Sunday, 19 October 2014

Lady Is A Tramp

Weird video designed, directed and animated by Dvein. Voice by Marga Sardà.

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(via Reality Carnival)

Nice Thief

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Historic Werewolves

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The idea of a person turning into a dangerous animal has been part of folklore ever since folklore was invented. It's quite popular today, at least in fiction, since the transformation makes a great special effect.

But there have been real people in various parts of the world who went down in history as practitioners or victims of lycanthropy. In other words, werewolves.

(via Miss Cellania)

The Making Of The World's Tallest Rideable Bicycle

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Richie Trimble made the tallest bike in the world. With a height of 20-foot, the bike captured the Guinness Book world record on December 26th, 2013.

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(thanks Cora)

Besleti Bridge

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The Besleti Bridge, also known as the Queen Tamar Bridge, is a medieval arched stone bridge at Sukhumi, Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia. The bridge spans the small mountain River Besletka, and dates back to the late 12th century.

This single-arch bridge is one of the most illustrative examples of the medieval bridge design popular during the reign of Tamar of Georgia (1184-1213) who is traditionally credited to have commissioned the construction of the Besleti bridge.

Doves Vs Feral Pigeons, Birds Of A Feather Or 2nd-Class Citizens?

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Generally speaking, the terms 'dove' and 'pigeon' are used interchangeably. Pigeon is a French word that derives from the Latin pipio, for a 'peeping' chick, while dove is a Germanic word that refers to the bird's diving flight.

Both birds are members of the same bird clade, Columbidiae, which constitutes approximately 310 species. In the ornithological world, 'dove' tends to be used for the smaller of the species and 'pigeon' for larger ones.

Saturday, 18 October 2014


Thesis animation film by Danka Chiang. A Chinese man wants to light up the lanterns (denglong in Chinese) in front of the house for the evening. What should be a simple task becomes difficult when he runs across some unexpected issues. See what happens when he tries to shed a little light on his problem.

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(thanks Cora)

How Old Is Your Hearing

Hearing range in humans is commonly between 20 and 20,000Hz. As we get older, this range gradually declines and teenagers can typically hear higher frequencies. So, how old is your hearing. First, set your volume really low, then use the example tone to raise it to a level that's clear but not loud. Press the 'Start' button to begin, then hit 'Stop' as soon as the pitch gets so high you can't hear it.

I'm not sure this test is very accurate. I believe my hearing is fine and this test says I have the hearing of an 85-year-old. I'm old, but not that old! How old is your hearing?

Scientists Call On Public To Help Solve Mystery Of Starlings' Aerial Displays

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Do starlings flock together to keep warm, for safety or to share roosting tips? A Society of Biology murmuration survey hopes to find the answer and help stem their decline. Every autumn and winter, thousands of starlings pack close together and swirl across the sky in one of the natural calendar's most dramatic spectacles.

The citizen science survey will ask members of the public to track when murmurations occur, where, what the weather is like, what the temperature is, how long they last and what the birds do at the end of the congregations.

Wolfe Air Reel

These shots were filmed in close formation with the Vectorvision camera system installed in the highly modified Wolfe Air LearJet 25. Filmed in high-resolution by Doug Holgate, Roger Tonry and Scott Smith.

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(thanks Cora)

Architecture For Bikes

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From Calgary's space-age Peace bridge to Eindhoven's floating roundabout and the Copenhagen apartments with a cycle path straight up to the 10th floor, here are some of world's best cycling infrastructures.

A Forest Shrine In Japan

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In the town of Takamori-machi, in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, lies a forest shrine known as Kamishikimikumano. The beautiful Shinto shrine was the setting for a popular one-shot, shōjo manga written by Yuki Midorikawa called Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies' Light).

Friday, 17 October 2014

Drum Battle: III Marine Expeditionary Force Band Vs. Republic of Korea Army Band

A friendly drum line competition in a parking lot between the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band and the Republic of Korea Army Band.

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How Birds Weather Turbulence

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When a bird hits turbulence while flying, it can't turn on the 'fasten seatbelt' sign. Instead, new research shows that it tucks its wings to stabilize its flight.

Scientists were studying the flight of a captive Eurasian steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) when they noticed a curious behavior. While soaring, the bird would often briefly fold its wings before resuming its normal flight.

An A To Z Of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words

Do you know what babblement means? Or what a fopdoodle is? Ever heard of illaqueation, rakeshame, or nuncupatory? Here are 26 of some of the most curious, most surprising and most obscure words from Webster's Dictionary in one handy A to Z.

(via Twists and Turns)

Cache Of Historic Newspapers Unveils The Mysteries Of Old New Orleans

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It typically takes a lifetime to build an admirable collection, years spent scouring flea markets, garage sales, and auction houses for each new addition. But for Joseph Makkos, his prized collection appeared all at once - in the form of a Craigslist ad offering thousands of historic New Orleans newspapers. For free.

Makkos' collection offers an amazingly detailed view of the city's storied past: Its politics, food, sporting events, local businesses, architecture, tragedies, and celebrations.

(thanks Hunter

Angels And Ghosts

The story of Amber, a young woman on a quest to find her brothers who have disappeared. Angels and Ghosts deftly explores the potent themes of mental health and family bonds, giving a unique insight into an extraordinary complex and often dark world.

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(thanks Cora)

21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life

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OK, you wont find true love or make a million dollars by following these charts. But someone's bound to be impressed by your profound knowledge of tea bag–steeping temperatures.

Scrambled Eggs And Serifs

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Type has a long and rich history, not just in its shapes but also its organization and presentation. Scholars have discussed the marriage of roman and italic, originally independent forms. Others have charted the idea of 'bold,' the shift of weight that is a signal all by itself. But the idea of a typeface name has received less attention.

Today, we expect a name to be a unique designation, independent of context, emphasizing personality rather than structure. It wasn't always this way. When was the beginning of this concept? As with most of type history, the answer is complicated.