Monday, September 25, 2017

House Salad

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All Night Long at The Airport

A few years ago, I posted a video that Richard Dunn made when he was stranded overnight at an empty airport. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport wasn't totally empty when Mahshid Mazooji was stranded there overnight recently, so she enlisted the help of fellow passengers and the airport staff in making a video that cheered everyone up. It will cheer you up, too! Mazooji's brother Death__BySnuSnu posted this at reddit. Commenters verified that the Charlotte airport has the second-best dancers in any U.S. airport, bested only by the staff at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

The Wisdom of Roald Dahl

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Jack Russell Bullies Three Cats

A tiny terrier pays no attention to the fact that these lion cubs are several times his size. What matters is intimidation and calling your enemy's bluff. Jack Russells are born with a Napoleon complex, and use it to the fullest extent. The cubs probably just want to play, but they know better than to mess with a yapping ball of anger, no matter how small it is. (via reddit)


String Quartet Does "Carry On Wayward Son"

Thalia Strings is a quartet of classically-trained musicians: Lindsey Bordner and Amy Cave on violins, Katrina Chitty on viola Corinne Lint on cello. They have quite a repertoire of rock songs. Check them out! See Thalia Strings perform "Thunderstruck" and "Creep" at Laughing Squid.

Miss Cellania's Links

The Great Escape. The story behind how Portal was developed.

Why 3 Man-Sized Cages Hang From a Medieval German Church Steeple. The Protestant Reformation led Münster, Germany, to war, because one's salvation was not to be trusted to free will, and neither was political power.

After Charlottesville, The American Far Right Is Tearing Itself Apart.

The Many Deaths of the Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the re-assembled atoms at the other end are the real you. (via Metafilter

Victorian Paintings: A Miscellany. They are so much better with modern captions.

The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body images issues of strangers every day.

Snooperkatz, the Lost Cat of 1894. (via Strange Company)

Wasn't Me

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Nearly 600 Very Good Dogs

If you were going to witness an attempt to break a world record, this is the one you'd want to attend. An association called the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) welcomed 576 border collies to a park in Willaston, South Australia, Sunday to create the largest gathering of border collies ever. The previous record was 503 border collies in one place. However, the Guinness organization does not recognize gatherings of specific dog breeds, so the result is only bragging rights, and a memorable event for both the dogs and their owners. In other words, a good time was had by all. (via The Daily Dot)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Free Eye

Bini the Basketball Bunny

This rabbit has many hobbies, such as painting and doing tricks for his human. He likes to play a little basketball before he goes to bed every night. The folks at Guinness World Records have recognized Bini's talents with a world record for "most slam dunks in one minute by a rabbit." Yeah, sure, it's a made-up category for Bini, but it's still amazing. It got the rabbit into the book Guinness World Records 2018: Amazing Animals. This is the first edition, so who knows? Maybe some other bunny will come along and challenge that record. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Meet Deadly

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Reality Versus the Perception of Reality

The universe is so big and complicated that mere humans can only perceive a small part of it, and understand even less of it. Sure, our relative intelligence and ability to grasp abstract concepts is what separates is from other animals, but that doesn't mean we understand the nature of what we call reality. What if everything we know is just a simulation constructed by someone else? The possibility was once considered ridiculous, but we're at the point now where we can see how it would happen. 

Kurzgesagt outlines this paradox by explaining how close we are to creating simulated universes and intelligence ourselves. What could possibly go wrong? I am reminded of that one night we watched a colony of ants and talked about how they were totally unaware of the intelligent beings watching them. So we turned around, looked up in the sky, and waved to the super-intelligent beings watching us. It's a concept that puts us somewhere between Genesis, Oculus Rift, and The Matrix. Vsauce3 looks into the question even further. 

The upshot is that our reality is what we perceive, and we don't know how much we don't know. And we never will. (via Laughing Squid)


Clogging in the '60s

This clip from Bluegrass Roots: On The Road With Bluegrass Musician, a 1964 documentary by David Hoffman, shows Bluegrass clogging. It's a descendant of Irish step-dancing, with elements of square dancing and line dancing added. I guarantee that these young folks dressed in their Sunday best because they knew a filmmaker would be at the dance that night.


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The Baranton Sisters

Régina and Yvonne Baranton were foot jugglers. Watch them display their talents on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. You have to wonder how and why they ever decided they were going to juggle tables with their feet. It's not the kind of thing that everyone wanted to do. It turns out they came by their act naturally -from the family. A French circus family. You can see the Baranton Trio performing on French TV in 1958. And the tradition lives on. Another family member, Eliane Baranton, performs in this video labeled 2009. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

There's a Story Here

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

The hit by Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers has been posted here before, but this version is from a Dutch TV show in 1970. She was much more popular in the Netherlands than she ever was in the U.S. The young folk singer tells how impressed she was that the Gospel choir consented to collaborate with her. (via Strange Company


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