Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Could You Outrun A Fart?



AsapSCIENCE investigates the questions we didn’t even think of to ask. Can you fart and run away fast enough to escape the smell? They use chemistry, physics, and math (as well as a few puns) to calculate the speed and diffusion of farts. Best quote in this video: “Farts are like snowflakes.” Yeah, right.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Makes Sense



Why do you think they call it jet lag? (via Bad Newspaper)

How to Use a Sidewalk



James Parris brings us a modern parody of 1950s instructional films. This takes me back to the days of teaching my little kids to use a sidewalk, along with traffic safety. Those lessons went into overdrive when I took them to New York City. The things we consider common sense are not common when you're young and never had to think about them before. Stay to the right. Don't walk three abreast in the city. Do not block an escalator. And whatever you do, don't just stand in a doorway! (via Neatorama)

Your Problems

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Cosmohedron



It begins with the atoms in your morning coffee, then take a detour through your body, or maybe just your imagination, and then somehow leads us into an alternative version of nature. That's when things get weird. The animated short film Cosmohedron by Duncan Hatch is disorienting because you never know where it will go next, but the bright colors and range of images is enough to keep you watching. At the very end, it all comes together, but that doesn't mean it makes any more sense. Does it have a message? I doubt it. (via The Awesomer)

I Can Help



Your cats just want to be useful to you, and help you out anytime you need. This comic is from Li Chan at exocomics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Ship



The Screaming Mummy



A mummy excavated near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt is still a mystery. No one knows who he was in life, so his remains were labeled as "Unknown Man E." Certain details about his burial suggested that he was a person of dishonor for some reason. Some theorize that he was a royal assassin, or at least a scapegoat for an assassination. But aside from speculation, Unknown Man E remains a rare example of a mummy found in an Egyptian royal burial ground that hasn't been identified. But what about the screaming part? That has a perfectly logical explanation, but not one that makes us feel better about him.

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Charlotte Braun, the Peanuts Character Who Met a Gruesome End. (via Strange Company)

5 Times Falling Space Junk Effed People Up.

The Exceptional Golden Sahara II Concept Car Had Luminous Tires and a Cocktail Bar.

Married people try role-playing. (via Nag on the Lake)

Momo the Cat Loves to Make Hand-Thrown Pawttery.

Happy Birthday, Brittany!

40 Times Individuals Demonstrated A Stunning Lack Of Knowledge In Geography.

Hand-embroidered artworks by Francine LeClercq capture surveillance cameras' footage. (via Kottke)

Mutated Strains of Unknown Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found Lurking on ISS. Sleep tight, y'all. (via Fark)



Drunk



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100 Greatest One-Liners: After The Kill



Last month, we had a supercut of iconic movie lines delivered just before the star killed someone. Now it’s time for the next step: iconic movie lines delivered right after the star kills someone.

Often, the line is a continuation of something said right before the shot is fired, or maybe it’s a pun. But if you’ve seen these movies, you remember those lines well. Burger Fiction had all the raw material ready from researching the previous supercut. A list of the movies used is at the YouTube link. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Threat



And an old song begins to play...

(via reddit)

One Hundred Years of Solitude



One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is considered one of the greatest novels of all time. It is long, complex, and written in a prose that borders on poetry. Although it was first published in 1967, it was never adapted to the screen, mainly because García Márquez (who died in 2014) never sold the rights to the story, but also because the story of seven generations of a family was considered unadaptable. But Netflix is taking a crack at it, with a 16-episode television miniseries in Spanish. We don't have a release date yet, but those who have read the book fear that in the hands of Netflix, it will pale in comparison to the novel. They warn us that we should all read the book before seeing the series. (via Nag on the Lake)

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The Ghoul



Amazon Prime's new series Fallout, based on the video game, is taking the television audience by storm. Viewers are especially captivated by the mysterious character known as The Ghoul, played by Walton Goggins. He looks half-rotted, which is only appropriate as the character is more than 200 years old. He began life as a man named Cooper Howard (also portrayed by Goggins in flashbacks), who survived the nuclear apocalypse that destroyed civilization. He is a mutant who makes a living as a bounty hunter, but his backstory is way more complicated, having been involved with the corporation Vault-Tec that made the Vaults.

