Saturday, July 31, 2010
Fun with Zoom
We can zoom in and we can zoom out, but we can’t zoom infinitely because these are videos instead of loops. But you can get the idea with a few minutes of each of these videos I posted at mental_floss. Cosmic.
The Blue Danube
From Perfect Pitch Poultry.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Friday Fun Links
Hey, look who's mowing the lawn!
Vintage book covers with unintentionally dirty titles. (via Everlasting Blort)
Diogenes: the Henny Youngman of Philosophers.
30 Dentists You Should Never Visit. That is, if you judge their dental competence by their sign making skills.
Did you hear the story about how Allie tried to learn how to ride a bike? She was deathly afraid of the contraption, and for good reason.
#Wookieleaks Reveals Classified ‘Star Wars’ Documents. Everyone wants to get into the act now, as the risks at Twitter are nothing like Wikileaks.
A music video pits a flamethrower against a fire extinguisher -in slow motion! Even if you don’t care which wins, the effects are awesome.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A Non-Math Look at Math Objects
Niche Blogs: The English Language
The Last to Surrender. Every war has at least one soldier who doesn't get the message.
The Science Behind “Having a Bad Day” (and how to solve it). Life is too short to waste the rest of today, no matter how awful it started out. (via Lifehacker)
Two seconds in the life of a lightning bolt shown in a slow-motion video of over a minute. Cool!
There are an estimated 1.6 million ants for every human being on earth. When all of them come to live in your home at once, you have to rethink your natural, organic, respect-for-life philosophy. (via Metafilter)
How Preschool Changes the Brain. Early education may not raise our IQs, but there is evidence it instills values like perseverance, dependability, and consistency, which are more important in the long run.
Ten Infamous Islands of Exile. Even a tropical paradise is a prison when you can never leave.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Fun and Funny Links
Vintage Bibliomysteries: Books Can Be Fatal! People who read murder mysteries are, in fact, book readers, so whodunnits about readers, writers, and librarians who kill and are killed deliver a special kind of thrill.
Meet the wild honey badger. The world's most fearless animal doesn't back down just because an opponent is bigger, stronger, or angrier.
If Jane Austen had written Fight Club, it would go something like this. And the movie would make the perfect date activity for both men and women.
Watch a Star Trek fan film made by kids in 1978. It was a great time to be young, with the old-fashioned freedom to roam and the newfangled video technology.
8 Sports Your Dog Can Play. Of course, he thinks he can do anything, but I'd keep him away from skydiving.
The best cosplay pictures from Comic-Con 2010. Unless you have a better one, in which case you could win a prize!
8 Famous Sea Monsters And Their Amazing Real Life Equivalents. You might not ever want to go to sea again -if you ever did. NSFW text. (via Gorilla Mask)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
5 Big Cities That Changed Their Names
Take me back to Constantinople
No, you can’t go back to Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’
Constantinople isn’t the only city to change its name. I grew up learning about Bombay, Canton, Leningrad, and Saigon (especially Saigon), but those names aren’t used much anymore. Here are the stories of a few city names, new and old, in this article I wrote for mental_floss.
Good Reads and Info
WikiLeaks gave 90,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan to the New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegal. You betcha they are sifting through and publishing what’s in those documents.
10 Sports Heroes You Won’t Find on a Wheaties Box. I would certainly buy a box with a sumo wrestler on the front!
Wear a Pink Sari and Carry a Big Stick. Women in India are forming gangs to stand up for women's rights, and their vigilante justice is working where peaceful politics never could. (via Boing Boing)
The guy who services ATMs at the bottom of the world tells us about his job. The ATM stocks recycled cash and only gets serviced every two years -IF the repairman can get a flight. (via Discoblog)
Parenting through History: A Look at Childrearing in Five Historic Societies.
What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? Providing quality time for dying patients requires medical professionals to get past admitting defeat. (via Metafilter)
Once again, science confirms what we already knew: romance is like a drug addiction. Love and rejection stimulate the same areas of the brain as motivation, reward, and addiction. (via Boing Boing)
Best Cat Jump Ever
Monday, July 26, 2010
Links for Fun
The cleverest pinata yet.
You can spice up your Twitter feed by following fictional characters from movies, TV, and literature! Twitter is full of people who don't exist, but have plenty to say anyway.
I never get tired of watching super-long homemade Rube Goldberg contraptions. How come no one ever posts video of the hundred times it didn't work right?
