Thursday, December 06, 2007

News of the Day

+ If you've ever wondered what R2D2 would sound like reciting the works of Shakespeare, now's your chance to find out, thanks to this R2D2 translator. (Spoiler alert: R2D2 reciting Shakespeare sounds a lot R2D2 reciting anything...but with a British accent. Totally classy.) [Found via Kristallin at Livejournal's We Love Geeks.]

+ From Wired, this is my favorite news story of the year:

Boy Survives Moose Attack Thanks To World Of Warcraft
By Earnest Cavalli
Hans Jørgen Olsen, a 12-year-old Norwegian boy, recently survived a moose attack by feigning death, "just like you learn at level 30 in World of Warcraft."

In WoW, "feign death" is a skill acquired by hunters at level 30 that allows them to take a page from the possum playbook, collapse to the ground, and convince their enemies -- who lose all ingrained animosity in the process -- that they've died.

According to Norwegian site Nettavisen , Hans and his sister apparently enraged one of the local moose (mooses? meese?) during a walk in the forest near their home. After shouting at the gigantic creature to ward it away from his sister, Olsen dropped to the ground, and presumably his lifebar plummeted to zero.

Moose have never been known as the wisest creature in the forest, and the boy's show of necrosis seems to have worked, as both he and his sister survived intact.

It's easy to decry video games as a menace to society but in a world where MMOs save adorable, tow-headed Norwegian children from a deadly moose, can they really be that bad?

+ This dude's created 56 geek posters showcasing all the different geek species. Sadly, he depict mostly guys -- except for the Scrapbrook Geek, which somehow seems slightly insulting. It's a pretty cool selection. I'm definitely this type, but with a better figure:

+ And finally, here's my moment of Zen: Puss N'Boots playing with a dangly ball on his stocking cap, courtesy of the "Shrek the Halls" Christmas special. Watch until the end for his last remark, which pretty much sums up my entire life:


Aubin said...

Which leads to one of the best moose references of all time:

A Møøse once bit my sister ...

No realli! She was Karving her initials on the møøse with the sharpened end of an interspace tøøthbrush given her by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and star of many Norwegian møvies: "The Høt Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge Mølars of Horst Nordfink".

Liz said...

The moose is an intrinsically amusing animal.

That Python bit is one of my absolute favorite Grail moments.