As you might expect, this project inevitably led him to attempt to live as a goat. He explained to the Daily Mail that this animal-inspired lifestyle could offer people an alternative to a future of cybernetics:
Thwaites, who is interested in transhumanism, believes not everyone will want to become a cyborg in the future.
Biorobotics, he told Motherboad, could be used by people to de-volve instead of evolve.
‘I initially wanted to be an elephant, but it wasn’t going very well,’ said Thwaites. ‘I visited a shaman, and she said “you’re an idiot”. So, I decided to be a goat.’
Thwaites worked with a zoologist to develop the custom prothetic limbs. He's now attempting to cross the Alps with a particular herd of goats.
(Photo of the mother and daughter by the International Tracing Service)
Margot Bachmann was born on October 24, 1944 in Heidelberg, Germany. Her mother, an Italian woman, was a forced laborer in that city. A German soldier impregnated her. When she was born, Bachmann was taken away. She never saw her mother.
The soldier’s family raised her while the mother vanished into the chaos of the end of World War II. Bachmann asked the International Tracing Service to try to find her mother—if she was even alive. The organization was successful. They found the 91-year old unnamed mother in her hometown of Noverella, Italy. Bachmann sent her a letter, which is excerpted here:
Dear Mum, my name is Margot Bachmann and I am your daughter, born on Oct 25 1944 in Heidelberg. All my life I asked my family about you, without being given any answers. I want to come and find you so that I can hug you once again. I’m immensely happy to be able to finally know you.
The two met in Noverella on August 8. Pictured above is a photo album that Bachmann made for her mother.
He’s made a fortune by making his professional dreams come true. Now he’s helping a thousand other people do the same. Basketball star LeBron James announced that his charitable foundation will fund full tuition scholarships for 1,000 students in Akron Public Schools to attend the University of Akron in Ohio. The Cleveland Plain Dealer quotes James:
"It means so much because, as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don't really think past high school," James later told reporters. "You don't really know your future. You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school and then you never think past that because either it's not possible or your family's not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college."
James likened himself to the children who will be eligible for these scholarships -- a poor child of a single parent who didn't have the money to go to college. But the 6-8, 250-pound superstar had the NBA and millions of dollars waiting for him.
Five years ago, the James foundation switched its focus to mentoring and tutoring poor, at-risk youths who are in danger of failing out of school because of problems learning, with attendance, or in their homes. This partnership with the university could play a key role in helping James reach his goal of raising the city's graduation rate.
The television of my youth—from Gilligan’s Island to Scooby-Doo—taught me that quicksand is a routine danger of adult life. This was incorrect. As this video demonstrates, quicksand, though it is as common in real life as it was on television, isn’t dangerous. You can walk on it easily. Watch this man with Bay Search and Rescue in northern England stomp on it like a water bed.
It’s time to get the kids ready for school. They’ll need essential supplies. The school administrators, having years of experience with this, know exactly what. So they’ve sent a shopping list. If you lose it, then just go shopping and grab whatever is marked “Back to School,” because retailers know pretty well, too. 22 Words has 20 funny photos of back to school sales that were hopefully mislabeled.
Sophia was a 6-year old St. Bernard with terminal cancer. She loved to play in the snow. But her final day came in the middle of summer. Her human, Alyson Page, nonetheless found a way to give her a last experience with snow hours before she was put to sleep.
Page took Sophia to the Chill Factore, an indoor snow skiing facility in Manchester, UK. The Manchester Evening News quotes Page:
"She absolutely loves the snow, so I sent an email cheekily on the off-chance, I never expected them to be so kind to let us come and bring her.
"We got a reply yesterday and it was just before we were due to have her put to sleep, so it was just amazing.
"She has not really shown any interest in anything for a couple of weeks now, so just to see her with a waggy tail and diving around in the snow has just been amazing. It's been a wonderful end for her."
Markie and Sarah have been together for over 6 years. Markie figured it was finally time to tie the knot, so she decided to propose marriage. In order to offer Sarah, a marine biologist, a special proposal experience, she secretly took scuba diving lessons. After she was certified, she swam toward the already submerged Sarah and held up placards which read:
I told you I’d go to the bottom of the ocean for your love, but right now I’m only certified to 60 feet. Would you marry me?
Moving through the forests of Endor at high speed requires incredible dexterity. Get your little Scout Trooper’s reflexes primed for it. That’s what Instructables member Tez Gilmer is doing. He built a rocking horse that looks like a 74-Z speeder from Return of the Jedi. It consists of PVC tubes, plywood, and decorative pieces that he made with a 3d printer.
Tez Gilmer does a lot of amazingly precise fabrication for his kids. In the past we’ve also featured his LEGO creation station.
