Maybe a photographic partnership with animalkind would be a good thing for both parties, since they’ll be able to get their furry friends to come out and pose for us and we can teach them how to use the equipment.
But animals can be really pushy sometimes, so don’t be surprised if your photo partner tries to push you out of the way and do all the shooting themselves!
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by W. M. J. GreCJI, K. L. Westra, K. Robbie, and M. J. Brett Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
With the ever-increasing demands of urban life, individuals are ever less able to find time for their fundamental daily tasks. One of the most time consuming activities undertaken during an average day is the preparation of meals: breakfast, lunch, and supper. Our society has increasingly demanded for meals that are quick to prepare, yet nutritious. As a result, we now have dishes such as instant rice, microwave dinners, and minute noodles and soups.
In this article, we present a novel addition to the "fast food" lineup. Dubbed "Nanopasta" for its small size and phenomenally rapid cooking time, this new variety of pasta can be produced with the aid of a thin film deposition technology known as glancing angle deposition1 (GLAD).
Nanopasta Nanopasta is made by evaporating Durum wheat in a vacuum. The vapor is then directed at glancing incidence toward a rotating substrate. The schematic in Figure 1 illustrates this process, which is also currently used for other materials.2 Once Nanopasta has been deposited on the substrate, it may be harvested by a special etching process. Figure 2a shows a scanning electron microscope image of one shape, called Nano-fusilli. The photo illustrates the nanometer size scale of Nanopasta. Figure 2b shows an image of a Nano-fusilli film immediately after deposition but before the etch harvesting process. The substrate shown in the image is a silicon wafer.
Theoretical Background-AI Dente's Ratio Theory indicates that the most efficient way to cook dry pasta is to immerse it water that is at the boiling point. Depending on the variety and shape of pasta being prepared, the cooking process may require a relatively short or long period of time.
"You might have to press and push up more than once... try it again, it's important to get it right!" -Batman YouTube Link
These old PSAs are fun to look at, even if you don't remember them from when they originally aired. From animation to robots, Batman to Star Wars, Gremlins to Pee-wee Herman, a lot of fun personas from the past appear to jog our memories. See all eleven of them here. Which is your favorite?
Ian Stell’s Sinan table is a precisely designed and built piece of kinetic furniture that opens and folds. He explains that “Mutability in a piece of furniture should serve a purpose, but the act of transformation should be a kind of dance.” The Sinan does indeed dance!
Stell doesn’t list a price for the Sinan, but a somewhat similar design of his sells for a mere $20,000. For that much, the table should make accordion sound effects whenever it moves.
Moo is a barn cat at Sunflower Farm Creamery. She’s a dedicated barn cat, keeping watch out for vermin and even sits and supervises goats when they give birth. When week-old kids Lady Bug and Princess Leia try to make friends, Moo makes it clear she just wants a little nap. While Moo has seen lots of goats come and go, everything is new to the bouncy goats.
What impressed me in this video is the relative size of the goats and the cat. Those are tiny little kids! Well, Moo is a pretty healthy size for a barn cat. After all, she lives in a creamery, and apparently gets her share of goat’s milk. -via HuffPo
Julianne Moore and Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights | Image: New Line Cinema
In Vulture's list of the 30 most important sex scenes in the history of film, the word "important" has various meanings, which the writer clearly states. To quote him, he means important in the following ways:
"Used in the development of the cinematic idiom"
Breaking new ground in the depiction of intimacy
"Seminal moments in film history (for better and for worse)"
"Flash points that wound up changing our culture in interesting ways"
"Represented nefarious, exploitative trends"
"And some are just unforgettable scenes that informed what came after them"
It makes sense if you think about it: if you suddenly discover that your mouth is full of sheep poop, then your first instinct will be to spit it out—hopefully as far away from you as possible. That’s why the people of Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, held a sheep poop spitting contest earlier this month.
44 people signed up for this test of skill and dexterity as part of the local Lady of the Lake festival. 7 participated. This is not an old tradition passed down for generations, but an entirely new event dreamed up by Joe Mahon, the owner of a local hotel (here is its menu). The winner walked away with a prize purse of £100, which is about $156 USD. It was presumably spent on mouthwash.