Serenity Now: Seinfeld recut as an action thriller. Now everyone can see the show as the creepfest I always thought it was.
The Early Days of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. See how Disneyland costumes have changed over the mouse's long career.
A little pug dog knows who to call for in times of danger. Add music, and you have a dog singing a theme song that we all know and love.
Ten Strange Toothpastes. I can't think of too many things more unappetizing than brushing my teeth with black or brown toothpaste. (via Unique Daily)
Eating a biscuit. (via Arbroath)
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Dickson Experimental Sound Film
The oldest surviving sound film, from 1895.
This short film was a test for Edison's "Kinetophone" project, the first attempt in history to record sound and moving image in synchronization. This was an experiment by William Dickson to put sound and film together either in 1894 or 1895. Unfortunately, this experiment failed because they didn't understand synchronization of sound and film.(via Metafilter)
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Performed by Honey Blo. (via Arbroath)
Friday, July 23, 2010
Goods Reads and Informative Links
A shotgun blast destroyed a 16-year-old girl's face. But doctors gave her a new one, which you can see in these pictures. (via Metafilter)
Thomas Jefferson: The Sensitive Writer Type. See how the founding father's insecurities make him seem just like the rest of us -except for that founding father stuff.
How Money Restricts Life’s Pleasures. Since we don't have any, let's look at the bright side of being broke.
Apollo astronauts couldn't buy life insurance if their lives depended on it. But NASA came up with a seemingly silly but genius scheme to raise money in the event of an on-the-job death. (via Neatorama)
How big can a star be? Astronomers have found a blue giant that is 265 times the mass of the sun, and 10 million times as bright!
They called me a child pornographer. Family camping photographs caused a legal nightmare when Dad forgot to take the digital camera. (via Metafilter)
Drivers tend to think they can multitask better than they actually can. Take the test to see why you should never text while driving. (via Monkey Filter)
Thursday, July 22, 2010
10 Bizarre but Cuddly Plush Toys
Fun and Funny Links
John Scalzi wrote a biography and a touching epitaph for his dog, Kodi. She was a credit to her species and will remind you of a dog you loved. (via Fark)
24 Types of Libertarians vs. 24 Types of Authoritarians.
A classic that still makes me smile: a romance story told in road signs. Someday, someone will collect photographs of all these signs in the wild to recreate this.
Surreal Bovine Choreography by Cyriak. They've obviously been eating more than just plain grass.
The Windmill Farmer.
Stinkers the porcupine will try to convince you that porcupines makes wonderful pets. Don't let the overwhelming "Aww" factor influence your opinion.
The greatest Halloween costume idea ever. I hope someone picks this up and runs with it this year.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
10 Things You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters
6 Labyrinths To Get Lost In (not counting the David Bowie movie). Don't forget your lunch and your cell phone!
Top Secret America. Homeland security, counterterrorism, and spying have grown so much in the past nine years that the result "amounts to an alternative geography of the United States". (via Metafilter)
A Tale of Two Cockies is a love story about cockatoos. If you've never seen a baby cockatoo, be warned that its not pretty, but you'll enjoy this pictoral about a disabled mama and a devoted daddy.
Numbers Stations: Mystery Over The Airwaves.
The Top Ten Militant Animals. They're not necessarily violent, but these species have been trained to fight our wars for us. (via Boing Boing)
Confessions of former debt collectors. Making other people miserable for a living can take a lot out of you. (via J-Walk Blog)
What do you call more than one octopus? Uh, I don't have a great punch line for that one yet, because it's a serious question.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
7 Fugitives who Became Folk Heroes
With this Edison film from 1893, the concept of Hollywood was born. It was the first movie made with actors acting out a scene, to be shown to the public. It is also the oldest film in the LIbrary of Congress. (via Metafilter)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Special effects creator Bill George opened the Sci-Fi Air Show to bring classic science fiction aircraft to everyone. Sadly, it only exists on the internet. (via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
How many cats are too many?
Improv Everywhere brought Star Wars to the New York subway system as a treat for some lucky riders. Was there ever any doubt that they would love this stunt?
Sitcoms' Very Special Episodes. Hey, if you need some comedy that bad, try the History channel.
A proposal made via graffiti.
Jewel goes to a karaoke bar in disguise and sings her own songs. I think anyone who can stay on key would be a hit at this place.
