Sunday, May 16, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
A talented Finnish cat named Nipa climbs the stairs on his human's feet. Neat, but if you were to train a cat to do a trick, why this one? It turns out that Nipa knows a lot of tricks, which you can see at his Instagram gallery. (via Laughing Squid)
Click to the right to advance the comic. How many times has this happened to you? It's happened to me at almost every place I've ever worked. When they find out you CAN do something, that something then becomes part of your job, at no extra pay, or even time to do it. This comic is from Work Chronicles.
From someone with a lot of experience, you have to become one with the fixture. You must get to really know it on its own level. What bothers me most these days about ceiling fans (which I rely on these days) is a the widely varying quality of light bulbs. A ceiling fan needs several that match, and the most expensive ones seem to fail the fastest. This graphic is from Matt Shirley.
A glitch in the graphics system made Minneapolis weather forecaster Jennifer McDermed into infinite versions of herself for a short time. These kinds of shenanigans make the weather worth watching! (via Neatorama)
Hi I’m in Australia and saw a specialist this morning, gave them my Medicare card and by 9pm the rebate showed up in my bank account oooh socialized medicine is terrifying I have no freedom please help me— Ben Lee (@benleemusic) May 10, 2021
Friday, May 14, 2021
If you're confused about the controversy over Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you are not alone. But it may be the perfect time to revisit Nina Paley's video of Andy William's version of "This Land is Mine," the theme from Exodus. It tells the history of Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. If you can't keep up with the players, there's a viewer's guide at her blog.
Update 2021: Originally produced in 2012, Nina Paley herself said it's time to dust this one off again.
In this Fleischer Studios cartoon from 1931, Bimbo stumbles (literally) into a secret society that wants to make him a member. The hazing is nightmarish and surreal, which made Bimbo's Initiation a classic. (via Boing Boing)
The comments under the comic at reddit made me feel better about spending so much having three of Marshmallow's rotten teeth pulled. For a cat, that involves surgical anesthetic. Some of those other folks have spent way more on their beloved pets. This comic is from mitya hx.
At first I thought this might be a sequel to the 2008 video Death Star Over San Francisco, but it's not. Oh yes, in this alternate reality, Earth is part of the Galactic Empire, but in this world, it's still okay to use the fake "amateur shaky cam" effect. And then the Enterprise shows up from the future to grab some more whales. (via Buzzfeed)
Thursday, May 13, 2021
There's lots of work to be done at Sunshine Animal Refuge Agadir in Morocco, but everyone needs a break now and again. One commenter asked "Is this heaven?" and Recomemedur (the uploader) replied, "Damn near." (via Nag on the Lake)
Why Cats Knock Your Stuff Over. And what you can do about it. (Thanks, WTM!)
Nobody Wants To Work Anymore.
Star Wars fans now have a valid argument for visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Smithsonian has acquired Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter!
Q-Nuts: "It's the Insurrection, Charlie Brown!" The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
What's the Minimum Number of People Needed to Survive an Apocalypse? (via Damn Interesting)
It Took Divorce to Make My Marriage Equal. He'll finally help with the kids when he has 50% custody. (via Metafilter)
No winners in this game, but it's fun for both.
The Unfortunately Action-Packed Afterlife of a California Grave-Robbery Victim.
A blast from the past (2015): 8 Fictional Places (That Sound Real).
This cat has it made. From the YouTube page:
I trained my cat to ring a bell for treats. Now, when he wants treats, he will lay down in front of the bell and ask his servant_me to give him..When he gets full, he will push the bell away, and clean his pawsWhy would anyone cede that much power to a cat? Of course, the cat considers this service to be the natural order of things. (via Laughing Squid)
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Kiki, a gorilla at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, saw Emmeline Austin through the glass and was drawn to her five-week-old son Canyon. You might guess that Kiki is a new mother, too, and you'd be right. It's a shame that Kiki and her son Pablo are living behind glass, but conditions in the wild aren't all that great for gorillas these days, either. (via Boing Boing)
Brian David Gilbert and Karen Han like to watch birds, and they've wrote a nice little song about it. How wholesome! If you think that's all this is, you are in for a shock. From Gilbert's Tweet introducing it:
we like watching birds!(via Laughing Squid)
enjoy our normal video about the normal birds that we like watching (normally)!