In this featurette from Prime Video, we get a glimpse at the prosthetics that transform Goggins from the 20th century Cooper Howard to the weathered, noseless, 200-year old Ghoul. Goggins also talks about his damaged character and what he represents in the show     

Choir



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Should All Locks Have Keys?



You protect your physical world with locks -on your car, your home, and your workplace. But the digital world is different. There’s a lot to think about here. In the physical world, there are workarounds for emergencies. My husband once broke in a door to rescue a resident who’d had a stroke. Police with warrants can break physical locks. And of course, burglars can break through physical locks if it’s worth the risk to them. But how would one get around a digital lock in an emergency? And then there’s the question of who gets to decide what an “emergency” is, because a loose definition would threaten normal privacy. CGP Grey lays out the conundrum that the digital world, those who use it, and government authorities are wrestling with now. Oh yeah, there’s a footnote video, too. (via reddit)

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Evidence



Rats Who Enable



Don Caron performs his parody of "Cats in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin. The target in the new lyrics is never named. Can you figure out who it is? (via Fark)


Paralegal



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The New Electric Atlas



We've grown to known and love Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot over the years, so much that we think if him (and his dog Spot) as everyday robots that have outgrown the wow" factor and have become part of the family. So of course, they are retiring him and have a replacement that is all electric.Yes, our friend Atlas has plenty of electronics, but his strength and movement relies on hydraulics. The new fully electric Atlas is smaller, has more refined movements, and can articulate its limbs at 360 degrees. The upshot is that while the new Atlas may more resemble a human shape at first glance, watching it move gives us the creeps, as if it were a demon-possessed little girl in a movie.  

Boston Dynamics owes a lot to the original hydraulic Atlas, and have posted a tribute video for its retirement. The first half is a blooper reel, and the second half shows what Atlas can really do.



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Remote Control



Where We Got Cannabis



Archaeologists have found cannabis remains in a 2,500-year-old grave, indicating it was used at the funeral. And you thought "putting the 'fun' in funeral" was just a mortuary joke. But seriously, folks, researching the origins of cannabis is difficult because it's been deliberately cultivated for so long that any cannabis growing wild is feral instead of truly wild, and documenting historic samples is iffy because of its illegal status in many places. Scientists were having a hard time even charting out its taxonomy until gene sequencing came along. What we do know is that the plant developed its amazing chemicals to deter enemies, but the cannabis plant had no idea that humans would come along and find those chemicals attractive.

Date, Time



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Ninja Kittens



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Friday, April 19, 2024

Whew!

Boars



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I’m A Genetic Engineer. I’m Also a Fish.



Vertical gene transfer is the method of passing along DNA that we are familiar with, when two parents produce offspring that have a combination of their genes. But that's not the only way that organisms can gain new genes. Horizontal gene transfer is not as common, but it can lead to a lot of changes in a species. This is when bacteria, fungi, plants, animals, or any species incorporate genes from a different species into their genomes. Yeah, it's complicated, but nature is weird. If the new genes prove to be beneficial in some way, the species will keep these new alien genes until they are their own. That means that it goes on a lot more than we realize because only a small percentage of these natural gene transfers will be beneficial.


Condoms

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An ABBA Passover



Passover begins on the evening of April 22 (Monday) and will run through sunset on April 30. No, it doesn't always coincide with Easter. As they do every year, the Jewish a cappella group Six13 has unveiled another pop music parody for the holiday. This year their nine voices bring us "Matza Mia! An ABBA Passover." They've put new lyrics to four classic songs from the Swedish vocal group ABBA. They've also posted a song sheet if you want to use the new lyrics at your Seder or school program.

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Disney Parks Will Offer a Weird Lineup of Star Wars Food Beginning May 4. There's also an additional lineup of food items that will only be available from May 4 until June 2, a period they call the Season of the Force. (via Gizmodo)

Three Genocides. Before the Holocaust, Germany had plenty of experience in Namibia. (via Metafilter

The Ars guide to time travel in the movies. (via Nag on the Lake)

Charlemagne "had about 20 children who went on to establish Europe’s royal houses, and nearly all Europeans today can trace their lineages back to Charlemagne." I don't see how, since most of them were sent to nunneries or monasteries, willingly or not.