Danger has always been his first name, and he has the eyepatch to prove that isn't just a name but a state of mind. But things were starting to get boring for poor DM in the spy game, so he started looking elsewhere for his kicks. Penfold suggested DM take up a new hobby, but the mouse was looking to get out of the house, so he set his sights on the open road. With a little persuasion DM was able to pry the keys to the Danger Mobile from Colonel K's clenched fist, and after a quick trip to a neighborhood hot rod shop the mouse was transformed into an automotive maniac!
Bring the gasoline to your geeky wardrobe with this Mouse Fink t-shirt by ClayGrahamArt, it'll drive your fellow Danger Mouse fans wild!
In this new video from NASA, astronauts aboard the International Space Station play with a ball of water by adding Alka-Seltzer. Oh, it bubbles, alright, but those bubbles really don’t have anywhere to go, so they just float around inside the orb. One occasionally explodes from the surface, but there’s not enough gravity to force it upward, because there really is no “upward.”
NASA is all excited about their new Red Dragon camera, which captures images in 4K resolution. You can read more about it at their website. It will enable scientists on the ground to observe experiments on the ISS as well as the crew does. If you want, you can change the YouTube resolution to the highest level under the settings button, and see each bubble clearly. -via Digg
This is a satellite image of an active runway at the main airport of Savannah, Georgia. The tarmac is on top of what was once the property of Richard and Catherine Dotson, both of whom were born in 1797. They died in 1884 and 1877, respectively, and were buried at a family cemetery on their property.
That land remained in their family until World War II. The Army then took the land to expand the local airfield and paid for the family to relocate the cemetery. The family did so, but refused to move the graves of the founders of their clan.
So the Army paved over the graves and moved the gravestones to the top of the pavement, directly over the final resting spots of Richard and Catherine Dotson. I can’t find current information, but as of 2001, the runway was in common use at the now-civilian airport, where pilots sometimes ask “if they could use the runway with the graves, just so they could see them.”
Not sure if this kid has passed out with his eyes open or he’s simply not affected in any way by the intense flight, but he remains stoic and unmoved as the Slingshot launches him and a screaming partner into the air.
For years this video sat online without a suitable soundtrack, until TeamZoo found the perfect song to pair with his dead eyed Slingshot ride- Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound Of Silence. Hello darkness, my old friend...
Now that we finally know what Pluto and its moon Charon look like, the first thing we want to do is name the stuff we see there. And so we have maps with names. And what names! Pluto gets craters, plains, and other features named for historical figures like Hillary and Norgay, science names like Sputnik and Challenger, and even fictional names like Cthulhu and Balrog. As far as that goes, Charon is even more interesting. A portion of Charon’s map is shown above, with names from Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and other science fiction worlds.
“It shouldn’t be a big surprise to anybody that once we put [the fictional explorers and travelers theme] up for a vote that names like Kirk and Spock and Skywalker and Leia became popular names,” Showalter added. A quick glance at the map will show Lord of the Rings fans will not be disappointed, either.
Among many others, there are also references to Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Stanley Kubrick for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas Adams for his book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Madeleine L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time.
The place names aren’t set in stone yet. They must first be approved by the International Astronomical Union. But these preliminary place names give scientists reference points to study and communicate to each other. Read about them and see more maps at Buzzfeed.
It's late July and 88ºF in Buffalo, New York. But that city had a rough winter with foot upon foot of snow. It took a long time to clear all that snow away. And the job isn't over, yet. There is at least one huge pile of snow that hasn't melted. It's been there so long that it's covered over with dirt and grass is now growing on top. Local news meteorologist Patrick Hammer explains how it's lasted so long:
"That pile of snow is like a glacier," explained Hammer. "It's very dense and it's covered in dirt and garbage, which acts to insulate the snow from the sun's rays. That's what melts the snow, not just the heat but the sun's rays, and it's protected."
Hammer also noted that because of this, most of the melting of the pile is not occurring from the surface, as one might suspect.
