Thursday, March 30, 2017

Miss Cellania's Links

Visiting The Anza Borrego Super Bloom. The desert hasn't looked this colorful in over a decade.

The story behind "Smoke on the Water."

How a Wild West Showman Brought Man-Lifting Kites to the British Army. And then abandoned them for planes.

Janelle Shane spent some time teaching a neural network how to generate recipes. The results are quite interesting. (via Metafilter)

Genevieve von Petzinger & the invention of graphics on cave walls. We are still trying to decipher the messages they left us.   

10 Eerie Abandoned Cities You Can Visit. It might be difficult to find overnight accommodations, however.

7 Hilarious Ways Reality Would Ruin Famous Movie Scenes. It's a good thing we can suspend our disbelief and just go with the flow when watching.

9 Remarkable Ultrasound Images. Pareidolia reigns supreme when we don't know what we're looking at. 

Project Moby Dick, the Cold War’s Least Believable Surveillance Strategy.

It's A Booby Trap!


(via Fark)

Social Security Cards Explained



Social Security numbers are confusing. The SSA tells you to never give your number out except to your employer and the government, but then the bank, the utility office, schools, and every store you visit want to know yours. And what do those numbers mean, anyway? CGP Grey explains social security numbers from their beginning to us in a way we can all understand, which is what he's good at. Meanwhile, Social Security is not so good at security. (via reddit)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Doing God's Work

Frolic ‘n Mae



Mae is an imaginative young girl who does artwork with a magical touch. But her friends at the slumber party have a different idea of fun, and it's no fun for her. Then things get a little out of hand. Frolic ‘n Mae is an action-adventure short that combines live-action with hand-drawn animation by Ornana Films. You can see a behind-the-scenes video here. (Thanks, Benjamin!)

Science

(via reddit)

MEAL Team Six



With Trump's federal budget plans cutting social programs to fund the military (and the border wall), Trevor Noah has a plan to save Meals on Wheels. It's simple -make it a part of the military!

Missing Turtle

(via 22 Words)

Puffer Fish Courtship



The Japanese puffer fish goes through a week of craziness to impress lady puffer fish. Wait until you see what he's working on! This clip is from the BBS Earth series Life Story. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

Na and the Missing Library Books. Indexing in a different language can give you a headache.

"Paulownia is known in Japanese as ‘kiri’ and as ‘Princess Tree’ because it was once customary to plant a tree of this kind when a baby girl was born, and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she married." (via Nag on the Lake

Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year. Without them, we'd be overrun with insects.

The Incredible Legend of the First Black Samurai. He sure impressed the Japanese in 1579.

Watch all ten good dogs go up the steps one-by-one as their names are called. Even Mayhem and Chaos are good dogs.

A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a colony of feral cats. He's found that the cats particularly love to play in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes they can jump in and peek out of. (via Metafilter)

The Country That Doesn't Exist. Transdniestria lies between between Moldova and Ukraine, but no one recognizes it.

Who Owns Your Face? You may be attached to it, but you don't have exclusive rights to what it looks like.


The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History. The church was not so patriarchal in the beginning.

Thug Notes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Insightful commentary, NSFW language. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Realization Hurts


(via Fark)

Are You Lost In The World Like Me?



The music video for "Are You Lost In The World Like Me?" by Moby and the Void Pacific Choir. Animation by Steve Cutts. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day



Broccoli has caused system failure. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Parents

Recreating History



When Hollywood does history, they often go to great lengths to portray an iconic moment accurately, especially when there is film or photographs of the original event. They get pretty darn close, as this comparison from Vugar Efendi shows us. For most of these, I am more familiar with the actual film or photographs than I am with the movies. I'm impressed at how well they copied the existing archives. Then again, if a movie didn't resemble the real history, it wouldn't have made it into this video. If you have trouble reading the captions, try it in fullscreen mode. (via Laughing Squid)

Say Something Nice

(via reddit)

You Tell 'em, Liz



Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the health care brouhaha in Washington.

Tweet of the Day



This kid didn't realize he was talking to Nancy Cartwright, who does the voice of Bart Simpson, when he was peddling chocolate for his school. (via Buzzfeed)


Ignorant Slut

(via Buzzfeed)

The Avengers React to Justice League Trailer



After 15 years or so of Marvel movies raking in billions of dollars by using teams of superheroes in The Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, DC is finally ready to jump in with Justice League this November. The first trailer debuted this weekend. The Avengers saw it, too. Dr. Machakil edited this fan film that gives us a hint that the Avengers will be plotting a one-up soon. (via Metafilter