Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Gánovce

Gánovce is the name of a village in Slovakia. Visual artist Taras Gesh filmed the village from different angles. He made sketches, took photos, recorded sounds and put them all together in this mesmerizing kaleidoscope.



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Poor Bob


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Is Your Country A Cat Or A Dog Country?


We all know there are only two types of people in the world: cat people and dog people.

But data from market research firm Euromonitor suggest that these differences extend beyond individual preferences and to the realm of geopolitics: it turns out there are cat countries and dog countries, too.

Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers

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Frederick Rogers (1928-2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host. Rogers was most famous for creating and hosting Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which featured his gentle, soft-spoken personality and directness to his audiences.

You may like it when clowns throw pies and slap each other in the face, but Fred Rogers was appalled. He thought TV could have a lot more to offer than pie fights and other silliness. So he moved to New York and got a job at NBC, working first as an associate producer and later as a director.

Cowtown Keeylocko

Ed Keeylocko's biological mother abandoned him on someone's doorstep. An African-American with red hair and swamp green eyes, Keeylocko grew up feeling different, a self-proclaimed minority of minorities.

What's a guy supposed to do when he feels like he doesn't belong anywhere? Well, when you're Ed Keeylocko, you build your own town. Cowtown Keeylocko is 40 miles southwest of Tucson, Arizona.



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(thanks Cora)

USB Squirming Tentacle


Show your love for Cthulhu with the USB Squirming Tentacle. Simply plug it into your USB port and it will fill your computer with unspeakable evils. Just kidding, it doesn't store any data.

The USB Squirming Tentacle will draw a small amount of power from your computer, enabling it to squirm and wiggle like an Elder God trying to escape your laptop.

25 Creative Buildings Around The World

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Architects in cities around the world are working hard to create unique designs to bring in tourism revenues to their city and attract attention to their work. Many people are taking notice of this trend, and looking to support it by taking trips to see such buildings in person.

Here is a list of 25 creative buildings from all over the world that quickly caught our attention with their interesting designs and just might be worth visiting.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fuel Truck Sharp U-Turn

How to make a fast U-turn.



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(thanks Cora)

Mr. Phelan's Building

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The Phelan Building is a 11-story office building in the downtown shopping district of San Francisco, California. It has a triangular shape reminiscent of the Flatiron Building, with its tip at the meeting point of O'Farrell Street and Market Street. It is a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

The building was designed by William Curlett and built in 1908 by James D. Phelan on the place of the first, original Phelan Building, damaged by the 1906 earthquake and fire.

53 Surreal Places You Need to Visit Before You Die

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There are many places on Earth that look other-worldly. Some are just beautiful and some are weird. You might not believe your eyes, but here are 53 surreal places you need to visit before you die.

15 Unusual Starbucks Stores From Around The World

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For coffee lovers, Starbucks is a heaven on earth. This Seattle based coffee shop now has numerous chains across the globe and is probably the most visited one too. You may spot a Starbucks quite easily, especially with its distinctive green awnings and mermaid logo.

Then, there are theme restaurants that are becoming quite popular around the world. Starbucks has also taken the same route and it has opened its doors in quite unexpected locations, with unusual designs. Take a look at some of the unusual Starbucks stores existing around the world.

Baklava

Baklava is a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. The origin of baklava is hotly contested, but this restaurant in Gaziantep, Turkey has been making it since 1887.



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China Creates Right-Angled Running Track


Sports officials in northeast China build a rectangular running track - with right angle corners - in order to ensure their stadium is ready for the visit of Communist Party leaders.

Stadium officials explained that their original track had once featured curves but said its rubber surface had become severely worn down from overuse. When senior Communist Party leaders recently announced plans for a last-minute visit to the stadium, a quick makeover suddenly became necessary. Painting right angles was faster than painting curves.

Mars Rover Opportunity Breaks Record For Miles Roamed

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The Mars rover Opportunity has outdone itself by driving further than any other off-Earth vehicle in history. NASA announced that the 10-year-old rover hit 25 miles, which breaks the previous record set by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

While often in the shadow of its popular sibling Curiosity, Opportunity has exceeded expectations by living on the inhospitable planet for more than 10 years. The rover landed on Mars in 2004 and has since been hard at work exploring the surface of the planet.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Locked Up

Locked Up is a video by Gabriel Grapperon and his third year's project at Supinfocom Arles.



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(thanks Cora)

Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko Wears The World's Most Unbelievable Camo

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The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger and is also known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.

This masterfully camouflaged little lizard, with a leafy tail complete with missing chunks that look to have rotted away, is a testament to natural selection.

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British Piers

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The first British pier opened 200 years ago this month in Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. Photographer Simon Roberts spent three years documenting the country's remaining piers, which are now the subject of a fascinating touring exhibition on show at 11 coastal museums and galleries.

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Inside San Franciso's Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by Hand

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San Francisco's Fire Department is one of the few left in the US that still uses wooden ladders. Each is made by hand at a dedicated workshop. Some have been in rotation for nearly a century. Hang on: Wouldn't a wooden ladder burn? Yes. They go up in flames.

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Colnago C60 Frame

Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago in 1954 near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. The hand built Colnago C60 is truly a masterpiece. Carbon star shaped tubes, lugs, keeping the ability to customize the ride.



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Goat Reaches Fruit By Balancing On A Donkey

Now this is true friendship! A donkey allows his goat friend to balance on top of him while reaching for fruit in a tree.



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Formula One Drivers Do Insanely Specific Exercises To Keep Death At Bay

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Try telling a Formula One driver that driving a car is for the fat and lazy. Despite the fact that they effectively earn a living by sitting in a car, the strength and endurance required of a F1 racer is pretty incredible.

There are lateral G-forces which can make the driver feel as though there is an extra 25 kg (or 55.12 lbs) on his neck. There are also longitudinal G-forces acting on the driver, plus additional forces from car acceleration and deceleration mid-drive. There's the extreme heat found in the F1 cockpit, especially at the hotter rounds of the championships, also puts a vast straight on the body. How do F1 drivers adapt to these conditions?