Chinatowns in various cities around the world look a lot alike, but while it may be the Western vision of old China, it was never accurate. The reasons behind this require a lesson in the history of San Francisco's Chinatown. It's disturbing, but not surprising. Like so many parts of our history, it was a struggle to balance racism and capitalism. (via Boing Boing)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This remix by the YouTuber known as There I Ruined It combined Sir Mix-A-Lot with Leonard Bernstein to produce this mess. It's not the first time that "Baby Got Back" has been given the classical treatment, far from it, but the world has room for one more such project. (via reddit)
Distance learning has been the bane of families with children for a year now, and the setups that make it possible to have classes during a pandemic also make it possible to hold class when weather makes transportation by school bus too dangerous. This sounds horrid for those who remember how wonderful snow days are, like CGP Grey. If you went to school in Florida, here's an introduction to what snow days meant to us. (via reddit)
This is exactly what it looks like. A raccoon in Toronto tore a hole in a roof and tried to enter the attic, where he no doubt thought he'd live the best week of his raccoon life. But his butt was too big for the hole. Yeah, he got stuck, rear end up. The raccoon was there long enough for the homeowner to notice and call a pest control company. Liddle Rascals Wildlife Control Inc. responded and saw that this was a great opportunity for a video. The guy extracted the raccoon in one piece; the roof wasn't so lucky. (via Digg)
Japanese Bomb Found in Missouri Yard. It was from World War II, but it was still live! (via TYWKIWDBI)
Sure, Velociraptor Repellent Is 95% Effective Against Velociraptor Attacks, But Do We Really Need to Wear It to Visit Jurassic Park? (via Nag on the Lake)
Star Wars Questions that Should Never be Answered.
In Japan, Combating the Coronavirus Calls for a Big Pink Cat.
A blast from the past (2015): 4 Women Murderers (and another who might have been).
This musical interlude was produced from the sounds made in a laboratory during chemistry experiments. There are links to the individual experiments at the YouTube page, in case any of them intrigues you. (via Everlasting Blort)
Monday, May 10, 2021
Click to the right to advance the comic. Who knows? This may have been how the actual scene played out in the movies, but we’ll never get a chance to read a velociraptor’s mind. It makes sense, though. This comic is from Strangetrek. (via reddit)
Ridiculous Facebook Group Does Something Good. Boomers as a group are fair game, but looking at someone as an individual makes all the difference.
Why more older couples are getting divorced. (via Digg)
An examination of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" as a response to racism. (via Boing Boing)
Why Negan Must Die In The Final Season Of The Walking Dead. As in the case of Kylo Ren, repentance does not excuse mass murder.
We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense. An eye-opening look at what passes for American history education.
The First Car To Go 100km/h.
Even Wealthy Americans had Worms in the 1800s. (via Strange Company)
The Flight of Aerodrome No. 5. Samuel Pierpont Langley’s flying machine did not have the right stuff.
A blast from the past (2017): 11 Outrageous Ballpark Foods.
Sunday, May 09, 2021
Teeny Little Super Guy was a segment of Sesame Street that featured a guy on a plastic cup, animated by stop-motion. I never saw it, because I was an adult before it ever aired. This video shows how they did stop-motion animation in the days before computers. (via Nag on the Lake)
This skit on SNL last night took the bull by the horns, so to speak, and made fun of host Elon Musk for his very weirdness. It was bit …awkward, but what else could they do? The monologue was on the same subject. Maybe the whole show was. I didn’t stay up for it.