Researchers at ETH University in Switzerland developed a useful, weavable fiber from the waste products of slaughterhouses. Philipp Stössel, a doctoral candidate and the lead reseacher, says that collagen recovered from animals can be turned into a gelatin which can be spun into fiber. Design Indaba reports:
The gelatine rendered from the skin, bones and tendons is heated to create protein precipitation. The precipitants are coated with ethanol to harden them, spun into yarn, treated with a resin to bond them fibres together and impregnanted with a natural wool lanonlin to keep them supple.
Stössel knitted a glove from the yarn he made from the gelatine, and notices that the gelatine fibres were smoother than natural wool fibres, giving the gelatine fibres an attractive sheen. They fibres were also full of tiny hollows, which lend them the ability to insulate well. The only advantage the natural sheep’s wool fibre has is its water-resistance, but Stössel is working on ways of improving this.
Courtney Holmes, a barber in Dubuque, Iowa, wants to encourage kids to read. So if a child sits in his chair and reads a book to him, Holmes will cut the kid's hair--for free! He's offering this opportunity as part of a local back-to-school program. The Globe Gazette reports:
Tayshawn Kirby, 9, of Dubuque, read from "Fats, Oils and Sweets," by Carol Parenzan Smalley, informing Holmes that the average person eats 150 pounds of sugar each year. Before Tayshawn's 10-year-old brother, Titan Feeney, took his turn in the barber chair, he told his brother the new look was great.
"I just want to support kids reading," Holmes said.
Caitlin Daniels, grade-level reading coordinator with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, also helped struggling readers in the barber chair.
"It's great. All the kids, they want to have a good haircut to go back to school," she said. "They're paying through reading."
Bro, do you even nap? You'd better. You've got to look healthy. And that means sleep. And if you're not doing it to be well, then you need to sleep because the ladies love a well-rested man. If you know what I mean.
A staff member of the TM'z Veterinary Clinic in Saskatchewan recently had the best possible flight safety demonstration on a WestJet plane. The flight attendant doesn't say a word. He doesn't have to. He's a master of physical comedy. Watch him induce laughter among the travelers with, at times, just his eyebrows!
Yes, that’s an image from the climactic trench run scene at the end of Star Wars. It’s not an error. That scene was inspired by the 1955 British war film The Dam Busters. That movie was a retelling of a real-life and truly extraordinary raid conducted by the Royal Air Force during World War II.
(Photo: Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald/Associated Press)
Flight Lieutenant John Leslie Munro, the last of the heroes who participated in that daring strike at Germany’s industrial heartland, died on Monday at the age of 96.
Nick Reeve, a graphic designer, got married in May. He met, Jen, his wife, 3 years ago. They've spent a lot of time sending text messages back and forth. In reflection of their long courtship, Reeve decided to weave their online conversations into his wedding jacket. He typeset all of their messages into 9 point font with special selected moments in larger text. These were printed on silk forming the lining, which was then sewn into the suit. You can see more photos of it at the Creative Review.
With all the grittiness and depth of the original source comes Okilly Dokilly, a metal band inspired by Ned Flanders from The Simpsons. The name comes from Flanders's trademark catchphrase. The band, which is based in Phoenix, consists of vocalist Head Ned with Red Ned on the synthesizer, Thread Ned on the bass, Stead Ned on the guitar, and Bled Ned on the drums. You can listen to 4 of their songs here, all of which tap into the Ned Flanders within all of us. Just be careful, neighbor-enoo, or you may find yourself unable to contain the emotions they release.
The current flag of New Zealand is the British Union Flag in a corner with four stars on a blue field. These symbols represent the nation's origin as a British colony and the constellation of the Southern Cross.
This unfurling pikopiko koru is about vibrancy and energy contained in a small space. By using the Māori spiral design and applying the colours of the 1902 New Zealand flag, it honours both the indigenous and colonial cultures.
Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku tells us that on the Buddhist holiday of Obon in August, many Japanese people create figures out of eggplants and cucumbers in order to welcome visitation by the spirits of the dead. Cucumbers represent horses and eggplants represent cows. The spirits arrive quickly on cucumbers, but leave slowly on eggplants.
So it logically follows that twitter user @sativa_high would recreate the vehicles used by the War Boys in Mad Max: Fury Road with these two vegetables.
Who do you call when an earthquake traps you on Mount Everest? You can Global Rescue. If you are their client, they will get you out . . .
. . . for a price.
