Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Robotic exoskeletons in movies and TV shows

Robotic exoskeletons have been the stuff of science fiction, but now are showing up in industrial and health-care rehabilitation settings.
They are giving extra strength and support for laborers and allowing paraplegics to walk again. Companies building such devices include ReWalk Robotics, Ekso Bionics and Hyundai.
What follows are depictions of powered exoskeletons from movies and TV shows. Many more examples can be found in video games such as “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” and “Fallout 4.”

Aliens (1986)

MANTIS (1994)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Iron Man (2008)

Avatar (2009)

The Wolverine (2013)

Elysium (2013)

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Check out the Wikipedia entry “List of films featuring powered exoskeletons.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lying clickbait: Hot celebrity wives and daughters … not

There’s a flipside to content promotion services pushing articles that link celebrities to unrelated ugly people. Sometimes they link celebrities to unrelated attractive people.
Lately lying clickbait articles have tried to pass off sexy women as being the wives or daughters of celebrities when they’re not.
Here are some recent examples.
A Revcontent article titled “Denzel doesn’t talk about his daughter much. Here’s why” included photos of actor Denzel Washington and busty British model Jessica Mour. She’s not his daughter.



A sponsored article on Yahoo titled “Brett Favre’s daughter is stunning” included a photo of the quarterback next to a picture of glamour model Coco Austin. Coco is 38 and Favre is 47, so it’s unlikely she could be his daughter.



Another sponsored article on Yahoo titled “What happened to Brett Favre’s wife?” included photos of Favre and television personality Jenn Sterger.
Favre was never married to Sterger, though he was involved in a sexting scandal with Sterger when she was a New York Jets sideline reporter.




Finally, a Taboola sponsored article titled “After losing 220 lbs. Precious is gorgeous now” used photos of “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe and “Bad Girls Club” star Catya Washington. They are different people.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Lying clickbait: Celebrities paired with hideous photos

There’s an epidemic on the internet of lying clickbait where photos of celebrities are paired with ugly mugshots of unrelated people. The headlines with these clickbait articles imply that the people in the hideous mugshots are either the celebrity today or their child.
In previous posts, I’ve noted instances of such lying clickbait involving Harrison Ford, Alison Arngrim, Kellie Williams, Steve Zahn, Anna Chlumsky and Lisa Bonet. The worst offender of this sort of lying clickbait is Revcontent.
What follows are some more recent examples.
Revcontent distributed an article titled “Michael Jordan won’t even talk to his son. Here’s why.” It featured a picture of the basketball star along with a mugshot of a thug with a face tattoo that says “Genius.” The suspect, named Jerome Smith, is not Jordan’s son.


Another Revcontent article titled “She never mentions her son. Here’s why” used a photo of actress Phylicia Rashad alongside a mugshot of a man with tattoos covering his face. The man, Michael Carter, is not Rashad’s son.


Yet another Revcontent article is titled “Once a star, now a junkie” uses a photo of actress Karen Malina White and a mugshot of some junkie, not White. She noted the dishonest ads on her Instagram page this month.


A Revcontent article titled “34 celebrities who went so broke it’s embarrassing” used a photo of actor Jaleel White in character as Steve Urkel from the sitcom “Family Matters” next to a mugshot of a man featured on the website Faces of Addiction.


And finally, a Revcontent post titled “21 celebrities who lost their looks and will make you shiver” used a photo of actress Jennifer Beals from the 1983 movie “Flashdance” next to a mugshot of a hideous person, not Beals. At age 53, Beals is still gorgeous.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lying clickbait: Fake historical photos, fake North Korea photos, fake Titanic photos

Lying clickbait articles are like weeds. You pull them out and more just keep growing in their place.
Content promotion services continue to use the same dishonest tricks to entice web surfers to click on their articles. Chief among those tricks is the use of inaccurate photos.
For instance, there must be lots of great photos from the 1969 Woodstock music festival, but content promotion services like Taboola use modern photos and try to pass them off as historical.
A recent Taboola article titled “15 rarely seen Woodstock 1969 photos” used a picture of actress Troian Bellisario that was taken for the February 2012 issue of Troix magazine. Taboola blurred the photo to make it look older.



