We all make mistakes. I make mistakes in my work every day, as many of you know. Some jobs demand more precisions than others, and some have expensive or dangerous risks. If you are working with space ships or military campaigns, a tiny mistake could have large consequences. It's happened.
What do you do with the loose hairs that come out while you're showering? I usually stick them on the wall or wash them down the drain, but from now on I'm going to rip off "Show Hair Master" Lucy Gafford's idea and use them to make little drawings.
Lucy's shower hair drawings are surprisingly detailed considering they're just wet strands of hair stuck to the shower wall, but she really earns her "Shower Master" title with her cool choice of subject matter.
Fine porcelain originated in China (that's why it's called china), and in the 17th century, Europe couldn't get enough of it. French potters would have loved to get in on that business, but they did not know how to produce porcelain. The Chinese weren't about to give away their secret techniques. The Jesuits sent missionaries to win souls around the world, and they were also into gathering knowledge from every culture they visited. So they assigned Francois Xavier d’Entrecolles to figure out how porcelain was made when he was sent as a missionary to China. D’Entrecolles had to learn the language, gain the trust of the Chinese, and then learn how to make porcelain. It took him ten years. Then he set it all down in a long letter.
But by the end of the letter, he has taught his interlocutor exactly what porcelain is made of, how those materials are mixed, separated, and purified, and how the resulting clay is rolled, kneaded, moulded, and fired. He has gone over special cases (extra-large pieces; glaze preparation; crackling) and speculated about how to reconstruct various techniques that the Chinese artisans considered “lost secrets,” including kia-tsim—a glazing technique in which illustrations appear on a bowl only when it’s full of water.
A modern reader comes away with a good understanding of the porcelain-making process, as well as an appreciation for the creativity on display. D’Entrecolles tells of porcelain ducks and turtles that float on water, and realistic porcelain cats with eyes that glow when candles are put inside. (Those were meant to scare rats.)
The Knife Game, aka Five Finger Fillet, is played by placing your hand palm down on the table then stabbing the space between your spread fingers with a knife, back and forth until you quit or stab yourself.
It's the kind of game typically played by the really drunk, really high or really reckless, because their state of mind makes losing a finger seem like an equal trade off for looking cool.
But the guy in this video by Irfon Automation isn't playing to look cool- he's using Five Finger Fillet to demonstrate the Staubli TX40 robot's incredible speed, precision and programming. And he's so confident the bot will stay on point he's willing to risk losing a finger to prove it.
Twitter user Matt Alt posted this image taken backstage at Ryōgoku Kokugikan, a sporting arena used for sumo wrestling in Tokyo. What's the difference? The wheelchair on the left is standard issue; the wheelchair on the right is sized for a sumo wrestler. It's no doubt built pretty sturdily, too. -Thanks, John Farrier!
To deny the power crystals have over our lives is to deny the very power of the natural world to create and destroy, as nature strives to maintain a balance between positive and negative energies. But it seems every planet has a group of inhabitants who think they can go against the natural order of things, people whose ego and desire for power makes them take instead of give, destroy instead of build. They don't want to admit that we're all in this together, beings stuck on a planet some would destroy like the Skeksis for the sake of decadence and monetary gain, and until they learn to embrace the truth as we have the Kiras and Jens of the world will just have to keep on fighting for our future...
Bring home a tee you'll want to wear for the rest of your Henson lovin' life by grabbing this Part Of Each Other t-shirt by Karen Hallion, featuring a magical and beautifully drawn design that will make your fellow Dark Crystal fans drool with delight!
Disney's new themed area Pandora-The World of Avatar has an animatronic Na'vi (previously at Neatorama). You can see the technology has come a long way since the Hall of Presidents was launched. Check out this Shaman, recorded during a publicity preview run.
The the Na’vi River Journey is one of two new Avatar-themed rides. The Shaman of Songs you see here is the climax, and the only animatronic. From Inside the Magic:
Up to this point in the attraction, all of the creatures you have encountered (including the Na’vi) have actually been presented on layers of screens that are positioned inside beautiful sets. The sights are impressive, but they are projections nonetheless. In the attraction’s final scene, though, we are treated to a rather climatic encounter. Sitting and singing, the Shaman of Songs is the most fantastic animatronic on Walt Disney World property to date.
The ride officially opens to the public May 27. -via Gizmodo
People fall into habits, which become customs, and then eventually become unwritten rules. Some drive you crazy, while others make perfect sense. Above you see an example of "driving without thinking." You try to pass, and the other driver thinks, "Oh! I didn't realize I was going nine miles under the speed limit!" But they still don't think of waiting for the faster car to pass first. That would make too much sense. You've probably done that at one time or another, although you may not have been aware of it at the time.
In 2014, Wes Modes and friends built a floating house, a #shantyboat made of reclaimed junk, and set off down the river. The purpose was to meet the folks who live and work along the riverbank and tell their stories in photos and interviews. The crew has been down the Mississippi and the Tennessee rivers in past summers, and plan to ride the Sacramento River this year. What they've found so far is in a multimedia project called A Secret History of American River People. Read about Modes' project at Laughing Squid and see teh results of the project so far at A Secret History of American River People.
