Monday, 28 July 2014

Locked Up

Locked Up is a video by Gabriel Grapperon and his third year's project at Supinfocom Arles.

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(thanks Cora)

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko Wears The World's Most Unbelievable Camo

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The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger and is also known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

This masterfully camouflaged little lizard, with a leafy tail complete with missing chunks that look to have rotted away, is a testament to natural selection.

(via Neatorama)

British Piers

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The first British pier opened 200 years ago this month in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. Photographer Simon Roberts spent three years documenting the country's remaining piers, which are now the subject of a fascinating touring exhibition on show at 11 coastal museums and galleries.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

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San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the US that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. Hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames.

(thanks Cora)

Colnago C60 Frame

Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago in 1954 near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. The hand built Colnago C60 is truly a masterpiece. Carbon star shaped tubes, lugs, keeping the ability to customize the ride.

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(thanks Cora)

Goat Reaches Fruit By Balancing On A Donkey

Now this is true friendship! A donkey allows his goat friend to balance on top of him while reaching for fruit in a tree.

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(thanks Cora)

Formula One Drivers Do Insanely Specific Exercises To Keep Death At Bay

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Try telling a Formula One driver that driving a car is for the fat and lazy. Despite the fact that they effectively earn a living by sitting in a car, the strength and endurance required of a F1 racer is pretty incredible.

There are lateral G-forces which can make the driver feel as though there is an extra 25 kg (or 55.12 lbs) on his neck. There are also longitudinal G-forces acting on the driver, plus additional forces from car acceleration and deceleration mid-drive. There's the extreme heat found in the F1 cockpit, especially at the hotter rounds of the championships, also puts a vast straight on the body. How do F1 drivers adapt to these conditions?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Dandelion

Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North and South America. The name comes from French dent-de-lion, meaning 'lion's tooth.' This video about the dandelion is from the BBC's documentary series The Private Life of Plants.

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(thanks Cora)

Dewi The Dragon: Guardian Of Castle Harlech

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Harlech Castle was constructed atop a spur of rock next to the Irish Sea by Edward I of England to seal his victory over Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last sovereign Prince of Wales. Although the sea has retreated and no longer protects the castle a new guardian has recently arrived.

Where water once protected Harlech, now it is fire. Dewi the Dragon, resplendent in his scaly coat of steel, is the new sentinel of the still magnificent medieval castle and guards the town's inhabitants from harm.

Gentle Brain

Gentle Brain is an interactive piece about the fleeting nature of digital pleasures. Commissioned by the wonderful Etterstudio for MUDA, Museum for Digital Art, opening in Zurich in the late of 2014.

Rollie The Armadillo

Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, likes to play. This video was taken at the New Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.

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The Republic Of Kruševo: The Makedonium Monument

Kruševo is a town in Macedonia and home of the Makedonium. It was officially opened on August 2 of 1974, on the 30th anniversary of the Second Session of the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia.

The Makedonium occupies 12 acres and has the shape of a round dome with oval windows. The complex also consists of a plateau with series of sculptures named 'Breaking the Chains,' symbolizing freedom won in the liberation wars.

(thanks Juergen)

These Lego Creations Perfectly Represent Each Of The 50 United States

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Jeff Friesen puts us all to shame with his fantastic Lego dioramas. Hailing from Nova Scotia, he started building Lego representations of U.S. states in 2013, using nothing but the Lego in his daughter's collection.

Hard work and a clever imagination resulted in an incredible project that contains all 50 states, each capturing a very defining aspect of the place's history, geography or culture.

(thanks Cora)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Hamster And His Tiny House

No hamsters were harmed. He regulary likes to play in the dolls house and got lots of strokes for being such a good actor.

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(thanks Cora)

23 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Plastic Bottles

DIY recycling projects are always cool, especially when you can turn your trash into something new and useful. The PET plastic that most plastic beverage bottles are made of is a fairly useful material - it's resilient, flexible, transparent and food safe.

As such, there are probably countless applications for these bottles that will give them second lives. These 23 are a great place to start.

Malaysia Flight 17: The Unique Way The Dutch Mourn

For the past couple of days, a Dutch Hercules C-130 and an Australian Boeing C-17 have landed several times at Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands with the remains of the people who were killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash.

On the news, you've probalby seen the thousands of people who jammed roadsides and overpasses, and the traffic that stopped along some highways. It's the way the Dutch population paid tribute to the solemn procession that rolled slowly to the city of Hilversum, where forensic experts were waiting to identify the remains.

Russell Shorto of Time Magazine describes why the Dutch mourn this way.

(thanks Michael)

How Gravity Makes Things Fall

Gravity is a natural phenomenon by which all physical bodies attract each other. It is most commonly recognized and experienced as the agent that gives weight to physical objects and causes physical objects to fall toward the ground when dropped from a height.

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(via Reality Carnival)

These Glorious Three-Wheeled Microcars

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Colored in all shades of a jelly bean, and looking like a retro-chick automotive candy, these lovely three-wheelers are a highly desirable catch for collectors today.

The early history of three-wheelers is no less illustrious and fascinating. After all, the very first automobile was a three-wheeler (Benz Patent Motorwagen in 1886).

11 Movie Titles That Became Part Of The Lexicon

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It's no secret that our language patterns are influenced by the movies we watch. Movies are so influential, in fact, that a number of film titles have become part of the vocabulary even among people who haven't seen the movies in question.

Some of these terms didn't exist until the movies created them; others were already in the language but were popularized or got new definitions as film titles. In some cases, the movies themselves are unremarkable or forgotten, yet they live on in our daily conversations.