Monday, September 25, 2017

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.

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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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How American Gothic Became an Icon

Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about. In this video from Vox, we see that it was the people who saw the painting that made it special. They saw what they wanted to see in American Gothic. (via Digg)

True Love: A Tribute to The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride has a cornucopia of elements that make it one of our favorite movies. But the overarching theme is true love. In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from the movie to make a love song about love..  true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary on Monday. (via Tastefully Offensive

Friday, September 22, 2017


Colin Furze's Driveable Hot Tub

Insane inventor Colin Furze (previously) has built such a reputation that now he's being paid to bring ridiculous tech to life. In his latest stunt, he covered a BMW with a lawn (artificial turf), sealed it up and filled it with water, and installed a barbecue grill on the back. Silly? Yes, and a lot of fun. The car is an ad for Google, so they provide Furze with the raw materials for the hot tub car.
Watch Furze drive around, splashing his bathwater all over the road. Oh yeah, the interior also has water jets, to which he adds bubble bath soap! Now try to imagine what happens when they grill burgers behind a bubble bath. This is the "fun" video. In case you are wondering exactly how he sealed the car so well that it could be driven filled with water, this video shows the process, and this video covers the other accessories. (via Laughing Squid)


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