Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"They Live" Adblock mode

There's a browser extension called Adblock Plus which detects and removes ads from web pages.

A neat hack is to replace the images with something else -this has been done with Catblock, which replaces them with pictures of cute cats.

In the 80s classic action move They Live, the protagonist gets some high-tech sunglasses which allow him to see the world as it really is:

Today marks the 2nd April 1st in a row that I've failed to get around to implementing the idea, so I throw it out there to the world in the hope that someone else will do the hard work for me and I'll be able to use it in my browser. Good luck!


  1. I don't quite understand what the idea behind "They live" adblock mode. I understand the premise of the film, and the association made with it and the replacement of ads with cats - but what I don't get is how one would even go about implementing a "They live" themed replacement. To follow the premise of the movie, I would think what I would have to do is show the world how it actually is... Basically show the ads as they actually are, which has some irony in it but I doubt the public would relish in its comedy very long.

  2. Ha ha, I'm not trying to be clever - I'd just draw a white background with random text eg ["Consume", "Obey", "Watch TV"]