AI Artist Combines Star Wars Imagery with the Creative Spirit of Burning Man.

Here's Why School Buses Haven’t Changed Much Since 1939. School buses look nearly the same as they did almost 100 years ago despite cars totally changing, but that's not a bad thing. (via Boing Boing

Would you donate a kidney for $50,000? (via Fark)

The 25 Saltiest Fast-Food Orders in America. Keep in mind that some are combo orders, and some have more sodium because they are just extra large dishes, but all have more sodium than is necessary or healthy.    

The 18th-Century Baron Who Lent His Name to Munchausen Syndrome.

Margaret

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The Secret of C-3PO



Poor C-3PO. He is a victim of circumstance, being pulled from one end of the galaxy to the other. He’s been torn apart and reassembled over and over. He’s been put in harm’s way too many times, through no fault of his own. And still he retains a civil tone of voice. Mixmaster Zapatou (Luc Bergeron) highlights the plight of C-3PO to the tune of “Mr. Roboto” in this sequence that uses clips from all the Star Wars films so far. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Correlation



An Offer You Can't Understand



Meet the Negotionist making his negotiations. It's not easy figuring out the nonsense in this scene from Alasdair Beckett-King, but do try to keep up.

Geologists



The last voice recording I have of my dad, who was a geologist, was an interview for my radio show after West Tennessee experienced an earthquake in the early '90s. He was factual yet reassuring. I no longer have a machine that could play the media. (via reddit)

Real or Cake?



Is the cake a lie? Talented cake decorators can make a cake that looks like anything. Weird Al Yankovic tests a few things to see if they are real or cake.


Mom's Phone



Aliens Everywhere



Imagine a scenario in which the Milky Way galaxy is full of alien civilizations that are advanced enough to travel and communicate with each other, but they don't pay any attention to us here on Earth. That idea can be followed by all kinds of jokes about how human civilization isn't civilized, or otherwise deserving of company. But theoretically, there are other reasons we might not have been contacted by these advanced aliens. We might be honestly too far away to make the trip worth it. We may be relatively too young to understand them. They might know about us and have decided we have nothing useful to offer them. Or we may be among the "do not land here" list for other reasons. Yeah, some of those reasons are getting us closer to the old joke. It's easier to think that we are truly alone in the universe. This video from Kurzgesagt is really 10:15 long; the rest is an ad.



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Redditor Kidipadeli75 recognized a human mandible in his parents' new travertine bathroom tile. John Hawks explains how this can happen, and it's more likely than you might think. (via Digg)

Tegelwippen. A national competition has the goal of helping Netherlands reach environmental targets by removing garden paving. (via Metafilter)

Lizards in the Kitchen, Cooking Up Treats.

Mercury: The Solar System's smallest planet may once have been as large as Earth. (via Damn Interesting

Typical Friday Night at KFC, According To AI. (via Nag on the Lake

The Rise And Fall Of The LAN Party. (via Kottke)

We need to get back to traditional American values. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Viking Women With Intentionally Reshaped Skulls.

They got their son a pet octopus. Weeks later, there were 50 more. (via Metafilter)

Louise


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The Problem With Being Batman's Butler



Have you ever considered the plight of Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred? He deals with an eccentric millionaire with a mansion and a superhero with a laboratory in an underground cave. You rarely ever see any other servants in the mansion, and no one else knows about the bat cave. That’s a lot of work for one man!

Dorkly shows us what happens when Alfred reaches his breaking point. Which anyone else would have reached long ago. Alfred deserves more than a promotion- he deserves a full staff to help him get it all done! (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Selling Point

Spanish Translation



Even I know that meat is supposed to be "carne," not "vegetables." I hear the other translations aren't too good, either. (via reddit)

Emperor Penguin Chicks Jump Off a 50-foot Cliff



We all recall that scene in Happy Feet when the young emperor penguins go to sea for the first time, driven by instinct. They are terrified, but eventually the first one jumps in, and lets the others know it's okay. Scientists have recorded this first plunge many times, but they also found evidence that some juvenile migrations don't just go to the sea -they go in by jumping off high ice cliffs! When you feel you must go to the sea, you go, whether it's a gentle jump off some floating ice or a plunge down a 50-foot cliff. For the first time, this phenomena had been filmed using drones by cinematographer Bertie Gregory for National Geographic. This footage is part of the documentary series Secrets of the Penguins, which will premiere a year from now, on Earth Day in 2025. (via Nag on the Lake)

