The agency says that the otter dragged the alligator onshore and ate it:
Yes, the otter eventually pulled the alligator up on the bank and proceeded to consume it, as evidenced by crunching noises. They were no longer visible at that point, but the alligator was done resisting when dragged out of the water. Despite their disarmingly cute appearance, otters are the apex predator of many freshwater habitats.
IBM calls the project “cognitive cooking.” Chefs often think of combining different ingredients in different amounts and cooking them at different ways. Watson can do that, too, but much, much faster. IBM researcher Florian Pinel says that Watson can contemplate the effect of trillions of culinary variations in order to devise optimal recipes. The result of Watson’s efforts are a Swiss-Thai asparagus quiche and an Austrian chocolate burrito (above photo).
IBM is exhibiting the recipes with a food truck that it takes on the road. Recently, it was at the IBM Pulse Conference in Las Vegas.
Artists Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca set mouse traps that could easily trap humans. Luciano came up with the idea after spending a week photographing cheeses for advertisements.
Ficca, a food stylist, designed the miniature dishes. Together, the couple made ten images of traps for mice with sophisticated tastes. You can see more of them at Foodiggity. I’ll probably break my finger in the sushi one pictured above.
P.S. Be sure to check out another inventive project by Luciano and Ficca: using potholes as an artistic background.
The sturdier fishermen of the Upper Midwest of the United States are fond of venturing out to iced-over lakes. Fishing requires time and patience. Ice fishing requires both while enduring cold temperatures. That’s why many drag shacks onto the ice, where they can enjoy essential amenities, such as beer and heaters.
But now these ice fishermen can enjoy shacks far superior to crude wooden structures. Ice Castle Fish Houses, a company in Montevideo, Minnesota, builds veritable ice fishing mansions.
They come with full kitchens, showers, satellite television and beds. There are even air conditioners, which could really come in handy down here in Texas.
When it’s time to actually fish, just pull up a comfortable chair, open a plug in the floor and drop down a line.
I love these lamps! They're charming, functional and probably terribly hot to the touch. I'm not sure who made them, but my friend Marilyn Bellamy thinks that they can be traced back to a company called Balloonatics Enterprises.
Ladies: Name a fictional male (book, TV or movie) who encapsulates as many of of the qualities you'd like to see in a man.
That's a great way to look at relationships and what you want out of them. Peevesie offers an answer from the Harry Potter series:
Arthur Weasley (an age appropriate version) - he is strong, kind, brave, caring, loving, capable, curious, respectful, intelligent, responsible, and so many other things. He clearly didn't have a dead bedroom considering the number of off spring. He was an excellent father who nurtured his kids with a gentle and firm hand. He was an equalist. He has his faults but is by far the most real family man I have encountered in fiction. Molly was super lucky
Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.
They weren't the only ones. Linguist John McWorter explains how using cardinal directions seems to indicate greater intelligence in spatial manipulation:
As an example, he refers to modern speakers of a Mayan language, who also use directions that roughly correspond to compass points, rather than left or right. Researchers asked people, most of whom only knew this language, to do tasks like memorizing how a ball moved through a maze, which would have been easier had they thought about it in terms of left and right, rather than compass points. The participants were just as good at these tasks and sometimes better,leading the experimenters to conclude they were not constrained by their language.
Some linguists think that language can constrain or liberate our thinking, opening or closing mental possibilities. For example, the Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov wrote his first autobiography in English. When a publisher asked him to translate it into Russian, Nabokov started to do so. But he promptly found himself writing a different book. Yu quotes linguist Aneta Pavlenko:
"When Nabokov started translating it into Russian, he recalled a lot of things that he did not remember when he was writing it in English, and so in essence it became a somewhat different book," Pavlenko says. "It came out in Russian and he felt that in order to represent his childhood properly to his American readership, he had to produce a new version. So the version of Nabokov's autobiography we know now is actually a third attempt, where he had to recall more things in Russian and then re-translate them from Russian back into English."
This reminds me of studying Koine Greek, which has a grammatical concept called "aspect." Nothing really corresponds with it in English. The experience made me wonder what invisible mental barriers were in my mind simply because of language.