Another Taboola article titled “23 Woodstock photos that will make your skin crawl” used a fashion photo taken by Michelangelo “Miky” Oprandi. It is sold as a stock photo on Alamy titled “Girl hippie revolutionary in 1970 style with the symbol of peace.”



Another Woodstock-related clickbait article used a photo from the 1970 movie “Dorian Gray” starring Helmut Berger.





Recent clickbait articles promising rare photos of the Titanic disaster have used realistic paintings by Ken Marschall. Thumbnails of the artwork are too small for web surfers to be certain that they aren’t photos.
Previously clickbait purveyors have used stills from the movies “Titanic” (1943) and “Titanic” (1997) for their deceptive articles.






Another place where content promotion services use fake photos is for World War II pin-up girls.
Outbrain recently ran an article titled “25 photos captured during WW2 that weren’t shown in history class.” It used a photo of model Dee Marie on a vintage airplane at a 2014 air show taken by photographer Mark Goodman.



Meanwhile, a Taboola article titled “Old WW2 photos that will take your breath away” used a photo of model Billie Darling taken by photographer Mark Cafiero in 2006.




A series of clickbait articles promising to show photos of life in North Korea have used photos of sexy Asian women throwing out the first pitch at baseball games in South Korea, Japan and the U.S.
A recent example titled “Unnerving photos of life in North Korea” used a censored picture of Japanese bikini model Aki Hoshino at a Yokohama Bay Stars baseball game.



Another category of lying clickbait uses modern photos with articles supposedly about the Old West.
An article from Revcontent titled “Rare photos from the Old West” used a picture of actress Cara Gee from the Canadian TV series “Strange Empire.”



Finally, a clickbait article titled “Animals you don’t want around you” uses a needle-felted model of a large moth to depict the Venezuelan poodle moth.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Disney princesses reimagined as Warhammer 40K space marines, wookies and potatoes

There’s no end to the creativity of pop culture artists when it comes to reinventing characters we all know and love.
I’ve written many times about how artists like to mash up Disney princesses with other entertainment properties or take twisted looks at the fairytale icons.
Here’s a few more examples for you to enjoy.
Australian game developer and artist Emre Deniz portrayed several Disney princesses (see Ariel up top) as space marines from “Warhammer 40,000,” a tabletop miniature wargame. (See article by GeekTyrant.)
Artist Michael Nozinich reimagined several Disney princesses as wookies from the Star Wars movie series. Here’s wookie Merida, for example. (See GeekTyrant article.)


Cosplayers Elizabeth Rage and Dan Young played Beauty and the Beast by way of Star Wars. (See GeekTyrant article.)


Artist C. Cassandra portrayed the Disney princesses as having real-life hair problems, not their magically perfect locks from the movies. Here’s Pocahontas. (See GeekTyrant article.)


Speaking of real-life, Boston artist Isaiah Keith Stephens created illustrations of Disney princesses as mothers. Here’s Belle breast-feeding her not-so-beastly baby. (See article by the Daily Mail.)


OK, now for a couple of humorous entries.
Clickbait parody website Clickhole whitewashed five princesses of color for an article titled “5 Disney Princesses Reimagined As Caucasian.” Check out Pocahontas as a white girl.


And finally, some jokester posted a series of photos on Imgur that reimagined the Disney princesses as potatoes. (See article by GeekTyrant.) Here’s Elsa from “Frozen” as a potato.


Other interesting takes on Disney princesses:

If Disney Movies Were Faithful to Their Dark and Twisted Source Material (GeekTyrant)

How the Disney Princesses Celebrate Oktoberfest by the Brews They Drink (GeekTyrant)

Elsa from Disney’s Frozen Gets a Harley Quinn Makeover in Fan Art (GeekTyrant)

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