Saturday, December 04, 2021

A One-Page Flip Book



YouTuber dP Art Drawing makes hand-drawn flip books. She wondered if it was possible to make a flip book animation with only one sheet of paper. That would require drawing a complete scene and then erasing and drawing again on the same sheet of paper. The project ended up with 211 frames drawn over 53 days. 

The benefits are that she didn't have to completely redraw every frame- just the moving parts, and this method makes it easier to keep the elements in place from frame to frame. It's still a lot of work. The single sheet of paper was completely worn out by the end, but that seems kind of appropriate as Hulk screams with the power to break things. And now all this drawing physically exists only in one sheet of worn-out paper. The digital version will live on. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Interrogation



Click to the right to advance the comic. If you don't get it, you haven't seen enough of the Muppets. This scenario is from Johnr Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Postal Notice



Let us count the ways you can tell this is bogus. No, too many. (Thanks, Bill!)

A Rare Look at the Giant Phantom Jelly



The giant phantom jellyfish (Stygiomedusa gigantea) is called that because it's really big and scientists don't get to see one often. Until fairly recently, trawl nets were used to bring up deep-sea specimens to study, and jellyfish have a tendency to fall apart in them before they reach the surface. However, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent down an ROV in November and caught this one in its natural habitat, 3200 feet down. At first glance, this jelly looks like a load of laundry floating in the water. But bear in mind that the bell is more than a meter (3.3 feet) wide, and the trailing "oral arms" can grow to ten meters (33 feet) long! Read more about the giant phantom jellyfish at MBARI. (via Boing Boing)


What Did We learn?



Solomon and the Sudocreme



Dad walks in to see that his toddler son Solomon has found the diaper rash cream and had fun putting it on everything. I guess every kid does something like this at least once, but a few take the damage to greater heights. Turn on the closed captioning when you watch this video, because the dialogue is in Dutch. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

The Nicholas Brothers



"Jumpin' Jive" by Cab Calloway leads into the greatest dance sequence ever, from the 1943 film Stormy Weather. Now in color! (via Breakfast Links)

Tweet of the Day

Any excuse to watch a movie with Alan Rickman in it. (via Digg)

Friday, December 03, 2021

Ewww



Different Mom

(via reddit)

100 Cats in an IKEA Store



About ten years ago, IKEA shot an ad in which they released 100 mostly white cats in a store. The campaign was called Happy Inside, and it was cute as can be. First you go "aww," then you wonder how in the world they rounded up all those cats when the shoot was over. You also have to wonder how long it took for the cats to calm down enough to get those crucial "laying in bed" shots. Here's the behind-the-scenes video.



Appropriately, the making-of video is titled Herding Cats. Notice they blocked off the exits to keep the cats out of the areas that weren't to be filmed. I'm sure it took dozens of cat owners and the animal handler crew some time to locate them all.  



Just an Alligator



Click to the right to advance the comic. Brutus is quite concerned about Pixie's safety, but Pixie is so sweet and friendly that she brings out the best in those around her. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.

Literature



(Thanks, WTM!)

The Polite Baggage Carousel



Changi Airport in Singapore has been named the best airport in the world for eight years running now. The airport has state-of-the-art infrastructure that helps it to run smoothly. Get a load of the conveyor belt that spits out your suitcase onto the baggage claim carousel. Each bag waits its turn for the perfect opportunity to jump in and join the gang! Now if only we could get interstate entrance ramps to work as smoothly, we'd be in fine fettle. (via Nag on the Lake)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Christmasy Movies That Might Not Be "Christmas Movies."

The Fascinating World of Whale Barnacles. Those old barnacle shells are like an archive of ocean history for those who know how to analyze them. (via Metafilter

Ever Heard of a Bettong? They are "Ecosystem Engineers."

Many Severe Covid-19 Survivors Go on to Die Within a Year, Study Finds.

Hildegard von Bingen's Cookies of Joy. (via a comment at Metafilter)

Ed Shearing: Ed Sheeran Shearing Sheep.

Stranded Overnight at IKEA
: Inconvenience or Fantasy Come True? (via Boing Boing)

History’s Stupidest Hats, Explained.

Deer with Christmas lights tangled in its antlers spotted in Okotoks. He's been wearing them for a month now. (via Fark)

A blast from the past (2014): 7 Stunning Mineral Formations.


PS: Here's a random observation. Wednesday, I typed the date and realized it was a palindrome. Strangely, Thursday's date was also a palindrome. It was only this morning that I realized that the dates will all be palindromes through Thursday the 9th! That won't happen again for a long, long time.

Growth Chart

Belka Learns to Howl



YouTube member patkandiurin posted this video of Belka, a 20-day-old Malamute-husky mix learning to howl, with lessons from her son. That's adorable -and interesting enough on its own, but read her comment!
Belka means "Squirrel" in Russian...my husband named her that for the colour of her coat...her mom's name is Laika, which means "Barker" in Russian and was one of the first animals sent into space by the Russians.  Laika is actually a very quiet dog and usually only barks when a Polar Bear is near our yard, as we live in Churchill Manitoba...Polar Bear Capital of the world :)
As if a polar bear in the yard is a normal everyday occurrence. Maybe for her, but the rest of us are impressed! See another video of Belka here. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Thursday, December 02, 2021

At Least He Won't Freeze



We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore



If you've had enough of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," then this song is for you. Despite the fact that it was produced by There I Ruined It, it's actually quite good. He took the vocals to Twisted Sister's song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and laid it over the Christmas tune, with video mostly from Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special. Even if you aren't tired of "All I Want for Christmas is You," you'll still get a kick out of this mashup. See, There I Ruined It doesn't have to ruin everything! (via Laughing Squid)