"It's actually mostly melting from below…from the ground which has warmed beneath it," he said.
Hammer says rather than sunshine and heat, water might be more effective in dissipating the pile.
"A lot of rain would do the trick,…but so too could the fire department with a bunch of hoses, which they could use to spray off the dirt and break up what's under it, because it's really the dirt that's insulating it."
Don’t park in the bike lane. Seriously: Don’t. Park. In. The. Bike. Lane. It’s not for you and this beefy cyclist will prove it to you. If your car is in the way, he’ll pick it up and move it out of the way. That’s a courtesy. A less polite response from him might be to throw the car out of the way.
Redditor nsandz submitted this photo of poolees getting a preview of what the US Marine Corps boot camp would be like! I'm sure the drill sergeant instructor would yell at the guy for taking an unauthorized drink of water, or for getting his shirt wet.
Even Hitler had a bomb shelter, actually, many of them. But none compared to the vast network of underground facilities and tunnels beneath his favorite vacation getaway town of Obersalzberg.
This multi-roomed subterranean compound is composed of an apartment and a set of underground chambers for fellow Nazi inner circle members—over four miles of tunnels, bunkers and hidden rooms in total. Above ground, an entire village was built as an Alpine retreat for the Nazi government.
But with the war failing, the mysterious underground complex was to be the last redoubt of the Third Reich. Carpet bombed by the Royal Air Force in April of 1945, then locked up by the occupying U.S. Army, it was handed back over to Germany in 1952 with the proviso that the remnants be blown up again out of existence. But not everything was destroyed, and today, you can still visit the secret ruins of the Nazi’s planned Alpine fortress.
Celebrities who have adopted a goofy professional persona, or those who became famous for ridiculous reasons, are hard to take seriously.
And yet they’ve achieved far more monetary success than most of us can even dream about in our less than famous lives, so they’ve gotta be on to something!
Take Carrot Top, for example- goofy prop comic and burly body builder combined into one mighty peculiar package has earned over $75 million dollars performing in front of around 100,000 people a year in Las Vegas.
Travelers visiting the Mos Eisley spaceport during this time of war are advised to steer clear of the Hutt controlled establishment called the Jabba Bing! Club. The Club is known to play host to some of the worst scumbags in the galaxy. Those who ignore this advisement and patronize the Jabba Bing! may be subject to Sith scrutiny, which could result in a force choking if found guilty. Visitors are also advised to avoid making eye contact with the star slave dancer Leia, because she's not very happy about being chained to a Hutt...
Show the universe that you know how to party with this Jabba Bing! t-shirt by Dr.Monekers, it's the funniest mashup this side of Tatooine!
Action Park in New Jersey is famous for their history of crazy and dangerous rides. The newest attraction at the refurbished and upgraded park is a water slide that’s 1,975 feet long. That’s a third of a mile! The folks at Guinness agree it is the world’s longest water slide. It’s not open to the public just yet -the state of New Jersey has to approve it first. However, park employee Jason Mulder strapped on a GoPro and went down the slide for a media day event. The video is unsettling and soothing at the same time. -via Boing Boing
Elisabeth's curtain, part of her "My Shower Curtain Is A Green Warrior" collection, features "spikes" that inflate after a certain amount of time, turning that shower karaoke session into a dangerous affair:
“These curtains are not really for marketing but aim at provoking a debate around water issues,” Buecher said. “If you don’t want to get trapped you have to get out before it does and stop damaging the environment.”
Peanut Butter, a nine-week-old Corgi pup owned by Alvin Hsu, is shown here as he is encouraged to take the stairs downward. But Corgis have tragically cute, stumpy legs, Alvin Hsu, a fact which Peanut Butter seems to vocalize before he gives up altogether. Maybe in a couple of weeks, human. Via Tastefully Offensive
A group of street artists called the Germen Crew collaborated with the Mexican government to paint a neighborhood in the district of Palmitas in Pachuca. After 20,000 square meters of walls were painted, the 209 homes are a rainbow of color!
On top of beautifying the neighborhood, the project has been a tool of social transformation as during the process, the violence amongst younger people has been entirely eradicated and several jobs created.