Pizza Biz



Taking a Car to the 100th Floor



Infiniti debuted their new QX80 model on March 20 atop the sky deck at the Edge in Hudson Yards in Manhattan. It's an impressive car, and expensive, too. But how did they pull off this stunt? There are no cranes that big, and a helicopter lift isn't legal in Manhattan. The engineering team put in a lot of work to please the public relations team, by disassembling the car and taking it up 100 floors by elevator, piece by piece, and then reassembling it! Each piece had to be small enough to fit into a freight elevator, and it took almost 100 trips up to accomplish this. The project took 40 days, but the car was ready for its moment in the sun, so to speak, on the appointed day. (via The Awesomer)

Cat's Paw Anatomy

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The Evolution of Iron Man in Television & Film



Iron Man has been on TV and in movies for almost 60 years, although the first 40 years of that was in animation only -and most of them after that! The look of the character has changed yet stayed the same, usually pretty faithful to the comic book version.

So, Robert Downey, Jr. is the only man to portray Iron Man as a live action hero? Okay, at least we have a lot of him. And a lot of Iron man incarnations you’ve never seen, in this timeline by Burger Fiction.  

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

A Cinderella Story



If Southerners had Performance Reviews



The truth is that we all have performance reviews. Southern folks can be really judgmental. I learned to code switch at a young age because my parents couldn't stand me speaking like a hillbilly and my school friends made fun of me for talking "proper." That probably helped me get my first radio job. But if I didn't keep up with all the rules of Southern etiquette, my mother would correct me immediately.


Ominous Sign

A Disco for Cats



Look at all the pretty lights in this bathtub! This is for the cats, although you get the idea that they are more interested in the moving objects than in the colors. But why would you go to all this trouble to entertain your cats in the bathroom? Johann Rosenberg had a reason for every facet of this bathroom redo. What's wrong with dedicating one bathroom to the cats? Nothing, except we learn that Rosenberg only has one bathroom, and all this stuff has to be portable so he can use the room himself.

This project may remind you of the old woman who swallowed a fly, in that one project leads to side effects, which leads to another project, and so on. But in this one, he ended up with a cool video with both pretty light effects and cats. You can't go wrong with that combination!

Crow Funerals



Murder most fowl. (via Bored Panda)

The Great Critter Race


 
Remember a video from a few months ago in which different species of birds raced to show us how fast they can go? Red Side has made the same type of video for terrestrial animals. They are all shown moving at their species' maximum speed, the way they only would move if their lives were in danger. That means they are all shown running comically fast, one after another, as if it's a race. It's weird to see a predator passing prey instead of eating them. The animals were produced by artificial intelligence, which hasn't quite mastered the way an elephant moves. Still, as funny as the race is, you'll learn about the relative speeds of various animals at their maximum. Meanwhile, if you ever see a critter running this fast in real life, you can be sure something scary is chasing them. The second half of the video is the same race from the animals' point of view. (via Laughing Squid)

Miss Cellania's Links

Why do some people always get lost? Research suggests that experience may matter more than innate ability when it comes to a sense of direction. (via Metafilter)

Ten years on from Chibok, what happened to the 276 Nigerian girls snatched from their school? (via Damn Interesting)

Whoops, Disney PR's First Omen campaign spooked someone so bad they called the cops.

Mom tries on a new wig.

Do You Really, Really Like Aqua? Then you'll love this house. 

If the Flintstones Vacationed in France: A Guide to the Cave Villages

Follow the Footsteps of an Incredible Mailman From the Gold Rush Era. Hikers recreate Snowshoe Thompson’s 100-mile route through the mountains by walking, running, and even skiing. 