This is the emerging world of private search and rescue operations. Global Rescue is one of several firms of ex-special forces and top-end medical professionals that will find you and bring you home alive. This service appeals to adventure travelers, who are willing to pay the several hundred dollar annual subscription fee. Wired reports on the industry and Global Rescue founder Dan Richards:
He saw a niche that needed filling. At the time, companies like International SOS provided risk assessments to big corporations sending employees overseas, while travel insurance companies allowed customers to file for reimbursement for services like evacuation or lost luggage. Groups like MedjetAssist, meanwhile, provided evacuation services from international hospitals. But there wasn’t a company with the capability to quickly dispatch both helicopters and security personnel to hard-to-reach places—something Richards realized while researching investment opportunities in the crisis-response industry. “When you call the cavalry, you expect the cavalry to show up,” he says.
Richards soon hired five paramedics with military experience, negotiated a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine to provide clients with remote medical consultations, and started reaching out to helicopter companies and current and former military personnel around the globe that he could hire on a contract basis. He began to sign up corporate clients that paid hefty annual fees for memberships that included evacuation privileges. The State Department, NASA, and Uber soon signed up for similar deals.
Yep. It’s the morning. You have to get up. You don’t want to. None of us want to. But we all have to.
Have you ever slept through an alarm clock going off? One common solution is to set a second alarm clock further away from your bed. This forces you to get up to turn it off. French comedian DaniiL Le Russe takes the idea just a step further to make sure that he doesn’t sleep in and miss work.
Is your cat getting in between you and your computer? Don’t just prod him away. Give him a computer of his own! This is the Cat Scratch Laptop, a toy computer for your feline companions. It has a customizable wallpaper that slides in and out. The keyboard consists of a scratching surface. A mouse plugs in on the left (sorry, it’s not wireless). There are no details about memory or processing speed, so you’re taking a chance there. Presumably they’re upgrade-able, though.
Twitter user @Belcorno has made a name for himself as an accomplished latte artist. He can create almost any image on the surface of a cup of coffee, such as these colorful renderings of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Most commonly, he uses anime characters as his subjects.
Lately, Belcorno has been experimenting with pancakes, presenting our favorite characters in sweet pancake batter. Pictured above is a Colossal Titan from the series Attack on Titan. If Belcorno can add eggs or bacon, he can present full anime breakfasts!
It has either 10 or 12 strings. With them, it’s possible to play a broader range than either the standard guitar or bass can do individually. Author Dave Hunter says that Emmett Chapman invented it in the 1970s to offer jazz players more options:
Its range runs the gamut from the bass’ low to the guitar’s high. Traditional tuning, if you can call it that, goes low E, A, D, G, C, although the bass strings progress upward—that is, the reverse of those on a standard bass guitar, from highest pitched string at the top to the lowest pitched at the middle of the tapboard; the treble strings run conventionally downward, tuned F#, B, E, A, D.
Süreyya Noyan, an artist in Turkey, has lately been experimenting with painting on eggshells. She cracks them open, cleans them, then turns the delicate interior surfaces into amazingly precise copies of famous works of art, such as Katsushika Hokusai’s The Great Wave at Kanagawa.
Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku informs us that Kentucky Fried Chicken locations in China are now offering chicken-like meat burger semi-food objects that feature bright pink buns. Why? And what makes them pink? You ask too many questions. Begin eating immediately.
It’s a combination of elite hair styling and classic Americana. HairStream NYC is a hair and nail salon run by internationally famous stylists Ric Pipino and Gil Haziza. Together they and their colleagues serve discerning clients in a classic Airstream trailer converted into a top-end salon. This summer, they’re touring the Hamptons, offering haircuts and styling services ranging from $70 to $450.
Desmond Doss was drafted into the US Army in 1942. He was a pacifist and so wouldn’t take up arms. He was also a Seventh-Day Adventist and so wouldn’t work on Saturdays. So he took up work as a combat medic, concluding that he could work on Saturdays because “Christ healed on the Sabbath.”
PFC Doss served with the 77th Infantry Division during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. During that long battle, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to tend to fallen comrades and retrieve them from the battlefield. For this, he would be awarded the Medal of Honor. The citation for that commendation is remarkably long due to staggering scale of his badassery. This is merely a selection:
On 2 May, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and 2 days later he treated 4 men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within 8 yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making 4 separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On 5 May, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Pfc. Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On 21 May, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, this time suffering a compound fracture of 1 arm.
A precise number remains unknown, but it’s estimated that Doss personally rescued 50 to 100 of his fellow soldiers from death.
Doss never fully recovered from the wounds he received on Okinawa. He went home, married, had children, and devoted the rest of his life to religious work. He died in 2006 at the age of 87. You can find his obituary here.
The metal flows so smoothly and perfectly over the surface. This is not just the work of a tradesman, but also an artist. The precisely rendered results of great technical skill are beautiful to behold. Scott Raabe, a professional welder in Texas, has this kind of skill.