Personally, I prefer Batman over Superman, but this great Always Sunny In Philadelphia/Batman Vs. Superman mashup makes a great case for why Superman is better. After all, he is a master of karate and friendship for everyone.
Honestly, I think this looks like a more entertaining movie than the actual Batman Vs. Superman film, though I still don't want to see anyone pay a troll toll to get into a boy's hole.
Hollywood movie promotions like to sell their movies as being “like nothing you’ve seen before” or “a fresh new take on blah blah blah”, but the more they make these claims the less original the film.
Many motion picture companies are tapped out of ideas, and they’re always looking around for new ideas to imitate or just plain rip off.
That’s why mainstream movies seem so familiar, because you’ve probably seen a movie just like it before, but sometimes the similarities are as hard to ignore as a talking pig wearing a tie and a pair of shades.
Two talking pig movies released within a few months of each other? When pigs fly or, more precisely, back in 1995.
We often assume that when an advanced race of allens contacts us, they will have forms and technology that is beyond our understanding. It is also possible that they would be so advanced that they consider we mere humans as no more than the equivalent of blades of grass. How’s that for an ego-shattering experience? This is from the webcomic Down the Upward Spiral by Corey Giacco. -via reddit
Not too long ago in the US, it was normal for fathers to wait outside the delivery room for the birth of their children. The mother, along with a doctor and nurses, would handle the delivery alone. Later, the father was allowed to be present.
The Daily Telegraph reports that increasingly, more people are present in the delivery room: family, friends, and anyone accessible through WiFi. When it comes to childbirth, there’s no such thing as “too much information”:
For women in their teens and twenties, an average of eight people are now present at some point during the birth, according to a survey by video blogging site Channel Mum.
And the results also showed that childbirth is becoming increasingly public, with almost a quarter of mums sharing the experience through social media.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum said: "The younger generation share are used to sharing every aspect of their lives, so why not birth? Many women feel it is their biggest achievement and so want to share the moment with all of those closest to them.
We did not crowd-birth for our kids. But our first child was born in a teaching hospital. There was a seemingly non-stop parade of medical students and interns interested in seeing more than we wanted them to see. I eventually shooed them out.
The unlikely origin of an instantly recognizable theme song.
Early in his career, Robert Altman had a reputation for being difficult. When he was still directing TV shows like Maverick and Bonanza, he’d been fired several times over “creative differences” with his bosses. He was recognized as talented, but his rancorous nature slowed his work to a trickle. Finally in 1969, after nearly two decades of struggling, he got a big break. He was offered the opportunity to direct a film version of MASH, Richard Hooker’s 1968 novel about three doctors’ misadventures in a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. Altman wasn’t the studio’s first choice. In fact, he wasn’t even their tenth choice. More than a dozen other directors had rejected the project, and with good reason: at a time when the war in Vietnam was a very controversial topic, MASH’s mix of crude hijinks and badly injured soldiers had the smell of a box-office disaster. But Altman didn’t have a lot to lose, so he took the job.
FACING THE MUSIC
Analyzing the script, Altman was aware that he was walking a tightrope between slapstick and tragedy. But if he could craft a scene that successfully combined both, he felt that he could probably figure out the rest of the movie. He settled on a scene he nicknamed “The Last Supper,” in which Captain Walter “Painless Pole” Waldowski decides to kill himself after an embarrassing failure in the bedroom, and in response, his friends wine and dine with him in a pre-death “wake” in which his seat of honor is a casket.
In between adventures Link discovered another hidden talent- keeping the town's cuccos in line. Some townsfolk started calling him the cucco whisperer, but he didn't use magic or might to keep those cluckers in line, he used a piece of Zelda's famous seed cake. The cuccos can't get enough of that sweet cake treat, so Link became a legend among the local poultry farmers by accident. Now he has to play the role of alpha clucker whenever he's in town, but at least he's earning mad rupees!
Add this JURASSIC CUCCOS t-shirt by Kayden007 to your geeky wardrobe and you'll be the talk of the park!