What Does a Fire Captain in Antarctica Do? (via Nag on the Lake

The Rise and Impending Fall of the Dental Cavity. (via Damn Interesting)

Lizard

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3-Year-Old Zep Fan Plays Name That Tune



Matthew Canning is a rock ’n’ roller, and so is his three-year-old daughter Lily. They recently played a game of Name That Tune with Led Zeppelin songs, which are her favorites. Lily ends the game with a request, a dance, and a sing-along. It took me longer than three years to learn the names of all those songs when I was much older than Lily, but to be fair, I listened on radio stations that didn't announce song names and by letting entire albums track.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Transformer

Beavis and Butt-Head



It takes me a while to get around to watching the skits from Saturday Night Live, and this one has gone viral as the best of this week's glorious show. Ryan Gosling managed to break up in every skit, but in this one, everyone involved corpsed big time except Kenan Thompson.  

Mole Catcher



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Cat Loves Flowers, and Sharing



Aalish started finding flowers that had been left in her home, or near the door. A secret admirer? Her partner didn't know what she was talking about, so it was a mystery until she caught a stray cat in the act of bringing flowers! What a sweet gesture; she liked the camellias, and thought Aalish would like them, too. They fed the friendly cat and gradually took her in and named her Fiddy. It turns out that Fiddy really needed a home that appreciated flowers as much as she did. See more of Fiddy in her beautiful home in Aotearoa (which we call New Zealand) at TikTok and Instagram

The Mighty Oak



We should all stop and think before proclaiming our own greatness. You might think you are hot stuff, but everyone has their sore spots. It's up to the lesser to find and exploit those spots. This comic is from Bonus Context. (via reddit)

Catchy Sign



How World War II Is Taught Around The World

I was taught about World War II over and over in grade school, but it was all from an American perspective. Even today, there are many Americans who believe that World War II began on December 7, 1941. Yet Europe had been in a war for two and a half years already, and Japan had been at war for four years in China. Americans think we won the war, but Russia is pretty sure they did, at least in Europe. And the former Axis powers- how do they teach schoolchildren about what happened in World War II? In this video from Weird History, we get an overview of the perspective from which various nations around the world treat the subject of World War II in their history classes.


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Gail Wise bought the first Ford Mustang sold in the United States; 60 years later, she still owns it. (via Damn Interesting)

150 years of Impressionism: how a small group of artists changed the way we see. (via Nag on the Lake)

The 30-year hunt to find the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert bus. Priscilla had been through a lot in those years. (via Metafilter)

Larry David Has "No Lessons Learned" Regarding Courtroom Proceedings. People loved the Curb Your Enthusiasm series finale, but how realistic was it?

Kitten Teaches Herself to Ride a Skateboard.

We love Sir David Attenborough, but this guy should be narrating wildlife videos.

40 Bizarre Realities of the Working World They Don’t Teach You in Trade School.

Scientists Find Something Deep Inside Uranus.

How to cheat at Super Mario Maker and get away with it for years. Sure, there were reasons for using TAS, but not labeling it as such was an egregious move that went unnoticed for seven years.

Ugly



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Paint on a Drum



The Slow Mo Guys come up with some crazy ideas, but their aim is to show us neat stuff in slow motion, so it really doesn’t have to make sense in the real wold. Would a drummer put powdered paint on drum heads? Maybe, if it would make the show more interesting, but what a mess! But Gav and Dan have no problem with a mess. They go on to try variations, like drumming from underneath and using a cymbal. What they’re demonstrating is the powerful vibration response, but it all just looks neat. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Car Salesman Math

Liberace is Feelin' Groovy



This 1968 clip from The Red Skelton Hour features a hip number from Liberace and the Young Folks Singing Aggregation, performing "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)" originally by Simon and Garfunkel and further popularized by Harpers Bizarre. This was cringe even in 1968. (via Boing Boing)  


Space Cups



The latest video from Action Lab gave me new things to think about. Somehow I missed the fact that astronauts on the International Space Station are now drinking out of cups instead of squeeze bottles with straws. How does that work? That's what the video is about. Another question is why? Well, I am very much aware that drinking coffee or hot tea through a straw does not work because hot liquids need to be introduced to your mouth gradually for safety. But it's mainly because you don't get aroma from liquids that have no contact with air, which dulls the taste. That made me think of all these little kids drinking Capri Suns. Maybe if they were getting the full flavor, it wouldn't need so much sugar and artificial flavors. Be that as it may, the new gravity free cups are pretty clever. It makes you think about how different it must be to live in an environment devoid of something as fundamental to our lives as gravity. The video is only 3:45, the rest is an ad.