A huge timeline plots 120 science fiction events into the years they were set. Apparently we have been living in a post-apocalyptic dystopia for years. (via NeatoGeek)
Super-fast Ninja Cat
Good Reads and Information
Whatever happened to the box-office bomb? Thanks to home video and overseas revenues, even bad movies will make money if you give them enough time.
The New Abortion Providers. How abortion was pushed out of medical schools and hospitals for decades, and how it is returning to regular medical training and care. (via Metafilter)
Firewalking for Personal Growth or Burnt Feet? If my boss requested me to walk on hot coals as a team-building exercise, I think I'd reconsider my place of employment.
10 Mind-Boggling Psychiatric Treatments. During certain parts of our history, you'd have to be crazy to let anyone know you were mentally ill.
Sperm is so useful that the gene responsible for it hasn't changed in 600 million years. It's still found in sea anemones, insects, worms, and others of our close relatives.
The Fayum portraits are up to 2,000 years old, yet they were preserved so well that they appear to be recently painted. They give us a look at ancient Egypt that their mummies can't give us. (via Metafilter)
It's sad to see how much edible food grocery stores toss out every day, but freegans are doing something about it. When your name is Ginger Freebird, dumpster-diving might just come naturally.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The song that many consider the "first ever rock and roll song". Ike Turner, from 1951.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Western Spaghetti is wonderful stop-motion short from the geniuses at PES. You really should look through their entire portfolio. (Thanks, Jon Jason!)
Our Gang Follies of 1936
The Little Rascals are at it again!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Good Reads and Stuff You Should Know
At one time, the 6 Worst Jobs Ever were done by children. See, they didn't know any better and didn't have the power to quit. NSFW text.
Richard Nixon: The Shy Guy. He went from a fearful and awkward child to a paranoid and awkward politician.
The Curious London Legacy of Benedict Arnold. An American historian paid thousands of dollars to have a proper grave marker for the notorious Revolutionary War traitor.
Take a walk down the uncanny valley with Bina48, a robot designed to be a "friend" with conversational skills. New York Times reporter Amy Harmon interviewed the robot itself (or is it "herself"?) to see how conversational she really is.
LBJ: The President Who Marked His Territory. And those around him felt obliged to respect his dominance, like it or not.
Happiness and sadness spread just like germs. Be careful what you spread, and what you expose yourself to today, OK?
Altered animals: Creatures with bonus features. I'll take a pre-plucked chicken and a glow-in-the-dark kitten, thank you. (via Boing Boing)
The Three Stooges!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
8 Obscure but Adorable Wildcat Species
Fun and Funny Links
A collection of The Web's Worst Lawyer Commercials. Would you trust your future to an attorney who can't face the fact that their ads are awful? (via J-Walk Blog)
Alien Roll is a simple physics game that requires you to think before acting. A couple of failures will teach you what you need to know.
Retro Recipes Attempts tries out those 50-year-old dishes in your mother's file, to save you the trauma. Tomato soup cake, anyone? (via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
The History Channel doesn't even try to make their stuff believable. This World War II has too many plot holes and the characters are too polarized, with no gray area between good and evil.
Isiaha Mustafa, the Old Spice Guy, was busy posting YouTube videos all day Tuesday in response to messages at reddit, Digg, and Twitter. And he won't even return my calls!
Here's a guy who knows how to enjoy himself: the happiest DJ to ever DJ a party. Maybe his smile is contagious!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Ancient Bodymods from Around the World
What, did you think face-stretching and skin-piercing were modern fads? Not by a long shot! People have been undergoing painful procedure to modify their bodies (and their looks) for thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of years. See an overview of these ancient customs in this article I wrote for Neatorama.
Good Reads and Stuff
89-year-old Adolek Kohn returned to Auschwitz 65 years after he was imprisoned there and did a victory dance with his descendants. Do you think this is disrespectful or life-affirming?
An expedition into the Atlantic Ocean finds lots of new species that are actually very old species. Some are referred to as "living fossils", which I know from experience can cut deeply.
6 of Oprah’s Famous Feuds. It's a game you can't win, unless you happen to be Oprah Winfrey.
The 9 Most Statistically Terrifying Days On the Calendar. It's enough to make you want to give up statistics.
Treehouses for All Occasions. Any treehouse can be fun, but these constructions stand tall above the rest.
How is a marriage affected when one partner seeks immortality and the other doesn't? That's the dilemma that comes with plans for cryogenic preservation.
