Procrastinaut: Ten things to waste your time with this weekend

Rob Walker, Yahoo News
Yahoo News

What did Senator Ted Cruz achieve this week? He reminded us of Jesse Jackson’s supreme reading of Green Eggs and Ham. That’s not nothing. But let’s move on to another cheerful cavalcade of distraction from the Procrastinaut Tumblr — where @gilbertjasono, @danielwbean, and I gather the very best divisionary wonders and amusements (follow the Tumblr here) all week long, plus a few bonus items. Enjoy.

1. Level-Headed

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A chicken keeps its head still. Via io9.


Okay I’m not just recommending this now, I’m demanding that you watch it if you haven’t yet: Here is the best demonstration of a chicken’s ability to keep its head stable you are likely to see. Via io9.

2. Bad Locations

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Garduno's, Jane and Jesse's apartment and more locations from the show Breaking Bad. Click map for more.

Garduno's, Jane and Jesse's apartment and more locations from the show Breaking Bad. Click map for more.


Breaking Bad freaks: While you wait for the finale, explore this Google Map of real-life locations from the show. Via Underwire.

3. Slow Down


What can be done with the slo-mo feature on the new iPhone 5S? Yahoo Tech reveals the answer: Slow-motion animal videos. (I’m partial to the goat. Of course.)

4. Distorting The Facts

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From the Tumblr Glitch News.

From the Tumblr Glitch News.

Favorite new (to me) Tumblr of the week: Glitch News, collecting current events imagery gone technically awry. SRS Future.

5. Musical Tropes

In a brilliant video combining the supercut form with the musical remix, Duncan Robson converted the sounds of stereotypical machine malfunctions from TV and movies into accompaniment for music by Joel Robson: “ Percussive Maintenance.”

6. Animated Discussion

PBS Digital Studios has a very cool series online that I just learned about: Blank on Blank takes existing audio interviews with everyone from Wilt Chamberlain to Janis Joplin to David Foster Wallace, and animates them. Here are the Beastie Boys talking about “being stupid,” with art by Patrick Smith.

7. Big Data

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A comprehensive map of every Bigfoot sighting in the past 92 years.

A comprehensive map of every Bigfoot sighting in the past 92 years.

Finally! A comprehensive map of Bigfoot sightings, based on 92 years of data: 'Squatch Watch. Via Coudal

8. Magic Box

Box,” by Bot & Dolly, documents a delightfully trippy “projection mapping” performance that inserts lovely digital effects into physical space. From Creators Project.

9. Beyond the Pale

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A tanning bed that looks like a coffin.

A Tanning Bed That Looks Like A Coffin joins our collection of Things That Look Like Other Things. Via Neatorama

10. Show Me The Money

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Catwoman, on a coin.

Catwoman, on a coin.

And in conclusion: Andre Levy revises the portraits of statespeople on coins to resemble “superheroes, cartoon characters, pop portraits, and, somewhat unexpectedly, Karl Lagerfeld.” Via HiLobrow

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