Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Unheard of Instruments in the Saxophone Family

Have you ever seen a slide saxophone? Or a Conn-o-sax? Those are just a few of the rare saxophones in the collection of Dr. Paul Cohen, who plays, writes about, and collects unusual saxophones. Here he gives a tour of his instruments to saxophone players from the United States Army Field Band. The saxes range from tiny little things to the huge 6.5-foot contrabass sax that will make your chest rattle. Dr. Cohen even has some custom-made and one-of-a-kind instruments, such as the saxophone with no keys that you play in the manner of a bugle. You could make an entire band out of saxophones! (via Metafilter)


An Honest Trailer for Every Wes Anderson Movie

The new animated film Isle of Dogs, directed by Wes Anderson, opens this weekend. In honor of the occasion, Screen Junkies has a trailer that includes every Wes Anderson feature film made so far. That's eight of them, none of which I have seen. But apparently they are all alike. Why haven't I ever seen a Wes Anderson movie? Because no one ever told me that I should, and that's saying something because I live on the internet. After watching this Honest Trailer, I don't feel the need to see one, ever. That doesn't mean that Isle of Dogs won't be wonderful -the reviews are pretty good. But I'll wait for the word-of-mouth. (Thanks, Kelli!) 

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Soft Is Hard: Full Bladders and Cult TV. More strange research studies.

She was the only woman in this photo of 38 scientists. 47 years later, she’s been identified.

Self-employed people are happier and more engaged at work, study finds. I like it; the thought of punching a clock again is terrifying. (via reddit)

The YouTube series Forces of Destiny fills in the gaps between the Star Wars movies. In the latest episode, we find out how Leia first met Maz Kanata.

Exocomets Detected Orbiting Nearby Stars. In other words: alien comets! (via Phil Plait)

My Life in the American Gothic House. The rent was cheap because the house is small, is in Eldon, Iowa, and 15,000 tourists visit it every year. (via Boing Boing)

A Treasury Of Your Best Weird Grandpa Stories. After a certain age, you just don't care what people think anymore.

The Importance of Sleep. What would happen if you tried to stay awake for a whole week?

Gardening is Great. It's a wonderful way to reduce stress, connect with nature, eat better food, and even help the planet.

The earliest known recording of the work chant "Black Betty" was sing by James Iron Head Baker at a Texas prison. The history of the song is in the video description.  

Cat Ears

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Monty Python Communist Quiz

Famous communist leaders from around the world are assembled for a television show. They assume it will be a political discussion, but this is Monty Python, so that's what what happens. This is from their Hollywood Bowl show.

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

More Differences Between New Zealand and Australia

In a followup to his previous video on the differences between Australia and New Zealand, Jordan Watson (also known as the How-to Dad) draws more contrasts between the two. He lives in New Zealand, which he paints as a more peaceful and sensible place. This video delves deeper into the language differences of two English-speaking nations, although he does wander into the wildlife, sports, and geography a bit. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Unfortunate Headline

These kids probably don't even know how we used to use the word "husky." (via Bad Newspaper)

A Shared Experience

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If I Fits, I Sits

We know cats are liquid, as they take the shape of their container. And cats love any kind of container: boxes, dishes, shelves, closets, bags, or whatever they can get into. We might even call a cat a "container-seeking liquid." Chris Poole has recorded video of his cats Cole and Marmalade ever since they were kittens. Here is a compilation that shows how they like to try on any kind of container to see if they fit. And if they fits, they sits! (via Tastefully Offensive)      

The Sales Pitch

If you can't fulfill a need for your customers, the next tactic is altruism and guilt. That's when you let them know that proceeds of your sale benefit the local school charity, or in this case, the Gopher Guides. When that fails, you have to bring out the big guns. This little girl has put some real thought into her spiel. Avoiding future awkwardness must be worth at least five dollars. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

And if you enjoy Hallbeck's comics, you'll want to read a personal message from the artist.

Bill Nye Lists Science Slang

Science has slang? You betcha! Just ask anyone who's ever referred to a thagomizer. In this video, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, lets us in on some of the shortcuts scientists and science writers use. Read more about the spherical cow here. It's obvious that scientists are the coolest nerds there are. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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The World's Most Expensive Eggs. The imperial history of FabergΓ© eggs.

A short reference on everything the public knows about Russian interference with US elections. It is continuously updated.

This Scientist Raised His Baby Son With a Baby Chimp. It was a horrid idea even for 1931, before scientific ethics boards existed.

When an English Lit Major Tried to School Isaac Asimov. In return, he got an essay on shifting degrees of wrongness.

Why Is My Face Changing Shape as I Get Older? A variety of experts explain what creates the stranger in the mirror.

Egoistic Altruism: A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place. Modern life doesn't have to be a zero-sum game.

A Cat, A Bulldog, and a Lobster Walk Into a Harlem Restaurant … That setup led to a melee that made the papers in 1910.

We Tried Mark Zuckerberg's Tricks for Looking Taller in Photos. They might work for you, too!

Want to stay out of prison? Choose rich parents.

Literacy Test is Unintentional Poetry. The Devens Literacy Test was given to World War I recruits. (via Nag on the Lake)


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That Time John Oliver Interviewed Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking was not only wicked smart, he had a great sense of humor. 

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Monday, March 19, 2018


New Star Wars Soundtracks

David Unger came up with alternative music for Star Wars. He says,
The minute I saw Star Wars The Last Jedi in theaters, this song popped into my head during that scene, and I knew that I had to wait until the DVD to make this. That time is now. Hope you enjoy.
While he was at it, he tagged on scenes from other Star Wars films with different music. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Anatomical Distortion

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