The Amygdaloids are a band of neuroscientsts who sing about the brain. Read about them in this interview at NPR. (via Metafilter)
The Life of the Party
Featuring The Cabin Kids, from 1935.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Outlaws as Folk Heroes
A Tarsier Eats a Snack
Monday, July 12, 2010
The King of Farts
The King of Farts
Fun and Funny Links
Reviews of Wendy's in Waltham, Massachusetts from Google Maps. (via Cynical-C)
College humor shows us what games would be like if each had a "super-easy" mode. If this had been the case in the 80s when I hung out at the local arcade, I might be a dedicated gamer today!
What You Get When You Name a New Dinosaur Over Beers: Mojoceratops. Frankly, you could think all day and never come up with a cooler name.
An experienced wedding photographer has probably done this a thousand times. Except for that last part, which he won't ever do again.
Buzzfeed collected 30 of the funniest GraphJam graphs from your entertainment. The cleverest, in my opinion, is the one about bears.
Model train enthusiasts will salivate over the largest train set in the world at the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. Ten kilometers of train tracks join computer-controlled cars and boats and all kinds of people, too! More here.
More evidence that what happens in the stands is more exciting than what happens on the baseball field. At least this action got some play-by-play commentary.
Life in the Roaring Twenties!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 09, 2010
Secret of AA: After 75 Years, We Don’t Know How It Works. Group therapy may be a more important component than the twelve steps, buy then again, who knows? (via Metafilter)
Sam Kean is starting a series of posts on the periodic table of elements, meaning he is writing a separate post about each of about two-dozen of the most interesting elements. Antimony and hydrogen are leading the parade.
More on the ScienceBlogs blow up over the addition of a Pepsi blog. The Loom is keeping up with the ScienceBloggers who are leaving over the issue.
What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? We'd be able to drive around the world, except we couldn't visit Canada or Siberia without a submarine.
How about a nice frozen bloodsicle? It's one of the imaginative ways zoos are keeping their animals cool in the east coast heat wave.
Whiskey Business: The Many Myths of Jack Daniel. We separate the truth from the legends so you'll be armed the next time you have a friendly debate over shots.
Japanese artist maps 1945-1998's nuclear explosions. Maybe you are familiar with the first test and those two that ended World War II, but how about those other 2,050 nuclear explosions?
Thursday, July 08, 2010
World Record Garden Produce
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
The Bygone Practice of Foot Binding in China
Fun and Funny Links
A Completely Illustrated Course of Instruction on How to Enter Vaudeville. I wonder if this is how Bob Hope got his start? (via Gorilla Mask)
The 7 Most Bizarre Sports Rituals in the World. Read about seven Because if you forget to fling an octopus on the ice and your team begins to lose, it's ALL YOUR FAULT!
Watch a 30-minute fireworks display in Toledo in only 3 minutes, thanks to the magic of video. Fast-forward for the fantestic fast finale!
12 Bizarre Hello Kitty Products That are a Sign of The Coming Apocalypse. Oh yeah, some of these awful products are backlash, but others are from and for seriously addicted Hello Kittyholics.
If a bird were to wear a hat, what hat would it wear? There are dozens of answers to that question. (via Gorilla Mask)
6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly. Of course, it's mainly Hollywood's fault, but Michelangelo bears some guilt as well.
I hate to admit it, but Ragdoll 3 is the kind of game you'll enjoy losing. Oh, I would enjoy winning as well, but just shooting the little doll was a lot of fun.
Let's All Go to the Lobby
My kids were amazed that I had this memorized. They don't understand why I went to the movie theater twice a week when I was a kid. It's because that's how often they changed the movie! Of course, I would usually sit through the same feature twice... and sometimes pay to see one I'd already seen the day before. They can't fathom a world without home video.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Ape Women: 10 Dedicated Primate Researchers
Is the Mafia Dead? No, but it's not looking too healthy according to this article that I imagine took guts to write. (via Dark Roasted Blend)
The Best Movies Never Made. And that's probably for the best, as the concepts sound greater than the finished product could ever be.
The symbolism of historic icons usually gets simplified over the years, and often co-opted by groups with their own agendas. Along the way, the actual history gets lost, which is the point this Cracked article 8 Historic Symbols That Mean The Opposite of What You Think.
The (Very Profitable) Economics of Emissions. People know preventing pollution is the right thing to do, but they tend to do it only when there are financial incentives.
