Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Houston Police

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Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel

Trash pandas just wanna have fun! This adorable trio of raccoon cubs discovered that the wheel of a hanging bicycle makes a great swing. They can't wait for their turn, so they fight a little, and then end up piling on all at once. Whee! (via Laughing Squid)

Participation Award

(via Brother Bill)

The North Korea Polka

Weird Al Yankovic debuted his newest song Sunday on Last Week Tonight. Kim Jung-Un backed off his threat to nuke Guam on Tuesday. Coincidence? You can view the whole North Korea segment of the show here. It contains NSFW language. -via Metafilter

Victorian Banana Candy with Banana Facts

Gregory Cohen of Public Displays of Confection knows that we love watching the hard candy with images inside being made. Cohen also knows that the process can be tedious, even on video, so as the candy is being cooled, pulled, shaped, and pulled again, he tells us everything we ever needed to know about bananas. Like, how they are cultivated, the internal structure of a banana, and why banana candy usually doesn't taste like a banana. The candy factory is also a soda fountain Called Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee, Florida, so Cohen is fairly enamored of the bananas he uses for banana splits. 

Miss Cellania's Links

The Magyar Moustache Experiment.

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.” Dude, it's a photograph. You are the angry racist we see. (via Jezebel)

Parenting Is Not a “Job,” and Marriage Is Not “Work.”

After Charlottesville, I Asked My Dad About Selma.

Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.

Dear Diary

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Tweet of the Day

Kids grow up so fast. (sniff) Hair grows so slowly.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Squirrel Bullies

Sail 2015

Every four years, Amsterdam hosts a boat festival called Sail Amsterdam. This is a time-lapse drone view of Sail 2015. It's really pretty. The next Sail Amsterdam will be in August of 2020. 


(via reddit)

Donald Trump and Charlottesville

Lawrence O'Donnell sums up Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville demonstrations and murder last weekend. This is the best summary I've heard yet.

Tweet of the Day


Google Search as an Omen

Google search term statistics are good for detecting trends. Sometimes they can be a harbinger of disaster. If the predictions are correct, there is the possibility for traffic gridlock all across the United States. Due to her summer job schedule, my daughter is moving to her new college on August 21 instead of move-in day this week. At first I was quite disappointed, as the path of totality is only a couple of hours away from me in normal traffic, but now I see that decision as a blessing in disguise. This is the latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd. Go to the comic page to see the hover text.     

Muscle Up

Take a trip through Muscle Beach at sunrise with the world's smallest drone. Robert McIntosh brings us an amazing continuous shot that draws you in as it zooms out. While watching this, I bet you started to wonder how he did this. It becomes clear when you watch the raw video that was taken that morning.

That was before it was reversed and stabilized with ReelSteady for Adobe After Effects. But in some ways, the raw video is more impressive. I especially liked the part where the drone approached Jim Morrison. (via reddit

Miss Cellania's Links

A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

Here’s What Really Happened In Charlottesville.

A Brief History of Mooning. They didn't call it "mooning" in the Middle Ages, so you have to wonder if the common people had their own term for the gesture. (via Metafilter)

John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s. (via Metafilter)

The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.
The Lost History of an American Coup D’ร‰tat. The white supremacists who took over Wilmington in 1898 were lauded as heroes until they just weren't mentioned anymore.

Cone Kludge

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How to Make a Blockbuster Movie Trailer

If you thought movie trailers are looking more and more like every other movie trailer lately, you're not alone. They all follow the same formula, as explained by Auralnauts. The real test would be to put a movie trailer into YouTube Doubler with this video and see how close they are, if you find one that's about the same length. (via Tastefully Offensive)