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Animation has come a long way from hand-drawn stick figures on celluloid. You may argue about which era was best for content and aesthetics, but you have to be impressed at the evolution of techniques, materials, and technology that shape our extensive catalog of animated media. This supercut follows animation over its more than 100-year history. (via Digg)
Let’s just process this for a moment: The @GOP is taking orders from a guy who is considered too much of a threat to civil society to exist on any mainstream social media platforms.— Sari Beth Rosenberg (@saribethrose) May 5, 2021
Friday, May 07, 2021
BBC Earth has compiled clips of various bird species from their shows into one video showcasing extreme bird behavior, including fishing with bait, adoption, and cooperation with other species. It's 15 minutes long, but you can watch it in parts, because there are a lot of birds here, all interesting. (via Laughing Squid)
People are finally starting to see each other after a year of isolation. For many of us, that means trying to gain back lost social skills, so let's make small talk about the only thing that's happened to us recently. I've had a version of this conversation quite a few times lately, which Nick Smith distills into less than a minute. (via reddit)
Cat on the Rug Problem.
A Brief History of Guitar Smashing. (via Digg)
Malian Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies. Halima Cisse was told she was carrying seven babies; two more were a surprise. (via Boing Boing)
How the ‘Queen of Thieves’ Conned French Riviera Wealthy.
A photograph of former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn hosting a visit from President Biden and his wife Jill makes the Bidens look like giants. The distortion is a confluence of several factors that are explained at Popular Photography. (via Popular Science)
How to own the libs. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
A First Look at HBO's House of the Dragon. And some idea of how this plays out in the books.
How to watch the Star Wars movies in order.
There’s No Place Quite like that Big Empty Mansion sitting on a Hilltop outside NYC. Take a look inside the 72-room Alder Manor.
A blast from the past (2015): A Rainbow of Butterflies.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Raven is now 13 years old, and sort of retired from running trails. But she has led an amazing life. And she tells us about trail life quite poetically.
Celebrating the joys of mountain biking through the eyes of the trail dog, Raven takes us from her driveway memories in BC to the high deserts of Utah, to freshly cut South African trails and back again. We meet some of the feistiest, four-legged trail personalities along the way, who all enjoy the mountain bike world in their own way, just like us humans do, whether it’s hitting jump lines, lapping through the loam, or setting out to build new trail.They're all good dogs, and the photography is amazing. Don't miss the credits.
(via Everlasting Blort)
Sure, they're all alike, but it's still a big moment for a parent who finally gets one kid launched into adulthood. The good part is that we don't have to go to these things every year, like principals and presidents and professors. But I sure wish that one family with the air horn wouldn't show up. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Update 2021: I should have never posted this video years ago. I had TWO kids graduate in 2020 and they got no ceremony or celebration at all. In 2021, my niece is graduating and she can only bring her parents. I'd gladly sit through a college graduation ceremony two years in a row (or three, if Princess hadn't taken a gap year) knowing what I know now.
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
Mazyria, a 14-year-old endangered Amur tiger at the Toronto Zoo, gave birth to three cubs on April 30-May 1.
The first cub was born at 11:40 pm and the second and third cubs arrived early in the morning on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Mom and cubs are all doing well; Wildlife Care Keepers have been monitoring them closely using remote cameras to minimize disturbance – a key factor to ensure that mom and cubs bond well. So far, Mazyria is being an exemplary mother, nursing and grooming the cubs regularly, but the first month remains a critical time for these new arrivals. As long as there is no need to intervene, the cubs will have their first veterinary checkup in 6-8 weeks’ time, at which point their sexes will be determined. This is Mazy’s second litter: her first litter of three cubs was born in 2013 at Granby Zoo.
There are only about 500 Amur tigers left in the wild. That's an improvement since the 1930s, when there were only a couple of dozen. (via Nag on the Lake)
Click to the right to advance the comic. Bosses love 100% attendance, no matter what's going on in your life, so teachers are expected to instill that work ethic. One of my daughters' classmates was lauded for 100% attendance for 12 years of school. I asked how she ever got a driver's license. The kid didn't have one, because it would have ruined her attendance record.
Every place I've ever worked, it was expected that you show up, sick or not. If you are in an at-will state, your job may depend on it. If not, well, your pay might depend on it. This comic is from Work Chronicles.