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Caitlin Clark on Weekend Update



The opening skit for Saturday Night Live last night was hilarious, but a bit too vulgar for Sunday morning. I was thoroughly impressed with college basketball star Caitlin Clark's appearance on Weekend Update, though, as she issues a payback to Michael Che for his misogynistic jokes. Her last remark was the cherry on top.  


Story



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Player Two



John Wikstrøm saw a YouTube comment that particularly touched him, and felt compelled to make a video out of the story. It’s less than two minutes long, how touching can it be? You might want to bring a handkerchief, because a big story can be told in a small number of words. (via Geeks Are Sexy)  

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cell Phone

You Might Have ADHD



Penn Holderness wrote a little song about the ups and downs of ADHD. This is mainly about adult ADHD, which he handles well thanks to experience and a responsible and grounded wife. It's a bit trickier when you are a young child who needs to learn how to negotiate school plus life in general. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Latin



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I Go Meow



An orange cat named Cala will let you know when she needs attention. She's quite vocal, bordering on English sentence structure. Therefore, her calls are catnip to David Scott, also known as The Kiffness. He was inspired to write a little song around Cala's lyrics, such as they are, based on Pachelbel's Canon in D (as are most songs). 

The Sun



Solo Patrol



What the Star Wars universe needs is more stormtroopers with real personalities. We have Finn from the last trilogy, and Gary from Adult Swim, but there are thousands of stormtroopers, and all we know about them is that they are poor shots. Now we have TK-FNG, a regular guy who's not all that smart, but has a heart of gold. In this video, thinks he is on patrol to watch for suspicious characters and evidence of rebellion. But instead, he's got a lost little girl. The problem is that she's an Aqualish. He doesn't know her language, and she looks like a butt.

Peter Haynes created Solo Patrol as part of his For The Empire series, in which TK-FNG is a recurring character. You can see all the episodes so far in this playlist.  (via Geeks Are Sexy)



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A Small Escape (Den Lilla Flykten)



Nobody’s home -it’s time to make your move! A pair of scissors is determined to escape the kitchen, and he’s taking the other office supplies with him!

This short stop-motion film by David Sandell won the award for best animation at Sweden's Short Film Festival 2016. (via The Kid Should See This)

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These guys are obviously not old enough to remember that rabbit that attacked Jimmy Carter. But look at the feet on the bunny in that lower video! He may as well have been wearing flippers. (via Digg)

Friday, April 12, 2024

Bright Future



"Thunderstruck" on Pots and Pans



The French band Les Fo'Plafonds has built their act around the use of recycled materials to make musical instruments, but don't let fool you- they are talented! Their version of "Thunderstruck" uses vocals and kitchen utensils. Sure they have a guitar, but it's made out of a frying pan. Just wait 'til that one guy goes in the with hand mixers! (Thanks, Liesbeth en Karl!) 

First Impressions



Miniwood



You will recognize quite a few of your favorite Hollywood films in this movie tribute from Yeti Pictures animation studio, even though they only take a few seconds each. These vignettes have a tilt-shift look, making the sets look even smaller for the toys used in recreating the movie scenes. You might think this is stop-motion animation using miniatures, but you'd be wrong. Miniwood is entirely digital! It does seem a bit strange to use computer generated graphics, which can do anything, to recreate the labor-intensive yet unrealistic style of stop motion, but you can't argue that too much because the result is downright adorable. (via Nag on the Lake)   

Numbers

Whatever they are doing, I applaud them. I couldn't figure out how to write in someone else's language if my life depended on it. But just I adore the logic employed in spelling the exponents of ten. (via Buzzfeed)

Honest Trailer: Ex Machina



Screen Junkies jumps ten years back in time for an Honest Trailer about the 2014 Ex Machina. It was writer and director Alex Garland's first film, exploring the subject of artificial intelligence and frankly, artificial people. It starred Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac just before they became forever associated with Star Wars, although you might not even recognize them in this film if you haven't seen it. I recall thinking the movie was about a man falling in love with an android, but it's a bit more complicated than that. When you mix in emotions, artificial intelligence can prove to be much smarter than flesh-and-blood people. This Honest Trailer leaves you with the idea that Screen Junkies actually liked the movie, even though they found plenty to poke fun at.