Moschino is an Italian fashion house that produces everything from high class dresses to luxury handbags. At the recent Milan Fashion Week, the designers unveiled a line of clothing inspired by fast food, especially the iconic shapes and colors of McDonald's.
Other items look like huge food wrappers (complete with nutritional data), beer cans and SpongeBob SquarePants. You can see photos of these fashion wonders at Moschino's Facebook page.
The prices are substantially higher than you might expect for the central theme. The McDonald's-styled handbag that you see pictured above costs $1,265. Or rather, it did--the bag has already sold out.
As the ramen craze continues, I am left to ponder if there is nothing that cannot be made of ramen. We have seen ramen tacos, burgers, pizzas and sandwiches. Could we not have a ramen car? A ramen house? An entire army of ramen soldiers ready to march at my command and conquer the world in my name?
The last one may go too far, but a ramen submarine sandwich roll is not. Hugh Merwin of Grub Street made one by softening ramen, mashing it into a baguette pan, then weighing the noodles down with a wine bottle for a few hours. After baking it in the oven, he had a fine sandwich roll perfect for a cheesesteak.
The art studio L’Atelier d’Orel upcycles old objects into fresh, hip pieces of furniture. Among other projects, the artist has taken the spinning drums from clothes washing machines and turned them into coffee tables and bar cabinets. The artist responsible also offers workshops on how to make your own. It’s a bit unclear where L’Atelier d’Orel is located, but my best guess is Roubaix, a town on the border of France and Belgium.
It’s located just south of Suzu, Ishikawa, Japan. According to legend, the Eighth Century Japanese monk Kōbō-Daishi named the island after its resemblance to a warship. Mitsukejima measures about 30 meters high, 50 meters wide and 150 meters long. Visitors can reach it over a rocky causeway built from the shore. It’s considered a romantic place for couples to go.
How much can two heavy duty helicopters in tandem lift off the gound? A lot!
(No offense, ma'am.)
HeliGraphix is club of radio controlled helicopter hobbyists that puts videos of its amazing stunts online. Their latest project is HULC: Heavy Ultra Lifter Crane. HeliGraphix claims that it has completed the first successful human flight by an RC aircraft. In fact, they did several, some of which were over 40 seconds long.
This is In Orbit, an art installation and performance piece by Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder. The two collaborate in a medium that they call "performance architecture." In this case, it's a wooden wheel that measures 25 feet high. In Orbit is currently located at The Boiler, a gallery in New York City.
There are beds, chairs, desks and some kind of toilet in the structure. Shelley is in the exterior and Schweder is in the interior. The two men are living there for 10 days. They are currently in the middle of their performance, which lasts until March 9.
Both of them have to live separately, but in harmony. In order for one man to go to one part of the house, he must have the cooperation of the other.
Antonius and Vijay Nazareth are the merry composers who brought us musical versions of Fifty Shades of Grey, Elsa and Gollum. Now they're back to tell the story of five men who found the magic of friendship by watching My Little Pony. Listen to them sing (and sing very well) that:
We're going to stand up tall We're going to show them all Anyone can love ponies Big or small
Be weird boldly. You'll find that you're not so weird after all.
If I understand it correctly, The Wa is an art collective in France that consists of Alexandra Ross, Emmanuel Berque, Alain Bieber and Wang Ge. They create clever public art installations and advertisements, such as this crosswalk in the French city of Biarritz. If you're not paying attention while crossing the road, you'll go on a longer trip.
In 2012, The Wa attended Dockville, an annual music festival in Hamburg, Germany. The group collected trash from the festival, put it all into bright blue bags, then arranged the bags to display a message that could be seen from the air.
I like Katie Bee's idea. But this is just a temporary solution using materials at hand. If you have a bit more time and money, then I suggest hollowing out a realistic doll, filling it with the beverage of your choice, then slipping it into a Baby Bjorn. It's much more comfortable than a heavy car seat on one arm.
If it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing. That’s apparently the philosophy of Nick Chipman of Dude Foods. He’s already invented the bacon weave taco. Now it’s time to push the boundaries of that idea beyond all reason and good taste. Hence this creation.
