If Real Life Was Like a 1st Person Shooter

If you were attacked by some bad guys as you were walking home, wouldn’t it be sweet to be able to call a time-out so that you can choose your weapon and load it? Bullet time, evasive rolls and enemy grabs are easy in this world.

Biodegradable Cigarette Filters Contain Plant Seeds

I’m all about doing what I can to save our planet which is why I’m so excited to hear about Greenbutts, who have created an all-natural, 100% biodegradable cigarette filter. Every filter also contains sproutable plant seeds, which will grow when placed under a small amount of soil. By the way, the picture above is only a demonstration of the technology, not what what the filter actually looks like.

If you’re worried about your cigarette tasting different, Greenbutts claims that the filter will not change the taste at all. In fact, they say that you’ll be able to taste the tobacco even better because you won’t be able to taste their filter at all, while on normal cigarettes the filters often leave an undesirable after-taste.

Smokers don’t often think about the pollution they are causing when they toss their cigarette butts into the street when they’re done, but it’s estimated that 4.5 trillion butts become litter every year. One of the most disgusting things I see occasionally is when I’m in a parking lot and I see that someone has dumped their entire ashtray next to their car. If they had Greenbutts I probably wouldn’t feel so bad about it.

I really hope some of the big tobacco companies pick this up. Small steps like this could have a huge impact on protecting the Earth.

An Amazing Short Film From Mark Osborne

This film isn’t new, but it was just brought to my attention again today after several years. Mark Osborne released the short film “More” in 1998 which was nominated for an Academy Award the same year.

In 6 minutes, “More” tells a very powerful story. The synopsis from the official website goes like this:

The Academy-Award nominated animated short-film tells the story of a lonely inventor, whose colorless existence is brightened only by dreams of the carefree bliss of his youth. By day, he is trapped in a dehumanizing job in a joyless world. But by night, he tinkers away on a visionary invention, desperate to translate his inspiration into something meaningful. When his invention is complete, it will change the way people see the world. But he will find that success comes at a high price, as it changes himself, as well.

Kinda reminds me of a Tool video 🙂

Awesome Alien vs. Predator Fan Film Cost Only $500 to Make

Over the last two years, Alex Popov spent his spare time putting together an Alien vs. Predator fan film titled AVP: Redemption. The effects aren’t the greatest ever seen, but you can’t complain when Popov spent only $500 total during the duration of making the short movie. He did all of the filming, directing, Editing, VFX compositing and sound design. I really dig the camera angles too.

I think this story is much more entertaining than the previous Hollywood adaptations. If you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, sit back with a snack and check this out.

AVP Redemption from Alex Popov on Vimeo.

Use Google Advertising To Land a Job

If you’re having problems landing a job, why not try something creative like bidding on the names of the company heads of the businesses you’re applying to. Lot’s of people like to Google their own names and if you put up a creative ad telling them to hire you, you’re very likely to get their attention and an interview.

Check out the video below where Alec Brownstein placed ads for the names of creative directors at several NYC companies. He was actually offered a job from two of the companies he targeted and it cost him only $6.

Chess is a Brutal Bloody War

I used to play Chess regularly a few years ago; maybe one or two games a day. These days, I still like to play a game every so often, but I just don’t have much time for it anymore. I just might get back into the habit after the release of Ultimate Chess though because this version of Chess has an interesting twist that keeps me wanting to play more.

The game starts out normal enough. When I first started I was thinking “This sucks. Why is this called Ultimate Chess?” The character voices are kinda funny, but I continued on to see if there was anything else special about it, then all of sudden…

Bam! My pawn was brutally slaughtered!

Such is war I guess.

Each time one of your pieces are taken or you take the opponents piece, you’ll be greeted with a new and very bloody cut-scene. There are a total of 50 executions in all and you can keep track of which ones you’ve seen by viewing the “Execution” screen from the main menu.

Gotta collect them all!!!

C It First Offers Free Video Classifieds

CIT-First (See It First) is a new free video classifieds website where users create videos of the products or services they hope to sell and users can watch them to decide if they want to follow up.

I came across this site shortly after thinking about how Craigslist should do something like this. I might be selling my Mustang soon and I was thinking how much more info I’d be able to provide if I could post a video instead of only 4 photos.

CIT First is a great idea that will probably be adopted in many other classified websites in the future, but to be honest I don’t see this working for them, at least not how the site is set up now. I already see lots of spammy videos uploaded and showing on the home page and they don’t even have city/local category pages. I don’t have time to search through all of these listings trying to figure out if someone is selling something near me. With a little time, I’m sure this site can do great things.

For now, the best way to use this is to upload your video to CIT First and then post the link to your Craigslist or Ebay Classified postings. Or you can alternatively use YouTube.