Immigrant farm workers challenge unemployed people to try farm labor. Especially those who claim undocumented workers are taking good jobs away from Americans. (via I Am Bored)
The Geek's Vacation Checklist. Before you get away from it all, make sure you have take everything with you!
Rock the Joint
By Wild Rumpus featuring Beardymen. (via Everlasting Blort)
Monday, July 05, 2010
The Curse of the Little Rascals
Fun and Funny Links
In honor of Larry King's retirement, here are The 10 Funniest Moments In Larry King Live History. See, you cold skip 25 years of watching and catch the best parts on the internet!
15 Grave Coincidences. Snapping pictures of gravestones at "a certain angle" could become a new hobby. Here's one more.
Cats play soccer! That goalie is definitely World Cup material.
Isaiah Mustafa explains how they did the latest Old Spice ad in one continuous shot. Knowing the secrets behind the sequence only makes it more impressive.
Chivalry rears its head during a recent flood in St. Petersburg, Russia. Watch for a surprise bonus to pass by as well.
Imagine you are a performer, and the composer of the song you're singing drops by, and even joins in! Could you keep your composure as well as this choir did?
Ninja cat strikes fast; leaves no trace. Oh, except for the video evidence, which we can slow down if need be.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Stars and Stripes Forever
By Sam the Eagle and his Muppet friends. Happy Independence Day!
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Stars and Stripes: Forever!
Independence Day Links
5 Forgotten Founding Fathers. No school teaches you about all 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, but we can help close the gap. Also see 4 More Forgotten Founding Fathers.
Slate challenged readers to rewrite the Declaration of Independence as one Tweet. The top three selected are here. Read the other entries in the comments here.
10 Big Uncle Sams. Larger than life, and big enough for us all to look up to!
The History of Fourth of July Fireworks. It's how we celebrate out independence, with "Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
How to take better photographs of your fireworks.
10 Fireworks Effects To Watch For. Armed with this information, you'll be able to describe them much better than “The Ones That Do That Shooty Thing”.
The 13 Most Horrible Firework Accidents.
7 July 4th Traditions from Around the Nation. Of course, if you're from New England and have never eaten salmon for Independence Day, you are not alone.
A list of 155 TV marathons and specials for the Fourth of July weekend.
See also: Fireworks and The Fourth of July
Samantha the Fox Cub
Can it get any cuter than this?
Friday, July 02, 2010
ScienceBlogs had a Zombie Day Thursday. Click on the zombie portraits and check out the many posts that show us how zombified scientists are underneath those lab coats.
Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins revolutionized the art of tattoo. He refined the process to make it safer, developed new colors, and taught other artists to carry on his legacy. (via Everlasting Blort)
Does national IQ depend on parasite infections? A newly-proposed theory suggests so, but correlation is still not causation.
Rob Spence had his missing eye replaced with a wireless video camera. His next plan is to upload what he sees so that we can all see through his eye -literally.
If you can't solve your Rubik's cube (or even if you can), you can use it as an art medium. Here are 30 works of art made from the big pixels on the puzzles. (via Gorilla Mask)
Scientists have discovered 150 gene variants that can predict how long your lifespan will be. It's as if we have an internal expiration date, but would you want to read it?
6 Laws That Were Great On Paper (And Insane Everywhere Else). It's only human nature to find a way around restrictions, with sometimes devastating unintended consequences.
The Handicapped Stall
A video Zach Anner did several years ago.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Amazon bought Woot, and Matt Rutledge wrote the most awesome acquisition announcement ever. "One, our business model is so vague that there’s no way Amazon can possibly change what it is we’re truly doing..." (via Holy Kaw!)
A mother's work is never done. For a single mom with more than one child, even more so.
Booktails: Our Favorite Alcoholic Beverages From Literature. With these recipes, you can feel oh-so erudite and sophisticated as you become thoroughly sloshed.
Sweet James Bond-Like Space Saving Furniture. After a couple minutes of this presentation, I was expecting them to fold an entire apartment into a suitcase.
This FaceTime Commercial Parody looks at the real consequences of being connected by technology. If that's all you have, then that's all you have.
The baffling euphemisms of plus-sized clothes. Different shapes have different names, but it just won't do for a clothing manufacturer to label them as "fat-shaped".
You see beautiful rooms in catalogs and magazines and you have to wonder about people who would live in such artistic perfection. The blog Catalog Living gives you a glimpse into the life of those who live in those places, and it's not always pretty. (via Metafilter)