This guy is going places -and we can clearly see where. But I suppose inventing the wheel would take a lot out of you. Our cavemen ancestors were truly geniuses. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
I'm sure most babysitters roll their eyes when they see that list of rules or emergency numbers sitting on the counter when they show up, and many don't even bother to read the note.
But those of us who love a good laugh are glad Malik Brazile's girlfriend read and shared the note she found when she showed up to babysit- because it's freakin' hilarious!
The ten item list reads like something many parents would love to leave for their babysitters, unless they're members of the PC police in which case they're pretending they've never thought such things.
The best bit to me- "Don't answer the house phone unless you feel like paying bills". Sounds about right!
The problem is that the stick is still attached to the tree, and is not inclined to let go. Neither is the dog. He even manages to bark at the stick while hanging by his teeth! -via Tastefully Offensive
Sid the cockatoo must consider it his job to remove Dave's glasses. He hates the eyeglasses! No, wait, Sid thinks it's loads of fun.
Sid is a cockatoo with a huge personality and a highly developed sense of humor. He took a liking to Dave but didn't like his glasses. Sid repeatedly yanked them off Dave's face and threw them to the floor. It wasn't clear why Sid was doing this until he started to laugh at his own pranks. After a few minutes, this became a very entertaining game that had the two of them laughing. Cockatoos are highly intelligent and very social, demanding a lot of attention from their people. Amazingly, Sid even removes the glasses carefully before tossing them aside.
He's quite proud of himself! You won't be able to help but laugh at this prankster. -via Tastefully Offensive
It used to be cool to crap all over helmet laws, and it definitely feels cool to ride with the wind in your hair and nothing but the sun on your head. But ask anyone who has wrecked on their bike and they'll tell you- helmets are way cooler than death or brain damage.
Decisions, decisions. Sometimes we torture ourselves with all the pros and cons and the fear of choosing unwisely. Often one option is just as good as the other, which makes deciding all that much more difficult. The secret is to make the jump and don't look back. Once you've found the dress, or house, or career you select, quit shopping and tell yourself you made the right choice. Nothing is set in stone, not even regrets.
The citizens of City Z used to claim that no problem could ever be solved with one punch, but with determination and lots of rigorous physical training Saitama has proven them all wrong. But will his single punch method of solving problems really be enough to defeat the darkness that is amassing in the world today? Or will the world's strongest hero discover the darkness that lurks inside mankind cannot be punched into oblivion? Tune in and find out!
Show some love for your favorite anime superhero with this Strongest Hero t-shirt by Ddjvigo, it's the traditional Japanese style way to celebrate the impact that not-so traditional hero has had on our lives!
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Want to have a memorable wedding and support a worthy cause? Well, if you live in Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington you should get in touch with Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas and Alpacas. By renting a set of llamas or alpacas for your wedding you will not only have the best possible guests at your wedding, you'll also help support the group's therapy and education programs. Talk about a win/win.
And these aren't just any llamas or alpacas pulled right off the farm, they not only come finely dressed, but they are perfectly trained for such respectable occassions.
Still not convinced that a llama or alpaca couple will make your celebration the event of the year? Then check out the weddingllamas Instagram stream and see just how much they add to every wedding they attend.
In World War I, the number of wounded soldiers was overwhelming for every participating army. Poor conditions and the difficulty of evacuation meant that many wounds became septic. There just weren't enough bandages, and nothing could be kept sterile. So battlefront doctors had to get creative. They began to dress wounds with peat moss! Peat, or sphagnum moss, was not only plentiful, but it was super-absorbent: the moss can hold up to 22 times its weight in liquid.
Sphagnum moss also has antiseptic properties. The plant’s cell walls are composed of special sugar molecules that “create an electrochemical halo around all of the cells, and the cell walls end up being negatively charged,” Kimmerer says. “Those negative charges mean that positively charged nutrient ions [like potassium, sodium and calcium] are going to be attracted to the sphagnum.” As the moss soaks up all the negatively charged nutrients in the soil, it releases positively charged ions (protons) that make the environment around it acidic.
For bogs, the acidity has remarkable preservative effects—think bog bodies—and keeps the environment limited to highly specialized species that can tolerate such harsh environments. For wounded humans, the result is that sphagnum bandages produce sterile environments by keeping the pH level around the wound low, and inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
Since you are currently on the internet you may have heard about Starbuck's latest gimmicky drink craze that has people standing in huge lines and sending out bitter tweets when they run out- the Unicorn Frappuccino.
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But love them or despise them the Unicorn Frappuccino is officially dead, so what sickeningly sweet monstrosity is next?
Disneyland is now offering their own version called the Pink Pegasus, and Starbucks is offering a new Dragon Frappuccino that doesn't sound so great. So maybe you should skip the Starbucks altogether, for the sake of this poor barista's sanity!
