Sunday, May 29, 2016

I'm NOt Paid to Move TVs

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Un-Melting Things



Let’s Melt This is a YouTube channel that shows various things melting. This one a switch-up, where they show the videos in reverse. It’s neat because instead of being destructive, it looks constructive. Also, some of the things are completely unidentifiable melted, so we get to guess what they are as the video rolls. The only part I don’t like is that the music is backwards, too. If that  bugs you, turn the volume down, or mute it. (via Laughing Squid)

Opinions

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Lift Off



Donovan Livingston is getting a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in this clip. During the graduation ceremony, he spoke about American education using a spoken word poem. You’ll find the transcript here. (via Uproxx

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bank Customer

Tap Roots



This 1948 film is a fictionalized version of the story of Newton Knight, who led of group of Southerners who seceded from the Confederacy. Tap Roots was described as "Gone With The Wind for abolitionists," and isn’t all that historically accurate. Knight’s story will be retold again in the new movie Free State of Jones this summer. (via Metafilter)

Advice

O believe something was lost in translation. (via reddit)

Cheetah with a GoPro



The folks at the Cincinnati Zoo outfitted Savanna the cheetah with a GoPro camera on her back. She probably wouldn’t have liked one on her head, and you really can’t force a wild cat to do something they don’t want to. Watching her zoom around the compound with this point of view is kind of scary, like riding in the car with your 16-year-old driving.   

Even when they go to slow-motion, you really get a sense of how fast they run. I couldn’t even keep up with a cheetah in slow motion! But then again, if a wild predator were chasing me, I might surprise myself. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Funny Little Bunnies



Saturday morning cartoons! Here's a Silly Symphony from 1934.

The Ocean

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Next-Level Finger Puppet



Barnaby Dixon shows off his new puppet design, and it’s quite clever. It combines the articulation of a marionette with the direct action of a hand puppet. Of course, the skill of the operator is key to making it move realistically, and he’s pretty good at that, too.

The only drawback I see is that necessarily long loincloth, which could create design problems in making a specific puppet, but I’m sure that can be worked around. Dixon did another video, in which you can see how he assembles the puppet, and then it dances to music. Imagine this with a pair of black gloves underneath for live performance, or green gloves for videos. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Crime Duo

When Carmakers Taunted Horses



A hundred years ago, automobiles were a new idea, so why would someone buy a car when they had a perfectly good horse, which was safer? Enter the marketing department. While the poor horses got slandered, there were definite advantages to driving cars, especially in cities. Car manufacturers didn’t have to be so nasty about it, but even when they’re right, business trumps the common good. The campaign against the horse wasn’t nearly as bad as the battle against pedestrians or the campaign to design American infrastructure around the automobile. (Thanks, Phil Edwards!)

Gordo's

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Mega Sticky Trap



A group of scientists are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. First, a scientist as a baseline, then a sprinter, then a sumo wrestler. I was hoping the sumo wrestler wouldn’t get his loincloth caught in the sticky stuff. He does. Of course, this is an ad, for a Japanese cockroach trap. For such products, we’d hope they do their testing on actual cockroaches. (via Tastefully Offensive)

12 Ways to Repurpose a Phone Booth

Once upon a time, you could find a phone booth on any city corner. But the rise in mobile phones means they're not used much anymore, and many are likely to be taken out of commission to save on maintenance costs. That might sound like a problem, but for some people, it's an opportunity. Here are some of the most creative ways phone booths have been transformed, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Can’t Find His Fork



He wants his fork, but he can’t find it! It’s right there! Where? Right there! (via Neatorama)

Miss Cellania's Links

15 Things You May Not Know About The Andy Griffith Show. Eddie Deezen has the lowdown.

Jonathan Lawrence was the third director hired to shoot the film Empires of the Deep, but the first of three to direct the actual shooting. The story of what went on behind the scenes at Atavist magazine is a fascinating look at how culture clash can suck millions of dollars down the drain. (via Digg)     

The Inevitable, Intergalactic Awkwardness of Time Capsules.

Volunteers are fueling the growth of orphanages in Uganda. They need to stop. (via Metafilter)

All-Night French Fries with T-Rex: Seattle's Trippiest Rock-Poster Artist Tells All. 

Ranking the Romances of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some are meant to be, while others are just phones in.

I Tried To Follow 8 Different High School Dress Codes And It Was Frustrating. Believe  it or not, uniforms are easier.

New Zealand Has A Cave Full Of Glowworms, And It’s Wholly Surreal. It fits in well with the Middle-Earth esthetic.

15 Unrepentantly Trashy Beach Reads for Summer 2016. You might even enjoy them stuck in a flyover state.

The scientific case for being super busy. Your hurried schedule says good things about you.

The Realization