, of course), those clever haberdashers at Valve have announced the Shogun accessories pack for Team Fortress 2, with eight new items all in the theme of feudal Japan. Players can obtain the new digs by pre-ordering Total War: Shogun 2 on Steam, finding the items as in-game drops, or purchasing them from the Mann Co. Store.

Sure you can shoot people in the game, but really this move just cements Team Fortress 2′s legacy as the ultimate hat economy simulator. (Are you a victim of the virtual economy? Try this “Definitive TF2 Trading Guide“.)

PS: In all seriousness, please consider donating to the Japan quake/tsunami relief efforts over at the Red Cross.

It’s Complicated

Clearly the Enterprise needs a more robust social media workplace policy!

Movie Review: Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, 1998

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, 1998

There are some movies that are so iconic that it actually does them a disservice. Take The Matrix, for example. It blew away audiences back in 1999 with its “bullet time” camera technology and cyberpunk stylings. A million .. well, let’s call them homages rushed out in the Matrix’s wake and to be honest when I catch these scenes in movies even now I tend to roll my eyes. I’ve seen this! It was great. Done. Next! But oddly enough I find I have the same Matrix-fatigue when I’m actually watching The Matrix. I have to make a concerted effort to remind myself that no, this isn’t a knock off, it’s the original and it was pretty dang groundbreaking in its day.

I mention all this because while it’s not quite as revolutionary as The Matrix, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels has often been imitated since its release in 1998, not the least by director Guy Ritchie himself. It is a great, great movie, but when watching it again over the weekend I found myself having to keep in mind that Lock reimagined the British crime caper and not the other way around. The huge cast of characters, twisty plotlines, and violence set to rockin’ beats has been often duplicated since Lock came out, but in my opinion it has yet to be bettered. 

The entire cast is stellar. It’s hard to stand out in such a huge array of characters, but almost everyone with a speaking line seemed to have a twinkle in their eye and a story in their back pocket, even if we never got to see it. The plot is convoluted without being irritating, and all the crime and death is done with a light enough tone that the viewer can sort of float right over it. It’s just business — don’t think about it too much, luv. 

The movie is sort of diminished by imitators now, but it’s worth remembering that in its day Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels was a breath of fresh air and is still a slammin’ good time.

Quick, before the coppers get here I give this movie

What’s In The DA2 DLCs? »

Further to our rant about the Dragon Age 2 DLCs earlier this week, IGN just posted a review of both new “expansion” packs and found them to be wanting. Huh, the DLCs seemed light on content? Well color me surpri– oh, no wait, that’s exactly as I expected. Thpppppbbbbbbbbpt.

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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Canvas

"painting" by Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade makes art with paint, but her canvas is not cloth or plaster… it’s the human body. Her work may look like an impressionist-flavored flat oil painting, but there are real people in each one. Don’t believe us? Just look at their eyes. It’s rather mind-boggling and just a smidge creepy.

(Spotted on Bored Panda)

The food factor should always be massive: four Bloody Marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon, or corned beef hash with diced chiles, a Spanish omelette or eggs Benedict, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of Key lime pie, two margaritas, and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert…

Hunter S. Thompson on breakfast

Music for Mining and Crying

Are Minecraft devotees smarter than the rest of us, or does the game just inspire people to bring out their brightest gameplay? This is another stunning example, with a fellow creating what is essentially a giant 8-bit jukebox. Lay out a few songs, let the player ride a minecart past whichever they want to play, and you’ve got the first Minecraft iPod!

There’s something very appealing about seeing this mechanical engineering stuff laid out in giant, physical terms and sprinkled with confused pigs.

While we’re here, let’s talk about Lux Æterna (the song in this video) for a moment. This song was written my the awesome Clint Mansell and used during the last few minutes of Requiem for a Dream — possibly the most soul-crushing conclusion of any movie anywhere ever. I’m not even exaggerating! Look, people don’t even like to know that other people are watching it. It’s powerful, powerful stuff.

Lux Æterna is an amazing piece of music in its own right, though, so companies keep trying to use it for ads and movie trailers, and for anyone who has seen Requiem for a Dream it just doesn’t work. Like, the advertiser thinks the music will move me into wanting a new family sedan when in fact I’m just thinking about Jennifer Connelly double-dongin’ and crying on the inside.

So, um, unless you’re the Betty Ford Clinic or possibly a sex toy store you might want to lay off the Lux Æterna.

Anatomy of Movie Credits

I was kind of non-plussed when I first saw the title of this article:
The 10 Greatest Movie Title Sequences by Saul Bass
. The what of the who? (I know, I know. Philistine.)

As I was going through the list, though, I was stunned at just how familiar most of these titles are, and how much Bass’ art style has influenced subsequent works. This Anatomy of a Murder title in particular has been mimicked over and over, and I’ve never even seen the original movie!

Anyway this is a really neat bit of graphic design history, so grab that “second wind” cup of coffee this afternoon and enjoy.

(PS: The site is HORRIBLE without an ad blocker. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

“I will be the new student, Mary Sue!”

You have seven days to bid on this auction for a trip to the set and a walk-on role in season 3 of Community, a.k.a. the best sitcom currently on television.

BRB, freaking out and selling off all my earthly possessions.

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