Nick was goaded into creating the Double Decker Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco at the behest of a television show in Milwaukee. The producers wanted him to make something new that would terrify their audience. So he made a large bacon weave taco shell and stuffed it with macaroni and cheese. Nick writes:
So where do I take the Bacon Weave Taco from here? I honestly have no idea. At this point I think that it will be pretty much impossible to top the Double Decker Mac & Cheese Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco, but who knows.
The obvious next step would be to deep fry the entire thing.
I don’t feel comfortable using these bike seats. They’re a little too self-aware. Clem Chen made “Bite It” and “Pink Eye” with taxidermy molds and epoxy glue. He exhibited them last year at the Hot Art Wet City gallery in Vancouver. The show, which was entitled “Saddle Up!,” invited artists to work with bicycle seats as a medium. You can see more works from the show here.
Last month, artist and designer Syver Lauritsen was on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Beijing. A few of the passengers got into a fight. What are they saying? Lauritsen has lived in Beijing for 6 months, so now he speaks Chinese like a native. He helpfully subtitled the dialogue in English. The passengers are fighting over the merits of various Teletubbies.
At McSweeney's, Captain Ariel Karlin writes of her great dilemma. We all grow up with images of space captains sending their enemies out airlocks in quick but bloody deaths. But we never expect to end up doing exactly what they did:
Listen, I know how this looks. I always said I wasn’t going to be “that guy.” Just because I have an airlock doesn’t mean I have to throw anyone out the airlock. And yes, at this point, it’s pretty overdone. But seriously, please step through the first airtight door.
It probably seems like every jackass with a spaceship is constantly throwing someone or other into space. And I don’t necessarily think of myself as the type of person who does things just because I have a certain role and I’ve seen representations of other people in that role behave a certain way. I hope you don’t think I’m that type of person either. Now take five steps forward so you’re in the center of the pressure vessel passageway.
Don’t look at me like that. This is hard for me, too! It’s a kick in the gut when you realize that the person you are as an adult doesn’t match up with who you thought you’d grow up to be. I thought a lot of things about my life would be different. I thought I’d be married by now. I thought I’d still be on Earth. I thought we were many years away from perfecting humanoid cybernetic organisms who could successfully challenge the authority of humankind. And I just never really saw myself as the type of guy who’d let anyone be ripped out of his spaceship into the vast unknown darkness.
It's okay, Captain. You're doing the right thing. The rest of us are completely loyal and will back you up.
Lilly Allen is a baby girl. Her father, Michael Stansbury, is a fitness coach. But for this video, she takes over that role and leads her father on a tough aerobic and bodyweight workout. As she moves, Michael imitates her motions. He keeps up pretty well, but I'm not sure that he would have lasted a few more minutes.
Michael Rakowitz is an artist in New York City. For years, he's worked on projects to help the homeless of that city. Many of this creations are variations of a design concept that he calls ParaSITE. His ParaSITE shelters are custom-built assemblies of plastic bags and tarps that feed off of excess heat provided by building heating systems. Rakowitz's shelters channel that heat into inflating and warming their owners.
Rakowitz designs the shelters to fit the needs of the individual owners. The one at the top was designed to get around anti-camping laws in New York City. The one in the middle has windows so that the resident can see any approaching threats. The one on the bottom is designed to resemble Jabba the Hutt.
This mesmerizing object is an automaton made by Dean O'Callaghan. It's designed to look like a drop of rain hitting a pool of water. As he turns the crank, concentric rings of water emanate from the center. O'Callaghan attributes the idea to sculptor Reuben Margolin.
That didn’t turn out as planned. But this is a good opportunity to make a sale to the local medical school. Offer a discount price if they don’t ask questions. And in the future, don’t kiss any frogs. If you don’t know their origin, you can’t be held responsible.
Khurshid Hussein set a new Guinness World Record for typing with his nose when he correctly entered a 103-character sentence in just 47.44 seconds. This clobbers the old record of 1 minute, 33 seconds.
Don’t expect him to keep it long. When Alex is out of the office, we all practice this skill. As you might expect, Jill is in the lead.