Sinclair Martial Arts in Orillia, Ontario, is next door to a cafe, so they embellished their sign to make the amenities of the neighborhood clear. The owner of the school is named Ian Sinclair, which explains the tartan yin and yang. He said,
I don't know why it is that every place I have taught tai chi in Canada has been next to a cafe or pastry shop that serves chai tea. In Vancouver, it was Bon Mangé, or Grabbajabba, or Starbucks. In Orillia, it was Euphoria. Now, we are next to Patilero.
Is it coincidence or synchronicity? Do I subconsciously choose pun-ready locations?
It's a clever pun, but as you could have guessed, it sparked a discussion about the habit of redundancy in using foreign terms, because "chai" means "tea." At home, "chai" means tea with cardamon, while "spice tea" means tea with cinnamon, and "tea" means that sweet stuff in the refrigerator. A plain cup is "hot tea." But I was told at an Indian restaurant, "chai" means plain tea, while "masala chai" means tea with cardamon (and other spices). Of course, being pedantic only ruins the pun in the sign. -via reddit
Astronauts Mac McKenzie and Hector Canfield find themselves transported back to the days of cavemen and dinosaurs in the definitely not based on real science comedy It's About Time, which lasted for 26 episodes in 1967.
This good natured romp created by Sherwood Schwartz is technically a time travel TV show because Mac and Hector travel back in time and back to the present, bringing an entire cave-family with them.
In Seven Days the NSA creates a time machine using alien technology scavenged from Roswell to send "chrononauts" seven days into the past to prevent the destruction of the White House and the death of POTUS and the VP.
The Chronosphere can only send a chrononaut back seven days due to "limitations imposed by the fuel source and its reactor", so chrononauts are only allowed to deal with matters of national security.
Even though Seven Days managed to stay under the radar in terms of ratings the show was extremely popular with fans, who totally dug the X-Files-inspired vibe of the show.
NASA began the tradition of playing music to wake up astronauts in 1965. Since you don't have the normal sunrise and sunset in orbit, it was considered important to regulate astronauts' sleep time to coordinate with each other and with Mission Control. The very first musical wake-up call was a parody of "Hello Dolly," with lyrics re-written for the mission, sung by Jack Jones. From that time until 2011, the NASA wake-up call has been a surprise for the astronauts, and often a meaningful selection.
No one really knows why a "Hello Dolly" parody was the first wake-up call, but NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry told PRI that it may have simply been an inside joke. Eventually, Houston expanded its musical tastes, piping in an array of tunes during the Gemini 7 mission for wake-up calls and times of inactivity. Because the flight took place in December, many songs were fit for the holidays, including "I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus," requested by astronaut Jim Lovell's 12-year-old daughter.
The Apollo 10 crew woke up to Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me," and heard "Fly Me to the Moon" when the actual moon shined brightly through the capsule's window. For Apollo 11, the mission that carried Neil Armstrong and company to the moon, NASA played news and sports reports instead, but soon went back to music for the Apollo 12 mission. Two years later, Apollo 15 astronauts woke up to the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Over 5,000 years ago, a man walking in the Alps was murdered. We would have never known about it, if the murder victim hadn't fallen into a ravine and became frozen in a glacier. Discovered by hikers in 1991, he became known as Ötzi the Iceman, the best-preserved mummy ever found. Ötzi's curators actually contacted Detective Inspector Alexander Horn of the Munich Police to investigate his cause of death. It was the coldest case Horn had ever tackled.
Every modern murder investigation relies heavily on forensic science, but in Ötzi’s case, the techniques have been particularly high tech, involving exotic specialties like archaeobotany and paleometallurgy.
From examining traces of pollen in his digestive tract, scientists were able to place the date of Ötzi’s death at sometime in late spring or early summer. In his last two days, they found, he consumed three distinct meals and walked from an elevation of about 6,500 feet, down to the valley floor and then up into the mountains again, where he was found at the crime site, 10,500 feet up.
Guitarist David Wu of the band Cyborg Octopus and vocalist Travis Bartosek of the band Abiotic teamed up to explain the intricacies of driving a car with a manual transmission. With a death metal song. The task is not easy. I went through this lesson over 40 years ago, but back than we had the incentive of knowing that one either learned to drive a stick or one didn't drive at all. Contains NSFW language.
We should be lounging around on all kinds of fantasy and sci-fi creatures, sitting in office chairs shaped like our favorite thrones, vehicles or captain's chairs, and watching TV out of a Titan's mouth.
But for now Star Wars fans will have to pony up $10k for this Custom Dewback Loveseat and start their geeky furniture collection before the trend begins.
The fact that an electron has the power to lighten any mood is not lost on scientists, and because electrons have a negative elementary electric charge they work like a double negative and turn negative attitudes into positive ones! What, you say they don't work that way? Do you also deny that electrons are an essential component of magnetism, and that their field "aura" is not in any way magnetic? Sheesh, who's the Neddy Negatron now?!
Spread some smiles among the scientifically minded with this Excited Electron t-shirt by Andropov, it's a fun way to spark discussions with your fellow fans about electron-ica and the power subatomic particles have to change our lives!
You've seen how your cat gets ready to pounce on prey, whether real or toy: the head drops, the eyes dilate, and the hindquarters go into windup mode. Here we see Pusic (previously at Neatorama) putting that response to work. Shake that booty!