Sunday, 21 December 2014

Amsterdam Light Festival 2014/2015

In November, freelance filmmaker Jack Fisher was invited to the Netherlands to make a time-lapse of the Amsterdam light festival. The festival shows light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary artists. During the festival, light will play a central role in the city as museums and institutions organize light-related activities, introducing visitors to innovations in light art.

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(thanks Cora)

The Bristlecone Pine: Twisted Contortions Of The Ancients

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They have lived through millennia. Dispersed in sub-alpine groves in the Western United States, some of these ancient trees are over 5,000 years old. They contain in their ranks the oldest known individuals of any species on Earth.

Their twisted branches, formed over innumerable years stretch towards the sky, sublimely if anthropomorphically expressive. What might these immovable ancients have pondered as epochs passed?

The Craziest Fast Food Creations Of 2014

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When it comes to food, there are some patterns you can spot amidst all the cheese: Pizza Hut continues to gleefully troll the world, KFC is way more fun outside the U.S., Jack in the Box understands that 90% of its customer base is stoners, and Taco Bell maintains an uncanny knack for formulating exactly which Franken-foods will cause Twitter to freak out the most.

Behold what humans worldwide leave in our greasy wake this year.

(via Neatorama)

Headless - No Pets Allowed

Someone unexpected has popped around for tea again. In this brilliantly observed CG short, the guests are very much unwelcome.

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(thanks Cora)

Meet The Prehistoric Predecessors Of Today's Smart Technologies

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Today's devices are so beautifully designed, so powerful, and so deeply and seamlessly integrated with the Internet of Things that it's easy to forget just how distinctly our everyday technology has evolved in the past few decades.

What was cutting edge less than a generation ago would now be classified as prehistoric, relegated with the dinosaurs to pages of history books. And yet almost every one of us was once delighted with the possibilities these new and evolving technologies presented.

10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Memory

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Our memory is something that we rely on every day for every single thing we do. Without it, we would not be able to remember how to walk, how to eat, or even our own name. Our past would be a total mystery and, without the context of our past, we would walk through life confused with no idea what was going on.

While our memory is one of the most important things we use every day, it is also something we constantly take for granted. There are many misconceptions about the way memory works, and it often fools us in subtle ways.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

World's Deepest Fish Filmed 8 kilometres (5 miles) Down In The Mariana Trench

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen have set a new record for the world's deepest fish, filming a type of snailfish at a depth of 8 kilometers in the Mariana trench in the western Pacific Ocean. The species of snailfish discovered at the record depth had never been seen before.

Krampus: Santa's Sadistic Sidekick

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Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.

The song lyrics have never been truer. 'Oh You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.' Yet it isn't Santa Claus that you have to watch out for - it's his sinister and somewhat sadistic sidekick - Krampus. He has a whip, and he is going to use it.

The Origins Of 10 Popular Christmas Carols

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You've sung them while clutching cups of hot cocoa, cozying up around a fire, or stomping through snowdrifts. You've heard them played in shopping malls, churches, and holiday parties. You know all their words by heart.

But do you know how some of the world's best-known Christmas carols were created?

Istanbul Beauty

Video that shows the beauty of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.

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(thanks Cora)

Google Maps Adds 360-Degree Virtual Tour Inside 'The Colbert Report' Studio

Premiering in October 2005, The Colbert Report broadcast 1,447 episodes over its nine-year run, concluding last Thursday, December 18, 2014. But you can still feel like you're in the audience with a brand-new 360-degree virtual tour of the studio.

(via Laughing Squid)

9 Surprising Facts About Flatulence You May Not Know

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Whether you try to hide it or not, you fart. Everybody does. But even though it's such a routine activity - the average person farts between 10 and 20 times per day - there's a lot about farting that you might not know.

As part of research into the microbiome - the rich community of bacteria that live throughout your body - scientists have learned all sorts of interesting things about the bacteria that produce gas inside your intestines. Here are 9 crucial things to know about flatulence.

(via Miss Cellania)

Friday, 19 December 2014

How The Kitten Stole Christmas

How the Kitten Stole Christmas tells the story of a kitten who isn't in a very festive spirit.

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(thanks Cora)

Donald Duck Crashes Into Van

And he wasn't wearing any pants.

(via Bad Newspaper)

Blurred Forms: An Unsteady History Of Drunkenness

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In 1682, the Nonconformist minister Samuel Clarke told a peculiar tale about a soldier losing his wits and drinking to the health of the Devil, inviting the evil being into his world. The soldier was never heard from again.

This story was a warning to all regarding the treacherous fates that awaited drunkards. It was only one of the terrifying possibilities outlined by Clarke. Illness, madness, bodily and spiritual destruction, and - ultimately - death comprised the tragic fates that awaited every drunkard.

Pixels For Christmas

Pixels for Christmas is a new Bart Bonte game. Get all the golden pixels using the cursor keys.

More Bart Bonte games.

Star Wars Music Christmas Lights Show 2014

This Christmas Light Show has been featured on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight and twice on ABC's Good Morning America.

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(via Twisted Sifter)

10 Gorgeous Tree Art Installations

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Many environmental artists use organic materials to draw attention to ecological problems like deforestation. Forests cover approximately one-third of the planet so it seems obvious that the subject of trees would be a major component of these artworks.

Here are 10 tree art installations that celebrate the beauty of nature and raise activist concerns.

Hobbit Holiday Homes You Can Stay In Around The World

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As 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' hits the cinemas, here's a look at the best Shire-like abodes you can rent for your next holiday.