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Neila Rey’s Nerdy Workouts Make Me Actually Want to Work Out, and That’s Saying Something

Maybe it’s just that for the first time in my life I actually miss having time to work out, but Neila Rey’s pop culture themed work outs are really  as physically challenging and logistically easy as one could hope, and for every kind of nerd reference you might care to make. We’ve posted only a few here, there are lots more at her site.

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This Blade Runner Watercolor Animation Will Blow Your Mind

This 35-minute-long version of Blade Runner was constructed by artist Anders Ramsell from a whopping 12,597 watercolor paintings, each approximately 1.5×3 centimeters small. Something about Blade Runner‘s noirish feel really works with this medium in a way that I can’t imagine a film like, say, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure would. Though I welcome Ramsell to try.

(via: Kotaku)

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KILL IT WITH FIRE: The Animatronic Twilight Baby [VIDEO]

If you’re easily frightened, don’t play this video. All others, prepare to be scarred for life. The supernatural baby we got in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was terrible…just…terrible. But what we didn’t know was, it could have been much, much worse.

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[Updated] How Siri Got Her Voice [VIDEO]

Here’s an interesting feature on “machine language,” put together by The Verge. They touch on a lot of interesting things (and there’s a small clip of Ricardo Montalban) but if you’d like to jump straight to Siri, aka Allison Dufty, go to 3:34 in the video.

Update: We heard from Dufty, who clarified that she is not the voice of Siri, rather an actress used by the video to illustrate how Siri’s voice was created. Apologies for the error.

(via The FW)

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Geena Davis Is The Most Badass Baddass To Ever Badass [VIDEO]

You might recall we recently posted a photo of Geena Davis donning her old A League of Their Own costume while holding her professional archery gear. Well now we know the context. The actress and creator of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media teamed up with Funny or Die for a spectacular shoot (shoot being used here in two different contexts). I am now bumping Ms. Davis to the top of my list for women who should star in the female Expendables. And also, anything else.

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The New Terminator Film Will Actually Be a Reboot Trilogy

News on the upcoming Terminator movie has been vague up to now. We’ve known that siblings David and Megan Ellison are producing, that it has some writers, that it may or may not be a reboot, that Fast Five director Justin Lin was at one point attached but might not be now, and that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be back for it. Well, like the Terminator himself, the movie just keeps trucking along, and as such we now have some more concrete details.

Namely: A release date. It will be followed by two other Terminators. And, yes, it is a reboot.

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Anne Hathaway Joins the Cast of Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse; Can She Play the Lead, Please?

Anne Hathaway just keeps getting nerdier. First she plays Catwoman. Then Fantine in Les Misérables. (Musicals are no less nerdy for not involving superheroes or sci-fi.) And now she’s joined the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s Robopocalypse, based on a book about robots that gain sentience and start a war against humanity (naturally).

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Going To Play Conan The Barbarian Again

Look, I’m just gonna say it. Someone needs to shoot Arnold Schwarzenegger with some elephant tranquilizers and give him an intervention. The 65-year-old actor is going to reprise his role as Conan the Barbarian in a new film. This is just…I have no words. No wait, I do. BY CROM!

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Almost As Good As Gills: Scientists Create a Microparticle That Supplies Oxygen Without Breathing

Progress is making us lazier and lazier, amirite? Remote controls, smartphone machines, cheese in cans. And now, science is making it possible for our blood supply to receive enough oxygen to our bodies without us even having to breathe. This is terrible news, you guys. If we can’t use “getting winded” as an excuse, how are we supposed to avoid exercising?

I’m kidding. This is actually a pretty important medical breakthrough.

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When You Wish Upon a Shooting Corpse Star, and Other Facts About Human Death Practices [Video]

Mortician Caitlin Doughty is providing us a huge service: answering our questions about what happens to our dead bodies when we are no longer around to find out for ourselves. She’s been running a web series on You Tube, Ask a Mortician, for a while now and we’d like to present her fifth episode to you. In this video, she covers pressing questions like “What happens to corpses in space?” and “Will burning the body a dearly departed obese person cause a grease fire?” But if you are just in the mood to find out more about her line of work, we urge you to visit her web site, Order of the Good Death.

(via Jezebel)